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City Commission to honor retiring Engineer John Powell


A light agenda awaits the Safety Harbor City Commission for its next meeting, where City Engineer John Powell will be recognized for his retirement. 

City Engineer John Powell is retiring after seven years with the city and will continue to play music. (Kim Nicholls)

Monday’s meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Here is the link to the agenda, with additional material, known as “backup,” available via the hyperlink on each item: http://safetyharbor.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=6&event_id=1789.

Powell has worked for the city for seven years, and prior to that, worked for Pinellas County and several private firms. While at the city, Powell was instrumental in many high-profile projects, including Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, Baranoff Park, the Bay to Bay Properties mixed-use development and the expansions of Mease Countryside Hospital and Harborside Christian Church. He plans to spend retirement playing music, as he has for most of his life. 


Code enforcement lien reduction request: Davie Capital LLC is seeking a reduction in $4,511.93 in code enforcement liens on a property it owns at 2 Booth Blvd. City staff said the property qualifies for a lien reduction and recommends Commission reduce the lien to $425, which includes administrative costs. 

Zoning designation: Commission recently approved the annexation of a single-family home at 2450 Madrid Ave., owned by Candy and Brent Banhisel, and will be asked to assign the R-2 (Single-Family Residential) zoning to it. The property was zoned R-3 (Single-Family Residential) when it was in Pinellas County. 

Safety Harbor Little League presentation: The league’s board of directors will make their annual update to Commission. 

Consent agenda: Items expected to have little debate, such as approval of the last meeting’s minutes and most contracts, are included en masse in the consent agenda, though any Commissioner can ask for any item to be considered separately. This meeting’s consent agenda includes approval to buy bleacher shades for Safety Harbor City Park and approval of the facility lease agreement for Safety Harbor Little League. 


Attend the meeting: The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 750 Main St., with the workshop beginning at 6 p.m. Meetings typically run from 1.5 to three hours. Residents are given the opportunity to speak on all agenda items, except for presentations and consent agenda items. Come forward when asked by the mayor, state your name and address, and you’ll be given three minutes to address the Commission. For any issues not on the agenda, or any item that is on the consent agenda, residents get three minutes to speak at the beginning of the meeting during “Audience to be Heard.”  

Watch from home: Meetings are live-streamed to the city’s website at http://cityofsafetyharbor.com/557/Streaming-Media. The following day, a video of the meeting is posted for residents to watch.

Contact your Commissioners in advance by leaving them a message at City Hall at (727) 724-1555 or emailing them:

Mayor Joe Ayoub – jayoub@cityofsafetyharbor.com

Vice Mayor Cliff Merz – cmerz@cityofsafetyharbor.com

Commissioner Carlos Diaz – cdiaz@cityofsafetyharbor.com

Commissioner Andy Zodrow – azodrow@cityofsafetyharbor.com

Commissioner Nancy Besore – nbesore@cityofsafetyharbor.com

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