Light agenda for Monday’s Commission meeting

A very light agenda awaits the Safety Harbor City Commission when it meets this Monday, with just a few presentations and a couple of quick agenda items.

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=1681.

This is a view of the Bay to Bay Properties building as shot from a drone. (City Commission backup material)

Bay to Bay Properties will be honored with the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for its new mixed-use buildings on Main Street. Smart Growth Safety Harbor nominated the company for the award.

The project included a 20,000-square-foot commercial building fronting Main Street that will be home to three restaurants and headquarters for Bay to Bay Properties, and a second building in the rear that is home to 24 apartments. Design features of the buildings include a pedestrian arcade, upper-story stepbacks, balconies, brick on-street parking and an underground root-protection system that allowed for the planting of three live oak trees along 2nd Avenue North. Many of those design elements were included a plan recently adopted by Commission to allow builders to automatically build to 40 feet high if enough of the desired design elements are incorporated into their site plan. 

ALSO ON THE AGENDA …

Budget amendments: Any time money needs to be transferred between city accounts, Commission needs to approve those transfers. Monday, Commission will be asked to approve two resolutions – one for various transfers in the 2019 budget and a second for various transfers in the 2020 budget. For a full accounting of the transfers, see the backup materials for this agenda item at the link above.

Board of Trustees for Firefighters Pension Trust Fund appointment: The term of Edmund Ziegler on the board that advises Commission on issues concerning the city firefighters’ pension trust fund is expiring. He is requesting reappointment and no other applications are pending.

Public Art Committee appointment: Alternate member Marinda Hamann has moved out of the city and is no longer eligible to serve on the committee that advises Commission on public art projects. Jennifer Sedillo and Jody Grutza have applied. 

RCS Pinellas presentation: RCS Pinellas, which works to combat hunger and help the homeless achieve self-sufficiency, will make a presentation. 

Sea level presentation: Maya Burke, science policy coordinator for the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, will share with Commission updated projections for sea level rise in the Tampa Bay area. 

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 a wastewater truck.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Attend the meeting: The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 750 Main St. 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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