News Section: Local Government
Bradenton City Council Agenda Results: October 10, 2012
1. INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Invocation by Rev. Fidel Diaz of First Hispanic Baptist Church.
- Update on Nathan Benderson Park & Suncoast Aquatic and Nature Center from Paul Blackketter. Mr. Blackketter had positive information to share with the council about improvements being made to the park's rowing facility, saying that construction "is moving at lightning speed" for expanding the park's lake in order to meet international standards for making a world-class place for competition. A bid by the park to host a world rowing championship as early as 2017 has been accepted, and the park hopes to host its first international triathalon by March of 2013.
4. ADMINISTERING THE OATH
5. CITIZEN COMMENTS
6. CONSENT AGENDA (Items unanimously approved 5-0 without discussion)
a) 2013 City Council meeting/holiday calendar.
b) Minutes: Sept. 12 City Council meeting.
c) Public Event: Harvest Chapelís Childrens Fall Festival on Oct. 20 at 1300 17th Ave. W.
d) Public Event: Easter Sunrise Service on March 31 at Riverwalk Amphitheater.
e) Public Event: DeSoto Seafood Fest on April 5-7 downtown.
f) Public Event: Bottle Boat Regatta on April 13 at Palma Sola Causeway.
g) Public Event: DeSoto 5K Run on April 27.
h) Public Event: DeSoto Grand Parade on April 27.
i) Line item adjustment/Public Works & Utilities Department.
7. BUSINESS/ADVERTISING, PETITIONS, HEARINGS AND COMMUNICATIONS
8. NEW BUSINESS BY DEPARTMENT HEADS, CITY ATTORNEY AND COUNCIL
a) CRA budget presentations: Bradenton/14th Street Community Redevelopment Agency budgets by DDA Executive Director Dave Gustafson and Central Community Redevelopment Agency budget by Planning Director Tim Polk. (Motion to approve budget passed 4-1, with Bemis Smith dissenting)
b) Carl Callahan, City Clerk & Treasurer
- Update on the Manatee Players. Mr. Callahan asked for an agreement in principal of the negotiation between the City of Bradenton, the Manatee Players and the Kiwanis Foundation for the city to help finance the new home of the Players and Kiwanis. Callahan said he was asking for only an agreement in principal at this time because "there are lot of loan documents, papers for finalizations of agreement that still need to be done." An agreement in principal, he said, would mean that final constructions plans could be moved forward with. The Council motioned for a vote on the agreement in principle, which passed 4-0, with Barnebey recusing herself due to a possible conflict of interest.
9. BUSINESS BY APPOINTMENT
10. COUNCIL REPORTS The increasingly frequent issue of horse litter on the Causeway came up, as a carefully worded report was given by Councilman Gene Gallo on how to enforce city code on violators, and requested council approval of signs that will be put up along the Causeway to advise horse riders to clean up after them. Approval of the signs was passed by a vote of 5-0. (story to follow)
11. DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS
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