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St. Pete City Council to vote on ten programs geared to boost South St. Pete

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St. Pete City Council will vote on a resolution supporting ten items aimed at improving conditions on the Southside at its meeting Thursday. The items are recommended by the Citizens Advisory Committee to be funded through the first round of appropriations from the newly created Southside Community Redevelopment Area. Five of the proposals would use county-approved Tax Incremental Funds to provide direct grants to businesses, property owners and residents within the Southside CRA. An Affordable Multifamily Housing Development program would…

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St. Pete City Council still unsure about bike share

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St. Pete City Council appeared to still be on a fence during a workshop discussing a proposed bike share program that would cost the city $1.5 million. The board agreed Thursday, though not by formal vote, to refer the conversation to a Public Services and Infrastructure committee meeting Feb. 25. City Council will vote officially to schedule the committee item at its Feb 4 meeting. The $1.5 million city request would be broken up three ways to equally tap parking…

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Here’s what to expect in St. Pete City Council’s bike share discussion

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The St. Petersburg City Council will likely set a date Thursday to decide whether to fund the first phase of a bike-share program in the city. At a council workshop, city staff is set to deliver a more than 60-page slideshow laying out how the program will work, how much it will cost, where bikes would be available, and benefits likely to be achieved. But don’t wait for the meeting to get those details. According to Evan Mory, the city’s…

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Yard waste grinding services in St. Pete raise questions about competitive bidding

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St. Pete City Council went ahead and approved a three-year contract with Consolidated Resource Recovery, Inc. for yard waste grinding services despite some concerns raised about the lack of competition for the job and the overall cost effectiveness. The contract would have sailed to swift approval without an iota of discussion had it not been yanked from the consent agenda by former City Council chair Charlie Gerdes. Gerdes questioned whether or not the city could use the $427,700 minimum annual…

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St. Pete City Council finalizes W-Architecture for Pier Approach design

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St. Pete City Council unanimously approved W-Architecture to lead design and construction administration services for the Pier Approach project. The vote allocates $500,000 from the Downtown Redevelopment District Fund into the General Capital Improvement Fund to pay for concept design services and other project costs. The total cost for the initial design phase is not to exceed $318,030, however. The amount will come out of the $20 million budget set aside for the Pier Approach project. W-Architecture along with the…

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Charlie Gerdes wants to turn dead leaves into teen jobs

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St. Pete City Council will hear a staff report pertaining to the city’s estimated 40,000 tons of yard waste dumped at the city’s brush sites each year. A sole bidder, Consolidated Resource Recovery, is asking for more than $427,000 each year to grind that waste into mulch. That works out to $329 per hour for the service. It’s one of those items that typically flies under the radar and is approved in a blanket motion to approve items on the…

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St. Pete City Council approves Rays deal

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The Tampa Bay Rays can begin the long-awaited process of looking for a new stadium site outside of St. Pete in Pinellas or Hillsborough County. St. Pete City Council approved a new Memorandum of Understanding 5-3. Council voted as many expected with veteran council members and longtime deal naysayers Steve Kornell and Jim Kennedy rejecting the latest proposal. New council member Ed Montanari joined the two in voting against the deal. Newly elected council member Lisa Wheeler-Brown was the deciding…

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