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Council discusses items scheduled for vote next week

By Staff | Apr 4, 2011

Cape Coral City Council discussed several items during its workshop Monday which will be voted on next week. They in-clude:
— The city will look to outsource its street sweeping efforts, an item identified by one-time special consultant Jim Martin during his three-month tenure with the city as a cost saving measure.
If approved, the decision will cost the city just under $300,000, and will represent a 36 percent savings over the efforts of the Public Works Department when it performed the duties in house, according to City Manager Gary King.
The company, USA Services of Florida Inc., will be paid $35 per “square curb mile,” and $95 per hour for special calls, according to city documentation.
Councilmember Erick Kuehn’s said he “did some mathematics” and found the city will save upwards of $169,000 annually.
“That’s a pretty substantial savings,” Kuehn said.
— City Council will decide next week whether or not to accept a facade grant from the Community Redevelopment Agency to help refurbish the city’s original fire station, Fire Station One.
Having also served as the city’s first unofficial city hall, the facility is being re-imagined as a resource center for the community. Dubbed the “Chester Street Resource Center,” the facility will house a police substation and other partial city services such as billing.
The Cape Coral Construction Industry Association is also donating over $40,000 worth of work and material to the project, which will also be dedicated to the memory of the late Patti Schnell, who was the CCCIA executive director and community activist.
— City Council will be asked to award nearly $1.8 million to Haskell and company for resurfacing Cape Coral Parkway next Monday.
The project will begin in July is expected to be wrapped up by October, if approved. Cape Coral Parkway will be resurfaced from Del Prado to Coronado Parkway.
n Councilmember Chris Chulakes-Leetz has a town hall meeting set for Tuesday, May 10, at 6 p.m., at the Tony Rotino Senior Center.
Chulakes-Leetz is encouraging everyone to attend.