After finishing work on the upgrade of its police department’s emergency communications system and expanding the crime scene investigation and evidence storage facility, Coral Springs will now use 2014 public safety bond money to construct a new Safety Town building at Kiwanis Park. City voters had approved $12.45 million in general obligation bonds.
City officials approved the city signing a contract with Atlantic Engineering Services Inc., a Greenacres-based firm, for the construction of a permanent Safety Town building that is used for the Summer Safety Town program by non-profit groups and for the Police School Safety Program. The project cost is $694,500.
The existing Safety Town building was originally purchased as a temporary building; the city initially had planned to use the facility only until funding was available to build a permanent building. Now almost 20 years later and after major repairs, staff members have concluded that the building is beyond repair. The proposed building will have restrooms, an office and a meeting room area.
Membership cards for city seniors: The City Commission has approved Commissioner Joy Carter’s idea to introduce membership cards for seniors in the city. Carter is in charge of the city’s Senior Advisory Committee.
The membership cards, which will be sold at the health fair organized by the city next month, will cost $12. The money generated from the sale of the cards will be used to support programs for seniors in the city.
“When I took over, budget was a big issue and it still is,” Carter said, explaining her plan to sell the cards to seniors and generate additional dollars. “We are the only city that does not charge for senior programming at all. We are talking $12.”
City’s master plan for water, sewerage: Water and sewer rates will rise 3.5 percent from Oct. 1 this year; the increase is based on a study that the city had done a few years ago. The additional revenue will be used for operating costs and also to fund ongoing capital improvement projects.
“Infrastructure in the city has been here for 50 years, some less,” Mayor Skip Campbell said. “The city needs to have funds available for repair. Unfortunately, the only way to get it is through increase in rates.”
The city has spent about $35 million in the last five or six years for improving water and sewer infrastructure, said City Manager Erdal Donmez. The 10-year master plan includes $75 million worth of improvements.
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