Revised Steps Taken Toward Goal of Constructing New City Hall
by Renee Burrell
BELLEAIR BEACH - Monday night it was decided by council to raze and later rebuild the Belleair Beach public works building.
Belleair Beach City Manager Nancy McCollum said Wednesday that she is presently accepting bids from contractors for the demolition job of the public works building that's slated for January or February 2008.
Previous plans had called for public works operations to be run out of a residential home the city owns on Cedar Drive. But concerns over the past few weeks from Cedar Drive property owners against the idea, were heard.
The council instead has decided to house city records and administrative employees in the 858 square foot home for an estimated year's time until their new offices in the future city hall are completed. Once the new city hall is complete, the Cedar Drive house will be torn down, and added to the adjacent Veterans Park or become a parking lot.
The present City Hall is scheduled to be razed by spring 2008 with new construction expected to take one year.
McCollum said she is seeking alternative sites to hold future city council and board meetings. A Coast Guard meeting space, Indian Rocks or Belleair Bluffs' town halls are being looked into for city council venues.
The next building committee meeting is scheduled for November 27, 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.
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