Bluffs Handles Routine Agenda
By Leo Coughlin
BELLEAIR BLUFFS - The City Commission disposed of a workshop agenda in routine fashion Monday night, approving an ordinance for discussion at next week's regular meeting and dealing with three resolutions.
The proposed ordinance amends portions of the current sign ordinance as to size in area and height. It also would change the procedure for appeals to the Board of Adjustment.
On a resolution that would put the commission in opposition to Amendment 4 that will be a state referendum on the November ballot, the commission again listed its opposition, as it previously had.
Amendment 4 would require that every change in a city's or county's comprehensive plan would be subject to approval of voters. The general feeling on this is that this procedure would unnecessarily tie up governments and usurp the role of elected officials.
There was a split vote on a resolution that would urge the U.S. Congress to support the Local Jobs for America Act that would aid municipalities to protect essential services and avoid additional layoffs of workers.
Mayor Chris Arbutine cast the decided vote that gave approval, but Arbutine said his vote carried the caution that he was not in favor of the federal government going into debt for this act, but if "money was going to be printed, we want some."
The commission approved a citywide garage sale to be held Saturday, November 13, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
No action was taken on naming an alternate member for the Board of Adjustment. Members of that board now are Paul Kuykendall, chairman; Al DeMarco, Peter Ferrara, Randy Greenbaum and Nicole Ramirez.
On the Planning Board, the commission moved Wanda Rusinowski from an alternate to full member. She joins other members Allan Simpson, chairman; John Diller, David Fechter and Will Miller.
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