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Following her reelection to serve a second term on the Marathon City Council, Mayor Ginger Snead’s fellow councilmen gave her a subsequent vote of confidence.
Mayoral nominations immediately followed the swearing in of three council incumbents – Pete Worthington, Dick Ramsay, and Snead – at the start of the regularly schedule meeting Tuesday evening. Worthington promptly nominated Snead to serve as mayor with a second by Councilman Rich Keating.
She first nominated Rich Keating to serve as vice mayor, but with no second, Worthington’s nomination of Ramsay received unanimous approval.
His first act of business as vice mayor was formally requesting the city extend a personal invitation to governor-elect Rick Scott to discuss preservation of the Department of Community Affairs Scott has threatened to dissolve.
In other business:
• Sheriff Bob Peryam commended the incumbents for their campaigns and reelections to office before presenting the council with a great gift following a significant trimming of the budget.
“I have a great deal of respect for anyone who runs for public office,” he applauded. “It’s a tough task.”
He then presented the council with a check for $97,511. The savings came, Peryam said, after the Middle Keys Sheriff’s Office post began to operate, as a business should be run under the command of Capt. Chad Scibilia and Lt. Bruce Weingarten.
“It’s a great pleasure for me to be able to give you that kind of money,” he beamed. “That’s something that’s not only talked about but has become a reality.”
Peryam will also return approximately $2.2 million to the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners collected from unspent budget dollars, unanticipated revenues, and income from the rental of jail bed space to the federal government.
• Pete Chapman, chairman of the Community Image Advisory Board, reported his committee had after several months of trying, received permits from FDOT to plant trees in the medians fronting the Marathon airport.
“Thanks for the final push from council and staff,” Chapman noted, adding he’d likened the permitting process to Johnny Apple Seed, “who went around planting his seeds…had we done, we might have had trees years ago.”
Though the budget for the project remains short $20,000, Chapman said his board would like to see the trees in the ground before seasonal residents arrive at the end of the year.
He continued that after dividing the city, specifically the U.S. 1 corridor into several sectors, it was a unanimous decision to focus on the section between 107th Street and Vaca Cut Bridge as the primary entrance into the city.
“We’ve talked with businesses in that area and have received great feedback,” Chapman said. “There is a cost associated with those efforts, so we’re looking for funding sources now.”
Ramsay raised concerns over FDOT’s continued denial of a request by the city to relocate a pedestrian signal at 122nd Street.
“I’m of the attitude they don’t understand this is our main street,” he contended. “They’ve denied our requests so far, so we will just continue to request a mutual cooperation that has yet to come.”
• Following two presentations by the American Legion Post 154 Color Guard, Councilman Mike Cinque requested the council’s financial support for the Killed in Action Memorial Flags designed my Marathon resident Randy Yglesias.
Worthington verified the contingency funds availability with Finance Director Peter Rosasco before motioning to contribute $1,000 in council support.
2011 Marathon City Council with Frank Greenman in a Presentation