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Tampa clamps down on messy senior center renters

Contributing writer

The Tampa City Council decided June 11 on a new policy for rental of the senior center (or rather, to strictly enforce its original policy.

Council members were concerned about people renting the hall and leaving it a mess. Some felt too many people had keys.

Ramped entrances will now open only from the inside. Mayor Tim Svoboda will look into the cost of rekeying the kitchen lock so that only Phyllis and Rod Mueller, who are in charge of maintenance and rentals, will have a key.

Starting July 1 a $125 fee must be paid at the time the hall is reserved. Of that $50 will be returned if the hall is left clean.

The council voted to cut down a rooting tree in the park. The estimate for the project was $150.

There was discussion of the four lots the city recently acquired from the county. Svoboda said two or three people expressed interest in buying one or more of the lots. The council agreed to sell them.

A $4,500 grant to replace street signs was approved. One estimate for the total cost of the project is $6,000.

A shed where the city and rural water district keep equipment has fallen into disrepair.

The mayor said he had asked Craig Bell to look at it and offer an estimate for repairs.

Paul Backhus suggested finding out whether the water district would be willing to share the cost of a new building.

It was decided Svoboda should get an estimate for repairs, but the council will also approach the district about a new building before deciding.

Some residents have expressed concerns about equipment being parked next to the playground.

Svoboda suggested putting up a sign designating the area for overnight parking only. The council agreed.

Last modified June 21, 2012

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