Esplanade noise among issues addressed in City Manager's weekly report

Bid processes, landscape training, speeding and new police tools also among Steve Thompson's top city news

— City Manager Steve Thompson shares information on top city news items including the city's bid process with an editorial by Purchasing Manager Bob Creighton, an update on code enforcement's assessment of noise at the Esplanade and the newest tools used by the Marco Island Police Department in his Weekly Update dated January 9.

Segments of the Weekly Update are below with the full, 11-page document in a sidebar to this story.

BID PROCESS

City Council has requested a review of the bid process for the city, and the staff will set this up around the new work session schedule. In brief, the city’s bid process is governed by and follows state and City statutes – larger bids over $10,000 in value are publicly advertised and formally bid. The bid openings are posted on the bulletin board on the first floor of City Hall and on the website, and the openings are open to and often attended by vendors and members of the public. These bids are rarely controversial or contested, as the facts and the evaluation are relatively dry and clear. Bob Creighton is the city’s purchasing manager and can assist with questions about the process at 389-5011. An earlier column that he provided is included in the Weekly Update. See full document and editorial by Creighton, who also serves as the interim finance director, in a sidebar on marconews.com.

LANDSCAPE EDUCATION

Landscaping practices were discussed in the development of the new permitting program for landscape services on Marco Island. Fertilizer education was identified as a priority for City Council in these discussions. Thompson said he is please to share the new publication developed by Information Coordinator Lisa Douglass and Environmental Specialist Nancy Richie to assist residents in understanding proper application and selection of fertilizer. This information is in the full weekly update attached.

The Beautification Committee is also hosting a landscape seminar for all residents 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 11 in the Community Room, 51 Bald Eagle Drive, downstairs from the police station. Participants in the course will learn how to avoid creating pollution from the subtropical coastal island landscaping. Invitations were mailed to utility customers.

NOISE AT THE ESPLANADE: Though not at illegal levels, owners report sound barrier Plexiglas is soon to come

City Council has received complaints about the noise coming from special events held at the Esplanade. Code Enforcement staff have been periodically monitoring the noise levels during performance events. On November 13, 2008 and December 4, 2008, sound level monitoring was completed using a noise meter in three locations, each with the following readings: 720 Tigertail Court 50-60db 48-51db; 681 Crescent Street 50-60db 49-52db; Smokehouse Bay 50-60db* 46-52db *Occasional spike for less than one second to reading over 60db.

Code Enforcement did not find a violation on either occasion. Additionally, the Marco Island Police Department responded to three noise complaints in the month of November and did not observe any violations. The owner of CJ’s restaurant has reported the entertainers have been moved to the interior of the plaza away from the water side of the venue.

The owner also intends to install Plexiglas sound shields to further deflect noise away from Smokehouse Bay. The staff will continue to monitor noise levels at the Esplanade and work with the owners to maintain compliance with the city’s noise ordinance.

POLICE DEPARTMENT TOOLS AND SPEEDING

The Police Department is now in the testing mode with Mobile Data Terminals that are now in all of the patrol vehicles. The officers are using the terminals to enter NetRMS, a police records system, and to conduct field interviews and complete crash reports and other documents. This system will allow more flexibility for the officers to conduct daily business such as driver’s license checks, complete crash reports, do field interviews and complete incident reports. The department is still working through some “bugs” that have appeared, which is normal with a new system. A programmer from Florida State University conducted a two day class for all of the officers and spent an extra day with police IT to help iron out some problems with the system.

The County Clerk of Court has been contacted concerning the new uniform traffic ticket format and they were very receptive, but we still need to work out internal and external business processes and documentation that will be necessary for processing.

Training for Florida Crime Information Center, National Crime Information Center, and Driver and Vehicle Information Database (DAVID), which allows checks on wanted postings and drivers license information, will be conducted on the Tuesday and Wednesday. This will require all laptops to be removed from the police vehicles for the training and then will be reinstalled on Thursday. The Department is continuing to seek resolution to the slow speed at which DAVID returns are received and are working with Florida Department of Law Enforcement on the issue.

*Speeding Concerns.

At the January 5 City Council Meeting, one of our residents addressed the Council on his concerns about speeding on the Island and the need for enforcement “a couple of hours a day.” Marco Island Police Department has in the past and continues to conduct radar and laser enforcement 24 hours a day.

Each patrol vehicle is equipped with radar and it is used on a daily basis. Specific static radar operations around the Island are also conducted extensively. In addition, the department’s “Speed Sign” is placed in different areas on the island depending upon our perceived need or in some cases due to citizen complaints of excessive speeding. The speed sign captures the speed of the vehicles approaching, “flashes” the motorist’s speed, and warns them of the correct speed they should be traveling.

All officers attempt to control the speed of all vehicles on the Island and will continue to diligently pay close attention to this matter. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Police Department in any case of a specific problem area or problem persons speeding or otherwise driving in a reckless or careless manner. The MIPD issued 415 Traffic Citations and 4288 Traffic Warnings in 2008.

See the full "Weekly Update" by City Manager Steve Thompson in a sidebar to this story.

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