MARCO ISLAND — New software for Marco's building department, despite a building slowdown, sparked some debate during Monday's council meeting as the software is also expected to assist in the implementation of the controversial short-term rental ordinance and creation of a database of vacation rentals in single-family neighborhoods.
Audit issues also were discussed as council addressed several issues Monday.
FORENSIC AUDIT, ANNUAL AUDIT DISCUSSIONS
Council tabled the discussion on awarding the contract for the city’s annual auditor. CPA Associates’ contract expires this year and a new firm, Marcum Rachlin, was recommended to perform the city’s annual financial audit for 2009 through 2011. Total cost for three years was $185,476. After a discussion questioning a subjective bid process and CPA’s decision to not release annual audit results until the completion of the city’s current forensic audit of the Collier Boulevard project, council voted to table the item until July.
Forensic audit results are to be released at a special-called public meeting 1 p.m., June 22, in the Community Room, 51 Bald Eagle Drive.
NEW SOFTWARE TO AID IN SHORT-TERM RENTAL REGULATION
Council tabled a discussion on whether to award a contract for new building and code department software based on Councilman Bill Trotter’s suggestion that a business case for the purchase should be made during the city budget process later this summer.
Cost for software and hardware equipment is $119,522 with annual maintenance about $10,000 per year. Cost of current software is budgeted at about $4,700 annually.
The new software is expected to aid in creating a short-term rental database to be used upon passing a new ordinance to regulate short-term rentals, which was approved by the Planning Board Friday and will go before council for final review. Council is to hear the requested business case for the software scheduled 2:30 p.m., June 15, in the Community Room, 51 Bald Eagle Drive.
OTHER VOTES AND NOTES
- Council approved a contract for engineering services to relocate utilities at either end of the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge to correspond with federal stimulus dollars being spent on an additional new span and state improvements to the existing span. Kimley-Horn and Associates will design the relocation at a cost of $89,000.
- Council approved a contract with Patrick’s Electric Company at a cost of $174,037 to install a back-up generator at the North Water Treatment Plant.
- Discussion of a proposal for the city to manage and earn income from an Employer Assisted Housing Program was tentatively scheduled for 5:30 p.m., June 15, in the Community Room, 51 Bald Eagle Drive.