MARCO ISLAND — City council is packing a punch again Monday with dog park plans and a new fire station among several topics in a set of three meetings by council in the afternoon.
Though the parks committee has a top recommended name, Parks and Recreation Director Bryan Milk, wants to keep the name of the new off-leash dog run hushed until council approves it Monday.
Marco Island Charter Middle School students submitted name options for the dog park located at Mackle Park. The winner will receive a pizza party for their class, among other prizes.
“The name fits well with Kids Cove at Mackle Park,” Milk said, offering a hint.
Council will decide whether they agree with the park committee’s top name choice at a meeting beginning 5:30 p.m., Monday, in the Community Room 51 Bald Eagle Drive.
The $45,000 estimated cost of the dog park is to be paid for by residents. Money has already been raised from events such as a Dog Day Afternoon, put on by organizations such as the Parks and Recreation Foundation.
Other topics to be discussed in the evening meeting include:
- Increasing the area of Mackle Park STRP assessment region to include 12 properties that were in the East Winterberry Drive area so that cost of construction is lower.
- Award of a contract to Better Roads, Inc. to widen the bike lane along Bald Eagle Drive at a cost of $145,000.
- Discussion on community grant funding, including up to $6,000 for the Marco Island fireworks display, which the city is still looking for private donations to help fund.
- Lease purchase of a fire engine for $532,026.
- Fire station construction grant and design/ build plans by Astorino to reconstruct a fire station at 751 East Elkcam Circle. A federal stimulus plan would pay for the construction and $50,000 of city’s capital contingency used for the design documents.
See related stories for information on the meetings which begin with a closed council session at 2:30 p.m., Monday, and workshop at 3 p.m.