Marco Island City Council moves forward with M-54 rate design and .405 debt distribution ratio
Published 3/22/2012 at 12:52 p.m. 3 comments
At Monday’s specially called meeting of Marco Island’s City Council, two key decisions became the guiding force for ultimately setting water and sewer rates. Both outcomes were hard-fought; decided my narrow margins. The first determined the rate matrix to be ...
Money back guarantee: Marco Island City Council reduces utility surcharges by 6 percent
Published 3/22/2012 at 12:46 p.m. 0 comments
Newly elected Marco Island City Council Chairman Larry Magel and Councilor Bill Trotter led a discussion Monday on reducing utility surcharges. Plans for the reduction were considered at several council water and sewer rate workshops in the past month. During ...
UAB or not to be – Marco Island City Council opts not to kill Utilities Advisory Board
Published 1/12/2012 at 10:46 a.m. 1 comment
While the street light issue generated most of the heat and public interest at the Marco Island City Council meeting Monday afternoon, the councilors took up another question that could have much more far-reaching implications. Under new business, item (C) ...
2011: A LOOK BACK: Notable moments from Marco Island’s past year
Published 12/30/2011 at 10:47 a.m. 2 comments
As the final days of the outgoing year wind down, it is traditional to look back on the preceding 12 months, and assess where we’ve been.
City agrees to $20,000 for fireworks, Marco Islanders to raise the rest
Published 12/6/2011 at 10:00 a.m. 9 comments
The rockets red glare will fill the skies over Marco Island on July 4, 2012. In a 6-1 decision by Marco Island City Council on Monday, the city agreed to fund 50 percent or $20,000 for next year’s Independence Day ...
Marco council votes to decrease utility surcharge
Published 10/18/2011 at 7:15 p.m. 3 comments
The utility surcharge placed on water and sewer bills was decreased from 6 percent to 4 percent in a unanimous, 5-0 vote. However, City Councilmen Joe Batte and Bill Trotter said that with an excess $5 million collected from the ...
Marco Island City Council budget workshop: Millage rate increases unless more cuts can be agreed to
Published 8/2/2011 at 7:54 a.m. 21 comments
During a marathon, six hour budget workshop on Monday, Marco Island City Council prioritized capital improvement spending needs, considered ways to cut expenses, and set a maximum millage rate for the upcoming fiscal year. Councilors voted 5-2 to set the ...
Marco Island City Council Budget Sub-Committee: Recommendations finalized to go before entire City Council
Published 7/28/2011 at 3:41 p.m. 8 comments
Next stop, City Council. The Marco Island City Council Budget Sub-Committee has put together a budget proposal for the entire council to consider, starting at their meeting on Monday. At the close of Wednesday’s Budget Sub-Committee meeting, chairman Larry Magel ...
Marco Island Budget Sub-Committee digs into sewer and water revenues
Published 7/25/2011 at 2:30 p.m. 2 comments
The citizens of Marco Island can rest assured that when their city spends a dollar, serious consideration has gone into the expenditure. All summer, the Marco Island City Council Budget Sub-Committee has been meeting at City Hall, going over the ...
Hearing slated to determine if Marco Island's vacant lot owners will see utility assessment
Published 7/19/2011 at 7:53 a.m. 3 comments
Plans to reduce an anticipated six percent water utility rate hike could hinge on the backs of vacant lot owners. Under a proposal by city leaders and discussed among City Council members on Monday night, property owners of undeveloped land ...
Utilities Advisory Board on hold: The group needs City Council to approve a new member
Published 7/8/2011 at 1:12 p.m. 5 comments
Choosing a fifth member to sit on the Marco Island Utilities Advisory Board (UAB) is turning out to be more difficult than anticipated; and until the position is filled, the committee may not be able to conduct business. The UAB’s ...
Marco Island Budget Sub-committee: All departments looked to for cuts in expenditures to keep from raising taxes
Published 7/7/2011 at 3:25 p.m. 8 comments
Wednesday afternoon, the Marco Island City Council Budget Sub-Committee held another meeting, slowly sifting through the myriad of expenditures, and various revenue sources, that all add up to the city’s $20 million-plus annual budget. Three of the city councilors, committee ...
Riviere’s greatest hits: Marco Island’s city manager presents list of accomplishments to City Council
Published 6/22/2011 at 4:27 p.m. 3 comments
At their regular meeting on Monday, the Marco Island City Council heard a number of reports, on topics ranging from the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge and bonds to baseball and water treatment. For the last year, the landscaping at the ...
Marco Island’s new Jolley Bridge span to open to drivers by end of month - PHOTOS
Published 6/21/2011 at 12:00 p.m. 20 comments
The Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge has a twin. It’s not quite identical and wasn’t “born,” or constructed, on the same date, but next to the old Jolley Bridge is now another Jolley Bridge. Drivers will be able to use Marco ...
City Council Budget Sub-Committee: Marco Island ‘facing another difficult year,’ says Magel
Published 6/3/2011 at 10:08 a.m. 16 comments
It’s why they make the big bucks. At the third of six meetings to review the city’s budget, each scheduled for three hours but likely to stretch to four or five hours, City Councilmen Larry Magel, Bill Trotter, and Wayne ...