Public workshop offers first view of Marco Island's water and sewer rates
Published 3/5/2012 at 2:26 p.m. 5 comments
City Council heard recommendations from its consultant Michael Burton, president of Burton & Associates, Wednesday in its first workshop to determine future water and sewer rates. The firm completed three studies for council: a revenue sufficiency study, and two rate ...
New drugs and monitors will improve lifesaving capabilities for Marco Island’s fire department
Published 2/9/2012 at 2:41 p.m. 0 comments
The stroke of a pen will improve exponentially emergency medical services provided by firefighters on Marco Island. City Council learned Monday that Fire Chief Mike Murphy received a letter, preceding a formal agreement, permitting the island’s fire engines to carry ...
Marco Island City Council defers utility rate decisions hoping $4.2 million deficit can be explained
Published 2/2/2012 at 1:16 p.m. 18 comments
Consultants told Marco Island’s City Council Wednesday it could consider postponing rate increases on water/sewer bills until Oct. 1. Councilors met in a special meeting to discuss a revenue sufficiency study received from Burton & Associates. During that meeting, councilors ...
Town Hall meeting: Residents ask for fairness and communication from Marco Island City Council
Published 1/24/2012 at 2:54 p.m. 1 comment
Marco Island City Councilors wanted to know what residents had to say, and on Monday, got an earful. What was advertised as a one-and-a-half hour Town Hall stretched to nearly four hours as residents quizzed council on water rates, building ...
A look down the road: Marco Island leaders peek into the crystal ball for 2012
Published 12/30/2011 at 12:01 p.m. 1 comment
Just as on your birthday, you are really just one day older, not a year all at once, the transition from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1 is just another page off the calendar. But it is the last page, and ...
Jan. 23 Town Hall will let residents ask for answers from City Council
Published 12/30/2011 at 11:02 a.m. 7 comments
City councilors are planning a new approach to public relations. The Marco Island City Council will hold its first Town Hall, giving residents an opportunity to ask questions and receive answers. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., ...
Marco Island Planning Board considers midtown improvement plan
Published 10/10/2011 at 1:07 p.m. 3 comments
At their meeting on Friday, the City of Marco Island Planning Board went to town. Physically, the board met, as always, in the City Council chambers downstairs from the police headquarters at the government center on Bald Eagle Drive, but ...
Marco council to weigh several tax rate options Monday
Published 9/17/2011 at 3:30 p.m. 3 comments
Settling on a final tax rate appears to be a taxing proposition for the Marco Island City Council, as several options remain on the table for Monday’s final budget hearing. Despite some difficulty in agreeing on the best approach, council ...
10 years later: Marco Islanders can’t forget 9/11 attacks
Published 9/8/2011 at 11:18 p.m. 1 comment
This year’s anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 has extra significance. The tenth time that date has come around since the nation suffered its wrenching entrance into a world of vulnerability has many people remembering the feelings ...
Closing in on a number: Marco Island City Council holds last meeting before final adoption of annual budget, taxes
Published 9/8/2011 at 1:17 p.m. 0 comments
Government is about making rules, and also about following rules. The Marco Island City Council was constrained by Florida statutes at their meeting Wednesday, as they wrestled with adopting a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, FY 2012, and determining ...
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 ...
Owners of vacant lots on Marco could face $4,000 fee for sewer, water connections
Published 7/18/2011 at 10:27 p.m. 1 comment
The City Council voted 5-1 on Monday to hold a public hearing on Aug. 15 regarding the charging of vacant lot owners for sewer and water connections.
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 ...
City Council Budget Sub-Committee: Councilors delve into minutiae of Marco Island’s municipal expenditures
Published 6/17/2011 at 1:23 p.m. 5 comments
Did you ever take a look at your finances, to see if you could afford that new car, or maybe just keep putting gas in the old car? Multiply that headache by a thousand, and you have an idea what ...