For the past 3 years, Kelley Enterprises has been the County subcontractor responsible for road grading and maintenance. The majority of Islanders feel that presently the upkeep of our roads has never been better.
However, Gator Paving & Grading is selected for the next 1-year contract for maintenance of our sand roads. At this time, the base contract calls for 12 cycles of grading – which could mean only one grading per month -- at a time and date that the contractor chooses.
We islanders have no control over how many "extra" trips the future contractor will make. Any time a resident calls the County and complains about the roads, the Public Works department could order an extra service and charge it to our taxing unit. The estimated mobilization fee for Gator Grading & Paving to bring equipment and personnel to the Island is $3500. Kelly’s is $225.
Our maintenance and grading is paid exclusively through the “Roads & Bridges” MSTU. No part is paid through County general funds.
The County is bound by rules and regulations that govern the award of contracts, to provide accountability for the spending of our tax dollars. However, our circumstances may require extra consideration.
Many Islanders feel that we should continue with the current contractor and maintenance system. Commissioner Truex is working to assist us with this issue. But he needs our support. We need to make a strong case for Kelley Enterprises’ responsiveness and efficiency, and that the system in place at this time provides excellent service to the Island stakeholders.
We are asking all Islanders who support keeping Kelly Enterprises to send an email to Commissioner Truex urging that the incumbent contractor, Kelley Enterprises, be awarded the contract for annual road grading even though they were underbid by Gator Paving & Grading. CLICK HERE for a sample list of bullet points for those of you who would like to participate.
You can email Bill Truex at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The PIE Board of Directors
Various Island-based groups have come together to get the word out about Suncoast Humane Society's drive to build their new local animal care center. Please read on to learn about this important project.
Suncoast Humane Society, founded in 1971, has occupied its current facility for over 45 years, well past the welcome of an animal care center, which is normally 20 years. Our plumbing, heating, air conditioning, waste removal and water systems are all compromised. We can no longer serve the 50,000 community members in the current building. We have purchased 11.5 acres across from our current facility to build our new animal care center. We have raised over $5,089,000 towards a building cost of approximately $10 million. We have committees and individuals supporting our efforts in Palm Island, Boca Grande, Englewood, Manasota Key and Venice. Our capital campaign brochure and video are on our website at www.humane.org. We have naming opportunities available and anyone interested in more information about our capital project can call Terry Marks at: (941) 474-7884 X 420 or email at email@example.com.
CLICK HERE for a brochure describing the capital campaign in progress. And HERE is some general information about Suncoast Humane Society, as well as a Donor Form (CLICK HERE).
And for your convenience, Island residents Ray Smith or Robin Madden can pick up any donation and deliver directly to Suncoast. Just give them a shout!