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Street lights to go up in Seminole

Parts of Park Boulevard, Park Street and Lake Pearl Estates subdivision will get street lights.

By MAUREEN BYRNE

© St. Petersburg Times,
published October 28, 2001


SEMINOLE -- It's about to get brighter in some areas of Seminole.

Street lights are coming soon to two stretches of roadway and a subdivision, areas that were annexed into the city in June 2000.

The city is working out last-minute details with Florida Power to put street lights on the north side of Park Boulevard between Seminole Boulevard and Starkey Road, on the west side of Park Street between Park Boulevard and Tyrone Boulevard and in Lake Pearl Estates, a subdivision north of Park Boulevard and west of Starkey.

Jason Filipiak has lived on 93rd Street in Lake Pearl Estates since he was born 20 years ago. He wasn't aware that his neighborhood was going to be illuminated at night, but he said he's all for it.

"I think it's a good idea because it's pretty dark here," Filipiak said.

The city will pay the electric utility to put 73 street lights in Lake Pearl Estates, 68 on Park Street and 57 on Park Boulevard, said Allen Godfrey, Seminole's public works director. The project will cost $57,868.

The county says it doesn't have the revenue to light its roadways and provides street lights only around high-volume intersections with a history of evening accidents. When Seminole annexes an unincorporated neighborhood without street lights, it determines whether there is an interest for lighting, said City Manager Frank Edmunds. If so, the city calls Florida Power, which installs the street lights.

Edmunds said it takes some time before a crew can begin work because there are certain steps to follow, such as designing a plan and reviewing the area, before a job can begin. He said this particular request took longer than normal because there were personnel changes at Florida Power after it was acquired in 1999 by Carolina Power & Light.

"I've dealt with three different engineers since I've been here," said Godrey, who was hired in January.

In other action Tuesday, the council:

Authorized staff to upgrade the sound system in the City Council chambers at Seminole Community Library. The upgrades, which include additional speakers and better microphones, will not exceed $3,000.

Voted 5-1 to increase City Attorney John Elias' monthly retainer fee from $2,500 to $4,500. The new fee would cover all services except special projects and litigation, which would be approved by the council. Special projects and litigation matters would be billed at $125 per hour.

In the city's former contract with Elias, only certain services were covered by the retainer, such as attending meetings, making phone calls and writing memos. Elias billed the city $100 per hour for other services and $125 for litigation services.

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