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Utility billing audit, crosswalk signals on Dunedin commission agenda



The Dunedin City Commission on Thursday will consider hiring a company to audit the city’s new utility billing system and spending nearly $35,000 on improved crosswalk signals along Causeway Boulevard and Patricia Avenue.

City Manager Rob DiSpirito says staff has "agressively" worked to fix problems and establish new guidelines following the 2009 discovery that Dunedin had been undercharging commercial users of stormwater, water and sewer lines. The discrepancies cost the city $2.2 million over seven years.

To restore customer confidence in the billing system, he is recommending an independent audit by Water Company of America. Under the proposed contract, WCA for three years would receive 46 percent of increased revenues Dunedin nets from discrepancies identified and corrected by WCA. The company, which has done similar auditing work for St. Petersburg and Pinellas County, wouldn’t receive any money if no errors are found.

City staffers also hope rectangular flashing beacon lights — like those on Alt. U.S. 19 at Weaver Park — will ease concerns about pedestrian safety on two of Dunedin's busiest roads. Commissioners are being asked to sign off on the purchase of new signals for Patricia Avenue south of Admiral Road, and four on Causeway Boulevard at South Paula and Woodette drives, Gary Place and Royal Stewart Arms. City staff would install the equipment.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 542 Main St. Get a copy of the full agenda at the City Clerk’s Office, 750 Milwaukee Ave., or online at

[Last modified: Friday, June 14, 2013 4:00pm]


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