Little League must pay up, but won't lose access to park
Although Oldsmar Little League still owes the city money, the City Council on Tuesday approved a new 2014 use agreement with the league for operation of its program at the city's Canal Park.
The old agreement was set to expire at the end of 2013, but in November the city staff had warned league officers that the agreement would not be renewed because, among other things, the group had not paid bills for utilities and janitorial services at Canal Park.
However, when 200 Little League supporters showed up at a City Council meeting on Dec. 3, council members made it clear that although they want all financial problems solved, they also want to see youth enjoy Little League in Oldsmar.
The new agreement gives the city more control over the league's financial matters, according to Lynn Rives, director of leisure services.
"All Little League registration money and sponsorship money will be given to the city, and we'll then pay expenses up to the amount that we receive,'' Rives said.
The city expects to eventually recoup what it is owed by the Little League.
The agreement also creates an oversight committee that includes three city staff members and three Little League board members, including the current president of the Little League, Dave Waldman.
When asked if he could explain why the money problems occurred, Waldman stated, "There is no paper trail as to where the money went … There is an audit being completed.''
The new season will open Feb. 22, and so far, 165 players have signed up, compared to 225 who played last year, according to Waldman.
"Yes, the numbers are less than last spring. I think the problem has to do with former leadership,'' he said. "But we still have a month of registration to get through, so I hope we get the numbers up over 200.''
Pet issues on Tuesday's agenda
During their Tuesday meeting, Pinellas County commissioners are scheduled to consider several changes to the rules regarding pets.
Among other things, the commission is considering a proposal to require that dogs found running loose more than once in a 24-month period will be spayed or neutered at their owner's expense. That proposal, and other pet-related items, are scheduled to come before commissioners at 6 p.m. in the commission chambers in the Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., Clearwater.
Main water pipeline will be upgraded
The Pinellas County Department of Environment and Infrastructure, in collaboration with Tampa Bay Water, has scheduled construction to upgrade part of the county public water supply system, which will require a shutdown of the main pipeline providing water to Pinellas County.
The construction is expected to take 10 days to complete and is tentatively scheduled to begin in early February.
During the construction period, Tampa Bay Water along with the city of St. Petersburg will provide Pinellas County with sufficient water to meet the average daily water demands.
Residents are asked to refrain from scheduling excessive water use activities during February — pressure washing, installing new sod/landscaping and filling pools. The county also reminds residents that Pinellas County is under a Phase II Water Shortage Order limiting lawn irrigation to one day per week on an assigned day based on house address.
To find out your assigned watering day and see more information on water restrictions, contact customer service at (727) 464-4000.
Trashy Treasures Art Sale looking for art, supplies
The Dunedin Fine Art Center is accepting gently used artwork and art supplies for its annual Trashy Treasures Art Sale.
The popular garage sale is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 22.
Donations can be dropped off through Feb. 16 at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., from:
•10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
•10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays
•1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays
For more information, email George Ann Bissett at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (727) 298-3322.
Library offers access to indie films
The Dunedin Public Library has partnered with RBdigital from Recorded Books to offer IndieFlix for Libraries, an online streaming service provider of independent films, shorts and documentaries from around the world.
Patrons who go online to dunedingov.com/IndyFlix have unlimited access to thousands of film-festival hits, including the best of Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca and more.
IndieFlix is available on Apple, Android and all Internet-enabled devices. Patrons can also watch films on TV with their Roku devices.
All that's required is a library card and the creation of a login. Call (727) 298-3080 for more information.
Senior fair offers free advice
Information on exercise programs, living wills, home and financial security, the best prices for medicine and more is available during the Hale Activity Center's Senior Awareness Fair this week.
The fair is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the center, 330 Douglas Ave. Gain free knowledge and advice from more than 60 organizations.
Free lunch will be provided. Want to become a vendor or have general questions? Call (727) 298-3299.