DADE CITY — The Scott Black era is back.
City commissioners selected Black, a local insurance agent and longtime commissioner, to serve the next two years as the city's mayor. In Dade City's form of government, commissioners are elected to four-year terms, then select a mayor from within their ranks every two years.
New Commissioner Curtis Beebe nominated the recently re-elected Steve Van Gorden for the position, but only he and Van Gorden backed the motion.
Black served as mayor from 2000 to 2004 and was vice mayor for eight years.
"I just wanted to say thank you to the commission for this opportunity to serve again," he said Tuesday night.
Black urged the commission to have Van Gorden continue as vice mayor. Commissioners unanimously approved it.
Commissioners also postponed the decision to provide reclaimed irrigation water to Little Everglades Ranch and future city sites, including the cemetery and Dade City Business Center.
Little Everglades Ranch, the site of the annual steeplechase, now uses potable well water for irrigation, said city engineer Jose Gil.
The project includes the installation of more than 15,000 feet of pipes and the construction of a 1-million gallon reclaimed water storage tank. Total cost: $3.8-million.
Southwest Florida Water Management District, commonly known as Swiftmud, has agreed to fund half of the project. The city would apply for grants to cover the other $1.9-million.
In other news:
• The commission approved an ordinance that will tack a $100 park and recreation fee onto new residential building permits. The money would pay for refurbishing and building park facilities.
The fee would be charged on each new residential unit. For example, someone building a duplex would have to pay $200. In the past, the city has negotiated this fee into permits for recent developments.
• JDR Properties of Pasco petitioned to annex about half an acre along the east side of U.S. 301 to be developed as part of the Dade City Business Center. Commissioners will discuss the matter further at a future meeting.
Helen Anne Travis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 521-6518.