Attorney: Domestic partner registry okay
LARGO — City Attorney Alan Zimmet thinks Largo is within its legal rights to institute a domestic partnership registry.
The City Commission is considering a registry similar to those enacted in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater that extend certain rights to unmarried couples normally reserved for married couples, such as hospital visitation rights and health care decision-making powers.
Zimmet sent an opinion to commissioners in late September that said courts have ruled that cities are within their rights to enact registries, and they shouldn't expose cities to lawsuits, as Commissioner Curtis Holmes feared.
If an entity like a hospital refuses to honor the rights of a domestic partner, Zimmet wrote, it is up to that partner to file a lawsuit, not the city.
Offer for manhole repair will be less than asked
LARGO — The city will offer to pay a mobile home park for damage to its sewer system, but not as much as the park wanted.
City Attorney Alan Zimmet told commissioners at Tuesday night's meeting that Largo will offer to pay half the cost of the repairs to Paradise Island mobile home park's manholes the park says were caused by corrosive gases from city sewers.
The park spent $15,000 to repair a manhole in 2009, and says it has to replace another soon. Zimmet explained that, while a recent study showed city sewers did contribute to the park's problems, the city staff believes the age of the manholes was also a factor. Zimmet said the city will ask the park to get three bids for the second manhole replacement before the city contributes to that replacement.