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Dade City gets a break on lease from lot owner

DADE CITY — In 2007, officials had big hopes for the lot on the corner of Church Avenue and Eighth Street.

The city leased the 1.5 acres from the Weitzenkorn Family Partnership Ltd. for overflow parking during city events. The lease gave the city the option to buy the property as a future site for a new City Hall.

But budget woes have indefinitely postponed plans for replacing City Hall, making commissioners question whether they should continue to lease the property.

So Otto Weitzenkorn and his family offered to renegotiate a more affordable lease, which officials approved Tuesday evening.

Previously, the city spent $10,734 a year, which included taxes and upkeep.

Now, the city doesn't have to pay taxes on the property, saving $6,400.

"He knows the city is in hard times," said City Manager Billy Poe.

Also Tuesday, the commission decided that commissioners can attend future meetings via telephone.

Phoning in would be allowed only under "extraordinary circumstances," including illness or the death of a family member. Commissioners would be allowed the option only once per year and would have to reimburse any costs of the call to the city.

In other news

The City Council recognized several residents at Tuesday's meeting. Donald Dueker, president of Citrus Country Groves, was honored for his creative direction in establishing a railroad museum at the former Dade City Atlantic Coastline Railroad Depot. Coffee Mug owner Allison Todd was dubbed an outstanding local Florida Main Street supporter. Downtown Dade City Main Street was recognized for its success at the Secretary of State's 2008 Florida Main Street Awards banquet. Pastor Mitchell Davis Jr. was also honored for his 25 years of service to the Church of God in Christ.

Helen Anne Travis can be reached at htravis@sptimes.com or (813) 435-7312.

Dade City gets a break on lease from lot owner 10/14/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 8:42pm]
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