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1086206 2999-04-26 00:00:00.0 UTC 2999-04-25T20:00:00.000-04:00 2010-04-09 03:55:15.0 UTC 2010-04-08T23:55:15.000-04:00 st-petersburg-to-take-bids-on-voluntary-curbside-recycling-program Published 2010-04-09 03:55:16.0 UTC 2010-04-08T23:55:16.000-04:00 news DTI 61509671 ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council on Thursday approved Mayor Bill Foster's plan to seek bids from companies that will introduce a voluntary curbside recycling program for residents. St. Petersburg is the only city out of 24 in Pinellas County not to offer the service. Foster will seek bids for weekly pickup with a single container for recycled materials. Costs for the program would be paid by participating residents. Foster said he expects the fees to be about $5 to $7 a month, depending on how many residents participate. "The more customers, the lower the price," Foster said. Though Pinellas County commissioners will discuss introducing countywide recycling on May 4, Foster said he will seek bids for a citywide voluntary program. While council members approved the program, many said it wouldn't bring the benefits advocates say it will. "Curbside recycling makes people feel better than how much it actually benefits the environment," Jim Kennedy said. Jeff Danner called it the "low hanging fruit" that wasn't as pressing as other issues, such as improving water and air quality. In other action Thursday, a council committee authorized the city staff to draft a lease giving Great Explorations, a children's museum, five years to rent space at Sunken Gardens. Rent would start at $2,600 a month and climb up to $4,800 a month by the fifth year. The museum also agreed to pay $38,000 over that period for constructions costs stemming from an entrance project from a few years ago. The museum would have an option to extend the lease another five years if it meets those terms. The City Council is expected to vote on the lease in two months. The agreement ends a showdown between the city and the museum. Tensions between the city and the museum have risen in the past year. The city was fining the museum for falling behind on its payments for the construction, while museum officials claimed a bad economy made it difficult to meet lease terms that they called onerous. No such tension Thursday, however. "This stuff is behind us," said Scott Wagman, a museum representative. "The museum is not facing an imminent demise." Michael Van Sickler can be reached at (727) 893-8037 or mvansickler@sptimes.com. By Michael Van Sickler, Times Staff Writer News St. Petersburg to take bids on voluntary curbside recycling program MVANSICKLERN CIT Local &amp; State City to take bids for recycling program 3 spcouncil040910.0st City to take bids for recycling program 2010-04-09 04:00:00.0 UTC 2010-04-09T00:00:00.000-04:00 curbside recycling false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2010/04/08/61509671-st-petersburg-to-take-bids-on-voluntary-curbside-recycling-program StaffArticle ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council on Thursday approved Mayor Bill Foster's plan to seek bids from companies that will introduce a voluntary curbside recycling program for residents.curbside recyclingMichael Van Sickler 380327 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:41:49.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:41:49.000-04:00 michael-van-sickler published 2016-01-28 17:23:10.0 UTC 2016-01-28T12:23:10.000-05:00 Michael Van Sickler <p>Michael has been with the <i>Tampa Bay Times</i> since 2003. A Cleveland, Ohio, native, he graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., and got his master's degree at the University of Florida. He has worked at the <i>Ledger </i>and the <i>Palm Beach Post</i>. For the <i>Times</i>, he has covered everything from mortgage fraud, growth and development in Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg City Hall and state government in Tallahassee. He's now assistant metro editor for the paper.</p> Tampa Bay Times writers DTI 33746416 Michael has been with the Tampa Bay Times since 2003. A Cleveland, Ohio, native, he graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., and got his master's degree at the University of Florida. He has worked at the Ledger and the Palm Beach Post. For the Times, he has covered everything from mortgage fraud, growth and development in Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg City Hall and state government in Tallahassee. He's now assistant metro editor for the paper. <p>Phone: (727) 580-9650.</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:mvansickler@tampabay.com">mvansickler@tampabay.com</a></p> <p>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/mikevansickler">@MikeVanSickler</a></p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2012/10/VanSickler_Mike_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33746416-michael-van-sickler AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:41:49.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:41:49.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">MICHAEL VAN SICKLER</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2262224 2016-01-21 16:38:51.0 UTC 7 Months Ago alley-pickup-for-recycling-to-start-in-st-petersburg news/localgovernment Alley pickup for recycling to start in St. Petersburg StaffArticle 2271496 2016-04-01 00:34:40.0 UTC 5 Months Ago st-petersburg-wont-expand-recycling-for-46000-apartments-and-condos news/growth St. Petersburg won't expand recycling for 46,000 apartments and condos StaffArticle 2267749 2016-03-03 03:59:31.0 UTC 6 Months Ago preservationists-bid-to-block-demolition-of-st-petersburg-buildings-denied news/localgovernment Preservationists' bid to block demolition of St. Petersburg buildings denied StaffArticle <p>ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council on Thursday approved Mayor Bill Foster's plan to seek bids from companies that will introduce a voluntary curbside recycling program for residents.</p> <p>St. Petersburg is the only city out of 24 in Pinellas County not to offer the service. Foster will seek bids for weekly pickup with a single container for recycled materials.</p> <p>Costs for the program would be paid by participating residents. Foster said he expects the fees to be about $5 to $7 a month, depending on how many residents participate.</p> <p>&quot;The more customers, the lower the price,&quot; Foster said.</p> <p>Though Pinellas County commissioners will discuss introducing countywide recycling on May 4, Foster said he will seek bids for a citywide voluntary program. While council members approved the program, many said it wouldn't bring the benefits advocates say it will.</p> <p>&quot;Curbside recycling makes people feel better than how much it actually benefits the environment,&quot; Jim Kennedy said.</p> <p>Jeff Danner called it the &quot;low hanging fruit&quot; that wasn't as pressing as other issues, such as improving water and air quality.</p> <p>In other action Thursday, a council committee authorized the city staff to draft a lease giving Great Explorations, a children's museum, five years to rent space at Sunken Gardens. Rent would start at $2,600 a month and climb up to $4,800 a month by the fifth year. The museum also agreed to pay $38,000 over that period for constructions costs stemming from an entrance project from a few years ago.</p> <p>The museum would have an option to extend the lease another five years if it meets those terms. The City Council is expected to vote on the lease in two months.</p> <p>The agreement ends a showdown between the city and the museum.</p> <p>Tensions between the city and the museum have risen in the past year. The city was fining the museum for falling behind on its payments for the construction, while museum officials claimed a bad economy made it difficult to meet lease terms that they called onerous. No such tension Thursday, however.</p> <p>&quot;This stuff is behind us,&quot; said Scott Wagman, a museum representative. &quot;The museum is not facing an imminent demise.&quot;</p> <p><i>Michael Van Sickler can be reached at (727) 893-8037 or mvansickler@sptimes.com.</i></p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:54:20