IRNA encouraging citizen attendance at May 1 Vero Beach City Council meeting

Editor’s note: At its schedule May 1 meeting, the Vero Beach City Council is to hear proposals on selling the City’s water and sewer utility to the County, and on leasing the municipal marina. Concerned that the Council not act hastily on these proposals, the Indian River Neighborhood Association today released an announcement urging the public to remain informed on the Council’s plans.

Vero Beach City Council to consider major changes

A few days ago the City of Vero Beach posted the Agenda for their Tuesday, May 1st, 6 p.m. meeting.  The Agenda lists a Council Member sponsoring two citizens who will give a presentation to encourage the council to explore selling the City’s Water and Sewer Utility Service and the City’s Solid Waste Service. The Agenda also lists an item to Lease the City’s Marina.

These are all valuable assets which have enhanced the ability of the City to retain a small town charm with excellent services, zoning that protects low heights and densities and a low tax rate. It is a concern that these matters have come forward with almost no public awareness. The Finance Commission met one week earlier and there was no mention of this matter.  And the Utility Commission has not met since a Joint Meeting with the Finance Commission last August 2017.

The IRNA Board of Directors discussed these issues and there was agreement that the council delay any action on these proposals until a full outside financial examination has taken place and that the city’s finance and utility commissions thoroughly review these matters with advertised public meetings at every step. This position will be represented to Council.

This email is sent for your awareness and we urge you to stay informed about this matter. You are encouraged to attend the Council meeting at Vero Beach City Hall this Tuesday evening, May 1st, at 6 p.m. or watch the proceedings live on Comcast Channel 13, AT&T Uverse Channel 99 or access live streaming on your computer at COVB.org Thank you for your attention to this email.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with your concerns

One comment

  1. Dear City of Vero Beach,Listen to the IRNA!They know more than you think and there advice is “heartfelt”. The fact is that John’s Island is building an 18 inch water pipeline to supply water to its golf course in Indian River Shores. This pipe will carry reprocessed sewer water from Wabasso to Indian River Shores. John’s Island is spending over $5 million to do this and after the pipeline is built it will be given to the county as their property. If the city sells the Water Business to the county, this will then give the county a monopoly over all water in our area. As it turns out, over a period of time this reprocessed water can also affect all of our homes and aquifers. Remember this reprocessed water is not of the same higher quality that the City is selling. This proposed pipeline is to go 80 feet under the river from the processing plant in Wabasso. It will connect from the mainland to jungle trail and then under Old Winter Beach Road and then to the Golf Course at A1A., All water sold to other communities on the island will earn a 20% commission for a period of 25 years to John’s Island . The water used through this pipeline servicing the golf course will come in at 50% of the rate that everybody else will be paying for it. Listen to the IRNA, think twice about giving the county a monopoly. Let us protect our water supplies, remember this pipeline will deliver over a million gallons of re-processed sewer water every day, and for what? A golf course! Please think of “Ecology” first, let us save our communities from a pending disaster.

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