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CDD to Install Fountain in Countryway Boulevard Lake

Supervisors of the Westchase Community Development District (CDD) saw their first meeting of 2015 adjourn in less than an hour – but not before making a splash.

The abbreviated session addressed three items, including the purchase of a fountain for a lake near Westchase’s fire station.

Supervisor Bob Argus was absent.

The remaining four supervisors present, however, gave their final blessing for the installation of a pond fountain in the lake beside the fire station and Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard. The fountain itself will cost $11,500 while an additional $2,800 was approved to extend electrical utilities to the pond. Quarterly maintenance is expected to run $127.50. Staff stated their only estimated cost was the annual electric bill for running the fountain. Staff stated that the fountain in the lake across from Westchase Elementary School costs $6,000 per year. The smaller fountain for Countryway Boulevard, they estimated, would cost half that. Supervisors ultimately voted 4-0 to install the fountain, expected to occur in the next two months.

While supervisors waited for CDD Attorney Erin McCormick to arrive, they heard from Kathy Carlsen, who sits on the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board. Carlsen encouraged CDD staff to explore the greater use of Florida Friendly and native Florida plantings in the community’s beds. Citing the entrances to the Citrus Park mall as featuring beautiful, yet less common options, she stated, “They are eye-catchers.”

With McCormick’s arrival, supervisors turned to the remaining item of business, the contract for a Parks Master Plan design with Stantec, their engineering firm. CDD Chair Mark Ragusa stated that his signature on the contract had been held up by a couple of issues. McCormick stated that as of 1:30 p.m. that afternoon, Stantec and she had come to an agreement on contract language related to liability and indemnification.

In their final action, Supervisors voted 4-0 to authorize the finalization and the chair’s signature on a contract with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department over the district’s hiring of their off-duty deputies for the CDD’s privacy patrol.

Supervisors adjourned at 4:51 p.m.

By Chris Barrett, Publisher

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