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Short CDD Meeting Tackles Survey Points and Food Truck Rally

February’s meeting of the Westchase CDD reinforced the district’s historic position of declining any use of Westchase park land that primarily benefits commercial interests.

Gathering on Tuesday, Feb. 3, supervisors of the Westchase Community Development District (CDD) cleaned up their financial books by addressing unallocated expenses related to the installation of new survey datum points in recently repaved roads in Stonebridge, The Greens and Harbor Links/The Estates. The points are used to shoot surveys of property lines. Supervisors voted unanimously to allocate $2,500 in Stonebridge funds for the work there. The board will address costs related to The Greens and Harbor Links/The Estates when work is completed there at an estimated $70 per hour.

The CDD maintains West Park’s alleys and roads within gated neighborhoods and homeowners pay additional CDD assessments for their costs.

With supervisors’ recent finalization of the contract for their parks improvement plan, CDD Attorney Erin McCormick suggested the board ask Stantec, which won the contract, to make recommendations for enhanced signage delineating park rules. Supervisors asked CDD Office Administrator Sonny Whyte to highlight needed rules for McCormick’s review.

Supervisors also passed a clarifying motion stipulating that the newly approved Greens gatehouse contract with Securitas, establishing an 80-cents-per-hour increase to cover mandated health insurance coverage for employees, be made retroactive to Jan. 1. Supervisors voted 4-1 for the motion, with Supervisor Brian Ross opposed. Ross stated that during the passage of the original contract requested by Securitas he had made a mental note that Securitas had not specified a retroactive Jan. 1 start date. District Manager Andy Mendenhall, however, stated that Securitas’ original written request had indicated the date.

Supervisors spent the balance of their 35-minute meeting addressing a request by Greens resident Gabriel Arrillaga Pedrosa to hold a food truck rally in conjunction with the WCA’s Movie in the Park on March 13 at the Montague Street green. Arrillaga Pedrosa stated that a portion of the funds would benefit the USF Boricua Students Association’s efforts to raise funds for Bulls for Kids, which does fundraising for All Children’s Hospital.

Under the proposed plan, the trucks would pull up to the curb and serve food onto the park land between the sidewalk and street.

Supervisors took no action on the request, however. They stated that while a portion of funds from food truck sales would benefit a charity, most would go to the for-profit food trucks, violating the district’s policy of not using park lands for for-profit activities. Westchase Community Association (WCA) Director Kathy Carlsen, however, stated that similar activity was occurring already, with hot dog vendors pulling up on the road alongside the park during movie nights. She also pointed out that ice cream trucks were frequent visitors to Baybridge and Glencliff Parks. CDD Chair Mark Ragusa, however, stated that the district’s off-duty deputy patrol would be reminded of the district’s policy and would enforce any encountered violations. Arrillaga Pedrosa was encouraged, however, to explore closing down the Brompton Drive road in front of the West Park Village leasing office to allow the trucks to serve items directly onto the publicly owned road.

Closing discussion, Chair Ragusa passed on a commendation from residents for CDD Field Manager Doug Mays. Ragusa also asked staff to address illegal parking on Countryway Boulevard’s right of way adjacent to Glencliff Park’s party pavilions. He stated he had recently encountered a large pickup truck parked a third of the way onto the road during a party there.

Supervisors adjourned at 4:35 p.m. The CDD holds it meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. at the WCA office building on Parley Drive. Residents are welcome to attend.

By Christopher Barrett, Publisher

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