- Published: Wednesday, 25 March 2020 15:46
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As Snell Isle property owners, I am sure we all care about our neighborhood, our safety and the beauty of our surroundings. One of the best ways to show you care is to become involved and volunteer. That way you can have a direct impact and get a real sense of accomplishment. Presently, we have an ongoing project and are currently in the process of cleaning and painting statues for which Snell Isle has 162 locations. All the 40 planters have already been cleaned, painted and planted but we have lions, panthers and griffins, some of which need primer and paint. Often neighbors ask to “adopt” a statue and spruce up a panther, lion or griffin. Perhaps there is one on your corner, or even on your property that you would like to volunteer to clean and paint.
SIPOA will supply all the materials, including everything you need from written instructions to rags, brushes, paint, gloves, drop cloths and more. This is an important project and we need a good number of volunteers because of all the statues that need to be painted. While our Board is doing all we can to improve Snell Isle, we can’t do it alone and must rely on our friends and neighbors to pitch in.
To update our membership, I want to give a big shout out to all the volunteers who have already put in much time and effort helping clean, prime and paint our statues. Thank you to all of the following:
Bonnie Hargrett Dr. George Stovall Mike Kidwell Cathy Arciold & Donnell Thomas Donnell Thomas Howard and Cindy Pollack David, Kelli, Nathan, and Isabel Brown ( a whole family affair!) Bob Jenkins Kevin Bainbridge Robert & Wynne Shapiro Lee Hudson and Leila Hudson
Did you know that the the U.S. Constitution mandates that the country count its population once every 10 years? The results are used to adjust or redraw electoral districts, based on where populations have increased or decreased. State legislatures, or independent bipartisan commissions, are responsible for redrawing congressional districts and determining the number of seats each state has in the house of representatives. The U.S. Census Bureau provides states with population counts for this purpose.
Some of us may not want to bother responding to the Census, not realizing that there is a huge benefit for all of us to do so. In fact, are you aware that the 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, as well as federal funding and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade?
Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use this data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children.
The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP, hospitals, fire departments, police and other critical programs.
The 2020 Census will be valuable to businesses, as the results will provide a rich set of data on the communities they serve, including population trends and growth projections. Business owners rely on census results to make decisions, such as where to open new stores, restaurants, factories, or offices, where to expand operations, where to recruit employees, and which products and services to offer.
As you can see, the Census is an extremely important tool that benefits us all, and everyone should make it a point to respond. In mid-March, homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. Instructions for doing so will be provided in the mailing. Please look out for this and let the country know you wanted to be counted!
I encourage you to become familiar with potential rate changes to your St Pete Utility Bill. These changes have the potential to change the base amount you pay in your monthly invoice. Prior to St Pete considering making this change, all residential properties were considered “equal”and billed the same base amount. If the new rate tiering is approved, it will be based on the square footage of impervious surface area (surfaces that water runs off), so that a property’s fee more accurately reflects its impact to our stormwater system.
I hope you will click on the link below and, if you have questions, please call the number shown below. The City is making available these telephone resources to answer any and all questions you may have.~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
ST PETERSBURG UTILITY RATE CHANGES IN THE WORKS
St. Petersburg City Council will consider increases to water, wastewater, reclaimed water, stormwater and sanitation utility rates and charges. Meetings will be held at the Sunshine Center at 330 5th St. N.
First Reading is Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 3 p.m.
Public Hearing Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 6 p.m. The proposed rate adjustments will be published at the First Reading and made available at stpete.org/rates. If approved, any changes would take effect October 1, 2019.
City Council will be considering Stormwater tiered rate changes for adoption on October 1, 2019. Find more information and view your property’s impervious surface area measurement in the Stormwater Review and Appeals Portal at stpete.org/ratechanges
Questions? Call 727-893-7280.
Please take advantage of these opportunities to review and understand the impact on your utility bill prior to any changes.
July 18th we rescued a pelican from Snell Harbor off of Cordova Blvd. The bird was in poor condition: entangled in fishing line, compound wing fracture, and bones were exposed. Our SPCA colleague made us aware that in all likelihood the bird would be euthanized as they could not heal this severe injury. If you catch a bird, do not cut your line and turn it loose, you doom the animal if you do this. FWC recommended procedure to take care of a hooked pelican (or other bird):
Put on glasses/sunglasses to protect your eyes. Reel the bird in slowly to reduce the risk of added injury. Or use a net to carefully lift the bird from the water. Fold the bird’s wings against its body and hold the beak firmly. Allow the beak to be open slightly to allow it to breathe. Cover its head and eyes with a towel or shirt to calm it. Clip the barb and back the hook out. If the bird is severely injured, has swallowed a hook, or you are unable to deal with the problem, call a bird rescuer, such as Helping Hands Animal Rescue: 727.365.4592.
When fishing, avoid casting into projecting mangrove branches, there is high probability the line will become entangled and pose a trap to birds. If you see line in mangroves and other structures please remove it. The Brown Pelican is the Iconic symbol of Saint Petersburg, let’s all do our part to be good stewards and care of birds that need help.
Thank you Walt Jaap, Coffeepot Bayou Watershed Alliance
In a further effort to engage our community and all the residents of Snell Isle, the SIPOA Board of Directors has organized a BUSINESS SHOWCASE on May 14th at 6:00 PM at the Women’s Club on Snell Isle Blvd. There will be free delicious food catered by Harvey’s 4th Street Grill and beverages available for everyone, along with speakers and vendors of various goods and services who will provide information and literature about their respective companies. This will be an informal gathering intended to benefit Snell Isle and the members of the Association. We are asking that everyone show up promptly by 6:00 PM as we have a full agenda is planned.
Flock Camera Systems (Neighborhood wireless security system consultants) will be our featured speaker for the evening and will do a slide show presentation followed by Q&A. Putting tag-reader cameras at all entrances and exits to Snell Isle is an option we will be discussing in open forum. Additionally, we anticipate having the following vendors on site for folks to review their services and ask questions; they too will have an opportunity to speak in front of the membership…
1) Dynamic Outdoor Spaces
2) Happy Healthy Roots – Nutritional
3) Premier Paver Restoration
4) Canterbury School
5) North Shore Elementary School
6) Budget Blinds
7) Dr. Stuart Pollack – Chiropractor
8) Bayview Wealth Group
9) NE Animal Hospital
10) Lightning Funding - Mortgages
We look forward to an entertaining and informative event and invite all our residents to join us for what will surely be an enjoyable evening where we can socialize, eat, drink and engage with local businesses from our community. It’s an event you surely don’t want to miss!