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Sarasota News Leader September 28, 2012 The corporation still would approve the in- voices before the checks were written, Mon- tague said. Montague added during that meeting that the commissioners had two options regarding the SKVMC bank account: allowing the SKVMC to keep the account open, with the county reim- bursing the Maintenance Corp. for future ex- penses as they were documented; or allowing all future invoices to go directly to the county. The latter option, Montague pointed out, would entail the closing of the bank account. "It seems to me Option 2 is the most fair, but is that a board decision?" Commissioner Nora Patterson asked Montague. "It can be," Montague told her. Deputy County Attorney Kathleen Schneider said county staff would prefer that second op- tion, adding, "Basically, there is no need for the bank account if the corporation is not pay- ing for anything directly" in the future. During his Sept. 25 presentation, Montague told the County Commission that another change in the ordinance "basically requires more enhanced bookkeeping" on the part Page 58 of the Maintenance Corp., as well as regular meetings and quarterly reports. "This is a relatively minor amendment," he added. Although Chairwoman Christine Robinson opened a public hearing before the vote, no one addressed the board. Patterson made the motion to approve the re- vised ordinance. Commissioner Jon Thaxton seconded the motion. "It's been a long time coming," Patterson said. "I think the Village business people are excit- ed about it." Patterson was referring to the new county contract with Championship Landscape Main- tenance Professionals of Fort Myers, which was awarded the bid on Aug. 21 to handle the maintenance work. The contract is for $97,417.70. The Maintenance Corp. has oversight of Championship's work and will approve invoic- es the firm submits before the county pays the bills, according to the ordinance revisions. "I hope it works really well," Patterson added of the new arrangement. Find Us On Facebook

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