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Ormond Beach Observer Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 3 days ago

Ormond commissioners OK new car wash design

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by: Jarleene Almenas Senior Editor

Pleased with the proposed changes to the exterior of the building, the Ormond Beach City Commission unanimously approved on Wednesday, Aug. 3, a rezoning and development order for a new full-service car wash, on second reading.

The new “Splash Car Wash” will be built at 55 N. Nova Road, at the site of a former church.

The property was rezoned from B-8 Commercial to a Planned Business Development. The current vacant church structure will be demolished.

At the commission’s meeting on Tuesday, July 19, the commissioners approved the development order on first reading, with the condition that the applicant, Steve Schlossberg, of Splash Car Wash, made changes to the building’s exterior design.

“You did everything we asked,” said City Commissioner Troy Kent at the Aug. 3 meeting. “Thank you. You’ve made it more appropriate for Ormond Beach, and I think you’re going to be so happy that you made these changes.”

Commissioners hadn’t liked some of the colors nor the amount of proposed signs on the car wash.

In response to their feedback, Schlossberg switched the colors of banding from yellow and gray to black. Their sponge mascot was also removed from building signage, font was changed and signage lettering was sized down.

At night, the building signage — which was reduced from an overall  of 154 square feet to 119 square feet — will glow white.

“We’re excited to get this thing up and running and we can’t wait to show you this cool new concept,” Schlossberg said.

The next City Commission meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.

Pet-friendly designation?

The city of Ormond Beach will be pursuing a Better Cities for Pets certification from the Mars Petcare Program.

City Manager Joyce Shanahan asked the commissioners for direction regarding this designation at their meeting on Aug. 3. There is no cost to apply for the program, and Shanahan said the certification makes

cities eligible to receive grants up to $20,000. Per the program’s website, the grants “help cities create or expand programs that provide more welcoming places for people and pets.” Twelve cities in Florida currently hold the certification.

City to apply for DOJ grant

Via its consent agenda, the Ormond Beach City Commission also unanimously approved a request to submit a grant application to the Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program for $11,850.

A city memo states the Ormond Beach Police Department wishes to purchase equipment for firearms simulation training.

Higher purchasing threshold OK’d

The City Commission unanimously approved an amendment to its code of ordinances that will allow city staff to make purchases under $2,500 without obtaining three verbal quotes.

Since 1998, staff were required to obtain three verbal quotes for purchases between $500 and $2,499. A city memo states inflation has resulted in some purchases that at one time could be made quickly, now requiring the three quotes.

“This has significantly hampered productivity especially in the Public Works department where small dollar purchases are necessitated to perform daily tasks,” the city memo states.

Even with the change, the city remains one of the ones with the lowest threshold compared to surrounding cities. Daytona Beach’s is $3,000; Port Orange’s is $3,500; and New Smyrna Beach’s is $5,000.

The verbal quote requirements for purchases between $2,500 to $24,999.99 will remain unchanged, as will the requirement for City Commission approval for purchases over $25,000.

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