Crystal River City Hall File Photo

Crystal River City Hall pictured along U.S. 19 in Crystal River.

A new bus line to Three Sisters Springs and a talk about preemptive laws.

These are just a couple topics on the agenda for Crystal River City Council’s upcoming meeting.

Council members will call to order at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, at City Hall, 123 NW U.S. 19, Crystal River.

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Council will vote on whether to pay Creative Bus Sales $65,550 for a 2017 Starcraft Allstar XL MVP 34 bus with 23,748 miles to shuttle people from the city’s Three Sisters Springs Center to the Three Sisters Springs wildlife refuge.

Between $5,000 and $6,500 will also be spent to wrap the exterior of the bus, which has a wheelchair lift and can seat 30 people.

Council allotted $80,000 in the city’s recent budget to purchase a transit vehicle for transportation into Three Sisters Springs.

According to the city, between 60 percent and 65 percent of refuge visitors are shuttled by trolley from the city’s Three Sisters Springs Center, located next to city hall.

Crystal River bought its current trolley for $55,000 in 2017 after leasing it. According to the city, annual trolley repairs have been costly, with estimates of between $10,000 and $12,000, making the bus a more cost-effective operation.

Once it replaces the trolley, the city will continue to use it in parades and during other events.

Councilman Robert Holmes is scheduled to wrap up Monday’s meeting with a discussion about preemption legislation being proposed that would prevent localities from enacting policies they once could.

Also on Monday’s council agenda:

Council will vote on whether to approve a motion authorizing Mayor Joe Meek to execute a “Notice of Site Dedication and Limitation of Use” for Crystal River’s Splash Pad Park.

This notice and its filing in public records ensures the facility will be open to the public at reasonable times, will be operated safely and will abide to the funding conditions of the $450,000 grant the Florida Department of Environmental Protection awarded for the park.

Council will vote on whether to adopt a resolution, which would vacate a portion of Northeast First Avenue, between Northeast Ninth Street and Northeast 10th Street, correcting an oversight made in the original resolution council approved in 2006.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916, or visit to see more of his stories.