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The Inverness Depot District pavilion will within a week have its fans and lights installed, an upgrade to the structure that is becoming a popular rental facility.

City Manager Eric Williams said the fans are needed as the city sees “more and more rentals,” which will only increase once the weather warms.

“The fans will be a huge event,” Williams told city council members during their regularly scheduled public meeting Tuesday, Feb. 16.  

Williams told his council bosses earlier this year he purchased the commercial-grade lights and fans for $26,000.

Williams told the council that previous offers from other vendors was for about $80,000. He also told the Chronicle that the labor cost for an electrician to install the fans and lights would be about $8,000.

In other business, the council:

• Unanimously voted to annex three residential properties along Longfellow Terrace. The property owners of the three parcels requested the annexations, Williams said. Each of the properties are half in and half out of the city limits. Each property is less than 10 acres, allowing it by state statute to be more easily annexed.

The properties are:

• At 725 Longfellow Terrace along the eastern boundary of the city limits. The property is owned by Keith A. Wright. It’s land use designation will be low density and its zoning will be residential.

• At 805 Longfellow Terrace. It is owned by Adastra Realty Group LLC. It’s land use designation will be low density and its zoning will be residential.

• At 809 Longfellow Terrace. It is also owned by Adastra Realty Group LLC. It’s land use designation will be low density and its zoning will be residential.

Williams congratulated the council and said their vote meant city growth.

Williams reported to the council that the work to build a new roof for city’s fire station is complete and required extensive wood replacement.

Williams also told the council that city staff have moved out of the Inverness visitors center on Dampier Street and back into city hall.

The council voted last month to move out of the facility it built in 2018, citing few visits. Instead, council members noted that most visitors to the city or conducting city-related business come to city hall on West Main Street. They thought the former visitors center was too far from downtown, but that as downtown grows its location is still a good one.

The council directed Williams to try to lease the building. The council urged Williams to try to rent it out as a law office. Mayor Bob Plaisted proposed also offering it up as a potential restaurant.  

Contact Chronicle reporter Fred Hiers at fred.hiers@chronicleonline.com or 352-397-5914.