NEW PORT RICHEY
County okays health clinic and shelter
The County Commission signed off Tuesday on the contract to build a health clinic in Hudson that will double as a regional hurricane shelter. The joint venture with Spring Engineering and Bandes Construction calls for spending up to $7.5-million in federal and state money to design and build the facility. The much-delayed project could be substantially done in August 2009, providing up to 1,000 beds for evacuees during an emergency. But construction must begin this year to keep up to $1.6-million in federal grant money. Federal officials recently granted the project a waiver to be built without meeting the more expensive tornado and wind standards.
Displaced principal gets a new post
Nearly two months after being removed from his school, former Gulf High principal Tom Imerson has a position at the district's main office as supervisor of volunteer programs. Imerson replaces Holly Rockhill, who will become an assistant principal at Land O'Lakes High. Superintendent Heather Fiorentino told the School Board that the move would be cost neutral, although Imerson earns about $28,000 a year more than Rockhill. Fiorentino has yet to fully explain why she pulled Imerson from Gulf High. Assistant superintendent Sandy Ramos said the new assignment fits Imerson's skills as a good writer with strong community outreach abilities. He will also work with the district's high school design committee.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Swiftmud board's tax rate stays level
The Southwest Florida Water Management District basin board that covers most of west Pasco plans to keep the same tax rate for the coming year. The Coastal Rivers Basin Board has adopted a rate of 0.1885 mills, or nearly 19 cents for every $1,000 in taxable property value. The board will have a budget of $9.37-million, about $640,000 less than this year. The budget includes $311,090 for an $18.5-million reclaimed water reservoir in Wesley Chapel, and $336,400 for $2.2-million in reclaimed-water lines in New Port Richey. Swiftmud's governing board will hold two public hearings in September before final adoption of the tax rates.
Cacyul, Ruth E.
DeClue, Sandra Faye
Doherty, Maydelle D.
Irby, The Rev. James M.
Izer, Helen Irene
MacManus, Elizabeth Riegler
Marcinowski, Caroline D.
Morton, Frances P.
Pennino, Mark A. "Just Gino 1%er"
Thorschmidt, Vincent W.
This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.