Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Fliers can get cleaner planes in Zephyrhills

ZEPHYRHILLS — The Zephyrhills Municipal Airport will get a new aircraft washing station, thanks to a $52,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation.

The City Council voted Monday evening to accept the grant and provide a $13,000 local match.

According to a memo written by airport manager Trina Sweet, the station will "reduce the risk of excess oil and chemical runoff into our groundwater system and ensure compliance with environmental agencies."

The council also extended two 10-year lease agreements for hangars at the airport. According to documentation provided by Sweet, one lease had lapsed by a little more than two months and the other by a year when the extensions were brought before the council.

Sweet said the extensions "fell through the cracks" because of the large amount of leases issued during the late '90s.

Council President Jodi Wilkeson said she hoped the city would be more proactive in scheduling reminders for looming lease deadlines in the future.

A resolution to increase a number of administrative fees was dropped by the council. Increases to charges for site plan review, rezoning, annexation, and tree removal would have been included in the revised rate structure.

Even with the proposed increases, the fees in Zephyr­hills would have been lower or comparable to those charged by other east Pasco municipalities and the county.

"What we're looking at is that we're covering our costs and not eating away at the money we need to keep our city fiscally healthy," said Wilkeson, who showed initial support for the resolution.

Council Vice President Lance Smith opposed the increase but said he would like to see a drafted resolution of the new schedule. He put forward a motion, but the other council members refused to vote on the issue.

"I'm not in favor of raising any fees," Smith said. He continued: "We should have done it when growth was booming."

City Manager Steve Spina said the increases will be revisited when the economy improves.

A proposed ordinance that would limit sales in temporary structures — like the fireworks sold out of roadside tents — was tabled until the June 22 meeting. Under the proposal, temporary sales would only be allowed by businesses with a permanent structure on site.

Fliers can get cleaner planes in Zephyrhills 06/08/09 [Last modified: Monday, June 8, 2009 9:06pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of Virginia special agent

    Crime

    RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia State Police special agent died Saturday after being shot by a man sitting in a car in Richmond, police said. The shooting suspect fled on foot, sparking an overnight manhunt that ended with the man's arrest about an hour after the agent's death.

    This image provided by the Virginia State Police shows law enforcement investigating the scene of a shooting early Saturday in Richmond, Va.   Special Agent Michael T. Walter, a Virginia State Police special agent died Saturday after being shot by a man sitting in a car in Richmond, police said. The shooting suspect fled on foot, sparking an overnight manhunt that ended with the man's arrest about an hour after the agent's death. Virginia State Police said in an emailed statement that Travis A. Ball of Richmond is being held without bond on charges that include malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. (Virginia State Police via AP)
  2. Mayor Rick Kriseman says St. Petersburg mayoral election is about going forward, not back

    Blogs

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman christened his campaign office Friday evening by telling his supporters that the mayoral election was about moving forward, not backward.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman says mayoral election is about inclusiveness Friday at campaign office rally
  3. Forecast: Lots of sunshine, low humidity to start Memorial Day weekend

    Weather

    The start of your long Memorial Day weekend is all sunshine this Saturday, according to WTSP 10Weather meteorologist Rick Kearbey.

    WTSP seven-day forecast on May 27, 2017.
  4. For starters: Rays at Twins, looking for another with Odorizzi starting

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 12:45: Cash said Robertson was taking better swings Friday and so he wanted to move him up today, liking the idea of having three straight right-handers vs. a LHP they don't know much about. ... Souza was still smiling this morning about his failed dive attempt last night, and the reaction it got. .. The …

  5. Global computer outage grounds British flights

    Airlines

    LONDON — British Airways canceled all flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports Saturday as a global IT failure caused severe disruption for travelers on a busy holiday weekend.

    British Airways planes are parked at Heathrow Airport in January. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, file)