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Traffic tops Zephyrhills issues, survey says

ZEPHYRHILLS — It seems traffic congestion is the biggest issue on the minds of Zephyrhills residents these days.

A citizen satisfaction survey administered by graduate students at the University of South Florida found that 68 percent of the residents polled cited heavy traffic as a major concern. Crime and growth were other big issues for locals.

Recently, 1,300 Zephyrhills residents were mailed a survey to gauge their satisfaction.

The survey results, which were noted in a 1-inch thick packet, were made available at Monday's City Council meeting.

In other business, the council agreed to renew its contract with a local accounting company for the next few years. Zephyrhills-based Baggett-Henson CPAs will continue to serve the city for $33,000 each year until 2013.

Baggett-Henson also made available findings from an independent city audit during the meeting Monday.

The council also agreed to move forward with its plans to buy an acre of land for about $45,000 in order to construct a well north of Pretty Pond Road. Also, the city agreed to hire D.R. Swanson Co. to perform upgrades to the city's lift station No. 2 at 19th Street and Eighth Avenue.

The upgrades include new well pumps and controls and would cost the city an estimated $122,000.

Luke Thomas was recognized at the meeting as the valedictorian of Zephyrhills High School.

The city's mayor, W. Cliff McDuffie, honored Sgt. Marcus Mathes, a Zephyrhills resident who was killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Traffic tops Zephyrhills issues, survey says 05/12/08 [Last modified: Monday, May 12, 2008 8:19pm]
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