Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Zephyrhills council seeks more information on inmate work details

City Council members are cautiously considering using inmate work crews from Zephyrhills Correctional Institution to tackle odd jobs.

City Manager Steve Spina's proposal to take a look at the nearby state prison's outside work squad program was met Monday with a mix of polite skepticism and curiosity. Spina said the city could get up to six inmates working a 40-hour week for about $59,000 a year, which includes the cost of a prison guard supervising the work detail. The inmates could do a variety of jobs — mowing, cleaning up alleys, improving sidewalks or painting fire hydrants, Spina said. Apopka participates in the program, he added.

"The benefit to the city is six extra bodies doing labor," said Spina. "One possible negative is community reaction."

Council members expressed concern about liability, insurance costs and the types of inmates working on the crews. Spina assured them that the inmates would likely be trustees and that "no triple murderers" would be manning lawn mowers on city properties. Council member Alan Knight said he would want a stipulation that the inmates would not work near schools. Spina said he would do further research on the program.

In other business, the council:

• Turned down a request from David Krasizgrun to change the land use designation of about 30 acres he owns at the northern end of the city. Krasizgrun's plans to build up to 402 apartments on the property around Phelps Road on the west side of U.S. 301 drew protests from neighbors who want the area to remain rural. The city's planning commission previously denied the request.

• Agreed to request time on the next Pasco County Commission meeting agenda to urge commissioners to continue using the same funding formula the county has used for 25 years to distribute gas tax revenue to municipalities. The county agreed last year to wait one year before implementing a new formula that would mean significant losses to Pasco's six cities. Zephyrhills stands to lose more than $300,000 if the formula changes.

Zephyrhills council seeks more information on inmate work details 08/27/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 7:52pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Navy parachutist dies during demonstration over Hudson River

    Military

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — In the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, a Navy Seal team member fell to his death Sunday after his parachute failed to open during a Fleet Week demonstration over the Hudson River.

    Officials surround a U.S. Navy Seal's parachute that landed in a parking lot after the parachutist fell into the Hudson River when his parachute failed to open during a Fleet Week demonstration over the river in Jersey City, N.J. The Navy said the parachutist was pronounced dead at Jersey City Medical Center. [Joe Shine | Jersey Journal via AP]
  2. As White House defends Jared Kushner, experts question his alleged back-channel move

    National

    WASHINGTON — The Trump administration argued over the weekend that back-channel communications are acceptable in building dialogue with foreign governments, part of an effort to minimize fallout over White House adviser Jared Kushner's reported discussion about creating a secret conduit to the Kremlin at a Russian …

    President-elect Donald Trump embraces son in law Jared Kushner, as his daughter Ivanka Trump stands nearby, after his acceptance speech at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of Nov. 9. [Mark Wilson | Getty Images]
  3. Sunstar ambulance unit overturns at Drew Street intersection in Clearwater, prompts road closures

    Accidents

    The intersection of Drew Street and Fort Harrison Avenue in Clearwater is closed following a crash that involved a Sunstar ambulance unit, according to the Clearwater Police Department.

    A Sunstar unit flipped in the intersection of Drew Street and Ford Harrison Avenue in Clearwater Monday morning after a car reportedly ran a red light and struck the ambulance, according to the Clearwater Police Department.
  4. Merkel spokesman: Germany still seeking stronger U.S. ties

    Nation

    BERLIN — Berlin remains committed to strong trans-Atlantic relations, but Chancellor Angela Merkel's suggestion after meetings with President Donald Trump that Europe can no longer entirely rely on the U.S. "speaks for itself," her spokesman said Monday

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech during an election campaign of her Christian Democratic Union, CDU, and the Christian Social Union, CSU, in Munich, southern Germany, Sunday. Merkel is urging European Union nations to stick together in the face of new uncertainty over the United States and other challenges. [Matthias Balk/dpa via AP]
  5. Tampa police: 46 arrests, 47 ejections at two-day Sunset Music Festival

    Public Safety

    Times staff

    TAMPA — In a preliminary tally Monday morning, police declared there were "no major incidents" during the two-day Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium but boosted the number of arrests and rejections they provided in earlier reports during the weekend.

    A Tampa Fire Rescue all-terrain vehicle patrols the parking area north of Raymond James Stadum on Sunday, day two of the Sunset Music Festival. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]