Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Zephyrhills sorts spending priorities

ZEPHYRHILLS — The first Zephyrhills City Council meeting of 2009 focused on ways to improve the city in the shadow of the national recession.

City Manager Steve Spina said the decrease in property and sales tax revenue for the city has forced Zephyrhills to reserve budget dollars for necessities.

High on the list is the renovation of the downtown fire station after last year's flood. The council voted to establish a request for sealed bids from contractors for renovations to the damaged station.

Spina said the repairs will be funded from Penny for Pasco and the Safety Impact Fee and will include a new roof and fortifying the north wall against future floods. Current plans also include converting some garage space into office space. Estimated costs are approximately $700,000.

Police Chief Dave Shears asked council members to approve the purchase of four new police vehicles at a price of $101,000, which will be funded by existing money in this year's fiscal budget and money from the Police Department.

Shears said buying the vehicles outright instead of leasing would save the city $10,000 for each lease. The council unanimously approved the purchase. The older cruisers will be put up for auction.

The council also voted to renew the Pasco County Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Agreement, which shares resources between city police departments in the county.

"After 25 years in law enforcement, there's too many bad guys out there and we need all the help we can get," said council member Manny Funes.

The council voted unanimously to name the new wastewater treatment plant after Louis E. Sellars.

Mayor Cliff McDuffie also proclaimed Jan. 15 would be set aside to honor the accomplishments of Sellars, who is utilities superintendent of Zephyrhills and has worked for the utilities department since 1968.

In addition, rental rates at the Alice Hall Community Center will rise to $40 an hour, effective Monday. The rates include setup fees, and impact all reservations made as of today.

Zephyrhills sorts spending priorities 01/12/09 [Last modified: Monday, January 12, 2009 8:58pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Water Hogs: During drought, hundreds of Tampa Bay homes guzzled a gallon of water a minute


    When Amalie Oil president Harry Barkett plunked down $6.75-million for his Bayshore Boulevard mansion, he picked up 12.5 bathrooms, a pool, a hot tub, an elevator and a deck bigger than some one-bedroom apartments.

    During one of the worst droughts in the Tampa Bay region's history, hundreds of houses used more than a gallon of water a minute. ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times

  2. PolitiFact Florida checks out Rick Baker's talking point about the growth of St. Petersburg's A-rated schools


    Rick Baker has used mailers, forums and social media to relay one big message in his campaign for St. Petersburg mayor: Schools in St. Petersburg saw drastic improvements when he was mayor from 2001 to 2010.

    Rick Baker, candidate for St. Petersburg mayor
  3. Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelly talks family, songwriting and more before Tampa show

    Music & Concerts

    A while back at the Grammys, Charles Kelley found himself in the same room as Paul McCartney. The Lady Antebellum singer, a seven-time Grammy winner in his own right, couldn't work up the courage to say hello.

    Lady Antebellum perform at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday. Credit: Eric Ray Davidson
  4. Clearwater suspect due in court after 9 die in sweltering San Antonio truck


    SAN ANTONIO — Nine people are dead and the death toll could rise after emergency crews pulled dozens of people from a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart in the midsummer Texas heat, victims of what officials said was an immigrant-smuggling attempt gone wrong.

    San Antonio police officers investigate the scene where eight people were found dead in a tractor-trailer loaded with at least 30 others outside a Walmart store in stifling summer heat in what police are calling a horrific human trafficking case, Sunday, July 23, 2017, in San Antonio. [Associated Press]
  5. Email warning ignored before St. Pete started spewing sewage


    ST. PETERSBURG — A draft report lays blame for the city's sewage crisis squarely on the administration of Mayor Rick Kriseman and a cascading series of errors that started with the now infamous shuttering of the Albert Whitted Water Reclamation Facility in 2015.

    Signs at North Shore Park in St. Petersburg warn people in September 2016 to stay out of the water due to contamination from partially treated sewage from the city's overwhelmed sewer system. St. Petersburg dumped up to 200 million gallons of sewage over 13 months from 2015-16. A new state report blames much of the crisis on mistakes made by the administration of Mayor Rick Kriseman, but also critcizes past administrations. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]