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Zephyrhills wants more options on park shelter

ZEPHYRHILLS — City residents will have to wait a bit longer to enjoy cool shade next to the city's water play area at Zephyr Park.

A proposal to build a $49,000 covered pavilion was tabled at Monday's City Council meeting. It's a pricey project, said newly sworn in council member Jodi Wilkeson, and the city might shave money off the price of the shelter if other builders are considered.

Council members wanted more options for the shelter.

Council member Luis Lopez mentioned looking into building several small shelters instead.

The money to build the proposed pavilion would come from the city's park impact fees, according to City Manager Steve Spina.

In other council business, the city is poised to buy a 2-acre tract of land just north of Pretty Pond Road for a future well and water tank site.

The proposal for the $96,540 site was approved unanimously.

Specific guidelines for homes and businesses within the city's Historic District also were approved unanimously.

The 1-inch thick packet of details was made available at the meeting.

Mayor Cliff McDuffie suggested the city consider installing cameras at busy intersections at some point in the future.

Police Chief Russell Barnes noted the more than 500 traffic citations handed out to red-light runners in the past four years.

Perhaps traffic cameras could curb this, McDuffie said. He suggested the issue of camera installation be revisited at another meeting.

Also, Zephyrhills police Officer Joe Rinaldo and his canine partner, Gunner, were honored at the council meeting for their efforts in saving a man who attempted suicide in March 2007.

The pair received a medal and plaque.

Zephyrhills wants more options on park shelter 04/14/08 [Last modified: Monday, April 14, 2008 9:11pm]
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