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Construction equipment disappears from work site

(ran PC edition)

A $65,000 backhoe was stolen Friday night from a construction site on Tower Road near U.S. 41.

The 2000 John Deere machine had belonged to Pospiech Contracting Inc. of Inverness. Pasco County sheriff's deputies said heavy traffic in the area prevented them from taking tire prints or footprints.

No arrests had been made Wednesday.

Zephyrhills will discuss

conflicts at meeting today

ZEPHYRHILLS _ City Council members will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. today in an effort to iron out personal and professional differences.

The meeting will be mediated by government consultant and former Clearwater City Manager Michael Roberto. Roberto is charging $130 an hour to lead the session. Council members held a similar meeting with Roberto in June after months of tense relations, leading up to the near removal of City Manager Steve Spina.

Members seemed to change their tune at that meeting, vowing to work toward improved communication.

As a token of that new spirit, council member Jim Bailey offered during the June meeting to withdraw an ethics complaint against Spina, and other council members agreed unanimously.

After the City Council session, the city airport authority also will meet with Roberto. Both sessions are open to the public and will be held at City Hall, 5335 Eighth St.

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