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CITY COUNCIL: TEMPLE TERRACE

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With Councilman Frank Chillura on his way out because of term limits and Ron Govin coming to the end of his first term, one incumbent and three fresh faces will fight to fill two seats on the city council.

Ron Govin, 68 Ted Grevencamp, 63 Mary Jane Neale, 71 Dave Penoyer, 36
Experience Govin is finishing his first term on the council, where he has been a leader with the community redevelopment agency that oversees downtown redevelopment. He also serves as the current Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Board chairman and is a member of the community redevelopment agency. He has also been CEO of his family business, Mark Master Inc., which makes rubber stamps and signs for businesses and cities. Grevencamp, a retired U.S. Army employee, is a former president and current treasurer of the Friends of the Temple Terrace Library, and a member of the Temple Terrace Library Board, the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative Council, and the Temple Terrace Civitan Club. Neale is a lifelong volunteer who has served as president of the Temple Terrace Arts Council. She is a former president of the Temple Terrace WomenÍs Club and the Masque Theater, director of field services for the Girl Scouts Council of Tropical Florida, the former budget administrator for the Jewish Endowment Fund, and served with a host of civic organizations since moving to Temple Terrace 17 years ago. Penoyer, an engineer, said heÍs worked extensively with municipalities for zoning and other procedural work. He has also served with several civic organization, including the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the MayorÍs Redevelopment Task Force.
Why are you running for city council? Govin said he has enjoyed his time serving and wants an opportunity to finish what he started on the downtown redevelopment project. "IÍve been working really hard on the redevelopment project and IÍd like to get back in there and make more progress." Grevencamp said he was asked over the past three election cycles to run by people who know him. "I got the chance to retire early so I promised myself that wherever I moved to, I would give back to the community." Neale said she was asked by several friends to run for council. "IÍll bring a commitment to the job. I think that Temple Terrace is a wonderful place to live and I want to help maintain that level of service." Penoyer said he thinks he brings a sympathetic ear to the council race. "ThatÍs one thing people can count on if IÍm elected, that I will listen. I will hold regular office hours at City Hall and try to host community meetings so that IÍm aware of what the residents are talking about."
Re-development: what now? Govin said there are about 15 things the city accomplished during the past two years, such as fully funding improvements to Riverside Park and 56th street. Now the city has contacted the second-choice developer for the project and will make a decision based on how those talks turn out. Grevencamp said heÍs 100 percent in support of the project, but heÍd like to see some expediency on the next developerÍs part. Neale doesnÍt fault current city officials for the dealÍs collapse. "I would do everything I could to help it come together." Penoyer said he believes the city can now get a better value for its investment Ñ something closer to the "new urbanism" in the original idea. "I think we can find a middle ground between the reality and the pie-in-the-sky proposal from Torti Gallas."
What issues will stand out for residents in the coming year? In light of the recent drought, Govin said water is an important issue for all residents. "I would love to see the recycled water project come to life between the City of Tampa and Temple Terrace. It just doesnÍt make sense to be pumping all that water out into the bay." Grevencamp would like to see the return of city services such as Spring Clean-up, which was cut from the 2008-2009 annual budget. Usually scheduled in February, Spring Clean-up had trash collectors gather bulky items that city residents put out free of charge. "Spring Clean-up was one of those services that people relied on and ... made Temple Terrace great." Neale said completing the redevelopment project is paramount. "Redevelopment is the No. 1 issue on everybodyÍs mind. I think itÍs just a matter of making it happen." Penoyer said that more can be done to improve Temple Terrace, such as offering a tax break to business and homeowners who would install solar panels on their roofs. "If we showed that kind of commitment, we could possibly bring solar panel manufacturing companies to Temple Terrace and create more jobs."
Assets Mark Master Inc., G-man holding Co., house House, savings account condo, savings house, 401K, retirement
Liabilities n/a home mortgage home mortgage home mortgage, credit cards, car payments
Net worth $2-million $300,000 $200,000 $500,000
Income Salaries from G-man and Mark Master, Social Security, City Council salary Army pension Social Security, retirement Engineer salary
Personal Married to Judy, two adult sons and four grandchildren. Married to Mary Grevencamp, three adult daughters, four grandchildren. Married to Ronald, with two adult daughters, one grandchild. Married to Jennifer, two young daughters.
Web site n/a n/a maryjaneneale.googlepages.com/home www.davepenoyer.com
E-mail rgovin@mmstamp.com reed.mo@hotmail.com tpaneale@gmail.com dave@davepenoyer.com
About the job: Five city council members comprise the city of Temple TerraceÍs governing body, which meets biweekly with the mayor and other city officials to set policy, determine tax rates, make city budget decisions and consider other civic needs. Council members are paid $3,000 per year.

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