The city will pair up with a local church to apply for a state grant that provides money to help homeless people or those at risk of losing their homes.
The City Council on Monday unanimously chose the sole applicant for the grant partnership, Chancey Road Christian Church. The church applied in conjunction with the nonprofit Samaritan Project, which will administer the grant if the city gets it.
City Manager Jim Drumm said the opportunity to apply for the money came unexpectedly last week, with a short window to apply. The state normally takes applications in January but reopened the process when funds became available, Drumm said. The city missed the chance to go for the money earlier this year but scrambled to advertise for a partner with this opportunity, he added.
Several potential partners expressed interest, but only Chancey Road submitted an application, said Drumm. The council will vote on a contract for the partnership at its next meeting, Oct. 28.
In other business, the council approved a bid of just over $1 million from Pillar Construction Group of Clermont to complete renovations to the Sixth Avenue fire station. A $750,000 community development block grant, along with money from the Penny for Pasco and city utility fund, will pay for the work.
Council members are also moving forward with the rehabilitation of an airport runway and taxiway by selecting CW Roberts Construction of Tallahassee to do the work for $4.7 million. The city's portion of the project is $332,834; the rest will be covered by federal and state grants.
Drumm said the project, when complete, will be the most significant work done on any of the airport's runways since the facility was built in the 1940s. Councilwoman Jodi Wilkeson noted the important economic contribution the airport makes to the city after voting to approve the Roberts bid.
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Free seminar aims to help break the tobacco habit
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills and Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center will provide a free tobacco cessation seminar called Tools to Quit from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the first floor Education Room at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, 7050 Gall Blvd.
The one-time program provides all of the information, tools and resources needed to quit using tobacco. Participants will receive four weeks of optional nicotine replacement therapy, including patches, gum or lozenges.
Space is limited.
Register by calling (813) 929-1000.
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Project to help restore memorial
Pasco County is undertaking a project to restore the Pasco County World War II Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Pasco County Courthouse.
The memorial is inscribed with the names of Pasco County residents who served in World War II. New granite panels will replace the deteriorating original wood panels on the bandstand/memorial.
The list of names to be engraved can be found on the county's website via the following link: pascocountyfl.net/DocumentCenter/View/12517. The county is asking family members and the public to help verify name spellings. For questions or updates to the names, call (727) 834-3292.
The memorial was originally dedicated on Flag Day, June 14, 1954. The rededication will be 60 years later: June 14, 2014. A group of residents is working to raise money for the project with matching funds being provided by the county, up to $25,000, and by Dade City, up to $15,000.
The public is encouraged to participate in this public/private partnership. Donations can be made by cash (in person only), check (in person or by mail), or credit card (in person or by phone) at the following locations:
East Pasco Government Center, 14236 Sixth St., Suite 201, Dade City, (352) 518-4060; or West Pasco Government Center, 7530 Little Road, Suite 220, New Port Richey, (727) 847-8086.
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New Port Richey
Flu shots available at CARES clinic
CARES will host a flu shot clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at CARES Claude Pepper Senior Center and Senior Health Clinic, 6630 Van Buren St.
The shots will be administered by Walgreens pharmacy on a first come, first served basis.
The cost is $25.99, or bring your insurance card to process a claim. For more information, call (727) 844-3077.
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Learn more about Social Security
Independent Financial Services is offering a free seminar for anyone ages 55 to 65 to answer some of the many questions about Social Security.
The first session is Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at First National Bank of Pasco, 13315 U.S. 301, Dade City.
A second session will be Oct. 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Independent Financial Services, 20635 Amberfield Drive, Land O' Lakes.
Light appetizers and drinks will be available.
RSVP by calling (813) 908-2701 or (888) 811-1817.
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Orientations set for hospice volunteers
Gulfside Regional Hospice will host the following volunteer orientations this month:
- For new volunteers in east and central Pasco: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Gulfside Center for Hospice Care, 5760 Dean Dairy Road, Zephyrhills.
- For central Pasco Thrift Shoppe volunteers: 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 30 at the Lutz Thrift Shoppe, 1930 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Lutz.
- For east Pasco Thrift Shoppe volunteers: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at Gulfside's east Pasco administrative office, 37826 Sky Ridge Circle, Dade City.
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Reservations are required. Call (813) 780-1235.