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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - August 22, 1977, Venice, FloridaSun coast gondolier a Tho Vole of the South county vol. 33, no. 62 26 pages second class postage paid at Venice Florida 33595 Telephone 813 484-2611 monday August 22,1977 published twice weekly Price 1 of Airport policy set by City Council after a week of discussion and indecision Over the future of the Venice Airport City Council thursday adopted a policy statement calling for implementation of the Airport master plan and the establishment of non polluting development there. It also narrowly rejected a last minute attempt to approve hiring a new Airport manager and opted instead to hire an assistant to the City manager to oversee operations at the aviation facility. Councilman . A a Berry Walker former chairman of the now defunct Airport advisory Board asked the Council to approve a new manager because he Felt the Job of running the Airport is too big to be handled on a part time basis. City manager Dale Rieth has been dealing with Airport matters since the former Airport manager Russ Graham resigned in june. A i think its unreasonable to have or. Rieth do it on a part time basis a Walker said. A you have to have someone there All Day a with the right Man in the Job we can get a lot accomplished a he added. Councilman Bill Freeman reluctantly agreed that someone is needed to run the facility but seemed to voice the unanimous attitude of the Council that it was not entirely Happy with grahams performance. He explained that Graham never fully understood what the Council wanted done at the Airport and that their philosophies were always in conflict. A i think the misunderstanding began from Day one a Freeman said. Rieth defended the former Airport manager saying he was Only trying to carry out the development called for in the master plan and was doing what he thought was right. But Council seemed leery of hiring another manager. Mayor Harry Case said a i am opposed to an Airport manager a As he has been for weeks from the beginning and argued against further development of the Airport As an autonomous Arm of the City. A we would soon see ourself bargaining with ourselves a he said. Case commented that he believes most people in Venice do not favor any further growth of the Airport itself and Are More concerned with its surrounding recreational facilities. A a done to try to build it up into major proportions a he said. Walker responded that he is not looking to establish an International Airport but is a just looking for a first class replacement for the mom and pop operation we have got Rieth told the Council that the Airport could not be a first class operation unless someone is hired to run the facility full time. It cannot be done by an assistant to the City manager who has no experience in that area he asserted. Council vote tomorrow Airport in the news a the private aircraft parked at the Venice Airport May have to pay tie Down fees in the near future if the Council has its Way. The fixed base operators such As Venice air Park below will be responsible for collecting the fees. See related Story Page 5. Photos by Koelsch the final budget the first step toward final approval of a $5.7 million budget for Venice in the coming year will be taken by the City Council tuesday night when it considers the budget in ordinance form for the first time. It is expected to be approved with no opposition. The budget is the result of More than two weeks of workshop sessions which saw several revisions in the document presented by City manager Dale Rieth. It represents an amount slightly higher than last years budget but because of an unexpected increase in revenues and a $166,000 surplus from last years budget no tax increase will be necessary. The document includes a $3.1 million general fund and a substantially higher Reserve fund of $390,000. A $6.8 Mill tax rate will be required to fund the budget. Florida allows its cities to Levy up to 10 Mills. Rieth expected that a tax increase would be necessary this year but the surplus and increased revenues along with the councils budget cuts made it unnecessary. The Council will also consider a new ordinance establishing a sewer Reserve fund made up of monies collected from sewer Impact fees. Some debate Over the ordinance is expected because it restricts the use of the funds to improvements on the sewer treatment facility itself and does not allow the Money to be used for sewer expansion As the Council had hoped. The ordinance was drafted by assistant City atty. Bill Korp who based it on his interpretation of the judges ruling in the Case of which the Impact fees were declared proper. The City had been sued Over the legality of the fees and won the Case but the judge ruled that the fees could Only be used for certain things and expanding the sewer system is not one of them. Councilman Eugene Caffrey and mayor Harry Case have indicated they will have some differences of opinion with the ordinance. Cripple of 15 years now walks with god by Dorothy Lippstreuer a a in a walking and its a Miracle Quot an Englewood woman claims after being confined to a wheelchair for 15 years. But is it a Miracle Jeannette Nastri has been unable to walk because of a spinal injury resulting from an automobile Accident More than 15 years ago in Detroit complicated by an additional injury during a fall at the Hospital. In the 15 years the most a walking Quot she has done is that of mane vering her wheelchair to the door of the car and standing on one foot for the Short time it takes her to turn around and get into the seat of the car which is fitted with special controls. There has not been one minute in these years that pain has not been her constant companion she says and in recent years the pain has worsened. Experimentally Many years ago she and her husband Ralph made a trip to Boston where she had a Quot stimulator Box placed in the Chest cavity. The electronic device transmits impulses to give her some Relief from the Ever present pain. A it is supposed to break the pain pattern but As the years have gone by it is not doing its Job As Well or my system is building up an immunity Quot she explained. Pain Hasni to kept Jeannette Home and it Hasni to kept her from being Active. She never Felt because she was confined to a wheelchair that she was handicapped it was just something she had to live with As a Means of getting about. For several years she served As the Gold Star Mother chairman for the american legion Lemon Bay unit 276. And she Wasny to even a Gold Star Mother herself. She enjoyed working with the women most of them much older than herself. Continued on Page 5 closed but last week the Sara Sota county property appraisal adjustment Board upheld the decision of property appraiser John Mikos that the association must pay $1,950 in and Valorme taxes on its two parcels. Charles Drolet president of the Svca and Charles Korp attorney for the association argued at the hearing that the land is used As Public Access to the 113 acres of Caspersen Beach owned by the county and therefore should be tax exempt. The adjustment Board did not agree however and refused to reverse Mikosz earlier decision. Drolet said there is a possibility the ruling will be appealed but added he will seek further advice from his attorney before proceeding with any course of Legal action. In the meantime he said the Svca will consider erecting barriers and signs aimed at keeping the Public off the associations private Beach. A was Long As we re going to have to pay for it we might try to limit its use Quot Drolet said. A the people assume its Public but its the association president said the appraisal boards ruling will have no effect on the Svca a position against donating the property to the county. Earlier this month Drolet approached the county commission with an offer to either sell the Svca a Northern parcel or Swap it for a comparable piece at the South end. Continued on Page 5 happiness is walking a for Jeannette a trl of Englewood bringing a Glass of iced Tea to her husband Ralph is a gift heaven sent after 15 years confined to a wheelchair. Photo by Del top citizen sought the search is on for the areas outstanding citizen to be the recipient of the Community service award presented each year by the Sunshine press. The award was presented for the first time last year during the venetian Sun fiesta and is now going to be a yearly presentation. The Winner is selected by the presidents of the Venice women a club the business and professional women a club the South county Council the Venice area ministerial association the veterans Council the chamber of Commerce the City Council and the Venice and Nokomis ptas. The award is Given to the person who has made the greatest accomplishment and who has been the most Active in Community affairs Over the past year. Sunshine press which sponsors the award is now accepting nominations for the annual presentation. Names should be sent to Community service cup Box 878, Venice. Fla. 33595 and must be received before sept. 15. Continued on Page 5 Beach could be but the Council was unconvinced and rejected a motion to hire a manager by a three to two margin. Walker and councilman John Vickers were in favor of the idea. Several minutes later the Council agreed to hire an assistant to the City manager who would help absorb the Airport duties and agreed to meet on a regular basis to discuss Airport problems. The new assistant will be paid $10,000 a year. Inside today classified. A. 20 fishing. .19 Flea Market. .18 letters. .4 obituaries .5 real estate. 21 thru 25 school bus sched .16-17 school menu. .17 social news .8-9 sports. .13 tides. .15 Wmma Mumm hmm Mumm by Sheri Bridges Sun coast gondolier staff writer As a result of the county a ruling last thursday that the property owners group does not have tax exempt status the South Venice civic association Svca will consider Means of when the Manatee Junior College Mac Venice Campus opens its classroom doors today monday More than 250 students will be awaiting their debut As the facility a first enrollees. Registration for the Branch colleges courses was held last tuesday and Friday the Stream of people signing up for instruction during those Days kept the registrars Busy from the Early Banning Public Access to its beaches. Residents of South Venice who own an 800-foot parcel within the Borders of county owned Caspersen and another piece of property at the beaches South end have never had to pay taxes on their holdings. Morning hours until after the Sun had gone Down. Last weeks enrolment coupled with the number of students who signed up for classes prior to regular registration puts the premiere Pupil population at nearly 275. Or. Jack Dale administrator at the new Campus said the initial influx of registrants was comprised of people taking one class. But gradually he added the number of persons interested in full time loads and two year degree programs increased. The monday night course in real estate principles and practices Drew the largest response Dale said with so Many registrants that a tuesday evening session had to be scheduled. Written communication a Basic course which can be applied toward any degree also garnered considerable interest and had to be closed. Mac classes begin continued on Page 5

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