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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - July 11, 1977, Venice, FloridaSun coast Gondoli Ertho Vole of tl10 South county vol. 33, no. 52 24 pages second class postage paid at Venice Florida 33595 Telephone 813 484-2611 monday july 11, 1977 published twice weekly a Price 10c Council to study equipment cuts a further discussion How to More economically control the use of City equipment and provide for its maintenance and repair will be the primary concern of the Council when it meets tomorrow tuesday. Operating at half strength because of the absence of councilman Bill Freeman and . A a Berry Walker the elected officials plan to review a report from City manager Dale Rieth on the Cost effectiveness of the use of Many City vehicles. Rieth was instructed to prepare the report several weeks ago after the Council finished a preliminary review of the situation. Council May consider getting rid of some equipment that is expensive to maintain and is rarely used As Well As reducing the personnel at City garage in favor of police consider Union membership Venice City policemen will vote during the first two weeks in August whether they want to be represented by a Union or remain Independent As they Are now. It will be the first time any City employees have officially voted on the Union matter. Coincidentally the vote will be held at a time when the police Are at Odds with the City Council Over the pension plan now in Force. Council recently rejected a request from both the police and fire departments that the City share in the Cost of an actuarial study on the possibility of creating a local pension system which would offer benefits similar to those the other City employees now enjoy under the Florida retirement system frs. The state administered pension plans the departments Are now under do not offer the benefits the men want and a switch to frs would Cost the City close to $100,000. The idea of a local plan is considered a Compromise Between the two extremes. Assistant City attorney Jack Mcgill told City officials last thursday that he had been notified by the Public employees relations commission Perc that an election must be held within 45 Days and May be set Between aug. 1 and aug. 15. All sworn uniformed personnel below the rank of sergeant will participate in the election Mcgill said. Police chief Robert ferry who tried to persuade the Council to help pay for the pension study said there was absolutely no connection Between the Union election and the refusal of the Council to help fund the study. The election was arranged last summer he said and it has just taken this Long for it to be set up. The fact that the Union election has come at a time when the City Council and the uniformed departments Are in conflict could Only be described As an unfortunate coincidence for the City. Mayor Harry Case said he did not think the disagreement Over the pension study would have an effect on the vote even though he doubted that the pension matter would be settled by that time. But he added a i do not see any advantage for any employee being represented by anyone other than his immediate Case explained that the employees should get a better response on any grievances from local officials than from some Union representative in Jacksonville and Miami. City councilman Eugene Caffrey who voted against the pension study at the last meeting said thursday he has had time to continued on Page 4 monster Melon a when or. And mrs. Gildo plate of Nokomis threw a handful of Watermelon seeds out their Back door last fall they never thought they d soon have a 70-Pound fruit growing in their Yard. But they were in for a Surprise. The so Inch Watermelon is just about enough to feed the entire neighbourhood if the couple can just find a refrigerator big enough to chill it. Photo by Bridges having routine maintenance performed by private businesses. Rieth is expected to have comparison figures on the matters so the Council will have some facts upon which to base their decision. A discussion of what the future of the Airport will be now that Airport manager Russ Graham has resigned also is scheduled for the tuesday meeting but councilman John Vickers said he will ask that this be postponed until the other Council members return. Rieth has indicated he needs some guidance from the Council because his office is now having to handle the Job and he wants to know if the practice is supposed to continue. The now defunct Airport advisory Board used to handle those matters but it was abolished on the basis that it was no longer needed because there was an Airport manager. With no manager the Airport has gone into a state of limbo with no one knowing exactly who is responsible for taking care of the facility. Council has Given no indication to Date on whether a new manager will be hired or whether the position will be eliminated. Also scheduled for the meeting is final approval for three requests for annexation into the City. The meeting will begin at 3 . At which time the equipment use report will be discussed. There will be a recess Between 5 and 7 30 . When the Council will reconvene to consider the annexation requests. All Council meetings Are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall 401 West Venice ave. Puff fliers visit felicidade a powder puff pilots Greet Rosemary Collett at Venice Airport with gifts representing their own wildlife foundation in California. Left to right Rosemary Collett of felicidade wildlife foundation of Venice admires a feed a Bird shirt presented by Jenny Collins Jeannie Collins Ond Phyllis Pierce. Photo by Jcck Briggs powder puff fliers visit colletts by Charlie Briggs Sun coast gondolier staff writer three powder puff Derby fliers flew into Venice thursday morning to visit Rosemary and George colletts felicidade wildlife foundation and learn More about their work in caring for sick and injured native wildlife. The three Jenny Collins Jeannie Collins and Phyllis Pierce had finished their flight to Tampa earlier in the week and made a special trip to visit the colletts because they Are doing the same kind of work in Mountain View Calif. The Pilot Phyllis Pierce said they had enjoyed their participation in the final powder puff Derby which brought 140 planes piloted by women from Palm Springs Calif., to Tampa following the original route flown by the first Derby its in 1947. This was the last powder puff Derby ending 30 years of Cross country races for women fliers. Pierce said this was her third Derby having participated in 1967 and 1969. A we finished 29th,�?� she laughed a not bad out of 140 co Pilot Jenny Collins and passenger Jeannie Collins no relation said the weather had been Beautiful All the Way to Tampa but they landed in a thunderstorm there. A lightning hit the runway right next to us when we landed at Tampa a Jeanne said. A that was Jenny Leader of the series of wildlife care workshops in Mountain View near Palo Alto had read Rosemary colletts wildlife care Book a my orphans of the wild a written in 1973 with Venice new woman Charlie Briggs and called last month to say she planned the Venice visit. The three women presented Rosemary Collett with a to shirt labelled a feed a Bird a and a purse carrying the Mark of their wildlife group a wild life Rescue a we use Rosemary a wildlife Book in our workshops As a textbook to train volunteers a Jenny said. Quot its the Best Book we be Ever found on the the California women spent the afternoon touring the Collett Home on Gulf St. In Venice where the House and an acre of land is devoted to caring for native wildlife. They especially were interested in the backyard pelicans 29 of them of which four pair Are nesting. Earlier Pelican nests produced two fledglings but they were trampled by inexperienced mothers Rosemary explained. Continued on Page 4 budget cuts limit summer school by Sheri Bridges Sun coast gondolier staff writer the economic crunch that has put the squeeze on pocketbooks also has had its dastardly effect on summer schools. Classrooms that used to be filled during summer months with noisy students enjoying interesting elective classes for which they have time in the regular session Are now occupied by retained students doing remedial work. The state legislature recently passed a Law which took effect this year and which provides summer school funding Only for programs dealing with pupils who have failed a Grade or who Are earning credit toward accelerated graduation. Which Means anyone who needs extra help in a subject or who wants to get a couple classes out of the Way during vacation has to pay a hefty $100 fee. Guy Bennett principal of Venice Junior High school and coordinator of summer school in the South county Isnit too Happy about the change. A a it a not really fair. It ought to be open for More kids. Someone who a Reading two or More Levels below his Grade ought to have an Opportunity to go to summer school a he said. Bennett explained that senior High pupils Are placed in summer school if they done to receive a passing Grade in a subject required for graduation. But elementary and Junior High students must fail half their classes and consequently fail the year before they May attend the summer program. The principal also noted that since classes during the vacation Are also open to students who want to graduate Early problems arise in trying to determine who a really following an accelerated graduation program and who a just looking for a Way to get into summer school. A a that a a loophole in the legislation that will probably be tightened up Quot Bennett conjectured. A a it a a Little difficult to there Are 300 students in this years summer school program. One Hundred of these Are taking Driver education which is available to All pupils of driving age. Most of the other 200 participants Are trying to strengthen their skills in the Basic subjects a English mathematics science and social studies. Quite a change from past years when Bennett said one of the most popular classes was a Marine biology course that took students Down to the Beach to study Ocean life. A a there a no More of that Quot Bennett said. A it was a very popular class but we just can to offer things like that its Back to the basics a even in summer school. Stray Bullet startles couple by Sheri Bridges Sun coast gondolier staff writer very close to the top of your list of things most unlikely to happen to you is probably the thought of having a Bullet rip its Way through the ceiling As you House clean. Mrs. Russell Sauerbrun scratched such an incident off her a almost impossible list and chalked it up As a a believe it or not occurrence. The Spanish lakes resident was cleaning up a bedroom recently after a visit from her children. It was nearly 10 . On july fourth and her husband was relaxing in front of the living room to set. A i was just walking out of the room when i suddenly heard a loud noise. I thought a of my gosh the water Heater exploded a she recalled. A Quick turn around revealed her first guess had been wrong. Mrs. Sauerbrun had just missed being hit by a stray Bullet that had spun its Way through the roof of their Mobile Home through the bedroom ceiling and ended up on the bedroom floor. The Bullet left a Hole the size of a dime in the roof and one the size of a half Dollar in the bedroom continued on Page 4 that log May be a Gator swimmers stroking Down the intr coastal waterway in the area around Bella Costa condominium should beware of floating logs. Those dark things that look like bark Drifting Down the canal May not be inanimate tree trunks heading for sea. They just might be alligators. Officer Dennis tappon with the game and Freshwater fish commission said two of the big Jawed critters regularly take dips in the waterway. He said the reptiles Divide their time Between the canal and Harbor lights Mobil Sites but should cause no one any undue alarm. Quot in be been Over there several times looking for them but i Haven to run across them. In be talked to a lot of the people Over there and they said nobody a feeding them so they re probably rather wild. In that Case they re afraid of people Quot tappon noted. He said the alligators probably feed on crabs turtles snakes and Small animals such As raccoons. And its highly unlikely that the creatures have any aggressive tendencies he continued. Realizing though that not everyone has the Affinity for alligators that he has tappon said hell try to move the reptiles to a less populous area. Quot ill remove them if i can get close enough to put a Hook in them. But i sure can to move them if 1 can to find them. Ill keep going Over occasionally to Analyse their personalities a he said. In the meantime the game officer advised anyone who a not convinced that alligators Are More afraid of people than people Are of them to stay out of the waterway

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