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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - July 28, 1977, Venice, FloridaSun coast gondolier vol. 33, no. 57 a 36 pages second class postage paid at Venice Florida 33595 Telephone 813 484-2611 thursday july 28, 1977 published twice weekly a Price 10c garbage proposal rejected again the Long delayed solid waste ordinance which was scheduled for first Reading tuesday night was delayed once again when councilman Eugene Caffrey asked for some revisions in the document. After spending More than 45 minutes trying to work out a Compromise agreement the City Council finally gave up and voted to Send the ordinance Back to workshop where it can undergo closer scrutiny. The Council already has spent two lengthy workshop sessions reviewing the controversial ordinance and had tentatively agreed to All of the regulations set Forth in it. But Caffrey reversed himself tuesday and said he wanted the provision requiring residents to bring the cans to the curb for pickup stricken from the ordinance because he had so Many complaints from residents. Councilman b. H. A a Berry Walker who has been a Strong supporter of the ordinance was critical of Caffrey a change of mind. A the whole intention of this thing is to Speed up collection and save Money a Walker told the Council. A i am aware cans along the Street Are not pretty but we have to make a several residents and civic groups have complained that having the cans at the curb for pickup would destroy the aesthetic Beauty of the City. But Walker noting the tight budget picture last year and forecasting More of the same for the coming months said a a we be got to Start thinking about How we Are going to save some Money. We can to always have the same things we have always had for the same Caffrey was undaunted by his fellow councilman a remarks however and said he believes the aesthetic Beauty of the City would be Worth the increased Cost. Public works director Larry Heath said that if the Council decides to strike the provision for curbside pickup the net effect will be the Hope was that current refuse staff could be reduced because of increased efficiency resulting continued on Page 3 voters to decide disclosure Issue a Sarasota county charter amendment referendum which would require All county charter officers to file limited financial disclosure statements was unanimously approved by the county commission tuesday just Days after four of its members filed suit to exempt themselves from the states new disclosure requirements. By Tony Briggs Sun coast gondolier news editor commissioner John Saba who said this week he May resign rather then file a financial disclosure statement along state guidelines asked that the referendum be held so the county officials will be required to disclose their Worth. Saba explained his seemingly contradictory action by saying the county financial disclosure requirements should not be As stringent As those now required by the Florida ethics commission. A we have no objection to proper disclosure a Saba said but commented a i done to feel it should be carried As far As the ethics commission has Saba explained that the referendum should be held Only if the courts decide county officials Are charter officers instead of constitutional officers and therefore exempt from the state financial disclosure requirements. A i Eon county judge in Tallahassee monday refused to Grant an injunction requested by the four commissioners to keep them from having to file disclosure statements before the aug. 1 deadline. But the judge also indicated the plaintiffs May have a Strong Case in their claim that they Are not constitutional officers and therefore Are not liable under the Law to disclose their finances. The new Sunshine amendment approved by the Florida voters last november reads a fall elected constitutional officers and candidates for such offices and As May be determined by Law other Public officers candidates and employees shall file full Public disclosure of their financial Saba objects to requirements by the ethics commission that All assets Over $1,000 be reported and said he prefers a wording which Only Calls for a listing of All income Over $1,000. When asked if that is the wording that will be in the charter referendum he replied a a that a very possible a but indicated Public hearings would have to be held on the matter before the final wording could be worked out. Saba said that since the people of the county voted for the Sunshine amendment he does not feel county officials should be exempt from financial disclosure just because they Are charter officers. If the judge does Rule that the county officials Are charter John Saba officers Saba said a it will be precedent several other Florida counties Are charter counties As is Sarasota and would be affected by the ruling. In other action the commission a approved an intergovernmental agreement Between the county and the City of North port to allow its City fire and ambulance service to answer Calls outside of the City in a limited county area. Mayor Margaret gentle has termed it a a Stop Gap Quot measure. The area is currently not served by either the City or the South county ambulance District. A established a joint citizens Energy advisory committee composed of 12 members. There will be one representative from Florida Power amp Light Sarasota memorial Hospital the cities of Sarasota Venice North port and longboat key Sarasota county an architect and Engineer a representative from the Home building association and one citizen at Large. The committee will study Energy problems in the county and recommend solutions to them. Korp opinion blasted a Venice resident who challenged the opinion from the City attorneys office that More than $200,000 in sewer Impact fees collected Over the past few years could not be used to extend sewer lines got a sympathetic ear from the City Council tuesday. Harry Kellog who resides in an area of the City which does not currently have sewer service addressed a letter to the mayor and City Council this week asking that they disregard the opinion of the attorney. Assistant City atty. William Korp advised the Council earlier this month that the sewer Impact fees which have remained Frozen for several years because of a lawsuit Over their legality could be used Only for capital improvements on the sewer treatment Plant itself and not for extending lines. The City won the lawsuit several months ago and Council expressed the wish to use the funds for sewer line extensions especially in the Beach Park area where Kellog lives. But Korpys opinion changed the plan. Kellog said in his letter that a in every controversy involving a Legal question there Are two sides the pro and the con. The controversy can Only be decided by a judicial order judgment or the advice limiting the funds to Only capital improvements of the Plant a Are nothing More than s personal opinion lacking authoritative Legal support or precedent a Kellog said. A i respectfully urge that the mayor and the City Council disregard or. Korpys opinion and seek a court ruling which will decide whether furnishing sewer line extensions Are definitely included or excluded from the City ordinance directive in Light of those residents who pay sewer capacity charges and Are paying City taxes a Kellog concluded. City attorney Charles Wheeler defended his fellow attorneys opinion but conceded a this matter is not finally resolved by any Wheeler explained that the Case was a extremely complicated and was based on a similar ruling in Dunedin which excluded the use of funds for sewer extensions. Continued on Page 4 after a Long Day a it s a peaceful evening Sunset at Nokomis Beach. Bathers Are turning out for the Sun and sea air and staying longer As the Days get hotter. Photo by Koelsch higher taxes in future Venice City residents May be facing their first tax increase in recent memory in the coming year. City manager Dale Rieth who this week is putting the finishing touches on the 1977-78 budget said he will recommend to the Council a budget in excess of the $2.8 million figure adopted last year. But he declined to say How much More or whether he would recommend a tax increase. Some High placed City officials have said that the budget being introduced by Rieth will amount to almost $600,000 Over last years amount. Rieth asked the Council to prove a one half Mill tax boost last year but the idea was rejected. Instead the City officials opted to make cuts to bring the budget into balance. As required under the new charter Rieth must present the Council with this years budget recommendations by aug. 1. He indicated the elected officials would probably get it sooner however a probably on Friday. The Only clue Rieth would give is that the City a anticipated income for the coming year will be the same As the actual income for last year. That amounted to nearly $3 million. Some City councilmen have admitted privately that they done to foresee any Way to avoid a tax increase this year in Light of How tight last years budget was and because of increasing costs. In the past the City relied on the City a growing tax base to make up the increased costs of providing services to the Community. But in the last few years the recession has slowed growth to an extent that the tax base can no longer shoulder the Ever increasing costs of running the City. The recent Campaign on the part of the uniformed departments to get a better pension plan is an example of How City costs could Rise dramatically for just one item. Should both the police and fire departments be allowed to join the Florida retirement system As they have requested it would Cost More than $100,000 or a one Mill tax increase. A the City has several other major capital expenditures it must budget for in the near future including a $1.3 million sewage land spread system. Federal funds Are supposed to pay for 75 percent of that project but the City must have Matching funds in order to receive the Grant. Rieth has pointed out in the past that the City has been extremely Lucky to get so Many Federal Grants this year but has warned that it should not count on always getting them. Venice would have ended the year in the red if had not been for the Grants bolstering the fragile $100,000 Reserve fund he said. Budget hearings Are expected to begin soon after the Council receives Riethe a recommendations but a completed document is not required until sept. 30. Scout Camp Survey underway the Sarasota county sheriffs department is conducting Security surveys of girl scout Camps in a six county area at the request of concerned scouting officials. In the Wake of the kidnapping of Charlotte Grosse last month from her campsite in Oscar Scherer state Park and the earlier murder of three girl scouts in Locust Grove okla., scouting directors in the area asked for assistance from the sheriffs office in determining if Security measures at Camps Are adequate. Cpl. Bill Stookey recently visited Camp Chany Atah in Desoto county and Manatee county scamp Honi Tonta to make an inspection of the grounds and to lecture Counselor on crime prevention techniques. He also is scheduled for future visits to other Camps throughout the six county scouting a were not worried about abductions As a common occurrence. But we re trying to inform them How to handle All kinds of emergency situations like a Little girl with a Snake bite. Things along that line a Stookey explained. Counselor were advised though of the Type person who might commit an act similar to the abduction with which Wilfred a Rusty Quot Bannister is charged. Stookey said such a Man is not necessarily the usual criminal Type but might even be a scouts father or brother. If confronted by a dangerous individual the important thing is to use any Means available to escape without placing yourself in extreme peril he recommended. Of course Stookey interjected an assailant wielding a gun or knife should be submitted to if death is the alternative. He suggested the Camps arrange for some Means of communication Between each tent area and a control Center such As a rangers Home. In some cases Stookey said he advised that tents in especially secluded locations be moved to less isolated places and recommended that Counselor Sites be spread out continued on Page 3 Council votes $45,000 for police fire pensions a m r High Low rain july 21 88 72 .03 july 22 89 79 .00 july 23 90 72 .00 july 24 88 72 .01 july 25 91 73 .66 july 26 87 73 to july 27 88 75 .00 rain for the week .70 rain for the month 8.34 rain for the year 18.88 temperatures and rainfall Are recorded at 8 a m daily on the dates shown for the preceding 24-hour period the continuing controversy Over the City police and fire pension plans moved one step closer to Resolution tuesday As City councilman Eugene Caffrey recommended that $45,000 be allocated to pay for an improved retirement system for the uniformed employees. Caffrey made the suggestion after City attorney Charles Wheeler completed a report to the Council on the results of a trip he and mayor Harry Case made to Tallahassee to research alternative pension systems for the department. Wheeler hinted that the Best path to follow would be the one the Council is aired on which is to stay with the existing state administered plans for the departments an establish a local option plan t bolster the benefits. Of the 162 departments in the state that Are under the stat police and fire pension systems 110 have local option programs t supplement them he said. Only two Small department were under the Florida retire ment system frs to Whie both City departments original asked to change. The City rejected the Fri plan Lor the uniformed depart continued on Page 3

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