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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - June 20, 1977, Venice, FloridaSun coast gondolier the Volee of the South county vol. 33, no. 46 a 24 pages second class postage paid at Venice Florida 33595. Telephone 813 488-2246 monday june 20, 1977 published twice weekly a Price 10c Hofmann defends sewer plan evasiveness denied by Brian Camenker gondolier staff writer Harbor lights Mobil Sites owner Herbert Hofmann Friday criticized the Venice City councils accusations that he is using a delaying tactics to avoid putting a sewer f system in his Mobile Home Park. Hofmann said that the City have to take Legal action to put the system in itself and assess him. His contract with the City he said specifically states that the City has a Legal right to go ahead and do it. The City had made an agreement with the Park when it was annexed six years ago stating that if the Park did no to install a sewer system within five years the City could Lay the line itself and a a assess the Park. The five years were up last August and nothing has been done. Council took up the Issue at tuesdays meeting and threatened Legal action if the project is not commenced within 60 Days. City Engineer ted Yeatts told the Council that Hofmann had recently submitted plans for approval but they were a very sketchy and drawn by an Engineer not licensed in Florida. Earlier this year Hoffman was involved in litigation concerning rent increases. Hofmann said Friday that the court told him that he May not raise his rents except to finance the sewer project. The court said that such financing May be done Over a minimum of a 10 year period. The Park owner said he has been in Contact with local financial institutions and his impression is that since it will be backed up by the increase in rents the financing will not be difficult. He estimates that the project would Cost in the neighbourhood of $200,000. Askew school funding key by Dorothy Lippstreuer gondolier staff writer does the governor have the Power to strike out the proposed funds for the Englewood High school senator Warren Henderson wants to know and so do his f constituents who have worked hard and Long for the tri county facility for the area. Senator Henderson a Venice said he and other members of the legislative delegation Are searching the records to determine whether governor Reubin Askew has the Power to delete the $3.75 million earmarked for the construction of the High school in Charlotte county. Henderson said the governor i does not have the Power to strike out individual budgeted items however the full funding for the Englewood school possibly could go Down the tube because it is contingent upon the total state funds available for education. The Sun coast gondolier asked Henderson if he Felt commissioner of education Ralph Turlington had been a at the governors earn about the proposal for full funding because Turling ton had protested the proposal when it was approved by the legislature. Henderson said it was a More than Likely he Turlington had been attempting to have the governor strike out the proposal. Turlington was outspoken in his comments about the full funding proposal which comes off the top of the education budget. The commissioner Felt the 20 percent offer with the remainder of the funds to come out of the capital outlay funds of the counties involved Charlotte Sarasota and Lee was generous. The senator and the legislative delegation members will be researching the possibilities. A if we it find that Askew can delete the Wal funding we will be in to see the governor before the House and Senate sessions begin on wednesday noon Quot Henderson said. De Lisle chairman of the education committee for the Englewood area chamber of Commerce advised that he and his committee met thursday to draft a Telegram to the governor asking for his cooperation in approving the full funding. Lisle said he and the committee had sent a detailed letter to the governor outlining the problems of the Community s students and efforts to gain a High school a through the individual counties involved without Success. The steering committee has waged a Long Battle starting with petitions which were sent to education commissioner Turlington to individual Calls and letters to representatives of their legislative delegations and others throughout the state. State officials were at Lemon Bay Junior High school last week working with assistant continued on Page 4 Hofmann took exception to Yeatts statements about the plans that were submitted. He said that the firm triad tech inc., of Sarasota is not registered but instead the Engineer himself James Kennedy a has his License hanging right on his a a firm does not do engineering work a the Engineer does a he said. Hofmann added that the plans were a a sketchy because they were just preliminary plans and that he wanted the City s reaction before making final drawings. The drawings were submitted mar. 7, he stated and he has not heard from the City since. A if there is a delaying tactic it is the City that is doing it a he declared. In addition Hofmann said his contract with the City states that failure on his part to Lay the sewer in five years a constitutes the owners consent for the City to begin a if they wanted it in earlier what a stopping them a he asked. A they done to need to initiate Legal action. They can just go ahead. And Why Haven to we heard from them since mar. 7?�?� Hofmann also discussed Yeatts comment to the Council that the county health department issues him regular warnings. He said the health Agency filed suit against him in criminal court recently and the judge gave him an additional year to Complete the project and instructed him to communicate with the department every three months on his Progress. Proposed charter goes before voters tuesday voters in the City of Venice go to the polls tuesday to decide whether to accept or reject a new charter for City government. The proposed document was prepared by a citizen charter review Board and the City Council and would replace the present 52-year-old document that has Long been termed outdated for modern governmental needs. The revised charter strictly outlines the organization of City government providing for a Council manager form of administration. The major change from the present document is an expansion of the City Council from four to seven members with the elected mayor being included As chairman. The terms of the mayor and councilmen would be changed to three years. Presently the Council is elected to four year terms and the mayor for two years. The two additional councilmen would be elected in this december a general election along with the mayor and present councilman Bill Freeman a expiring seat. 1 he proposal would give the City Council a More direct influence on City budget and finance by making the finance director answerable to the Council rather than subordinate to the City manager. The charter discusses subjects such As financial procedures initiative and referendum recall officers duties and relationships and other Points which have been vague or undefined Over the years. Governmental duties Are divided Between legislative the City Council and administrative the City manager and City employees. The question of whether individual Council members May arbitrarily direct or supervise City employees is solved by the statement that the Council except for purposes of inquiries and investigations May Only Deal with the City managers subordinates directly through the City manager. The revised charter also restricts Council members to three consecutive terms without at least a one year break. Officials Are hoping for a Good turnout of Venice a 7,386 registered voters but Are not confident that balloting will be heavy. A a in a not be at All surprised if it a be rather Light a said mayor Harry Case. A a we re hoping for 2,000 undercover sunbathing a summer officially arrives tomorrow tuesday but hot summer temperatures boiled up in the Venice area several weeks ago. Or. And mrs. William Nixon and or. And mrs. Clifford Allen Are frequent Beach visitors enjoying the sea Breeze under Shady umbrellas when the Sun s rays become especially fiery. Charter makes cents for local residents Rieth says by Sheri Bridges gondolier staff writer As a result of a family quarrels Between elected and appointed City officials Venice residents Are not getting their Money a Worth from local government the City administrator said thursday. Speaking at a Venice Nokomis rotary club luncheon in the Community Center Dale Rieth noted that there have been clashes Between the elected policymaking members of City government and the people appointed to implement those policies. These squabbles Rieth said have prevented sufficient Long Range budgetary planning and have resulted in a habit of a living off the shelf financially. But he stressed that the proposed revised City charter if approved will alleviate the conflicts Between councilmen and appointed officials because it will a establish a Clear clean definitive line Between policymaking and a during planning for the last budget year a said Rieth a it was called to my attention that there were serious concerns about the City a Cash flow and the accumulated debts drawn upon from the future. A we have in the past borrowed from the future by not appropriating enough funds to operate vices a noted. City facilities and ser the City administrator this dipping into future funds is largely attributable he said to the reluctance of policymakers to be receptive to the hired staffs information and suggestions. He noted that All too often staff recommendations Are rejected not for financial reasons but because they Are judged invalid by the elected officials. This has the effect of hurting morale and promotes tension Between the Council and those who Are supposedly hired because they know what they re doing. But Rieth said part of the reason the Public believes there is a widening rift Between appointed and elected government is the fact that the Sunshine Law forces Many a family Type quarrels to take place in As a result he noted that he finds himself a treading a very thin line Between calling things As he sees them and becoming embroiled in disagreeable situations with the Council. However he expressed a Strong belief that the proposed charter is a Clear statement for elected and appointed officials regarding interference in each others affairs and will do away with future squabble situations and a monday morning citizens will be Given the Opportunity to vote their approval or disapproval of the charter tomorrow tuesday. Precinct 21 voters will be polled at Epiphany Church 317 Tarpon St. Voters in precinct 36 will vote at the first Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at Miami Avenue and Nassau Street. Precinct 45 voters will cast their ballots at the Venice recreation Center 391 Bahama St. Polling places will be open from 7 . To 7 . Finances fizzle fireworks Hopes for a fourth of july fireworks display in Venice appear to have gone up in smoke this year. The Venice area chamber of Commerce reports that local resurfacing bypass-41 begins soon machinery ready to repaving the stretch of Highway Between the Northern end of bypass 41 and its intersection with business 41 at Shamrock Boulevard will begin Early next week a spokesman for the paving company said. Preparations for the 3.14 Miles of resurfacing should Start by monday june 27, and the paving machinery and equipment will probably begin work shortly afterwards Don Hall manager of Earl Collins paving announced. Hall noted that construction will commence around 7 30 each morning and said the Crew plans to Stop work by 4 . Every afternoon. The Early quitting time was initiated by Warren Brothers company when the Section of . 41 from Stickney Point Road South to the Venice bypass was resurfaced. Heavy traffic jams and backups of two Miles resulted during that project when Warren Brothers attempted to continue construction during the Rush hour. The company eventually agreed to begin and end work earlier. Paving probably will Start in the southbound right hand Lane Hall said and then continue in the right Lane of the northbound Road. The manager said the company will erect signs advising people not drive on the wet Asphalt and warned it will not be responsible for damage to vehicles whose Drivers do not heed the advice. Hundreds of cars were spattered by hot liquid Asphalt during the last project As Drivers travelled in closed lanes in an attempt to avoid congestion. The damage was not permanent but the time involved in removing the tar like substance was expensive. The new surface will be an open graded mix that leaves voids Between each piece of Rock. The stones protrude from the Asphalt to allow water to run off and into the hollows. The mixture is considered to be safer than the present surface and is being applied As part of a Florida department of transportation foot project to repave state highways that present a skid Hazard to motorists. Although Hall could not estimate when the repaving will be Complete he did say construction will not require the 70 Days allowed by the foot. Interest in financing it has All but fizzled. In past years the chamber has organized the display with the Jaycees doing the actual work. Last years Bicentennial extravaganza was put together by chamber Board member Terry Ewing and included approximately $10,000 Worth of donations from local groups including door prizes food Bicentennial coins watermelons and Liberty Bells. But Ewing said that efforts this year to raise Money have met with meager response. Quot a big year like last year kind of poops you out for the next year Quot said Ewing discussing the attitude of area businesses toward the idea. A a it a a difficult thing to continuously go around with your hand out. There is still some interest its an awfully expensive and expensive it is a with costs up from last year. Ewing said the show last year Cost about $4,000, of which about $3,000 went for fireworks $400-$500 for damage and injury insurance and the rest for incidentals and other related costs. Fireworks Are estimated to Cost 15 to 20 percent More this year. Continued on Page 4

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