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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - November 21, 1977, Venice, FloridaSun coast gondolier the voice of the South county vol. 33, no. 85 34 pages second class postage paid at Venice Florida 33595 Tel. 813 484-2611 monday november 21,1977 published twice weekly�?15c Rieth City operating at minimal Levels up up and away this is the Way to travel if you can stand the height and the Sway. Pictured is the erection of a Large sign at a Small shopping Plaza on South Venice by pass. Photo by Sandy Gray comprehensive plan draft begins the first step toward the formulation of the state mandated local government comprehensive plan will be taken tonight monday As the Venice planning commission meets with As Many As 136 members of civic groups and other organizations. Planning commission chairman Frank Proctor said the reason so Many organizations were invited was to get maximum input from the Community before the Board gets to the business of working up the comprehensive plan. Also attending the meeting will be Sarasota county planning director Douglas James the county a chief Long Range planner Jan Ollry and Dennis Wilkison the county a Venice planning coordinator. The county planners Are essential because the Venice Gibson management experience editors note As a service to the voters of Venice the Sun coast gondolier is running a series of City Council candidate profiles. This week the last of the series will feature those running for the two year term. James of Guin one of the candidates in this race could not be reached for comment. Leaning on his experience in top level management with railway express Bill Gibson believes he has the know How to be a councilman for the City of Venice. A 10-year resident of the City Gibson came to the area from Boston mass., where he was vice president of operations of railway express. He said he worked his Way to the position from the Bottom and during that time had extensive experience in dealing with labor unions budgets car pools and other business management problems. At 74 he is not one of the youngest candidates but he does not feel it is a problem because of his experience and his habitual attendance at City Council meetings Over the past few years. Gibson explained that he decided to run after the proposed zoning code became a not Issue and he got involved in trying to have it revised. Friends also urged him to run he said. Even though he thought major revisions were needed in the code in the beginning because of the Board does not have the expertise to accomplish the Job. The local government comprehensive plan must be completed by All Florida communities and adopted before july 1,1979 or the project will be turned Over to the state for action and the Community will be billed. Proctor said that although Venice is getting a late Start on the plan he has been told by James that it probably will be completed before the deadline. Two one year extensions of the deadline Are possible Proctor said but Are Only granted for Good reasons. The purpose of the comprehensive plan is to establish guidelines for City leaders to follow Over the next 20 years As the Community expands. Problems to be addressed William Gibson amortization clause and the non conform ties Gibson now says he favors the code for controlled future growth. Many changes have been made by the City Council Over the past few months he said which have made the document More acceptable. Before the changes however Gibson said a it was like trying to put a gallon in a pint bottle. It just Wasny to going to Gibson believes his experience in working with labor unions will be an asset to the City in the future since the police department recently voted to join the Union and other City employees Are leaning in that direction. He explained the Best Way to Deal with unions is to negotiate a contract and stick to it. A a a in be Learned that through experience a a he said. The problems with the Airport should be resolved by trying to figure out what non monetary service the City is providing the facility in Hemes of avoiding paying rent Gibson said he does not believe the City continued on Page 8 in the study include traffic circulation water sewer and solid waste conservation recreation housing inter governmental coordination utilities and coastal zone Protection. Proctor explained that once the plan is adopted it must be updated every five years. The monday meeting will be the first phase of developing the plan and comments will be incorporated into it. Proctor said a i would like to have the Council chamber full. I would like full although invitations have Only been sent to area clubs and organizations All interested citizens Are invited to attend and make comments. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall 401 West Venie Avenue at 7 30 City is a business Robert l. Bob Anderson believes cities can be run much like businesses and he is running for office because he wants to offer his business experience to Venice. Anderson 40, is owner and general manager of . Anderson inc., heating and air conditioning business in the City. He said the City a budget is nearly the same As that of his business so believes he is Well qualified to be one of the policymakers. Anderson has lived in Venice longer than just about any other candidate having moved to the area in 1954. He has served on the Venice zoning Board of adjustment is the past president of the Venice area chamber of Commerce was a member of the Sarasota county charter review Board and is currently a representative of the citizens advisory committee of the Sarasota Manatee Airport authority. Departments within the City of Venice Are operating at a minimal or below minimal Levels a City manager Dale Rieth told a group of City Council candidates last week and he said the primary solution is to find new Revenue sources. Briefing the prospective candidates on the Workings and problems of City government Rieth took some indirect jabs at the current councils handling of City affairs. He indicated that not enough Money has been allocated by the Council to run the City at Normal efficiency and said that Many times the tasks Are assigned without the appropriate Money and manpower to do them. Although Rieth conceded that Venice a is not going to dry up and blow away under current policies he said a it is not practical to indicate priorities if tools Are not Given to accomplish the goals and today classified ,26-27 crossword .19 entertainment. 13-14-15 fishing. Letters. .6 real estate. 27 thru 33 society. 23,24,25 sports. 10,11,12 tides. .9 the candidate Beeves one of the biggest concerns of the Community is expanding the existing water and sewer service to every resident in Venice. Anderson explained that it Isnit fair for some residents to pay City taxes and not receive All of the services available. He also is in favor of trying to coax those who Are living in the unincorporated enclaves into the City so that they too can receive water sewer fire and police Protection. Anderson favors development of the Airport along the lines of the 1975 master plan which Calls for the four Laning of Airport Avenue and moving the fixed base operators to the Center of the Field. He is distressed Over the seemingly never ending paving of Green space and Hopes to reverse the trend. The need for new zoning regulations concerns Anderson too and although he said he does not agree with All of the provisions of the proposed zoning code he said he would favor it if the provision making most of the property non conforming was removed. Anderson said he will not be accepting any Campaign contributions because he does not feel they Are necessary to run for an office that is essentially an unpaid position. He explained that his office has been involved in Over 32 projects in the last year and said a it is not possible to do a Good Job on that Many a the problem is not Only overburdening the current City departments Rieth said but is also unfair to the taxpayers because the department Heads Are working on a a catch As catch can Rieth defended the professional ability of the City department Heads and asked that the Council make decisions based on their recommendations. Rieth reasoned that if the Council is going to ignore the recommendations it could save the City a lot of Money by firing the department Heads. A if they Are going to be ignored. We can save replacement of the department Heads a Rieth said. A what is the Point if All they Are allowed to do is shuffle although he never criticized the current Council directly Many of the Points he brought up have been common complaints brought up in the past by those who handle the Day to Day operations of the City. Rieth cited the problem of the staff trying to identify the policy of the Council because it is not always clearly defined and asked that once it is defined the staff come up with a Way to implement it. A we done to pretend to understand your inferences a Rieth said and asked that policies be clearly stated. Rieth also requested that Council get away from asking for lengthy technical reports on certain problems when a Shorter concise report from a department head will do. A to hell with the technicalities a Rieth said. A your main concern is the Bottom the City manager concluded that the Best thing for the Council to do is let the administrative Branch do its Job and the City we a run smoothly without the lengthy problems that Are now being encountered. Callers confuse ambulance units Robert l. Bob Anderson Salt water intrusion is going to be a big problem in the future Anderson said and those with individual Wells Are Likely to face this problem soon. Connecting to City water would eliminate the dilemma he explained. The South Bounty ambulance service scan has been in operation eight months but some area residents have not accustomed themselves to using the tax funded facility. John Katz District supervisor said Many people in need of an ambulance Call the Venice ambulance service Vas. But that private business no longer makes emergency runs. When the scan began operation in March the Vas discontinued its emergency services and began transporting patients Only in non emergency situations. Such instances include the moving of a patient from the Hospital to his Home from his Home to a nursing facility or to the Hospital when his life is not in danger or he has not suffered a serious injury. For such transports the Vas charges $50 if the run is within the Venice Englewood North port area. Attendants with Vas do not administer medication and do not dress wounds. On the other hand the scan Only makes emergency runs. When a resident Calls the service at 488-2211, the dispatcher sends an ambulance manned by trained medical attendants and equipped with the medication and machinery necessary for saving lives. If upon arrival at the scene the attendants determine the situation is a non emergency with the patients approval they will Contact the Vas. This precludes the ambulance from being tied up with non serious cases and leaves it available for actual emergencies. Attendants with the scan Are registered emergency medical technicians or paramedics and Are qualified to administer some medication and perform life saving techniques. They Are Able to communicate by radio with the Hospital to relay vital signs and other information pertinent to the patients condition. A Basic scan run costs $35. If attendants treat a patient but do not make a transport there is no charge. If oxygen or other medication is administered the charge is slightly increased. Minority nixed for City project a Black Laurel contractors Low bid on a federally funded sidewalk project in Venice probably will be rejected because he did not follow the proper bonding procedure. City Engineer ted Yeatts said Porter construction company in Laurel submitted a bid $12,000 lower than its nearest competitor but explained he will recommend that it not be accepted because the bid was entered on a property Bond instead of a surety Bond As is normally done. Porter was the Only minority contractor to bid on the Job but the one that will be recommended by Yeatts . Mills has agreed to subcontract about half of the Job to another minority firm. The $77,000 Federal Grant which is funding the project requires that 10 percent of the work be done by a minority contractor. The Mills bid came in at $72,686, Yeatts said and he will recommend that the Council accept it. Yeatts said he has explained the problem to Steve Zed Man with the economic development administration Eda in Atlanta and he has cleared Yeatts recommendation. Eda handles Federal Public works Grants

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