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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - October 10, 1977, Venice, FloridaSun coast gondolier the Vole of Tho South county a a a 70l. 33, no. 74 a 26 pages second class postage paid at Venice Florida 33595 Telephone 813 484-2611_monday, october 10,1977 published twice weekly a Price 10cthere is National interest in two City jobs the positions of Venice chief of police and assistant City manager have drawn considerable interest from Job seekers All Over the United states. Almost 150 applications have been received so far. City personnel manager Lucille Doeble said the greatest interest seems to be for the assistant City managers Job which offers a salary of $10,000 a year. She said the City got applications from As far away As California but Many were from within the state. City manager Dale Rieth who asked that the position be created to Lessen his Ever increasing work Load said he was amazed at the number who applied for a Job that offered such a relatively Small wage. He said he expected most of the applicants to be Young and fresh out of College but it turned out that Many of them had years of experience were retired and merely needed something to do with their time. The Job was advertised in a National City managers Magazine and Drew 107 responses. Although the assistant City managers position is important Reith said the chief of police will be chosen first. A i feel rushed by the police decision because the department is suffering a Reith said. Venice a former police chief Robert ferry resigned last month because he did not agree with the City councils handling of the police budget. Rieth explained that he is now in the process of reviewing the 41 applications for chief of police and said that he will probably make a recommendation to the City Council near the end of october. Most of those applicants were from within the state but there were a few from other states he said. The Job will pay Between $18,200 to $20,000 a year depending on the experience of the individual. The City stopped accepting applications for both positions on sept. 30, after advertising them for More than a month. Among those who made application for the police chiefs Job were maj. Allen Slater now acting chief of police and capt. Verlon Ball. Both men applied for the Job three years ago when ferry was brought in from Michigan. Early indications Are that the new chief will not be chosen from within the ranks of the department. Demolition continues a the demolition of the old civic Center in Venice entered its final phases last week As bulldozers came in to help remove the rubble. Most of the work has been done by hand so far. Photo by Tony Briggs new functional literacy tests make debut in county schools a High school diploma is generally considered an essential item when looking for a Job or considering a College career. But thousands of students throughout the state will graduate without receiving this important piece of paper unless they Are Able to pass a functional literacy test being administered this week. Mandated by the state legislature the examination will require 11th Grade students to prove they can read and write before they Are awarded diplomas. Each student will have three chances to pass the test. If he is unable to do so he will not receive a diploma upon completion of his senior year but will be awarded a certificate of attendance. Early this week High school juniors will take a Basic skills test designed to measure fun ctr Onai communication and mathematics ability. Students who do not make a passing score on this examination do not have to take it again. However the school must certify that the student has mastered the Basic skills through remedial work before he can receive a diploma. The functional literacy test the More consequential of the two will be Given thursday at Venice High school vhf. It is this test which will measure the students ability to apply Basic skills. Although the contents of the test Are absolutely top secret it is expected that this examination will include such things As finding the area of a Circle interpreting graphs and accurately completing application forms. This is the test which determines whether the student graduates with a diploma or leaves school empty handed. Despite the almost make or break importance of this examination the mood at vhf was Calm and confident. A a in a not going to have any trouble passing it a mused Paula continued on Page 4 pageant will Start Sun fiesta eleven Venice area Young women will compete for the Honor of wearing the miss Venice Crown and reigning Over the venetian Sun fiesta festivities oct. 22 through oct. 30. The pageant which will kick off the Sun fiesta festivities will be held saturday oct. 22 at 8 . At the Venice Campus auditorium on Turin Street. The event is open to the Public and locations for Advance ticket sales will be announced in thursdays edition of the Sun coast gondolier and saturdays edition of the Sun coast times. Assisting mrs. Gerald Kinder pageant general chairman Are mrs. E. Kenneth Heiden who is assisting the Young women in learning the a miss America walk a and the does and done to of posture and general appearance and mrs. Hugh Mcpherson who is in charge of Public relations. The candidates listed alphabetically Are Janice Lou Arsenault 19, is the daughter of Louis j. Arsenault and is presently employed with Walgreen. Tammy sue Bombin 18, is a senior at Venice High school and daughter of or. And mrs. Anthony Bombin of Englewood. Christine Brassard 17, is a Riverview High school senior. She is the daughter of the Leo a. Brassard of Sarasota. Bessie Ann Hummel 17, a Venice High school senior is the daughter of or. And mrs. Irving j. Hummel of Venice. Sandra Johnson 17, is the daughter of or. And mrs. William b. Johnson of Venice. She is a senior at Venice High school. Elizabeth Anne Mcllvain 17, is a senior at Venice High school and the daughter of or. And mrs. Burton d. Mcllvain of Venice. Doreen Oganowski 18, is a 1977 graduate of Venice High school presently employed with first National Bank of Venice and attending the american Institute of banking school. She is the daughter of or. And mrs. Joseph Long of Venice. Tammy Lee Palmer 18 has been a Venice resident Little More than a year and is employed with the Nic nac Nook in the Venice shopping Center. She is the daughter of or. And mrs. Richard Palmer of Alfred Street. Teresa Terry Pruyn 18, is the daughter of a musical family. Her father Bill and Mother Lee of Osprey Are members of the commanders dance band and Terry is its vocalist. She plans to enter new College in the fall. Shasta Leigh Story 17, is the daughter of or. And mrs. Franklin d. Evans or. Of North port. She is a senior at Venice High school. Leslie Lorraine Young 17, is a senior at Riverview High school in Sarasota daughter of mrs. Sandra Young of Sarasota. Lawsuit strategy remains the same Venice apparently has no intention of dropping its lawsuit against contractor Harry Pepper or of changing its plans to go ahead with repairs to the faulty line despite the threat of a court injunction from peppers lawyer last week. Assistant City attorney Bill Korp was not available for comment on the matter but City manager Dale Rieth said he has talked with Korp and he indicated the latest development in the Long Legal Battle will not change the City a strategy. Rieth termed the threat of injunction a a meaningless and said a we done to Stop working Here just because someone threatens Legal Korp is scheduled to make a presentation to the City Council tuesday on the most recent inside today developments in the Case and make recommendations on what further action should be taken. In a Surprise development Pepper visited City Hall last thursday and had a lengthy discussion with City Engineer ted Yeats about the pipeline project. Rieth said Pepper requested that his name be put on the list of bidders if the City should decide to go out for bids to have the mile Long pipeline repaired. The request was ironic since peppers attorney Philip Weinstein said in a letter to Venice officials last week that he thought the City was asking for More than was called for in the original specifications. He said he would have no Choice a but to seek injunctive Relief if the City tried to make repairs to the line. The letter was in response to a City communication giving Pepper first option on repairing the water main to the City a specifications. Mayor Harry Case said he considered Weinsteinn a letter Quot to be More argument Ive than anything else and explained that the original specifications and the ones the City wants the main repaired to Are almost the same. Case conceded that the new specs Are More specific in some cases but said they Are otherwise very similar. He explained that if the Job had been done right in the first place there would have been no need for the lawsuit. A if you get caught with your britches hanging there has to be a reason a Case said. A a in a Tho continued on Page 4 classified. 19-20-21 entertainment. .10-11 fishing. .12 Flea markets .18 obituaries 4 real estate. 21 thru 25 sports. .13-14 society. .6-7 tides. .26 Center defects checked by architect Engineer minor structural problems at Venice a new Community Center have resulted in roof leaks and mildewed Walls and the problem has prompted the City to Call in the architect to make recommendations to Correct the problem. City Engineer ted Yeatts said this week that he has been unable to determine what is causing the leaks and mildew so he asked architect Bob Taylor who new Marine Park planned for fill area a new Marine Park with docks boat ramp facilities and a Small picnic area May be built by the City of Venice in the area Northwest of the old train station if state Grant moneys can be obtained. City Engineer ted Yeatts said this week that the project is a a Long Way Down the Road Quot because approval must first be obtained from the West coast Inland navigation District wind the . Army corps of engineers and the department of environmental regulation. But he described the City a relationship with All of these agencies As Good and seemed optimistic that the fill area May eventually be turned into a Park similar to Higel Park. The development of Higel Park was completed with state boating funds and Yeatts said he thinks More Money from that fund could be used to Complete the newest Marine Park. The fund contains moneys collected from the licensing of boats in the state. The area the City wants to develop was most recently used to dump soil from the dredging of Hatchett Creek. It is bordered on one Side by the Creek and the other Side by the intr coastal waterway. Yeatts said if the project is funded the development will be minimal. No permanent buildings Are planned and restrooms will be of the portable variety. No firm design for the Park has been worked up yet he said but he estimated the finished Cost would be around $100,000. Yeatts explained that it will be at least two years before the City can get the necessary approvals and funding to proceed with the Park development. The City has Long had plans to develop the property into a Marina or Marine Park but has never had the Money to proceed. Now it finally seems the dream will come True in the foreseeable future. Designed the new facility to have a look at the situation. Two Walls in two of the smaller meeting rooms at the Community Center Are experiencing such serious moisture problems that they have mildewed Yeatts said. One Wall had to be Wall papered three times before the facility even opened because of the problem. Yeatts also indicated there Are roof leaks around some of the exterior Walls inside some of the smaller meeting rooms. Normally the contractor would be responsible for correcting any such problem within one year of completion of the project. But in the Case of the Community Center the contractor growth International went out of business almost As soon As the building was completed. Growth International went out of business so fast that some of the subcontractors on the Job did not get paid until the bonding company stepped in and took care of the outstanding debts. The bonding company also is supposed to take care of any defects found in the project but assistant City attorney Bill Korp told City Council last week that it has refused to answer requests to Correct the problem. Since the City still holds $15,000 of the payment for the Center Yeatts said this Money can be used to pay the architect to come up with plans for correcting the leaks and the mildew problem. Yeatts termed the leaks a problems of minor magnitude Quot but said he would not normally expect them to crop up in a project such As the Community Center. The $600,000 facility opened last january after years of planning and fund drives by the Community. It is widely used by area clubs and civic groups but continues to operate at a deficit

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