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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - September 1, 1977, Venice, FloridaSun coast Gondoli Ertho Volco of Tho South county vol. 33, no. 65 a 42 pages second class postage paid at Venice Florida 33595 Telephone 813 484-2611 thursday september 1,1977 published twice weekly a Price 10cchief considers trading badge for Campaign Button police chief Robert ferry by Sheri Bridges Sun coast gondolier staff writer the political Bug has bitten the resigning chief of the Venice police department. Robert j. Ferry who will end his service on the Force tomorrow Friday told the Sun coast gondolier he is considering throwing his hat into the local political ring. The chief indicated he is a entertaining thoughts of campaigning for one of the four Venice City Council seats to be filled in next december selection. He made it Clear he has a not rejected the ideas of vying Venice will pay for Airport use by Tony Briggs Sun coast gondolier news editor in an unexpected change in policy City leaders conceded this week that Venice is going to have to pay for its continued use of Airport property in accordance with guidelines set Forth by the Federal aviation administration Faa Over a year ago. The City Council has walked at the idea of paying the Airport fund rent equal to the fair Market value of such parcels As the sewer treatment facility property Chuck Reiter Field and the fishing pier Beach. But City manager Dale Rieth told the Sun coast gondolier this week that Council has changed its mind and it is now prepared to sit Down with the Faa and discuss what it is going to Cost the City. A meeting Between City and Faa officials will be scheduled As soon As a letter is sent in response to the Faass last request for action on the matter. Rieth is working on the letter now and it should be sent before the end of the week. A i personally think that the City is going to have to pay for use of the Airport property a Rieth said and explained that some of the councilmen have expressed similar views. The deed Grants through which the City obtained the Airport and its properties stipulates that it must pay for any non aviation use of the land equal to its fair Market value. This provision has been generally ignored until a Little Over a year ago when elected officials were informed by a representative of Faass audit Branch that the City should be paying for the use of the land. Not Only that but until the City agreed to the request the Airport would not be considered in compliance with Faa regulations and therefore not eligible for Federal Airport improvement Grants. The Grants Are one of the main reasons the City is interested in bringing the Airport into compliance because it is so expensive to make repairs and improvements on an aviation facility and the Airport does not generate enough Revenue to properly do the Job. Rieth said that the runway resealing and repainting requested by the Faa in its last letter will Cost More than $50,000. Grants would pay for More than 90 percent of that amount. The City is in the position of depleting the Airport Reserve if it incl Fly tall full the Hope is that the Faa manic in buy will accept a Compromise Bridge scene. P 22 agreement a Quot Der whip the f pays More than just a Token churches.18-19 amount for use of the land but not classified.37 an amount equal to its full value. Editorial.4 to ask for More would be entertainment.8-9 a unrealistic a Rieth said. Re l the face to face meeting will i i m i Vij on second Between Venice Flea Market ads. 32-33 Anco or a officials but is expected horoscope.27 to be More productive than the hospital.30 last one since a a recognition of letters. 4 a reality of the situation has obituaries. 2-30 a Eer re Ched by the Council d i r on l Ruth said. Real estate. 38 thru 42 Rieth predicted that the simply Sinclair .33 ongoing conflict Between the social news .9-10-11 Faa and the City will a be settled sports.12-13 once Anfu a at cd Ming Ujj Jwj to meeting and will put the Airport on an Cven keel for the rest time in years. Sewer Fence deadline extended by Sheri Bridges Sun coast gondolier staff writer the emergency ordinance adopted last week by the Sarasota county commission requiring that sewage treatment facilities erect fences to bar Public Access was watered Down tuesday to permit a More realistic compliance deadline. In the Wake of the recent death of a Bradenton youth who drowned after he fell into an open sewage tank in Manatee county commissioners last week mandated that All Sarasota county treatment centers be fenced off and that All tanks be fitted with Metal grates. The ordinance became effective wednesday aug. 24, and provided Only seven Days for compliance after which a $500-a-Day Fine would be levied until the required construction had been completed. But Board members admitted tuesday that the deadline imposed in the emergency legislation was unrealistic and amended the ordinance to allow 20 Days for compliance. A a we be put an impossible goal on them facility owners a r a weather High Tow rain aug. 25 ref 74 .79 aug. 26 92 74 .11 aug. 27 92 74 .00 aug. 28 90 73 .41 aug. 29 86 73 .46 aug. 30 89 72 .29 aug. 31 87 74 .03 ? rain for the week. 2.09 1 i rain for the month .11.72 1 1 rain for the year. 30.99 i 1 temperatures and rainfall Are i 1 recorded at 8 daily on the 1 i dates shown i Lor the preceding 1 1 24-hour period i. J commissioner Andrew Sande Gren suggested. A we said they had to put up a Fence in seven Days but they can to even get a Promise of a delivery in that several representatives of county sewage treatment centers gave credence to Sandegren a statement and county attorney Dick Nelson also agreed the Quot Board made a mistake initially Quot by imposing the a a impossible deadline. In addition the commission decided the requirement that the treatment tanks themselves be covered was unnecessary. Installation of Chain link fencing at least six feet High topped with three strands of barbed wire is sufficient Board members agreed. If the open sewage treatment tanks Are in a building Security devices must be installed continued on Page 3 for the office now held by the Man some consider the police departments Nemesis mayor Harry Case. Ferry submitted his resignation from the Post he held for More than three years for what he called a a personal but officers on the police Force and other sources have indicated the chief is unhappy with City Council and its attitude toward the police department. However ferry said his decision to consider a political career is not the result of an a if you can to lick Mem join Mem Quot feeling. M a a in be been approached several times recently by citizens of the City of Venice representatives of different groups who asked me to consider running for office a explained the chief. A the thought had never really crossed my mind before but in a considering it a he continued. A i have a Long time to make my the first Day for filing is oct. 4 and the deadline is oct. 21. Ferry is the first to indicate his name might be on the City election ballots which will be cast dec. 6. The chief said he will try to bring some much needed changes to City Council if he decides to run and wins. A this City needs a change in its government. I think in be changed the police department i think in a leaving behind a Good department better than when i came Quot ferry noted. Ferry was recently disappointed by the councils denial of his request for five More men in the department and with its slashing the departments pay raises from ten to five percent. He maintained that with the soaring City crime rate additional continued on Page 3 goes ahead with the project but faces non compliance and no Grants if it does not. Rieth said he Hopes he can convince Faa officials to give the Airport a clean Bill of health before the resealing is done so that it can apply for Grants to pay for the project. Also of major concern is whether the Faa is really Adamant about making Venice pay rent equal to the fair Market value of the Airport property is now uses. Rieth said a it is not feasible a for the City to pay such an amount because the property where the sewer Plant and fishing pier Are located is probably Worth at least $1 million. And that is not including other land such As Chuck Rieter Field and the area where the South water Tower is located. Sports Complex could Cost City Bucks a Chuck Reiter Field is one of the parcels of Airport property the City is expected to have to pay to use in the near future. Faa has said Venice must pay rent equal to fair Market value of the land. Photo by Koelsch Perc holds hearing representatives from the Public employees relations commission Perc were in Venice tuesday to try and determine if City officials acted improperly when they issued a reprimand to an employee for complaining to an area newspaper about having his tool allowance Cut. The incident occurred More than a year ago and involved City Mechanic Marlyn Johnson who also happens to be the local president of the american federation of state county and municipal employees of some. The City Council decided last summer that in order to save Money it would Cut a $40-a-month tool allowance formerly Given each Mechanic. Johnson upset Over the loss of the funds went to the Sarasota Herald Tribune to complain about the action and a Story was subsequently published. City manager Dale Rieth in conjunction with Public works director Larry Heath issued a reprimand to Johnson for breaking City personnel rules and failure to follow proper channels. Johnson later asked Perc to intervene saying the reprimand was uncalled for and charging that he was being singled out because of his affiliation with of some. The City has a Standard Gri Venace policy which allows any employee with a complaint to take it All the Way to the Council if they think it necessary. Johnson did not go through these channels with his complaint about the terminated tool allowance. George Nastran and Robert Stier who also Are mechanics at the City garage said during the hearing that they too were unhappy with the councils decision but did not file a grievance. They testified that they were not consulted by Johnson before he went to the newspaper but indicated they agreed with what he said. One of Johnson a contentions in his complaint was that he was speaking As a representative of the entire City garage. In closing remarks the Perc attorney said a employees must have the right to attack employers and suggested that employee unions should work to elect officials that Are sympathetic to their causes. The City representative sticking More to the charge at hand argued that there were no grounds to show that the City reprimanded Johnson for Union activity and that he had not been authorized to act by his fellow workmen. Percy a staff ruled some time later that there was no basis for Johnson a complaint but the commission itself overruled that decision and called for the hearing which was held this week. During the hearing testimony was Given by Rieth Heath Johnston and several of his City garage personnel. The Perc official tried to show that the City and Rieth were aware that Johnston was an of some representative and that his Union affiliation had something to do with the issuance of the reprimand. This would be in violation of state Law which allows employees to freely unionize without fear of reprisals. Rieth acknowledged that he was aware of Johnson a of some ties but indicated it had no bearing on the reprimand. He continued on Page 3 night spot May be closed to party goers when the Gate swings shut at Caspersen Beach it will serve not Only to keep out destructive vehicles but will also ban pedestrians from traversing the waterfront property. The county commission has instructed county attorney Dick Nelson to draft an ordinance which would Call for closing the popular spot from 10 . Until 6 . Every Day. The move was initiated in an attempt to halt damage caused on the 113-acre Beach by vehicles which unlawfully drive across the fragile dunes and by vandals who have on several occasions set fire to Beach vegetation. Concerned about the increasing erosion of the dunes commissioners decided to erect the Barrier and to consider the regulated hours. Once Nelson has drafted the ordinance it will be advertised for a Public hearing. Commissioners will vote to approve or disapprove the Law after the hearing has been held and area residents have had an Opportunity to voice their opinions on the proposed ordinance

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