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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - September 5, 1977, Venice, FloridaSun coast gondolier the Volee of the South county vol. 33, no. 66 a 24 pages second class postage paid at Venice Florida 33595 Telephone 813 484-2611 monday september 5,1977 published twice weekly a Price 10creprimands nixed criticism continues manager defends City s mum policy City employees who have recently been critical of City Council decisions will not face reprimands for their comments City manager Dale Rieth said last Friday but confirmed disciplinary action had been considered As a matter of routine. A nothing is being contemplated against any employee at this time As a result of newspaper coverage a Rieth said. He explained that whenever an employee makes remarks which has a detrimental effect or reflects on the City in an Adverse Way it is a a matter of procedures to consider some Type of action against them. Several police officers and at least one other City employee who made sharply critical remarks about the Council actions were being considered for disciplinary action Rieth said. He explained that it is still the City a policy not to have its employees making statements that Are just their personal opinions even though no punishment will be issued this time. A a it a just a matter of policy a he explained a the policy of the City must a employees Are to restrict their Public comments on their work to avoid making Public policy statements Quot Rieth explained unless they can Back up what they Are saying. The question of reprimands surfaced during a hearing held last week in which the Public employees relations commission was trying to show that the City was wrong when it issued a reprimand to another employee who went to a local newspaper with a complaint last year. One of the most vocal of the group who criticized the Council recently was policeman Mike Schade who said resigning police chief Robert ferry had a gotten the Shaft from City there were indications that the patrolman would be issued a reprimand for his action but ferry told the Sun coast gondolier Friday a Wrieth would not be the one to Issue a reprimand i would. And i sure As hell do Rieth confirmed that he would not Force a department head to reprimand one of his people if he did not think it was warranted. Rieth stressed that he did not think the City is using a a heavy hand with its employees and termed such disciplinary actions As fire District proposed the newly formed South county ambulance service May expand to include a firefighting Branch if the county commission decides to go along with a proposal from the chairman of the county charter review Board. John Bosmyer in a letter to county administrator de Maroney asked that a department of Public safety be established to include a fire marshal with Power to Issue citations. Bosmyer also asked that a South county fire ambulance District to be established a to maximize the use of the tax Dollar and provide the spectrum of trained and qualified personnel integration when he said Maroney could present the ideas to the county commission and it could approve or set the Date for a referendum on the matter. The tax supported ambulance service was approved by South county voters last fall but does not include any firefighters in its ranks. Bosmyer said he thinks a county fire Force is needed because the Volunteer departments do not have the equipment to handle much More than Brush fires. He noted that he is not criticising the Small Volunteer fire departments and said they Are doing the Best Job they can with the equipment they have. But he indicated some situations May arise that they May not be Able to handle. A the matter of fire Protection of the citizenry of Sarasota county is of deep concern to me As a private citizen and More As a member of the charter review Board a Bosmyer said in his letter. He noted that the county commission has not taken much action on recommendations made by the charter review Board in the last eight months but is hopeful the situation will change after internal review Board elections this december. Until then Bosmyer commented a i done to see much Progress police chief Robert ferry and City manager Dale Rieth right. Zoning code gets last look the proposed zoning code which has been the subject of debate and controversy for More than two years will get a final going Over from the City Council tuesday during a workshop hearing. Most concede that Council will make some changes in the document particularly in the areas of non conform ties and amortization but it is doubtful the code will be thrown out in its entirety As suggested by some. Planning commission chairman Frank Proctor said last week he is a a delighted the Council is finally taking the last step toward adoption of the code. His commission has been responsible for revising the Model code to meet the needs of Venice. But Many citizens have voiced the opinion that it does everything but meet the needs of the residents. Some have complained that the proposed rezoning would devalue their property or that their Homes would become non conforming. Proctor conceded that the non conformity provision is a the area of most concerns and that Quot we really have a lot of anxious people concerned Over it. He said he Felt Council would probably make some changes in that area but did not think it would Hurt the code that much. During Public hearings last month an overwhelming ant zoning code crowd turned out to voice their opposition to the proposed document. Most who spoke against it were businessmen and lawyers who said one provision or another would have a harmful effect on their particular piece of property. The planning commission has taken a lot of the criticism itself since it was responsible for drafting the code. Several information hearings were held last summer and got a similar negative reaction. A there is nobody beating the drum for the code Quot Proctor laughed. The commission chairman said the Council members have a a Tough Job before them a making changes in the document but he is certain the code will be in ordinance form before the end of the year. A i am confident they will get it continued on Page 4 crazy car caper confuses cops it s in the bag a Jan a Boer and her daughter Heather found the Best Way to keep dry during last week s never ending Rains was to cover up with a big plastic bag. Photo by Koelsh what do you get when you mix a stolen car with a malfunctioning automobile throw in a set of keys and add a big dose of misunderstanding you be just cooked up one of the craziest most confusing cases Ever to make the Venice police log. The incredible incident began when mrs. Pauline Rogers went to the Rialto shopping Center one Friday to buy groceries. The Venice woman parked her four door ambassador in the lot removed the keys left the doors unlocked and went about her business. On the other Side of town George Slater was just pulling into the Hancox repair sop with a set of keys to a friends four door ambassador. The car he told one of the employees belonged to Chuck Reiter was parked on the Corso and needed some work. The repairman took the keys and misunderstanding slaters directions drove to the Rialto shopping Center to find the ambassador. Well you guessed it he mistakenly thought mrs. Rogers Auto was the one he was looking for. By some Chance the keys Slater had Given him fit her car and he drove it to the shop for a checkup. Meanwhile mrs. Rogers completed her shopping and headed for her vehicle. She found to her dismay that it was gone and put in a frantic Call to the Venice police department. Officers arrived on the scene and confirmed mrs. Rogers fears the Auto had apparently been stolen. The ambassador with the mistaken identity was by this time being examined by the men at Hancox. Finding nothing wrong they parked it it in the lot and waited for Slater to come pick it up. Wednesday morning Slater returned to the repair shop to retrieve the vehicle. When he inquired As to its whereabouts one of the employees informed him continued on Page 4 new roads sidewalks in Venice s future sidewalks new roads and Street resurfacing Are going to keep the Venice engineering department Busy Over the next few months City Engineer ted Yeatts said last week with All such construction projects scheduled to commence before the end of the year. The extensive Street resurfacing program will be the first to go out to bids Yeatts said explaining that he will probably ask the City Council to Okay the bidding at its next meeting. Two other projects that will be ongoing simultaneously will be the Ridgewood avenues East Venice Avenue connector Road and a federally funded sidewalk building program. The City Learned last week that it had received final approval on a $77,000 Public works Grant that will be used to finance the sidewalk construction. Yeatts said he expects to go out for bids on that project by the first of october and to begin construction in november. The Ridgewood connector Road and Bridge project is already out for bids and should be under construction sometime in october. With All three construction projects going on at the same time Yeatts indicated his three Man department is going to be spending All its time in the Field inspecting the work. A a it a a real hectic situation Quot he said. More than a dozen streets Are scheduled to get a Facelift in the resurfacing project. They include Tampa Avenue the Esplanade Park Boulevard Armada Road South Nokomis Avenue Valencia drive Barcelona Avenue and Granada Road. The program will Cost $178,000 and is part of a comprehensive five year resurfacing plan drafted by Yeatts. The Road connecting Venice Avenue and Ridgewood Avenue has for sometime been a priority with i he City Council and is finally being accomplished through a joint funding agreement with the county. Once completed it will provide Bay indies and colonial Manor residents a safer Access to the downtown Venice area. Ferry predicts resignations by Sheri Bridges Sun coast gondolier staff writer speaking freely on his last Day As Venice police chief Robert j. Ferry said Friday that City Council a meddles Quot too much in Day to Day City operations and predicted More resignations in the police department. The chief dressed in tan Street clothes As he sat behind his desk offered his thoughts on the problems leading to his resignation. A the mayors running this City a ferry said. A the City manager is no More running the City than my janitor is running this he said the City manager is Quot afraid to make a move without consulting the mayor or another official. Ferry recollected that when the City pay plan was implemented in october 1976, he had three lieutenants who were making the same pay As a sergeant. One of the lieutenants submitted a grievance because of the salary inequity. Ferry said he discussed the matter with Dale Rieth City manager who he said assured him the problem would be rectified in the next budget. Quot Rieth told me a i Promise you get their two step pay increase even if there Are no bullets to shoot a the chief recalled. But ferry a two step plan which would award both annual and Merit raises was rejected by the Council. A a he a Rieth been making promises he can to keep and based on those promises in be made promises i Haven t been Able to keep Quot ferry explained. A i had Faith in the manager. I Haven to lost that Faith but the Council the former chief expressed his belief that if he As a department head feels there should be a two step increase and such a plan is approved by the City manager a it should go no a that kind of thing is purely an administrative function a said ferry. Quot but the Council is continually meddling in the Day to Day operations of the the police department is the most important Agency in any municipality the chief theorized noting the substantial Public Contact involved in protecting the citizenry enforcing the Law and dispensing information to residents and visitors. However said ferry the City Council has not recognized the importance of the Venice police department and its attitude has a demoralizing effect on the Force. The chief speculated that although his officers Are unhappy with the councils approach to its dealings with the department they Haven to reached the Point where they re unable to properly perform their duties. Continued on Page 4 inside today classified. A. 18 crossword .12 entertainment. .6-7 fishing. .17 Flea Market. .14-15 letters. .5 obituaries. .4 real estate. 19 thru 23 social news. .7-8-9 sports. 10-11 tides. .17

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