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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - September 19, 1977, Venice, Florida2 a Sun coast gondolier Venice Florida monday september 19, 1977 w a v w1 i a Viii up a mime Sitivi Luu a i 7 17/ Sarasota us a Sallil Cost go Dollci a program of coursework leading to the Bachelor of social work degree Bow will be started for the first time on the Sarasota Campus of the University of South Florida beginning this month. The program open to students who have completed two years of College work or who have equivalent education has been developed in accordance with guidelines set Forth by the Council on social work education and with recommendations of the National association of social workers. Area students interested in entering the program May apply during Quarter i registration on the Sarasota Campus sept. 20-22. Classes begin on sept. 26. A prime objective of the program is to prepare graduates for beginning level professional practice As social work generalists. The program also is designed to prepare graduates for additional health care Agency sets Public hearing the South Central Florida health systems it Uncil inc., the Are wide health care planning Agency will hold a Public hearing on the health systems plan tsp and the annual implementation plan Taip on oct. 12 at Sarasota t i y Hall commission Chambers. The hip is a Long Range five year plan for the orderly growth of the health care delivery system to promote the optimal health status of area residents. Air is a Short Range one year program to the implementation of the hip. The purpose of the Public hearing is for the citizens of the men county planning area to present Oral or written comments on the Lisp and air. A copy of the plan is available for Public review at the offices of the county commission for each county and the main Public Library of each county during Normal working hours. Public comments will be reviewed by the Board of directors of the South a mitral Florida health system Council before final adopt ion of the plan. To preserve an acceptable environmental health status an objective was set requiring the regional air Quality to be maintained at a level Superior to Nat ional standards. Three objectives pertaining to personal health status have been established which seek to reduce the area s High infant mortality rate reduce the incidence of cardiovascular diseases and to reduce drug and alcohol abuse. Objectives relating to the health care delivery system Call for a comprehensive school health education program a health education resource Center emphasis on prevention and Early detection ser ices i he establishment of a sliding fee scale for the treatment of indigent patients As Well As a Clearinghouse in each county for processing go eminent reimbursement forms for medicare and medicaid. The development of nursing Home Beds is recommended at a ratio of 30 Beds per 1,000 persons later age 03, of w hich at least one third should be intermediate care. Also recommended is 20 percent reduction of the escalation rate of Hospital expend res the reduction of obstetric Beds by 15 percent and a 20 percent reduction in the number of Beds designated for paediatric services. Long and Short Range goals objectives recommended actions and resource requirements Are specified for each component of the plan. For information concerning the hip and air Call or write the South Central Florida health systems Council inc., . Box 1106, Sarasota Fla. 33578, a m3l 360 9755. The so fisc invites All interested persons to a end the Public hearing and to submit Oral or u Rit ten comments. Aural acoustic arts presents Sarasota county s Only factory authorized Zenith dealer in Sarasota a a Sci �w�,4�moit u a manuf Rte Etc. In Sarasota jural acoustic arts 2170 Gulf Gate or. 922-5894 in Venice Venice hearing Aid Center 238 w. Tampa ave. 485-0122 William n. P0stell, m.d., . Announces the re opening of his office for the practice of internal Medicine and cardiology 321 Nokomis ave., s. By appointment Only Venice Fla. Pm 485-3800 happiness House rehabilitation Center inc. Announces increased physical therapy services on referral of physicians now available every afternoon monday through Friday speech pathology a monday through thursday audiology services on fridays happiness House South county 211 s. Nassau Street Venice for appointments phone 488-6880the voice of the South county professional training since the Bow . Students must apply and meet certain Crit the declaration of a flt second class postage paid at Venice Florida 33595 Telephone 1813 484-2611 monday september 19,1977 published twice weekly a Price 10c work the compel distribution required 2.75 Grade average a course theory and p 300. Some of the students who Are i service agencies. S editor two requirement offered among the in Milf has Sarasota Campus Durn month. Introduction a a and behaviour Envoi a. A 420 will be offered. Plaint to to the City Neil deals death blow to Engineer s grievance hidden eds idea not matter but concluded the complaint is now a a dead he told the Sun coast gondolier he is not Happy with the City a formal grievance policy and suggested the Council should be required to hear any employee who carriers a complaint to it. Yeatts complaint revolved around a decision by the Council and City manager Dale Rieth to take away the car he had previously been assigned on a 24 hour basis. Yeatts claimed that the car was promised to him As a condition of employment and that to deny him use of a vehicle on that basis would be a breach of contract. Under the City a grievance policy the Council has the option of either having a hearing on the complaint or rejecting it without discussion. All of the councilmen voted by ballot not to hear the grievance except John Vickers. Eugene Caffrey is on vacation and did not vote. Councilman Bill Freeman said he considered the matter an administrative decision and Felt that it was handled properly by Rieth. He also explained that he saw no Validity in Yeatts claim that he was promised a car other than for official use which Freeman said Yeatts has now. Yeatts uses a vehicle from the City motor Pool when one is available. One City employee said the fact that the Council refused to hear the grievance proves the policy does not work and invites unionization of City workers. But Freeman defended the grievance policy saying it could be used when an administrator oversteps his Bounds. In that Case he said the Council would hear the complaint. Mayor Harry Case agreed with Freeman that the decision on the car was managerial and not one the Council should consider. He also questioned the right of those in the engineering profession to make such complaints in the City or corporations. A i done to think grievance procedures apply in his Case a the mayor said. The Only councilman to vote to continued on Page 4 close i disco tin police pension proposes better benefits we t first Days of practice for the South county a Gan last week at Venice High school and it was a Chance for the players to show their stuff. He a Only seven but Toufik Bou Hamid of Venice showed he has what it takes. Photo by Koelsch for cities debated inside today of Romity. T Council hip hugged zoning _ supports my who said 5 Doti Reg. 3.75 Brief tial part Black on Lause has so a reversal Reg. 3.95 2ode and ing last limited Stock. Not a if plan a Man Frank Proctor came to the defense of the code for the second time in a week and said a non conformity is the most maligned word in the entire zoning has been used As a spearhead to defeat the entire he suggested Council should add a few paragraphs to the end of the non conformity Section saying a any residential Structure in and zoned District is hereby declared and shall be deemed but Council gave the idea Cool response and place suggested that everyone was advocating changing the wrong part of the code. A i think you Are attacking the wrong end of the dog a place said. A you Are chewing on his Tail when you want to go after his he explained that the Council should revise such things As setback requirements to meet the current regulations rather than throw out the entire non conforming Section. Place agreed that some property owners in the City would be damaged when their property became non conforming but explained that the code is meant to do this in some cases. Ambulances Roll into town a the purpose of the code is not just to apply to new building a place said. A it Wasny to meant for he explained that in some cases the code is meant to prevent rebuilding along old regulations. Place finally suggested councils Best plan of attack might be to delete the amortization clause from the code which would continued on Page 4 classified ads p. 18 editorial. .5 entertainment 6-7 fishing. 17 Flea Market ads. 14-15 Hospital. 13 letters. .5 real estate.19 thru 23 society. 8-9 sports. 10-11 tides. 17 by Sheri Bridges Sun coast gondolier staff writer a police pension plan recommended for Venice by an actuarial consulting firm would Cost the City less Money than it has budgeted for the pensions and would provide for a 13 percent increase in benefits. The results of a study conducted by the firm of Alexander and Alexander indicate the City would considerably upgrade its pension plan for a total annual Cost of $22,000. The analysis also notes that the Florida retirement systems Fra plan which covers All City employees except those in the police and fire departments May encounter future financial difficulty and recommends that the Public safety officers do not join. The suggested program would base pensions on the average earnings of the highest five years out of the last ten years rather than on the last ten years. It would change the retirement age to either age 60 and 10 years of service or age 55 and 25 years of service. If a policeman Dies before retirement the plan provides for a surviving spouses and children a income Benefit of 50 percent of earnings at the time Nee told Jet of Sien Dis not to the t As bad a of a blown ice said. Is thing Iby with id. A Eeman fact that is for different Der this new code be could under chair taxing units not imminent Ibula nce Nade its costume Ramoin Katz Bright i a Fth Nedical a great new selection to so arrived choose frito pick huge collection of Stambul jewelry necklaces be the rings chains amp Brae leased shop Early for Nee in selection. Were go but. Cations Venice Shopp action Mon sat 9-9, Sun 1 a third vehicle the demonstration Model borrowed from the state will remain in the services Fleet until funds Are available to finance another Purchase. The two ambulances ready for pick up in Tallahassee were bought with Money awarded through a state Grant. The District applied for funds to Purchase three vehicles but the state later announced it did not have sufficient moneys to cover the Cost of an additional ambulance. Hopes were that a third used vehicle could be purchased with funds in the districts first year continued on Page 4 the Sarasota county commission will take no action to create municipal service taxing units until the dual taxation and consolidation suits have been settled. In the Wake of the county a charter review boards criticism of the commission for failing to establish the taxing districts commission chairman Beverly Clay said such action is pending the outcome of the litigation. The review Board decided last week to have its attorney William Boylston research Florida statutes to determine whether commissioners have broken the Law by not creating the taxing bodies. County residents last year approved a referendum providing for the establishment of municipal service taxing units. In july Phil Mcguire county director of management control and Hugh Mcguire former charter review Board member presented commissioners with a plan by which the units could be implemented so that certain county areas would be taxed Only for the services from which they Benefit. Commissioners have taken no action on the proposal. But mrs. Clay indicated any response would be inappropriate at this time because of the pending status of the consolidation and dual taxation suits. The county a municipalities have charged that the present tax assessment Structure is inequitable because it charges City residents for services they do not receive such As Protection from the sheriffs department. That litigation is presently in the courts. In addition the county has proposed consolidation of five departments including Road and Bridge air and water pollution control Parks and recreation Law enforcement and planning and zoning. However the move to consolidate has been ruled unconstitutional and the county is presently appealing the decision to the state supreme court. Mrs. Clay said the outcome of the Legal action will determine the county a direction in creating the taxing units. She called the charter review boards implication of commission wrongdoing Quot completely a they review Board perhaps do not understand the function of the Board of county commissioners a she suggested. Quot this is not the kind of thing that can be done overnight. When taxes Are involved it has always been the boards commission feeling that the people need to be mrs. Clay said once the Legal disputes Are settled she would be in favor of further study to determine equitable Boundary lines for the taxing units. Then she added the people should be Given the Opportunity to decide in a referendum whether or not to accept the districts. Of the officers death. The recommended plan provides for a disability Benefit of 50 percent of a policeman a earnings at the time of his disability minus 64 percent of the social Security disability Benefit. Under the recommended program eligibility is immediate if the disability occurs in the line of duty otherwise five years of service i. Required. If a policeman works past the Normal retirement age under the Alexander plan the officers additional service and earning increases will increase his pension. Although All City employees with the exception of the uniformed departments Are covered by the Florida retirement system the Alexander study advises the two departments against joining that system. The study indicates that a 1973 actuarial report on the frs reveals a the Florida retirement system is not being adequately financed and there is no provision in current Laws to Correct this situation. Matching contributions in aggregate Are not completely adequate to cover the costs for new members. A unless remedial action is taken the system will eventually become insolvent at a time when the liabilities will run into Many billions of the Alexander study also suggests the state a May be seriously under charging for benefits provided under the frs a noting the annual Cost of providing frs benefits Independent of the frs would be $104,476, while the City a contribution under the system would Only be $23,555. The pension committees of the police and fire department will meet to decide which portions if any or the Alexander study should be adopted. Then the committees will again meet with Alexander representatives to work out a final plan which will be subject to approval by the City Council. Try try again to get funds anyone 65 and older who used the South county ambulance service during the months of March april or May and was refused medicare reimbursement now has a second Chance to get Back some Money. About 100 persons who required emergency ambulance service during the District s first several weeks of operation were not eligible for medicare funds because the ambulance service did not have a necessary provider number. The number assigned by the insurance company must be included on every reimbursement claim in order for Blue Cross Blue shield to award any Money. Although the local emergency service which began operations March 28, applied for its certification in february the papers were lost somewhere in the bureaucratic Maze Between the state department of health and rehabilitative services and the Blue Cross Blue shelf office. Several eligible persons submitted claims to the insurance company but were denied reimbursement As a result of the governmental mix up. However the problem has been worked out and All those affected May resubmit their medicare claims. After paying their emergency service Bills at the ambulance Headquarters on bypass-41 near Grant Plaza eligible medicare recipients should transcribe the provider number stamped on the receipt to their insurance claim application. Blue Cross Blue shield will then handle the claims according to Normal procedure. For More information Contact the South county ambulance service at 485 5406 or Jack Poto emergency medical service director for the Sarasota county health department at 365 2020

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