Wednesday, May 15, 2013
County officials are coming to Land O' Lakes to gain insights from the community.
Pasco County Commissioners are looking for input from Land O' Lakes area residents on a variety of topics. Just to make sure they get the feedback they're after, commissioners are taking the show on the road, so to say. A community meeting is set to take place with county officials tonight, May 15, in Land O' Lakes. The meeting will focus on several topics, including the county's strategic plan, its current budget and road maintenance needs. The meeting will also give residents a chance to share their opinions and ideas about the state of the county's affairs, according to the county's website. The meeting is being staged in conjunction with an online survey that will be launched this summer. Commissioners will use the opinions and ideas …
Monday, May 6, 2013
The board will meet on May 7.
The Pasco County Commission will meet on May 7 at 10 a.m. The group will be considering several items of community importance. According to the online agenda the following items are set to be discussed: - Designating May 19-25 as Emergency Medical Services Week in Pasco County. - A 2COP license to sell beer and wine at Best Thai Cuisine and Sushi, located at 35354 State Road 54. - Congratulations of T.J. Pyche III for being selected as Pasco County's Outstanding Senior of the Year. For a full list of agenda items go to the county's website. If You Go: What: Pasco County Commission Meeting When: Tuesday, May 7 at 10 a.m. Where: 37918 Meridian Ave. in Dade City
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Jack Mariano’s attempt to get Pasco County Commissioners to declare their support for the United States Constitution was shot down March 19.
Pasco County Commissioners opted against declaring their support for the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights during their March 19 meeting. Or, more pointedly, they voted down the resolution presented by Commissioner Jack Mariano as it was written. Calling it a “political ploy” and saying there was no need for a resolution declaring Pasco County’s support for the Constitution, Commissioner Pat Mulieri opted against supporting Mariano’s measure. She was joined by fellow commissioners Ted Schrader and Kathryn Starkey in her opposition. “I’m angry,” Mulieri told Mariano during a heated discussion on the measure. The idea for Mariano’s proposal came about during talks about Pasco County possibly closing a loophole in local …
Monday, March 18, 2013
County Commissioner Jack Mariano says it’s time for Pasco to take a stand in support of the United States Constitution.
Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano wants to make one thing clear: He supports the United States Constitution and its Bill of Rights as written. And, he wants his fellow commissioners to make the same pledge. That’s why Mariano intends to ask the entire Pasco County Commission to approve a resolution in support of the Constitution during the board’s Tuesday, March 19, meeting. Mariano said the idea for the resolution evolved over the course of the board’s past few meetings as discussion about closing the gun show loophole was addressed. While the county has since put on hold a formal discussion about making it illegal for gun show attendees to purchase weapons without a background check, concern about the “chipping away” of the 2nd …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Pasco Commissioners are considering an increase in the local option gas tax. The hike would have Land O’ Lakes motorists paying a nickel more at the pumps.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Pasco County Commissioners voted unanimously March 5 to approve a merger between the sheriff’s office and fire rescue’s dispatch centers.
The days of picking up the phone in Land O’ Lakes to call 911 with a police emergency and ending up having to explain the situation twice are almost over. Pasco County Commissioners voted unanimously March 5 to approve a merger of the fire rescue and sheriff’s office emergency dispatch operations, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The merger has long been discussed, but was never acted upon in earnest until Tuesday’s meeting. Under the current 911 system, calls are routed in through fire rescue. If a person happens to have a police emergency, that call then goes to the sheriff’s office through a transfer. That system worked, but it had its share of problems, officials say. Dropped calls were cited as one of the top concerns. Between …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The county is considering a request to give employees a 3 percent raise.
After five years without seeing an increase, Pasco County employees might soon see their paychecks rise. During the Feb. 19 board meeting, Commissioner Henry Wilson brought up the idea of asking staff to work a 3-percent increase into the upcoming budget for Fiscal Year 2014, which starts on Oct. 1. According to The Tampa Tribune, all five commissioners were receptive to the idea, which could ultimately cost the county about $3.5 million. Commissioners also asked that constitutional officers, such as Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley, also consider giving employees a 3 percent adjustment. Whether the proposed raise would require an increase in property taxes is unclear. The commission will begin crunching budget numbers in the near …
Jack Mariano wants to see libraries stay open longer and park fees go away.
Pasco County Commissioners voted Feb. 19 to allow libraries to set their own hours, but the action likely didn’t go far enough for one board member. Commissioner Jack Mariano wants the county to revisit its 40-hour-a-week policy for libraries. He also wants to see Pasco do away with many of the park fees it enacted when budget constraints made it necessary to scale back on costs and increase revenues. Tuesday’s action didn’t extend library hours. Instead commissioners gave their approval for libraries like the Land O’ Lakes branch to adjust their hours within that set 40 a week allowed since the board scaled back in 2006. “We’re getting requests from the communities to have us open at night more often,” Nancy Fredericks, chair of the …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
It’s no longer legal to leave an unattended dog chained up in Pasco County.
Land O’ Lakes dog owners have some new rules to follow. The Pasco County Commission approved changes to its animal ordinance yesterday, Feb. 19, that outlaw tethering dogs on chains unless they’re under direct human supervision. The law does not pertain to dogs on leashes out for walks. The new tethering law is just one of several changes made to the ordinance during Tuesday’s meeting. Other changes include new restrictions for kennels and other rules that are meant to help ensure animals are properly cared for. The tethering rules make it mandatory for a person to be physically outside with a dog while it is on a chain. They also require that a person have visual contact with the dog. The rules also require a two-point restraint or a …
The Pasco County Commission commended the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce for its efforts to get residents to “Shop Local First.”
The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce’s efforts to raise awareness about local businesses got a shot in the arm recently thanks to the Pasco County Commission. During their regular board meeting Feb. 19, commissioners issued a resolution commending the chamber for launching a Shop Local campaign. That campaign is meant to encourage residents to look locally first for the items and services they need to buy. By doing so, local consumers can help businesses in their own communities while bolstering services throughout the county with funding provided through sales tax dollars, commissioners pointed out. “I’d just like to applaud you on this program,” Commissioner Jack Mariano told a group from the Central Pasco Chamber who attended Tuesday’s…