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St. Petersburg TirWs, Wecdnesdvy, No tvmber 27, 1974 I
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By ROBERT HOOKER BURKE and Wilson said
St. Petersburg Times Staff Writer single payments help the an-
ning council get federal and
CLEARWATER Never state grants and that t
exactly pals, the Pinellas Coun- money not needed immediately
ty Commission and two leaders is invested. If Pinellas were to
of the Tampa Bay Regional become an exception otsr
Planning Council sparred member counties would want
Tuesday over two of life's ne- to also, Burke said.
cessities money and water.
The initial subject was dues The commission refused o
the $81,800 Pinellas owes budge, however. Virtual
every agency that gets Pi' las
the Planning Council this year. money gets it in installmens
But before the wide-ranging, Commission Chairman Charle
"often pointed discussion was E. Rainey said, and the county
over, county officials were cit- has gotten better returns from
ing a council water report as investing temporarily idle
proof that the county's inter- money tan the planning con-
"ests and expertise have been ig- cil.
nored by the regional planners. Rainey
Rainey also said that the law
The commission also: establishing the council does
V Awarded a consulting not require that members' dues
contract expected to reach come in single payments.
$560,000 to Black, Crow & County budget director Har
Eidsness for design, construe- old Roiiman was instructed To
tion and supervision of a examine the regional planning
60-inch pipeline through the council's financial books.
northern third of the county.
V Instructed County Ad- It was the water report.
ministrator Merrett Stierheim which the planning council
to determine the cost and feasi- compiled with the South,..t
ability of crossing guards at Florida Water Mlaagna ut
every railroad crossing in the District, which drew the most
county's unincorporated area, discussion.
flashing lights, bells and bar- COUNTY officials cot-,nd
riers at one crossing cost an es- that the report, which they fear
timated $50,000, County Engi- could become a bluepint for
neer Gordon Gray said. the future, cndores re -:- con-
SAuthorized its staff to ad- cepts b'anped by heal ,
vertise for bids for the four- cials, limits the scope of f;:
leaning of McMullen-Booth water supply alternatives xc d
Road for 1.7 miles between ignores the work of the new
State Road 580 and Curlew West Coast R-ional \.:''r
Creek Road east of Dunedin. Authority.
The project is expected to cost
$962,000. County officials also con: and
In the past, Pinellas has paid that the water director. .f the
its dues to the regional plan- county and the cities of Tampa
ning council in monthly install- and St. Petersburg vere nota
ments -- a procedure the com- consulted.
mission wants to continue. Wilson defended the Ip.'rt
The planning council has as an "interim, ph;ii-pl',:...!.
adopted a policy calling. for conceptual" do.:unnt de-
dues in one lump, however, and signed only to prumn: I:.re
that brought Executive I)irec- thinking and discu'sinc He
tor Scott. Wilson and Pinel's also said tie three :'; --
Park City C('.,m ilnan Sandy tors were coni i-, nt
Burke, a plan ,ing council offi- draft a stat :n m t .. i -
cer, to the co(nnission Tues- water director rki.ens :T, ;,t
day. pr(omtly disputed.