St. Petersburg Action Seen Tomorrow MPA TRIBUNE.
Sasco, ne as Approve
Cypress Creek Agreement
TRIBUNE STAFF WRITERS 3,000-acre wellfield in Pasco Couty as well as set- agreement, will not vote except in case of a tie.
modified version of the t-governmental ting up a governing board to carry out the agree- The addition of the fifth member, with no stipu-
A modified version of the tri-governmenta ment. nations concerning his residence or profession, was
'Cypress Creek wellfield agreement was approved added after Attorney General Robert Shevin issued
yesterday by two of the three governments involved THE FINAL AGREEMENT approved yester- an opinion that arbitration is not allowed in multi-
in the pact. day by Pasco and Pinellas carries three key governmental agreements.
The Pinellas County Commission unanimously changes from earlier proposals.
approved the modified agreement yesterday morn- Unlike the four-member regulatory board origi- THE ARBITRATION CLAUSE had been con-
ing, and the Pasco County Commission approved it nally proposed, the new agreement calls for a five- tained in earlier agreement versions in case a dead-
in a 3-1 vote yesterday afternoon. The City of St. member board consisting of the Pasco Commission lock resulted on the regulatory board.
Petersburg is expected to act on the measure to- chairman and vice chairman, the Pinellas commis- Pasco County Atty. Peter Dunbar said no tipu-
morrow morning. sion chairman, the St. Petersburg mayor, plus a lation prohibits an additional representative from a
The agreement, similar to one' approved by fifth member to be unanimously chosen by the member government as the fifth inember, but to
Pinellas and St. Petersburg last May, establishes other four members. obtain his appointment someone, such ra a lnvman
guidelines for operation of the three-government The fifth member however, under the final with interests in both Pasco and Pinellas, mav have
to be considered.
The second change approved by both Pasco and
Pinellas calls for a feasibility study to determine
whether development of wellfields is economically
and ecologically feasible in the Cypress Creek flood
DUNBAR SAID ALTHOUGH Pinellas and St.
Petersburg have undertaken some studies, the in-
depth feasibility study clause was added at Pasco's
insistence to determine if the amount of water
available merits the wellfield development expense.
Pasco also is lobbying for .the study to be done
by experts of national or international renown.
The third change from original proposals pro-
.. >vides for a phase-by-phase outline of development
costs so each government will know its commit-
ment and the timing.
Unlike earlier agreements approved in concept
or considered by the multi-governments, the final
agreement adopted now by two of the three
partners is verbatim.
SPINELLAS COUNTY Commission Chairman
Charles Rainey said that basically the agreement
still calls for the three governments to put up one-
third of the money each to develop the wellfield.
"With each government nutting up one-third of
the expenses, each will be entitled to one third of the
water produced." Rainey said.
He added that "Pinellas will probably purchase
.. I more water from the wellfield than either of the
other two governments."
Crrrntlv the three governments are in court
seeking condemnation of the mid-Pasco wellfield.
,with the Southwest Florida Water Management Dis-
Strict representing the three governments.
THE WATER DISTRICT is assisting in obtain-
ing the woilf'cd for use as a flood control and water
Althoneh the regional authority is slated to be-
come effective Oct. 1, Dunbar said the authority
probably won't be in a position to assume control
for two to five years thereby leaving the wellfield in
the hands of the interim board for that period.