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By LORI ANN HAUBENSTOCK
Times Staff Writer
In a progress report to U
Tampa City Council today, Da
-Twachmann, city water resource
,coordinator, said he is. hesitar
about the city buying into the C:
"press Creek Wellfield.
...- Pinellas County and St. Peter:
__ST. PETERSBURG TIMES : burg have built the wellfield an
I LEGAL0:rc ST. P USD G 3now propose to sell theater faci
MONDAY, AUGUST 2, 1976 TUESDAY AUGUST 3, 1976 cities to Pasco and Hillsboroug
.3Following is a tentative budget -vta e g c y
f owr a en W a ts As a member of the West Coas
"te t Supply Authority which isait -TTn.Aa m b o
intended for adoption by the Regional Water Sup A o
21 Board of Directors at a meet-
in at 1:30 .m. on Augus 11, w ellfeld transfer -o which there are five member
;c 1976 at the Arbor Office Center, Tampa has the option of, joining
sop quite 404, 1321 U.S. 19 south, Tampa has the option
Clearwater, Florida 33516. Con- By SUSAN DENLE with Pasco and Pinellas Countic
sideration will be given at that St. Petersburg Times Staff Writer
ime to objections fied against i the venture in planning for
isthe budget. The Board may, at regional water supply E
its discretion, amend, modify or CLEARWATER How soon the West Coast Regional regional water supply system.
Comments ma te tentative Psbudgete Water Supply Authority begins living up to its name is now "I have been somewhat of
SC rsomments mSoy be presented in
SWe1ncoast Regionlbe mailedr p- in the hands of Pinellas County and St. Petersburg. reluctant dragon in the whole thin
SY Author itY, Arbor Office Cen. Charles E. Rainey, authority chairman and a Pinellas and this makes you appear to b
q south, utlearwat1er1 Forida County commissioner, last week told officials of the county against a regional system," sai
EST COAST REGIONAL and city that West Coast will wait for them to make the Twachtmann. !
WATER SUPPLY AUTHORITY :next move in transferring to the authority their interests in ", "My main concern is of the eco
F.Y TENTATIVE9 BUDGET the Cypress Creek Wellfield in Pasco County. nomics of how we will buy water
PROGRAM BUDGET: Can water be sold eco
Program A: Continue Post 1980 THE AUTHORITY NEEDS control of the wellfield Can water be sold economically (t
s Needs and Sources Fe sibtvto begin supplying water regionally. the city) if the purchase is made?'
Study $169,000 -
Program B: detailed Evalua- In letters to St. Petersburg Mayor Charles E. Schuh and he said in explaining his reserve
(Bein Dec. 1976)ource 85. 1 County Commission Chairman Don Jones, Rainey said he tions.
Programw C: Detailedorceala has instructed West Coast's general manager, Richard J. The cost of the proposed acqui
! (Beogn Jan. 1977) 85,000 Hesse, and attorney Louis de la Parte to "defer to (the city sition by the regional authority:
Total *$339,000 and county) in the preparation of any future contract draft would be over $20 million.
Staff Puor for Programs A documents." Twachtmann said the city would(
Enineering & Planning $33,000 A contract draft prepared by the authority was present- not need to buy water from the au
Oastraions 17,500 ed to Pinellas County about two weeks ago. The county thority for at least another fv
C 1rice }^o0o drew up its own contract, and the County Commission last years because of the increase 'i
,7o Tuesday instructed its representatives to contact St. Pe- supply that will be available whel
Taram : NeoL ,85 tersburg and West Coast representatives to work out a mu- the new water facilities for the cit
Prloram N e tally acceptable agreement.
rents, Starkey, Eldridge Witde, tally acceptable agreement.
South Pasco, Section 21, Cosine are completed.
O edSSramWellea options 000WEST COAST WAS formed by the Legislature two "But I am working to make
New Well Field Sites 40,000 years ago to stop regional water battles and to supply water sure we will be able to buy water
TOTAL Program Need $175,8501 to Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties. By'gaining (from the authority in the future),'
WFWMD huSr included fund- control of Cypress Creek, West Coast will get the water it he said.
ive budget for FY 1977 A needs to go into the supply business. Twachtmann also said he dic
ined) will be returned to i not know how much water the au
eS cected i snate spor .' thority would allow the city to buy.
SWeW asiut out-A I The authority is expected tr
th rion may also 9o to support vote on the proposed purchase o0
SNeeds-eadSurcrs for tu e the wellfield within the next two
WEST COAST REGIONAL months.