Minutes of the Meeting May 19, 1976
Pinellas-Anclote River basin Board Page two
Mr. Pierce to authorize payment to Greiner as recommended. Unanimously
Mr. Hamilton reported that the fencing contractor for the Sawgrass
Project would begin work in about two or three weeks and that the staff
will construct a temporary security fence around the water control
Chairman Homer stated that in connection with the Sawgrass Lake Project,
he has set up a meeting with officials of Pinellas County, Pinellas
County School System, and the District at 2:30 p.m. on May 28th in the
office of Dr. Sakkis in the School Administration Building in Clearwater.
It is hoped that at that time maintenance and operation agreements can
be worked out for the Environmental Education Center. The staff was
instructed to be sure the Basin Board, Mr. Gibbons and members of the
press are officially notified of this meeting.
Mr. Feaster then summarized for the Board a request by the West Coast
Regional Water Supply Authority for funding assistance this fiscal year
from five SWFWMD Basin Boards including the Pinellas-Anclote in providing
a water source feasibility study of Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco
Counties. Mr. Walker of the Authority explained that this study is
underway at a cost of $125,000 to determine water sources to meet the
short term (1980-85) needs of the study area. Mr. Gibbons advised that
if this Board and the other four basin boards involved agree to accommodate
the Authority's request, there should be a written agreement outlining
this cooperative effort and stating that the feasibility study is valuable
to both agencies. Following a thorough discussion, Mr. Carr moved,
seconded by Mr. Velong, to approve this funding request in principle
subject to working out an equitable fund distribution with the other
basins and the execution of a written agreement in accordance with Mr.
Gibbons' advice. Motion unanimously carried. Chairman Homer stated that
he feels it is extremely important for Pinellas County in its conservation
efforts to implement procedures for reuse of treated water, especially
for irrigation purposes and this topic should be discussed at the tentative
budget meeting in June for possible inclusion of studies on the subject.
Chairman Homer stated further that he is hopeful that some projects
designed to reduce salt water intrusion in the basin will be included in
next year's budget.
Mr. Feaster reported that the staff will be advertising within the next
couple of weeks for a consultant to conduct an engineering study of
Brooker Creek with specific attention to determining a means for trans-
porting excess water from the Lake Keystone area during times of heavy
rainfall, possibly to the Eldridge Wilde Well Field for recharge in that
area. This study will also consider the possibility of a bypass canal
from Brooker Creek into the north end of Lake Tarpon. The staff will
present a list of at least four consultants for Board consideration at
the July meeting. The staff was instructed to check with the U.S. Geological
Survey to determine if there are sources of chloride input to Lake
Tarpon other than through the sink enclosure structure to assure that
fresh water is not diverted into a lake which is vulnerable to salt
It was announced that the next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on
June 21, 1976 in Brooksville to consider the Tentative Budget for FY
There being no further business or announcements to come before the
Board, the meeting was adjourned.
MINU E MEETING
Pinellas-Anclote River Basin Board
uthwest Florida Water Management Dis t lI 1 C u.l
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The Pinellas-Anclote River Basin Board of the Southwest Florida Water
Management District met on Wednesday, May 19, 1976. at 9:00 a.m. in the
Third Floor Commissioners' Chambers, City Hall, Clearwater. The
following persons were present: Lewis H. Homer, Chairman Ex Officio;
Anthony Velong, Raymond Pierce, and W. Don Carr, Members; Donald R.
Feaster, Executive Director; J.B. Butler, William T. Allee, Phil
Hamilton, Robert R. Atchison, and Bill Brady, District Staff; Myron
G. Gibbons, Board Counsel; W. D. Walker, West Coast Regional Water
Supply Authority; T. W. Knepper, Pinellas County Water System; Pat
McMahon, St. Petersburg Times, and Rick Allen, Tampa Tribune.
Chairman Homer called the meeting to order and the roll was called.
Following review by the Board, Mr. Pierce moved, seconded by Mr. Carr,
that the minutes of the meeting of April 21, 1976 be approved as
published. Unanimously approved.
Mr. Hamilton presented a negotiated settlement on Parcel 16-020-008 in
the amount of $1,750 for a perpetual easement. He explained that a
U. S. Geological Survey monitor well already exists on this site. It
was recently discovered that this well is located on private property
rather than County Road right-of-way as was previously thought. Since
this monitor well is valuable to the District for long-term data
collection purposes and the U. S. Geological Survey has no land
acquisition capabilities, the staff recommends that the Basin Board
acquire this parcel in the amount of $1,750. Following discussion by
the Board, Mr. Carr moved, seconded by Mr. Pierce to proceed with
acquisition as recommended. Motion unanimously carried.
Mr. Feaster requested Board consideration of an item not appearing on
the published agenda. There being no objection, Chairman Homer
instructed the staff to proceed. Mr. Hamilton then reported that a
legal cloud on the title of Parcel 16-020-005 has been discovered.
He said this parcel was acquired for construction of a shallow chloride
monitor well as part of a coastal transect in the area. Certain building
restrictions were found to exist on this property which if enforced later
could force the relocation of this monitor well. Since this particular
location is desirable for monitoring purposes and the well will be unobtrusive
the staff and Board Counsel feel there is very slight risk involved,
the staff recommends proceeding with construction as planned. It was
pointed out that the anticipated cost to construct the well is approximately
$1500. Following discussion, Mr. Velong moved, seconded by Mr. Carr,
that the staff proceed with construction of the monitor well as scheduled.
Motion unanimously carried. Chairman Homer commented that construction
of such a monitor well is clearly in the public interest.
Chairman Homer stated that he had attended the final inspection of the
Sawgrass Lake Water Management Facilities with the staff and contractor
yesterday. He said he was very impressed with the contractor's work and
particularly with the versatility of the water control structure which
can be operated manually or automatically. Mr. Hamilton explained that
the contractor, W. L. Cobb Construction Company, has completed the
structure, the access road, and landscaping and fill work required for
construction of the living lake at a total cost of $245,900. He recommended
that the Board accept the work and authorize final payment to the
contractor in the amount of $29,190. Mr. Velong moved, seconded by Mr.
Pierce, that the work be accepted and final payment authorized as
recommended. Motion unanimously carried. Mr. Hamilton also requested
authorization of final payment to the engineering consultant, Greiner
Engineering Sciences, Inc., for inspection services during construction
in the amount of $275.90. Motion was made by Mr. Velong, seconded by