.ST. PETERSBURG TIMES 0 SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 1977 38
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* Pinellas County, with little fresh water below its soil,
has been forced to pipe its drinking water from neighbor.
Sng counties. After controversy, court battles, legislation
and reinl onanger, efforts arebeing mode to find a region-
I1 lol sotion to the problenis of sharing and supply. a
By DAVID M. SNYDER
St. P.tersbw*u Tim Stul Wrtw
CLEARWATER The two aides in an inter-county
water dispute failed to reach an agreement Friday, the
deadline day for transfer of a wellfield in Pasco County to a
regional supply authority.
The wetleld transfer is essential for the success of the
fledgling ,Lt lB;ui l W--. ,,,, !:a.ity,
which as crested to end wars between Pinelil Uounty
and its neighbors, authority officials say. If the transfer
fails, so will the authority, they contend.
BUT PINELLAS COUNTY and the City ofSt. Pe-
tersburg Friday rejected terms offered by Pasco County for
transfer of its interest in the Cypress Creek welfield to the
authority. As a result, the authority board declined to p-
prove Pasco' transfer agreement, putting Pao County m
"technical" violation of a deadline set by Pinelas and St.
With the deadline past, Pinelas and St. Petersburg
could back out of their part ofthe transfer agreement. Nev.
ertheless, officials gave no indication that they would do so
Instead, the authority and representatives of both sides
agreed to meet at the welfield Wednesday to try again.
The prospects for an agreement are uncertain, however,
since Paco gave the authority board a choice between "ei-
ther votinglit (the agreement) in or out" without change.
. "WE COMPROMISED and compromised," said
Curtis Law, authority board member and Pasco County"
cobunisaioner. "Ill tell you the truth. I don't see how we
can compromise any further."
St. Petersburg, Pinellas and Pasco were partners in ini-
tial development of the Cypres Creek wellfild, but Pasco
played a mino role, contributing $330,000 while the others
St. Petersburg and Pinellas agreed to transfer their in-
terests in the wellfield to the authority last December after
almost two years of negotiations. Their agreements gave
Paco until Friday todo the same, or the agreements would
be voided. '
ITechnically, (the transfer) is dead," Pinellas County -
Atty. W. Gray Dunlap said. "But we may choose, obviously,
not to raise that poiit."
CHARLES RAINEY, aut
nellas County Commissioner, tri
tween Pasco and Pinellas inter
3-hour meeting. "I've stopped
get down anyway," he told atto:
But there wia no compromise
Pasco'a transfer agreement to wl
The disputed terms include
table turn over welitte
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SAlower rate for authority
co eonta d thit a ou not
es ued to pump water to Pine
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wellinelds in Psow County_
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hority chairman and a Pl-
id to force a settlement be-
sta during the authority's
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neys for both sides.
ie on several provisions of '
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water sales to Pard. aA- 'Technically, (the
ave to pa for trnsmssion wellfields transfer) is
las But i ickens ofal dead. But we may
e choose, obviously, not
ray it members (Pi- to raise that point.'
horitv to develop any new Pinelas County Atty.