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Pasco nays PIellas A2tion
S' ater Aut 'or ty
Could K'll Water Authorit
By FAY LAIR ture Is not going to look with favor on
Tribune Staff Writer them coming back and saying they're
S i A .. not happy with what they got"'
HOLIDAY -Pinellas County's de-. Olson said Pasco is still committed
cislon to void its agreement transfer- to the water authority and still believes
ring the Cypress Creek Wellfleld to the the regional authority is the answer to
West Coast Regional Water Authority area water problems. *
could kill that board, Pasco County offi OLSON SAID despite. what was
cais said yesterday. stated in an editorial in Monday's
But they contend Pinellaas s not Tampa Tribune (the editorial ques-
canceled its agreement despite a letter toned the sincerity of some Pasco in-
from its legal department declaring the
agreement was "null and void." *
COMMISSIONER Curtis Law,
Padso's delegate to the water authority,
Sand Commission Chairman Mike Olson
both said that the Pinellas County Com-
mission has not taken official action to
cancel Its agreements despite the letter'.
from Its legal department.
S" Law said the water authority had ac-
' eted P a'i o'i agreemeintby a 44 vote ,
t Wednesdays meeting with Pinellas
"I thought It was finally settled
when they began passing the letter
around," Law said.
The letter said Pinellas' agreement
was invalid by virtue of a withdrawal
clause written Into its agreement.
terests regarding the regional water
supply authority), "We want the re-
gional board more than they think."
The editorial stated, that Pinellas'
suspicions ofPasco were heightened be-
cause Pasco passed a resolution looking
to the Southwest Florida Water Man-
agement District for water only a few
days' after passing Its Cypress Creek
THE REASON given for cancella-
tion was Pasco's stand that the Cypress,
Creek management board be retained
as a standby authority in case the water
authority should fall.
Law said yesterday he would look
favorably on making the Cypress Creek
board more representative of the
Tampa Bay area, but said Pinellas
wants to abolish the Cypress Creek
board completely. -
The board presently has two mem-
bers from Pasco, one each from Pinellas
and St Petersburg and one member.
chosen at large.
As a compromise. Law said he
would be agreeable to replacing one of
Pasco's members and the member at
large with members from Tampa and :
TIIS WOULD give the Cypress
Creek board the same make up as the
Questions have been raised regard-
ing Pasco's sincerity in supporting the
Olson and Law both say the water
authority board is the only course for
Pasco to follow.
"They (Pinellas) took our defenses
'when they got this package from the
legislature last year," Olson said. "The
regional water supply authority is the
only way we can go."
HE EXPRESSED doubt in Pinellas'
sincerity and added, "I don't see how
Pinellas can face the legislature if they
break up the water authority."
State. Rep. 'Ron Richmond, R-Ndv
' ort icrhey, voiced similar Snltimnlts.
Pinellas and SI. Plterslhui! caeipe to '
us wilh it whter market basket and 1 i
filled It," Richmiandll sail. I. -spih:t tlo I
power of their delegation, the ie!,.Ji