Olson's water proposal due
for hearing at regional level
.S -' by Robert Hibbi J feahires of the proposal runs contrary to
The proposal .put forth by P o language contained in section 10(D) of
County Commission Chairman Mike the water s aes agreement between the
Olson as a solution' to the welflield authority abd Pinellas County relating to
dispute between his county and Pinellas the development of Cross Bat Ranch in
County could get its first hearing this Pasco County as as wellfleld. The
week before the board of directors of the development of Cross Bar Ranch is at the
West Coast Regional Water Supply center of the disagreement between the
The board of directors 1 scheduled t The authority spokesman said the
take up Olson's p ip6sal during its board could decide not to take up the i
-aeting Wednesday afternoon at the proposal even though it is on the agenda.
lority's headquarters in Clearwater. Olson's proposal, which was approved
unanimously' by the Pasco County
A SPOKFPMAN for the authority said Commission, cals on the authority to
Olson's proposal waason th' agenda,tor .; develop the Cross Bari wellfield to
the meeting, although the agenda had not pumping levels of 15 million gallons a
received final approval as of,Friday day (mgd) average and 20mgd peak, the
morning. current leels permitted by the South-
SAlthough six weeks have passed ance: west Florida Water Management
Olson put forth his proposal on April12, District (Swiftmud).
lie still thinks the ue i s iopenfor con- Pinellas County's need for more water i
sideration by the board of directors. "I in the near future would be met by an
don't think it's a dead issue," Olsonsaid increase in peak period pumping from
recently when asked about the fate of his the Cypress Creek wellfield, which is also
proposal. l ocated in Pasco County. '
According to the authority spokesman .
Gene Heath, the 4 authority general PASCO OFFICIALS maintain pot
manager," was scheduled to meet with enough scientific data has been obtained
William Duynslager, the Pasco utility on the Cross Bar Ranch area to risk the
director on Friday. 30-45 mgd pumping levels.
Olson said he was not sure of the However, thesalesagreementbetween
reception his proposal would receive Pinellas and the authority pledges .the
/ a the rest of the authority board, authority to actively seek a 30-45 mgd
onis the vice chairman of the board. consumptive use permit from Swiftmud. go
APPROVAL 'of the Olsoi proposal The agreement es a
aete agreement requires,. as
could be-in doubt sinceone nof the key .'; the authority to apply for cot
the permit within 120 days cor
of thesigning of the agree- Ba
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Pinellas had delayed C
signing the sales U,
agreement in the hopes of sid,
,gaining Pasco's support of Sw
the 30-45 mgd permit, go
': application, but decided to mn
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ahead with the
reement in early April
'deadlines for letting
Tractors for the Cross
r development drew
)son has said several
es in the past he con-
era it likely that the
iftmud board of
rernors will deny a,30-45
d permit application for
Cross Bar whether Pasco from Cypress Creek. Thli
supports the application or ofter is. ontaised in the
not. Olson proposal.
A In the past, some parties"
AS OLSON often points allied with Pinellas and
out, Swiftmnd has safd Hillsborough counties and
no" to previous 30-45 mgd the cies. of '.'St. Peter-
permit applications for sburganrd ',. Tampa, the
Cross Bar, deciding in- governmental bodies
stead on the present 15-20 which 'make up the
mgdlevelPascosupports. -authority, along 'with
SAs a show of support for Pasco, have 'accused
the authority and Its aims, Pasco of less 'than en-
Pasco has also offered to thusiastic. support of the
purchase 5 mgd average authority., '