City of Port Richey by jennyyingdi


									  City of Port Richey
Winter 2010

                                                            NEW City Website
                                          After a great deal of work, we      date you will be able to see what meeting is
                                          are happy to announce a new         scheduled and the time. Then by clicking on the
                                           City website. We hope the          date, you will immediately see a copy of the
                                            layout will be easier for resi-   meeting agenda.
                                            dents to navigate. Some of
                                            the features we think you         The “How do I” section makes it easy to find in-
                                            will like are the calendar and    formation about the grants the City has to offer.
                                           the “How do I” section.            All forms for applying for a permit are also lo-
                                                                              cated in this section.
                                          When you go to the calendar
                                          page, just by scrolling over the    Have a look at

  Council Members
                                  Notice of General Election                           Noise Ordinance
                                 Public Notice is hereby given to advise   A workshop to discuss the City’s Noise Ordinance
Richard Rober
Mayor                   the residents of the City of Port Richey that the  will be held before the first City Council Meeting
                        qualifying period for candidates in the upcoming of 2010. Please plan to attend, your input is wel-
Steve O’Neill           April 13, 2010 City Council election will begin    come. Come to City Hall Council Chambers,
Vice Mayor              at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 and     Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.
                        will end at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, February 16,
Perry Bean
Council Member          2010 .
                                 Three Council seats with a two-year
Phil Abts               term of office will be open.                                        Grant Dollars
Council Member
                                 Qualifying papers or information may              The Port Richey Police Department has
Bill Colombo            be obtained from the City Clerk at City Hall,     accomplished a great deal in 2009 by applying for
Council Member          6333 Ridge Road, Port Richey, Florida, 34668      and receiving a number of grants. From the DOT,
                        or call 727-816-1900 ext. 111. The election will they received a $103,000 grant to implement an Ag-
Ellen Posivach                                                                            gressive Driving Program. They
City Manager            be held on Tuesday, April 13,
                        2010 between the hours of 7:00        HELP THE CITY OF PORT received $11,000 in a Federal Stimu-
                                                                 RICHEY GO GREEN !        lus Grant to equip a city Emergency
                        A.M. and 7:00 P.M.
                                                                                             Operations Center and they received
                        Shirley Dresch, CMC, City Clerk      In an effort to curb costs &    $67,000 from the FDLE to operate a
                        City of Port Richey, Florida           save resources, consider      Street Crimes Police Unit. Besides
City of Port Richey                                           receiving your newsletter      this $181,000 described above, they
6333 Ridge Road                                                 via email. If interested     can also use money from a $211,000
Port Richey, FL 34668                                             please e-mail us at        County wide grant, as needed, to
Phone: 727-816-1900
Fax: 727-816-1916                                           fund a Street Narcotic Apprehensive

                                   Council Meetings
                                 Can’t attend every meeting? Watch televised meetings on Bright House channel 615.
                                                Wednesdays at 6:00 pm and Thursdays at 12:00 noon.
City of Port Richey                                                                                          Winter 2010

                                           A “Spooktacular” Event
       The City of Port Richey, along with several local businesses and gracious volunteers, has again put on its annual Hal-
loween Haunted House. The event was conducted free-of-charge and, over the three evenings it was open, had well over
                                                                  3,000 guests come through. The purpose behind the City
                                                                  sponsored event is to provide a safe and yet “scary” time
                                                                  for all those who attend. The “house”, which was a store
                                                                  front, was donated by Mr. Robert White, the owner of the
                                                                  Ridge Road Center. Without his donation the haunting
                                                                  would not have taken place. Several other local businesses
                                                                  and volunteers donated supplies, time and a great deal of
                                                                  hard work to make this a huge success. The house guests
                                                                  were treated to free Halloween candy, cotton candy, pop-
                                                                  corn and soda, all of which were made available through
                                                                  the generosity of those local groups and businesses willing
                                                                  to make this event occur. We can only hope that with
                                                                  friends like this we can reopen again next year to offer an-
                                                                  other child friendly, safe alternative to door-to-door trick or
                                                                  treating. See you next year— if you dare!

                                              Dredging Update
          The City of Port Richey has obtained permits from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to dredge a series of new navigation channels. These include twelve channels within
Miller’s Bayou (Channels 1, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 24 and 26) and six channels within the Cotee River (Channels 3, 4,
5, 6, 19, and 21) that do not impact seagrasses. In addition, five channels within the Cotee River (Channels 2, 20, 22, 25 and
29) do impact seagrasses and have not received a permit from the USACE. The remaining permitted channels are in the North
Bay Boulevard area (11 and 13). The remaining non-permitted channels are channels 12, 27, 28 and 30.
         The geotechnical study focused on the twelve Miller’s Bayou channels and the six Cotee River channels only. Cur-
rent permits call for the selected contractor to dredge the permitted channels down to –5 feet mean low water (MLW). Taylor
Engineering proposes to request modification of these permits to request an additional 1-foot of overdredging. Because others
had completed a sediment
analysis report, Taylor Engi-
neering did not perform sedi-
ment analysis as part of this
geotechnical investigation.
         The focus of this geo-
technical investigation was to
evaluate the extent and quality
(location, depths, thickness, and
degree of weathering) of rock
within the dredging template.

For a larger view of this map, go to, click on
“Learn About City Projects”,
Current Status
Taylor Engineering
Click on the map and use your
zoom button
City of Port Richey                                                                                  Winter 2010

   Annual Easter Egg Hunt —April                                             City’s 84th Anniversary —May

                                                                                  $103K DOT Grant for PD
                                                                                 Aggressive Driving Program

                                                                              Business I.D. Program to aid during

                                                                                   B.P.O.E. awarded James
                                                                                   Ruland Law Enforcement
                                                                                      Officer of the year

                                                                                  Oelsner Park Renovations
         New Fire Truck—April                 National Night Out—August                  completed

                                               Ordered three new Police

                                               Completion of the Police
                                                   Impound Lot

                                            $11K Federal Stimulus Grant to
                                                    equip E.O.C.

                                              $67K FDLE Grant for Street
                                                  Crimes Police Unit
Wilmslow Park Renovations—August                                              Haunted House—October
                                              B.P.O.E. awarded Tammy
                                             Schuck PD Communications
      A Christmas Toy Drive Car                   Officer of the year
    Show sponsored by Police/Fire/
         Utility departments
                                            City employees implemented a
                                                   Safety Program
     New base and portable radio
       system for the PD/FD

        $211K County wide law
    enforcement grant to fund Street
    Narcotic Apprehensive Program

     Nick’s Park seawall repaired.                                           New Vactor Truck—March
           New city website.
                                       Building Official Vehicle–October
City of Port Richey
6333 Ridge Road
Port Richey, FL 34668
Tel: 727-816-1900
Fax: 727-816-1916

           Flood                          It is important to stay      an evacuation order or advisory is issued. In that event, the city

                                           informed. The City          police, fire and public works personnel will drive down the
                                           receives notification       streets and/or go door-to-door if necessary, to announce and ad-

                                           through Pasco County        vise residents of the need to evacuate. DO NOT rely on gossip.
                                         in the event of an emer-
                                        gency. The Pasco
                                      County Office of Emer-                   NEW WAYS TO STAY INFORMED:
gency                              Management operates a com-
prehensive                   emergency warning system including             
emergency news releases, voice cable override, government ac-                          Florida State Watch Office
cess channels (such as Bright House Channel 615 & 622), the
Emergency Alert System and the Community Notification Sys-
tem. This system is used for floods as well as other emergencies.            
Listen to the news and weather channels, for example NBC,                                    FEMA updates
ABC, CBS, The Weather Channel and also local radio stations
such as 97.1 FM, 101.5 FM or 105.5 FM, while you have electric
power. You should keep a battery-operated radio or television
available in case of a power outage.
                                                                              Videos produced by State Emergency officials
The majority of the city IS located in a flood zone. Therefore,
there is generally a need for residents living along the Pithlachas-
cotee River, as well as those west of U.S. 19, to evacuate when

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