April 26, 2002 PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA Vol. 31. No. 5
CREDIT UNION CHANGES ITS NAME
The Credit Union took the occasion at its annual mem- President/CEO Linda Reynolds expressed the hope that
bership meeting on March 27 to announce its new name members use the Credit Union as their primary financial
of Pinellas Federal Credit Union (formerly Pinellas County institution so that the Credit Union’s established growth
Employees Federal Credit Union). pattern will continue to flourish and expand along with the
The meeting, attended by about 75 members (the larg- best service in the business.
est attendance in the past several years) was a gala event In elections held for seats on the Board of Directors,
held at the Belleview Biltmore Resort and Spa in Chuck Kearns from EMS/Fire Administration was named
Clearwater that featured several Credit Union officials who Chairperson with Tax Collector Diane Nelson elected as Vice
gave status reports on the various accomplishments of the Chairperson. Steve Carroll from the County Administrator’s
Credit Union during 2001. Office was reelected as Treasurer and Sue Johnson from
Julie Scales, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Justice Coordination becomes new Secretary.
categorized 2001 as another year of growth for the Credit On the lighter side, along with the tasty buffet, door
Union which posted increases in membership, loan portfo- prizes of a 19” television, DVD player, CD stereo system,
lios, share balances and Capital-to-Asset ratios, all of which electronic game and cordless phone were awarded to five
reflect the Credit Unions sound financial position. lucky winners.
A New Logo For Information Technology
Employees of the Information Technology (IT) Department recently participated in a logo contest sponsored by
the Department’s Human Resources Committee.
A number of employees took the challenge and displayed their hidden
talents by creating and submitting 38 unique designs that were judged by the
Department’s employees. Creating the winning logo (pictured below), which
will be placed on Department letter-
heads, business cards, shirts, etc.,
went to Senior Systems Technician
Vince Saporito, pictured at left with
IT Director Al Leiser. Honorable
mention goes to all the others who
submitted entries: Computer Systems
Analyst Greg Carro, Senior Programmer Analyst Steve D’Avolio, Senior
Systems Technician Louise Joiner, Network Technician Larry Kroegel, Net-
. . . . IT Director Al Leiser (l.) presented Vince work Technician Lynn Lemonias, Lead Systems Programmer Patti McLendon,
with four (4) hours of annual leave and a Senior Programmer/Analyst Candy Rodgers, Systems Technician Eddie
certificate for his winning design. Slaughter, and Senior Programmer/Analyst Devina Trivedi.
IT management, along with the Human Resource Committee, thanks everyone who participated in the contest. The
interest, participation and enthusiasm displayed by IT’s employees was deemed by everyone from top on down as nothing
short of sensational and morale-building.
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Classifieds PERSONNEL BOARD CHIPS
FOR SALE: ‘98 VW Beetle, Black, pwr, 5
speed, 10 pk CD,37k.$11,200.943-0670. Here is a recap of the actions taken by the Personnel Board at its April 4
Bed, single, $75. Stereo, $10. AC energy meeting:
saver wall unit, $75. Utility cabinet, $15. Ö Approved the modification of Personnel Rule XV to bring it in conformity
Christmas Tree, $5, Tent, $10. 525-9644. with changes made by the FRS and the adoption of the DROP plan. The modifica-
China Cabinet, Mahagony wood and buffet
tion removes certain current restrictions regarding optional exchange of leave
table for six, $350. 467-0063
Bunk Beds & twin mattresses, wooden, procedures. Employees are now allowed to exchange leave twice per year and
sturdy, $75. Health rider, $50. 937-4409. can designate a part of the exchange money to be used for a 457 deferred compen-
HP LazerJet printer. Works great, $100 sation plan on either date of exchange. All other provisions of Rule XV remain
obo.15” color monitor, $60 obo. 446-3577. unchanged.
15” Gold Daytons 100 spoke wheels & Ö Approved the Personnel Department’s budget for FY 2002-03.
Vogue Tires, $1,000. 733-0869. Ö Approved the cyclic maintenance review of 34 positions of Professional
Walker, deluxe, removable arm extensions, Accountant in 14 different departments resulting in the upward reclassification of
2 mths new, $100. Kirby Vacuum & at-
two Accounting Systems Coordinators, PG 44, to Senior Accountants, PG 46. All
tachments, make offer. 786-6274.
‘89 Toyota Cressida, V-6, 94,000 mi. 4 dr, other positions reviewed underwent no change.
sun roof, luxurious. $5,200 obo. 943-8199. Ö Approved a review of nine (9) Property and Store positions in the Highway
‘96 Pontiac Grand Am. Fully loaded, 51,000 Department which resulted in one-step upward reclassifications for six positions and a
miles. Take over pymts. 457-3644. three-step upward reclassification for one other. Two positions remained as is.
‘83 Nisson 280 ZX, T-Tops, A/C, PW, Ö Approved the reclassification of one position in Public Works from Infor-
Auto. Runs great, $2,995 736-8069. mation Systems Coordinator, PG 44, to Engineering Systems Coordinator, PG 46.
‘01 PT Cruiser, luxury touring edition. Sil-
Ö Reclassified the title of one position in Public Works from Public Works
ver, 3600 mi.exc condi, $18,500.372-7165.
FOR RENT: Heather cottage, Wells Beach, Engineering Specialist II to Public Works Grants Program Coordinator with no
Maine. Sleeps 8. 75’ from ocean, 10mi. change in pay grade (47).
from Kennebunkport. Avail wks of 8/31 & Ö Received and commented favorably on the Personnel Department’s
9/7. $800 per week. 207-646-3091. Annual Report for 2001.
Service Awards For April
25 YEARS 25 YEARS 25 YEARS 20 YEARS 20 YEARS 20 YEARS
PAT FITZPATRICK RAYMOND KRAUS FAITH WIND CLARA BAITY ROBERT PEACOCK DARLENE ZOLLO
Secretary AEO III Field Investigator Sr. Office Specialist Project Coordinator Sr. Court Clerk
Public Affairs Highway Social Services Highway Utilities Clerk of the Court
TWENTY YEARS Robert Joplin .................... Property Appraiser Catherine Flegel .............. Environmental Mgmt
(unavailable for picture) Andrew Kopp ..................................... Building Herbert Gunthner ................................. Airport
James Klaeser .............................. Public Works Princetta McCoy ................................. Utilities John Hohenstern ..................... Animal Services
Sharon Galvao ...................................... Utilities Sheila Murphy ....................... Court Assistance Leonard Howell ........................ Recording Svcs
Patricia Smith ............................... Tax Collector Doris Newman ............................. Tax Collector Chuck Kearns ........................ EMS/Fire Admin
FIFTEEN YEARS Richard Polsky ................. Property Appraiser Karen Lamb .................. Clerk’s Administration
David Bilodeau .......... Emergency Management Catherine Reighard ............................. Highway Debra Lansdowne ....................... Public Affairs
Robert Carpentieri .................. General Services Richard Soderlund ...................................... Park Joseph Lawton .................................. Highway
Dennis Carter ............. Information Technology Robert Taylor .................................... Highway Connie Messina ..................... EMS/Fire Admin
John Cloud ......................................... Highway TEN YEARS Ronald Olds ............................ General Services
Joan Dobbs ............................... Recording Svcs Gregory Herremans ............ Fleet Management Patricia O’Neil ....................... Finance Division
Melvin Dukes ......................... General Services Shelby Vleming .......................... Social Services Monique Savas ..................................... Airport
Nancy Hagan .................... Property Appraiser FIVE YEARS Gerhard Thaden ................................. Highway
Kenneth Holderness ............................ Utilities Israel Castro ................................. Public Works Susanna Tootle ................ Consumer Protection
April 26, 2002 PINELLAS PEN Page Three
County Administrator Steve Spratt
This is my first opportunity to provide a message to you cultural heritage and sustainable economic development has
via the Pinellas Pen and I thank the editors for allowing me drawn the attention of our peers throughout Florida and the
to do so. nation. Many other awards highlighted our efforts in planning,
Interestingly, when I asked to write a column, I learned public education and public awareness.
that my predecessor Fred Marquis had a practice of using the In addition to the competency of our workforce, I have
Pen as a line of communication and I recently read a couple other reasons to be optimistic about our future. Our relatively
of his messages from 1987, 1988 and 1989. Aside from hav- new Board of County Commissioners (sitting in their current
ing this in common, many of you may know that Fred and I form for only 18 months) is working cooperatively together to
also had the same boss for awhile. He served under Merrett solve problems. They recently completed a two-day strategic
Stierheim when Merrett was Pinellas County Administrator; I planning session which will produce specific objectives for us
served as an Assistant County Manager under Merrett while to go to work on. They have shown strong confidence in staff
he was County Manager in Miami Dade County. I am pleased by, among other steps, adopting amendments to the purchas-
to help in continuing progress that Fred so ably brought to ing ordinance which incorporated recommendations aimed at
Pinellas County government for a remarkable 22 year term. making procedures more efficient. These recommendations
April 3rd was the four-month mark in my tenure as Pinellas came from an employee task team that brainstormed ways
County Administrator. It has been a very busy job so far, and for us to conduct business more efficiently. One significant
one that is both professionally challenging and an exciting op- change was expanding the administrator’s delegated purchas-
portunity to accomplish great things. ing authority from the current $25,000 to $100,000. This will
I have spent a great deal of time visiting as many county spare us delays on many purchases that previously needed to
departments as the schedule would permit, and I look for- await County Commission approval.
ward to meeting those of you whom I’ve not yet visited. Based We are definitely in a period of change - from the
upon my observations and work with my fellow employees seven-member Commission, to a new administrator, and from
thus far, I am very impressed with the talent and dedication of a community that is getting younger, to new policies and ideas
our workforce. It is always fortunate to be able to work in the workplace. It may sound idealistic, but I believe we
with a good team. As the administrator, having such capable have a tremendous opportunity in this climate of change.
and conscientious employees is an essential ingredient for You may have heard that what really motivates me is
success. making government work better for the people. I have lost
In fact, a report recently crossed by desk that made me count of the number of times I have been told; “it’s always
stop and take notice, and I want to share its contents with been done that way”. Think of all those ideas you may have
you. It was a straightforward account of the local, state and had to work smarter rather than harder and ways the County
national awards and accolades that Pinellas County Depart- can serve our customers better which, for whatever reason,
ments received in 2001 (64 awards --- more than double you couldn’t move to the next step. In this climate of change,
the amount of three years ago), which included national I want to encourage you to innovate and be bold in our ap-
awards of excellence for Convention & Visitors Bureau, proach to work. In the coming months, you’ll hear about
Fleet Management, Public Affairs and Utilities. Emergency more ways to voice those ideas.
Communications/9-1-1 received national recognition in a I am pleased with the progress made in this short period
report presented to the U.S. Congress, and Emergency of 120 days. I have enjoyed meeting many of you and look
Medical Services was chosen overall best EMS service in forward to meeting others. We have a fine organization. Let’s
North America by EMS Magazine. Pinellas County’s in- continue working together to keep the progress coming ---
novative work in environmental stewardship, preservation of making for a better Pinellas County.
New Schedule For Board Of County Commissioners’ Meetings
The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners’ meeting times and dates have changed. They are now held
twice a month, typically - but not always - on the first and third Tuesday. The first meeting of the month begins at 9:30 a.m.
The second meeting of the month begins at 3:00 p.m., with presentations and public hearings commencing at 6:30 p.m.
Meetings are held in the fifth floor Assembly Room of the Pinellas County Courthouse located at 315 Court Street in
To confirm the time and date of BCC meetings, visit the County’s website at www.pinellascounty.org or call
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EAC 2001 Annual Report
2001 was another busy but productive year for the Em- taking appropriate action on those which needed updating or
ployees’ Advisory Council. I am pleased to report that the Council other modifications. (As a side-bar comment on the subject of
and its Delegates worked together closely and constructively to goals, budget restraints sometimes forced some goals to be put
gather and present timely advice to Appointing Authorities, the in the “Hold” category.)
Personnel Board, Department Heads and the Personnel Director Council Members who served diligently and helpfully on
on a variety of employee-oriented matters. the EAC’s various internal committees are due a huge “Thank
The year began with election of officers which resulted in You” for their dedicated efforts on behalf of all employees in
the reelection of myself as Chairman and Cindy Haumann as the Unified Personnel System. The names of these Representa-
Vice-Chairperson and the election of Peggy Balakier as Secre- tives and the Groups they represent are shown in the box at
tary. the bottom of the page.
Organizationally, the One of the EAC’s most important administrative accom-
Council again took full good plishments during the year was the creation, publication and
advantage of its modus op- distribution to each employee of several attractive three-fold
erandi which relied heavily on brochures that gave employees step-by-step instructions on how
input from the 14 members to obtain information on the Inter and Intranets about historical
of the Council who were as well as current Council matters; and via a Q. & A. format,
given standing assignments to emphasized the varied actions EAC Representatives and Del-
report on activities involving egates take to emphasize their communication responsibilities in
benefits, by-laws, legislative the interest of keeping all County employees better informed.
matters, Suggestion Awards, Logos on these brochures portray two clasped hands that
Human Rights developments highlight EAC’s motto and practice of “Working Together”.
and safety. The same motto has also been carried over on the Council’s
It was a distinct pleasure to appoint or reappoint two mem- distinctive stationery and other preprinted material.
bers to the seven-member Personnel Board. The new member Guest speakers continued to play an important and infor-
is Mr. Clifford Williams, III, and Mr. Joseph Smith was reap- mative role in both Council and Delegates meetings. During the
pointed to his second two-year term. The EAC is proud to have year prominent speakers from the Offices of the County Ad-
had these well-qualified persons as our appointees and compli- ministrator and County Attorney, the Director of General Ser-
ments them on their very helpful and incisive representation on vices (re: building and parking progress) and Personnel’s Ben-
the Board. efit Manager, speakers from outside the County included repre-
Two significant procedural changes took place during the sentatives from FRS and the Florida Crime Prevention Program
year. Our By-Laws were rewritten to simplify EAC Election added much to these meetings by their frank and informative
Procedures, making it less complicated for any qualified em- behind-the-scenes comments.
ployee to nominate himself/herself. Also, another By-Laws Much of the credit for the EAC’s very productive year is
change was to replace the “chad card” voting procedure with a due to the loyal and forthcoming support we received from
simple form indicating a vote with an “X” by the selected management throughout the County, the Personnel Board, the
candidate’s name. These changes simplified nominating and Personnel Director and several members of his staff, and from
voting procedures and encourage more candidates to run for employees across-the-board.
open Council seats. The number of candidates for each open On behalf of all Council members I extend sincere thanks
seat increased when the year’s election drew 35 nominations and appreciation to the many persons who helped the EAC achieve
for 8 openings. its successes during the busy year of 2001.
Another significant change involved a reorganization of the HAROLD M. JANINDA
Council’s Goals Committee whereby recurring reports on the
status of goals were put into a more simple and workable for-
Chairman, Employees’ Advisory Council
mat to assist Council members in reviewing Council goals and
EAC REPRESENTATIVES DURING 2001
Peggy Balakier, BCC Group V, Secretary Norman Roche, BCC Group I
James Flaherty, Property Appraiser Robert Taylor, BCC Group III
Lolita Harris, Jeff Brown, Information Technology Tommy Tucker, BCC Group IV
Cindy Haumann, Clerk South, Vice Chairman Marlene Costello, Supervisor of Elections
Cindy Lunceford, Tax Collector Liz Daigle, EJ Parker, BCC Group VII
Dave McDonald, BCC Group VI Paul Rogers, BCC Group VIII
Debbie Peck, Other Appointing Authorities Lynn Smith, BCC Group II
April 26, 2002 PINELLAS PEN Page Five
THREE TOP $2500 SUGGESTION AWARDS AMONG RECENT WINNERS
At a recent meeting the Suggestion Awards Committee awarded a total of $8680 to six employees for their suggestions
described below. This includes three maximum allowable awards of $2500.
Solid Waste Program Supervisor Kelsi Oswald and Op- During a systems check of the computer and software
erations Manager Deborah Bush came up with an operational that controls the water system and generates all regulatory
cost saving idea to install a water line from the cooling tower data, it was found to be only partially Y2K compliant. Rather
blowdown sump to the wastewater sump along with a pump than replacing the total system as recommended by suppliers
and two valves in order to use water from the cooling tower and consultants, Utilities employee Ken Osborne installed a
blowdown as supply water for the spray dry absorbers. Kelsi, Windows NT platform at the plants that run the County-wide
pictured in front of the cooling tower (Deborah was unavail- VMS based SCADA system making the software operational
able at picture time) split the top award of $2500 with Deborah and saving the County over $200,000. Ken was awarded $2500
for not only saving the County a substantial amount of money for his well thought out in-house solution to the SCADA
but reducing water usage and sewer discharges. System Y2K software problem.
As the Department of Environmental Management and
Solid Waste Operations were looking for a way to dispose of
4500 tons of lead contaminated soils at a rather hefty price to
the County, Utilities’ Hydrogeologist Bruce Weber evaluated
the geotechnical properties of the contaminated soils and de-
termined it would be suitable for use as structural fill. Behind
Bruce (pictured at left) in the background a road was built
using the structural fill. This suggestion turned what would
have been a direct cost to the County, into a “no cost” positive
use for the problem soils. For Bruce’s ingenious cost-saving
suggestion, he was awarded $2500.
Senior Court Records
Specialist Marie Wilson
(pictured at left) received Unavailable at picture time was another who hit the
jackpot. He is Public Works Engineering Specialist II Doug
$50 for her winning sugges-
Mitchell in the General Services Department. Doug de-
tion to create an accounts
vised an alternate path of travel and method of installation
receivable for certified mail for a communications conduit duct bank from the Criminal
cost fee on cases with dis- Justice Center to the new 49th Street Service Center (for-
honored checks. This im- merly Jumbo Sports) rather than a more costly proposal.
proved procedure makes it For Doug’s interest and originality in saving Pinellas County
more efficient for the cash- dollars associated with this project, he was awarded $1130.
ier when verifying monies
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OVER 10 YEARS OVER 21 YEARS
Disa ‘n’ Data
~ At a recent National Network for before the fire trucks arrived. Thanks to
Youth Symposium in Washington, D.C., these two fine Public Works employees
Pinellas County Extension 4-H youth for their quick thinking and immediate
Curtis Carro was awarded an Honor- action to a citizen’s emergency.
able Commendation for the Award of ~ Emergency Communications Su-
Excellence in Youth Leadership based pervisor II Elli Childs would agree that
on his efforts in Pinellas County. He has good things come in small packages.
been involved in the Community Youth Granddaughter Amari was born Novem-
Mapping Mentor Program, a Youth As ber 13, topping the scales at 2½ lbs. Elli
BARBARA GETZ MARIANNE JONES
Administrative Secretary Senior Office Spec Resources Board of Director, a mem- proudly reports that Amari is now 5
Public Affairs Utilities ber of the Commissioner’s Youth Advi- months old and doing great.
sory Council and the 4-H Teen Council, ~ Buckle Up Florida, a Department
plus 3 various other school and commu- of Transportation program that works
nity organizations. Curtis, a Junior at with law enforcement statewide to in-
Seminole High School, is the son of crease safety belt usage in Florida,
Criminal Court Customer Service Man- wants to remind everyone that wearing
ager Vanessa and brother of Computer a safety belt is the single most effective
Systems Analyst (IT) Greg. thing you can do to protect yourself and
~ While enroute to their job site, En- your children in a traffic crash. May 25th
DAYTON SCARBOROUGH gineering Services Technician I Dontell thru June 2nd, Florida’s law enforcement
Highway Green and Engineering Technician Reva will be on the lookout for adults and chil-
Also retiring Maintenance Crew Leader Evelyn White came to the rescue of a motorist dren who are not buckled up. Don’t put
Cummins, Park (over 14 years), Craftworker I whose truck was on fire. Grabing the yourself or your family at needless risk
Joel Harper, Park (15½ years), and Records fire extinguisher off their vehicle, of death, injury or getting a ticket. Buckle
Specialist II Winifred Williams, Clerk of the Court Dontell and Reva had the fire put out Up Florida, it’s the law.
TOP HONORS FOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS
Vital Statistics At a recent National Association of Counties (NACo) awards ceremony,
BIRTHS: William Tuttell (Conven & Visi- Pinellas County was the recipient of two 2002 Acts of Caring awards. The Acts
tors Bureau) and wife Christine, a daughter, of Caring awards recognize community service provided by a county sponsored
Emerson, 8 lbs., on February 24.
volunteer program that enhances or preserves that community’s quality of life.
Tiana Walker (Utilities), a son, Dylan, 8
lbs. 10 oz., on February 25.
The two programs that received NACo awards and which are administered by
Denise Welch (Planning) and husband The Department of Public Affairs’ Volunteer Services Division were the Shell
Ron, a son, James, 5 lbs. 6 oz., on March 4. Key Preserve Volunteers and the Pinellas County Tutor Mentor Program.
Shawnee McQuillen (Highway) and hus- Volunteers in the Shell Key Preserve Program spent more than 400 hours
band Kerry, a son, Jarred, 7 lbs. 6 oz., on during a 12-month period collecting data on bird activities
April 10. that is vital for understanding how best to manage the pre-
MARRIAGES: Bruce Weber (Utilities) to serve and to determine if changes are needed. Along with
Jasmin Colo Orot on December 21. (Correc-
collecting data, the twenty volunteers assisted in the con-
tion to March 29 notice.)
Scott Deitche (Environmental Mgmt) to
struction and maintenance of fences, installing signs, trash
Sari Schlossberg on February 2. and debris removal and helping with bird surveys by docu-
Janice Sanborn (Park) to Gary Shibley menting the species and number of birds and which habitats were used during the
(Planning) on March 17. migrating and wintering period.
Pinellas Pen Volunteers in the Pinellas County Tutor Mentor Program are matched with at-
A regular publication of the Personnel Depart- risk students to serve as positive role models. The 63 employees
ment f o r a n d a b o u t t h e e m p l o y e e s o f t h e
Unified Personnel System of Pinellas currently serving as mentors contribute an hour of their time each
County, Florida. week to assist the students with their school work and provide
COUNTY ANNEX OFFICE BUILDING
400 SOUTH FORT HARRISON AVE. friendship and guidance to these children.
CLEARWATER, FL 33756-5113
Volunteer Services coordinates more than 1085 volunteers who
FAX 464-5548 donate their time in a variety of ways to assist Pinellas County.
Online @ http://ups/eos/eosmain.htm
Editor .................................................. Al Collins For information on becoming a volunteer, call Volunteer Services Manager Tim
Assistant Editor ..................... Connie Chancey Closterman, at 464-4591.
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