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Countywide sheriff won't grant contract requests

By TIMES WIRES
Published March 13, 2007


On Friday, Sheriff Bob White's message to his unionized deputies was this: Don't declare an impasse in contract negotiations yet - wait a few days and I might change my position.

But on Monday, White's attorney called the union's representative to say the sheriff would not grant the deputies' requests for additional benefits, including gap health coverage for retirees and the right to appeal discipline to an outside arbitrator.

Deputies are expected to formally declare an impasse today.

Next they might appeal to the public for support with such tactics as rhetorical billboards or informational picketing.

White may be able to impose a contract on the deputies, but union representative Paul Noeske said that would hurt morale.

COUNTYWIDE COUNTY WANTS TO KNOW HOW YOU FEEL

If you feel good about Pasco County government services - or bad - the county wants to hear about it.

Officials plan to make customer comment cards available soon in county offices and online.

The county plans to spend $6,000 on the cards and postage.

The early design of the card has photos of all five county commissioners and asks people to rate the service they received.

Name and other personal information are optional.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Consultants to present options for land

Consultants tonight will present to officials an updated study recommending what to do when Community Hospital abandons its downtown campus for Trinity in December 2009.

Lambert Advisory of Miami recommends that the campus be either converted into a residential facility, particularly for senior citizens, or demolished and redeveloped as housing.

The study is essentially an updated and expanded version of a 2001 study, said redevelopment officer Caprena Laliberte.

Lambert will present its findings at the Community Redevelopment Agency meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.