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Politics

City's aim is to cut 17 candidates down to 1

By GINA PACE
Published April 25, 2007


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DADE CITY - With 17 applications received for the position of city manager, commissioners discussed how to winnow them down Tuesday evening.

Seven or eight applicants meet the requirements - a bachelor's degree with course work in public administration, though a master's degree is preferred, and at least seven years of experience in city or county management, said assistant city manager Laura Beagles.

The salary range is between $75,000 and $95,000.

Most applicants are from Florida, although none of the people currently work in Pasco County.

The four commissioners agreed to submit their top five choices to city staff members by Friday, and will narrow the field further during a meeting on May 1. Commissioner Eunice Penix was absent.

The commission then plans to interview the finalists in mid May. Current City Manager Harold Sample plans to leave his post by July 1.

In other business:

- The commission discussed a measure that would limit the use of portable storage units to 21 calendar days up to three times a year or during an active building permit.

Nonresidential use, which would include multifamily developments, could use two containers for up to 21 days three times a year, or a one-time use of 60 days.

Containers used in businesses before the ordinance is passed would be grandfathered in, but would need to be registered with the city's building department.

Intended to discourage the use of the containers, the measure calls for a one-time $250 fee, as well as a per-foot charge that would increase every year the container was in use.

The commission decided to continue discussion of the measure at the May 8 meeting.

- Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley made a presentation about the possibility of graduate students at the University of South Florida surveying Dade City citizens regarding their satisfaction with city government, services and utilities.

Corley, a USF graduate student, said a similar survey was conducted in Zephyrhills with a 40 percent response rate. Commissioners showed interest in the study, which would be completed by spring 2008.

[Last modified April 24, 2007, 22:54:31]


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