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Inverness expects ink to help eradicate litter


© St. Petersburg Times, published March 12, 2001

No date has been set, but Inverness City Council member Ted Stauffer is reminding people that he needs volunteers for the annual city cleanup day, which will probably fall sometime next month.

At last week's City Council meeting, Council member John Sullivan said newspapers should help raise awareness of the volunteer litter patrol, a gesture that Stauffer said would be fitting.

"They produce some of the litter, as a matter of fact," Stauffer said.

A KISS IS JUST A KISS: Despite the praise and pleas she has heard from community leaders, no one has changed Betty Pleacher's mind. At the end of this month, Pleacher will step down as Citrus County Chamber of Commerce executive vice president and move to Massachusetts.

When it comes to the powers of persuasion, however, county Commissioner Jim Fowler thinks he has the magic touch.

At last week's Economic Development Council meeting, as members lamented Pleacher's pending departure, Fowler said a fellow commissioner asked him to kiss Pleacher goodbye.

"I said if I do that, she won't want to leave," Fowler said.

But Pleacher was hardly swooning. "If the press wasn't here, I'd have a response to that," she said.

"From past history, I know what the response would be," Fowler said, grinning.

ORDER, ORDER: Having wielded the gavel just a few months, Inverness City Council President Bob Plaisted is still learning how to run the meetings. But it seems Tuesday he left his Robert's Rules of Order book at home.

At several points, Plaisted moved on to the next topic before a vote had been taken on the previous issue. At other times, he called for a vote before a motion had been made.

Most council members chuckled as they backtracked to handle votes by proper procedure. Dick Kaufman, who just won his third term after taking a short hiatus to run for County Commission, simply shook his head.

"In the three months I was gone, it looks like a lot of things slipped by," Kaufman playfully admonished the council. "We need to shape up."

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