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5 Things You Should Know Today, Oct. 17

It's a long list that applies to the coming days, actually, but it's important.

1.     There will be a chance of rain through the early afternoon and thunderstorms after 2 p.m.

2.     The City Council will vote Tuesday on a proposal for New Port Richey to sponsor city support services for Chasco Fiesta  for no more than $40,000. The regular session meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

3.     At the same meeting, the council will also hold a public hearing on the first draft of a resolution to make most of the city a Brownfields Area, although the city deve;lopment director is recommending that it be called the New Port Richey Economic Incentive Area.  A Brownfields area includes real property that is tainted or perceived to be tainted “by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant”. The perceived or real contamination makes the redevelopment or expansion of these sites complicated. So cleanups and other investments in properties included in the Brownfields program can be rewarded with tax credits and other economic incentives. An assessment program would be used to see if individual properties in an area are brownfield sites.

4.      Whew, that was long. Important, too. I almost don’t want to list any more things after that. whistles. Oh wait, speaking of reuse, here’s a way for you to  reuse your canned food. Bring it to the West Pasco Government Center and see The Volunteer Way’s Canstruction exhibit, which showcases sculptures made of canned food containers. Visitors are encourage to donate a can of food or a $1, either  of which go to The Volunteer Way’s food bank. The Canstruction exhibit, which is a competition, runs through Friday.

5.    We’re looking for nearby Halloween haunts and fall hayrides. Send your tips to Alex.Tiegen@patch.com

terri October 17, 2011 at 12:28 PM
Yes, #3 was important. Now, for those of us in or near New Port Richey, we would love to know what the perceived "hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant" is....?! Seems a little odd to drop a bomb like that and not clarify....?
Alex Tiegen October 17, 2011 at 01:11 PM
It's not specified. That's why I added that properties are assessed. All It means at this point that the area contains properties either are or are perceived to be contaminated by something in the environment. The Brownfield program is used in New York, for example, for light to moderate contamination. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/05/new-york-tackles-brownfields-cleanup/
Rob Marlowe October 17, 2011 at 08:20 PM
Two easy examples: Lead paint and asbestos tile siding, both of which are extremely common in the older houses in town. Something as simple as replacing the windows on my house is going to require hazmat precautions because of the age of the house and the potential for disturbing decades old lead paint. I don't dare do anything to the outside of my garage as it is covered with asbestos tiles. There appears to be no downside to the city designating the city as a brownfield area and there may well be some benefits for property owners who want to fix up their places.
Alex Tiegen October 19, 2011 at 03:47 AM
There are actually a number of Brownfield areas in Tampa Bay, including Dade City. http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/brownfields/pages/processes_county.htm#PINELLAS

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