Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A merger with Pasco County could save New Port Richey $90,000 annually.
New Port Richey City Council members are talking tonight May 14, about the idea of doing away with city-run dispatch for emergency services. Assistant Pasco County administrator Michele Baker, Col. Brian Head from the Pasco Sheriffs Office, and Jody Kenyon, Pasco’s emergency 9-1-1 operations manager, are presenting the idea of merging the city’s dispatch services with the county’s at a council work session tonight at 7 p.m. The merger could cost the city $36,166 in its first year, but the city could realize $90,283 annually in costing savings each subsequent year. The city would lose its ability to perform independent dispatch services under the merger. Pasco would offer the police department’s full-time staff jobs with no loss of salary…
Monday, May 6, 2013
The owners of the troubled Walden Pond Mobile Home Park owe the city at least $143,000.
Last year, New Port Richey spent a considerable amount of taxpayer money to address problems at Walden Pond Mobile Home Park. Now, city leaders are considering entering the process that will enable it to recover the costs. Staff intends to ask the council during its May 7 meeting to schedule a public hearing during which the city will consider imposing a lien on the Walden Pond property. That hearing would take place sometime in June. Walden Pond, LLC, owes the city more than $143,000, according to city officials. That figure includes the costs of demolition, cleanup, administrative services and attorney fees. It also includes fines for months of unpaid utility bills. The privately owned Walden Pond Mobile Home Park has been a problem …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Officials are looking to put an ad out for the city manager position June 1.
It looks like New Port Richey city leaders are ready to get moving on finding a permanent city manager. City Council members indicated during a workshop Tuesday that they are OK with staff advertising the job June 1. With that timeline, it appears the council could be interviewing candidates in August and hiring someone around September. John Schneiger resigned from the job of city manager in October. Susan Dillinger, who also leads the New Port Richey Public Library, has been acting as interim city manager since Schneiger’s departure. In January, the city decided to put off the search for a city manager until after the April 9 elections. The two new members on the city council said they were ready to get the ball rolling on the city …
New Port Richey has 40 days left to meet a fundraising goal of $37,800.
An effort to raise money online to aid the redevelopment of New Port Richey's Hacienda Hotel has reached only about 8.4 percent of its $37,800 goal. The project must reach its goal in the next 40 days or supporters who have pledged money through Citizinvestor.com will not be charged. So far, only 25 people have come forward to help, pledging $3,200 combined since March 6 when the city launched the campaign on the crowdfunding website. “We’re still optimistic we’ll raise some money, but we still a have a ways to go,” said John Hagen, president of the Pasco Economic Development Council, which the city is paying to advise it on economic development and marketing issues. The council launched the campaign on behalf of the city. If the city is …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
A single vote gave Davis a large enough lead over challenger Rose Mohr to prevent a recount in the April 9 city election. Jeff Starkey took the other seat up for grabs.
“Every vote counts.” That’s the message Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley passed along Tuesday night, April 9, after a single vote took New Port Richey City Council candidate Chopper Davis over the top to win a seat on the board. "I think I have a lot of work to do," Davis said. New Port Richey has a lot of problems, he said. He declined to say which specifically will be the first he tries to tackle. He says crime will "definitely" be addressed. Seven candidates faced off for two open seats in the April 9 election. While it was clear shortly after the polls closed that Jeff Starkey’s 414 votes were enough to win him a seat, a race developed between Davis and Rose Mohr. Early unofficial returns gave Davis 295 votes cast in …
While it’s clear that Jeff Starkey was the top vote getter in the April 9 New Port Richey City Council election, the race for the second open seat is too close to call.
The New Port Richey City Council will soon have two new members. Exactly who those members will be, however, remains unclear tonight, April 9, as the gap between the second- and third-top vote getters is too close to call. Jeff Starkey netted a total of 414 votes in Tuesday’s city election, which amounts to 21.11 percent of the ballots case, according to unofficial results posted on the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections website. That means Starkey will take the first open seat on the council. The question of who won the second open seat remains a mystery. With only .46 percent separating Chopper Davis and Rose Mohr in the race, Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley says it’s too close to call right now. As of about 7:30 p.m. April 9, …
Monday, March 11, 2013
New Port Richey Patch is hosting a candidate forum and we want to hear about the issues that matter to you!
Still trying to decide which New Port Richey City Council candidates have your vote on April 9? Have a few questions you need answered first to help you make up your mind? Have we got an opportunity for you! New Port Richey Patch is hosting a candidate forum March 20. All seven prospects have confirmed they’ll be there and now we’re turning to you to help us make sure the questions asked are the ones that are on everyone’s minds. You have two ways you can participate: Want to hear the candidates without turning out to the forum? The city plans to broadcast the forum on its cable channels: Bright House Channel 615 and Verizon FiOS Channel 20. New Port Richey Patch will also stream the forum live on the site. Big thanks to Greater New Port …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The city has a number of opportunities available for volunteers that want to help out.
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Monday, January 28, 2013
City elections are in April, and neither of the two incumbent council members plan on running for re-election.
Think you have what it takes to become a New Port Richey city council member? Your chance to prove it is almost here. New Port Richey is holding city council elections April 9. During the elections, voters in the city limits will have the opportunity to elect two people to the council. The qualifying period to run for one of the two open council seat opens February 12 at noon and closes February 19 at noon. To qualify as a candidate, someone must be a duly registered voter and have lived within the city limits for at least six months prior to the election. Qualifying paperwork for the city election can now be picked up from City Clerk Doreen Summers. Her office is at City Hall, 5919 Main St, New Port Richey. Completed paperwork must be …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
New Port Richey City Council members say this will give leaders time to vet candidates and give the manager a budget to work with.
It looks like New Port Richey won’t be hiring a city manager until sometime this fall. City council members indicated Tuesday they wanted to start the search for a city manager in May and wait until Oct. 1 to hire a candidate. The city’s current fiscal year ends Sept. 30, and the new budget year starts Oct. 1. New Port Richey lost its most recent city manager John Schneiger this past October. The city ended up agreeing to pay him a $44,000 severance package that was provided for in his contract. New Port Richey Public Library director Susan Dillinger has acted as interim city manager since Schneiger’s departure. City staff proposed advertising a salary in the mid $90,000s for the city manager job. Councilwoman Judy DeBella Thomas floated …