LARGO - City Manager Henry Schubert doesn’t mince words in Largo’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 when he says that tough choices lie ahead.
The annual financial and operating plan released July 1 illustrates the goals and challenges of managing the city’s $148.86 million budget. No challenge is more pressing than finding alternative sources of revenue to replace traditional ones that are slowly drying up.
LARGO - Like many teens, author Sarah Gerard couldn’t wait to one day escape her hometown.
After graduating from Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, she fled for New York, landing at Long Island’s Hofstra University, to study literature and secondary education.
Now, after more than a decade, which has been split between her home and adopted states, Gerard explores her relationship with Florida in her second book, “Sunshine State,” a collection of essays released by Harper Perennial in April.
LARGO - Joseph Pennino will replace David Mixson as the deputy fire chief for Largo Fire Rescue, Chief Shelby Willis announced.
Pennino was hired in 2003 as a firefighter-paramedic and has served as lieutenant, acting district chief, assistant chief of training, district chief, division chief of operations and division chief of logistics.
LARGO - Donegan Road will be closed to through-traffic through July 31 for construction on the city’s force main for the next two weeks.
Residents and businesses along Donegan Road and Lake Avenue will have access, but may experience lane closures and delays during daytime hours. Detour and message boards are posted at Donegan Road and Lake Avenue directing traffic to Ulmerton Road, East Bay Drive and Seminole Boulevard.
LARGO - As the demand for mental health services in Pinellas County continues to rise, Police Chief Jeff Undestad hopes to create a new unit that will answer the call. Whether the city will have the funds or staffing to make that unit a reality is still uncertain.
That is why Undestad applied for a U.S. Department of Justice grant last month to help hire new officers and then shift three experienced officers to a Problem Oriented Policing team focused on reaching individuals with mental health problems before they get to a crisis point.
Much like a tree, a community has roots. The stronger you make those roots, the stronger and healthier the community becomes.
This past year, while seeking clear and inspirational direction from both the organization and the community, the city of Largo introduced a plan for some great changes designed to shape our collective future.
LARGO - The Florida League of Cities recently recognized City Commissioner Jamie Robinson with a 2017 Home Rule Hero Award. Robinson earned the award for his efforts to advance the League’s legislative agenda and help protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s cities during the 2017 regular legislative session.
“Our Home Rule Heroes are shining examples of local advocacy in action,” said Boca Raton Mayor and Florida League of Cities President Susan Haynie.
LARGO - City of Largo offices and facilities will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. There will be no trash or recycling collection on July 4. If your normal collection day is Tuesday, items will be collected Wednesday, July 5. There will be no change to commercial collections.
For more information, call Largo Solid Waste at 727-587-6760.
LARGO - After Tropical Storm Hermine struck last year, city officials said one of the biggest reasons for the more than 24 million gallons of sewage overflows was that two wastewater projects were still under construction.
Once June ends, that shouldn’t be a problem anymore.
After more than two years of construction throughout the city and several more years of planning, the Wet Weather and headworks projects are expected to be in operation by the end of the month, according to City Engineer Jerry Woloszynski.
LARGO - When Doug Gladstone participated in his first National EMS Memorial Bike Ride in 2011, he was a casual rider who had never entered an organized event.
But despite his inexperience, the Largo resident and Sunstar paramedic decided to enter the Muddy Angels event, a 500-mile ride from Boston to Arlington, Virginia, designed to celebrate the lives of EMS workers who have become sick or injured or have died in the line of duty, in honor of a coworker who died from a head injury.
LARGO - After more than four years of work and discussions, the design of the $5 million Trotter Road reconstruction project is nearly complete.
And if everything goes to plan, construction on the 0.7-mile segment of Trotter Road from Eighth Avenue Southwest to Hillsdale Avenue Southwest would begin before the end of the year, engineers said during a City Commission work session June 13.
LARGO - In a pen at Tampa Bay Emergency Vet Specialists on Belcher Road lies Lazarus the pit bull, who is recovering from surgery.
He’s earned the name.
It was just on June 2 that the abused dog was left for dead in a ditch near Largo City Hall. And it’s likely he would still be there if it weren’t for the compassion of a Largo resident, police officer and an online community of dog lovers who’ve opened up their hearts and wallets to come to the rescue.