Zephyrhills voters head to the polls

Voters in Zephyrhills will decide the outcome of two city council seats in an election set for April 10. In District 3, Devin J. Alexander, Cory P. Sommers and Jodi Wilkeson are competing for the seat vacated by Kenneth Compton, who chose not to seek re-election. In District 4, incumbent Charles E. Proctor will face challenger William D. Seville. Voters can pick up carry-out absentee … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills plans to buy property next to City Hall

The conceptual plan of a new City Hall complex in Zephyrhills has taken another step forward. The city council unanimously authorized city manager Steve Spina and city attorney Matt Maggard to negotiate the purchase of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) chapter building, at 5325 Eighth St. The .16-acre property, appraised at $71,200, sits on two lots measuring 50-by-140 feet. The … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills’ finances solid, audit shows

An independent audit shows that Zephyrhills is in healthy financial shape. The Zephyrhills City Council on Sept. 12 received and approved the audit of the city’s 2014-2015 financial statements, performed by Baggett, Reuitmann & Associates, and John E. Henson CPA. The city’s assets exceeded its total liabilities by about $79.3 million, and the city’s total net position increased by 3.44 … [Read more...]

Drumm takes final stand as Zephyrhills city manager

Jim Drumm likely saw the first cracks in his tenure as Zephyrhills city manager last July when councilmen Lance Smith and Ken Burgess both gave him low marks on their evaluations of his job performance. Drumm had communications issues, according to the evaluations, especially when it came to city employees and the public as a whole. He wasn’t getting out to meet enough people. The city’s … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills council, Drumm disagree on severance package

They struggled over the difference between employees who are paid by the hour, and those who work on salary. They at times seemed confused about why they were negotiating a settlement in the first place. And they even started to replace someone before he even had a chance to offer his resignation. But one thing that seemed quite clear from Wednesday night's special meeting of the Zephyrhills … [Read more...]

Third attorney opinion: Drumm’s contract ends May 18

One of the last actions Jodi Wilkeson championed before being voted of the Zephyrhills City Council was convincing her fellow city leaders to get a third legal opinion on whether or not the city can end the tenure of City Manager Jim Drumm. Heather Brock, an attorney with Fowler White Boggs in Tampa, agreed with two other legal opinions the city already received in recent weeks. In a letter to … [Read more...]

Mail-in votes racking up for municipal elections

In less than 24 hours, polls will open in Dade City, St. Leo and Zephyrhills to decide three local government races. And it's not clear if any last-minute campaigning by any of the candidates may matter. Mail-in ballots already represent an average 7 percent turnout in all three municipalities. St. Leo is leading all the cities and towns in Pasco County with a 17 percent turnout by mail so far … [Read more...]

City manager merry-go-round returning Spina to job?

If Jim Drumm believes some of the rumors he’s heard, then former Zephyrhills city manager Steve Spina might become the Jay Leno of local government. The late-night comedian stepped aside from “The Tonight Show” in 2009, but returned to the job a short time later after replacement host Conan O’Brien fell out of favor. The same might be happening in Zephyrhills, Drumm told the city council … [Read more...]

Days numbered for Zephyrhills city manager?

Jim Drumm is working hard to get support on his side. But if he wants to keep his city manager job in Zephyrhills, it's going to come down to collecting as many city council members on his side as possible, or that a judge agrees he can't be let go. At least part of that battle, however, is being lost as a third council member joined Lance Smith and Ken Burgess in opposing renewing Drumm's … [Read more...]

CES goes public, putting Pasco on the map

Will take over former bank branch on Fifth Avenue It’s not very often Pasco County can brag about being the home of a public company. But in less than a week, Zephyrhills will get that honor when CES Synergies begins trading over-the-counter under the symbol “CESX.” It’s an effort that is expected to raise millions of dollars for the full-service environmental, demolition and mold … [Read more...]