Zephyrhills joins water contamination lawsuit

The City of Zephyrhills — also known as “The City of Pure Water” — is joining a massive federal lawsuit regarding contaminated water. The municipality is set to become a plaintiff in a multi-district litigation case filed against various companies that manufactured firefighting foams — Aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) — containing a series of man-made chemicals found to contaminate groundwater, … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills council approves fire assessment fee study

The City of Zephyrhills may be adding fee assessments, as a reliable measure to boost the city’s general fund and support operations. The city council unanimously approved a study analyzing the impact of a fire assessment fee, during a regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 23. City Manager Steve Spina said a fire assessment fee — placed on individual property owner parcels throughout the city … [Read more...]

Retirement ‘bittersweet’ for Zephyrhills police chief

After 25 years of service, former Zephyrhills Police Chief David Shears is settling into retirement life. Throughout a respected career, Shears at some point worked every hour of the day, every day of the week and every day of the year. Now, he gets to relax. His last day in uniform was May 31. To Shears, stepping away from law enforcement altogether is “bittersweet.” “You enjoy … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills’ police unveil city’s crime statistics

A report generated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation finds overall crime and arrests decreased in Zephyrhills last year, but violent crime and domestic offenses went up. Zephyrhills police Capt. Derek Brewer presented the city’s 2016 uniform crime statistics, during a March 27 city council meeting. The figures were generated through the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR), which … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills opts to build new City Hall

The city of Zephyrhills is getting a brand-new City Hall after all. Following several weeks of dialogue, the Zephyrhills City Council unanimously approved a motion to build a new structure at the existing City Hall site, at 5335 Eighth St. The new facility is expected be about 5,000-square-feet larger than the current 11,000-square-foot building, It likely will have a modernized brick and … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills considers two City Hall options

The Zephyrhills City Council is continuing to consider its options regarding a new City Hall. Under one option, a new building would be erected at the existing City Hall site, 5335 Eighth St. Under the other, the SunTrust Bank building at at 5435 Gall Blvd., would be purchased and renovated. Todd Vande Berg, city planning director, detailed the pros and cons of each option in a PowerPoint … [Read more...]

Tentative tax rate set in Zephyrhills

The property tax rate in Zephyrhills won’t increase this year. The Zephyrhills city council voted unanimously to set the tentative millage rate at 6.35 mills, the same figure set for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Under state law, now that the millage rate has been set, the council has the option to reduce it prior to the start of the fiscal year on Oct. 1, but cannot increase it. City … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills to get $6 million City Hall

The Zephyrhills City Council has approved an agreement with an architectural firm based on plans for a new $6 million city hall. Council members voted unanimously on July 11 to approve a $590,900 contract with the architecture firm Harvard Jolly, to help design the two-story building. The city’s agreement with the St. Petersburg firm is based on a preliminary estimate of $6 million to … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills’ city employees to get raises

The Zephyrhills City Council has unanimously approved a plan to give 160 city employees a raise. At its June 13 meeting, the council approved a compa-ratio, or “parity hybrid,” salary plan. City employees with the most tenure will see the largest salary increases, which range from 4 percent to 14 percent. The move will essentially place Zephyrhills employees in a more competitive pay … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills fire department remains status quo

The Zephyrhills City Council has decided to continue operating the city’s fire department on its own and not to merge with Pasco County Fire Rescue. Council members agreed unanimously to keep the status quo, ensuring the department will remain intact and continue to utilize its two fire stations. The council’s unanimous support for the department drew a standing ovation for its action, … [Read more...]