New hours coming for utilities service centers

Pasco County Utilities is changing its Customer Service Center hours beginning Jan. 1. The new hours for walk-in and drive-through services will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning in the New Year, according to a county news release. By reducing the service center hours by a half-hour, the utilities department will be able to offer round-the-clock automated support. “A focused team effort … [Read more...]

Conserving water helps everyone

Pasco County Utilities wants to urge people to conserve water whenever possible, bringing awareness to “Imagine a Day Without Water” on Oct. 23. The day is meant as a reminder for how important water is to our daily lives. Most people cannot imagine a single day without water, or they expect that clean water will always come out of their faucets. Access to clean water should never be … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel sewage repair still in progress

Pasco County is repairing the sewage pipeline that runs along Northwood Palms Boulevard in Wesley Chapel. The construction, which began in early April, came in response to a routine inspection, which determined that the pipeline was fractured. The Pasco County Utilities Operations and Maintenance Department discovered that the corrosion allowed for road debris to build up within the sewage … [Read more...]

Local groups help federal workers

Organizations around the region are stepping up to help, as workers and their families struggle during the nation’s longest partial federal government shutdown. The help has come in various forms. “The key is to take off some of the pressure from these folks (so they can) worry less about where their food is coming from,” explained Greg Giordano, assistant tax collector of Pasco … [Read more...]

Proposed road connection remains controversial

A proposed 700-home addition to K-Bar Ranch is reopening arguments on the long-debated road connection of Kinnan Street in Hillsborough County and Mansfield Boulevard in Pasco County. Hillsborough and Pasco officials have disagreed over the connector for at least a decade. And, Kinnan and Mansfield remain dead-end roadways separated by a weedy plot of land — about 30 feet to 40 feet … [Read more...]

Corley discusses voting system reliability, security

With primary and general elections on tap later this year — and the recent completion of the municipal election — Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley wants local residents to know their vote always counts. His message: “Sleep well at night; we’ve got it covered.” Corley was the featured speaker at the Republican Club of Central Pasco’s recent monthly meeting, where he spoke … [Read more...]

2015 marked by growth, loss, compassion

New construction captured many headlines during the year 2015 in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. But, so did traffic issues and changes happening in area schools. Other news chronicled setbacks and tragic losses. But, there were inspiring stories, too. Tampa Premium Outlets, a 441,000-square-foot mall with 100-plus designer brand shops, opened in October off State Road 56, near the … [Read more...]

Views exchanged on ending Pasco blight

A proposed ordinance to tackle blight and enforce minimum standards for maintaining commercial buildings drew mostly favorable reviews at a town hall meeting. But, some remain skeptical about what they see as more government bureaucracy. Pasco County Commissioners are expected to vote on the proposal on Oct. 20, following a public hearing. The issue has sparked considerable … [Read more...]

Still no answer for sky-high water bills

Some residents with unexplainably high water fees will have to wait a bit longer to learn what, if any, adjustments will be made on their bills. Pasco County commissioners first must decide how to amend existing rules regarding how the county issues credited refunds in cases involving a sudden spike in water usage that defies explanation. The county’s water department has recommended that … [Read more...]

County offices to close for Labor Day

Pasco County government offices, including the constitutional offices and courts will be closed Sept. 1 for Labor Day. All those offices will reopen on Sept. 2. The Pasco County Tax Collector's office will be closed Aug. 30 as well as Sept. 1, reopening Sept. 2. All Pasco County libraries will be closed that Monday, and reopen the next day at their regularly scheduled times. Recreation … [Read more...]