The Pasco County Commission has approved spending nearly $4.8 million to construct Fire Station No. 42, that will be built at 11425 Silver Palm Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes.
Board members approved the expenditure during their April 20 meeting.
The lowest responsive bidder on the project is Trias, which is a company located in Lutz.
The funding for the project is available from the GO Bond Capital Project Fund.
The specifications were prepared by Fleischman and Garcia Architects and Planners, AIA, PA.
On another issue, County Attorney Jeffrey Steinsnyder informed commissioners that a federal judge issued a favorable order in the case involving Sierra Club vs. Pasco County and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, relating to the Ridge Road extension project.
In essence, Steinsnyder said, “the Sierra Club had tried to amend their existing pleading to bring in the federal fish and wildlife agency and allege endangered species violations.
“The court, in a well-written order, said ‘No, you had an opportunity to bring these in your initial cases.
In part, Steinsnyder said, the judge’s order said “it would cause undue harm to Pasco County to continue to delay this project.
“Basically, she shut it down and said, ‘No, you’ve got to file your motion for summary judgment by a date in June, which pushes the briefing schedule out. But that’s probably the best we could have hoped for because she had to give them some time to file their motion,” Steinsnyder said.
Both sides are asking for summary judgment, he added.
In another item, commissioners approved a request by Salem Radio Properties to rezone 77.21 acres of agricultural land to allow 325 residential units in a master-planned development on the south side of Bud Bexley Parkway, about 600 feet west of Ballantrae Boulevard.
Published May 05, 2021