Monday, September 03, 2007

Pasco and Hillsborough County Boards to talk....

The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners wants some funding from Pasco County to pay for the widening of Bruce B. Downs from Pebble Creek to County Line Road (Hillsborough County), indicating that the 5,000 acre Wiregrass mall and residential community will significantly add to the daily trips on BBD. It sent a representative to the Pasco Board of County Commissioners’ meeting on July 17, 2007 with that message. That request fell on deaf ears.

Since then, the Hillsborough BOCC directed its staff to investigate the possibility of installing toll booths on Bruce B. Downs at the county border to help it with funding its widening. Staff is tentatively scheduled to report its findings to the Hillsborough BOCC on September 19, 2007. (I can’t wait to hear their report!) Update September 20, 2007--Note: This is now tentatively scheduled for October 3, 2007. Update: October 11, 2007---Rescheduled again! (I wonder why!)

In efforts to continue to ratchet up the pressure on Pasco to “cough up” some funding, Hillsborough also is seeking intervention from the state in ruling on the issue. From what I have read in the local papers, a determination should be made in the next couple of weeks.

Now, the two Boards have agreed to talk about the issue via a telephone conference perhaps as early as tomorrow.

I guess if all else fails, a good old fashioned rumble on County Line Road between the two boards may be in order.

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