By MELODY JAMESON
Operation Last Dose
In a companion program to the annual Operation Medicine Cabinet collection of outdated or no longer needed prescription drugs conducted by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the law enforcement agency and Sweetbay Supermarkets teamed up this month to stage Operation Last Dose at various stores in the county.
The next collection date in the South County is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, at the Ruskin Sweetbay, 1023 North U.S. 41. Expired or unwanted prescription medicines along with controlled substances and over-the-counter drugs all can be surrendered at that time, according to Deputy Rob Thornton.
The chemicals and compounds collected are disposed of safely by HCSO personnel, keeping them out of the water and wastewater systems.
Open SCC CA Seat
Six residents have applied for appointment to a vacant seat on the nine-member Community Association board of directors.
Meeting the April 16 deadline for candidacy to complete the term of resigned director John “Woody” Nelson were Ronald Cress, David Floyd, Jane Keegan, Uta Kuhn, Sam Sudman and Mary Thompson, according to Ed Barnes, current board president.
The sitting set of directors are to make the appointment from the six during their regularl board meeting Wednesday, May 12. That individual will complete Nelson’s term through 2010 and may stand for election in December when three more board seats will be up for grabs, Barnes added.
“I’m very, very pleased that six citizens have expressed an interest in serving on the board,” Barnes said, adding that he hoped that interest would be evident again in December in connection with the annual election.
SouthShore Round Table
Edith Stewart, Hillsborough’s lobbyist in Tallahassee and county public affairs administrator, along with Stewart Rogel of the Tampa Bay Partnership, a regional economic development group, will highlight a public meeting of the SouthShore Round Table on Friday, April 23.
The meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to noon in the conference room at the University of Florida’s Gulf Coast Research Center at Balm, according to Don Schings, SSRT chairman. The multi-faceted agricultural experiment complex is located at 14625 C.R. 672, east of the Balm community.
SCC Sewer Project
Upcoming construction of the 30-inch wastewater pipeline along S.R. 674 through Sun City Center will be the subject of a community meeting set for Wednesday, April 28. The 10 a.m. session to be conducted by Hillsborough County’s Water Resource Services will be held in the Florida Room of the Atrium, Central Campus.
The $4.8 million project consists of building 11,000 feet of force main line on the south side of the roadway from U.S. 301 to Cortaro Drive, according to Steve Valdez, spokesman for Hillsborough’s Public Works Department. County commissioners are expected to award the construction contract this week and work is to commence shortly, continuing for approximately 10 months, Valdez said.
The community meeting is designed to give area residents a chance to get answers to any questions about the project.
© 2010 Melody Jameson