Angry Lithia citizens want investigation of Hillsborough Transportation Planning Manager

10/17/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Several outraged citizens complained to the Hillsborough County Commission this morning about the South County Transportation Plan and the County’s Transportation planning manager, Ned Baier.

The transportation plan is expected to go before the county’s Planning Commision and board next year.

Pam Prsyner is president of the Rural Lithia Area Neighborhood Defense. Among Prsyner's criticisms is that members of the Technical Advisory Committee and the Project Advisory Committee are too closely aligned with the development community. She also said there’s been no outreach to local citizens.

Kelly Cornelius from Lithia said she and others in her neighborhood accuse Baier of an ethics violation.

George Neiman from Dover said he also wanted to submit a formal complaint. He said information was withheld regarding the inclusion of the beltway project, a six-lane highway that would go through Wimauma and Lithia toward Plant City.

Neiman said he wanted the Florida Ethics Commission to investigate Neiman.

Lee Ann Keebleback said she loves living in Hillsborough County, but will move if the beltway is built.

Commissioner Mark Sharpe said he wanted to get a chronology from start to finish with the South County Transportation plan and the beltway, and having a meeting in Lithia.

Commissioner Rose Ferlita agreed with Sharpe. She said she recently convened a meeting with some of the disgruntled citizens and Ned Baier, but admitted it didn’t end happily.

The County Commission referred the matter to the County Administrator.

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