Greater Trilby News
Serving the Tri-Community Area
Vol. 2, Number 6 –June/July 2006 www.trilbyfl.com
Trilby Estates Development Approved
On Tuesday evening, June 21, before a crowd of 35 Northeast Pasco residents and activists, the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners approved the rezoning of 342 acres to become a new subdivision called "Trilby Estates" with up to 85 homes.
The developers, represented by Attorney Clark Hobby, had proposed a development of 95 homes on the site with land set aside on each lot as "open space" and a 100-foot natural growth buffer on Powerline Road and Christian Road, adjacent to US 301. (See proposed site plan to the right.) Hobby presented the plans to the Commissioners and addressed some of the concerns that have come up in previous meetings with the County and the public. Along with Planner King Helie, they described the features of the development, and how it will fit in with the existing zoning and land use.
As planned, the development would have a density of one home for each 3.57 acres. The development would have a neighborhood park in the center around a natural wetland, and the north and western edge, along existing roads, would be space for a county developed multi-use trail. There would be two access points, one on each existing road.
Eight area residents spoke against the development or urged the Commissioners to hold the development to higher standards. Daryl Pennington suggested that the development should contain lots of five and ten acres each, as presently allowed. He complained that the trees on the 342 acres had been just harvested, and that the developer’s representatives used scare tactics of showing how other plans would involve twice as many homes. Denny Mihalinec presented a stack of petitions that urged the Commissioners to not over-develop the area. He expressed concern over what the additional homes would do to the well water level for existing residents, and urged the development to be limited to half of the proposed lots.
Richard Riley spoke, advocating the use of an existing abandoned railbed as a county maintained multi-use trail and continuing it along the east and south boundaries of the development. Robert Pennington was concerned that there would not be enough water for 95 news homes, that the 100-foot buffer did not have enough trees on it, and that such a large development would reduce the quality of life in the area.
Other residents spoke about the problems of increased traffic, uncontrolled growth, use of common water and septic facilities, activities for new families and concerns for the existing protected and endangered wildlife in the land.
Hobby responded to the points brought up by stating that there were no centralized water or sewer utilities available in this part of the county. He stated that the old railbed did not exist below the development, so it would not be practical to use the eastern side for a trail. He stated that he did not mean to use scare tactics previously, but restated that under the new comprehensive plan, more homes could be allowed to be built than under this present plan. And he said that the three and a half acre lot size, on average, was the result of negotiation with the County staff.
As the board discussed the proposal, Commissioner Ted Schrader, representing this area of the county, stated that there should be more discussions about preserving the railbed and that he was concerned about the density. He said that he had talked with the forester that planned the cuttings, and he felt that the harvesting was appropriate. "The land looks bad now, but it will grow and look a lot better," he stated. Other Commissioners discussed whether there should be only 68 lots at an average of five acres each, and whether the railbed should be set aside as a trail.
It was finally agreed and approved for the zoning change, but with the additional condition that there be a cap of 85 (an average of one home for each four acres) on the development. If the developer accepts this change, further site plans will be presented to the Development Review Committee as the next step in the development of Trilby Estates.
Reported by Richard K Riley. For further information go to www.trilbyfl.com and go to "further information about the Trilby area."
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Fifteen members of the Trilby Trails Development met at the Trilby Community House on Thursday, May 11 to discuss progress on road improvements, assessments, and controlling speeding vehicles on their roads.
Sheriff Deputy Gennis Folsom spoke on the services that the Sheriff’s Office can provide on private property. Because the Trilby Trails roads are not County property, the Sheriff’s Office cannot enforce civil violations such as parking or speeding. Of course they can investigate any burglary, vandalism, etc. but, according to Folsom, there have been no calls for service in the past few months. That is why deputies seldom feel that they need to patrol the Trilby Trails area and consider it a safe and peaceful area.
One of the complaints was that delivery and contractor vehicles are often speeding. Deputy Folsom said that he could pull them over and talk to them, and perhaps scare them, but he could not write a ticket unless there was a problem with the vehicle or the driver was drunk, etc. He stated that because of the residents’ interest, he would be in the Trilby Trails area the next day, and would stop by now and then to pay attention to contractor trucks and delivery services.
In other business, the association reported on election of members, and discussed the assessment on property owners to maintain the road. Co-Chair Glenn Johnson reported that recently road improvements have been made on the initial section of Trilby Trail, and adjacent homeowners have contributed additional funds to continue the work. The goal is to have a crown on the road so that the rains will run off into swales, and not rut the roadbed. Improvements have also been made to Paso Fino Way, Hackney Place, Corto Way and Equestrian Lane.
According to Secretary Donna Mills, not all members of the development have yet paid their road maintenance assessment.
The logs and ties that have been placed on the sides of the roads to restrict travel are no longer needed since the roads have been improved. They were requested to be removed. One member volunteered to help "boxblade" the Largo Lane area with existing dirt.
The next quarterly meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 10, 2006.
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New Pastor for Old Church
Trilby – Pastor Dave Huff of Zephyrhills is a traveling man. He is presently the minister at the Blanton United Methodist Church in Blanton, and beginning this Sunday, he will be preaching at the Trilby United Methodist Church in Trilby also.
"Two part-time ministries are more than a full-time ministry," he stated at a Monday meeting with the officers and leaders of the Trilby church. "A little bit ago, I didn’t know what I was going to be doing for God, and now He has suddenly thrown open doors for me and my wife."
As minister for two different congregations in two separate communities seven miles apart, he has to adjust both churches to fit a single minister’s schedule. Sunday Service in Blanton will be changed to start at 9:45 and in Trilby it will stay at 11:15 am. Bible study will stay on Wednesdays at 7:00 in Blanton and change to Tuesday evenings at 7:30 in Trilby. Some activities may be combined in the future and occur at one or the other of the churches.
Both churches are historic. Trilby will be 106 years old this year, and Blanton will celebrate their 100th on October 8th.
Trilby’s previous minister, Pastor Juan Garay, will continue to minister at the United Methodist Church in San Antonio, only now will be full time. In contrast to Pastor Garay’s informal style, Pastor Huff says that he is a traditionalist and the services will reflect church and music traditions.
One of the first planning steps discussed at the Monday introductory meeting is the need for a mission statement. "The mission statement needs to be one sentence and everybody should be able to believe in it and explain it," he stated. "We need to set our goals high so we do not limit what God can do in the community."
Other plans include local visitations and community support. One member mentioned that they had previously had a "Bread Ministry" where the minister would visit new people, and then they would follow up with gifts of home-baked breads and invitations to services.
"I was here quite a few years ago as a member of another congregation, and we helped repair and repaint parts of the old building," he continued. "Who would know that I would end up ministering here."
Scholarship Available For Area Student
There is a new college partnership available through Denny S. Mihalinec of Trilby. We are looking for a student who needs a hand up with a college education at P.H.C.C for the 2006-2007 school year. Funds are available now. Please contact Denny at 518-0980 or DennyMTrilby@aol.com. "This is new and exciting for our area parents and grandparents!"
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Movie this Month
Last summer, there was a showing of the 1915 silent film, Trilby, by the association. This summer, we will be presenting the 1931 version, entitled Svengali, starring John Barrymore and Marian Marsh.
The story is the same, only this one will have dialog and music as it was in the first decade of the newfangled "talkies." John Barrymore was one of the most popular movie stars of the times, and the movie was highly reviewed.
As usual, the story is about how a young woman in Paris (Trilby) is abducted by an evil hypnotist (Svengali) and taught to be an opera star. The movie has absolutely nothing to do with our community of Trilby, but is based upon the George Du Maurier novel that we were named after.
The movie will be at 7 pm on Thursday, July 20 at the Trilby United Methodist Church, next to the Trilby Community House on CR575.
Library Comes to Area Kids
"We are coming here for the kids that can’t make it down to Dade City," stated Angelo Liranzo, Acting Branch Manager for the Hugh Embry Library.
He and Vicki Wheeler, Youth Services Provider at the library, met with Greater Trilby Community Association members on Tuesday to kick off a summer reading program for students of all ages in the Tri-Community area. The first session emphasized a craft program, decorating provided picture frames for family or other uses.
Presently, the Hugh Embry Library has weekend craft projects on the second Saturday of each month. Now that school is out, they want to focus on reading clubs. "We want the kids to read for fun, but also to do things that aren’t just reading." said Wheeler.
Participants will be able to register for library cards so they can check out books at any Pasco County library. "There are different reasons to read," said Liranzo. "You can read for learning and self-improvement, and you can read for enjoyment. We want kids to do both."
The idea for providing reading and craft opportunities as an outreach program came out of a conversation between Liranzo and Evalyne Green, GTCA member. They brought in Herb Green, GTCA President, and Kathleen Fink, GTCA Vice President, and the program was born.
In the future, there will be opportunities for kids to write their own books, have storytimes for the younger ones, and book reviews for others. Crafts are provided to vary the experience and keep the program interesting and productive.
The next Hugh Embry Reading Program days will be at 10 am, Tuesday, July 11 and 18.
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Alberto and Hurricane Advice
at Monthly Meeting
By Joe Potter, Editor Pasco County News
TRILBY—Pasco County residents were "really fortunate that a storm surge did not occur along the county's Gulf Coast as the result of Tropical Storm Alberto," James Martin, director of Pasco County's Office of Emergency Management, said Thursday, June 15.
Martin told members of the Greater Trilby Community Association that Alberto, the first named storm of the 2006 Atlantic Hurricane Season, had minimal impact on Pasco County.
The greatest hurricane-related threat for east Pasco residents is likely to be freshwater flooding or wind damage, Martin said. Heavy rainfall can occur as the result of a slow moving storm or from several different rain bands sweeping over an area, he continued.
Members of GTCA, a nonprofit organization created to improve conditions in Trilby, Lacoochee and Trilacoochee, expressed concerns over the possibility of flooding occurring if heavy rainfall affected the Withlacoochee River near Trilby. Martin said he would "take a hard look" at the possible impact of a hurricane on the Withlacoochee River.
Martin emphasized people should evacuate for water, but if their home is protected, they may be safer riding a storm out if they are only affected by high winds. However, that does not apply to residents of mobile homes, who should evacuate when they are told to do so, Martin continued.
Those choosing to remain in their home should have a properly protected home with a reinforced garage door and protective coverings over windows and other exterior doors that could be susceptible to wind damage. Residents who stay in their homes during a hurricane should have taken all the steps they can to prevent wind from getting into their homes because, once the wind comes in, it can take the roof off, Martin said.
There are various products available in the market to reinforce garage doors and to protect windows, Martin said, adding it wouldn't be appropriate for • him to recommend one brand over another.
If they do not have a specifically designed "safe room" in their homes, those staying during a hurricane should seek shelter in an interior room that has no windows, such as a bathroom or closet, Martin said.
People evacuating should also do so before sustained wind speeds reach 40 miles per hour in their area, he continued. This is because emergency vehicles are pulled off the road when winds reach that speed and emergency personnel are not able to respond to calls for assistance. It becomes dangerous to cross bridges when winds are at those speeds and roadways may be blocked by fallen trees and power or other utility poles.
In the event that a family does evacuate, they should know in advance where they are going, whether to stay with a friend or relative elsewhere, or to stay at a motel or hotel. There are various hurricane shelters in Pasco County, primarily located at schools, but they should be used as a last, not a first, resort, Martin said.
Also, Martin recommended that those evacuating try to stay within Pasco County as the only way counties to the south — including Pinellas and Hillsborough — have to evacuate is through Pasco County. If a mandatory evacuation is ordered for Pinellas and Hillsborough, which have a combined population of 2.1 million people, those folks "need a head start," Martin explained.
Although many people keep their gas tanks "topped off" when a storm is imminent, that's not really necessary if people plan to stay within Pasco County, according to Martin. He recommended not letting your tank get below half full, adding you can get to most places in Pasco County on a half tank of gas.
People living in an area impacted by a hurricane should take personal responsibility to have enough food and water on hand to last them for several days, Martin said, as it may take sometime for national, state and local governmental aid to arrive.
Long-term power outages can be anticipated as the result of a hurricane and transportation will also likely be affected as personnel clear roads of debris, Martin said.
One of the most important things people can do during this time of the year is to frequently monitor weather conditions so they are aware of storms that may have developed or be in the process of developing. It's also helpful, he added, to have a battery-operated weather-band radio for use during times the power may be out so you can continue to monitor weather conditions.
Reprinted with permission.
GREENWALD, Marilyn B., 71, of Trilby, passed away Monday, May 29, 2006, at Bayonet Point Hospital, Hudson, Fla.
She was born May 3, 1935, in Brooklyn, N.Y. She graduated from Hempstead High School, Hempstead, N.Y. She moved to Trilby from Clearwater. She loved, bred and raised horses. She and her ex-husband, Joseph Greenwald, developed Trilby Trails subdivision. She is survived by her two stepsons, William and Robert Greenwald, both of Clearwater.
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Raise a child; raise a village
By Herb Green, Association President
Are you proud to say that you are a Trilbyite?
Have you ever noticed the historical marker displayed in front of the Trilby Community House across from the Post Office?
In the 1870s, the community was first known as McLeod’s Settlement. In 1885, it was established as Macon, Florida. A few years later, (1896), the wife of Henry Plant, the prominent railroader, was reading the 1894 George Du Maurier novel, "Trilby." This led to the community being renamed "Trilby." A good number of the original streets in Trilby are named for characters in the book.
Just recently, Richard Riley, your Association Secretary, and I took a tour through that part of Trilby known as Trilby Manor, which includes Micklen Avenue and Randleman Street. We were impressed with how well kept the homes were and well-manicured lawns. This is an indication that these residents are proud of being Trilbyites.
We ran across Mylon Brown who was cutting his lawn. Mylon is 14 years old and has lived his life in this one home. His only complaint about Trilby is that there is very little for kids to do even though he lives adjacent to "Manor Park," a county park with athletic fields, playground equipment, and picnic tables. It is rarely used and there are no organized activities there for kids and residents.
Mylon was very interested and his eyes lit up when we mentioned the youth component of the Association, The Trilby Trailblazers, and the anticipated county support of activities at the park. He said he would try to attend one of the next meetings if he could.
As we went back to the entrance of Trilby Manor, we noticed two men working in the hot sun cleaning the only vacant lot in the division. Lyle Plumber was one of the owners of the property and was raised there until the home burned down in the early 1980s. He is considering rebuilding there and moving back to Trilby.
Lyle said, "Trilby Manor is 35 to 40 years old and has always had hard working people living here, such as railroaders, teachers, carpenters, a school principal, etc. They all take pride in living here." Their well-groomed area proves his statement.
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Raise a child; Raise a village – Continued
This sums up what your Association is all about; helping make Trilby a better and safer place to live in through community activities, youth groups, town hall meetings, crime watch patrols, and a preservation of the history and beginnings of the community.
It is said that "it takes a village to raise a child," and we know that it also "takes community members to raise a village."
Won’t you please participate by attending Community Association meetings on the third Thursday of each month, participate in Crime Watch programs and patrols, and help develop youth programs and other activities that will benefit the area.
Our next town hall meeting is Thursday, July 20, at 7 pm at the Trilby United Methodist Church, across from the Trilby Post Office. Scott Black and Richard Riley will provide a brief history of Trilby, followed by the first talking version of the movie of "Trilby." Last year at this time the silent version with subtitles was shown.
Many people make New Year’s resolutions, and we would like you to make a Fourth of July resolution and get involved with your Community Association. There are no fees or regulations except to be involved. We look forward to your attendance.
Postmistress Marlene Nichols married Jack Sheldon on June 17.
Scott and Laura Black have adopted a newborn son, Haden Scott Black, born June 5.
Karyn Pirrello has her home in Trilby Trails under contract and plans to move to Kentucky soon.
Richard Riley was thrown off his horse and has survived.
Children’s Safety Rally
Early Next Month
Saturday August 5th, the Greater Trilby Community Association will sponsor its second annual Children’s Safety Rally.
This year, the rally will include "back-to-school" activities and support organized by Denny Mihalinec. It will be at the same location, the central community area that includes the United Methodist Church, the Community Center House, and the CR575 crossing with the Withlacoochee Trail.
A child identity kit will be provided for each child, which will include a DNA sample, fingerprints, a photograph, and personal information that will be given to all parents or guardians. This should be done each year so that the information is up to date. Association Vice President, Kathleen Fink, will be coordinating these children’s services.
The rally will be held from 11 am to 2 pm. Food and entertainment will be available.
One of the events planned will be a dedication of a small part of the Withlacoochee Trail as a "memorial park" with several concrete seats. Earlier this year, The Christian Edge donated a number of Magnolia trees that Steve Stackhouse, trail manager has helped plant in the Trilby area.
Herb Green, President, will coordinate activities that involve the Sheriff’s Office, such as planned K-9 demonstrations, safety presentations and Community Security Patrol information.
Notices will be posted and information released to the newspapers with further details.
Last year’s activities included safety helmets and hiking supplies donated by Jim Davis of the Trail and a talk by Ginny Waite-Brown, introduced by Denny Mihalinec.