The Tampa Tribune from Tampa, Florida on February 29, 1984 · 54
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The Tampa Tribune from Tampa, Florida · 54

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Wednesday, February 29, 1984
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2-NorthSlde THE TAMPA TRIBUNE MAIL, Wednesday, February 29, 1984 i i'i i' ' .in- ' i Building, zoning director picked V I' V,f , '"-".ill LNi MUM." " (" vt 1 If 5 , v. . ; i . M : A- : "v 5. - lill 1 By TOM WUCKOVICH Tribune Staff Writer TEMPLE TERRACE City Manager Picot Floyd has picked a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment to head the city's building and zoning department, succeeding Stan Moore. Thomas C. Mortenson, 36, an eight-year resident of Temple Terrace, became the third director in four years. Mortenson, who served as territory manager for S.C. Johnson and Son, commonly known as makers of Johnson's Wax, was the leading candidate for the job, Floyd said. He brings "a wealth of experience to the position," according to Floyd. The native of Racine, Wis., has an extensive background in city government and served as an alderman in Racine. He was also president of the city's Common Council, second in command behind the mayor. According to biographical information, he was the youngest person elected to that position! Mortenson's educational background includes a BA degree in political science and history from Cathage College, plus numerous courses in administrative management and urban planning during a stint in the Army. He also completed Tribune photo Thomas Mortenson is the new Temple Terrace building and zoning director. requirements for classification as a journeyman electrician. During his stay in Racine, he was responsible for developing the city's planning and zoning code. In addition to bis duties on the Temple Terrace zoning board, he served as a member of the city's Annexation Commission in 1979, an experience that has taken on in creased importance as the ity's boundaries continue to expand. Asked why he sought the $28,000-per year job, a decrease over the salary he was making with S.C Johnson, Mortenson said his "extensive background in government at different levels, backed up with my educational background made, the move a logical choice." He said he feels "strongly for this community. I think this is a natural position for me." Floyd took almost five months to replace Moore, who was fired after he refused to resign. Floyd said Mortenson "was my first choice and after talking with him, and studying his background, I was convinced he would be the type of person that would give the department the proper guidance and make .those decisions that are difficult but necessary." Mortenson said his goal was.'.'ji-suring (that) land uses were properly situated and that the city- has the means of serving development." He said he would like to see "controlled density development sejhat light, air and space are adequate for those developments." . - Mortenson is married to the-fpr-mer Pamela Jean Bliss and is the father of three boys: Shawn-,, 1Q; Thomas Carl, 1 1; and Tod Roberty?. Tribune photo Robin King, left, a social worker at the Northwest Counseling Service of Tampa Jewish Social Services, talks with staff member Patty Davis at the organization's new offices on Dale Mabry. Free class offered for senior citizens A class designed for senior citizens is to be held at the Shepherd Center in St. Catherine's Church, 502 Druid Hills Road. The free class is to be offered every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Exercise, crafts, current events and field trips are to be featured. Hillsborough County Schools, the Department of Adult and Community Education and the Shepherd Center are sponsoring this program. Service stresses family strength By BOBBIE O'BRIEN Tribune Correspondent Strengthening family relationships is a major goal of a new counseling service now available to residents in Town rN Country, Carrollwood and northwestern Hillsborough County. The Northwest Counseling Service, a branch of the Tampa Jewish Social Service, was funded by the United Way to provide individual and family counseling to the growing population in the area. The service is available to everyone, regardless of religion. The new branch is located in the Paramount Triangie Building, 8902 N. Dale Mabry Highway. "What we try to do is get people comfortable with the idea of seeking help," explained Anschel Weiss, director of the Tampa Jewish Social Service. He said support is available for everyone from children with aging parents to parents with newborn babies. Weiss emphasized that they not only offer counseling but plan to hold programs like parent effectiveness training and early childhood development. He said the programs are important to help prevent and prepare for problems before a major family crisis hits and counseling Is needed. "We're here to deal with individuals and families to help them with adapting and surviving," said Weiss. Along with counseling sessions and programs, staff members are also available for house calls to elderly, handicapped and hospitalized persons. Funding for the branch included salaries for two part-time staff members. But because of its affiliation, the branch can call upon experts from the Jewish Social Service to help fulfill its needs. The Northwest Counseling Service, which opened in January, is operating on a one-year demonstration grant to measure local need for couseling and other family programs. An advisory committee of local residents, chaired by Ronna Fox, was formed to help determine the type of services wanted by the community. "I hope to be there on a regular basis," said Weiss. The branch is already averaging 20 cases a week. 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