SAN ANTONIO — City leaders are hoping to resolve the ongoing dispute with Saint Leo University and the town of St. Leo before the final vote Monday on the college’s plant operations facility.
San Antonio City Attorney Brian Bolves wrote his counterpart in St. Leo last week to offer a compromise solution. In the letter, he indicated that San Antonio would be willing to consider an interlocal agreement with the town — but only if Saint Leo University first applies for a driveway permit from its new west campus area directly onto State Road 52.
Bolves said he has seen just such a plan, but for some reason the university never applied to the Florida Department of Transportation for access to the state highway. Instead, the current plan calls for a driveway onto Pompanic Street, a narrow residential street that serves as the border between the two northeast Pasco towns.
San Antonio Mayor Tim Newlon said the city doesn’t want to impede the growth of the college, but residents are worried that Pompanic could become a “back door” entrance to Saint Leo’s west campus.
“We all recognize that at some point there will be additional construction on the west campus,” he said.
Bolves said St. Leo would collect about $120,000 in road impact fees to improve its half of Pompanic, but San Antonio would get nothing.
“The City of San Antonio will not spend public money in support of a private project,” he said. “And this is a private project.”
The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday in St. Leo’s town hall.