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Extension Services Garden Re-dedication Ceremony Scheduled

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The UF/IFAS Citrus County Extension Services will be hosting a garden re-dedication ceremony on Wednesday, April 15 at 10:15 am and is extending an invitation for the general public to attend.  Within the last year, the half-acre learning landscape has seen many hands pulling weeds, fixing fences, repairing benches, refurbishing displays, and adding informational signs. This demonstration garden was designed many years ago to illustrate Florida-Friendly Landscaping practices in action.

The ceremony will be held at the garden behind the Extension Building, located at 3650 W. Sovereign Path in Lecanto. Tours will be given of the newly refurbished garden and cake will be served. Please contact Extension Services to RSVP at 527-5700. 

Veterans Advisory Board Will Meet in April

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Citrus County Veteran Services has announced there will not be a meeting of the Citrus County Veterans Advisory Board for the month of March.  The next meeting of the Citrus County Veterans Advisory Board will meet on April 9 at 3:30 pm in the Citrus County Resource Center, located at 2804 W Marc Knighton Court in Lecanto. The April meeting will include of the induction of the new Advisory Board Members.

For more information on Citrus County Veterans Office, log onto www.bocc.citrus.fl.us/commserv/vets.

Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to Meet March 17

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Citrus County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, March  17 at 5 p.m. in Room 135 at the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 West Marc Knighton Court in Lecanto. On the agenda will be Hardest Hit, SHIP, CDBG, NSP 1 & 3, Section 8, Shelter Plus Care, and Emergency Solutions Grant.

This committee was formed to improve the housing situation in Citrus County by studying and developing projects, coordinating with county staff and making recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners. The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee meets every third Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Room 135 at the Citrus County Resource Center.

If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee with respect to any matter considered at this public meeting or hearing, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Any person requiring reasonable accommodation at this meeting because of a disability or physical impairment should contact Housing Services, 2804 W Marc Knighton Ct, Key #12, and Lecanto, FL 34461 (352) 527-7520 at least three days before the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, use the TYY telephone (352) 527-5901.

For further information, please contact Citrus County Housing Services at 352-527-7520.

Brighthouse Networks Changes Government Channel

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Brighthouse Networks has announced the Board of County Commission meetings will be aired on Channel 643 instead of Channel 622.

If you have questions about the changes to Brighthouse Networks, please contact a Brighthouse Networks representative. If you have any questions regarding these changes and viewing the BOCC meetings, please contact Tobey Phillips, Public Information Officer, at 352-527-5484.

Special BOCC Meeting Scheduled for March 24

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Board of County Commissioners will be meeting Tuesday, March 24 at 9 am at the Citrus County Courthouse, Room 100, in Inverness to provide direction for future plans for County Road 491 widening options.

County Administrator Randy Oliver and staff will make a presentation, followed by Board discussion. Open to the Public will be conducted.

The agenda and back-up materials will be available at www.bocc.citrus.fl.us the Friday before the meeting. The meeting can be viewed live online in a small digital format at http://citruscountyfl.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx. The meeting is also televised live on cable TV on Channel 643 on Bright House and Channel 71 on Comcast.

The regularly scheduled BOCC meeting will begin at 1 pm at the Citrus County Courthouse in Room 100.

Hernando/Citrus MPO to Conduct Community Outreach at Local Festival

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is requesting public input for the production of the Citrus County 2015 - 2024 Transit Development Plan (TDP) at the 28th Annual Floral City Strawberry Festival, located at Floral City Park, 9530 S. Parkside Ave. in Floral City. This will be conducted on Saturday, March 7, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 8, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This Community Outreach will provide the public opportunity for comment on the transportation improvements planned over the next ten-year period for Citrus County. As an urban funded transit system, Citrus Transit is required by the State of Florida to have a major Transit Development Plan (TDP) by July 1, 2015. The TDP contains a ten-year financial plan, and must be consistent with the Transit Element of the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Tina Duenninger, County Administration, 20 North Main Street, Room 263, Brooksville, FL 34601, telephone (352) 540-6452, no later than seven (2) days prior to the proceedings. If hearing impaired, please call 1-800-676-3777 for assistance.

Any questions should be directed to Mr. Steve Diez, Transportation Planner II, Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, 20 North Main Street, Room 262, Brooksville, FL 34601, telephone (352) 754-4057, ext. 28013, or email stevend@hernandocounty.us.

Funds Available to Aid with Elderly Energy Needs

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Funds are still available for the Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAP). The winter months (heating season) are coming to an end and staff is trying to use remaining funds before March 31, 2015. This is a sister program of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

Income-eligible clients must be 60 years and older and are able to receive assistance once per season. There are two seasons in the year: the Cooling Season, which runs April 1 to September 30, and a Heating Season, which runs October 1 to March 31.

There must be a delinquent or disconnect notice for electric service. Proof of income will be required for anyone in the home 18 years or older. Gross income for one-person household is $1,458.75 a month or less; $1,966.25 or less for a two-person household; and $2,473.75 or less for a three-person household.

For more information or to make an appointment for the Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly, please call 352-527-5989.

Animal Services Sees Progress with Renovations

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Citrus County Animal Services began renovating the current animal shelter facility in January, while receiving support from several community organizations to ensure the best care was provided to the animals during this time.

The work in the upper kennels was completed in early February. The ceiling has been removed and insulation applied, allowing more natural light into the area. The newly painted interior and LED lighting has greatly improved the overall appearance and has made it much brighter. The electric heaters have been replaced and upgraded with new gas heaters, new exhaust fans have been installed, and ceiling fans have been added to help circulate air throughout the kennels making it more comfortable for the animals and visitors.

The roof on the upper kennels has been replaced and a sally port installed to help protect Animal Control Officers, staff and volunteers from the elements when transporting animals and to keep direct sunlight from beating on the new garage door. The air conditioning has been upgraded and improved for the cat garage area and inner core when animals are impounded and processed for adoptions.

The lower kennels now have sliding aluminum doors and new heaters to allow the dogs to be protected from the elements. Lighting has been added to this area for improved safety and visibility.

The dogs have been returned to the kennel areas and the cats will also benefit with the new air conditioning and heat.

The old green barn was taken down on Monday, and a new aluminum shed is scheduled to be delivered at the end of the week. Plans are in place to improve the cat adoption area and to renovate the lobby area.

Animal Services staff has handled these changes with a professional, positive attitude and continues to provide a high level of care to the animals. The staff appreciates the efforts of several organizations for their assistance during the renovations. Shelter volunteers assisted on the day of the initial move, and continued to make sure the cats were comfortable and dogs are walked at least twice daily. The pet fosters were able to take dogs into their homes, to adoption events, and made themselves available to show their foster dogs to prospective owners. Citrus County Humane Society volunteered to board some of the dogs at their facility. Adopt-a-Rescued Pet offered the assistance of some of their foster families. Citrus Pet Resort and Stay and Play Getaway boarded some of the dogs at their facilities. Several citizens donated larger crates for bigger dogs. Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection provided assistance with arranging offsite boarding and transportation for dogs.

Facilities Maintenance Division staff have worked diligently to accomplish each part of these renovations. Citrus County Animal Services is proud of the work that has been accomplished and invites the public to come see how much brighter our kennels look and perhaps find your next best friend.

Please visit our website at www.citruscritters.com, call 746-8400 or visit the shelter, located at 4030 S. Airport Road in Inverness.

County Names New Solid Waste Management Director

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Citrus County Department of Public Works has named Barry Boldissar as the new Solid Waste Management Director. This position has been vacant since the resignation of Casey Stephens in December 2014 and Boldissar will start in his new position on March 2. 

Boldissar comes to Citrus County with twenty three years of experience in developing and managing integrated solid waste management programs. His experience includes over 20 years of municipal solid waste experience in the state of Florida.

His last solid waste position included the responsibilities of managing solid waste collection, transfer and disposal services to over 255,000 single and multi-family residential customers, as well as approximately 14,000 business customers located within the 1,100 square miles of Hillsborough County, Florida and included the structure and supervision of 154 full time employees with an operating budget of over 90 million dollars.

Boldissar can be reached at the Solid Waste Administrative Offices in Lecanto at 352-527-7670.

Two Free Florida-friendly Gardening Workshops in March

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Efficient Irrigation

Citrus County Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ is offering a free efficient irrigation workshop on March 10 from 2:00-3:30 pm. Management of our water resources starts with conservation at home. Landscape irrigation is supplemental. Gardening practices such as seasonal scheduling, catch can calibration and selection of plant materials tolerant of droughty conditions are essential to creating a sustainable landscape. Thorough and infrequent watering produces a plant with deeper roots promoting draught tolerance and hardiness during the cooler seasons. Over watering is not a beneficial practice and often inhibits a successful lawn or garden. Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto. Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation.

Fertilize Appropriately

Citrus County Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ is offering a free gardening workshop on March 24 from 2:00-3:30 pm. Fertilization of your lawn and landscape can be complicated. Using several steps including soil testing, when and how to apply fertilizers and effective irrigation practices after application are essential to proper fertilization practices. This program will discuss proper Florida Friendly fertilization practices developed by the University of Florida. Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service Building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto. Please contact Steven Davis at 352 527-5708 to confirm your participation.

Citrus County’s Florida Yards & Neighborhoods is a public education and outreach program of the University of Florida funded by Citrus County Utilities. Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ means using low maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices to produce a beautiful landscape. For more information about Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ visit, www.bocc.citrus.fl.us/waterres/conservation/conservation.htm

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