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Citrus County Hosting 2015 AGRItunity Event

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Are you a commercial grower, a career-farmer, beginning entrepreneur, or just interested in all things agriculture?  AGRItunity is a must attend event for you.  AGRItunity is a regional small farms conference in its 9th year, but this will be the first time the conference has been held in Citrus County. Citrus County UF/IFAS Extension will be hosting this one-day regional event on Saturday, April 11th at Cornerstone Baptist Church, located at 110 W. Highland Blvd in Inverness.  Three speaker tracks have been crafted to address animal, plant and business themes.  Registration begins at 8:00am and the conference kicks off at 9:00am. Dale McClellan, a Citrus County dairy farmer and recent Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award winner, is featured as the opening speaker and will discuss the application and opportunities for the use of drones in agricultural operations.  
Conference attendees can choose between three concurrent seminar tracks.  Each track will offer four one-hour workshops with experts from the University of Florida and the agricultural industry ready to provide valuable information to the experienced and novice alike.   Animal track workshops will include discussions on recognizing poisonous plants in your pasture and backyard poultry.  If your passion is growing and cultivating plants, then attend the workshop on emerging perennial fruits or olives and herbs and sharing tips to add your business’ bottom line.  Conference attendees looking to increase their business acumen can choose to learn how social media can positively impact profitability and name recognition, or how to plan for the financial future of the next agricultural endeavor.
The AGRItunity conference will include a trade show of vendors offering farm related goods and services.  Indoor and outdoor exhibits will be open throughout the day featuring agricultural interests from animals to equipment. 
Pre-registration tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for youth, which includes the program, trade show and lunch. Registration is available by calling the UF/IFAS Extension Office at 352-527-5700 or by sending check (made out to Ag Alliance of Citrus County) to 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Suite 1, Lecanto, 34461, Attn.: AGRItunity. Parking is free.  For more information, please call 527-5700. 

RSVP Seeking Volunteers for Telephone Reassurance Program

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) sponsors a Telephone Reassurance Program, which focuses on regular intervals of contact by telephone with shut-in seniors. RSVP will be hosting a training workshop on Thursday, April 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the Central Ridge Community Center, located at 77 Civic Circle in Beverly Hills, for interested citizens to find out how to become involved in this volunteer opportunity. Light refreshments will be served. To reserve your seat, please call the Nature Coast Volunteer Center at (352) 249-1275.

Road has Re-Opened

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Road has Re-opened 

The Road Maintenance Division has re-opened S. Old Floral City Rd. from E. Orange Ave. to E. Magnolia St. 

Tourist Development Council Reschedules April Meeting

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Tourist Development Council (TDC) will be meeting Friday, April 17 at 9 am at the Lecanto Government Building in Room 166, located at 3600 W. Sovereign Path in Lecanto. The TDC normally meets on the second Wednesday of each month. The agenda for this meeting will follow regular procedure and will include a presentation on the FY 2015/16 budget.  

TDC is a nine member advisory board that is tasked with developing the plan for tourism development in Citrus County, including marketing and recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on the use of the Tourist Development Tax Revenue.

Please call the Visitors & Convention Bureau at 628-9305 for any questions.

Fix a Leak Week Saves One Million Gallons of Water Annually in Citrus County

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

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Attached picture: Norm Wagy, Greenbelt Gazette editor and Chris Zajac, Government Affairs Program Manager for Southwest Florida Water Management District, participated in the Water Conservation Expo on March 20.

Citrus County Utilities customers that participated in the Fix a Leak programs are estimated to save a million gallons of water a year. Sponsored by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s)  WaterSense® program, Fix a Leak Week was March 16 through 20, 2015.  Citrus County Utilities is a WaterSense® partner.

Forty-four residential and two commercial utility customers partnered with Utility staff to conduct irrigation system checkups and indoor leak detection.  Citizens also received expert advice and free water-saving kitchen and bathroom fixtures at the annual Water Conservation Expo held by Citrus County Utilities and the Sugarmill Woods Civic Association.

Beverly Simpson of Riverhaven found the Schedule a Specialist program informative.  “The specialist pointed out some sprinkler heads that can be capped and zones that can be turned off that will save water,” said Simpson.  

Citrus County Utilities offers a similar irrigation checkup program to its customers year-round.  Customers wishing to participate can call 352-527-7669 to schedule a specialist at their home or business. 

“Next time I see friends, I will recommend the program. It was very helpful.” said Simpson.

As part of the EPA’s ongoing “We’re for Water” campaign, Fix a Leak Week encourages Americans to help put a stop to the more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted from household leaks each year.   For additional information on how to get a handle on leaks, visit http://www.bocc.citrus.fl.us/waterres/conservation 


Water & Wastewater Authority to Meet April 6

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Citrus County Water and Wastewater Authority will meet on Monday, April 6 at 1:00 pm in the Lecanto Government Building, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Room 166 in Lecanto.  Agenda items at this meeting include establishment of the 2015 Price Index.

This meeting is open to the public.

Any person requiring reasonable accommodation at this meeting because of a disability or physical impairment should contact the Office of Utility Regulation, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, FL 34461, or call (352) 527-5214, at least one week before the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please use TDD telephone (352) 341-6580.

The Citrus County Water and Wastewater Authority is a board of appointees that provides for the regulation of private water, bulk water, and wastewater utilities in the unincorporated areas of Citrus County. For more information, call 352-527-5214 or visit 
www.bocc.citrus.fl.us/commissioners/advboards/wwa/wwa.htm 

Local Volunteers Recognized for Service

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

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Attached picture: Top row: Chester Spellman, CEO of Volunteer Florida; Helen Pannelli, Citrus County School District; Lindy Woythaler, Citrus County School District; Laurie Diestler, Nature Coast Volunteer Center. Bottom row: Mary Terschak, award recipient; Norma Brondyke, award recipient; Russell Brondyke, award recipient.

Volunteer Florida presented Champions of Service Awards to three Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers at the end of the Florida Association for Volunteer Resource Management Forum held today at the Lecanto Government Building. Chester Spellman, CEO of Volunteer Florida, presented the awards, complementing all three individuals for their dedication to the community and commitment to the children of Citrus County.


Mary Terschak recently received a Years of Service pin from Nature Coast Volunteer Center for 25 years of service, and is currently volunteering at Forest Ridge Elementary School.


Norma Brondyke recently received a Years of Service pin for 15 years of service and has logged over 26,000 hours of volunteer service. She is currently mentoring at Inverness Middle School.


Russell Brondyke recently received a Years of Service pin for 15 years of service and has logged over 21,000 hours of volunteer service. He is currently mentoring at Inverness Middle School.


Nominations were generated at the local level and submitted to Volunteer Florida, which selects recipients to receive this official resignation by the Governor’s Office.


For more information on how to become involved with RSVP, please call Laurie Diestler at 249-1275.


Citizens Advisory Task Force to Meet April 21

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Citizens Advisory Task Force (CATF) will meet Tuesday, April 21 at 4 p.m. in the Training Room at the Citrus County Resource Center, located at 2804 West Marc Knighton Court in Lecanto, to receive CATF member and citizen comments concerning the proposed grant application to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Citrus County is applying to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) for a grant under the FFY 2014 Housing Category (HR-CDBG) in the amount of $750,000 or more under the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. 51% of HR-CDBG funds must benefit low-to-moderate income (LMI) persons. The proposed project will be located within the unincorporated area of Citrus County, Florida. The proposed project scope, estimated cost and benefit to low-to-moderate income (LMI) households will be discussed at this meeting.

The application is expected to be submitted to DEO on or before June 4, 2015. A draft application will be available at the time of the CATF meeting. To obtain a draft application or other information concerning the 2013 CDBG, contact Heidi Blanchette, Housing Services Director, at 352-527-7528 or via email Heidi.Blanchette@bocc.citrus.fl.us.

The CATF meeting is being conducted in a handicapped accessible location. Any person requiring special accommodations at this meeting must contact Housing Services at least 72 hours in advance at (352)-527-7520. If you are hearing or speech impaired, use the TDD telephone (352)-527-5901.

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

Citrus Commissioners Make Decision on County Road 491

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

In a special meeting held this morning by the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners, staff presented four options for the future direction of County Road 491.  After almost 3 hours of commissioner discussion and public comment, the Board approved by a 5-0 vote to move forward with Option 4, which is a 4 lane-6 lane regional drainage (150 ft. right of way) plan from W Laurel Street to W Lee Ann Street. An amendment was made by Commissioner Dennis Damato to direct staff to explore options on property agreements available from Line Street to Southern Street. 


The presentation included cost breakdowns on design, engineering, traffic signals, sidewalks, utility relocation, construction costs, loans and interest rates. . Please visit http://citruscountyfl.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=2069 to view the agenda information and view the video from this meeting.


The Board had to consider the current contracts that have been developed with property owners and funding levels from state agencies such as Department of Environment Protection (DEP), Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). With the recent announcement from the Florida Turnpike Enterprise of the Suncoast Parkway 2 project moving north through Citrus County, the Board of County Commissioners also had to consider the impact of this project in conjunction with the widening of CR 491. 


The Board directed staff to continue working with state agencies to explore all available options for increased funding to meet regional drainage needs and springs initiative projects. 


Accepting Applications for Historical Resources Advisory Board Vacancies

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications vacancies on the Historical Resources Advisory Board (HRAB). The current vacancies are for Architect, Historical Society Representative, Archeologist, Historian, Alternate Member, and one Member-at-Large. This board assists county entities to identify, evaluate, and protect historical properties.

The Historical Resources Advisory Board meets every other month on the first Wednesday of the month at 4:00 pm at the Lecanto Government Building in Room 166. The member positions are for two year terms and applicants are required to be Citrus County residents and registered to vote in Citrus County. The application deadline is April 13.

Applicants must indicate on the application for which position they are applying. Applications which meet the eligibility requirements will be forwarded to the Board of County Commissioners for evaluation, nomination and selection. Applications can be found at http://www.bocc.citrus.fl.us/commissioners/advboards/advisory_consideration.htm and completed applications should be sent to Citrus County Administration, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, FL 34461.

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