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BOCC Approves Impact Fee Suspension

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

At the regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners on January 13, 2015, a suspension of impact fees was approved for all residential and commercial building permits applied for on or after February 1, 2015. The suspension is effective for two years. According to Administrative Regulation 13.04-5, the following procedures shall take effect as of February 1:

1. All permits that have been issued and have a signed promissory note prior to the effective date of the suspension of impact fees shall pay the balance of the promissory note prior to the issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy.

2. A Certificate of Occupancy must be obtained within one year of the end of the impact fee suspension for any permits utilizing the suspension of impact fees.

3. On an annual basis, representatives from the Citrus County School District, the City of Inverness, the City of Crystal River and Citrus County shall review the suspension of impact fees to determine their effectiveness, and will provide the results of this review to the Board of County Commissioners.

Citizens are encouraged to visit www.bocc.citrus.fl.us to review the procedures of obtaining a permit, the impact fee schedule, and the corresponding ordinances and Administrative Regulations.

For any questions, please contact the Planning & Development Department at 527-5239.

Free Orange Line Bus Passes Are Now Available For Qualified Citizens

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Free Orange Line bus passes are available for all passengers that applied through Transportation Disadvantaged, Veteran qualifications, passengers 60 and over, and persons with disabilities and can be picked up at the Citrus County Transit Center.

Any Medicare card holders will not need a pass, just present the Medicare Card to our driver to ride for free.

The regular fare system will be reinstated starting March 1, 2015.  Until that time, Citrus County Transit will continue the free fare for all Deviated Fixed Route, Orange Line passengers.

Citrus County Transit Center is located at 1300 S. Lecanto Hwy in Lecanto. Please call 352-527-7630 for any questions or visit www.citruscountytransit.com

Citrus County BOCC Recognizes Mended Hearts Month

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

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(Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with volunteers of Mended Hearts Citrus County Chapter 367 through Citrus Memorial Hospital)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on January 27 recognizing February 2015 as “Mended Hearts of Citrus County Month” in Citrus County. Mended Hearts is a community based, nationwide heart patient support network with nearly 20,000 members. The Citrus County Chapter 367 was formed over four years ago and is sponsored under Citrus Memorial Hospital.

The Mended Hearts program partners with hospital and cardiac rehabilitation clinics to offer heart patient support and encouragement through visiting programs, group meetings, and educational forums. The local Mended Hearts chapter visits heart patients and their families in the hospital, make follow-up visits, and offer emotional support and encouragement. Regular meetings are conducted to provide opportunity for patients and families to connect with one another and feature local health care providers as speakers and provide educational material for cardiac patients and caregivers.

Citrus County BOCC Recognizes Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

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(Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives of the Tri-County Human Trafficking Response Team)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on January 27 recognizing January as “Human Trafficking Awareness Month” in Citrus County. Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery and is a crime against humanity that violates the most basic human rights and Florida is one of the states with the highest call volume to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

The criminal enterprise of human trafficking is second only to the illegal drug trade. In terms of speed of its growth and being among the most lucrative, traffickers typically use multiple means to control their victims including beatings, rape, isolation, drug or alcohol dependency, document withholding, and psychological and emotional abuse. In the United States each year, as many as 100,000 to 300,000 American children are at risk of being trafficked for commercial sex. Girls and boys in the commercial sex trade are as young as 11 years old. Through the Tri-County Human Trafficking Response Team, our local community unites to combat this modern day slavery and brings together non-profits, government, and private sector businesses in prevention, prosecution, education and awareness efforts to restore freedom and dignity to survivors.

County Administrator Recognizes Employees at Service Awards Breakfast

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

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(Attached picture: County Administrator Randy Oliver and County Commissioners are joined by Citrus County employees who recently received recognition for their years of service)

County Adminstrator Randy Oliver recognized years of employee service at a recent breakfast held at the Historic Old Courthouse in Inverness. Joined by County Commissioners, the following employees were

5 years

Carl Hall-Construction Manager, Facilities Management Division of the Department of Public Works

Joe Probst-Utility Operator II, Utility Operations Division of the Department of Water Resources

Lucinda Harris-Custodian, Facilities Management Division of the Department of Public Works

Ryan Osborn-Medium Equipment Operator, Road Maintenance Division of the Department of Public Works

James Payne-Community Center Aide, Parks & Recreation Division of the Department of Community Services

James Smith-Community Center Coordinator, Parks & Recreation Division of the Department of Community Services

10 years

Mickey Bitters-Medium Equipment Operator, Road Maintenance Division of the Department of Public Works

15 years

Ronald Kurtz-Treatment Plant Operations Manager, Utility Operations Division of the Department of Water Resources

Pat Coles-Support Services Director in the Department of Community Services

25 years

Brenda Tibbetts-Traffic Control Technician, Road Maintenance Division of the Department of Public Works

30 years

Sammie Walker-Operations Crew Leader, Solid Waste Management Division of the Department of Public Works

REVISED:Lecanto Veterans Clinic Will Administer DAV Van Schedule

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Effective February 1, 2015, the scheduling of the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) vans to the Gainesville VA Medical Center and the Villages VA Clinic will be administered through the Lecanto Veterans Clinic. The new number to call will be 352-746-8005. The pick-up times and locations will be remain the same. Citrus County Transit will still continue to provide transportation on the first Wednesday and the third Thursdays of the month. For questions regarding this service, please contact Angela Lennon or Robert Bruno at the Lecanto Veterans Clinic at 352-746-8005. To contact Citrus County Transit, please call 352-527-7630.

Hernando/Citrus MPO committee to Hold Public Meeting on February 4

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will conduct a public meeting on Wednesday, February 4 beginning at 1:00 p.m., in the Citrus County Transit Center, 1300 S. Lecanto Hwy in Lecanto.

Topics to be discussed at the meeting include the annual election of CAC officers, appointment of TBARTA CAC representative, review of the conceptual FY 2016/17 – 2020/21 Transportation Alternatives (TA) Priority Lists for Citrus and Hernando Counties, and an update on the 2040 Long Range Transportation (LRTP) Amendment.

All meetings are open to the public. Any questions concerning this public meeting should be directed to Mr. Dennis Dix, MPO Coordinator, Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, 20 North Main Street, Room 262, Brooksville, FL 34601, telephone (352) 754-4057, or email mpo@hernandocounty.us. The meeting agenda will be published approximately one week prior to the meeting date at www.HernandoCitrusMPO.us.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact the County Administrator’s Office, Citrus County Courthouse, 110 N. Apopka Ave, Inverness, FL 34450, (352) 341-6560, TTY (352) 341-6580 at least two days before the meeting.

Two Free Florida-friendly Gardening Workshops in February

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Edible Vegetable Harvest

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ is offering a free gardening workshop on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Planting a vegetable garden in Florida is all about timing and technique. Pick fruits and vegetables you like. Plant a manageable quantity of materials. Consider the season and install your garden using methods you can maintain and successfully manage. 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.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping Primer

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ is offering a free gardening workshop on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Follow the Florida-friendly roadmap to create a sustainable and attractive landscape. Stops along the way include appropriate irrigation, proper fertilization and responsible pest management practices. Horticultural practices like these are always included when describing the 9 basic principles. How to apply these principles when designing, installing and maintaining your landscape is the topic of discussion. Evaluate the site, envision your garden plan and apply these successful irrigation and gardening practices when creating sustainable landscapes. 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

Lecanto Veterans Clinic Will Administer DAV Van Schedule

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Effective February 1, 2015, the scheduling of the DAV vans to the Gainesville VA Medical Center and the Villages VA Clinic will be administered through the Lecanto Veterans Clinic.  The new number to call will be 352-746-8005. The pick-up times and locations will be remain the same. Citrus County Transit will still continue to provide transportation on the first Wednesday and the third Thursdays of the month. For questions regarding this service, please contact Angela Lennon or Robert Bruno at the Lecanto Veterans Clinic at 352-746-8005. To contact Citrus County Transit, please call 352-746-7630.

Water & Wastewater Authority to Meet February 2

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Citrus County Water and Wastewater Authority will meet on Monday, February 2 at 1:00 pm in the Lecanto Government Building, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Room 166 in Lecanto. Agenda items at this meeting include an update on Special Master for the WellAqua Company and a customer complaint summary.

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, 110 N. Apopka Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450, or call (352) 341-6563, 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 352-341-6563 or visit

www.bocc.citrus.fl.us/commissioners/advboards/wwa/wwa.htm

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