On March 4, 2014, two men were bitten by a stray dog in the vicinity of Meadow Street and Bamma Drive in Homosassa at approximately 10:30 pm. The dog is described as a thigh high, mostly white with black on the face, about twenty pounds.
If anyone has any information or knows the whereabouts of this dog, please contact Citrus County Animal Services at (352) 746-8400 immediately. If the dog is not located these adults may have to undergo a series of rabies shots.
The Citrus County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 5 p.m. in room 166 in the Lecanto Government Building. 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 by making recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners. The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee meets every third Tuesday at 5 p.m. in room 166 in the Lecanto Government Building.
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.
The baseball and softball fields at Bicentennial Park and Central Ridge District Park will be closed from March 24 until March 30, 2014 to public use due to maintenance requirements. Please contact Grounds Maintenance at 352-527-5760 for any questions.
The soccer fields at Homosassa Area Recreation Park and Holden Park will be closed from March 10 until April 4, 2014 to public use due to maintenance requirements. Please contact Grounds Maintenance at 352-527-5760 for any questions.
Citrus County Extension Services will be offering an Open House on Thursday, March 13 titled “Understanding the Healthcare Marketplace” from 3:00-7:00 pm at the Extension Office, located at 3650 W. Sovereign Path in Lecanto. If you have questions regarding the new health care law or qualification for tax credits to help pay for health insurance, this is the opportunity to clear up confusion, understand your options, make informed health insurance decisions, and apply for coverage. Please bring 2013 tax information, current pay stubs, and immigration papers if applicable.
If you are unable to attend the open house, please contact Sarah Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org and for any questions about this event, please call 352-527-5700.
The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A. & M. University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating.
(pictured: Citrus County Commissioner and immediate past-chairman Dennis Damato, Hernando County Commissioner James Adkins and new Chairman of water authority)
Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority’s Board of Directors representing Citrus, Hernando, Marion and Sumter counties honored the Authority’s immediate past-chairman Citrus County Commissioner Dennis Damato for his outstanding leadership at their meeting on February 19.
Commissioner Damato served as the Authority chairman from January 2012 through January 2014, during an important period of time when the Authority was selecting its new executive director, Richard Own, and transitioning into a new permanent office in the Lecanto Government Building. During his tenure, Commissioner Damato led the Authority through a variety of critical projects to benefit of the entire four-county Withlacoochee region, including: join funding of water supply projects for member governments, a regional irrigation evaluation pilot program, the Authority’s regional water supply plan update, repeal of out-of-date agency rules, update of the Authority’s interlocal agreement, and advocacy for the Authority and member governments on such issues as springs protection and the establishments of minimum flows and levels (MFLs).
For more information about the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority, please contact 352-527-5795.
Citrus County is offering a monthly electronic newsletter to inform citizens of the everyday happenings of local government. Citrus Link will be delivered through email the first Monday of each month, with the first edition to be sent on March 3.
“The average citizen is not aware of the many programs and projects that our staff is involved in on an everyday basis,” stated County Administrator Brad Thorpe. “Our hope is to create an avenue to link government with the community to increase awareness, which is why we created Citrus Link. We encourage all citizens to subscribe.”
There are several ways to subscribe to Citrus Link:
• Visit the county website www.bocc.citrus.fl.us and click on the button provided.
• Visit the county Facebook page and click on the link provided.
• Send an email to email@example.com with your email address and Public Information Officer Tobey Phillips will add you to the distribution list.
• Call Phillips at 352-527-5484 and give your email address to be added to the distribution list.
Phillips is very excited about the level of interest in this product. “Several community organizations have sent the information to their membership, and I have daily requests via email and phone to be added as a subscriber,” she offered. “The interest level shows that people want to know more about their local government”.
Features will include upcoming projects, commissioner highlights, new products and services being offered, employee recognition, upcoming construction projects, schedule of events, details about department functions and much more.
There is a special opportunity waiting for folks who want to make a difference and are willing to get involved as a volunteer.
Citrus County has a County Volunteer Program and is looking for people who are interested in assisting in various departments throughout the county. We are looking for bright, enthusiastic and energetic adults who would like to assist our professional staff enhance services to the community.
Some examples of volunteer opportunities include: event workers, clerk typists, maybe you like filing, or answering the phone, whatever it is you like to do, we can find a place for you!
For more information, log onto http:/www.bocc.citrus.fl.us/volunteering.htm or contact Deb Bloss at 341-6429, email at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how to get started.
The NACo Prescription (Free) Discount Card is provided to residents in a joint effort between Citrus County and the National Association of Counties (NACo). County residents without prescription coverage can use this program. Even if an individual has prescription insurance coverage, they may still benefit from the discount card since it may save money on prescriptions that your existing plan does not cover. Just remember to present the card when you pick up your prescription to get the best possible price available.
It’s easy to use. Simply print a card or pick one up at a local library or community center and present the discount card at a participating retail pharmacy along with the prescription(s), and save an average of 24 percent on prescription drugs. There are no limits on how many times the card can be used. This card can be used for the whole family, including pets. If a pet is prescribed a medication that is also used for humans, ask your veterinarian for a prescription to use at a participating pharmacy. There are no claim forms to fill out and no membership fees.
Residents can visit www.caremark.com/naco to learn about the discount program, print out a personalized ID card for themselves, or access other program tools. Savings are available immediately at any participating pharmacy. There is absolutely no obligation or cost.
For more information, contact Deb Bloss at 352-341-6429 or visit http://www.bocc.citrus.fl.us/commissioners/naco.htm
On February 21, 2014, a woman was bitten by a stray dog in the vicinity of Kracker Lane and So. Georgian Road in Homosassa.
The dog is small, brown and mixed breed. It was not wearing a collar. The woman was out walking her dog around 7:30AM when the incident happened.
IF ANYONE HAS ANY INFORMATION OR KNOWS THE WHEREABOUTS OF THIS DOG, PLEASE CONTACT CITRUS COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES AT (352) 746-8400 IMMEDIATELY. IF THE DOG IS NOT LOCATED THIS ADULT MAY HAVE TO UNDERGO A SERIES OF RABIES SHOTS.