News and Announcements

Animal Services Offering Adoption Discount

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Citrus County Animal Services and Friends of Citrus County Animal Services are offering a special discount in recognition of the Valentine’s Day this Saturday, February 13. The adoption fee for all dogs and cats will be $10 (price does not include $10 county license fee). There is an ongoing adoption special of free adoptions for animals that have been at the shelter longer than 30 days.

To view our animals, please visit www.citruscritters.com, visit Citrus County Animal Services, located at 4030 S. Airport Road in Inverness or call (352) 746-8400 for more information.

County Names New Housing Services Director

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Citrus County Department of Community Services has named Tammy Harris as the new Housing Services Director. Harris will start in her new position on Monday, February 8. 

Harris is coming from Brevard County as the Code Enforcement Director, and oversaw the enforcement of Building and Property Maintenance Codes for 860 square miles of unincorporated Brevard County. Prior to working in the Planning and Development, she was the Community Development and Resource Supervisor for Brevard County Housing and Human Services where she supervised ten Advisory Boards consisting of 500 community volunteers tasked with addressing the needs and services for older adults, children and youth, persons with disabilities, persons with mental health and substance abuse issues, domestic violence and the homeless community.

Harris has been in the forefront of Brevard County’s Affordable Housing coalition-building efforts overseeing $10 million of competitive and entitlement grant activities such as, the Staffing, Homeless Housing Assistance, Challenge, Continuum of Care, State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

Harris has played a pivotal role in Brevard’s strategic planning initiatives and has been recognized for Best Practices on the local, state and national levels by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Florida and Space Coast League of Cities, and the Florida and National Association of Counties.

Harris can be reached at the Housing Services Office located at the Citrus County Resource Center at 352-527-7520. 

Hernando/Citrus MPO to Hold Public Hearing on February 16

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Board will conduct a public meeting on Tuesday, February 16, beginning at 1:00 p.m., in the Board of County Commissioners Chambers at the Hernando County Government Center, located at 20 North Main Street, Room 160 in Brooksville.

Items scheduled on the agenda include: Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) Amendments for Section 5307 funding and Halls River Road funding, Consultant Work Scope for an Area-wide Transportation Analysis of Brooksville One Way Pairs, and Good Neighbor Trail (GNT) Corridor Study status report.

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Amendment reflects Section 5307 transit funds allocated to Hernando County for transit operations. The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Amendment for Halls River Road reflects additional funding for the Citrus County project. These documents will be available on the website ten (10) days prior to the meeting for a public review period. The meeting agenda may be viewed online at www.hernandocounty.us and www.hernandocitrusmpo.us.

The public is encouraged to attend. Any questions concerning this public hearing/meeting should be directed to Mr. Dennis Dix, MPO Executive Director, Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, 20 North Main Street, Room 262, Brooksville, FL 34601, telephone (352) 754-4057, or email dennisd@hernandocounty.us.

If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization with regard to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, said person will need a record of the proceeding, and that, for such purpose, said person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based, s. 286.0105, F.S.

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) Tina Duenninger, County Administration, 20 North Main Street, Room 263, Brooksville, FL 34601, telephone (352) 540-6452, no later than seven (7) days prior to the proceedings. If hearing impaired, please call 1-800-676-3777 for assistance.

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 for vacancies on the Historical Resources Advisory Board (HRAB). The current vacancies are for Architect, two Members At Large, and two Alternate Members.  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.

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.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/advisory_boards.htm

and completed applications should be sent to Citrus County Administration, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, FL 34461.

Telephone Reassurance Program Offered for Isolated Seniors

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Nature Coast Volunteer Center and the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) are offering the Telephone Reassurance Program to isolated or elderly individuals. This program is to create a sense of security through regular phone contact with one of our trained volunteers. This program confirms safety and imparts care and concern at no cost to you.

The Telephone Reassurance program will have a trained volunteer call you once a week or daily, Monday through Friday. Calling times vary from 8:00 am – 4:00 p.m. If you think you could benefit from this program, or you would like more information, please call us at 352-249-1275, email us at ncvc@citrusbocc.com, or visit www.citrusbocc.com/commserv/suppserv/ncvc/trp/telephone-reassurance-program.htm

Two Free Florida-Friendly Gardening Workshops in February

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Let’s Plan a Florida-Friendly Landscape

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on February 9, 2016 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  Plan before you plant is an important concept when developing sustainable garden ideas.  Basic principles of landscape design include: site evaluation, selection and placement of the proper materials and establishment practices for newly installed sustainable gardens.  The theme of this workshop will be “What is and how to create a Florida-friendly Landscape”.    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.


Irrigation Efficiency

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on February 23, 2016 from 2:00-3:30 pm.   Landscape irrigation is supplemental, but often uses 50-70 % of total residential water consumption. Irrigation practices such as seasonal scheduling, catch can calibration and selection of drought tolerant plants are essential to creating a sustainable and water conserving landscape.   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.


Veteran Services Officer Hours Cancelled at Homosassa Library on February 18

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Citrus County Veteran Services has announced they will not have a Veteran Service Officer available at the Homosassa Library on Thursday, February 18, 2016.


For assistance, please call 352-527-5915 to schedule an appointment at the office in Lecanto


 

BOCC Meeting Rescheduled for March 1

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The regularly scheduled meeting of March 8, 2016 of the Board of County Commissioners has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 1, beginning at 1 pm at the Citrus County Courthouse, Room 100.

The agenda and back-up materials will be available at www.citrusbocc.com the Thursday 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. For questions regarding the change in the meeting date, please contact the Public Information Office at 527-5484.

Veterans Service Office Searching for Local Businesses Offering Veteran Discounts

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Citrus County Veterans Services Division is compiling a list of local businesses that offer veteran discounts. If you are a local business and would like to include your discount information on this list, please call 527-5915 with a contact phone number, amount/type of discount and required proof of veteran status.

The Veterans Service Office provides guidance and assistance to veterans and their families to assist with navigation through state and federal VA systems and participate in coordination with local charitable organizations and businesses to ensure veterans and their families are receiving as much assistance as possible from the local community. For more information, please call the Veterans Service Office at 527-5915 or visit http://www.citrusbocc.com/commserv/suppserv/vets/veterans.htm

Lane Closure on West Hampshire Blvd

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Citrus County Engineering Division will be repaving portions of West Hampshire Blvd. in Citrus Springs during the week of February 8, pending weather conditions. Citizens can expect multiple land closures during that week and we ask everyone to use caution in this area. For questions, please contact the Engineering Division at 527-5446.

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