Revised: Water & Wastewater Authority to meet August 4

The Citrus County Water and Wastewater Authority will meet on Monday, August 4, 2014, at 1:00 pm in the Lecanto Government Building, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Room #166, Lecanto. Agenda items at this meeting an update on customer service and SOPs, FPSC Annual Reestablishment of Authorized Range of Return on Common Equity for Water and Wastewater Utilities, Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) Review, customer complaint summary, and a presentation by County Attorney’s Office on Sunshine Law.

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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Water & Wastewater Authority to meet August 4

The Citrus County Water and Wastewater Authority will meet on Monday, August 4, 2014, at 1:00 pm in the Lecanto Government Building, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Room #166, Lecanto. Agenda items at this meeting an update on customer service and SOPs, FPSC Annual Reestablishment of Authorized Range of Return on Common Equity for Water and Wastewater Utilities, Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) Review, customer complaint summary, and a presentation by County Attorney’s Office on Sunshine Law.

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, 3675 E. Orange Drive, Hernando, Florida 34442-4353, or call (352) 419-6520, at least one week before the meeting.

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 352-419-6520 or visit
www.bocc.citrus.fl.us/commissioners/advboards/wwa/wwa.htm

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PACE Community meeting scheduled in Floral City

A Floral City PACE (Protocol to Assess Community Excellence) community meeting has been scheduled on Wednesday, July 30 starting at 3:30 pm, which will be facilitated by Florida Department of Health in Citrus County. This meeting will be held at the Floral City Library, located at 8360 E. Orange Avenue in Floral City.
Special guests include Jenette Collins, Citrus County Planning & Development Director, and Heather Urwiller, AICP Principal Planner with the Citrus County Land Development Division. We always encourage any and all residents interested in getting involved with the community to attend the meetings.
For more information, call Will Bryant at Environmental Health at 527-5307.

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Training Offered to Become Animal Foster Home – Revised

Citrus County Animal Services invites you to attend an information/training session on becoming a foster home for shelter animals to be held on Wednesday, July 30th from 2:30-4:30 pm. The training will be held in the training room at the Citrus County Resource Center, located at 2804 W Marc Knighton Ct. in Lecanto.
Animal Services is seeking foster homes in which to place a pet that has been with us a length of time and requires a little extra promoting to find them a loving home. Ultimately, the goal is to find a “furever” home for each animal. We also, from time to time, have animals who need a loving hand and a place to recuperate after surgery or recover from an illness. By becoming a foster caregiver to these animals you may get the chance to spend quality time with some tiny kittens, teach a dog how to love and be loved, or assist an injured cat or dog to get back on their feet thanks to your care and attention. It’s an immensely rewarding experience, and it saves animals lives in a very direct way. This training is required to become a foster caregiver.
Please RSVP to Billie Lombardo, Citrus County Animal Services Volunteer Coordinator at Billie.lombardo@bocc.citrus.fl.us, call 352-746-8408 or visit www.citruscritters.com .

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Citrus County BOCC recognizes Purple Heart Recognition Day

(Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives from the Aaron Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart )

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on July 22 recognizing August 7 as “Purple Heart Recognition Day” in Citrus County. The Purple Heart is a combat award exclusively for those members of the Armed Forces of the United States who are killed, died of wounds or wounded by an enemy instrument of war.

The Purple Heart, originally known as the Military Badge of Merit, was established by the General Orders of General George Washington 232 years ago on August 7, 1782 and is now the oldest military decoration in the work in present use. The organization known as the Military Order of the Purple Heart, which is the only Congressionally chartered veterans’ organization exclusively for combat wounded veterans, was formed 81 years ago in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of Purple Heart recipients. Over 1.7 million members of the Armed Forces of the United States have been awarded the Purple Heart for their battlefield sacrifices since the first adopted as a combat award by the War Department on February 22, 1932.

The Board of County Commissioners pays tribute to all recipients of the Purple Heart for their extraordinary sacrifice and gallantry on the field of battle.

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Citrus County BOCC celebrates Smokey Bear’s Birthday

(Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with Smokey the Bear)

Citrus County BOCC celebrates Smokey Bear’s Birthday

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on July 22 celebrating August 9 as Smokey the Bear’s 70th birthday. Despite the campaign’s success over the last 70 years, wildfire prevention remains one of the most critical issues affecting our country.

Florida Forest Service remains committed to wildfire prevention, educating over 35,000 people in Citrus County and assisting 150,000 landowners in the past five years. The Florida Forest Service and Withlacoochee Forest Center staff has responded to over 243 wildfires totaling 3,950 acres burned since 2009 in Citrus County. When the Florida Forest Service is not actively engaged in fighting wildfires, they are conducting prescribed burns, mowing and chopping vegetative fuels in high wildfire risk areas in Citrus County to reduce the size and intensity of wildfire near communities.

The Board of County Commissioners extends best wishes in recognition of Smokey Bear’s 70th birthday and extend sincere gratitude to the many dedicated forestry professionals for their commitment to the people of our state.

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Citrus County Utilities to Perform Hydrant Flushing

Citrus County Utilities Division has contracted with R and M Service Solutions to perform flow testing and maintenance of the fire hydrants in Citrus County. The company will begin in the Sugarmill Woods area in early August. Customers in the test areas may observe minor pressure fluctuations and/or discolored or cloudy water. This is a common occurrence with hydrant flow testing and does not present a public health risk. In most instances, these conditions clear up quickly, however running water through all the faucets in your home for a few minutes is recommended and should produce clear water again. If you continue to have discolored water after flushing your faucets or have any questions, please call Citrus County Utilities at 527-7650.

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Tourist Development Council Schedules Media Workshop

The Tourist Development Council (TDC) is moving their regularly scheduled meeting to Wednesday, September 3 to provide an educational workshop to share how the Visitors & Convention Bureau works as a tourism destination marketing organization. This workshop will begin at 9 am at the College of Central Florida, located at 3800 S. Lecanto Highway in Lecanto, in Conference Center Room 101. Public is encouraged to attend.

All TDC Board members and industry partners have been invited to attend this event, as the 2014/15 marketing and media plans will be presented and media partners will share their strategies on how to visually market Citrus County. This will also provide opportunities for tourism industry partners in our community to learn more about the media avenues available to them.

Visit Florida’s Vice President of Marketing & Sales Kimberly Faulkner will be making a presentation, as well as representatives from Madden Media, Collinson Media, Miles Media, BrandUSA, Disney radio, and Brighthouse Media Strategies. Highlights from Data Research Services will be provided by Walter Klages and Honey Rand with Environmental PR Group will be sharing their role in the marketing of Citrus County.

For more information about this workshop, please contact Adam Thomas at the Visitors & Convention Bureau at 352-628-9305 or adam.thomas@bocc.citrus.fl.us. For more information about the TDC, please visit www.visitcitrus.com .

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Training Offered to Become Animal Foster Home

Citrus County Animal Services invites you to attend an information/training session on becoming a foster home for shelter animals to be held on Thursday July 30th from 2:30-4:30 pm. The training will be held in the training room at the Citrus County Resource Center, located at 2804 W Marc Knighton Ct. in Lecanto.
Animal Services is seeking foster homes in which to place a pet that has been with us a length of time and requires a little extra promoting to find them a loving home. Ultimately, the goal is to find a “furever” home for each animal. We also, from time to time, have animals who need a loving hand and a place to recuperate after surgery or recover from an illness. By becoming a foster caregiver to these animals you may get the chance to spend quality time with some tiny kittens, teach a dog how to love and be loved, or assist an injured cat or dog to get back on their feet thanks to your care and attention. It’s an immensely rewarding experience, and it saves animals lives in a very direct way. This training is required to become a foster caregiver.
Please RSVP to Billie Lombardo, Citrus County Animal Services Volunteer Coordinator at Billie.lombardo@bocc.citrus.fl.us or call 352-746-8408.

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Applications being accepted for Citizen positons for Hernando/Citrus MPO

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the following committees as a volunteer:

Citizens Advisory Committee (11 public members)
• City of Brooksville citizen representative
• City of Crystal River citizen representative
• City of Inverness citizen representative
• Low income and/or minority citizen representative from Citrus County
• Low income and/or minority citizen representative from Hernando County
• Public transit user citizen representative from Citrus County
• Public transit user citizen representative from Hernando County
• Unincorporated Citrus County citizen representatives (2 representatives)
• Unincorporated Hernando County citizen representatives ( 2 representatives)

Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (7 public members)
• City of Brooksville citizen representative
• City of Crystal River citizen representative
• City of Inverness citizen representative
• Citizen at Large for Hernando County (2 representatives)
• Citizen at Large for Citrus County (2 representatives)

Applications are available at the MPO website www.co.hernando.fl.us/MPO/ click on “Committee Applications”. All questions regarding any of the current vacancies should directed to Steve Diez at the MPO office, 20 N. Main Street, Rm 262, Brooksville, FL 34601; telephone 352-754-4057 or email stevend@hernandocounty.us. Deadline for completed applications is 12 noon on Monday, August 4, 2014.

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