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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in Citrus County following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration for Hurricane IRMA

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in Citrus County Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Irma

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations located in Citrus County as a result of Hurricane Irma on Sept. 9 - 12, 2017.

The SBA’s disaster declaration includes the following counties: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Desoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Saint Johns, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union and Volusia in Florida.

“When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster declaration to help farmers recover from damages and losses to crops, the Small Business Administration issues a declaration to eligible entities affected by the same disaster,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible

farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.  With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers or ranchers.

The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.50 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 3.305 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years.  The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources.  Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.  These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred.  The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov/disaster.  Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155. 


Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than Aug. 13, 2018.

Adult Day Care Services Grant Funding Available

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Are you a caregiver for an adult or senior who requires assistance due to memory impairment, Dementia or Alzheimer’s?  Maybe your loved one has no memory impairment but requires physical help throughout the day and you don’t feel that they are safe staying alone.   If so, we would like to let you know that Citrus County Senior Programs has grant funding available for you to enroll your loved one in the Key Care Club Adult Day Care Center.  The Key Care Club Program is the only Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) licensed Adult Day Care Center in Citrus County.  The mission of the Key Care Club is to provide a caring environment for individuals by participating in meaningful activities with others that help their well-being and quality of life.  The program provides respite for a few hours or a full day allowing caregivers the freedom to work, handle personal business or just relax while knowing that their loved one is safe and well cared for.

The Key Care Club specializes in group and individual activities.  These activities are provided in a safe, secure and supervised setting during daytime hours.  Specially trained staff provides activities that are designed to promote independence and self-esteem and to improve the mental and physical condition of members.  Staff provides assistance with personal care and can supervise self-administered medication.  There is access to licensed nurses during operating hours, should assistance be required.  Hot meals and nutritious snacks are also provided for the member’s enjoyment.

Members can come for the full day, or for a few hours.  Some of the benefits that have been reported by members and their caregivers are that they make new friends and participate in activities.  Often times members can “volunteer” to assist staff with activities like arts and crafts, giving the member a feeling of being needed.  With all of the extra activities taking place during the holidays, maybe it is time to consider adult day care.  For more information, please call Citrus County Senior Programs at 352-527-5930.

Engine 9 to the Rescue!

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

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Engine 9 Fire Rescue crew members replacing smoke alarms

 The Christmas Season can be an extremely difficult time to lose a family member, especially a parent. Citrus County Fire Rescue staff has offered their support to a local family suffering such a loss. 

This month, a family tragedy took a father from a mother and several children. Citrus County Fire Rescue Lt. Anthony Seguin heard of the incident through the Sheriff’s Office and reached out to his fellow firefighters to provide support for the family during this difficult time. Through the efforts of Lt. Seguin, and the Fire Rescue staff, Christmas has been provided for the children. 

On December 12 the Engine 9 crew went out to check on the family. Lt. Boyer and DE Burkhart found nonfunctioning and missing smoke alarms in the residence. In an effort to provide a safer home for the surviving family members Engine 9 crew members “came to the rescue” and installed new smoke alarms throughout the home.

Prizes for Water Conservation Posters-2018 Drop Savers Contest

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Citrus County Utilities is seeking student participation in the 2018 Drop Savers poster contest.  Students in grades K-12 are encouraged to create a poster depicting a water-saving idea, in slogan form, drawing form, or both.  Posters must focus on reducing water use, encouraging water saving behaviors and other water–saving ideas. 

A twenty-five dollar cash prize will be awarded to the countywide first place winners in each of the six divisions.  Posters will be judged by grade level as follows: Division 1- kindergarten and first grades; Division 2 - second and third grades; Division 3 - fourth and fifth grades; Division 4 - sixth, seventh and eighth grades; Division 5 - ninth through twelfth grades.  A fifty-dollar cash prize will be awarded to each division winner’s school to be used for art supplies, as well as a plaque.

Applications and posters must be received by 5 p.m. on February 23, 2018.  Mail or deliver submissions to 3600 W Sovereign Path, Suite 202, Lecanto, FL 34461.  For an application and contest guidelines call (352) 527-7684 or visit: www.citrusbocc.com/waterres/conservation .  

The Citrus County Utilities poster contest is part of the annual Citrus 20/20 Save Our Waters Week campaign and the Florida Section of American Water Works Association state-wide Drop Savers poster contest. 

County Offices Closed in Observance of Christmas & New Year's

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Citrus County Government offices will be closed in observance of Christmas both Friday, December 22 and Monday, December 25, and also Monday, January 1 in observance of New Year’s.

The Citrus County Central Landfill will close early Friday, December 22, at 2:30pm (administrative offices closed all day, no hazardous waste), and will operate regular hours Saturday, December 23, and be closed all day Monday, December 25.

The Landfill will also be closed Monday, January 1. For more information on landfill hours, call 527-7670 during office hours or go to the county’s website at:

http://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/solid-waste.htm.

Citrus County Libraries will be closed on Friday December 22, through Monday December 25. All branches will resume normal hours on Tuesday, December 26.

All branches of the library will also be closed on Monday January 1, for New Year’s Day. Normal operation hours will resume the next day, Tuesday, January 2.

Citrus County Transit will be closed Friday, December 22 and Monday, December 25, 2017 for the Christmas holidays. Transit will be closed Monday January 1, 2018 for New Year’s Day.

Citrus County Animal Services will be closed Friday, December 22 and Monday, December 25, 2017 for the Christmas holidays, open for regular business hours on Saturday, December 23. Citrus County Animal Services will be closed Monday January 1, 2018 for New Year’s Day.

Bicentennial Park Pool will be closed for the Christmas Holiday – Friday, December 22, Saturday, December 23, Sunday, December 24 and Monday, December 25, 2017. Also, the pool will be closed on Monday January 1, 2018.

A Child is Waiting-Volunteer with Guardian ad Litem

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

For most of us, the holiday season is a time to be with family and friends, sharing traditions and celebrations.  But for children in dependency, it is a stark reminder of what it means to not have a family. 

In the 5th Judicial Circuit, which includes Marion, Lake, Hernando, Sumter and Citrus counties, more than 2,100 children are involved with our local dependency courts due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.   The majority have been removed from their homes due to their parents’ abuse of drugs and alcohol.   While most of these children reside with willing relatives, many are placed in foster or group homes, far away from things familiar.  Far away from the usual and customary traditions the holiday season brings to most of us.  Far away from the joy brought about by receiving a long anticipated gift. 

The greatest gift these children can receive beyond December 25th is to either be reunified with their family or find their forever family through adoption.  As a Volunteer Guardian ad Litem, we can help give a child a gift for life.  As a trained volunteer, Guardians ad Litem are assigned to an abused or neglected child, whose case is involved with the courts.   They are charged with advocating for the child so that he/she is safe and protected and given the chance to live in a stable, loving home. 

Guardian ad Litem Volunteers make a profound difference in the life of a child.  Research has shown that children with a GAL spend less time in out of home care, receive needed services to help them heal and are more likely to be adopted.

This Christmas season as you are with your family, remember those children without a family and give the gift that will last a lifetime – a voice for these children.

To find out more about volunteering as a Guardian ad Litem, visit our website at www.guardianadlitem.org

Commissioner Kitchen to Hold Town Hall Series in 2018

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

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Citrus County Commissioner and Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Ron Kitchen has announced he will be holding a series of Town Hall Meetings in Citrus County during 2018. 


The schedule is as follows:


Thursday, March 8 – Floral City Library

Thursday, March 22 – Central Ridge Library

Thursday, April 5 – Citrus Springs Community Center

Thursday, April 12 – Homosassa Library

Thursday, April 26 – Coastal Region Library


All events will be held 5:30pm to 7:00pm and are open to the public.


For more information, please call Public Information Officer Cynthia Oswald at (352) 527-5484.


Applicants Invited for Open Seats on Tourism Development Council

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for three expiring positions on the Citrus County Tourist Development Council, two of which are owners/operators of tourist accommodations in the county and one applicant must have a demonstrated interest in tourism development.  Applicants are required to be Citrus County residents and registered to vote in Citrus County. The three Tourist Development Council member positions will expire January 31, 2022.

The council is responsible for overseeing the spending of bed tax revenue, providing operational oversight for the Citrus County Visitors & Convention Bureau, implementing a Tourist Development Plan, and making recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on tourism-related issues.

Six members of the council are persons who are involved in the tourist industry and who have demonstrated an interest in tourist development.  Of those six, four are owners or operators of tourist accommodations in the county and subject to the Tourist Development Tax.  One member is a representative from the Board of County Commissioners.  Two members are elected municipal officials.

The Tourist Development Council meets at 9:00 A.M. on the second Wednesday of every month. 

Applications will be accepted until January 3, 2018. Application can be found at:  http://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/advisory-board-application.pdf .  

Applications should be mailed to:

Citrus County Board of County Commissioners
Att:
Denise Gallagher
Citrus County Administration
3600 W. Sovereign Path
Suite 267
Lecanto, FL 34461

Applications that meet the eligibility requirements will be forwarded to the Board of County Commissioners for evaluation, nomination and selection. For additional questions contact Marti Spewock at the Citrus County Visitors and Convention Bureau at (352) 794-5506 for more information.

Free Disposal of "Live" Christmas Trees

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Citrus County residents may recycle natural, live Christmas trees at the Citrus County Central Landfill, free of charge during the months of December and January only.  Trees must be cleaned of all decorations, lights, and artificial snow. Christmas Tree Disposal Program will end January 31, 2018.

Artificial trees brought to landfill for disposal will be charged standard solid waste / trash rates 

For more information on landfill hours, call 527-7670 during week day office hours or go to the Citrus County website at: http://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/solid-waste.htm.

Hurricane Irma Debris Removal Completed in Citrus County

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Hurricane Season is over and we can now officially declare that all storm debris from both public and private roads has been collected and disposed of from Hurricane Irma.

Citrus County FEMA contractor and Citrus County Road Maintenance Department crews collected and disposed of 180,340 cubic yards of storm generated vegetative debris from public and private roads as a result of Hurricane Irma.

Special thanks to the Citrus County Public Works Road Maintenance Division and the FEMA Contractor who did a remarkable job cleaning up Citrus County. 

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