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County Proclaims April as "Child Abuse Prevention Month"

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

(Attached picture – from left to right: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives from Department of Children & Families, Community Alliance, Jessie’s Place, and Department of Health)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on April 14, 2015 proclaiming the month of April as “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in Citrus County. Individuals, businesses, schools, faith-based and community organizations must make children a top priority and take action to support the physical, social, emotional and education development and competency of all children.

Research shows that safe and nurturing relationships and stimulating stable environments improve brain development and child well-being, while neglectful or abusive experiences and unstable or stressful environments increase the odds of poor childhood outcomes. The abuse and neglect of children can cause severe, costly, and lifelong problems affecting all of society, including physical and mental health problems, school failure and criminal behavior.

Research also shows that parents and caregivers who have social networks and know how to see help in times of trouble are more resilient and better able to provide safe environments and nurturing experiences for their children.

Citrus County, in collaboration with the Florida Department of Children and Families, will coordinate efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect by promoting awareness of healthy child development, positive parenting practices and the types of concrete support families need within their communities. 

Citrus County Proclaims Animal Control Officers Week

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

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Attached Picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Officers

 The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on April 14 proclaiming the week of April 12 through April 18, 2015, as “Animal Control Officers Week” in Citrus County.

Animal Control Officers are commended for the many dedicated and long hours of service they perform in serving this community and for fulfilling their commitment to providing the highest and most efficient level of customer service. The Board of County Commissioners wishes to recognize the Citrus County Animal Control officers whose diligence and professionalism keeps our citizens and animals safe.

Citrus County Proclaims National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

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(Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Communications Department)

 The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on April 14 proclaiming the week of April 12 through April 18, 2015, as “National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week” in Citrus County. The safety of our police officers, firefighters, and paramedics is dependent upon the quality and accuracy of information obtained from citizens who telephone the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center. Public safety dispatchers are the first and most critical contact our citizens have with emergency services.

When an emergency occurs, the prompt response of law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services is critical to the protection of life and preservation of property. Public safety dispatchers are the single vital link for our first responders by monitoring their activities by radio, providing them information and ensuring their safety.

The Board of County Commissioners honors the men and women whose diligence and professionalism keeps our citizens safe. 

Citrus County BOCC Recognizes Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

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(Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives of the Key Training Center)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on March 10 recognizing March as “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month” in Citrus County. Developmental disabilities affect more than seven-million American children, adults and their families.

Many individuals with developmental disabilities are achieving independence, productivity, and integration in their respective communities. Individuals with developmental disabilities in conjunction with family members, advocacy groups, governmental agencies and service organizations are encouraging all citizens to realize that individuals with developmental disabilities should be afforded opportunities in the community, including full access to housing, employment, and recreational activities. Celebrating the abilities and contributions of people with developmental disabilities can only serve to enrich our community, enhance diversity, and help to build a great state and nation.

The Board of County Commissioners offers full support to efforts enabling people with developmental disabilities to live successful lives and realize their potential in Citrus County.

Citrus County BOCC Recognizes Boys & Girls Club Week

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

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(Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Citrus County)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on March 10 recognizing March 23 through March 27 as “Boys & Girls Club Week” in Citrus County. Boys & Girls Club organizations help ensure that our young people keep off the streets by offering a safe and supportive place to go and providing a quality program.

Boys & Girls Club are at the forefront of efforts in academic success, healthy lifestyles, good character and citizenship. The young people of Citrus County are tomorrow’s leaders, and many such young people need professional youth services to help them reach their full potential. The Boys & Girls Club of Citrus County is providing these services to young people and will celebrate National Boys & Girls Club Week 2015 along with over 4,200 clubs and more the 2 million young people nationwide.

BOCC Proclaims YMCA Youth in Government Week

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

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(Attached picture: from left to right:   The Board of County Commissioners are joined by Citrus County YMCA representatives and participants)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on February 10 proclaiming February 9 through February 13, 2015 “YMCA Youth in Government Week” in Citrus County. This program offered through the Citrus County YMCA is committed to promoting and inspiring the next generation of citizen servant leaders through experiential learning.

In its inaugural year, the young delegates will learn inner workings of our state and local government, helping to guide and inspire them in their future goals and career paths. This program will demonstrate the importance of a hands-on leadership development and civics program that engages the minds and lives of our junior citizens while learning to debate ideas, not people, with the ultimate goal of building a strong community.

Citrus County BOCC Recognizes Mended Hearts Month

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

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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.

County Administrator Recognizes Employees at Service Awards Breakfast

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2015

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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

Citrus County BOCC Recognizes Library Appreciation Day

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2014

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Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with Friends of the Library volunteers)

 The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on December 16 proclaiming that day as “Library Appreciation Day” and extends their thanks to the Friends of the Library groups across our county.

The Friends of the Library provide outstanding fundraising to enhance the Citrus County Library System, collectively contributing over $1,075,000 since 2001. The work of the Friends of the Library promotes libraries as a cornerstone of community education, providing opportunities for everyone to engage in life-long learning and connect with the thoughts and ideas of the world. These volunteer groups understand the critical importance of well-funded public libraries and continue to advocate for our libraries to receive the resources needed to provide a wide variety of services to all ages.

To learn more about how to become a volunteer with the Friends of the Library, please visit http://www.citruslibraries.org/be-involved/friends-of-the-library

BOCC Proclaims County Court Mediation Week

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2014

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(Attached picture: from left to right:   The Board of County Commissioners are joined by Judge Mark Yerman and Mediation volunteers)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on December 2 proclaiming December 1 through December 8, 2014 “County Court Mediation Week” in Citrus County. Mediation empowers individuals to develop solutions that are tailored to their specific needs and circumstances with the goal of developing a stronger, more cohesive and peaceful society.

Community based mediation programs have shown to be an asset in resolving issues and conflict within the Court System as well as in many schools, neighborhoods and the community through the active involvement of all participants. The Citrus County Court Mediation Program, staffed by volunteers has been an intricate part of the county court system for 22 years, during which time over 7,500 small claims and county civil cases were referred to pre-trial mediation. During the period that pre-trial  mediation has been available in Citrus County, over eighty percent of all litigation sent to mediation was resolved without further court involvement resulting in significant savings of limited court resources.

For more information about the Citrus County Court Mediation Program, please call Tom Moore at 352-341-4103.

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