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Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization Technical Advisory Committee to Meet in Brooksville

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

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will conduct a public meeting on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, beginning at 10:00 a.m., at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 North Main Street, Room 261, Brooksville, Florida.


Items scheduled on the agenda include:  

   • FDOT District 5 SR 50 Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study               Update

   • 2017 Legislative Wrap-up

   • Draft FY 2018/19 List of Priority Projects (LOPP) Review

   • Congestion Management Process (CMP) – Performance Measures Review

   • Draft FY 2018 – FY 2022 Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) Review

   • Suncoast II – Proposed Trailheads


The public is encouraged to attend.  Any questions concerning this public meeting should be directed to Mr. Steve Diez, Transportation Planner III, Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, 20 North Main Street, Room 262, Brooksville, FL, 34601, telephone (352) 754-4057, extension 28013 or email mpo@hernandocounty.us.



Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization Citizens Advisory Committee to Meet in Brooksville

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

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) will conduct a public meeting on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 North Main Street, Room 261, Brooksville, Florida.

Items scheduled on the agenda include: 

•              FDOT District 5 SR 50 Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study Update

•              2017 Legislative Wrap-up

•              Draft FY 2018/19 List of Priority Projects (LOPP) Review

•              Congestion Management Process (CMP) – Performance Measures Review

•              Draft FY 2018 – FY 2022 Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) Review

•              Suncoast II – Proposed Trailheads

The public is encouraged to attend.  Any questions concerning this public meeting should be directed to Mr. Steve Diez, Transportation Planner III, Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, 20 North Main Street, Room 262, Brooksville, FL, 34601, telephone (352) 754-4057, extension 28013 or email mpo@hernandocounty.us.

BOCC Proclaims May as Drug Court Month in Citrus County

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

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The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives from the Citrus County Drug Court

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on May 9, 2017 proclaiming the month of May as Drug Court Month in Citrus County. 

When one person rises out of drugs and crime, we all rise. Drug Courts are a judicially supervised, cost-effective, collaborative approach to addressing the needs of individuals with substance abuse disorders. Drug Courts significantly improve substance-abuse treatment outcomes, substantially reduce drug abuse and crime, and do so at a lesser expense than other justice strategies.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes the month of May as Drug Court Month in Citrus County, and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens. 

BOCC Proclaims Law Enforcement Appreciation Week in Citrus County

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

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The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with a representative from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on May 9, 2017 proclaiming the week of May 14-20 as Law Enforcement Appreciation Week in Citrus County.

Law enforcement officers of Citrus County play an essential role in safeguarding rights and freedoms of Citrus County. They risk their lives daily to ensure each citizen can live in a safe and secure environment. Our law enforcement officers work in partnership with their community to protect life and property, solve neighborhood problems, and enhance the quality of life in Citrus County.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes the week of May 14-20 as Law Enforcement Appreciation Week in Citrus County, commemorates law enforcement officers past and present, who by faithful and loyal devotion to their responsibilities, have rendered a dedicated service to their communities and, in so doing, have established for themselves an enviable and enduring reputation for preserving our rights and security, and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

Credit Card Service Unavailable at Landfill May 20

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

Saturday, May 20, 2017 the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers (FCCC) will be replacing a primary firewall and network core switches. In doing so services provided by www.MYFLORIDACOUNTY.com to process debit and credit cards at the Citrus County Landfill will be unavailable starting at 9:00am and lasting approximately 8-10 hours.

Customers will be required to make payments in cash or by check during this time, normal service should be fully restored on Monday, May 22, 2017. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. For more information, contact the Citrus County Solid Waste Management at 352-527-7670 or www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm.

BOCC Proclaims May as Better Speech and Hearing Month in Citrus County

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

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The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with a representative from the Inverness Sertoma Club

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on May 9, 2017 proclaiming the month of May as Better Speech and Hearing Month in Citrus County.

Inverness Sertoma Club, chartered September 26, 1980, is committed to ethics of Sertoma International and principal objective of expanding “Service to Mankind”, primarily in the area of helping people with speech, hearing and related communication disorders. The Inverness Club members are appreciative of the financial support given by the citizens of Citrus County and through their fundraising efforts, aim to help its share of our nation’s 50 million persons of all ages with communication disorders.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes the month of May as Better Speech and Hearing Month in Citrus County, and urges all citizens to take time out to support the Inverness Sertoma Clubs efforts and goals.

BOCC Proclaims Tobacco Free Florida Week

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

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The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with a representative from the Tobacco Free Partnership

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on May 9, 2017 proclaiming the week of May 7 - 13 as Tobacco Free Florida Week in Citrus County.

Smoking is an addiction and costs many smokers their health, their money and their time with friends and family. Tobacco Free Florida is a statewide campaign dedicated to saving money for individual tobacco users and the state as a whole, while improving the health and well-being of Floridians. Since its inception, the program has resulted in a significant decrease in smoking rates among both adults and teens in the state, leading to billions of dollars and countless lives saved. The Citrus County Tobacco Free Partnership is committed to the goals and objectives of Tobacco Free Florida Week through a variety of public health activities and programs.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes the week of May 7 - 13 as Tobacco Free Florida Week in Citrus County, and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

BOCC Proclaims Huntington's Disease Awareness Week in Citrus County

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

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The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with a representative from the HD community

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on May 9, 2017 proclaiming the week of May 15 - 21 as Huntington’s Disease Awareness Week in Citrus County.

Huntington’s Disease (HD) is a hereditary brain disorder that affects people of all races all over the world and is always fatal, yet much misunderstood. In the United States HD occurs in about 1 in 10,000 people, about 30,000 people in the U.S. have Huntington’s Disease.

Currently, there is no cure nor treatment to stop the progression of the disease. It is essential to raise public awareness of HD amongst the public and reach people who may have never heard of the disease.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes the week of May 15 - 21 as Huntington’s Disease Awareness in Citrus County, taking part in the campaign to shine light on Huntington’s Disease, and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

BOCC Proclaims Community Emergency Response Team Week in Citrus County

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

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The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives from the Citrus County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on May 9, 2017 proclaiming the week of May 15 - 21 as Community Emergency Response Team Week in Citrus County.

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) exist in Florida and throughout the United State to respond to emergency situations within the community such as hurricanes, tornados, fire and flooding. Citrus County CERT volunteers are trained to respond in their neighborhoods when Police, Fire and EMS resources are being used at capacity and may not be available for hours or days depending on the extent of the emergency.

Citrus County CERT has been an intricate part of the County Emergency Response System for fifteen years and is managed by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. More than five hundred Citrus County citizens have become CERT trained in search and rescue, first aid, fire safety and emergency communications to be able to aid their neighbors as well as the community in time of mass casualty event and/or a large devastating natural disaster.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes the week of May 15 - 21 as Emergency Response Team Week in Citrus County, and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

Students Find Leaky Toilets

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

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Sarah Cunningham’s 5th grade class of Hernando Elementary 

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Chairman Scott Carnahan drawing 5th grade Forest Ridge Elementary teacher Kristen Rolfe’s classroom for the pizza party.

In celebration of the EPA’s “We’re for Water” initiative, Citrus County Utilities challenged 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms to test home toilets for leaks in the third annual Classroom Leak Detection Challenge.  Twenty-nine classes from six schools tested 593 toilets using dye tablets provided by the utility. 

 “The students were surprised to learn that toilet leaks occur within the tank and bowl, not necessarily outside the toilet (leaking water on the floor),” said Forest Ridge Elementary 5th grade science teacher Kathy Kopp.  Her first year taking the challenge, Kopp added that “it gave students a real-life activity to share with their parents and other family members.”

One leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons a day, according to water conservation manager Debra Burden.  The challenge prompted students and parents to find 90 leaky toilets that if fixed could result in 18,000 gallons a day in water savings.  Nearly fifty percent of parents indicated they had already fixed the leak.

Participating classes were also entered into a chance drawing to win a pizza party.  During the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners May 9, 2017 meeting, Chairman Scott Carnahan drew 5th grade teacher Kristen Rolfe’s classroom of Forest Ridge Elementary.  The pizza is being generously donated by Angelo’s Pizzeria.

Toilet leaks are often caused by flapper deterioration.  The flapper is the rubber device that opens and closes to allow water into the toilet tank. When a flapper does not fit snuggly, water leaks from the tank into the toilet bowl, and then goes down the drain without the need of flushing.  Flappers usually cost less than $20 and are simple enough for the average homeowner to replace on their own.

Because it wants to ensure water supplies last for future generations, Citrus County Utilities is doing its part to save water.  Learn more about water conservation by visiting www.citrusbocc.com/waterres/conservation and take the I’m for Water pledge.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created “We’re for Water” as a national campaign to educate consumers about water-saving behaviors and WaterSense labeled products.

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