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Accepting Applications for a Vacancy on the Water & Wastewater Authority

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

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for two Technical members (four-year term) and one Alternate Member (one-year term) to serve on the Citrus County Water & Wastewater Authority. This board provides for regulation of private, for-profit water, bulk water and wastewater utilities within the unincorporated areas of Citrus County. The terms for the two Technical Member positions will be for four years, beginning on February 1, 2018 and ending on January 31, 2022. The term for the Alternate Member position will be for one year, begin on February 1, 2018 and will end on January 31, 2019. Applicants are required to be Citrus County residents and registered to vote in Citrus County.

The authority consists of five members; three members are technical members and two members are lay members.  The lay member positions are appointed based on individual civic pride and integrity. Experience in any area of relevant utility service and management, rate making, utility regulation or other endeavors is required for Technical Members, but applicants for the alternate member position are not required to have the same area of expertise as technical members. The Water & Wastewater Authority meets quarterly at 1:00 pm. on the first Monday of February, May, August and November at the Lecanto Government Building in Lecanto. 

Applications will be accepted until November 28, 2017.   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-board-application.pdf and completed applications should be sent to Citrus County Administration, 3600 W. Sovereign Path Suite 267, Lecanto FL 34461.

Hernando Citrus Planning Organization (MPO) Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) to Hold a Public Meeting

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

The Hernando Citrus Planning Organization (MPO) Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) to hold a public meeting

The Hernando/Citrus Planning Organization (MPO) Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at 1661 Blaise Drive, Hernando County Building Division Training Facility, Brooksville, Florida.

Items scheduled on the agenda include:

· FY 2019 – FY 2023 Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Tentative Five-Year Work Program

· Trail Master Plan

· 2018 CAC Meeting Dates

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, 1661 Blaise Avenue, Brooksville, FL, 34601, telephone (352) 754-4082, extension 28013 or email mpo@hernandocounty.us.

Hernando Citrus Planning Organization (MPO) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to Hold Public Meeting

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

The Hernando/Citrus Planning Organization (MPO) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, beginning at 10:00 a.m., at 1661 Blaise Drive, Hernando County Building Division Training Facility, Brooksville, Florida.

Items scheduled on the agenda include:

· 2015 Base-Year Socio Economic Data

· FY 2019 – FY 2023 Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Tentative Five-Year Work Program

· Trail Master Plan

· 2018 TAC Meeting Dates

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, 1661 Blaise Avenue, Brooksville, FL, 34601, telephone (352) 754-4082, extension 28013 or email mpo@hernandocounty.us.

Yulee Drive Sidewalk Project Moves Forward

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

The Yulee Drive Sidewalk Project in Homosassa continues to move forward.  The sidewalk construction is a Department of Transportation (DOT) Local Agency Program (LAP) project.  LAP projects are federally funded which means the planning and approval stages takes longer, and are more complicated, than with a locally funded project of the same size and scope.  Here’s where the project is at this time:

•              Construction plans are complete. 

•              Advertisement of a Request for Qualifications for Construction Engineering Inspection (CEI), Resident Compliance Services (RCS) and material testing services is complete and advertised. 

•              The County will review, select and then request approval from DOT to proceed with the selected CEI/RCS consultant.

•              After DOT’s approval of the selected consultant, the LAP agreement for funding construction and CEI/RCS services will be sent to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for approval. 

•              After BOCC approval of the agreement the County will request DOT’s approval to move forward with construction.

•              Current anticipated construction start is sometime after January 2018.  Once started construction should take 4 ½ to 5 months to complete. 

Animal Shelter

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

Citrus County Animal Shelter will be closed on Saturday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. The Shelter will be open to the public for regular hours on Tuesday, November 14. For more information on the Animal Shelter or adopting a pet visit: http://www.citruscritters.com/ .

FDOT Advises of Periodic Lane Closures on US 19 Nov 12 through 16

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

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) advises that periodic lane closures may take place in each direction of US 19 from W. Green Acres Street to S. Jump Court between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Sunday, November 12 through Thursday, November 16, nights. Be alert to possible lane shifts and use caution in the area.

Nature Coast Volunteer Center Schedules Special Needs Call down Drill

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

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a program of the Nature Coast Volunteer Center (NCVC) is hosting a Special Needs Call-Down Drill. It will be held on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00am. The training exercise is being sponsored in partnership with Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Section.

NCVC, the lead agency for volunteers and donations in Citrus County emergency activations, hosts the drill semi-annually to prepare in the event Emergency Management declares an evacuation. Volunteers are needed to assist with contacting the Special Needs registrants and verifying their contact information. In the event of an actual evacuation Special Needs registrants would be contacted by volunteers to confirm they have transportation to evacuate safely. At the opening of this training session all volunteers will be briefed on procedure and a script will be provided for volunteers to follow.

All participants will receive a certificate of attendance and have the option of registering with the Volunteer Center so they may be called upon to serve during an actual evacuation. Refreshments will be served.

The training will be held at the Citrus County Transit Center, 1300 S. Lecanto Hwy. in Lecanto.  For registration and more information, call the Nature Coast Volunteer Center at 352-527-5959 or e-mail ncvc@citrusbocc.com.

SBA Approves Over $300 Million disaster Loans in Florida; Extends Physical Damage Applications Deadline to Nov. 24

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

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has extended the deadline to apply for physical disaster damages in Florida. Businesses and individuals with physical damages caused by Hurricane Irma should apply for SBA low-interest disaster loan before the Nov. 24, 2017 deadline.

“Currently, 8,474 disaster loans have been approved in the amount of $308,838,300 for affected survivors.  The SBA encourages anyone who has not applied to take action right away.  Our mission is to help businesses and residents rebuild and resume their normal lives as quickly as possible,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

The disaster declaration covers the counties of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, Saint Johns, Saint Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Union, and Volusia in Florida which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. 

SBA disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to cover uninsured losses from the disaster.  Interest rates are as low as 3.305 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations, and 1.75 percent for homeowners and renters.  Loan terms can be up to 30 years

Economic injury disaster loans are also available to provide disaster related working capital to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations.  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. 

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or download the FEMA mobile app.  If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 

711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.

Additional information on recovery centers and the disaster loan program may be obtained by calling 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.  Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.  Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov.  Completed applications should be returned to a recovery center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.  For more information about SBA recovery assistance, visit www.sba.gov/disaster.

The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is Nov. 24, 2017. The deadline for economic injury applications is June 11, 2018.

FEMA Deadline for Individual Assistance Extended

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

The deadline for Hurricane Irma survivors in Citrus County to register for FEMA individual disaster assistance has been extended to November 24, 2017.

Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance

Individuals can register online at disasterassistance.gov. By phone, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (Voice, 711 or VS) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Due to high demand, lines may be busy. Please be patient, and try calling in the morning or evening when call volume may be low. The FEMA Helpline is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (ET), seven days a week until further notice.

For more information visit www.FEMA.gov/IrmaFL, or follow us @FEMARegion4 on Twitter and on FEMA’s Facebook page. 

Nature Coast Volunteer Center and Retired & Senior Volunteer Program Thanks Volunteers and Sponsors

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

The Nature Coast Volunteer Center and Retired & Senior Volunteer Program thanks volunteers and sponsors

The Nature Cost Volunteer Center (NCVC) and Retired & Senior Volunteer Program would like to thank all of the volunteers who came out to the Historic Cemetery in Crystal River on Saturday, October 28, 2017 to improve the property by weeding, raking and renewing the mulch around the perimeter of the property. In total, 47 volunteers were involved in the project.

We would like to thank the City of Crystal River for partnering with us on this project. We appreciate the guidance and working relationship we have established with the City, especially the City Clerk Mia Fink, for helping plan this event.

The Nature Cost Volunteer Center (NCVC) and Retired & Senior Volunteer Program would also like to thank our sponsors, Home Depot, Rural King, Ace Hardware of Crystal River, Walmart of Homosassa, and the Citrus County Chronicle. Support for this project was also given by the Friends of the Nature Coast Volunteer Center, a group that supports the Nature Coast Volunteer Center.

Without the support of our sponsors, partners, and Friends group, this project would not have been as successful as it was. We are grateful for the support of the community who come together to Make a Difference.

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