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Citrus Libraries Encourage Readers to Check-Out Digital Collection

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

Citrus Libraries would like to encourage the citizens of Citrus County to explore the library’s digital collection. With over 7,000 different eBooks and digital audiobooks, there is a diverse variety to choose from. The digital collection is especially convenient to those who have a busy schedule, have a hard time making it to the library, or who spend a portion of the year outside the state.

Throughout the rest of this year, the library is participating in OverDrive’s “Digital Dash” contest. If the Citrus Libraries hits 68,700 digital checkouts by the end of the year, they will be eligible to win additional funds to buy more eBooks and audiobooks for the library’s OverDrive collection. Citrus County Library System is only 12,000 checkouts away from their goal, but they need your help to get there.

Citrus Libraries’ digital collection is free for anyone with a valid library card. Users can borrow bestsellers, classic eBooks, and digital audiobooks to enjoy on smart phones, tablets, eReaders, MP3 players, and computers. Citrus Libraries also offers a variety of juvenile and young adult titles for younger readers. You never need to worry about returning digital titles, as they return automatically at the end of the lending period.

Readers can access the library’s digital collection 24/7 by visiting https://citrus.overdrive.com/ or by downloading the Libby app from their device’s app store.

Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to Meet

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

The Citrus County Housing Services Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 21, at 5:00pm, at the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 West Marc Knighton Court, Room 135, Lecanto, Florida

Any person desiring further information regarding this meeting may contact Citrus County Housing Services, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL 34461 (352) 527-7520

Any person who requires a special accommodation (ADA) must provide at least 72 hours notice.

Si necesita un traductor de español por favor haga arreglos con el Condado dentro de dos días de la notificación de la publicación 352-527-5370.

Debris Removal Quickly Winding Down in Citrus County

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

Debris removal in the County is quickly winding down. There are approximately thirty collection vehicles working daily in Citrus County. Please keep in mind there will be only one countywide debris collection.

The Southeast quadrant is now complete. The Southwest quadrant should be substantially complete by Monday, November 13, 2017. The Northeast and Northwest quadrants should be substantially complete by Thanksgiving provided the present pace continues. There may be a few roads that require additional cleanup past these dates.

Debris collection on private roads should be substantially complete by Monday, November 13, 2017.

To facilitate the cleanup, we are asking all citizens to follow these guidelines:

-There will be ONE residential debris pick up, which will take 4 to 6 weeks to complete.

-Only storm generated natural vegetation will be collected.

-Please bring all storm generated natural vegetation to the curbside as quickly as possible.

-Do not place vegetative yard debris in plastic bags.

-Reduce tree limbs/trunks to “no longer” than 4’ in length.

-Do not pile storm generated vegetative debris around mailboxes, water meters, fire hydrants, next to fences, cars, telephone poles or under guide wires.

-Do not pile storm generated vegetative debris in the road.

-If you decide to perform your own cleanup and drive items to the landfill, you will be charged the normal prices.

-Storm related vegetative debris removed by contractors is not eligible for pick up.

-The debris pick up includes residential properties only. It does not include commercial and business properties.

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 11:30 p.m. 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.

FDOT Advises of Periodic Lane Closures on US 19

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 5 through Thursday, November 9, nights. Be alert to possible lane shifts and use caution in the area.

BOCC Proclaims October as Friends of the Library Month and Recognizes the Citrus County Library System's 30th Anniversary

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

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Scott Carnahan, First Vice-Chairman Ron Kitchen, Second Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Brian Coleman and Jimmie T. Smith, with Citrus County Library System staff, volunteers and Friends of the Library representatives, L to R; From left to right: Denis McLaughlin, April McLaughlin, Jean Becker, Joann Alexander, Sue Haderer, Gail Roughgarden, Debbie Reilly, Audrey Shepard, Janet Genova, Edith Ramlow, Sue, Muechler, Lynn Bassett, Sandy Allgood, Eric Head (Library System Director), Sally Heath, Frank Heath, Neal Brennan, Mary Kay Paviolionis

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 24, 2017, proclaiming October 2017 as Friends of the Library Month in Citrus County. 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. The Friends of the Library understand the critical importance of well-funded libraries and advocate ensuring that our libraries get the resources needed to provide a wide variety of services to all ages. The group provides outstanding fundraising to enhance Citrus County Library System, collectively contributing over 1.2 million dollars since 2001. The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County extends their appreciation to the Friends of the Library and the work do throughout the year.

The Citrus County Board County Commissioners also proudly recognized October 2017 as the Citrus County Library System’s 30th Anniversary. The Citrus County Library System was established and opened to the public in October of 1987 and presently serves the citizens of Citrus County with five libraries in the communities of Inverness, Crystal River Beverly Hills, Homosassa and Floral City. The Citrus County Library System has consistently provided quality library services to the citizens of Citrus County for the past thirty years.

The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County calls these observances to the attention of all our citizens.

BOCC Proclaims Veterans Appreciation Weeks and Veterans Day

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

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Scott Carnahan, First Vice-Chairman Ron Kitchen, Second Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Brian Coleman and Jimmie T. Smith, are pictured with Citrus County Veterans Services Officer Kimberly Menster and representatives from local veteran’s organization; Bob Huscher, Chris G. Gregorioy, Mark Bodenheim, Ron Lundberg, Michael Lobo and Bud Osborne

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on October 24, 2017, proclaiming the weeks of October 28 through November 12, 2017 as “Veterans Appreciation Weeks” in Citrus County, Florida and has designated November 11, 2017, as “Veterans Day” in Citrus County, Florida.

Our veterans in the State of Florida and Citrus County have proudly served from the fields and forests of war-torn Europe, to the jungles of Southeast Asia, from the deserts of Iraq to the mountains of Afghanistan. These brave patriots have protected our Nation’s ideals, rescued millions from tyranny, and helped spread freedom around the world.

This year’s “Veterans Appreciation Weeks” have been set aside to celebrate the 25th Annual Salute to Citrus County Veterans. Citrus County has a rich tradition of recognizing the selfless service of these courageous men and women. It is fitting that the citizens of Citrus County join in honoring these men and women whose service and sacrifice have enabled us to enjoy our freedom and way of life unique only to the United States of America. The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County calls these observances to the attention of all our citizens.

County Offices Closed in Observance of Veterans Day

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

Citrus County Government offices will be closed Friday, November 10, in observance of Veterans Day.

The Citrus County Central Landfill will close early Friday, November 10, at 2:30pm and operating regular hours Saturday, November 11, 8:00am – 2:30 pm. The Administrative Office will be closed both Friday and Saturday, reopening for regular business on Monday, November 13.  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.

All library branches will be closed all day Friday, November 10 and branches will reopen 10am-5pm on Saturday, November 11.

Citrus County Transit will be closed Friday, November 10 in observance of Veterans Day.

Citrus County Animal Services will be closed Friday, November 10 in observance of Veterans Day, reopening for regular business hours on Saturday, November 11.

Bicentennial Pool will be closed on Friday, November 10 in observance of Veterans Day.

Hernando Beach Boat Ramp will be closed to the public on Friday, November 10 and Saturday November 11 due to the Dragon Boat Festival taking place.  The boat ramp will be back open and available for public use on Sunday, November 12.

Extension Service Offers Food Safety Training

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

You don’t have to travel to Tampa or Orlando to get your ServSafe® Food Protection Manager’s Certification.  The University of Florida/IFAS Extension Citrus County is providing training to help food managers and staff keep food served to Florida’s consumers safer. This is a comprehensive training that provides the most up-to-date information and current regulations.  The ServSafe® Manager’s exam is given at the end of the training, which provides a National Certification that is good for five years.  Certification is required in Florida for food managers of all establishments licensed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and selected licenses of the Department of Health. 

The next class will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017.  Pre-registration of two weeks is required.  It will begin promptly at 8:30 am, and run approximately 7 hours, then participants will have a maximum of two hours to take the national certification exam.  There is no “test only” option.  Participants should bring valid picture identification with them, and a sack lunch. Training is held at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at 3650 W Sovereign Path, Suite 1, Lecanto (from State Road 44, go south on County Road 491, turn west on Saunders Way, go one block, turn left onto Sovereign Path.  The Extension building is the first building on the right).  To register online: http://tinyurl.com/z6dp7jf . Cost for the course and exam is $110.  The purchase of the ServSafe® Manager Manual for $55 is highly recommended and is available in English or Spanish.  It is suggested that participants study the ServSafe® Manager 6th edition textbook prior to attending the class.  For more information, call Sarah at the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Citrus County office in Lecanto at 352-527-5713.

A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is Now Open at the Citrus County Resource Center

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

A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is now open at the Citrus County Resource Center, located at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL.  Citrus County’s FEMA DRC is a readily accessible facility or mobile office where survivors may go for information about FEMA programs or other disaster assistance programs, and to ask questions related to your case. Representatives from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), volunteer groups and other agencies are at the centers to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance.

Hours of operations will be:  
October 31, 2017                 1pm – 7pm
November 1, 2017               9am – 7pm
November 2, 2017               9am – 7pm
November 3, 2017               9am – 7pm
November 4, 2017               9am – 7pm
November 5, 2017               9am – 1pm  (Last Day)

Some of the services may include:
    • Guidance regarding disaster recovery
    • Clarification of any written correspondence received
    • Housing Assistance and Rental Resource information
    • Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance
    • Status of applications being processed by FEMA
    • SBA program information if there is a SBA Representative at the Disaster Recovery Center site
    • Crisis Counseling Program
    • Disaster Legal Services
    • Disaster Unemployment
    • Funeral Assistance - Individuals and Households Program
You can also register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585.

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