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FDOT Closes Lanes on US 19

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has advised that the left lane is closed in each direction of US19 north of Jump Court while crews investigate and repair depressions that have opened in the median.

These lanes will remain closed until the investigation is complete and repairs can be made. The two US19 lanes are estimated to be closed through at least the end of this week and may not reopen until next week.  Motorists should use caution and expect delays in this area. 

Salvation Army Cold Night Shelter Open Tonight

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

The Salvation Army will have the Cold Weather Shelter open tonight, Tuesday, January 30, 2018.  The shelter is open from 7pm to 7am, and is located at The Salvation Army, 712 S. School Avenue, Lecanto, FL  34461.

Someone seeking cold weather shelter can go to any County Bus Stop at the last pickup time, and the driver will drop off the person at The Salvation Army at no cost. The person will be picked up at The Salvation Army the following morning and taken back to the same area.   

Two Free Florida-friendly Gardening Workshops in February 2018

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

9 steps to Florida-friendly Landscaping™

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on February 6, 2018 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  The University of Florida developed the 9 basic principles to establish a set of gardening practices which aid gardeners in creating sustainable and successful ornamental gardens.  These practices allow gardeners to create beautiful landscapes generating little or no impact to our water resources.  Selection of the right plant for the right location, efficient irrigation, proper fertilization and responsible pest management are several of the topics discussed during this workshop. Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto.  Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation or register at https://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com.

SOILS: The garden foundation

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on February 20, 2018 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  The components of Florida’s soils and geology need to be considered when making landscaping installation and best management choices.  The soils pH, proper fertilization choices and appropriate supplemental irrigation practices can impact the sustainability of our ornamental gardens.  Learn ways to effectively manage plants growing in sandy Florida soils.  Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto.  Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation or register at https://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com.

Extension Service Offers Food Safety Training

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

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, March 9, 2018.  Pre-registration of two weeks is required.  It will begin promptly at 8:30 am, and run approximately 8 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 7th 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.

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Florida Department of Transportation announces US 19 Periodic Lane Closures January 28-February 1

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)  has announced periodic lane closures may take place in each direction of US 19 (Suncoast Boulevard) from W. Green Acres Street to S. Jump Court between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Sunday, January 28 through Thursday, February 1, nights. Motorists are advised to use caution in the area and to be alert to possible lane shifts.

Spruce Park Dock Project Completed

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

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The repair and refurbishing has been completed on the dock at Spruce Park, 4863 E Spruce Drive in Dunnellon. The project consisted of re-decking of entire dock, installation of yellow identification marker in the event of high water/flooding, mooring cleats and replacing wood railings. The work was completed by Citrus County Parks and Recreation Grounds Maintenance crew and was funded by State Boating Improvement Funds at a total cost of $890.          

County Administrator and BOCC Recognize Employees at Service Award Breakfast

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

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County Administrator Randy Oliver and Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners Ron Kitchen are joined by Citrus County employees who recently received recognition for their years of service

County Administrator Randy Oliver and Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners Ron Kitchen recognized years of employee service at a recent breakfast held at the Historic Old Courthouse in Inverness on Thursday, January 25, 2018. The following employees were honored for their service and dedication to Citrus County:

5 Year

Marsh Wills - Hired on November 19, 2012 as a Clerk typist in the Community Services Department, Animal Services Division. She is currently a Customer Service Representative.

Carl Jones - Hired on December 10, 2012 as the Building Division Director in the Growth Management Department.

Douglas Wright - Hired on December 6, 2012 as an Executive Secretary in the Water Resources Department. He is currently the Executive Assistant to the Board

Steven Davis - Hired on January 2, 2013 as an FL Yards & Neighborhoods Coordinator in the Community Water Resources Department. He is currently Florida Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator.

Rose Saslo - Hired on January 5, 2013 as an Animal Services Technician in the Community Services Department, Animal Services Division. She is currently a Senior Animal Services Technician.

10 Year

Gregory - Ellis Hired on October 22, 2007 as a Firefighter/EMT in the Public Safety Department, Fire Rescue Division. He is currently a Fire Lieutenant.

Donald Kernz - Hired on November 26, 2007 as a Medium Equipment Operator in the Public Works Department, Road Maintenance Division.

Deborah Albritton - Hired on December 31, 2007 as an Accounting Clerk in the Public Works Department, Road Maintenance Division. She is currently an Administrative Coordinator 

Linda Fritz - Hired on December 11, 2007 as a Communications Officer at the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. She is currently an Executive Secretary in Fire Rescue Division. 

Max Edgerton - Hired on December 10, 2007 as a Medium Equipment Operator in the Public Works Department, Road Maintenance Division.

Wilburn Forte - Hired on December 3, 2007 as a Maintenance Worker in the Public Works Department, Road Maintenance Division. He is currently a Heavy Equipment Operator. 

Daniel Sherlock - Hired on December 19, 2007 as a Medium Equipment Operator in the Public Works Department, Road Maintenance Division. He is currently an Operation Manager.

Michael Arcuri - Hired on January 14, 2008 as a Firefighter/EMT in the Public Safety Department, Fire Rescue Division. He is currently a Driver Engineer.

Jonathon Elder - Hired on January 2, 2008 as a Grounds Maintenance Worker in the Community Services Department, Parks & Recreation/Grounds Maintenance Division. He is currently a Grounds Maintenance Technician II

Thomas Fletcher - Hired on January 7, 2008 as a Driver Engineer in the Public Safety Department, Fire Rescue Division. He is currently a Fire Captain.

Lucas Williams - Hired on January 14, 2008 as a Firefighter/EMT in the Public Safety Department, Fire Rescue Division. He is currently a Fire Captain.

15 Year

David “Craig” Stevens - Hired on November 7, 2002 as a Hazardous Material Specialist in the Public Safety Department. He is currently the Fire Chief.

Larry Parker - Hired on November 25, 2002 as an Engineering Plans Examiner I in the Public Works Department, Engineering Division. He recently retired on December 29, 2017 as an Engineering Design Technician 

Janet Gramann - Hired on January 20, 2003 as a Housing Intake Clerk in the Community Services Department, Housing Services Division. She is currently a Program Assistant in the Community Services Department, Transit Services Division.

20 Year

Anna Kernz - Hired on November 17, 1997 as a Maintenance Worker in the Public Works Department, Road Maintenance Division. She is currently a Medium Equipment Operator.

30 Year

Robert Voak - Hired on January 20, 1988 as a Drafting Technician in the Development Services Department, Planning Division. He is currently a GIS Specialist in the Systems Management Department, Geographic Information Systems.

Push-In Ceremony held for New Citrus County Fire Rescue Rehabilitation Truck

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

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Left to right, Commissioner and Chairman Ron Kitchen, Fire Deputy Chief Martin Giles, Commissioner Brian Coleman, Fire Chief Craig Stevens, Fire Rescue Chaplin Rev. Gary Evans

Citrus County Fire Rescue unveiled their new Fire Rescue Rehabilitation Truck at a Push-In Ceremony that took place on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at the Fire Station 14 in Citrus Springs. Citrus County Board of County Commissioners Brian Coleman and Chairman Ron Kitchen joined Fire Rescue Chief Craig Stevens, Fire Rescue staff, volunteers, and community members in celebrating the new vehicle by pushing it into one of the fire station bays. The “push-in” of a new vehicle is a tradition of firefighters across the country.

Fire department rehab is a vital firefighting service on the fireground or any emergency event, providing firefighters and other emergency personnel with immediate hydration and nutritional snacks for replenishment, mental rest and relief from extreme climatic conditions, and other environmental parameters of any emergency event.  

For more information on Citrus County Fire Rescue visit: http://citruscountyfire.com/ 


County Completes Two Basketball Court Resurfacing Projects

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

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Citrus County Parks and Recreation along with the Citrus County Grounds Maintenance Department have completed the much needed resurfacing of the basketball courts at Eugene Martin Park, 614 Park Lake Terrace, Inverness and Wesley Jones Park, 2510 W Castania Dr., Citrus Springs. These basketball courts see high numbers of usage, especially with our youth, and it is important to the County to keep them in tip top shape. For more information on Citrus County Parks and Recreation visit: http://www.citrusbocc.com/commserv/parksrec/parks-recreation.htm .

Third Annual Community Leadership Summit a Success

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

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The third annual Community Leadership Summit took place Friday, January 19, 2018 at the College of Central Florida, Citrus Campus in Lecanto. Commissioner and Chairman Ron Kitchen presided over the collaborative event that brought together the County Commission, Citrus County School Board, City of Crystal River Council and City of Inverness Council. 

This full day event provides an opportunity for community leaders to discuss, plan and prioritize mutual programs, projects and issues facing Citrus County while looking to the future. The day also lends itself to relationship building and each year the participation from all groups has grown.

To bring closure to the 2018 Summit and the conversation that had taken place, Chairman Kitchen left the group with five words that he felt described Citrus County;   natural, friendly, safe, stable and affordable. 


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