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Public Hearing set for Residential and Commercial Disposal Rates

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County, Florida, will hold a Public Hearing in the Board of County Commissioners’ Meeting Room, Citrus County Courthouse, 110 North Apopka Avenue, Inverness, Florida 34450, at 2:40 pm on July 23, 2019.

The meeting is for the purpose of hearing public comments on the adoption of a Resolution of the Board adopting the method of determining the amount of the Residential Disposal Assessment for the Citrus County Solid Waste Municipal Service Benefit Unit and determining the annual rates, fees, charges, assessments, or service changes to be imposed upon the owners of Improved Real Property and the Commercial Disposal Fee. 

For more information phone, (352)527-7670 or visit the website at: 

https://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/solid-waste.htm .


Metropolitan Planning Organization Technical Advisory Committee to meet

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, beginning at 10:00 a.m., at the Hernando County Building Division Training Facility, 1661 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, Florida.

Items on the agenda include but are not limited to:

Informational items to include proposed amendments to bylaws, representative from Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority, amendment to MPO Agreement
Hernando County Major Update to the Transit Development Plan (TDP)
Long Range Transportation Plan Update

Approximately one week prior to the meeting, the meeting agenda may be viewed online at https://www.hernandocounty.us/hernandocitrusmpo.

The public is encouraged to attend.  Any questions concerning this public meeting should be directed to Mr. Steve Diez, MPO Executive Director, Hernando/Citrus MPO, 1661 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, FL, 34601, telephone (352) 754-4082, extension 28013 or email mpo@hernandocounty.us

Metropolitan Planning Organization Citizen Advisory Committee to meet

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Hernando County Building Division Training Facility, 1661 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, Florida.


Items on the agenda include but are not limited to:


Informational items to include proposed amendments bylaws, amendment to MPO Agreement 

Hernando County Major Update to the Transit Development Plan (TDP)

Long Range Transportation Plan Update


Approximately one week prior to the meeting, the meeting agenda may be viewed online at https://www.hernandocounty.us/hernandocitrusmpo.


The public is encouraged to attend.  Any questions concerning this public meeting should be directed to Mr. Steve Diez, MPO Executive Director, Hernando/Citrus MPO, 1661 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, FL, 34601, telephone (352) 754-4082, extension 28013 or email mpo@hernandocounty.us.



Free Tire Recycling Days at Landfill

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Standing bodies of water can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and mosquitoes have been found to transmit Zika Virus

In an effort to reduce areas where water can collect and subsequently reduce mosquito breeding, the Citrus County Solid Waste Management Division will be accepting tires at the Central Landfill free of charge for recycling on Thursday, July 25, 2019, continuing Friday July 26, 2019 from 8:00am till 4:30pm and Saturday July 27, 2019 from 8am to 2:30pm. This is a co-sponsored event by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

The Central Landfill is located at 230 W Gulf to Lake Highway (SR44) in Lecanto. FL 34461.

Residents in assessed and non-assessed areas can dispose of a maximum of twenty-five (25) passenger and/or pickup truck tires, without rims free of charge for recycling. This event does not apply to waste tire haulers or commercial entities and is intended for residential only.

Residents needing further information about this event, or any other Solid Waste Management Program, may call at (352) 527-7670 or by email at landfillinfo@citrusbocc.com.

CITRUS COUNTY CELEBRATES SMART IRRIGATION MONTH Helps Customers Save Water & Money

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

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Citrus County Department of Water Resources supports July as Smart Irrigation Month. Smart Irrigation Month is a public awareness campaign to promote efficient water use. Focused on July, traditionally the month of peak demand for outdoor water use, the campaign highlights simple practices and innovative technologies to:

§ Make maintaining green spaces easy and convenient

§ Minimize overwatering while maintaining a healthy lawn, garden and landscape

§ Save money on utility bills

§ Help protect community water supplies for today and the future

“Whether irrigating from a private well or a public utility, we all pull water from the same source in Citrus County,” said Debra Burden, water conservation manager, Department of Water Resources.  She added, “Smart irrigation is a priority for the utility because more than fifty percent of water the utility produces is used for landscape irrigation.” 

Now, more so than ever, consumers can find irrigation products that use advanced sensors, Wi-Fi and app-based capability to automatically adjust watering schedules, communicate problems and save water, giving consumers more data and power to control irrigation systems than ever before.

“Smart” irrigation systems irrigate landscapes efficiently. Without wasting water, these systems use technology to know when and how much to irrigate. The days of manually adjusting the controller to meet seasonal water needs are over. WaterSense labeled smart controllers use real-time data to apply the right amount of water at the right time of day throughout the year.

By investing in smart irrigation technologies, citizens can be sure to save water, money and time in caring for their landscape. One irrigation technology worth considering is a weather-based controller. These controllers adjust the irrigation schedule based on local weather conditions. There is a wide range of products in this category with various weather inputs and landscape-specific adjustment factors. These controllers self-adjust and require very little intervention when programmed correctly. Citrus County Utilities provides a $150 credit on water bills for installing a Water Sense labeled irrigation controller.  Learn more about weather-based controllers at https://www.epa.gov/watersense/irrigation-controllers.

Another technology to consider are rain/freeze sensors. While not necessarily smart in terms of advanced technology, rain/freeze sensors are smart enough to stop the irrigation system from operating after sufficient rainfall or during low temperatures.  Irrigating in rain and freezing conditions needlessly wastes water and can damage the landscape. These inexpensive devices can reduce overall water use and help extend irrigation system life. CCU offers a $50 credit on the water bill for replacing a rain sensor.

The utility also offers smart irrigation educational opportunities, like at-home irrigation efficiency trainings to its customers and free Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ classes open to all citizens.  Visit http://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com/ for a complete list of classes.

According to Burden, smart programming participants reduced water use up to 25 percent on an annual average and saved more than 100 million gallons of water in 2018.  Utility customers interested in participating can call 352-527-7669.

Smart Irrigation Month is an initiative of the Irrigation Association, a non-profit industry organization dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation. Visit www.smartirrigationmonth.org to learn more.

Free Evening Florida-friendly gardening workshop to be offered

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

SOILS: The garden foundation

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on July 17, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 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.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to be held for the South West Regional Water Reclamation Facility

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

The public is invited to join the Board of Citrus County Commissioners in a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the South West Regional Water Reclamation Facility (SWRWRF) on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 9:00am at 5040 W Oak Park Blvd, Homosassa, Florida 34446-6802. No RSVP is needed to attend.

The South West Regional Water Reclamation Facility (SWRWRF) is a wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) owned and operated by Citrus County approximately 3 miles east of the Chassahowitzka River, which has been designated an Outstanding Florida Water. The Chassahowitzka River flows to the Gulf of Mexico and is formed from pristine waters contributed by more than 12 springs.

This project included the planning, permitting, design and construction of an advanced wastewater treatment plant meeting a 5-5-3 effluent quality to replace the existing WWTF. The original facility was replaced by a new 1.5 Million Gallons per Day (MGD) annual average daily flow, 4-stage Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) oxidation ditch system followed by secondary clarifiers, disc filters, and chlorine disinfection, with reclaimed water disposed to rapid infiltration basins on the plant site and to the County’s public access reuse.  BNR is a process used for nitrogen and phosphorus removal from wastewater before it is discharged.  The new plant is a cornerstone project for the protection of Citrus County’s springs system.

For questions or more information on this event please contact Public Information Officer, Cynthia Oswald at 352-527-5484.

Code Review and Appeals Board to Hold Public Meeting

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

The Citrus County Code Review and Appeals Board will hold a public meeting on July 22, 2019 at 9:00am, at the Lecanto Government Building, Room 166, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto. The purpose of the meeting is to consider an appeal to an administrative determination of the building official.

Agenda Items will include:

· Approval of last CRAB meeting minutes.

· Appeal

For more information, please call 352-527-5332.

Gulf to Lakes Pilot Club of Citrus County Donates $2,000 to Meals on Wheels

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

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Gidget Lefkowitz, President of Gulf to Lakes Pilot Club; Janice Hale, Senior Programs Supervisor; and Sylvia Common, Project Chair and Corresponding Secretary, Gulf to Lakes Pilot Club

The Gulf to Lake Pilot Club is part of a global organization called Pilot International.  Gulf to Lakes Pilot Club was chartered in December 1997 in Citrus County, Florida.  They sponsor projects to help meet the needs of our community.   It is their mission to: “Prepare youth and young adults for service, encouraging brain safety & health, and support those who care for others.” Pilot International is an organization of exceptional individuals from around the world.  Their hearts are led to serve.  They want to Do More, Care More and Be More!

Through their fundraising efforts, Gulf to Lakes Pilot Club of Citrus County donates to many local projects, Meals on Wheels being one of the latest recipients.  Other projects sponsored by Gulf to Lakes Pilot Club are the Child Passenger Safety Program, CREST School, Operation Welcome Home for our Veterans, Find-M’ Friends search and rescue, Elder Options caregiver classes and many local Assisted Living Facilities in need of personal care supplies.

Gulf to Lakes Pilot Club of Citrus County has a BrainMinders Program that allows the group to meet with local children to increase their brain safety knowledge.  The BrainMinders Program also helps senior citizens with activities to keep their brains active and healthy. For more information please go to GulfToLakesPilot@yahoo.com or like them on Facebook:  Gulf to Lakes Pilot Club.

Two free Florida-friendly gardening workshops in July

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

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Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on July 9, 2019 from 2:00-3:30 pm. Managing a healthy lawn is often a full time job and recurring expense. Selection of the right materials to accomplish a specific task is always the best place to start. Sustainable lawn varieties, typical weed infestations and pests which target our lawns are highlighted 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.

Florida-friendly fertilizing

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on July 23, 2019 from 2:00-3:30 pm. Fertilization of your lawn and landscape can be complicated. Using several steps including soil testing, when and how to apply fertilizers and effective irrigation practices after application are essential to proper fertilization practices. This program will discuss proper Florida Friendly fertilization practices developed by the University of Florida. 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.


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