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Hernando Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization March Meeting Summary

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

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization met on March 19, 2019 in a public meeting at the Lecanto Government Center, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Room 166, Lecanto FL. The points of interest from the meeting are below:

•             The MPO Board was advised that a County Incentive Grant Program (CIGP) Application was submitted to the Florida Department of Transportation for the Three Sisters Spring Trail Project in Citrus County. 

•             The MPO Board approved the Goals, Objectives and Performance Measures (Chapter 2) for the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) update which is under development.

•             The MPO Board made appointments to the Hernando County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board, and the Citrus County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board.

•             A petition with 495 signatures was submitted during citizen input requesting the Florida Department of Transportation construct a right turn lane from US 19 onto Thrasher Avenue due to safety concerns.

•             An MPO Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at the Hernando County Building Division Training Facility, 1661 Blaise Drive in Brooksville.  The workshop will discuss MPO work products, project cost feasibility, project priorities relating to the LRTP and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).  The meeting will be held from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

For further information regarding the Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Organization, visit us at:

https://www.hernandocounty.us/departments/departments-f-m/metropolitan-planning-organization

The next MPO meeting is scheduled for Wednesday May 15, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. in the Lecanto Government Center, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Room 166, Lecanto Florida.  Please Contact the Hernando/Citrus MPO at (352) 754-4082 for more information

First Recycled Art Contest “Trash to Treasures” Announced for Middle School and High School Students

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

The University of Florida-Citrus County Extension Service is proud to debut a new contest open to all Citrus County middle and high school students. Participating students can showcase their environmental awareness by transforming trash into art for awards and prizes. 

The Trash to Treasure contest was created, through a collaborative effort, by the University of Florida Extension Services, Citrus County government, the Culture of Clean initiative, and Keep Citrus County Beautiful, to raise awareness about the environment and encourage the practice of recycling and up cycling.

Entries to the contest will be on display for public viewing at the Inverness Government Center lobby, 110 N. Apopka Ave, Inverness from April 8, 2019 to April 25, 2019 during the hours of 8am through 5pm. The student’s art will be judged on artistic ability and environmental relevance. When viewing artwork, the public is encouraged to vote for the People’s Choice award.  This award, along with first, second, and third prizes will be presented to students in two categories, middle school and high school. Art will be on display and winners announced at the Earth Day event held at the Citrus County Extension offices, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Awards will be distributed at 11:00 am during the Earth Day festivities.

Cash prizes will be generously donated by local businesses, nonprofits and individuals.  If you would like to become a prize sponsor, contact Stephanie at 352-527-5710 or by email at sclamer@ufl.edu. Donors will be recognized at the Earth Day event.

Applications to participate must be turned in no later than March 29, 2019 to reserve space for the artist. Applications can be found on the website: www.ccrecycledart.eventbrite.com  and also at the Extension office.  For more information, please call: 325-527-5770.

Collateral Materials Grant

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

The Citrus County Visitors and Convention Bureau announces that the Tourist Development Council will be open to receive grant applications for tourism-related grants from Tuesday, March 26 through Friday, April 26. This will be the only round of grant funding for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

March 26, 2019 - Applicant Submittal Period Opens

April 26, 2019 - Applicant Submittal Period Ends

June 5, 2019 - Applicant Presentation to the Tourist Development Council; Grant Selection & Budget Allocation

There are two grant categories available this period: Special Project/Events and Collateral Materials.

Special Projects/Events Grant

The Citrus County Tourist Development Council (TDC) offers a Special Event Grant program to organizations designated to promote special events/projects which attract overnight visitors to Citrus County, thereby impacting the lodging industry. A “special event” is defined as any activity, service, venue, or event which is intended to attract overnight visitors to Citrus County.

This Special Project/Events Grant is used to provide funding for advertising and promotion of local events to out-of-county markets, with the goal of attracting overnight visitors. The grant funds are intended to supplement the organization’s budget and are restricted in their use, allowing them to be used only for marketing, advertisement, and promotional materials.

Collateral Materials Grant

The purpose of the Citrus County Tourist Development Collateral Materials Grant is to assist organizations in Citrus County by providing funding awards for program dollars to make our area more appealing to visitors who are spending the night in Citrus County. This grant leverages TDC resources and extends the marketing for Citrus County.

The goals of these grant programs are:

•             Increase overnight stays in Citrus County

•             Promote a positive image and increased visibility of the area’s attractions

•             Increase expenditures by visitors to Citrus County

•             Educate visitors to the different areas in the County

For more details on each type of grant, maximum awards, eligible projects, reporting requirements, etc., visit the Tourist Development Council website at:

http://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/tdc/tdc.htm

Applicants must conform to the TDC’s policies and procedures as specified. Applications failing to meet the deadlines will not be considered until the next funding cycle.

Join Commissioner Jeff Kinnard for a Town Hall Meeting at Lakes Region Library on Thursday March 21

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

Citrus County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Jeff Kinnard will be holding a Town Hall Meeting for the general public to attend on Thursday, March 21, 2019. The meeting will be held at Lakes Region Library, located at 1511 Druid Road, Inverness, FL 34452 from 5:30pm to 7pm.

“My aim is to connect with the community on issues and challenges facing our county, from public parks to road resurfacing.  I want to know what’s on people’s minds and have a format to discuss, reflect, and problem solve,” explained Kinnard. “Please come with questions or concerns, as this is intended to be an informal setting.”

For more information, please call Public Information Officer Cynthia Oswald at (352) 527-5484.

Petco Foundation Invests in Lifesaving Work of Citrus County Animal Services

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

Petco Foundation Invests in Lifesaving Work of Citrus County Animal Services

Grant of $35,000 will extend efforts to save more animal lives in Citrus County, Fla.

Citrus County Animal Services announced it has been awarded a $35,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support the expansion and improvement of the foster program, acquire additional lifesaving and pet retention equipment and supplies, and increase community engagement.

The Petco Foundation investment will help to increase medical and surgical resources for animals who enter the shelter. It will also provide resources and support to foster parents, which will also increase community participation and awareness of the shelter’s foster program. Therefore, saving the lives of the most vulnerable animal populations, including neonates.

“The support of the Petco Foundation is a game changer for Citrus County Animal Services and those we serve. We are truly grateful, as the funds will move our shelter to the next level of progressive animal welfare standards. With this generous grant we can do more for those we give our all to everyday,” said Colleen Yarbrough, Citrus County Animal Services Director.

For more information about Citrus County Animal Services or the Citrus County Animal Shelter visit https://www.citruscritters.com/ or call - 352-746-8400. For more on the Petco Foundation, visit www.petcofoundation.org and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #PetcoFamily

BOCC proclaims Fix a Leak Week in Citrus County

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

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Jeff Kinnard, First Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Second Vice-Chairman Scott Carnahan, Ron Kitchen, and Jimmie T. Smith, with Rotary of Homosassa Springs, President Elect Gerry Schabruch; President, Sugarmill Woods Civic Association, Nan O'Connor-Roys; Citrus County Water Resources Director Ken Cheek and Water Conservation Manager Debra Burden

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on March 11, 2019 proclaiming March 18 through March 24, 2019 as Fix a Leak Week.

Household leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted across the United States each year—equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes. Finding and fixing leaks is as easy as check, twist, replace (e.g., check toilets for silent leaks; twist to tighten fixture connections; replace broken fixtures with WaterSense labeled models). Many common household leaks, including worn toilet flappers, leaking showerheads, and dripping faucets, are easily correctable. Fixing leaks can save homeowners an average of more than 10,000 gallons of water per year, or the amount of water in a typical backyard swimming pool.

WaterSense® is a voluntary partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by promoting water efficiency and WaterSense labeled products. EPA’s WaterSense program celebrates Fix a Leak Week the third week of March as a time to remind Americans to check their household fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks. Citrus County is partnering with WaterSense to encourage Americans to detect and fix leaks and promote efficient water use to ensure adequate water supplies for future generations.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes March 18 through March 24, 2019 as Fix a Leak Week in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

Free Mulch Now Available at Landfill

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

The Division of Solid Waste management has just finished processing yard waste into reusable mulch which is now available free of charge to Citrus County residents while supplies last. 

Two types of mulch are available:

Fine-grade - suitable for top dressing plants / shrubs and incorporating into composts / potting soils and useful for top-dressing lawns.

Coarse-grade - suitable for retarding weed growth and for driveways / garden paths, as it drains quickly.

Loading options for mulch:

-self-loading mulch is available during all hours of Landfill operation.

-Customers requesting vehicles and/or trailers to be machine loaded by county staff is available

-Tuesday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

-Must have tarp to cover material and entrance ticket from the Scale house.

There are many uses for yard waste processed into landscaping mulch, but here are a few examples:

-Driveways

-Trails & paths

-Temporary parking lots

-Dust control

-Prevents erosion of soil from heavy rains

-Reduce evaporation of soil moisture during dry periods

-Cool the soil during hot summer months

-Protect trees from injury by mechanical equipment

-Reduce soil compaction

For more information please visit our website at: https://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/programs/mulch.htm

Landfill announces upcoming Hazardous Waste Saturday in April

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

The Citrus County Solid Waste Management Division would like to announce the next Household Hazardous Waste Saturday Collection is scheduled for April 6, 2019 from 9am to 1pm. Saturday events are announced throughout the year to accommodate residents who are not able to take advantage of Landfill programs and on weekdays. 

Household Hazardous waste is collected at the Citrus County Landfill located at 230 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy. Lecanto, Fl. 34461 every week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9am to 1pm. If you are able to visit the Landfill on these weekdays, you are encouraged to do so to avoid long lines and wait times during Saturday events. 

Assessed households may bring up to 10 gallons (or 60 pounds) of household hazardous waste for proper disposal at no charge. Additional quantities of hazardous waste will be charged.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/disposing/household-haz-waste.htm

Citrus County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to meet in April

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

The Citrus County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, April 17, at 5:00 pm, at the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 West Marc Knighton Court, 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.

BOCC Recognizes Citrus Springs Advisory Council Member

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

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Jeff Kinnard, First Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Second Vice-Chairman Scott Carnahan, Ron Kitchen, and Jimmie T. Smith, with Citrus Springs Advisory Council member Mr. Paul Noblitt

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a certificate of appreciation to Mr. Paul Noblitt outgoing member of the Citrus Springs Advisory Council at their regular meeting on March 11, 2019. Mr. Noblitt was honored for his service to Citrus County during his January 12, 2010 through February 6, 2019 tenure on the Citrus Springs Advisory Council.

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