News and Announcements

Health Talk at the Library

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

The Friends of the Lakes Region Library invite the public to their annual meeting on Tuesday, January 28th at 2:00PM at the Lakes Region branch of the Citrus County Library System for a special health discussion. Katie Lucas, senior placement specialist at Royal Dalton House Assisted Living and Memory Care, will explain how individuals can prepare important personal information in a way that will be easily accessible to family in the event of an unforeseen health emergency. This free informational session will follow a brief installation of officers. Refreshments will be served. To learn more about the friends of the library and other library activities visit citruslibraries.org. 

Assistant County Administrator and BOCC Recognize Employees at Service Award Breakfast 15 Years, 10 Years and 5 Years

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

Assistant County Administrator Steve Lachnicht and Commissioner Ron Kitchen recognized employees for years of service at a recent breakfast held at the Historic Old Courthouse in Inverness on Thursday, January 23, 2020. The following employees were honored for their service and dedication to Citrus County:

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15 year Employees

Byron Bitters

Amiee Marshall

Richard Neptune

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10 year Employees

Laurie Diestler

Carlton Hall

Lucinda Harris

Jeffrey Miller

Joe Probst

Jim Smith

Glenn Wolcott

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5 year Employees

Michelle Dirubba-Alford

Scott Carnahan

Mark Carter

Ronald Kitchen

Janine Newman

Rhonda Noel

Charles “Randy” Oliver

Willis Williams 

Assistant County Administrator and BOCC Recognize Employees at Service Award Breakfast for 30 Years, 25 Years & 20 Years

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

Assistant County Administrator Steve Lachnicht and Commissioner Ron Kitchen recognized employees for years of service at a recent breakfast held at the Historic Old Courthouse in Inverness on Thursday, January 23, 2020. The following employees were honored for their service and dedication to Citrus County:

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30 year Employees

John Mission

MaryEllen Weimert

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 25 year Employees

Brenda Garcia

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 20 year Employees

Ronald Kurtz


Fifth Annual Community Leadership Summit a Success

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

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The fifth annual Community Leadership Summit took place Friday, January 17, 2020 at the College of Central Florida, Citrus Campus in Lecanto. Commissioner and Chairman Brian Coleman 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 lends itself to relationship building and provides an opportunity for community leaders to discuss, plan and prioritize mutual programs, projects and issues facing Citrus County while looking to the future. 

Free Mulch Now Available at Landfill

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

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

Hernando Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization December Meeting

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization met on December 4, 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 Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization adopted the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan which is one of its primary duties under Federal and State regulations

•             The MPO Board approved an Interlocal Agreement for the Traffic Count Program with Citrus County

•             The MPO Board approved a consultant work scope with Tindale Oliver and Associates to perform the 2020 Hernando County Traffic Counts

•             The MPO Board approved the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) 5305(d) Allocation for FY 2020 which included the Public Transportation Grant Agreement, Unified Planning Work Program Amendment, Transportation Improvement Plan Modification, and Memorandum of Agreement between the MPO, Hernando and Citrus Counties

•             The MPO reappointed Mr. John Wade, to the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) to fill the position for a Citrus County resident representative

The next MPO meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 13, 2020, at 1:30 pm in the Hernando County Government Center, John Law Ayers County Commission Chambers, 20 N Main Street, Rm 160, Brooksville, FL

Please Contact the Hernando/Citrus MPO at (352) 754-4082 for more information.

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

www.HernandoCitrusMPO.us

Seeking applications for seat on the Beverly Hills Advisory Council

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for the Beverly Hills Advisory Council.  This Advisory Council is seeking two qualified regular members to fill the two-year terms that will expire on January 31, 2022. 

Eligible applicants must reside full time and own property within the boundaries of the Beverly Hills Municipal Service Benefit Unit as approved by the Board of County Commissioners.

The Beverly Hills Advisory Council meets the second Monday of every month at 10:00am at the Beverly Hills Civic Center, located at One Civic Circle in Beverly Hills. The purpose of this board is to provide street lighting and landscaping services for the Beverly Hills area.

Applications are due by February 28, 2020 and can be accessed at:

https://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/advisory-board-application.pdf 

Completed applications should be sent to Citrus County Administration, 3600 W. Sovereign Path Suite 267, Lecanto, FL 34461. 

BOCC meeting date change in February

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) February 11 meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, February 13, 2020 at the regular time of 1:00pm at the Citrus County Courthouse, 110 N. Apopka Ave. Inverness, Fl. 34450. The BOCC is rescheduling this public meeting from Tuesday to Thursday due to commissioner participation at the M-CORES, three State Task Force groups, regarding the Suncoast Expansion scheduled for all day on February 11, 2020. 

For more information on BOCC meeting dates, agendas and minutes please visit: http://citruscountyfl.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx

Suncoast Parkway 2 Construction and Lane Closure Updates

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

The Florida Turnpike is advising motorists of construction along with lane closures:

Eastbound and westbound US 98 in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Long-term single lane closures. One lane in each direction will remain open to traffic.

Overnight lane shifts, 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., Monday, January 20, and nightly through Friday, January 24.

W. Oak Park Boulevard/CR 480 in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, January 20, and daily through Friday, January 24.

W. Cardinal Street in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, January 20, and daily through Friday, January 24.

W. Glen Street in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, January 20, and daily through Friday, January 24.

Grover Cleveland Boulevard in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, January 20, and daily through Friday, January 24.

Homosassa Trail/CR 490 in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible daytime intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, January 20, and daily through Friday, January 24.

S. Pine Meadow Avenue at W. Cardinal Street

Long term closure

Detour information:

· S. Pine Meadow Avenue traffic wishing to access W. Cardinal Street should travel north on S. Pine Meadow Avenue to W. Mockingbird Street, travel west on W. Mockingbird Street to S. Eastern Avenue and travel south on S. Eastern Avenue to access W. Cardinal Street.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Florida’s Turnpike is constructing the Suncoast Parkway 2, a four-lane toll facility that extends the existing Suncoast Parkway northward for 13 miles from US 98, in Hernando County, to SR 44, in Citrus County. The project includes constructing full interchanges at US 98 and W. Cardinal Street and a partial interchange at SR 44, one wildlife crossing and four wildlife culverts, 15 new bridges, and related drainage, lighting, highway signing, traffic signalization, guardrail and sidewalk. The Suncoast Trail, part of Florida’s Statewide Greenways and Trails System, will also be extended from US 98 to SR 44, with a pedestrian overpass constructed over US 98. The cost for this project is approximately $135 million and it is expected to be completed in 2022.

Citrus Extension Announces Water Seminar

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

Join UF/IFAS Citrus County Extension for “Florida Water: Decade for decisions” day-long Water Seminar which will be held Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 9am until 3pm at the Extension office, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, 36441. A $30 fee includes all materials, catered lunch and a “goodie bag”. Pre-registration is required at https://FloridaWater2020.eventbrite.com.

 Citrus County’s Nature Coast is experiencing water challenges particularly with water quality. To get the facts on the challenges and what individuals can do, Citrus Extension Services is hosting a day-long seminar focusing on local water resources. Experts will share Florida’s water story from sources, pollution and its sources to discussions about what citizens can do to help protect this vital natural resource.

Topics include who is using our water, water quality and quantity issues, potential alternative sources, coastal resiliency and Florida Friendly options. Call with questions at 352-527-5700, ask for Betsy or BJ.


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