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County Offices Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

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

Citrus County Government offices closed for observance of Memorial Day. 

The Citrus County Central Landfill will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019 in observance of Memorial Day.  The landfill will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. For more information on landfill hours, call 527-7670 during office hours or go to the county’s Web site at: http://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/solid-waste.htm

All branches of the Citrus County Library System will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019 in honor of Memorial Day. Normal hours will resume the next day.

Citrus County Transit will be closed Monday, May 27, 2019 for the Memorial Day holiday.

Single Lane Traffic Pattern Planned for Halls River Bridge

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

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has advised beginning at 7pm, Tuesday, May 21, 2019 traffic on Halls River Road (CR 490A) will use a single lane to cross the Halls River bridge. This single lane traffic pattern is necessary for crews to pour the concrete deck on the remainder of the new bridge.

Flaggers will be stationed around-the-clock at both ends of the work zone alternating traffic from both directions to safely cross through the area. The contractor will reopen the closed lane as soon as the work is complete. It is anticipated to be open no later than 5pm, Friday, May 24, 2019.

Motorists are advised to use caution and allow for extra travel time while traveling through the work zone. The Florida Department of Transportation is constructing a new 57-foot wide bridge that will be made of state-of-the-art rust-resistant materials and is being built in the same location as the previous 30- foot wide bridge. The new bridge will feature a 12-foot travel lane in each direction, eight-foot shoulders and five-foot sidewalks. 

The $7.6 million project is expected to finish summer of 2019.

Water Conservation Warriors find Leaky Toilet

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

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Ms. Moore’s 4th grade, Floral City Elementary

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Ms. Brown’s 5th grade, Hernando Elementary

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Ms. Deiderich’s 5th grade, Floral City Elementary

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Ms. Wright’s 5th grade, Floral City Elementary

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Ms. Berbert’s 5th grade, Inverness Primary

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Ms. McMillan’s 5th grade, Inverness Primary School

On May 14, 2019, the Citrus County of Board of County Commissioners heard a presentation about 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students performing leak detection on their home toilets. The effort is part of an annual challenge that Citrus County Utilities issues to raise awareness of water lost to leaks. This year, 193 youth tested 293 toilets and discovered 41 leaky toilets.

In total, eight schools and 21 classes participated in the project that will save 8,200 gallons a day when the leaks are fixed. "They had so much fun discussing this topic," said 3rd grade teacher Amanda Edmister of Central Ridge Elementary. Many participants gathered for a photo holding the EPA’s “We’re for Water” logo in support of water conservation. Photos were used in social media to further raise awareness.

Students used blue dye tablets dropped in the toilet tank to determine if the toilet leaked. If the color appears in the bowl after waiting 15 minutes, the fixture is leaking. Ten drops of food coloring can also be used. Always flush color away after testing.

Classes were invited to tune into the live Board meeting to watch Chairman Jeff Kinnard randomly pull a teacher’s name to win a pizza party donated by Angelo’s Pizza. Marlise Bushman’s 3rd grade class of Forest Ridge Elementary school won the celebration this year.

All residents are encouraged to test their toilets for leaks. According to EPA Water Sense, a silently leaking toilet can waste hundreds of gallons a day. Toilet leaks are usually fixed by replacing the flapper, which can become hard and brittle over time. The flapper is the rubber device that opens and closes to allow water into the toilet tank. When a flapper does not fit snuggly, water leaks from the tank into the toilet bowl, and then goes down the drain without the need of flushing. Flappers cost less than $20 and are simple enough for the average homeowner to replace on their own.

Citrus County Utilities is doing its part to save water and ensure local water supplies last for future generations. Learn more about water conservation by visiting www.citrusbocc.com/waterres/conservation and take the I’m for Water pledge.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created “We’re for Water” as a national campaign to educate consumers about water-saving behaviors and WaterSense labeled products.

Water Conservation Warriors 3rd Grade Find Leaky Toilets

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

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Ms. Edmister’s 3rd grade, Central Ridge Elementary

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Ms. Elzevir 3rd grade, Citrus Springs Elementary

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Mrs. Zoucha’s 3rd grade, Lecanto Primary

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Ms. Bushman’s 3rd grade, Forest Ridge Elementary

On May 14, 2019, the Citrus County of Board of County Commissioners heard a presentation about 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students performing leak detection on their home toilets. The effort is part of an annual challenge that Citrus County Utilities issues to raise awareness of water lost to leaks. This year, 193 youth tested 293 toilets and discovered 41 leaky toilets.

In total, eight schools and 21 classes participated in the project that will save 8,200 gallons a day when the leaks are fixed. "They had so much fun discussing this topic," said 3rd grade teacher Amanda Edmister of Central Ridge Elementary. Many participants gathered for a photo holding the EPA’s “We’re for Water” logo in support of water conservation. Photos were used in social media to further raise awareness.

Students used blue dye tablets dropped in the toilet tank to determine if the toilet leaked. If the color appears in the bowl after waiting 15 minutes, the fixture is leaking. Ten drops of food coloring can also be used. Always flush color away after testing.

Classes were invited to tune into the live Board meeting to watch Chairman Jeff Kinnard randomly pull a teacher’s name to win a pizza party donated by Angelo’s Pizza. Marlise Bushman’s 3rd grade class of Forest Ridge Elementary school won the celebration this year.

All residents are encouraged to test their toilets for leaks. According to EPA Water Sense, a silently leaking toilet can waste hundreds of gallons a day. Toilet leaks are usually fixed by replacing the flapper, which can become hard and brittle over time. The flapper is the rubber device that opens and closes to allow water into the toilet tank. When a flapper does not fit snuggly, water leaks from the tank into the toilet bowl, and then goes down the drain without the need of flushing. Flappers cost less than $20 and are simple enough for the average homeowner to replace on their own.

Citrus County Utilities is doing its part to save water and ensure local water supplies last for future generations. Learn more about water conservation by visiting www.citrusbocc.com/waterres/conservation and take the I’m for Water pledge.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created “We’re for Water” as a national campaign to educate consumers about water-saving behaviors and WaterSense labeled products.

Citrus County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to meet in June

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

The Citrus County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, June 12, 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.

New Anesthesia Machines for the Animal Shelter - Thank You Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection!

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

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David, from Eagle Eye Anesthesia, Inc. is surrounded by happy Animal Services Staff as he delivers their new anesthesia machines

On May 14, 2019, Eagle Eye Anesthesia Inc. delivered and configured the Shelter's new anesthesia machines donated by Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection (CCFAP). The group, CCFAP, comprised of citizens and volunteers, is a huge supporter of Citrus County Animal Services.

CCFAP is always looking for ways to help the Shelter with its “wish list” and this was one of the things Animal Services staff had talked to the group about. They also recently donated a Bair Hugger which helps keep patients warm during recovery, and a new autoclave is on the way!

“The group does so much for shelter animals, staff and volunteers throughout the year,” said Colleen Yarbrough, Animal Services Director. “Because the Shelter does not have a vehicle to transport animals to events CCFAP volunteers transport an average of about two events a month. CCFAP has also taken on special needs cases like the dog with a broken femur, which had been hit by a car, that recently was brought in to Animal Services. The group paid for the plate that was put in her leg by a specialist.”

You can learn more about CCFAP and the good work they do by visiting their website at, https://ccfap.net/

Metropolitan Planning Organization to hold a public consensus building workshop

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

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public consensus building workshop on May 29, 2019. The purpose of the workshop is to obtain public comment on the proposed transportation improvements that will be included in the MPO’s 2045 Major Update of the Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2019

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hernando County Utilities Building – Training Room                     

15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL      

All workshops/meetings are open to the public.  Any questions concerning this public workshop 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.

Join the UF/IFAS Citrus County Extension for a FREE Pressure Cooking Class

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

Join the UF/IFAS Citrus County Extension for a FREE Pressure Cooking Class

WHO:  Anyone can participate in the workshop 

WHAT: Pressure Cooking            

WHEN:  June 26, 2019 from 10am-11am

WHERE: UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, FL 34461

Do you have an electric pressure cooker or have been thinking about getting one, but have questions or concerns? Attend our FREE informational class on June 26 from 10am to 11am located at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at 3650 W Sovereign Path, Lecanto.

For more information or to register, contact Stephanie at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at 352-527-5700.

All programs and related activities sponsored for or assisted by, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons with nondiscrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex or sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or affiliations.  For persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations, please contact our office at least five working days prior to the program so that proper consideration may be given to the request. Our phone number is (352) 527-5700. For the hearing impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Center Service at 1-800-955-8771.

“Citrus County Extension connects the public with the University of Florida/IFAS’ knowledge, research, and resources to address youth, family, community, and agricultural needs.”

Accepting Applications for Vacancy on Water & Wastewater Authority

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

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for one Lay Member for a term ending January 31, 2023, to serve on the Citrus County Water & Wastewater Authority. This board provides for regulation of private, for-profit water, bulk water and wastewater utilities within the unincorporated areas of Citrus County. Applicants are required to be Citrus County residents and registered to vote in Citrus County.

The authority consists of five members; three members are technical members and two members are lay members.  The lay member positions are appointed on the basis of individual civic pride and integrity. Although experience in any area of relevant utility service and management, rate making, utility regulation or other endeavors is not required, applicants for the lay member position may be appointed from the same area of expertise as technical members. The Water & Wastewater Authority meets quarterly at 1:00 pm. on the first Monday of February, May, August and November at the Lecanto Government Building in Lecanto. 

Applications will be accepted until June 10, 2019.   Applications which meet the eligibility requirements will be forwarded to the Board of County Commissioners for evaluation, nomination and selection.  Applications can be found at http://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/advisory-board-application.pdf and completed applications should be sent to Citrus County Administration, 3600 W. Sovereign Path Suite 267, Lecanto FL 34461.

First BOCC meeting in June on a Monday

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

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will be holding its first meeting next month on Monday, June 10, 2019 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 Monday due to the annual Florida Association of Counties Conference and Educational Exposition in Orlando, Florida.  

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