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Friends of the Community Centers Third Annual Indoor Yard Sale

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

The Friends of the Community Centers are having their Third Annual Indoor Yard Sale beginning Monday, February 25, 2019 to Friday, March 1, 2019.  The hours are 9:00am to 3:00pm each day at the Central Citrus Community Center, located in the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, Florida.

There will be a huge assortment of quality items for sale. Donations for the yard sale are greatly appreciated and they can be dropped off at Central Citrus Community Center between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm. All the proceeds will benefit the Senior Centers/Community Centers in Citrus County.

For more information, please call (352) 527-5993. 

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

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

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

WHO:                   Anyone               

WHAT: Cooking Under Pressure

WHEN:  Choose one Workshop:

                              Thursday, March 28 from: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

                              Thursday, April 4 from: 6:00pm to 8:00pm,

                              Tuesday, April 23 from: 6:00pm to 8:00pm 

                              Thursday, May 2 from: 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

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

Do you have an electric pressure cooker or plan to get one and are not sure how to use it?  This HANDS-ON class will cover: different pressure cooker models, appliance features, safety tips, additional equipment you can purchase, and tricks to make cooking a breeze. Participants will complete a recipe in an electric pressure cooker and enjoy a meal together. The cost for the one-day workshop is $15.00 per person and pre-registration is required as class is limited to 12 participants.

To register online: ccpressurecooking.eventbrite.com 

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

Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization to meet in February

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

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Lecanto Government Building, 3600 West Sovereign Path, Room 166, Lecanto, Florida.

Items scheduled on the agenda include, but are not limited to:

•             2019 Annual Elections of MPO Officers and Committee Appointments

•             Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Five – South Sumter Trail Presentation

•             City of Inverness Rock Ridge Phosphate Trail Presentation

•             Extension of the Suncoast Parkway – Resolution of Support

•             Safety Performance Measures - Resolution Adoption

•             2019 Hernando/Citrus MPO Lease Agreement

•             Hernando/Citrus MPO Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) Committee Appointment

Approximately one week prior to the meeting the meeting agenda may be viewed online at:  www.hernandocounty.us and/or 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 Metropolitan Planning Organization, 1661 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, FL, 34601, telephone (352) 754-4082, extension 28013, or email mpo@hernandocounty.us

Students Challenged to Detect Toilet Leaks

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

Citrus County Utilities is hosting its fifth annual Classroom Leak Detection Challenge for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms.  This annual event celebrates the EPA’s “We’re for Water” initiative by challenging students to test their home toilets for leaks.  All necessary supplies are provided by the utility.

This is a hands-on leak detection activity that teaches children and adults alike how to find and fix toilet leaks.  “What a great opportunity for students to learn firsthand how a small leak wastes hundreds of gallons of water each (day),” said Gwen Hunt, fourth grade Forest Ridge teacher. Hunt is correct. According to EPA Water Sense, one leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons a day.

Using dye tablets provided by the utility, twenty-seven classes from six schools tested 352 home toilets for leaks in 2018.  Together, students found 68 leaky toilets with an estimated saving of 13,600 gallons of water a day when fixed.

This is a fun and engaging event with free shower timers for students of participating classrooms.  All classes are also entered into a chance drawing to win a pizza party. 

Teachers interested in participating in the 2019 challenge should send an email to Debra.Burden@citrusbocc.com by April 12, 2019 that includes the school, teacher name, grade and the number of students.  The utility will mail toilet leak detection supplies directly to the school. For more information, contact Debra 

FWC to hold public meeting in Gainesville on aquatic plant herbicide treatment program

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

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold a public meeting to gather community input about the agency’s aquatic plant herbicide treatment program. The Gainesville meeting will be held from 5:30- 8:30 p.m. on February 19 at the Alachua County Library Headquarters, 401 E. University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601. FWC has required counties to pause herbicide treatment programs on public waterbodies funded by the State of Florida’s cooperative aquatic plant management program.

The meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to provide feedback about management activities on Florida water bodies during the past 12 months. A complete list of FWC public meetings related to this topic can be found at MyFWC.com/Invasiveplants. This webpage will be updated with any additional meeting dates. Comments may be sent to Invasiveplants@MyFWC.com. Residents may also contact their state representatives with their thoughts on this topic.

Invasive plants degrade and diminish Florida's waterways by displacing native plant communities. Some invasive aquatic plants pose a significant threat to human welfare and cause economic problems by impeding flood control and affecting recreational use of waterways.

Seeking applications for seat on the Citrus Springs Advisory Board

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

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for the Citrus Springs Advisory Board.  This Advisory Board is seeking two qualified regular members to complete two-year terms that will expire on January 31, 2020.

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

The Citrus Springs Advisory Board meets the first Wednesday of every month at 9:00am at the Citrus Springs Community Building, located at 1570 W. Citrus Springs Blvd in Citrus Springs. The purpose of this board is to provide facilities, street lighting, beautification and other essential facilities and municipal services for the Citrus Springs area.

Applications are due by March 1, 2019 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.

Accepting Applications for Vacancies 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 Technical member (four year) and one Alternate member (one year) 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 February 28, 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.

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Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board to Meet

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

The Citrus County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB) of the Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public meeting on Thursday, February 14, 2019, beginning at 10:30 a.m., at the Citrus Transit Center, 1300 South Lecanto Highway, Lecanto, Florida.

Items on the agenda include:

•             2019 Annual Election of Officers and Appointments

•             Transportation Disadvantaged (TD) Eligibility

•             Key Center Update

•             Citrus Transit Quarterly Report

All meetings are open to the public.  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.  The meeting agenda will be published approximately one week prior to the meet date was www.hernandocitrusmpo.us.

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

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

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

WHO:             Anyone          

WHAT:           Cooking Under Pressure        

WHEN:           Choose one Workshop:

                        Thursday, March 28 from: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

                        Thursday, April 4 from: 6:00pm to 8:00pm,

                        Tuesday, April 23 from: 6:00pm to 8:00pm 

                        Thursday, May 2 from: 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

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

Do you have an electric pressure cooker or plan to get one and are not sure how to use it?  This HANDS-ON class will cover: different pressure cooker models, appliance features, safety tips, additional equipment you can purchase, and tricks to make cooking a breeze. Participants will complete a recipe in an electric pressure cooker and enjoy a meal together. The cost for the one-day workshop is $15.00 per person and pre-registration is required as class is limited to 12 participants.

To register online: cpressurecooking.eventbrite.com 

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

Suncoast Parkway 2 Construction and Lane Closure Updates

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

The Florida Turnpike is advising motorists of full closure of all lanes of CR 480/West Oak Park Boulevard, 9p.m. to 5:30a.m., Wednesday, February 6, 2019 and Thursday, February 7, 2019.

Detours for the closure will be:

o             CR 491/South Lecanto Highway northbound traffic to CR 480/West Oak Park Boulevard westbound will be detoured north to West Cardinal Street, then travel west to US 19/98, then south to CR 480/West Oak Park Boulevard.

o             CR 491/South Lecanto Highway southbound traffic to CR 480/West Oak Park Boulevard westbound will be detoured south to US 98, then travel north to CR 480/West Oak Park Boulevard.

o             CR 480/West Oak Park Boulevard eastbound traffic will be detoured west on CR 480/West Oak Park Boulevard to US 19/98, then travel north to West Cardinal Street, then east to CR 491/South Lecanto Highway, then south to 480/West Oak Park Boulevard.

o             CR 480/West Oak Park Boulevard westbound traffic will be detoured east to CR 491/South Lecanto Highway, then travel north to West Cardinal Street, then west to US 19/98, then south to CR 480/West Oak Park Boulevard.

The Florida Turnpike is also advising: US 98 eastbound and westbound in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway, long-term single lane closures. One lane in each direction will remain open to traffic. 

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 West Cardinal Street and a partial interchange at SR 44, one wildlife crossing and four wildlife culverts, 15 new bridges, two all-electronic tolling gantries and equipment buildings, 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.

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