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Citrus County Accepting Applications for the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

Citrus County Housing Services would like to announce the terms of expiration/vacancy for six positions on the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee:

•             Banking Representative

•             Home Building Trades Representative

•             Essential Services Personnel Representative

•             Residential Home Building Industry Representative

•             Employer Representative

•             For Profit Provider of Affordable Housing Representative

The Committee’s primary purpose and responsibility is to advise and make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners, on matters related to the development and implementation of the local housing assistance plan created to make affordable residential units available to persons of very low and low income, and to persons having special housing needs.

The current terms expire on January 31, 2019. The new terms will begin on February 1, 2019 and will be for two years expiring on January 31, 2021.

Applications and resumes are requested by December 1, 2018. Applications are available at the Housing Services Division located at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Ct, Lecanto, FL 34461, or online at http://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/advisory-board-application.pdf

For consideration of placement on the Advisory Committee, please send a completed application together with a recent resume to: Citrus County Board of County Commissioners, Attn: Denise Gallagher, Citrus County Administration, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Suite 267, Lecanto, FL 34461.

Southbound US 19 Lane Reopened

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

The Florida Department of Transportation has advised the left lane of southbound US 19 has been reopened just south of Yulee Drive. It had been closed since 10 a.m. November 14, 2018 for the repair of a depression in the roadway. Repairs have been completed and the lane is reopened.

Citrus County Fire Rescue Promotional Pinning Ceremony

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

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Citrus County Fire Chief Craig Stevens (far right) administers the oath of office prior to promoting members of Citrus County Fire Rescue at a recent ceremony at the Lecanto Government Building. (From left to right) Firefighters Manuel Martinez, Kelly Seiferheld and Jose Dorta were promoted to Driver Engineers, Lieutenant Anthony Sequin was promoted to Captain, Captain Robert Bessler was promoted to Battalion Chief, making him the newest member on the Fire Rescue Command Staff. Battalion Chief Keith Long was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief.

With family members, friends and fellow firefighters looking on, several Citrus County Fire Rescue firefighters were promoted at a recent ceremony at the Lecanto Government Building.

The ceremony opened with an honor guard presenting the colors. Chief of Training Greg Ellis welcomed the audience to the ceremony and introduced Chaplain Gary Evans for the Invocation and then Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith had words of praise for their achievement. Fire Chief Craig Stevens then addressed the audience about the new responsibilities the promoted members will face in the future and how the Citrus County community looks to them for their trust and expertise every day. “Their training and experience shows the dedication these firefighters have for the citizens of Citrus County.” said Chief Stevens.

One by one firefighters stood at attention as a new badge and collar pins were attached by family members or friends to their uniforms to denote their new position within the department.

The ceremony concluded with Chief Stevens thanking firefighters and family members for their dedication to each other, the fire service and to Citrus County.

Southbound US 19 lane closed due to depression

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

The Florida Department of Transportation has advised that the left lane of southbound US 19 has been closed just south of Yulee Drive due to a depression in the roadway. Crews will be investigating the area to determine what repairs are needed. It is likely the lane will be closed until at least through Thursday, November 14, 2018, depending on the extent of the repair work. Drivers can expect slower than normal traffic approaching the area of the lane closure.

Updates will be posted at http://www.fdottampabay.com/project/110/405822-2-52-01

Citrus County Partners with PetData to Make Animal Licensing Easy!

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

Citrus County has made it easier and more convenient to license your pet with three different options available for residents purchasing or renewing a pet license – online, by mail or in person.

reminds you to check your pet’s license and make sure it’s current! 

Options available for Citrus County residents purchasing or renewing a pet license are:

ONLINE: You can license online by going to www.PetData.com and enter your zip code. You can license multiple pets at the same time, and easily upload required documents.  All major credit cards are accepted, and a small convenience fee will apply per transaction.

MAIL: To license by mail, simply mail a copy of your pet’s current rabies certificate and any other applicable documentation, along with your check made payable to Citrus County BOCC, to Citrus County Animal Services, C/O PetData, PO Box 141929, Irving, TX 75014.

IN PERSON: Pet licenses may also be purchased in person at Citrus County Animal Services and participating veterinary clinics. Be sure to bring along your pet’s current rabies certificate. For more information call Animal Services at: (352) 746-8400.

Remember, cats and dogs and ferrets over the age of 4 months must be licensed with Citrus County. The County encourages pet owners to spay and neuter their pets. License fees for altered pets are $10 for a 1-year license or $30 for a 3-year license. Licenses for unaltered pets are $35 for a 1-year license or $105 for a 3-year license. A rabies vaccination certificate including vaccination and expiration dates is required to obtain a license. Proof of spay/neuter is required for the altered pet rate.

Purchasing a license and attaching it to your pet’s collar is one of the most important things you can do as a responsible pet owner.  Displaying a current license tag on your pet’s collar makes it easy for animal control officers and shelter employees to quickly locate a lost pet’s owner information. It could be your pet’s ticket home!

If you have already renewed your Citrus County Pet License, have a current license, or any changes with the pet’s information; yet receive a renewal or past due notice please contact PetData directly toll free 1-833-259-2135 or visit Petdata.com

For more information on licensing in Citrus County, please visit petdata.com or call toll-free 1-833-259-2135.

Bicentennial Park Pool Closed for Veterans Day

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

Bicentennial Park Pool will be closed to the public Monday, November 12, 2018, in honor of Veterans Day. The pool is located at 8145 W. Bicentennial Park Drive Crystal River, Fl. 34429.  For more information, call: 352-795-1478

Citrus County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to meet

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

Citrus County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee meet on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 5:00 pm, at the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 West Marc Knighton Court, Room 135, Lecanto, Florida.

This meeting will include the triennial review of affordable housing incentives and review of all SHIP strategies proposed in the 2019-2022 Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP).  A draft version of the proposed LHAP can be viewed at the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL 34461.

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.

Seeking applications for seat on the Citrus Springs Advisory Board

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for the Citrus Springs Advisory Board.  This Advisory Board is seeking one qualified regular member for a two-year term that will begin on February 1, 2019. The term 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 November 30, 2018 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. 

Citrus County Recognizes Geographic Information Systems' Making a Difference in Society

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

Citrus County will celebrate GIS Day on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. The County has shown innovative application of technology, data collection, geospatial information visualization, and thought leadership through geographic information system (GIS) technology in the field of local government.

The GIS Division will have a display in the lobby of the Government Center, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, for the public to enjoy on November 14 during business hours. The display will show some of the important ways GIS is impacting the lives of citizens in Citrus County.

The Citrus County GIS Division is responsible for developing and maintaining effective geospatial data in the GIS system to increase the efficiency of county departments, agencies, and regional partners in meeting their business needs. The system is also designed to share layers of information with other agencies such as the Sheriff's Office and 911 Dispatch, Emergency Operations Center, School Board, Supervisor of Elections, Property Appraiser, City of Crystal River and City of Inverness. This information is critical in severe weather events such as hurricanes, flooding and wildfires.

“The Citrus County GIS Division is excited to participate in the international GIS Day event. This special day will give us the opportunity to show the citizens of our community the real value of GIS. GIS is more than pretty maps, it’s a platform that gives us the ability to show trends and patterns, develop decision support systems, and improve processes throughout our organization to save time and money,” said Jim Faulkner, MSc, CAPM, Director, Geographic Information Systems.

This November, Citrus County will join hundreds of organizations from North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia in hosting gatherings that will serve to ignite the imagination of the future geospatial innovators who will move the planet forward using GIS.

Over 18 years ago, consumer advocate Ralph Nader presented an idea to Esri founder and president Jack Dangermond: dedicate one day to show how geographic intelligence touches everyone. That led to the establishment of GIS Day, which was first observed in 1999. The explosion of geospatial technology since then has expanded that idea into a global event that demonstrates how far GIS extends into people's lives, and a forum for users to showcase their unique GIS accomplishments.

"We should be proud of the achievements our users make in the field of GIS, and this is a way to celebrate that," said Dangermond.

For more information on how Citrus County is innovating through the application of GIS, visit https://www.citrusbocc.com/sysmgmt/gis/gis.htm.

County Offices Closed in Observance of Veterans Day

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

Citrus County Government offices will be closed Monday, November 12, 2018 in observance of Veterans Day.

•             In observance of Veterans Day, the Citrus County Central Landfill will close early Monday, November 12, 2018 at 2:30pm.  The Administrative Office will be closed all day. Normal hours will resume the next day. For more information on landfill hours, call 527-7670 during office hours or go to the county’s website at: http://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/solid-waste.htm

•             All branches of the Citrus County Library System will be closed on Monday, November 12, 2018. Normal hours will resume the next day.

•             Citrus County Transit will be closed Monday, November 12, 2018.

•             Animal Services will be closed Monday, November 12, 2018.

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