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County Administrator and BOCC Recognize Employees at Service Award Breakfast

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

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County Administrator Randy Oliver and Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Ron Kitchen, Jimmie T. Smith, Brian Coleman and BOCC Chairman Jeff Kinnard recognized employees for years of service at a recent breakfast held at the Historic Old Courthouse in Inverness on Thursday, January 31, 2019. The following employees were honored for their service and dedication to Citrus County:

20 Year

Shannon Budd Hired on December 14, 1998 as a Computer Network Administrator in then Office of Systems Management. She is currently a Business Technology Analyst in the Systems Management Department.

15 Year

Rickey Sadler Hired on November 8, 2003 as a Parks Maintenance Worker in the Department of Public Works, Maintenance Operation Division. He is currently a Journeyman Tradesworker in the Public Works Department, Facilities Management.

George Licht Hired on November 24, 2003 as a Construction Inspector in then the Department of Development Services, Building Division. He is currently an Inspector III in the Building Division.

Kristy Fuller Hired on January 05, 2004 as a Secretary in then Department of Development Services, Community Development Division. She is currently a GIS Analyst in the Systems Management Department, GIS Division. Utility Operations.

Lanette Ferdinand Hired on January 5, 2004 as a Secretary in then Department of Development Services, Community Development Division. She is currently a Senior Development Review/Permitting Specialist in Growth Management, Building Division.

Brian Coleman Hired on January 12, 2004 as a Utilities Construction Technician in then Department of Public Safety, Utilities Division. He is currently a Utilities Technician II in Water Resources, Utility Operations.

10 Year

Veronica Davis Hired on August 8, 2008 as a Part-time Library Aide in the Community Services Department, Library Services Division. She is currently an Industry Relations Specialist in the Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Sandra Searl Hired on December 01, 2008 as a Housing Accountant in Community Services, Housing Division. She is currently a Housing Accountant in Community Services, Housing Division and has a retirement date of February 8, 2019.

Warren Watson Jr Hired on January 14, 2009 as a Utility Operator Trainee in the then Department of Public Works, Utility Operations. He is currently a Utilities Operator III in Utility Operations.

Stephen Schindler Hired on January 20, 2009 as a Utility Maintenance Worker in then Department of Public Works, Utility Operations. He is currently a Utilities Technician II in Utility Operations.

5 Year

Thomas McConnell Hired on November 25, 2013 as a Solid Waste Technician I in the Public Works Department, Solid Waste Management. He is currently a Water Conservation Specialist in Water Resources

Alan Napier Hired on November 12, 2013 under the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Fleet Services and is current a Heavy Equipment Mechanic in Public Works, Fleet Management.

Donald Maidlow Hired on December 9, 2013 as a Field Operations Supervisor in the Public Works Department, Engineering Division. He is currently a Road Maintenance Operations Manager in Public Works, Road Maintenance Division.

Donna Harris Hired on December 09, 2013 as a Senior Secretary in the County Attorney’s Office. She is currently a Development Review/Permitting Specialist in Growth Management, Building Division.

Anthony McKinney Hired on December 09, 2013 as a Code Compliance Officer in the Growth Management Department, Code Compliance Division. He is currently the Code Compliance Director.

Sarah Ellis Hired on December 06, 2013 as an Extension Agent 1- FCS in the Community Services Department, Extension Services Division. She is currently a Courtesy Extension Agent FCS

Robin Kenning Hired on December 23, 2013 as a Senior Secretary in the Planning & Development Department, Building Division. She is currently a License Compliance Officer in Growth Management, Building Division.

Michael Simek Hired on January 20, 2014 as a Driver Engineer under the Citrus County Sherriff’s Office, Fire Rescue Division. He is currently a Driver Engineer.

Carl Ballard Hired on January 13, 2014 as a Light Equipment Operator in the Public Works Department, Road Maintenance Division. He is currently a Heavy Equipment Operator in Public Works, Solid Waste Management.

Timothy Hudson Hired on January 21, 2014 as a Utility Maintenance Worker in Water Resources, Utility Operations. He is currently an Engineering Inspector in Utility Operations.

County Administrator and BOCC Recognize Employees at Service Award Breakfast

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

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 County Administrator Randy Oliver and Board of County Commissioners Ron Kitchen, and Jimmie T. Smith, Brian Coleman, and BOCC Chairman Jeff Kinnard are joined by Citrus County employees who recently received recognition for their years of service

40 Year

Glenn Piper Hired on November 8, 1978 as a Mechanic in the Road Department. He is currently a Chief Mechanic in the Public Works Department, Fleet Management

35 Years

Bradley Ferguson Hired on December 12, 1983 as a Maintenance Technician I in the Public Works Department, Road Maintenance Division. He is currently a Heavy Equipment Operator.

30 Year

Sherry Sadlo Hired on January 9, 1989 as a Secretary in then Department of Technical Services. She is currently a Systems Support Technician in the Systems Management Department.

25 Year

Francis Roe Hired on January 31, 1994 as a Maintenance Worker in the Public Works Department, Road Maintenance Division. He is currently a Maintenance Technician.

Pamela Baize Hired on January 12, 1994 as a Senior Secretary in the Community Services Department, Human Services Division. She is currently the Transportation Office Supervisor in Community Services, Transit Services with a retirement date of February 28, 2019.

James Saltmarsh Hired on January 31, 1994 as a Maintenance Worker in the Public Works Department, Road Maintenance Division. He is currently a Road Maintenance Unit Supervisor.




Seeking application for seat on the Historic Resources Advisory Board

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

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for the Historic Resources Advisory Board.  This Advisory Board is seeking one position for Member-at-Large, one Architect, and two Alternate Members that will expire on January 31, 2019. The term is for a two-year period and will expire on January 31, 2020.

The Historic Resources Advisory Board meets the first Wednesday of every other month at 4:00 p.m. at the Lecanto Government Building, located at 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto. The Historic Resources Advisory Board assists county entities to identify, evaluate, and protect historic properties.

Applications are due by February 11, 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.

Fourth Annual Community Leadership Summit a Success

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

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The fourth annual Community Leadership Summit took place Friday, January 18, 2019 at the College of Central Florida, Citrus Campus in Lecanto. Commissioner and Chairman Jeff Kinnard 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 provides an opportunity for community leaders to discuss, plan and prioritize mutual programs, projects and issues facing Citrus County while looking to the future. The day also lends itself to relationship building and each year the participation from all groups has grown.

BOCC Chairman Jeff Kinnard to Hold Town Hall Series in 2019

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

Citrus County Commissioner and Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Jeff Kinnard has announced he will be holding a series of Town Hall Meetings in Citrus County during 2019.

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, February 21 - Citrus Springs Community Center 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Thursday, February 28 - Central Ridge Library 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Wednesday, March 6 - Coastal Region Library 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Tuesday, March 19 - Homosassa Library 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Thursday, March 21 - Lakes Region Library 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Thursday, March 28 - Floral City Library 5:30pm to 7:00pm

All events are open to the public.

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

Citrus County 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.

Clerk Warns of Deed Scam

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

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Angela Vick, your Clerk, would like to warn the citizens of Citrus County of a potential deed copy scam. Recently, a local citizen brought to our attention a mail solicitation received from a company offering to provide a property profile and a copy of the deed recorded in the homeowner’s name. Companies offering these services are charging exorbitant fees. The Clerk’s office does not request payment for recorded property deeds via mail. Stay alert to all suspicious mailings, phone calls and emails and be aware of scams or potential scams.

Citizens may acquire certified copies of deeds for $1.00 per page and $2.00 for the certification; a cost significantly less than the fees these companies are advertising. Uncertified copies of deeds are also available for $1.00 per page.

The Clerk’s office is available to respond to questions regarding property deeds and the cost of obtaining a copy. Please feel free to contact the Official Records Department in our office at (352) 341-6424 or stop by the Clerk Annex, located at 120 N. Montgomery Avenue, Inverness, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Two free Florida-friendly gardening workshops in February 2019

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

9 Steps to Florida-friendly Landscaping™

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on February 5, 2019 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  The University of Florida developed the 9 basic principles to establish a set of gardening practices which aid gardeners in creating sustainable and successful ornamental gardens.  These practices allow gardeners to create beautiful landscapes generating little or no impact to our water resources.  Selection of the right plant for the right location, efficient irrigation, proper fertilization and responsible pest management are several of the topics discussed during this workshop. Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto.  Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation or register at https://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com.

SOILS: The garden foundation

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on February 19, 2019 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  The components of Florida’s soils and geology need to be considered when making landscaping installation and best management choices.  The soils pH, proper fertilization choices and appropriate supplemental irrigation practices can impact the sustainability of our ornamental gardens.  Learn ways to effectively manage plants growing in sandy Florida soils.  Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto.  Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation or register at https://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com.

Salvation Army Cold Weather Shelter to Open

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

The Salvation Army will have their Cold Weather Shelter open Tuesday, January 29, 2019.  The shelter is open 7pm to 7am and is located at The Salvation Army, 712 S. School Avenue, Lecanto, FL 34461. 

Remember, someone seeking cold weather shelter can go to any Citrus County Bus Stop at the last pickup time, and the driver will drop off the person at The Salvation Army at no cost. The person will be picked up at The Salvation Army the following morning and taken back to the same area

If you have any questions, please contact The Salvation Army directly at 352-513-4960.

Open Houses to view Draft Preliminary Flood Maps Scheduled

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

Draft preliminary digital Flood Hazard Maps for Citrus and Hernando Counties are ready for public viewing and open houses have been scheduled by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

Residents and property owners in Citrus and Hernando Counties can see draft preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for coastal areas at two scheduled public open houses on February 5, 2019 and February 6, 2019.

FIRMs show the potential extent and risks of flooding. They will be used to determine flood insurance premiums and building requirements. At the open houses, you can learn about your risk of flooding and ask questions about what the new maps will mean for your property. You can also meet one-on-one with specialists to discuss flood risk, flood insurance, appeals, mitigation options, and engineering behind the flood insurance study. Home and business owners, renters, real estate agents, mortgage lenders, surveyors, and insurance agents are encouraged to attend.

The open house dates, times and locations are:

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 4pm – 7pm

National Guard Armory

8551 W Venable St.

Crystal River, FL 34429

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 4pm – 7pm

Rao Musunuru, MD Conference Center

5290 Hunters Lake Rd.

Spring Hill, FL 34606

Residents of Citrus and Hernando Counties can attend either open house. Property lookup information for both counties will be available at both open houses. 

The new preliminary FIRMs were developed through a partnership between the communities and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). They are based on updated modeling data and show coastal flood hazards more accurately than previous maps.

The goal is to inform property owners and the community of their flood risks. Over time, these risks change due to construction and development, environmental changes, watershed conditions, and other factors. Flood maps are updated periodically to reflect these changes.

By law, federally regulated or insured mortgage lenders require flood insurance on buildings that are located in areas at high risk of flooding. Standard homeowners, business owners, and renters insurance policies typically don’t cover flood damage; consequently, flood insurance is an important consideration for everyone with coastal property.

Flood insurance policies can be purchased from any state-licensed property and casualty insurance agent. Call the National Flood Insurance Program Help Center at 800-427-4661 or visit www.floodsmart.gov for more information.

If you need any reasonable accommodations at the open house, please contact FEMA’s Office of Equal Rights at fema-reasonable-accomodations@fema.dhs.gov to m

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