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MPO Technical Advisory Committee to meet

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

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, beginning at 10:00 a.m., at 1661 Blaise Drive, Hernando County Building Division Training Facility, Brooksville.

Items on the agenda include:

•             Draft FY 2018/19 – FY 2019/20 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

•             Bikeways and Trails Master Plan Update

The public is encouraged to attend.  Any questions concerning this public meeting should be directed to Mr. Steve Diez, Transportation Planner III, Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, 1661 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, FL, 34601, telephone (352) 754-4082, extension 28013 or email mpo@hernandocounty.us.

Join Commissioner Ron Kitchen for a Town Hall Meeting in Homosassa on April 12

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

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Citrus County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ron Kitchen will be holding a Town Hall Meeting for the general public to attend on Thursday, April 12, 2018. The meeting will be held at the Homosassa Library, located at 4100 Grandmarch Avenue in Homosassa, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

“I am looking forward to reporting back to the community on previous issues and hearing about new ones they wish addressed. This will continue to be a question and answer format and not a speech, so I encourage anyone with a question or an item that is important to them to attend,” explained Kitchen.

The schedule for Commissioner Kitchen’s upcoming Town Hall Meetings is as follows:

Thursday, May 3 – Coastal Region Library *Please note date change*

(All events will be held 5:30pm to 7:00pm and are open to the public.)

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

Florida Department of Transportation Advises of Night Lane Closures on US 19

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

The Florida Department of Transportation advises motorists of periodic lane closures that may take place in each direction of US 19 (Suncoast Boulevard) from Green Acres Street to Jump Court between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Sunday, April 8, 2018 through Thursday, April 12, 2018 nights. Please be alert to possible lane shifts when in the area.

Volunteer Fair - Find Out Where You Can Help!

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

Do you want to volunteer but don’t know where to start? Then come to the NCVC Volunteer Fair hosted by The Nature Coast Volunteer Center. The Volunteer Fair is a way for those who desire to serve and volunteer to explore opportunities and talk with organization representatives in a casual atmosphere.

Organizations face a shortage of volunteers. At the same time, many people have a desire to volunteer but just don’t know where the need is. The volunteer fair brings these two together. Potential volunteers are exposed to a wide variety of organizations that need their help in a fun and relaxed format. Volunteers can sign-up to help their favorite organization right on the spot.

The Volunteer Fair is being held at the Central Ridge Community Center located at 77 Civic Circle in Beverly Hills, Florida on April 24, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30p.m. 

Receive a free gift when you register with the Nature Coast Volunteer Center/RSVP!  For more information please contact Rhonda at rhonda.noel@citrusbocc.com or call

352-527-5959.

BOCC Special Meeting to be Braodcast Live on April 10

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

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting to discuss the “Number of School Resource Officers needed for the Schools and the funding of those resources on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 8:00am in the Citrus County Courthouse, 110 North Apopka Avenue, Inverness. The Board of County Commissioners may take a vote at this meeting. The Special Meeting is open to the public and will be broadcast live on Spectrum Channel 643 and Comcast Channel 71. Minutes and the recording of this meeting will be available on the Citrus County Clerk of Courts website at: http://citruscountyfl.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx .

Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization March Meeting Summary

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

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) held its monthly public meeting on March 20, 2018, in Brooksville. A presentation was made by Tampa Bay Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA) regarding the MPO Regional Coordination Study.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) provided an update regarding the following locations in the Hernando/Citrus MPO area:

Flashing beacons will be installed at the intersection of US 19 and St. Andrews Boulevard at the Heather Subdivision as a safety improvement.

A traffic signal is anticipated at US 19 and Hexam Road in the future.

No improvements are anticipated at US 19 and Thrasher Avenue at this time.

The traffic signal at US 19 and CR 488 (entrance to Duke Energy) will be operational in approximately 2 months’ time.

The traffic signal at US 19 and Seven Rivers Hospital will transition to a full operational signal in the near future.

A trail will be constructed along US 19 in Citrus County between Hernando County and the City of Crystal River.  The timing has not been finalized;however, FDOT has committed to inclusion of the trail.

Additional information regarding FDOT projects can be obtained from their public information office at: http://www.fdot.gov/info/moreDOT/districts/dist7.shtm

The Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) updated the MPO Board and public in attendance regarding the following:

Suncoast Parkway 2 is under construction, from US 19 to SR 44 with anticipated completion date Spring 2022.

Suncoast Parkway 2  from SR 44 to CR 486 is currently under procurement for design.

The Coastal Connector is a high level planning study called an Alternative Corridor Evaluation (ACE) study that is evaluating new transportation corridor alternatives in Citrus and Marion Counties.  Public meetings to present preliminary corridor alternatives are scheduled for Thursday, April 26, 2018 in Citrus County and Tuesday May 1, 2018 in Marion County.  For more information on this study visit the website at www.coastalconnector.com

Additional information regarding FTE projects and public meeting specifics can be found on their website at: http://www.floridasturnpike.com/projects.html

The MPO Board directed the Hernando County Human Resources Department to commence negotiations with Mr. Steve Diez as Executive Director of the MPO. The Board also approved the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) FY 2018 Annual Certifications and Assurances and authorized the Chairman and MPO attorney to execute the documents as required by the FTA, and recommended the selection of Mid Florida Community Services DBA Trans-Hernando as the Community Transportation Coordinator for Hernando County to the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged.

The Tentative Work Program will be reviewed and approved by the MPO at their June 19, 2018 meeting.  Additional project details will be available at that time. Please Contact the Hernando/Citrus MPO at (352) 754-4082 for more information

Composting Demystified Program

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

Composting provides many benefits in the garden.  A functioning compost pile of kitchen scraps and yard debris can be a challenge here in Florida for a variety of reasons.  Join UF/IFAS – Citrus County Extension Director BJ Jarvis for a composting conversation:

· Uncover the benefits of composting

· Problem solve some of the challenges of composting

· How to use the organic matter product once your bin is functioning properly

· All while removing this valuable resource from our waste stream 

· Discuss composting with worms as another option

·         Materials will be distributed at this FREE program

April 27 from 10:30 to noon @ Central Ridge Library, 425 W Roosevelt Blvd. Beverly Hills

April 25 from 10:30 to noon @ Homosassa Library, 4100 S. Grandmarch Ave, Homosassa

For more information or to register (encouraged, but not required), call the Extension Service at 352-527-5700 or stop by at 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto. All programs are offered without regard to race, color, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, or national origin.

The Guardian ad Litem Program Urges Residents to Act Against Child Abuse

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

During National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, the Guardian ad Litem program challenges residents of Hernando and Citrus Counties to stand against child abuse and take action to support children who have been abused or neglected. 

At any given time, there are over 700 children in foster care in Hernando and Citrus Counties. These children come into the child welfare system through no fault of their own. “The number of children coming into care continues to grow” said Marcia Hilty, Circuit Director. “Every child deserves the support of a caring, consistent, trained adult to help them find a safe, loving home where they can heal and thrive.”

Throughout the month of April, The Guardian ad Litem program (GALP) is calling on members of the community to help serve more of our most vulnerable children. The GALP, a largely volunteer-based organization, that advocates for the safety and well-being of abused and neglected children, gives lay citizens the power and authority to make a difference.  By assigning a trained volunteer to each child, it guarantees a higher level of protection and oversight and ensures decision-makers are focused on the child.

Without intervention, the odds are stacked against children in foster care. A child with a guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteer, however, spends 20 percent less time in foster care, on average, compared to a child without a GAL volunteer. Studies show children with a GAL volunteer receive more services that are critical to their well-being and are four times more likely to find a permanent home.  “GAL volunteers are a constant for the child in a time of chaos,” said Marcia Hilty, Circuit Director.  “A child may have multiple social workers, attorneys, therapists, and foster placements throughout the life of the case, but only one GAL volunteer, which can make all the difference for the child’s future.”

For more information about Guardian ad Litem, to become a supporter or to volunteer, visit GuardianadLitem.org.   To register for an upcoming training, contact Diana Gisonni at 352-812-6971 or by email at diana.gisonni@gal.fl.gov

Beverly Hills Walking Trail Closed for Resurfacing

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

Citrus County Parks and Recreation will be resurfacing the Beverly Hills Walking Trail, beginning next Tuesday, April 10, 2018. The walking trail will be closed during the work, and reopening to the public on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Citrus County Central Landfill Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

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

On Saturday April 21, 2018, the Citrus County Central Landfill will be providing a Household Hazardous Waste drop off event starting at 9:00am and ending at 1:00pm. 

Free disposal will be limited to 60 pounds or 10 gallons of Hazardous Waste as is done during normal Landfill operations on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Additional Hazardous Waste will be charged at the BOCC approved rate of $4.00 transaction fee, plus $0.35 per pound.

For more information contact the Citrus County Solid Waste Management:  PH: 352-527-7670   or www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/solid-waste. Questions may be emailed to hazwasteinfo@ citrusbocc.com

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