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Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization to Meet

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

Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization to Meet

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, August 20, 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:

•             2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)

•             Transportation Disadvantaged Planning Grants

•             Summary from MPO meeting on June 18, 2019

•             Major Update to the Hernando County Transit Development Plan (TDP)

•             Appointments to MPO Committees

•             Citrus County Transit Annual TDP Progress Report

•             MPO Bylaws – amendment

•             Amendment to MPO Agreement with Florida Department of Transportation

•             Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) FY 2020-2024 Amendment

•             Discussion MPO Budget

•             Discussion Three Sisters Multiuse path

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

Lane closure on Forest Ridge Blvd. announced

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

Citrus County has secured Shenandoah Construction to perform rehabilitation on the storm sewer system along Forest Ridge Blvd. from Wednesday, July 31, 2019 through Monday, August 12, 2019. 

For the safety of the traveling public and construction personnel, the right lane will be closed on North Forest Ridge Blvd, between N. Honeylocust Dr. and W. Bonset Ct. for the duration of the construction project.  Motorists should expect some delays and are asked to reduce their speed as they drive through the work area.

Citrus County to Participate in International Coastal Cleanup

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

Citrus County will hold its 30th Annual Lakes, Rivers and Coastal Cleanup on September 21, 2019. Each year for the past thirty years, Citrus County has collaborated with Save Our Waters, Southwest Florida Water Management District and the community to clean our local waterways. The deadline to submit the Group Leader Agreement is Thursday, September 5, 2019. For more information on the serving as a Group Leader or participating in this event phone, 352-527-7620 or visit https://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/aquatics/Adopt-A-Shore.pdf .

Harnessing the Power of People to Fight Ocean Trash is the event’s theme for 2019. The International Coastal Cleanup began more than 30 years ago, when communities rallied together with the common goal of collecting and documenting the trash littering their coastline. The movement was catalyzed by the passion and spirit of two committed individuals. Back in 1986, Linda Maraniss moved to Texas from Washington, DC, where she had been working for Ocean Conservancy. She’d been inspired by the work her Ocean Conservancy colleague Kathy O’Hara was doing on a groundbreaking report called Plastics in the Ocean: More than a Litter Problem that would be published the next year.

Linda and Kathy reached out to the Texas General Land Office, local businesses and other dedicated ocean-lovers, and planned what would become Ocean Conservancy’s first Cleanup. They asked volunteers to go beyond picking up trash and record each item collected on a standardized data card in order to identify ways to eliminate ocean trash in the future.

The Cleanup has grown immensely in the 30 years since Linda and Kathy’s first Cleanup. Volunteers from states and territories throughout the U.S. and more than 100 countries come together each year and participate in a Cleanup event near them.

Thank you to all the volunteers who, for over the past thirty years, have made a difference in the health and quality of Citrus County’s waters! For more information visit Ocean Conservancy and here is some information https://oceanconservancy.org/trash-free-seas/international-coastal-cleanup/ .



Desperate Need for Kitten Fosters

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

Citrus County Animal Services is in desperate need of kitten fosters. We have neonatal bottle baby kittens and some that just need a little extra time grow big and strong for adoption.

When you foster for Citrus County Animal Services we will provide you with a take home foster kit, which includes all the supplies, and knowledge you will need to make your foster experience a huge success.

If you cannot foster at this time please help us by promoting the need of fosters to your friends and family so no kitten(s) will be left behind.

To find out more about fostering contact Citrus County Animal Services at 352-746-8400 or stop by in person at 4030 S Airport Rd Inverness Florida 34450. family so no kitten(s) will be left behind.

To find out more about fostering contact Citrus County Animal Services at 352-746-8400 or stop by in person at 4030 S Airport Rd Inverness Florida 34450

Public Workshop for 2045 Transportation Plan

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

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold two public workshops 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).  The workshops are scheduled as follows:

CITRUS COUNTY – August 13, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Meeting will be held at the US Army National Guard Armory, 8551 W Venable St, Crystal River FL 34429

HERNANDO COUNTY- August 14, 2019 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Meeting will be held at the Community Center of Ridge Manor, 34240 Cortez Blvd, Ridge Manor, FL 33523

All workshops are open to the public.  Any questions concerning these public workshops 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 BOCC proclaims July 19-27 as Key Training Center’s Run for the Money Week

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

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Run for the Money.jpgThe Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Jeff Kinnard, First Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Second Vice-Chairman Scott Carnahan, Ron Kitchen, and Jimmie T. Smith, with representatives from the Key Training Center

The BOCC proclaims July 19-27 as Key Training Center’s Run for the Money Week

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on July 9, 2019, to a standing ovation, proclaiming July 19-27 as Key Training Center’s Run for the Money Week in Citrus County.

Key Training Center currently serves the needs of more than three hundred developmentally disabled individuals in Citrus County. Key provides the highest quality of care and services to this special population including comfortable residential homes, education and training, jobs and job support both at the Key and for those employed out in the community, as well as recreation, cultural and spiritual support in an environment of kindness, love, dignity and respect.

Key Training Center clients give back to Citrus County – over one hundred of Key’s families (1/3 of the population served) are giving over 100 hours per month to volunteer community service hours to approximately 15 local organizations such as our hospitals, sheriff’s office, services to the elderly, the blind, and animals of Citrus County.

The “Run for the Money Week” is kicked off  in July each year and begins with a 180-mile run from the capitol steps in Tallahassee to the Key Training Center campus in Lecanto just off SR 44.

The Board of County Commissioners proclaims July19-27, 2019 as “Key Training Center’s Run for the Money Week” in recognition of the Center’s longstanding commitment to serve the Developmentally Disabled.

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, Board of County Commission (BOCC) Chairman Jeff Kinnard and Commissioner Ron Kitchen recognized employees for years of service at a recent breakfast held at the Historic Old Courthouse in Inverness on Thursday, July 25, 2019. The following employees were honored for their service and dedication to Citrus County:

5 Years:

Kathleen Rubel Hired on May 27, 2014 as the Receptionist in the Community Services Department, Support Services Division.

Robbin Halter Hired on May 15, 2014 as a Meter Reader Specialist in the Water Resources Department, Utilities Division. She is currently the Meter Reader Lead.

Cindy O’Neill Hired on May 22, 2014 as an Accounting Clerk in the Community Services Department, Support Services Division. She is currently the Accounting Supervisor.

Erin Dohren Hired on May 19, 2014 as a Fiscal Specialist in the Water Resources Department. She is currently a Fiscal Specialist in the Management & Budget Department.

Sarah Wilson Hired on June 2, 2014 as a Senior Secretary in the Water Resources Department.

Matthew Watrous Hired on June 30, 2014 as a Floor Technician in the Public Works Department, Facilities Management Division.

Ann Kennedy Hired on June 21, 2014 as an Accounting Clerk in the Community Services Department, Parks & Recreation Division.

Robert Burkhart Hired on June 23, 2014 as Firefighter/EMT for the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Fire Rescue Division. He is currently a Driver Engineer in the Fire Rescue Department.

Marc Farrell Hired on July 7, 2014 as a Part-Time Library Aide in the Community Services Department, Library Services Division.

Adam Chang Hired on July 7, 2014 as an Instruction & Research Librarian in the Community Services Department, Library Services Division.

Rebecca Drummond Hired on July 26, 2014 as a Clerk Typist in the Community Services Department, Animal Services Division. She is currently a Customer Services Representative

Rose Saslo Hired on January 1, 2013 as an Animal Services Technician in the Community Services Department, Animal Services Division.  She is currently a Senior Animal Services Technician.

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10 Year

Terrianne Caraluzzo Hired on May 12, 2009 as a Library Assistant in the Community Services Department, Library Services Division. She is currently a Library Circulation Supervisor

Debra Nicholson Hired on May 11, 2009 as Part-Time Animal Services Technician in the Development Services Department, Animal Services Division. She is currently a Full-Time Animal Services Technician in the Community Services Department, Animal Services Division.

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15 Year

Debra Weber Hired on May 10, 2004 as a Senior Secretary in the Department of Development Services, Community Development Division. She RETIRED on June 14, 2019 as a Human Resources Associate II.

Quincy Wylupek Hired on June 1, 2004 as an Engineering Section Manager in the Department of Public Works, Engineering Division. He is currently an Engineering Project Manager.

James Fuller Hired on July 6, 2004 as a Light Equipment Operator in the Department of Public Works, Road Maintenance Division. He is currently a Medium Equipment Operator.

Norman Morris Hired on July 19, 2004 as a Utilities Construction Technician in the Department of Public Works, Utilities Division. He is currently a Maintenance Technician in the Public Works Department, Road Maintenance Division.

Robert Bessler Hired on July 26, 2004 as a Hazardous Materials Specialist in the Department of Public Safety. He is currently a Battalion Chief in the Fire Rescue Department.

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30 Years

Charles Watson Hired on June 19, 1989 as an Equipment Service Worker in the Department of Public Works, Fleet Management Division. He is currently a Heavy Equipment Mechanic in the Public Works Department, Fleet Management Division.

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35 Years

Richard Sims Hired on July 16, 1984 as a Maintenance Worker in the Department of Community Services, Parks & Recreation Division. He is currently a Grounds Maintenance Coordinator in the Community Services Department, Parks & Recreation Division


Citrus County Community Commercial Kitchen Open and Available

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

Citrus County Parks and Recreation is happy to announce the opening of the Community Commercial Kitchen, located at the Citrus County Resource Center at 2804 West Marc Knighton Court Lecanto FL 34461.  

The kitchen has been inspected and licensed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.  Parks and Recreation will start accepting applications on September 9, 2019. 

The Community Kitchen is for entrepreneurs and vendors who need kitchen space with a minimum capital investment.  The kitchen will provide prep space, cold and dry storage.  It will be available daily, weekly, monthly or as needed.  For pricing and availability, please contact Parks & Recreation at (352) 527-7540.

Energy assistance funds available

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

Funds are still available for the Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAEP). Cooling season is coming to an end and the funds remaining in the program must be used before September 30th 2019.


The qualifications are:


1. HOUSEHOLD MEMBER AGE 60 or OLDER

2. A PAST DUE or DISCONNECT/ SHUTOFF NOTICE FOR ELECTRIC

3. NEED FOR PROPANE TANK FILLED FOR PRIMARY HEATING PURPOSES (OCTOBER 1 – MARCH 31 ONLY)

4. PROOF OF INCOME REQUIRED– SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT STATEMENT (CURRENT YEAR), WAGES (PAYSTUBS FOR PREVIOUS 4 WEEKS) AND/OR DOCUMENTATION SUCH AS A PENSION LETTER OR VA BENEFIT LETTER 

5. ADULTS MUST PROVIDE COPIES OF PICTURE ID AND SOCIAL SECURITY CARD; CHILDREN MUST PROVIDE COPIES OF BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND SOCIAL SECURITY CARD

6. ASSISTANCE AVAILABE ONCE EACH SEASON: 

COOLING SEASON: APRIL 1 THRU SEPTEMBER 30. 

HEATING SEASON: OCTOBER 1 THRU MARCH 31.

7. MEET INCOME REQUIREMENTS LISTED BELOW:


People in Household Monthly Gross Income

1 $ 1517.50

2 $ 2057.50

3 $ 2597.50

4 $ 3137.50

5 $ 3677.50

6 $ 4217.50

7 $ 4757.50

8 $ 5297.50


Please call 352-527-5989 for an appointment or questions.




Citrus County Animal Services to resume normal shelter operations

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

Citrus County Animal Services will resume normal shelter operations at 10:00am on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. The shelter is located at 4030 S. Airport Rd. Inverness. The last round of laboratory tests results showed no new animals have been infected with the virus, which resulted in the temporary closure of the shelter.

After working with, and following recommendations from, veterinarians with the University of Florida’s Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, we all feel it is safe to resume normal operations and begin transitioning animals out of the shelter into their new homes.

A special thank you to Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection (CCFAP). The organization is paying the adoption fee for any dog adopted from now until the end of July. This is an excellent time for potential adopters to consider a new or additional furry family member.

To accommodate continued Animal Control intakes the temporary shelter will remain open at the Fire Station at 9658 S. Pleasant Grove Rd Inverness, Fl. Both the main shelter and temporary shelter will allow the public to reclaim or adopt dogs that have become available.

Both the temporary and main shelters are open to the public 10am to 4pm Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information on adoptable pets and owner reclaims at the Citrus County Animal Shelter, visit our website www.citruscritters.com or call 352-746-8400.


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