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Halls River Road (CR490A) Bridge Replacement Project Update

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Temporary Traffic Signals Will Direct Motorists Crossing Halls River Bridge During Construction

Beginning Tuesday, January 24th, traffic on Halls River Road (CR 490A) will use a single lane to cross the Halls River bridge. Temporary traffic signals will be used to direct traffic over the bridge. Motorists in this area should use caution and allow for extra travel time through the work zone as delays are likely. The single lane traffic pattern is necessary to build the first half of the new bridge. This phase of construction is anticipated to take approximately five months to complete.

Earlier this month, the Florida Department of Transportation’s contractor, Astaldi Construction, began construction on a new 57 foot wide bridge that will be made of state of the art rust-resistant materials and built in the same location as the current 30 foot wide bridge. The wider bridge will feature a 12 foot travel lane in each direction, eight foot shoulders and five foot sidewalks.

The $6.2 Million project is expected to finish in early 2018. For more information on this project, please call 352-848-2600.

Commissioner Kinnard Holds Community Town Hall Meeting

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

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Commissioner Jeff Kinnard holds Town Hall Meeting at Coastal Region Library in Crystal River on Thursday, January 19th

Commissioner Jeff Kinnard held his first Town Hall Meeting at the Coastal Region Library in Crystal River on Thursday, January 19. Citizens took advantage of the opportunity to chat with the commissioner and ask questions that were on their mind. Commissioner Kinnard’s next scheduled Town Hall event is Thursday, April 20, 11:00am – 12:30pm at the Coastal Region Library, Crystal River. For more information call Public Information Officer Cynthia Oswald at 352-527-5484.

Animal Services to Hold Super Bowl Saturday Event

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

It’s Dogs vs. Cats at the Citrus County Animal Services Super Bowl Saturday event on February 4th from 10am to 4pm at the Citrus County Animal Shelter, 4030 S. Airport Road, Inverness. The event is free and open to the public. There will be vendors, food and fun for all ages. Adoption fees are waived for this event, generously paid by Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection. There will be a $10 licensing fee per animal required. For more information on this event or adopting a pet call Citrus County Animal Services at 352-746-8400.

Citrus County Announces New Engineering Division Director

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Citrus County Department of Public Works has named Randall S. Olney, P.E., as the new Engineering Division Director. Mr. Olney started in his new position on Monday, January 23. 

Mr. Olney graduated from University of Florida with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. He is also licensed in the State of Florida as a Professional Engineer. 

For the past 14 years, his work experience consists of managing project budgets, schedules and design team on projects from conceptual design through construction.  Mr. Olney has experience managing and designing land development projects such as commercial projects, residential projects and government projects from concept through permitting.  He has coordinated with municipalities and permitting agencies to guide projects through the required site permits. 

Mr. Olney is a resident of Citrus County and has a desire to use his professional abilities for the benefit of the County. He can be reached at 352-527-5446.

Healthy Relationships Workshops Offered

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County is pleased to offer two different educational series to help you improve your relationships.  SMART Couples Florida classes are designed to teach you how to communicate needs, listen to the needs of others, successfully resolve conflict, and maintain happy and healthy relationships with everyone in your life

1. “Elevate,” is a fun and powerful relationship-enhancement workshop to help couples improve their communication skills and strengthen their relationships.  The program runs Thursdays from 6-8:30 p.m. from Feb. 16-March 16. At the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Ste. 1, Lecanto.

2. “Smart Steps” is a fun and empowering stepfamily workshop designed to help strengthen the relationship of the couple and their children, including non-custodial parents.  The program runs Fridays from 6-8:30 p.m. from Feb. 17-March 17. At the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Ste. 1, Lecanto.

A light meal is served each week.  To register by February 13th, or for more information, visit the SMARTcouples.org Classes and Events page or contact UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County at 352-527-5700.

Funding for this project is provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant: #90FM 0079-01-00.  These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability or religion.  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, F.S., persons needing accommodations or an interpreter to participate in programs should contact their UF/IFAS Extension office no later than 5 days prior to the scheduled meeting time or call 1-800-955-8771 (TDD).

Markers at Hells Gate Installed

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

“Informational” markers at Hells Gate on the Homosassa River have been completed

Citrus County has been working closely with the United States Coast Guard for the past several months for the purpose of improving the navigational waterways of the Homosassa River. One of the improvements suggested was to install “informational” markers at Hells Gate notifying boaters of the narrow channel ahead. On January 17, 2017, Citrus County completed the installation of these “informational” markers. New pilings and signs were installed on both ends of Hells Gate to notify boaters of the narrow channel ahead. Citrus County continues to work with the Coast Guard to further improve navigation on the Homosassa River.

Code Review and Appeals Board Openings

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for the Code Review and Appeals Board.  This Advisory Board is seeking two qualified members for a four year term that will begin on February 1, 2017. The term will expire on January 31, 2021.

The Code Review and Appeals Board meets as needed this board reviews any locally proposed technical amendments to building standards or regulations and makes recommendations to the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).  It also hears appeals of code interpretations and makes decisions on variations and modifications concerning technical codes and standards.  It makes recommendations to the BOCC on changes to Article II, Chapter 18 of the Citrus County Code.

Applications are due by January 23, 2017 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. For more information on Citrus County visit our website, http://www.citrusbocc.com/ and LIKE us on Facebook

Duke Energy to Begin Vegetation Management

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Duke to begin Vegetation Management in Transmission Line Corridor

As part of Duke Energy’s continuing commitment to provide safe and reliable electrical service to our communities, they must invest in the proper care and maintenance of the Transmission infrastructure.  Part of this maintenance program involves vegetation management within Duke’s right-of-way (ROW) corridor. In order to ensure continued reliable electric service, crews will be pruning and, in some cases, removing trees in the ROW of the CC/CLT 230/500 kV transmission line corridor. Work is scheduled to begin in January and expected to be completed by November.

The CC/CLT 230/500 kV is a 67.18 mile power line that starts at the Crystal River East Substation located at 6751 North Suncoast Blvd, Crystal River and ends at the Lake Tarpon Substation located at 11710 Race Track Rd, Tampa.

Affected landowners will be notified individually as the project proceeds and prior to work commencing on their property. Power interruptions at this time are not anticipated, should an outage become necessary to complete this work, affected customers will be notified in advance.

For further details or questions about the work, please feel free to contact Trevis McIntyre

Vegetation Management Specialist, Duke Energy at: trevis.mcintyre@duke-energy.com. To learn more about our tree care practices, see our   “Know Where You Grow” campaign at https://www.duke-energy.com-trees.

Transit to Offer New Program for Residents over 60

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

The Citrus County Transit’s Transportation Disadvantaged Advisory Board has approved a new option for residents sixty years of age and over.   The new program invites any resident that is age sixty and over to get a free pass to ride the Deviated Fixed Route, and have a discount on the Para Transit service.  This opportunity is not income based and residents will need to show proof of age for the bus pass to be issued.  Passes and applications are available at the Citrus County Transit Center, located at 1300 S. Lecanto Hwy. as well as on the Citrus County BOCC website http://www.citruscountytransit.com/.  For more information, call our office at 352-527-7630.

Techno Fair to be held at Central Citrus Community Center

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Do you have a smart phone or electronic device that leaves you feeling “not so smart”?  Here is your chance to get free help and learn more about your smart phone and tablet.

Kelly Desroches and his associates from Sprint will be at the Central Citrus Community Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a Techno Fair.  They will help owners of Apple Products learn the basic fundamentals of their devices.  The class will help attendees be more proficient with their phones or tablets. There will also be a chance for questions about specific functions. 

The event is free to the public!  You don’t have to be a Sprint customer, there will be no soliciting and devices with other carriers are welcome.

Future Techno Fairs:

February 15, 2017 for Android phones, Central Citrus Community Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto

March 22, 2017 for Apple devices, Central Citrus Community Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto

For more information about these events or the Citrus County Resource Center please call 527-5993.

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