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Join Commissioner Jeff Kinnard for a Town Hall Meeting at Lakes Region Library on Thursday March 21

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

Citrus County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Jeff Kinnard will be holding a Town Hall Meeting for the general public to attend on Thursday, March 21, 2019. The meeting will be held at Lakes Region Library, located at 1511 Druid Road, Inverness, FL 34452 from 5:30pm to 7pm.

“My aim is to connect with the community on issues and challenges facing our county, from public parks to road resurfacing.  I want to know what’s on people’s minds and have a format to discuss, reflect, and problem solve,” explained Kinnard. “Please come with questions or concerns, as this is intended to be an informal setting.”

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

Petco Foundation Invests in Lifesaving Work of Citrus County Animal Services

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

Petco Foundation Invests in Lifesaving Work of Citrus County Animal Services

Grant of $35,000 will extend efforts to save more animal lives in Citrus County, Fla.

Citrus County Animal Services announced it has been awarded a $35,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support the expansion and improvement of the foster program, acquire additional lifesaving and pet retention equipment and supplies, and increase community engagement.

The Petco Foundation investment will help to increase medical and surgical resources for animals who enter the shelter. It will also provide resources and support to foster parents, which will also increase community participation and awareness of the shelter’s foster program. Therefore, saving the lives of the most vulnerable animal populations, including neonates.

“The support of the Petco Foundation is a game changer for Citrus County Animal Services and those we serve. We are truly grateful, as the funds will move our shelter to the next level of progressive animal welfare standards. With this generous grant we can do more for those we give our all to everyday,” said Colleen Yarbrough, Citrus County Animal Services Director.

For more information about Citrus County Animal Services or the Citrus County Animal Shelter visit https://www.citruscritters.com/ or call - 352-746-8400. For more on the Petco Foundation, visit www.petcofoundation.org and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #PetcoFamily

BOCC proclaims Fix a Leak Week in Citrus County

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

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Jeff Kinnard, First Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Second Vice-Chairman Scott Carnahan, Ron Kitchen, and Jimmie T. Smith, with Rotary of Homosassa Springs, President Elect Gerry Schabruch; President, Sugarmill Woods Civic Association, Nan O'Connor-Roys; Citrus County Water Resources Director Ken Cheek and Water Conservation Manager Debra Burden

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on March 11, 2019 proclaiming March 18 through March 24, 2019 as Fix a Leak Week.

Household leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted across the United States each year—equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes. Finding and fixing leaks is as easy as check, twist, replace (e.g., check toilets for silent leaks; twist to tighten fixture connections; replace broken fixtures with WaterSense labeled models). Many common household leaks, including worn toilet flappers, leaking showerheads, and dripping faucets, are easily correctable. Fixing leaks can save homeowners an average of more than 10,000 gallons of water per year, or the amount of water in a typical backyard swimming pool.

WaterSense® is a voluntary partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by promoting water efficiency and WaterSense labeled products. EPA’s WaterSense program celebrates Fix a Leak Week the third week of March as a time to remind Americans to check their household fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks. Citrus County is partnering with WaterSense to encourage Americans to detect and fix leaks and promote efficient water use to ensure adequate water supplies for future generations.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes March 18 through March 24, 2019 as Fix a Leak Week in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

Free Mulch Now Available at Landfill

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

The Division of Solid Waste management has just finished processing yard waste into reusable mulch which is now available free of charge to Citrus County residents while supplies last. 

Two types of mulch are available:

Fine-grade - suitable for top dressing plants / shrubs and incorporating into composts / potting soils and useful for top-dressing lawns.

Coarse-grade - suitable for retarding weed growth and for driveways / garden paths, as it drains quickly.

Loading options for mulch:

-self-loading mulch is available during all hours of Landfill operation.

-Customers requesting vehicles and/or trailers to be machine loaded by county staff is available

-Tuesday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

-Must have tarp to cover material and entrance ticket from the Scale house.

There are many uses for yard waste processed into landscaping mulch, but here are a few examples:

-Driveways

-Trails & paths

-Temporary parking lots

-Dust control

-Prevents erosion of soil from heavy rains

-Reduce evaporation of soil moisture during dry periods

-Cool the soil during hot summer months

-Protect trees from injury by mechanical equipment

-Reduce soil compaction

For more information please visit our website at: https://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/programs/mulch.htm

Landfill announces upcoming Hazardous Waste Saturday in April

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

The Citrus County Solid Waste Management Division would like to announce the next Household Hazardous Waste Saturday Collection is scheduled for April 6, 2019 from 9am to 1pm. Saturday events are announced throughout the year to accommodate residents who are not able to take advantage of Landfill programs and on weekdays. 

Household Hazardous waste is collected at the Citrus County Landfill located at 230 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy. Lecanto, Fl. 34461 every week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9am to 1pm. If you are able to visit the Landfill on these weekdays, you are encouraged to do so to avoid long lines and wait times during Saturday events. 

Assessed households may bring up to 10 gallons (or 60 pounds) of household hazardous waste for proper disposal at no charge. Additional quantities of hazardous waste will be charged.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/disposing/household-haz-waste.htm

Citrus County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to meet in April

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

The Citrus County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, April 17, at 5:00 pm, at the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 West Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, Florida. 

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.

Any person who requires a special accommodation (ADA) must provide at least 72 hours notice.

Si necesita un traductor de español por favor haga arreglos con el Condado dentro de dos días de la notificación de la publicación 352-527-5370.

BOCC Recognizes Citrus Springs Advisory Council Member

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

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Jeff Kinnard, First Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Second Vice-Chairman Scott Carnahan, Ron Kitchen, and Jimmie T. Smith, with Citrus Springs Advisory Council member Mr. Paul Noblitt

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a certificate of appreciation to Mr. Paul Noblitt outgoing member of the Citrus Springs Advisory Council at their regular meeting on March 11, 2019. Mr. Noblitt was honored for his service to Citrus County during his January 12, 2010 through February 6, 2019 tenure on the Citrus Springs Advisory Council.

The BOCC proclaims Women’s History Month in Citrus County

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

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Jeff Kinnard, First Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Second Vice-Chairman Scott Carnahan, Ron Kitchen, and Jimmie T. Smith, with Abby Madeiros, representing Citrus County League of Women Voters

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on March 11, 2019 proclaiming the month of March 2019 as Women’s History Month.

American women have played and continue to play critical economic, cultural, and social roles in every sphere of the life of the Nation by constituting a significant portion of the labor force working inside and outside the home, along with providing the majority of volunteer labor force for the Nation.

Women of every race, class, and ethnic background served as early leaders in the forefront of every major progressive social change movement. Women have served our country courageously in the military, have been leaders, not only in securing their own rights of suffrage and equal opportunity, but also in the abolitionist movement, and emancipation movement, the industrial labor movement, the civil rights movements and especially the peace movement. 

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes March 2019 as Women’s History Month in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

The BOCC proclaims Newspaper in Education Week in Citrus County

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

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Jeff Kinnard, First Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Second Vice-Chairman Scott Carnahan, Ron Kitchen, and Jimmie T. Smith, with Jodi Pushkin from the Tampa Bay Times, and Dianne Perkins from the Citrus County Chronicle

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on February 26, 2019 proclaiming the week of March 4 through 8, 2019 as Newspaper in Education Week.

Newspaper in Education (NIE) is an international program that encourages the use of daily newspaper as a progressive teaching resource (a living textbook) for students from primary through adult education levels. For more than forty years, the Tampa Bay Times Bay Times Newspaper in Education program has been a community partner, serving educators, students and families by providing funded newspapers, companion materials and instructional support. 

The American Press Institute commemorates and celebrates Newspaper in Education Week annually during the first full school week in March.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes March 4 through 8, 2019 as Newspaper in Education Week in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

The BOCC proclaims Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Citrus County

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

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Jeff Kinnard, First Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Second Vice-Chairman Scott Carnahan, Ron Kitchen, and Jimmie T. Smith, with Melissa Walker, Key Training Center Executive Director and representatives from the Key Center

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on February 26, 2019 proclaiming March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

The Key Training Center is the primary local organization advocating and serving persons with developmental disabilities to achieve optimum independence by promoting and offering programs to improve the quality of life for more than three hundred developmentally disabled individuals in Citrus County.

Individuals with developmental disabilities in conjunction with family members, advocacy groups, governmental agencies and service organizations are encouraging all citizens to realize that individuals with developmental disabilities should be afforded opportunities in the community, including full access to housing, employment, and recreational activities.

Celebrating the abilities and contributions of people with developmental disabilities serves to enrich our community, enhance diversity, and help to build a great state and nation.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes March 2019 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Citrus County and invites all citizens to celebrate with someone with developmental disability and the Key Training Center looking beyond the disability to the precious individuals these persons are and that they represent a very “key” part of our community.


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