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The BOCC proclaims Tobacco Free Florida Week 2019 E-Epidemic: Vaping and Youth

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 representatives from the Florida Department of Health

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on April 23, 2019 proclaiming the week of April 22 through 28, as Tobacco Free Florida Week 2019 E-Epidemic: Vaping and Youth in Citrus County.

The federal government declared youth e-cigarette use, or vaping, a nationwide epidemic. Youth vaping has increased dramatically across the country and in Florida. In 2018, one in four Florida high school students reported current electronic vaping-a 58% increase compared to 2017, In Citrus County, 25.4 % of high school students reported ever trying electronic vaping use in 2018.

E-cigarettes are unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults. E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, and e-cigarettes can contain other harmful substances besides nicotine.

The focus of Tobacco Free Florida Week 2019 is to get accurate information into the hands of our citizens, which is an important step to reversing this alarming trend in our community. Citrus County is committed to the goals and objectives of Tobacco Free Florida Week through a variety of public health activities and programs. 

The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County, Florida does hereby proclaim the week of April 22 through 28, 2019 as “Tobacco Free Florida Week” and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

The BOCC proclaims Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) 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 members of Citrus County CERT

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on April 23, 2019 proclaiming the week of May 5 through 11, as Community Emergency Response Team Week in Citrus County.

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) exist in Florida and throughout the United States to respond to emergency situations within the community such as hurricanes, tornados, fire and flooding. Citrus County CERT Team Members are trained to respond in their neighborhoods when Police, Fire and EMS resources are being used at capacity and may not be available for hours or days depending on the extent of the emergency.

The Citrus County CERT Program has been an intricate part of the County Emergency Response System for 15 years. The volunteers are managed by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and administered by the Community Emergency Response Team Action Committee.

Over the fifteen-year period more than 500 citizens of Citrus County have become CERT trained in search and rescue, first aid, fire safety and emergency communications to be able to aid their neighbors as well as the community in time of a mass causality event and or a large devastating natural disaster.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes May 5 through 11, 2019 as Community Emergency Response Team Week in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

How to do Business with the Government – 2nd Annual Free One-Stop Trade Show at the Chamber

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

Here is your opportunity to join other local businesses and find out how to do business with government. Thursday, June 13 from 8:30am to 10:00am, the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, 915N. Suncoast Boulevard, Crystal River, will be hosting an interactive One-Stop Reverse Trade Show to provide information and encourage businesses to take the opportunity to do more business with local government. This event is free to all businesses and no RSVP is required.

This event is a collaborative effort of the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners, Citrus County School Board and Citrus County Chamber of Commerce to increase government transparency, plain language, communication, and support the local business community.

Government agents that work in the purchasing departments will staff tables with information on each government procurement process, as well as information about current bid opportunities.

Come and learn how your business may be able to participant and profit from the government procurement process. In addition to the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners and Citrus County School Board, agents from other governmental agencies will be in attendance.

For more information on this event, call the Chamber at 352-795-3149.

Citrus County Utility Customers Save Over 100 Million Gallons of Water in 2018

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

Citrus County Utility (CCU) customers eagerly participated in irrigation system trainings, swapped outdated toilets for water-efficient models, installed smart irrigation controllers, replaced non-functioning rain sensors, participated in classes and more, as part of the utility’s conservation efforts.  The results show these customers collectively reduced their water use by over 100 million gallons of water in 2018.  That’s enough water to serve the entire Sugarmill Woods community for two months. 

So, how did they save?  Well, the 363 customers that participated in the ‘schedule a specialist’ program in 2017 saw the greatest savings.  The personalized training each customer received at their home focused on the irrigation system, understanding the controller, and identifying leaky sprinkler heads.  Participants saved over 19 million gallons of water in 2018, a 25% average reduction.  

Ninety-four customers received a rebate for replacing a non-functioning rain sensor in 2017.  In 2018, those customers who had replaced their rain sensors saved 3,310,000 gallons of water, a 19% decrease.  An additional 238 customers received rebates for replacing water guzzling pre-1995 toilets with EPA WaterSense labeled models in 2017. These customers saved over four million gallons of water in 2018. 

Water Sense labeled irrigation controllers contributed to the second greatest percent reduction in water use.  These controllers allow watering schedules to better match landscape water needs while still saving water.  Forty-three owners installed labeled controllers in 2017 and reduced water use by 21% in 2018, saving 2,268,000 gallons of water.

CCU once again joined the Southwest Florida Water Management District and Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority to offer grant-funded irrigation evaluations to its customers.  Participants from multiple years jointly saved over 20 million gallons of water in 2018. 

Lastly, with a constant influx of new customers, the utility sent nearly 1,500 notices asking recipients to correct their day/time of irrigation in 2017. Customers that received the notifications reduced water use by 20% the following year, saving over 50 million gallons of water.

All water use calculations are based on utility customers’ twelve-month pre and post water use.  Conservation programs are funded through the Department of Water Resources enterprise fund, aka Citrus County Utilities.  If you would like further details, or are a CCU water customer interested in participating in conservation programming, please call (352) 527-7669.

County Offices Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

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

Citrus County Government offices closed for observance of Memorial Day. 

The Citrus County Central Landfill will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019 in observance of Memorial Day.  The landfill will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. For more information on landfill hours, call 527-7670 during office hours or go to the county’s Web site at: http://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/solid-waste.htm

All branches of the Citrus County Library System will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019 in honor of Memorial Day. Normal hours will resume the next day.

Citrus County Transit will be closed Monday, May 27, 2019 for the Memorial Day holiday.

Single Lane Traffic Pattern Planned for Halls River Bridge

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

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has advised beginning at 7pm, Tuesday, May 21, 2019 traffic on Halls River Road (CR 490A) will use a single lane to cross the Halls River bridge. This single lane traffic pattern is necessary for crews to pour the concrete deck on the remainder of the new bridge.

Flaggers will be stationed around-the-clock at both ends of the work zone alternating traffic from both directions to safely cross through the area. The contractor will reopen the closed lane as soon as the work is complete. It is anticipated to be open no later than 5pm, Friday, May 24, 2019.

Motorists are advised to use caution and allow for extra travel time while traveling through the work zone. The Florida Department of Transportation is constructing a new 57-foot wide bridge that will be made of state-of-the-art rust-resistant materials and is being built in the same location as the previous 30- foot wide bridge. The new bridge will feature a 12-foot travel lane in each direction, eight-foot shoulders and five-foot sidewalks. 

The $7.6 million project is expected to finish summer of 2019.

Water Conservation Warriors find Leaky Toilet

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

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Ms. Moore’s 4th grade, Floral City Elementary

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Ms. Brown’s 5th grade, Hernando Elementary

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Ms. Deiderich’s 5th grade, Floral City Elementary

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Ms. Wright’s 5th grade, Floral City Elementary

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Ms. Berbert’s 5th grade, Inverness Primary

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Ms. McMillan’s 5th grade, Inverness Primary School

On May 14, 2019, the Citrus County of Board of County Commissioners heard a presentation about 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students performing leak detection on their home toilets. The effort is part of an annual challenge that Citrus County Utilities issues to raise awareness of water lost to leaks. This year, 193 youth tested 293 toilets and discovered 41 leaky toilets.

In total, eight schools and 21 classes participated in the project that will save 8,200 gallons a day when the leaks are fixed. "They had so much fun discussing this topic," said 3rd grade teacher Amanda Edmister of Central Ridge Elementary. Many participants gathered for a photo holding the EPA’s “We’re for Water” logo in support of water conservation. Photos were used in social media to further raise awareness.

Students used blue dye tablets dropped in the toilet tank to determine if the toilet leaked. If the color appears in the bowl after waiting 15 minutes, the fixture is leaking. Ten drops of food coloring can also be used. Always flush color away after testing.

Classes were invited to tune into the live Board meeting to watch Chairman Jeff Kinnard randomly pull a teacher’s name to win a pizza party donated by Angelo’s Pizza. Marlise Bushman’s 3rd grade class of Forest Ridge Elementary school won the celebration this year.

All residents are encouraged to test their toilets for leaks. According to EPA Water Sense, a silently leaking toilet can waste hundreds of gallons a day. Toilet leaks are usually fixed by replacing the flapper, which can become hard and brittle over time. The flapper is the rubber device that opens and closes to allow water into the toilet tank. When a flapper does not fit snuggly, water leaks from the tank into the toilet bowl, and then goes down the drain without the need of flushing. Flappers cost less than $20 and are simple enough for the average homeowner to replace on their own.

Citrus County Utilities is doing its part to save water and ensure local water supplies last for future generations. Learn more about water conservation by visiting www.citrusbocc.com/waterres/conservation and take the I’m for Water pledge.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created “We’re for Water” as a national campaign to educate consumers about water-saving behaviors and WaterSense labeled products.

Water Conservation Warriors 3rd Grade Find Leaky Toilets

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

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Ms. Edmister’s 3rd grade, Central Ridge Elementary

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Ms. Elzevir 3rd grade, Citrus Springs Elementary

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Mrs. Zoucha’s 3rd grade, Lecanto Primary

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Ms. Bushman’s 3rd grade, Forest Ridge Elementary

On May 14, 2019, the Citrus County of Board of County Commissioners heard a presentation about 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students performing leak detection on their home toilets. The effort is part of an annual challenge that Citrus County Utilities issues to raise awareness of water lost to leaks. This year, 193 youth tested 293 toilets and discovered 41 leaky toilets.

In total, eight schools and 21 classes participated in the project that will save 8,200 gallons a day when the leaks are fixed. "They had so much fun discussing this topic," said 3rd grade teacher Amanda Edmister of Central Ridge Elementary. Many participants gathered for a photo holding the EPA’s “We’re for Water” logo in support of water conservation. Photos were used in social media to further raise awareness.

Students used blue dye tablets dropped in the toilet tank to determine if the toilet leaked. If the color appears in the bowl after waiting 15 minutes, the fixture is leaking. Ten drops of food coloring can also be used. Always flush color away after testing.

Classes were invited to tune into the live Board meeting to watch Chairman Jeff Kinnard randomly pull a teacher’s name to win a pizza party donated by Angelo’s Pizza. Marlise Bushman’s 3rd grade class of Forest Ridge Elementary school won the celebration this year.

All residents are encouraged to test their toilets for leaks. According to EPA Water Sense, a silently leaking toilet can waste hundreds of gallons a day. Toilet leaks are usually fixed by replacing the flapper, which can become hard and brittle over time. The flapper is the rubber device that opens and closes to allow water into the toilet tank. When a flapper does not fit snuggly, water leaks from the tank into the toilet bowl, and then goes down the drain without the need of flushing. Flappers cost less than $20 and are simple enough for the average homeowner to replace on their own.

Citrus County Utilities is doing its part to save water and ensure local water supplies last for future generations. Learn more about water conservation by visiting www.citrusbocc.com/waterres/conservation and take the I’m for Water pledge.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created “We’re for Water” as a national campaign to educate consumers about water-saving behaviors and WaterSense labeled products.

Citrus County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to meet in June

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

The Citrus County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, June 12, 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.

New Anesthesia Machines for the Animal Shelter - Thank You Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection!

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

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David, from Eagle Eye Anesthesia, Inc. is surrounded by happy Animal Services Staff as he delivers their new anesthesia machines

On May 14, 2019, Eagle Eye Anesthesia Inc. delivered and configured the Shelter's new anesthesia machines donated by Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection (CCFAP). The group, CCFAP, comprised of citizens and volunteers, is a huge supporter of Citrus County Animal Services.

CCFAP is always looking for ways to help the Shelter with its “wish list” and this was one of the things Animal Services staff had talked to the group about. They also recently donated a Bair Hugger which helps keep patients warm during recovery, and a new autoclave is on the way!

“The group does so much for shelter animals, staff and volunteers throughout the year,” said Colleen Yarbrough, Animal Services Director. “Because the Shelter does not have a vehicle to transport animals to events CCFAP volunteers transport an average of about two events a month. CCFAP has also taken on special needs cases like the dog with a broken femur, which had been hit by a car, that recently was brought in to Animal Services. The group paid for the plate that was put in her leg by a specialist.”

You can learn more about CCFAP and the good work they do by visiting their website at, https://ccfap.net/

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