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County Administrator and BOCC Recognize Employees at Service Award Breakfast

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

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County Administrator Randy Oliver and Commissioners Brian Coleman, and Ron Kitchen, are joined by Citrus County employees who recently received recognition for their years of service

County Administrator Randy Oliver and Commissioners; Brian Coleman, and Ron Kitchen recognized years of employee service at a recent breakfast held at the Historic Old Courthouse in Inverness on Thursday, July 27, 2017. The following employees were honored for their service and dedication to Citrus County:

5 Year

Benjamin Kampschroer, Hired on May 21, 2012 as a Part-time Library Aide in Community Services, Library Services. He is currently a Library Communications Facilitator.

Johanna Wheeler, Hired on June 28, 2012 as a Lifeguard in Community Services, Parks and Recreations.

Debbie Reilly, Hired on July 30, 2017 as a Librarian II in Community Services, Library Services. She is currently a Library Manager.

10 Year

Barbara Young, Hired on June 2, 2007 as Grounds Maintenance Worker in Community Services, Parks and Recreations. She is currently a Community Center Aide.

Susan Mutschler, Hired on June 30, 2007 as a Librarian II in Community Services, Library Services. She is currently a Library Manager.

15 Year

Robert Becktel, Hired on May 6, 2002 as a Maintenance Worker in Public Works, Road Maintenance. He is currently a Medium Equipment Operator.

Deborah Grosskopf, Hired on May 1, 2002 as a Deputy Clerk I for the Clerk of Courts. She is currently a Senior Customer Service Representative, Management and Budget.

Matthew Malek, Hired on May 6, 2002 as a Maintenance Worker in Public Works, Road Maintenance. He is currently a Maintenance Technician.

Kimberly Slater, Hired on July 8, 2002 as a Receptionist in Growth Management, Building Division. She is currently a Development Review Permitting Specialist.

20 Year

Lori Howerton, Hired on May 5, 1997 as a Secretary in Public Works, Utilities Division. She is currently a Utility Accounts Analyst.

Martin Story, Hired on May, 1 1997 as an Equipment Services Worker in Public Works, Fleet Management. He is currently a Heavy Equipment Mechanic.

James Baird, Hired on June 30, 1997 as Plans Examiner in Growth Management, Building Division. He is currently the Assistant Building Division Director.

Paul Yetton, Hired on July 30, 1997 as a Building Maintenance Work in Public Works, Facilities Management. He is currently a Facilities Management Unit Supervisor.

30 Year

Michael Bagley, Hired on June 29, 1987 as a Maintenance Tech I in Public Works, Road Maintenance. He is currently a Heavy Equipment Operator.

Robert Young, Hired on June 1, 1987 as an Engineering Technician I in Public Works, Engineering. He retired on May 31, 2017 as a Traffic Control Coordinator in Public Works, Road Maintenance.

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Updates

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

  • Periodic night lane closures on US 19 in Homosassa Springs

Periodic lane closures may take place in both directions of US 19 from W. Green Acres Street to S. Jump Court between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday (July 30 – August 3) nights. At least one lane will remain open in each direction during the nighttime lane closures.

  • US 19 and Homosassa Trail intersection update

Due to drainage construction work, traffic was shifted July 19 on US 19 (Suncoast Boulevard) near W. Homosassa Trail. As a result, the southbound US 19 left turn onto eastbound Homosassa Trail is temporarily closed.  Homosassa Trail on the west side of US 19 is also temporarily closed to all traffic. Drivers going to the shopping plaza on the west side of US 19 need to use one of the entrances to the parking lot that is north of Homosassa Trail.

The temporary closures and detour will be in place until approximately Monday, August 7, 2017, weather permitting.

Detour for southbound US 19 to eastbound Homosassa Trail: Continue south on US 19 and turn left onto W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard. Turn left onto Ohio Street and go north to Homosassa Trail.

Florida Forest Service is Conducting a Prescribed Burn

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

Florida Forest Service is conducting a  474 acre prescribed burn on the Sugar Mill Woods part of the Citrus Tract South of CR 480 and the Power Line right of way West of CR 491. This will be for ecosystem management and to reduce hazardous fuel build up in the forest. The winds are predicted to be out of the West @ 6-11 mph. Please use caution while in the area. For more information on prescribed fire visit our web page below.

http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/Wildland-Fire/Prescribed-Fire

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Citrus County Animal Services in Need of Donations for New Program

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

Citrus County Animal Services will be launching a behavior enrichment program which will help decrease the stress of a shelter environment on our furry guests. Shelter enrichment programs help to reduce the stress and boredom of shelter life.  With shelter animals, behaviors such as hyper-arousal, depression, and obsessive/compulsive behaviors are not uncommon when enrichment is not present. Dogs and puppies may display behaviors that make adoptions more challenging simply because they are not given the opportunity to chew, be mentally engaged, or interact calmly with humans. This is especially true for canines that arrive at the shelter with behavior challenges. Research has proven that mental health goes hand in hand with physical health. For example, stress is the #1 cause for upper respiratory infections in cats which creates a vicious cycle that can lead to bigger issues. All shelter animals benefit from enrichment programs. Therefore, we are requesting donations of the following items:

· Martingale dog collars of all sizes

· Spray bottles

· Non-alcoholic extracts like vanilla, lavender, coconut

· 1 ½ to 2 inch diameter 20 or 40 PVC pipe cut 12-16 inches long, female slip by male thread cap for one end and female cap for other end.

· Temptation Cat treats

· Interactive and food puzzle cat toys

· Cat toys

· Clickers for training

· Nylabone Galileo

· Bubbles

· Bubble machine

· Goughnuts (all sizes and types) http://www.goughnuts.com/

· 4ft and 6ft long and 1 inch wide Standard Clip leashes

· Natural balance beef, chicken or lamb food roll

· Pupperoni

· Empty boxes (no tape or staples – shoe box size up to 16inches x18inches)

· Empty toilet paper rolls/paper towel rolls

· CD player (5)

· Calming music for dogs and cats CDs

· Tug toys (no plush or stuffed toys)

· Knucklebones

· Bully Sticks

· Black XL Kongs

· Interactive puzzle toys for dogs

· Low sodium chicken broth

· Deep large Muffin baking pans

· Blue, Red, and black Dry Erase Markers

· Ziploc sandwich bags

· Working Freezer (1)

· Carabiners heavy duty

· Chain

· Medium size metal bowls

· Catnip

· Cat laser lights

· Cat scratchers (large and small) and/or turbo scratchers

· All plastic handheld scrub brushes

· Tomahawk Feral Cat Den Item # TMHK116

· Jolly balls (10 inch) and Jolly Eggs (12 inch)

· Pink, Blue, Green, Red, Yellow, and Orange Colored Printer paper

· 8x11 Laminating sheets

· Buster Food Cubes or Kong Wobblers (Large and Small)

· Plush squeaker toys

We are excited to be launching this new program for our shelter animals and if you can help in some small way it would be greatly appreciated. Questions about any of the items we are requesting should be directed to Colleen Yarbrough via email at Colleen.yarbrough@citrusbocc.com or (352)-746-8408

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The Thirteenth Annual citrus County veterans Golf Tournament will be held September 9

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

The Thirteenth Annual Citrus County Veterans Golf Tournament will be held September 9, 2017 at the Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club Course for the benefit of the Citrus County Veterans Foundation, Inc. 

Check-in for the four-person scramble will be at 7:30 a.m. at the Tiki Bar with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.  Individuals and groups short of four persons will be combined to make a team. You do not need to be a veteran to participate. 

Registration form and donation of $55.00 per person must be received no later than August 31.  Each participant’s donation includes golf and cart, beverages on the course and lunch at the country club.  The tournament features a Hole-in-One prize and door prizes.  Charitable tax-deductible contributions for door prizes and hole sponsorships for $425, $325, $225 or $125 are greatly welcome.

Participating golfers should make their check or money order payable to Citrus County Veterans Foundation and send it with their registration form to Citrus County Veterans Foundation, c/o Citrus County Veterans Services, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Key #13, Lecanto, FL 34461-7718 no later than August 31. 

The Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit entity that has provides grant emergency financial assistance to local honorably discharged veterans and their surviving spouses.  Since the Foundation’s inception in 2004, over a quarter of a million dollars have been provided.  

For more information or a registration form, please visit the Citrus County Veterans Foundation Web site at www.citrusvf.org or contact Kimberly Stibbs-Menster at 352-527-5915. 

Commissioner Carnahan to Hold Fire Services Town Hall Meeting at Floral City Library

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

Citrus County is currently conducting a nationwide search for a new Fire Chief. We would like to thank Jim Goodworth for his service and we recognize that choosing the next Chief is an important decision and the next step in building fire services in our community. 

Commissioner and Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners Scott Carnahan, who also served as Chairman of the Fire Service Committee, will be holding a Town Hall meeting at the Floral City Library to discuss fire services and receive your input regarding the provision of those services, discuss options and alternatives for service and funding.  The meeting information is as follows: 

Thursday, August 3 - Floral City Library, 8360 E. Orange Ave., Floral City, FL 34436, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm and the event is open to the public.

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

Southwest Florida Water Management District Maintains Once-per-Week Lawn Watering and other Restrictions

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

Due to lingering drought effects and water resources not recovering as quickly as other areas, the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board voted July 25 to maintain once-per-week lawn watering and other restrictions in the District’s northern region, which includes Citrus, Hernando, Levy and portions of Lake, Marion and Sumter counties. The restrictions for the District’s northern region will remain in effect through Oct. 1, 2017.

Under the modified phase III restrictions, lawn watering is reduced to once-per-week and allowable watering hours also are reduced. Micro-irrigation and hand watering of non-lawn areas are still allowed any day, if needed. Additionally, there are limits on car washing and homeowners’ associations may not enforce any deed restrictions which could cause an increase in water use. Additional details regarding the watering of new lawns and plants, reclaimed water and other water uses can be found at //WaterMatters.org/restrictions.

The District considers both natural water resource conditions and the viability of public supply when deciding to declare, modify, or remove a water shortage order. For the past 20 years, the District has worked diligently with its partners to develop alternative water supplies.

The District encourages water conservation year-round, and offers many tips to reduce water use and additional information at //WaterMatters.org/conservation . You can also visit the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners, Water Conservation webpage for important water conservation information, links, rebates and programs at  http://www.citrusbocc.com/waterres/conservation/conservation.htm

FREE Movie in the Park! Chicken Little!

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

Enjoy an evening in the park with your friends, family and neighbors by attending a free Movie in the Park! Saturday, August 5th we will be showing “Chicken Little”. The movie will be projected on a 30 ft. screen and will start at dusk (around 8 P.M.) at Eugene Martin Park, located at:

Eugene Martin Park

1711 W. Gene Martin Lane

Dunnellon, FL 34434

Visitors are welcome to bring blankets, chairs or towels. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Free popcorn will be provided by the Division of Parks and Recreation. All movies are weather permitting. Admission is free. Call 352-527-7540 with any questions. 

Two Free Florida Friendly Gardening Workshops in August 2017

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

Right plant, right place

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on August 8, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 pm.   Once established the right plant is often sustainable without additional supplemental watering.  Choosing appropriate plant materials, planting them correctly and managing them wisely, ensures a gardens success. Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto.  Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation.

Creating a Florida-friendly Landscape

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on August 22, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  Plan before you plant is an important concept when developing sustainable garden ideas.  Basic principles of landscape design include: site evaluation, selection and placement of the ‘right plant’ and establishment practices for newly installed sustainable gardens.  “What is and how to create a Florida-friendly Landscape” is the theme of this workshop.    Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto.  Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation.

Temporary Traffic Changes at US 19 and Homosassa Trail Intersection

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

Due to drainage construction work, traffic has been shifted on US 19 (Suncoast Boulevard) near W. Homosassa Trail. As a result, the southbound US 19 left turn onto eastbound Homosassa Trail is now temporarily closed.  Homosassa Trail on the west side of US 19 is also temporarily closed to all traffic. Drivers going to the shopping plaza on the west side of US 19 need to use one of the entrances to the parking lot that is north of Homosassa Trail.

The temporary closures and detour will be in place for approximately two weeks, weather permitting.

Detour for southbound US 19 to eastbound Homosassa Trail: Continue south on US 19 and turn left onto W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard. Turn left onto Ohio Street and go north to Homosassa Trail.

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