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The BOCC proclaims July as Smart Irrigation Month in Citrus County

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

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Scott Carnahan, First Vice-Chairman Ron Kitchen, Second Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Brian Coleman and Jimmie T. Smith, are pictured with Ken Cheek, director of Citrus County Water Resources and Debra Burden, Citrus County Water Conservation Manager

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on July 25, 2017 proclaiming July 2017 as Smart Irrigation Month in Citrus County.

Water is a finite resource that is vital to human life and well maintained green spaces are important to the health and well-being of communities and individuals. Appropriate irrigation technology, combined with best practices, can significantly reduce water usage and runoff while creating healthy lawns, landscaping, and sports turf. The adoption of smart irrigation practices further improves water use efficiency. The Citrus County Department of Water Resources encourages citizens to install Water Sense labeled smart irrigation controllers for substantial water savings through its rebate program.

The Board of County Commissioners proclaims July 2017 as “Smart Irrigation Month” and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

The BOCC proclaims August 7 as Purple Heart Day in Citrus County

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

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Scott Carnahan, First Vice-Chairman Ron Kitchen, Second Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Brian Coleman and Jimmie T. Smith, are pictured with Left to right, Ralph McClure, "Bud" Allen CMDR, not visible in photo Chuck Kanehl Sr. vice CMDR, Curt Ebitz Adjutant, Mike Schlaudraff, Ray Michael past CMDR, Richard Hunt Dept FL CMDR, Rick Allen Sgt @ Arms, Joe McClister Finance Officer

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on July 25, 2017 proclaiming August 7, 2017 as Purple Heart Day in Citrus County.

The Purple Heart, originally known as the Military Badge of Merit, was established by the General Orders of General George Washington 235 years ago on August 7, 1782 and is the oldest military decoration in the world in present use. The War Department first adopted the Purple Heart as a combat award on February 22, 1932 exclusively for those members of the Armed Forces who are killed, died of wounds or wounded by an enemy instrument of war. Over 1.7 million members of the Armed Forces of the United States have been awarded the Purple Heart and merit the reverence of their fellow countrymen for selflessly sacrificing their lives or shedding their blood on the field of battle in defense of our Republic and its cherished freedoms.

The Governor of Florida enacted legislation passed by the Florida Legislature in 2012 designating August 7 of each year as Purple Heart Day. Citrus County is a Purple Heart County and home to two Purple Heart Cities, the first designated Purple Heart school district and law enforcement agency in the nation, two Purple Heart veteran service organizations, and Florida’s first state forest Purple Heart Trail.

The Board of County Commissioners proclaims August 7, 2017 as “Purple Heart Day” and recognizes the 235th anniversary of the Purple Heart and the 85th anniversary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and encourages all citizens to honor and pay tribute to all Purple Heart recipients for their extraordinary sacrifice and bravery on the field of battle.

Citrus County Awarded State Safe Routes to School Grants

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

Crystal River High School will be the recipient of new sidewalks due to the Florida State Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Grant Program.

The grant program funding is offered in an effort to improve the health and well-being of students by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school.  The Citrus County BOCC approved the Work Authorization to apply for the grant on October 11, 2016.

The Crystal River High School sidewalk construction project will include a five-foot wide sidewalk along both sides of Turkey Oak from SR44 to 170 feet north of Woodbury Court, along with installation of high emphasis crosswalk markings at side streets along Turkey Oak from SR44 to US19. There will also be reconstruction of curb ramps and upgrades to the pedestrian signals at the SR44/Turkey Oak intersection, drainage modifications and curb ramp improvements at the southeast corner of CR495/Turkey Oak. 

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will fund the design and construction which is estimated at a cost of $722,049.  Construction of the new sidewalk is scheduled to begin in 2021.  One hundred eleven of the school’s one thousand three hundred forty-six students reside within two miles of the school.

Citrus County Department of Public Works, Engineering Division applied for the grant as the “maintaining” agency, partnering with Citrus County School District as required by the SRTS program guidelines.  Eligible SRTS projects are required to directly support increased safety and convenience for students in grades K-high school to walk and/or bicycle to/from school. 


Citrus County celebrates Smart Irrigation Month and Helps Customers Save Water & Money

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

Citrus County is celebrating Smart Irrigation Month by helping customers save water, save money and see better results. Smart Irrigation Month is a public awareness campaign to promote efficient water use. Focused on July, traditionally the month of peak demand for outdoor water use, the campaign highlights simple practices and innovative technologies to:

•           Make maintaining green spaces easy and convenient.
•           Minimize overwatering while keeping lawns, gardens and landscapes beautiful and healthy.
•           Save money on utility bills.
•           Help protect community water supplies for today and the future.

Property owners and managers typically overwater, unintentionally wasting money every time they take out the hose or turn on the sprinklers. Citrus County Department of Water Resources, a leader in smart water-saving practices, is delivering real results by:

 •           Helping customers plant and maintain low-water landscapes that will thrive in their climate and site conditions via its Florida-friendly Landscaping™ program.
 •           Incentivizing installation of new irrigation controllers systems that use real-time weather data to automatically adjust watering to meet plant needs.
 •           Educating homeowners on the benefits, as well as providing rebates, for rain sensors that prevent watering in rainy weather.
 •           Helping customers program automatic controllers to comply with community watering restrictions while extracting maximum benefit from every drop of water.
 •           Auditing irrigation systems to make sure water is being using effectively and making necessary adjustments.

Among many irrigation efficiency programs in recent years, the Department of Water Resources partnered with the Southwest Florida Water Management District and the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority to evaluate 200 home irrigation systems plagued with excessive water use.  Results indicate an average of twelve to twenty percent water reductions.  

For more information about how Department of Water Resources can help homeowners, businesses and property managers reduce water use, visit the water conservation page at www.citrusbocc.com.

Smart Irrigation Month is an initiative of the Irrigation Association, a non-profit industry organization dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation. Visit www.smartirrigationmonth.org to learn more.

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization to hold Public Meeting

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

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Lecanto Government Building, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Room 166, Lecanto, Florida.


Items scheduled on the agenda include, but are not limited to:

 • Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Administrative Amendment Authority and Roll Forward Amendment (FY 2018 – FY 2022)

 • Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) FY 2016/17 – FY 2017/18 Carry Forward Modification

 • Joint Participation Agreement (JPA) Approval for Section 5305(d) Funding for FY 2018

 • Hernando/Citrus Counties Transit Development Plan (TDP) 2017 Annual Progress Reports

 • Amendment to the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Agreement associated with the FY 2016/17 – FY 2017/18 UPWP amendment.


The public is encouraged to attend.  Any questions concerning this public meeting should be directed to Mr. Dennis Dix, AICP, MPO Executive Director, Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, 20 North Main Street, Room 262, Brooksville, FL, 34601, telephone (352) 754-4057, extension 28014 or email mpo@hernandocitrusmpo.us.


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