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Landfill Hours for Veterans Day

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

In observance of Veterans Day, the Citrus County Central Landfill will close early Friday, November 10, at 2:30pm.  The Landfill will be operating regular hours Saturday November 11, 8:00am – 2:30 pm.

The Administrative Office will be closed Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11 and will re-open for regular business on Monday, November 13. 

For more information on landfill hours, call 527-7670 during office hours or go to the county’s website at http://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/solid-waste.htm .

Hurricane Irma SBA Physical Damage Applications Deadline is November 9

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

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that over $100 million in low-interest disaster loans have been approved for Florida businesses and residents affected by Hurricane Irma in Florida. The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is Nov. 9, 2017. The deadline for economic injury applications is June 11, 2018. “Currently, 3,466 disaster loans have been approved in the amount of $129,290,900 for affected survivors.  The SBA encourages anyone who has not applied to take action right away.  Our mission is to help businesses and residents rebuild and resume their normal lives as quickly as possible,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

The disaster declaration includes Citrus County, which is eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA.  SBA disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to cover uninsured losses from the disaster.  Interest rates are as low as 3.305 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations, and 1.75 percent for homeowners and renters.  Loan terms can be up to 30 years. Economic injury disaster loans are also available to provide disaster related working capital to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations.  These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or download the FEMA mobile app.  If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362. Additional information on recovery centers and the disaster loan program may be obtained by calling SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.  Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov.  Completed applications should be returned to a recovery center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.  For more information about SBA recovery assistance, visit www.sba.gov/disaster.

FDOT Advises of Periodic Night Lane Closures on US 19 in Homosassa Springs

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

Periodic lane closures may take place in each direction of US 19 from W. Green Acres Street to S. Jump Court between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Sunday, October 29 through Thursday, November 2. Motorists are asked to be alert to possible lane shifts and to use caution while in the area.

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 Scott Carnahan, Brian Coleman, and Ron Kitchen, are joined by Citrus County employees who recently received recognition for their years of service

County Administrator and BOCC Recognize Employees at Service Award Breakfast

County Administrator Randy Oliver and Commissioners; Scott Carnahan, Brian Coleman, and Ron Kitchen recognized years of employee service at a recent breakfast held at the Historic Old Courthouse in Inverness on Thursday, October 26, 2017. The following employees were honored for their service and dedication to Citrus County:


5 Year

Maci Kepler - Hired on August 8, 2012 as a Lifeguard in Community Services, Parks and Recreations. She is currently a Recreational Program Specialist.

Daniel Johnson Jr. - Hired on August 13, 2012 as a Fleet Management Director in Public Works, Fleet Management. He is currently a Fleet Management Director.

Susan Wright - Hired on August 20, 2012 as a Customer Service Specialist in Management and Budget. She is currently a Planning Coordinator in Growth Management, Land Development.

Jeffrey Gower - Hired on August 23, 2012 as an Engineer I in Growth Management, Land Development. He is currently an Engineer I in Public Works, Engineering

Sharon Smith - Hired on September 10, 2012 as a Clerk Typist in Community Services, Library Services. She is currently a Senior Secretary.

April Frazier - Hired on September 24, 2012 as a Library Aide in Community Services, Library Services. She is currently an Instruction & Research Librarian.

Brianna Pittman - Hired on September 24, 2012 as a Library Aide in Community Services, Library Services. She is currently a Customer Service Specialist.

Christina Malmberg - Hired on October 29, 2012 as a Logistics Manager in Water Resources, Administration. She is currently a Utility Planning &Engineering Director.

10 Year

Kelly Kell - Hired on August 27, 2007 as a Court Alternative Program Assistant in Community Services, Support Services. She is currently a Court Alternative Supervisor.

Wendell Leigh - Hired on August 15, 2007 as a Utility Operator I in Water Resources, Utilities. He is currently a Utilities Operator III.

Charles Howard - Hired on September 24, 2007 an Operation Director in Office of Utility Regulations. He is currently a Utility Regulation Director.

William McMickle - Hired on September 24, 2007 as a Light Equipment Operator in Public Works, Road Maintenance. He is currently a Medium Equipment Operaton

Deborah Velez - Hired on September 26, 2007 as a Utilities Review Coordinator in Water Resources. She is currently a Billing Supervisor

Theresa Arriaga - Hired on October 22, 2007 as a Clerk Typist in Community Services, Library Services. She is currently a Library Project Coordinator.

Deborah Bloss - Hired on October 8, 2007 as an Agenda Coordinator in Administration. She is currently a Volunteer Outreach Coordinator in Community Services, Animal Services.

Joanne Granger - Hired on October 29, 2007 as an Accounting Clerk in Community Services. She is currently the Director of Support Services.

15 Year

Janice Hale - Hired on September 25, 2002 as a Secretary in Community Services, Tourism. She is currently a Senior Program Supervisor in Community Services, Support Services.

Lonnie Trombly - Hired on September 23, 2002 as a Maintenance Worker in Public Works, Road Maintenance.

20 Year

Cecelia Douglas - Hired on August 11, 1997 as a Senior Secretary in Administration. She is currently a Case Manager in Community Services, Support Services.

Keith Mannion - Hired on August 8, 1997 as a Parks Maintenance Worker in Community Services, Parks and Recreations. He is currently a Grounds Maintenance Coordinator.

Roger Ingal - Hired on October 20, 1997 as a Utilities Technician in Public Works, Utilities Division. He is currently a Water Resources Project Manager, Water Resources, Utility Planning & Engineering.

25 Year

Richard Peterson - Hired on October 19, 1992 as a Maintenance Worker in Public Works, Road Maintenance. He is currently a Transit Driver in Community Services, Transit Services.

30 Year

Susan Bungo - Hired on September 8, 1987 as a Clerk Typist in Department of Planning and Development, Building Division. She is currently a Building Operations Manager, Growth Management, Building Division.

Debris Removal Update for Citrus County

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

Debris removal continues within Citrus County at a very manageable pace. There are approximately thirty collection vehicles working daily in Citrus County. Please keep in mind there will be only one county-wide debris collection.

The southeast quadrant of Citrus County, Inverness and Floral City areas, should be substantially complete by Monday, October 30. Crews are currently finishing up some isolated pockets but for the most part, the area is nearing completion.

Work continues in the northeast quadrant, crews are in the areas immediately north of Inverness and are working in a northerly direction.

Southwest quadrant, work is substantially complete in Old Homosassa and crews are currently in the Riverhaven Subdivision, once completed the crews will move on to Sugarmill Woods. 

To date, the County has collected more than 90,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris and has 2 debris reduction sites in operation.

Debris collection is complete on private roads in all quadrants except the northwest quadrant which is approximately 50% complete at this time.

To facilitate the cleanup, we are asking all citizens to follow these guidelines:

-There will be ONE residential debris pick up, which will take 4 to 6 weeks to complete.

-Only storm generated natural vegetation will be collected.

-Please bring all storm generated natural vegetation to the curbside as quickly as possible.

-Do not place vegetative yard debris in plastic bags.

-Reduce tree limbs/trunks to “no longer” than 4’ in length.

-Do not pile storm generated vegetative debris around mailboxes, water meters, fire hydrants, next to fences, cars, telephone poles or under guide wires.

-Do not pile storm generated vegetative debris in the road.

-If you decide to perform your own cleanup and drive items to the landfill, you will be charged the normal prices.

-Storm related vegetative debris removed by contractors is not eligible for pick up.

-The debris pick up includes residential properties only. It does not include commercial and business properties.

Two Free Florida-friendly Gardening Workshops in November 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 November 7, 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 or register at https://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com.

Creating a Florida-friendly Landscape

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on November 21, 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 or register at https://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.org.

Road Work to Begin on W. Roosevelt

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

W. Roosevelt Blvd. from CR 491 to Forest Ridge Blvd. is scheduled to be milled and resurfaced, beginning November 1, 2017.  Work will beginning on November 1 should be completed in 60 calendar days not including the up-coming holidays.  The work will be completed by Pave-Rite, Inc. at a Project cost of $678,663.31. Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is funding 75% of this Project through the Small County Outreach Program. Motorists are asked to use caution when in the area. If you have any questions, please call Citrus County Engineering Project Manager Quincy Wylupek at 527-5446.

Adoption Fees Waived for All Dogs Available for Adoption at Citrus County Shelter

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

Let’s clear the kennels at the Citrus County Animal Shelter! The Shelter is way over capacity and dogs continue to come into the shelter daily.

In an effort to clear out the kennels and make room for more dogs, we are waiving adoption fees until further notice on all dogs that are currently available for adoption. Citrus County residents however will be required to pay $10 for county registration tag. 

The dogs from the recent seizure(s) are not available for adoption at this time. We will announce to the public when they become available for adoption. For more information on Citrus County Animal Services visit: http://www.citruscritters.com/ .

Citrus County Canning Center Needs Assessments Survey

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

The University of Florida/IFAS Citrus County Extension is looking for your input. The county’s Canning Center has a well-equipped kitchen but currently has somewhat limited availability. Citizens tell us that there might be more interest in use of the canning facility.  Please give us your feedback on what interest you would have in its use in a little more detail by taking this quick survey. After we’ve heard back from you, we’ll be able to better adapt this facility to fit the greatest need. To give your input, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/ybqc46rp. To receive a paper copy or to complete by phone, please call the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at: 352-527-5700. The Canning Center is not designed or licensed for commercial use; rather it is designed for citizen use, churches, and non-profit organizations.

Heavenly Colors Sign Painting Workshop at Citrus Community Center

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

Central Citrus Community Center invites you to participate in fun and creativity at Heavenly Colors Sign Painting Workshops. Select a template from our collection of over eighty every day or holiday designs and choose your background and paint colors.  We will guide you through the steps to create your own custom, solid wood sign. 

No painting skills are necessary and all materials are provided. Plan on attending with a couple of your friends, this is a fun group experience.  Workshop fees start at $25 plus tax, which includes all materials needed to make your own custom sign.

Two classes will be held at the Central Citrus Community Center (2804 W Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto) on November 7th at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Advance registration is required; please call Cathy or Jamie at 352-410-4972 to register or for more information.  Visit “Heavenly Colors Painting” on Facebook for additional information.

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