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Join Commissioner Jeff Kinnard for a Town Hall Meeting in Citrus Springs on Thursday February 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, February 21, 2019. The meeting will be held during the Citrus Springs Civic Association’s regularly scheduled meeting at the Citrus Springs Community Center, located at 1570 W. Citrus Springs Blvd. in Citrus Springs beginning at 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.

Free Irrigation 101 workshop in March

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

Citrus County Utilities is offering a free irrigation 101 workshop on February 28, 2019 from 1-4 pm. The training offers the basics of operating an irrigation system in Florida.  Learn how to work the irrigation controller and how long to run each zone. Find out how much water to apply during summer months vs. winter. Discover simple maintenance tips to keep the system in check. Hear about our local soils and plant water needs. This workshop is held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto.  Register at https://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com/.

Questions? Call 352-527-5708 or email Steve.Davis@citrusbocc.com

Hernando Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization Technical Advisory Committee to meet

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

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will conduct a public meeting on Thursday, March 7, 2019, beginning at 10:00 a.m., at the Citrus Transit Center, 1300 South Lecanto Highway, Lecanto, Florida.

Items on the agenda include:

· 2019 Annual Election of Officers

· 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Update 

· 2019 Hernando County Transit Development Plan (TDP) Update

The public is encouraged to attend.  Any questions concerning this public meeting should be directed to Mr. Steve Diez, MPO Executive Director, Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, 1661 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, FL, 34601, telephone (352) 754-4082, extension 28013 or email mpo@hernandocounty.us.

Hernando Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee to meet

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

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) will conduct a public meeting on Thursday, March 7, 2019, beginning at 3:30 p.m., at the Citrus Transit Center, 1300 South Lecanto Highway, Lecanto, Florida.

Items on the agenda include:

· 2019 Annual Election of Officers

· 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Update

· 2019 Hernando County Transit Development Plan (TDP) Update

The public is encouraged to attend.  Any questions concerning this public meeting should be directed to Mr. Steve Diez, MPO Executive Director, Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, 1661 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, FL, 34601, telephone (352) 754-4082, extension 28013 or email mpo@hernandocounty.us.

Derelict Vessel Removed from Local Waterway

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

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Removal of derelict vessel from the Shivers Bay, Homosassa River on February 14, 2019

Thanks to the efforts of Citrus County Aquatics Director Mark Edwards, and staff, an identified derelict vessel was removed from a local waterway on February 14, 2019. The vessel was removed from the Homosassa River.

In December 2018, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) notified Citrus County of the potential derelict vessel and later the same month, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved staff to apply for grant funding from the FWC to remove the derelict vessel.

Abandoned and derelict vessels are a problem for many waterways in Florida. Sunken, stranded, and decrepit vessels can be an eyesore and become hazards to navigation. At the same time, these vessels can pose significant threats to natural resources.

Overnight Road Closure Announced for CR 480/West Oak Park Blvd between CR 491 and US 19

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

Overnight bridgework for the construction of the Suncoast Parkway will close CR 480/West Oak Park Blvd. between CR 491 and US 19. Lane Construction, contractor for the Florida Turnpike’s Suncoast Parkway Project, will be installing the bridge sections for the Suncoast Parkway over CR 480/West Park Blvd during the evening hours on Tuesday February 19, 2019 and Wednesday February 20, 2019. 

The construction and detour will take place between 9PM and 5AM and for the safety of the motoring public, CR 480/W. Oak Park Blvd. will be closed to through traffic. Local Traffic will be permitted to access their homes located between CR 491/Lecanto Highway and the Suncoast Parkway or between US 19/S. Suncoast Blvd and the Suncoast Parkway.

All through traffic will be diverted to W. Cardinal Street as the detour route. Fire Safety vehicles requiring passage for life safety emergencies will be accommodated and response times will not be affected. 

Friends of the Community Centers Third Annual Indoor Yard Sale

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

The Friends of the Community Centers are having their Third Annual Indoor Yard Sale beginning Monday, February 25, 2019 to Friday, March 1, 2019.  The hours are 9:00am to 3:00pm each day at the Central Citrus Community Center, located in the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, Florida.

There will be a huge assortment of quality items for sale. Donations for the yard sale are greatly appreciated and they can be dropped off at Central Citrus Community Center between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm. All the proceeds will benefit the Senior Centers/Community Centers in Citrus County.

For more information, please call (352) 527-5993. 

Join the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County for a Pressure Cooking Workshop

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

Join the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County for a Pressure Cooking Workshop

WHO:                   Anyone               

WHAT: Cooking Under Pressure

WHEN:  Choose one Workshop:

                              Thursday, March 28 from: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

                              Thursday, April 4 from: 6:00pm to 8:00pm,

                              Tuesday, April 23 from: 6:00pm to 8:00pm 

                              Thursday, May 2 from: 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

WHERE:               UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, FL 34461

Do you have an electric pressure cooker or plan to get one and are not sure how to use it?  This HANDS-ON class will cover: different pressure cooker models, appliance features, safety tips, additional equipment you can purchase, and tricks to make cooking a breeze. Participants will complete a recipe in an electric pressure cooker and enjoy a meal together. The cost for the one-day workshop is $15.00 per person and pre-registration is required as class is limited to 12 participants.

To register online: ccpressurecooking.eventbrite.com 

For more information or to register, contact Stephanie at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at 352-527-5700.

Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization to meet in February

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

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Lecanto Government Building, 3600 West Sovereign Path, Room 166, Lecanto, Florida.

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

•             2019 Annual Elections of MPO Officers and Committee Appointments

•             Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Five – South Sumter Trail Presentation

•             City of Inverness Rock Ridge Phosphate Trail Presentation

•             Extension of the Suncoast Parkway – Resolution of Support

•             Safety Performance Measures - Resolution Adoption

•             2019 Hernando/Citrus MPO Lease Agreement

•             Hernando/Citrus MPO Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) Committee Appointment

Approximately one week prior to the meeting the meeting agenda may be viewed online at:  www.hernandocounty.us and/or www.hernandocounty.us/hernandocitrusmpo.

The public is encouraged to attend.  Any questions concerning this public meeting should be directed to Mr. Steve Diez, MPO Executive Director, Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, 1661 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, FL, 34601, telephone (352) 754-4082, extension 28013, or email mpo@hernandocounty.us

Students Challenged to Detect Toilet Leaks

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

Citrus County Utilities is hosting its fifth annual Classroom Leak Detection Challenge for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms.  This annual event celebrates the EPA’s “We’re for Water” initiative by challenging students to test their home toilets for leaks.  All necessary supplies are provided by the utility.

This is a hands-on leak detection activity that teaches children and adults alike how to find and fix toilet leaks.  “What a great opportunity for students to learn firsthand how a small leak wastes hundreds of gallons of water each (day),” said Gwen Hunt, fourth grade Forest Ridge teacher. Hunt is correct. According to EPA Water Sense, one leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons a day.

Using dye tablets provided by the utility, twenty-seven classes from six schools tested 352 home toilets for leaks in 2018.  Together, students found 68 leaky toilets with an estimated saving of 13,600 gallons of water a day when fixed.

This is a fun and engaging event with free shower timers for students of participating classrooms.  All classes are also entered into a chance drawing to win a pizza party. 

Teachers interested in participating in the 2019 challenge should send an email to Debra.Burden@citrusbocc.com by April 12, 2019 that includes the school, teacher name, grade and the number of students.  The utility will mail toilet leak detection supplies directly to the school. For more information, contact Debra 

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