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Free Tire Recycling Days at Landfill

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

Standing bodies of water can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and mosquitoes have been found to transmit Zika Virus

In an effort to reduce areas where water can collect and subsequently reduce mosquito breeding, the Citrus County Solid Waste Management Division will be accepting tires at the Central Landfill free of charge for recycling on Thursday, July 25, 2019, continuing Friday July 26, 2019 from 8:00am till 4:30pm and Saturday July 27, 2019 from 8am to 2:30pm. This is a co-sponsored event by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

The Central Landfill is located at 230 W Gulf to Lake Highway (SR44) in Lecanto. FL 34461.

Residents in assessed and non-assessed areas can dispose of a maximum of twenty-five (25) passenger and/or pickup truck tires, without rims free of charge for recycling. This event does not apply to waste tire haulers or commercial entities and is intended for residential only.

Residents needing further information about this event, or any other Solid Waste Management Program, may call at (352) 527-7670 or by email at landfillinfo@citrusbocc.com.

CITRUS COUNTY CELEBRATES SMART IRRIGATION MONTH Helps Customers Save Water & Money

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

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Citrus County Department of Water Resources supports July as Smart Irrigation Month. 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 maintaining a healthy lawn, garden and landscape

§ Save money on utility bills

§ Help protect community water supplies for today and the future

“Whether irrigating from a private well or a public utility, we all pull water from the same source in Citrus County,” said Debra Burden, water conservation manager, Department of Water Resources.  She added, “Smart irrigation is a priority for the utility because more than fifty percent of water the utility produces is used for landscape irrigation.” 

Now, more so than ever, consumers can find irrigation products that use advanced sensors, Wi-Fi and app-based capability to automatically adjust watering schedules, communicate problems and save water, giving consumers more data and power to control irrigation systems than ever before.

“Smart” irrigation systems irrigate landscapes efficiently. Without wasting water, these systems use technology to know when and how much to irrigate. The days of manually adjusting the controller to meet seasonal water needs are over. WaterSense labeled smart controllers use real-time data to apply the right amount of water at the right time of day throughout the year.

By investing in smart irrigation technologies, citizens can be sure to save water, money and time in caring for their landscape. One irrigation technology worth considering is a weather-based controller. These controllers adjust the irrigation schedule based on local weather conditions. There is a wide range of products in this category with various weather inputs and landscape-specific adjustment factors. These controllers self-adjust and require very little intervention when programmed correctly. Citrus County Utilities provides a $150 credit on water bills for installing a Water Sense labeled irrigation controller.  Learn more about weather-based controllers at https://www.epa.gov/watersense/irrigation-controllers.

Another technology to consider are rain/freeze sensors. While not necessarily smart in terms of advanced technology, rain/freeze sensors are smart enough to stop the irrigation system from operating after sufficient rainfall or during low temperatures.  Irrigating in rain and freezing conditions needlessly wastes water and can damage the landscape. These inexpensive devices can reduce overall water use and help extend irrigation system life. CCU offers a $50 credit on the water bill for replacing a rain sensor.

The utility also offers smart irrigation educational opportunities, like at-home irrigation efficiency trainings to its customers and free Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ classes open to all citizens.  Visit http://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com/ for a complete list of classes.

According to Burden, smart programming participants reduced water use up to 25 percent on an annual average and saved more than 100 million gallons of water in 2018.  Utility customers interested in participating can call 352-527-7669.

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.

Free Evening Florida-friendly gardening workshop to be offered

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

SOILS: The garden foundation

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on July 17, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 pm.  The components of Florida’s soils and geology need to be considered when making landscaping installation and best management choices.  The soils pH, proper fertilization choices and appropriate supplemental irrigation practices can impact the sustainability of our ornamental gardens.  Learn ways to effectively manage plants growing in sandy Florida soils.  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.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to be held for the South West Regional Water Reclamation Facility

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

The public is invited to join the Board of Citrus County Commissioners in a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the South West Regional Water Reclamation Facility (SWRWRF) on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 9:00am at 5040 W Oak Park Blvd, Homosassa, Florida 34446-6802. No RSVP is needed to attend.

The South West Regional Water Reclamation Facility (SWRWRF) is a wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) owned and operated by Citrus County approximately 3 miles east of the Chassahowitzka River, which has been designated an Outstanding Florida Water. The Chassahowitzka River flows to the Gulf of Mexico and is formed from pristine waters contributed by more than 12 springs.

This project included the planning, permitting, design and construction of an advanced wastewater treatment plant meeting a 5-5-3 effluent quality to replace the existing WWTF. The original facility was replaced by a new 1.5 Million Gallons per Day (MGD) annual average daily flow, 4-stage Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) oxidation ditch system followed by secondary clarifiers, disc filters, and chlorine disinfection, with reclaimed water disposed to rapid infiltration basins on the plant site and to the County’s public access reuse.  BNR is a process used for nitrogen and phosphorus removal from wastewater before it is discharged.  The new plant is a cornerstone project for the protection of Citrus County’s springs system.

For questions or more information on this event please contact Public Information Officer, Cynthia Oswald at 352-527-5484.

Code Review and Appeals Board to Hold Public Meeting

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

The Citrus County Code Review and Appeals Board will hold a public meeting on July 22, 2019 at 9:00am, at the Lecanto Government Building, Room 166, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto. The purpose of the meeting is to consider an appeal to an administrative determination of the building official.

Agenda Items will include:

· Approval of last CRAB meeting minutes.

· Appeal

For more information, please call 352-527-5332.

Gulf to Lakes Pilot Club of Citrus County Donates $2,000 to Meals on Wheels

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

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Gidget Lefkowitz, President of Gulf to Lakes Pilot Club; Janice Hale, Senior Programs Supervisor; and Sylvia Common, Project Chair and Corresponding Secretary, Gulf to Lakes Pilot Club

The Gulf to Lake Pilot Club is part of a global organization called Pilot International.  Gulf to Lakes Pilot Club was chartered in December 1997 in Citrus County, Florida.  They sponsor projects to help meet the needs of our community.   It is their mission to: “Prepare youth and young adults for service, encouraging brain safety & health, and support those who care for others.” Pilot International is an organization of exceptional individuals from around the world.  Their hearts are led to serve.  They want to Do More, Care More and Be More!

Through their fundraising efforts, Gulf to Lakes Pilot Club of Citrus County donates to many local projects, Meals on Wheels being one of the latest recipients.  Other projects sponsored by Gulf to Lakes Pilot Club are the Child Passenger Safety Program, CREST School, Operation Welcome Home for our Veterans, Find-M’ Friends search and rescue, Elder Options caregiver classes and many local Assisted Living Facilities in need of personal care supplies.

Gulf to Lakes Pilot Club of Citrus County has a BrainMinders Program that allows the group to meet with local children to increase their brain safety knowledge.  The BrainMinders Program also helps senior citizens with activities to keep their brains active and healthy. For more information please go to GulfToLakesPilot@yahoo.com or like them on Facebook:  Gulf to Lakes Pilot Club.

Two free Florida-friendly gardening workshops in July

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

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Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on July 9, 2019 from 2:00-3:30 pm. Managing a healthy lawn is often a full time job and recurring expense. Selection of the right materials to accomplish a specific task is always the best place to start. Sustainable lawn varieties, typical weed infestations and pests which target our lawns are highlighted during 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.com.

Florida-friendly fertilizing

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on July 23, 2019 from 2:00-3:30 pm. Fertilization of your lawn and landscape can be complicated. Using several steps including soil testing, when and how to apply fertilizers and effective irrigation practices after application are essential to proper fertilization practices. This program will discuss proper Florida Friendly fertilization practices developed by the University of Florida. 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.


Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program Quarterly

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

Citrus County Landfill’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Disposal Program offers an additional drop-off day each quarter. The next quarterly Saturday HHW drop-off day will be July 13, 2019, from 9am to 1pm,  230 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy, Lecanto, Fl. 34461.

As a reminder, residents who are able to use our HHW program Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday EVERY WEEK, are encouraged to do so, as this Saturday collection is no different from our weekly program, other than being open on a weekend for residents who work during the week and are unable to use our weekly program.

If any of our Citrus County residents are able to use the weekly House Hold Hazardous Program, please do so, as wait times will be longer on a Saturday HHW drop-off day.

Free household hazardous waste disposal for assessed households, may bring up to 10 gallons (or 60 pounds) of household hazardous waste for proper disposal on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for no additional charge.

More information phone (352)-527-7670 or visit our website:

https://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/disposing/household-haz-waste.htm

Temporary Animal Shelter Opens for Adoptions

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

Citrus County Animal Services received test results from Cornell University confirming Pneumovirus in the canine population in the upper and lower kennels. Animal Services is awaiting further test results from Cornell that will be used to determine when to lift the quarantine. Pneumovirus is an upper respiratory virus with no vaccine. Best practices dictate quarantining the afflicted animals until the virus has run its course.

To accommodate continued Animal Control intakes a temporary shelter has been opened at the Fire Station at 9658 S. Pleasant Grove Rd Inverness, Fl. This shelter will allow the public to reclaim or adopt dogs that have become available. Volunteers are welcome to help care for this population while the quarantine is in effect. Animal Services is not currently accepting owner surrender dogs. 

Both the temporary and main shelters are open to the public 10am to 4pm Tuesday through Saturday. The main shelter is open for cat adoptions, purchasing pet licenses, and other normal services. 

For more information on adoptable pets and owner reclaims at the Citrus County Animal Shelter, visit our website www.citruscritters.com or call 352-746-8400.

Registration is open for the Extension’s A Matter of Balance Class

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

Are you concerned about falling?  Join UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County for A Matter of Balance.

WHO:    Have you turned down a chance to go out with friends or family because you were concerned about falling? Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you might fall?  If so, A Matter of Balance is a program for you.

WHAT: A Matter of Balance Class

WHEN:  Wednesdays, starting August 7, 2019 until September 25, 2019. Two sessions will be offered, session 1 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm or session 2 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, please choose one. Classes are held once a week for 8 weeks for 2 hours each week. 

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

WHY:     Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with friends and family. A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent.

A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance.

              Pre-registration is required and is first come first serve so call early. 

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

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