News and Announcements

Two free Florida-friendly gardening workshops in May

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

  • Optimizing irrigation systems

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on May 7, 2019 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  Landscape irrigation is supplemental, but often uses 50-70 % of total residential water consumption. Irrigation practices such as seasonal scheduling, catch can calibration and selection of drought tolerant plants are essential to creating a sustainable and water conserving landscape.  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.

  • Managing garden pests wisely

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on May 21, 2019 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  Correctly identifying the cause of plant damage is always the first step to controlling an infestation.  Inspection, scouting, identification, selecting the least harmful control and accurate application are important IPM practices. 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.


Free Basics of Managing Turf Evening Florida-friendly Gardening Workshop

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

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on May 15, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 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.

Special Volunteer Celebrates 90th Birthday

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

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Happy 90th Birthday Dottie! The Central Citrus Community Center was transformed into the Hawaiian Islands on April 16, 2019, with music, dancing and decorations, for a very special volunteer's 90th birthday celebration.

Kriss Hornaday the Center Coordinator welcomed everyone to the event and shared with the crowd what a special person Dottie Vacca is and how fortunate we all are to have her living and volunteering in Citrus County. Dottie has contributed more than 4,000 hours of volunteer service to Citrus County and two years ago was honored with the Presidential Service Award. She has filled-in for just about every job at the Community Center and especially enjoys the front desk, answering the phones and just making others laugh.

Dottie and her husband, Andy, who passed away nine years ago, attended the Center together and especially loved Wii Bowling, dancing and singing. They moved to Citrus County from Long Island thirty-one years ago after attending a seminar and visiting Beverly Hills. Her two daughters and their husbands, Louise and Mike Dawe (Canada), and Kathleen and Al Pan (New York), were here to participate in the celebration along with the regular attendees of the Central Citrus Community Center.

Citizens Advisory Committee to meet

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

The Hernando/Citrus Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Hernando County Building Division Training Facility, 1661 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, Florida.

Items on the agenda include:

•             FY 2018/19 – FY 2019/20 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) Amendment and Annual MPO Certifications

•             FY 2019 – FY 2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Amendment

•             FY 2019 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Certifications and Assurances

•             FY 2019 Public Transportation Grant and Memorandum of Agreement

•             Grant Extensions for G0D90 and G0T22 Contracts

•             Combine the CAC and Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) Into One Committee

Approximately one week prior to the meeting the agenda may be viewed online at https://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 MPO, 1661 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, FL, 34061, telephone (352) 754-4082, extension 28013, or email mpo@henandocounty.us.

Technical Advisory Committee to meet

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

The Hernando/Citrus Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, beginning at 10:00 a.m., at the Hernando County Building Division Training Facility, 1661 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, Florida.

Items on the agenda include:

•             FY 2018/19 – FY 2019/20 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) Amendment and Annual MPO Certifications

•             FY 2019 – FY 2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Amendment

•             2019 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Certifications and Assurances

•             Grant Extensions for G0D90 and G0T22 Contracts

•             2019 5305(d) Transportation Grant and Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)

Approximately one week prior to the meeting, the meeting agenda may be viewed online at https://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 MPO, 1661 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, FL, 34601, telephone (352) 754-4082, extension 28013 or email mpo@hernandocounty.us.

Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee to meet

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

The Hernando/Citrus Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, beginning at 3:30 p.m., at the Hernando County Building Division Training Facility, 1661 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, Florida.

Items on the agenda include:

· 2019 Election of Officers

· FY 2018/19 – FY 2019/20 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) Amendment and Annual MPO Certification

· FY 2019 – FY 2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Amendment

· Draft FY 2020 List of Priority Projects (LOPP)

· 2019 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Certifications and Assurances

· FY  2019 5305(d) Public Transportation Grant and Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)

· Grant Extensions:  G0D90 and G0T22

· Discussion regarding possibility of combining the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) and BPAC into one committee

Approximately one week prior to the meeting the agenda may be viewed online at https://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 MPO, 1661 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, FL, 34601, telephone (352) 752-4082, extension 28013, or email mpo@hernandocounty.us

Suncoast Parkway 2 Construction and Lane Closure Updates

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

The Florida Turnpike is advising motorists of construction along with lane closures:

Eastbound and westbound US 98 in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Long-term single lane closures. One lane in each direction will remain open to traffic.

CR 480/West Oak Park Boulevard in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, April 29 through Friday, May 3.

W. Cardinal Street in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, April 29 through Friday, May 3.

W. Glen Street in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, April 29 through Friday, May 3.

W. Glen Street in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Full road closure, 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., Monday, April 29 through Thursday, May 2.

Detour information

•             W. Glen Street traffic coming from the east wishing to access the west side of W. Glen Street will be directed to S. Hardwood Terrace, travel north on S. Hardwood Terrace to W. Oaklawn Street, travel west on W. Oaklawn Street to S. Redwing Avenue and travel south on S. Redwing Avenue to access W. Glen Street.

•             W. Glen Street traffic coming from the west wishing to access the eastside of W. Glen Street will be directed to S. Redwing Avenue, travel north on S. Redwing Avenue to W. Oaklawn Street, travel east on W. Oaklawn Street to S. Hardwood Terrace and travel south on S. Hardwood Terrace to access W. Glen Street.

Grover Cleveland Boulevard in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, April 29 through Friday, May 3.

CR 490/Homosassa Trail in the vicinity of the Suncoast Parkway

Possible intermittent single lane closures, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, April 29 through Friday, May 3.

S. Corbett Avenue at W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard

Long term closure

Detour information:

•             W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard traffic wishing to access S. Corbett Avenue will be directed to continue east on W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard to Lecanto Highway/CR 491, travel south on Lecanto Highway/CR 491 to S. Leisure Boulevard, travel south on S. Leisure Boulevard to W. Whippoorwill Street and travel west on W. Whippoorwill Street to access S. Corbett Avenue.

•             S. Corbett Avenue traffic wishing to access W. Whippoorwill Street will be directed travel east on W. Whippoorwill Street to S. Leisure Boulevard, travel north on S. Leisure Boulevard to S. Lecanto Highway and travel west on S. Lecanto Highway/CR 491 to access W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard.

Hilltop Road from W. Cardinal Street to W. Kracker Lane

Permanent closure

Detour information:

•             W. Kracker Lane and Hilltop Road traffic wishing to access W. Cardinal Street will continue east on W. Kracker Lane to S. Georgian Road and travel south on S. Georgian Road to access W. Cardinal Street.

•             W. Cardinal Street traffic wishing to access Hilltop Road will continue on W. Cardinal Street to S. Georgian Road, travel north on S. Georgian Road to W. Kracker Lane and travel west on W. Kracker Lane to access Hilltop Road.

Florida’s Turnpike is constructing the Suncoast Parkway 2, a four-lane toll facility that extends the existing Suncoast Parkway northward for 13 miles from US 98 in Hernando County to SR 44 in Citrus County. The project includes constructing full interchanges at US 98 and West Cardinal Street and a partial interchange at SR 44, one wildlife crossing and four wildlife culverts, 15 new bridges, two all-electronic tolling gantries and equipment buildings, and related drainage, lighting, highway signing, traffic signalization, guardrail and sidewalk.

The Suncoast Trail, part of Florida’s Statewide Greenways and Trails System, will also be extended from US 98 to SR 44, with a pedestrian overpass constructed over US 98. The cost for this project is approximately $135 million and it is expected to be completed in 2022. 

Citrus County Shelter to Participate in Tampa Bay Regional Mega Adoption Event

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

Citrus County Animal Services and surrounding counties offering waived adoption fees for one weekend only

Citrus County Animal Services (CCAS) is teaming up with several surrounding counties to hold a Mega Pet Adoption Event.  Five (5) Tampa area municipal shelters including Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, Hernando and Citrus counties will team up to find loving families for homeless pets in our community over a three-day period in May.

Sponsors for this event include Best Friends Animal Society and the Pet Resources Foundation, Inc.  Thanks to this funding, all adoption fees will be waived.  Up to 700 cats and dogs will be available during the event. All animals will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, micro chipped and ready to go home the day of the event.

When:                                                                           

•             Friday – May 17, 2019 from 12pm-6pm                    

•             Saturday – May 18, 2019 from 10am-6pm            

•             Sunday – May 19, 2019 from 10am-2pm

Where:

Hernando County Fairgrounds

6436 US Hwy 41,

Brooksville, FL 34601

Due to the large scale movement of pets, the Citrus County Animal Services shelter will be closed to the public on Saturday, May18, 2019.  The shelters adoption center will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.  

County Administrator and BOCC Recognize Employees at Service Award Breakfast

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

County Administrator Randy Oliver and Board of County Commissioners Ron Kitchen, Jimmie T. Smith, and Brian Coleman recognized employees for years of service at a recent breakfast held at the Historic Old Courthouse in Inverness on Thursday, April 25, 2019. The following employees were honored for their service and dedication to Citrus County:

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5 Year

Bobbi Jarvis Hired on February 17, 2014 as the Extension Agent Horticulturist Director in the Community Services Department, Extension Services Division.

Erin Olson Hired on February 17, 2014 as the Human Resources Associate I in the Human Resources Department. She is currently an Accounting Supervisor in the Fire Rescue Department.

David Boyer Hired on April 28, 2014 as the Library Systems Support Technician in the Community Services Department, Library Services Division. He is currently the Library Systems Manager.

Ellen Davis Hired on March 10, 2014 as the Assistant Veterans Service Officer in the Community Services Department, Support Services Division. She is currently a Veterans Service Officer. 

Rose Law Hired on April 1, 2014 as a Part-time Transit Driver in the Community Services Department, Transit Services Division. She is currently a Transit Driver.

Larry Hirsch Hired on April 23, 2014 as a Part-time Transit Driver in the Community Services Department, Transit Services Division. He is currently a Transit Driver. 

Robin Kenning Hired on December 23, 2013 as the Senior Secretary in the Planning and Development Department, Building Division. She is currently a Development Review Permit Specialist II in Growth Management Department, Building Division. 

Stephanie Clamer Hired on July 22, 2013 as the Extension Program Secretary in the Community Services Department, Extension Services Division. She is currently the Senior Program Assistant

Marnie Ward Hired on September 13, 2013 as the Extension Agent 1 4-H in the Community Services Department, Extension Services Division. She is currently the Courtesy Extension Agent 4-H. 

Sarah Ellis Hired on December 6, 2013 as the Extension Agent 1 - FCS in the Community Services Department, Extension Services Division. She is currently the Courtesy Extension Agent FCS

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10 Year

Robin Braswell Hired on March 21, 2009 as the Head Lifeguard in the Community Services Department, Parks and Recreations Division. She is currently the Aquatic Supervisor. 

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15 Year

Caresse’ Kokosinski Hired on February 2, 2004 as a Development Review Permitting Specialist in the Department of Development Services, Community Services Division. She is currently a Customer Service Representative in the Public Works Department, Solid Waste Management Division.

Steven Whitmeyer Hired on February 2, 2004 as a Part-Time Fire Instructor in the Public Safety Department, Fire Services Division. He is currently a Fire Captain.

Joanna Coutu Hired on April 5, 2009 as a Development Review Permitting Specialist in the Department of Development Services, Building Division. She is currently the Land Development Director in Growth Management.

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20 Year

Michael Holst Hired on March 8, 1999 as a Maintenance Worker in the Department of Public Works, Road Maintenance Division. He is currently the Recycling Supervisor in Public Works Department, Solid Waste Management.

Joe Coburn Hired on March 23, 1999 as a Maintenance Worker in the Department of Public Works, Road Maintenance Division. He is currently a Medium Equipment Operator.

Terri Keene Hired on March 29, 1999 as an Administrative Secretary in the Department of Administration. She is currently the Purchasing Technician in the Water Resources Department, Customer Service & Billing Division.

Mark Helsell Hired on April 6, 1999 as a Maintenance Worker in the Department of Public Works, Road Maintenance Division. He is currently a Medium Equipment Operator.

35 Years

Richard Martone Hired on February 20, 1984 as a Maintenance Technician I in the Department of Public Works, Western Road Maintenance Division. He Retired on February 28, 2019 as a Medium Equipment Operator in Public Works Department, Road Maintenance Division

Students Excel at Water Conservation Posters

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

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Div. 1 winner Citrus Springs Elementary 1st grader Christian Sims and teacher Stacy Lightner

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 Lecanto Primary Principal Victoria Lofton with div. 2 winner 3rd grader Aurora Caruso

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Hernando Elementary teacher Danita Consol with Div. 3 winner 5th grader Jenna Marie Ramsey, and Citrus County Utilities Water Conservation Manager Debra Burden.

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Lecanto Middle School art teacher Hillary Hewit, with Div. 4 winner 8th grader Cherish Le, and Principal Inge Frederick

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Crystal River High School Div.5 winner Brooke Bethea with art teacher Anthony Mason

Citrus County Utilities is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Drop Savers Poster Contest.  Five division winners were selected from nine participating schools throughout the County.  Each elementary, middle and high school winner depicted a water saving message. 

Division one poster winner Christian Sims, a Citrus Springs Elementary first grader, asked that we not leave the sink running.  Third grade division two winner Aurora Caruso of Lecanto Primary suggests taking a five-minute shower rather than a bath.  Jenna Marie Ramsey, a fifth grader at Hernando Elementary won division three with several well depicted suggestions, like turn off the water while brushing teeth and scrubbing dishes.  Ms. Ramsey plans to use her $25 winnings shopping for clothes.  Cherish Le, Lecanto Middle School, placed first in division four with her drawing of a well and quote by Benjamin Franklin, “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.”  Finally, twelfth grader Brooke Bethea of Crystal River High School wowed judges with her bright message, “save our water, make a change” and advice to use sprinklers only when needed.  All winning students earned a $25 prize, the winning teacher and school received fifty dollars and a plaque displaying the prized artwork.  

Citrus County Utilities hosts the annual poster contest to raise awareness of simple ways to save water.  The contest supports the Save Our Waters Week campaign, the Florida Section of American Water Works Association Drops Savers poster contest and the EPA Water Sense program. For more information contact Debra Burden, Water Conservation Manager at Debra.Burden@citrusbocc.com or phone (352) 527-7684.

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