County employees take customer service course

Marianne McPherson, training coordinator for the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners, conducts training classes to teach employees the value of good customer relations.The Citrus County Board of County Commission  staff has completed a training class entitled, "The Art of Customer Service Connections."

County to hire 'water police' to stop overconsumption

The Citrus County Commission today voted to hire five new people to help stop over-consumption of water.

The county would use the one full-time and four part-time employees to enforce county regulations to safeguard the county's water supply.

The hiring of the "water police" is the first step the county is taking to urge conservation of water that is drawn from the aquifer and local springs. The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) has levied a $240,000 fine on the county for not being in line with SWFWMD conservation standards.

County meets with Legislative Delegation on Thursday in Inverness

 Ron Schultz, Charlie Dean, Mike Fasano.The annual pre-legislative session for the Citrus County Legislative Delegation meeting will be on Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon at the county courthouse in Inverness.

The meeting, in preparation for the 2010 session of the Florida Legislature, will be hosted by the county’s three legislators in the Citrus County Commission chamber room on the first floor of the courthouse.


Four more stimulus repaving projects slated to begin

Citrus County has four stimulus paving projects in the works, and the first begins on Monday.

Preliminary work on the Ft. Island Trail federal stimulus repaving project is scheduled to begin on Monday, with the road milling and paving work currently expected to begin the week after Christmas.

Thrumston elected to post on TBARTA Executive Committee

John ThrumstonCitrus County Commissioner John Thrumston today was elected to a new post on the TBARTA Executive Committee.

Southbound left turn to be allowed from Croft onto Thomas

Citrus County officials said Thursday that they will try a modification to the new median barrier recently installed on Croft Avenue at the State Road 44 intersection.

Left turns from the southbound lane of Croft onto Thomas at the south end of Croft had been prohibited by the new median.

They will be allowed again as the county observes how that configuration works. Other left turns against the traffic, however, will still be prohibited and signs will be erected to indicate that.

The median had been recommended in a preliminary draft of a state Road Safety Audit.

Citrus County Mental Health Court secures $235,647 in federal grant

Helping the mentally illBy:
Jim Hunter

The jailing of the mentally ill is an old problem that hasn’t been dealt with very well historically, but that is changing in Citrus County.

Water/wastewater authority to hear price index increase cases

At today's Citrus County Water and Wastewater Authority meeting in Lecanto, the authority was to consider price index and pass-through cost filings, as well as staff recommendations on the requests, for the Dunnellon Hills and Meadow Wood water systems.

The authority will also get a follow up briefing on Rolling Oaks Utilities situation.


County employees recognized for service

The Citrus County Commission recently recognized board of county commission employees for their length of service.


New county Economic Development Alliance forms

Citrus County Chamber of Commerce representative Josh Wooten explains to the county commission today about the new economic development alliance.A new Citrus County Economic Development Alliance has been formed.


Old landfill cell undergoing maintenance work

Citrus County Landfill Visitors to the Citrus County Central Landfill off State Road 44 will be seeing a considerable amount of land moving taking place on the west side of the facility now that a contractor has begun work on that area.

Solid Waste Director Casey Stephens said the work is being done on the old seven-acre landfill cell that was closed in late 1990.


County uses recycling to benefit Jessie's Place

Recycling for Jessie's PlaceBy Jim Hunter

Stimulus money paying for Turner Camp Road improvements

County Commissioners John Thrumston, left, and Winn WebbThe Citrus County


County saves landfill money by opting for rebuilt over new

Rebuilt landfill compactorThe Citrus County Solid Waste Division recently saved $254,937 by not buying a new compactor (at $735,500) for the county landfill.

County seeks permanent injunction against Freezer

Chickee hut at 'The Freezer' in Old HomosassaCitrus County has filed for a permanent injunction against the Freezer's bar and


Blanchette named to head county's Housing Services

Heidi Blanchette is the new Housing Services Manager in Citrus County's Community and Recreation Programs Division.

That new division is part of the Community Services Department.

Blanchette, the operations manager for the Nature Coast volunteer and RSVP programs, will continue with those duties as she steps in to the new role in Housing Services.


Supreme Court denies Halls River Retreat appeal

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled it will not hear the Halls River Retreat case.

The ruling, dated Nov. 17, said the court declines to accept jurisdiction and that no motion for rehearing would be entertained by the court.

The 5th District Court of Appeal earlier ruled in Citrus County's favor in the case of a developer's suit that sought to allow him to build time-share condos along 11 acres of Hall's River in Homosassa.

Fourth stimulus road repaving project begins Sunday night

Road ImprovementThe county’s fourth federal stimulus road project is slated to begin Sunday night, Nov. 22, as crews begin repaving County Road 491 from State Road 44 to C. R. 486.

Work on the road will be done at night because of the amount of traffic on the road during the daytime. The $503,100 project will include a partial milling of the road and a new overlay.

Long Range Transportation Plan meeting set for Dec. 1

Citrus County residents are invited to participate in a consensus-building workshop on Dec. 1 in Lecanto to guide the development of the county’s 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).

The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Realtors Association of Citrus County at 714 South Scarboro Avenue in Lecanto. That is off State Road 44 about half a mile east of the intersection with County Road 491.


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