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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.

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County employees recognized for service

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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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Maidhof, 2 others promoted to new county positions

Ciitrus County Director of Development Service Gary Maidhof and two other county workers will move up to new positions.

The move comes in the wake of county government reorganization efforts being shepherded by County Administrator Brad Thorpe, and approved 4-1 today by the county commission.

County Commissioner John Thrumston was the only commissioner to vote against the proposal, and did not say why he was against it.

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EDC role diminishes after non-agreement with Chamber

The agenda item at today's Citrus County Commission meeting read, "Status of the EDC," but after discussion among county commissioners, the Economic Development Council's role now seems to be almost a moot point.

The Chamber of Commerce and EDC were to iron out an agreement for cooperation in shaping future economic development, but the EDC board balked at restrictions imposed by the state's Sunshine Law.

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Bartell takes over as county commission chairman

Citrus County Commissioner Gary Bartell today was elected the new county commission chairman by a unanimous vote of his fellow commissioners.

Bartell said he would keep it "short and sweet."

"We're going to work together as a team," Bartell said.

Outoing comissioner John Thrumston said it was an honor to serve and that after a year, Bartell would find he would be tired.
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County launches first stimulus road project

Citrus County Commissioners on Monday launched the first of a spate of federal stimulus road projects in Citrus County.

This American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project is comprised of the resurfacing for Croft Avenue from State Road 44 to just north of East Harley Street in Inverness.

The resurfacing will be done at night and will take about a week, and so motorists may want to avoid the road at night this week. The stimulus funds do not require a local match in funding. The project will include improvement of the intersection with S.R. 44.

County commission unanimously votes to adopt Port District changes

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday night approved adoption of two amendments to the county's Comprehensive Plan, which will allow the creation of a Port District, as well as provide mixed uses for that property.

County Commissioners were unanimous in their vote to approve the changes to the Comprehensive Plan.

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