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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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County gives green light to RV park development plan

Theordora Rusnak, president of the Citrus County Council, reads a resolution from the CCC to county commissioners opposing the expansion of River Lodge RV ParkThe Citrus County Commission  on Tuesday night gave the green light to an amendment to the county's Comprehensive Plan that will allow the River Lodge RV Resort to expand.

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Tuesday land-use meeting to revisit Port District


The Citrus County Commission's  land-use meeting on Tuesday will revisit the establishment of a Port District on the Cross Florida Barge Canal near Inglis.

The state's Department of Community Affairs on Sept. 14 outlined a number of problems it said needed to be corrected in the county's approach.

The county, which has had such a land-use designation on the Comprehensive Plan books since 1990, sent details of the proposed district to the DCA for review after its regular county commission meeting on July 7.

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EDC, Chamber working out agreement for partnership

Citrus County Administrator Brad Thorpe told county commissioners today that the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council are making progress toward a workable partnership.

The boards of the two entities met last night.

"I can report to you there were a lot of positives and frank discussions," Thorpe told commissioners. Thorpe said agreement had been reached to reduce the size of the EDC board and that the EDC would develop a memorandum of understanding between the EDC and Chamber boards.

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Metcalfe bids farewell at county commission meeting

Retiring Citrus County Solid Waste Management Director Susan Metcalfe said her final farewell at today's county commission meeting.

Metcalfe has served the county for 16 and one-half years.

In honor of her service, the county today presented Metcalfe with a certificate of appreciation and its best wishes.

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County begins exploring privatization of utilities

Citrus County is looking at the possibility of privatizing its utilities.

The process was begun today with the award of work to Woolpert Inc., a private engineering and consulting firm.

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County prescription-drug discount cards can rack up savings for residents

A national county government association announced this week that the Citrus County Commission has saved residents $541,000 on uninsured drug prescriptions in the past three years.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) sponsors a discount program that the commission has taken part in for residents since 2006.

Commissioners question water per capita quota for Citrus County

Citrus County Commissioners appeared relieved Tuesday that they did not have to consider higher water rates for Sugarmill Woods and some other county utility systems.

Their relief quickly turned to consternation at Tuesday’s regular meeting about how Citrus water permit quotas are figured.

As a result, the commission has asked its staff to write a white paper for the 2010 legislation delegation in December on the unfairness of the way water permit quotas are set for Citrus County by the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

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Point O’ Woods Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade underway

Upgrades to the county’s Point O’ Woods Wastewater Treatment Plant have begun -- but with a nice twist for ratepayers and the county.

County commission meeting schedule changed for November

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners will have a different schedule of meetings for November.

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Emergency drill planned for Nov. 5 at county resource center

You may not notice, but if you do, don't panic - it's just an exercise.

If you find yourself at the Citrus County Resource Center or VA clinic in Lecanto on Nov. 5, between noon and 4 p.m., you might notice police and emergency vehicles behind the resource center.

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