County commission sets special preliminary budget workshop

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special budget workshop at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Citrus County Historic Courthouse at One Courthouse Square in Inverness.

The old, historic courthouse is located on the square, adjacent to the new county courthouse at 110 N. Apopka Ave.

The 2010-11 budget won’t be finalized until September, but recognizing the continuing challenge of falling revenues, the commission wanted to begin planning early for the coming fiscal year, which begins
Oct. 1.


County turns down cell tower application for Citrus Springs


The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday told a cell phone company its request for a cell tower doesn't fit in with the nature of the neighborhood.


Brassboys Enterprises Inc. had sought a land-use change that would allow the company to site a cell tower in a maintenance area at the back of the Citrus Springs Golf Course.

County turns down cell tower application for Citrus Springs

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday told a cell phone company its request for a cell tower doesn't fit in with the nature of the neighborhood.

Brassboys Enterprises Inc. had sought a land-use change that would allow the company to site a cell tower in a maintenance area at the back of the Citrus Springs Golf Course.

Citrus County wants to do something about its homeless

Citrus County government wants to do something about the homeless within its borders.

At the urging of County Commission Chairman Gary Bartell, the county plans to find out what services are available for the homeless and how the county can help.

"I just want us to get ahead of this issue before it comes before the board," Bartell said. "We don't want to wait and become reactive."

Inverness man faces child abuse charge

An Inverness man is in jail following an investigation into an alleged child abuse case.

Arrested was Olley Franklin Ramsey, 44, of 7640 E. Log Lane.


CCSO Emergency Management section offers CERT training

LECANTO - Does the idea of teaming up with others to meet immediate lifesaving needs in the wake of a major disaster appeal to you?

If you answered “yes,” then as concerned citizens, you might want to consider enrolling in Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training offered by the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Section.

The program is presented in cooperation with Citrus County’s Health Department and Fire Rescue, Nature Coast Emergency Medical Services, Progress Energy and the National Weather Service.


Millions of gallons missing from Sugarmill Woods water system

Citrus County water managers are at a loss to explain millions of gallons of water that can't be accounted for in the Sugarmill Woods water system.

Jim Morgan, Contract Compliance Manager in the county's Department of Water Resources, briefed the county commission on Tuesday, telling them that in April 2008, there were 116 million gallons of unaccounted for water, but that between December 2008 and November 2009, that figure had grown to just under 134 million gallons.


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.


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


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.

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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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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