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Southwest Regional Water Reclamation Facility Project Construction on Schedule

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

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The Southwest Regional Water Reclamation Facility project construction on schedule

The Southwest Regional Water Reclamation Facility (SWRWRF) is an existing wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) owned and operated by Citrus County approximately 3 miles east of the Chassahowitzka River, which has been designated an Outstanding Florida Water. The Chassahowitzka River flows to the Gulf of Mexico and is formed from pristine waters contributed by more than 12 springs.

The project, with construction on schedule, includes the planning, permitting, design and construction of an advanced wastewater treatment facility to provide tertiary treatment with nitrogen removal and the production of high-quality reclaimed water for irrigation of public-access areas.  Once operational, the new facility will reduce nitrogen loading to groundwater and offset the need for groundwater withdrawals for irrigation purposes.

The current facility will be replaced by a new 1.5 million gallons per day (mgd) annual average daily flow, 4-stage Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) oxidation ditch system followed by secondary clarifiers, disc filters, and chlorine disinfection, with reclaimed water disposed to rapid infiltration basins on the plant site and to the County’s public access reuse.  BNR is a process used for nitrogen and phosphorus removal from wastewater before it is discharged.

This cornerstone project is part of a larger and continuing effort to protect our water in Citrus County by removing unwanted nutrients, reducing groundwater pumping and providing capacity for future septic to sewer projects now and in the future.   This is a project of Citrus County Water Resources Department led by Director Ken Cheek, the Engineering firm is Jones Edmunds & Associates, Inc. and the project contractor is Wharton Smith, Inc. The new facility is slated to be completed and operational by summer 2020. 

Notice of CR491 Temporary Lane Closures

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

The northbound outside lane of CR491 will be temporarily closed south of SR44 just south of West Laurel Street to install a storm water inlet.  Daytime closures are scheduled from 9:00AM to 1:30PM on Tuesday, November 28; Wednesday, November 29; and Thursday, November 30.  Motorists will be directed to the inside travel lane and are advised to use caution in the area and to look for alternate route

BOCC Proclaims Farm-City Week in Citrus County

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Scott Carnahan, First Vice-Chairman Ron Kitchen, Second Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Brian Coleman and Jimmie T. Smith, are pictured with James Brooks, Marnie Ward and Representative from Hernando-Citrus County Farm Bureau

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on November 14, 2017, proclaiming November 15-22, 2017 as National Farm-City Week in Citrus County.  

American farmers and ranchers help feed the world by producing a bounty of nutritious foods. To do this, they rely upon essential partnerships with urban and suburban communities to supply, sell and deliver finished products across the country and around the globe, as they contribute to the health and well-being of our country and to strengthen our economy.

During National Farm-City Week, we recognize the importance of this cooperative network. Agriculture employees more than two million workers, including farmers and ranchers, shippers, processors, marketers, retailers, truck drivers, inspectors and others who annually contribute an annual impact of $127 billion to Florida’s economy. As they perform their daily work, farmers and ranchers preserve freshwater recharge areas, wildlife habitat and green space. Consumers help farm families maintain their superior natural resource conservation practices by purchasing Florida agricultural products.

The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County proclaims November 15 through 22, 2017 as “National Farm-City Week” in Citrus County and encourages citizens in rural and urban areas to acknowledge all those who, working together, produce and supply our community and nation with an abundance of agricultural products.

BOCC Proclaims Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in Citrus County

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Scott Carnahan, First Vice-Chairman Ron Kitchen, Second Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Brian Coleman and Jimmie T. Smith, are pictured with Representatives from Citrus County nonprofit organizations.

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on November 14, 2017, proclaiming November 11 – 19, 2017 as National Hunger and Homelessness Week in Citrus County.  

On January 24, 2017, members of the Mid Florida Homeless Coalition’s Continuum of Care identified 133 households with 175 people who were literally homeless. The Citrus County School System reported 600 students were identified as homeless based on the Department of Education’s homeless definition.

This proclamation helps educate the public as to why many reasons people are hungry and homeless including the shortage of affordable housing in Citrus County for very low income residents and it encourages support for homeless assistance service providers, food pantries, as well as community service opportunities for students and school service organizations.

There are many organizations in Citrus County committed to housing, sheltering, providing supportive services as well as meals and food supplies to the homeless and hungry. The Board of County Commissioners recognizes November 11 – 19, 2017 as “National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week” in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

County Offices closed in Observance of Thanksgiving

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Citrus County Government offices will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24, in observance of Thanksgiving. 

The Citrus County Central Landfill will be closed Thursday, November 23.  The Administrative Office will be closed Friday November 24 and the landfill will close at 2:30pm to the public. There will be no hazardous waste drop-off on Friday, November 24. For more information on landfill hours, call 527-7670 during office hours or go to the county’s website at: http://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/solid-waste.htm.

All library branches will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 and branches will reopen 10am-5pm on Saturday, November 25.

Citrus County Transit will be closed both Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 in observance of Thanksgiving.

Citrus County Animal Services and Animal Shelter will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 and will reopen for regular business hours on Saturday, November 25.

The Bicentennial Pool with be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24.

Central Ridge District Park, youth soccer and youth little league fields will be closed for maintenance for the entire week, November 20 - 26.

Holden Park youth soccer fields will be closed November 20 - 26.

Homosassa youth soccer fields will be closed November 20 - 26.

Bicentennial little league fields will be closed November 20 - 26.

FDOT Advises of Periodic Lane Closures on US 19

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) advises that periodic lane closures may take place in each direction of US 19 from W. Green Acres Street to S. Jump Court between 8:00p.m. and 7:00a.m. Sunday, November 19 through Tuesday, November 21, nights. Motorists should be alert to possible lane shifts and use caution while in the area.

Debris Removal Quickly Winding Down in Citrus County

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Debris Removal Quickly Winding Down in Citrus County

Debris removal in the County is quickly winding down. Please keep in mind there will be only one countywide debris collection.

County storm debris collection should be substantially complete by Thanksgiving. The County will continue to work with the contractor to clean up complaints and citizen concerns regarding incidental damage or missed piles.

To facilitate the cleanup, we are asking all citizens to follow these guidelines:

-There will be ONE residential debris pick up, which will take 4 to 6 weeks to complete.

-Only storm generated natural vegetation will be collected.

-Please bring all storm generated natural vegetation to the curbside as quickly as possible.

-Do not place vegetative yard debris in plastic bags.

-Reduce tree limbs/trunks to “no longer” than 4’ in length.

-Do not pile storm generated vegetative debris around mailboxes, water meters, fire hydrants, next to fences, cars, telephone poles or under guide wires.

-Do not pile storm generated vegetative debris in the road.

-If you decide to perform your own cleanup and drive items to the landfill, you will be charged the normal prices.

-Storm related vegetative debris removed by contractors is not eligible for pick up.

-The debris pick up includes residential properties only. It does not include commercial and business properties.

Citrus county Accepting Applications for the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Citrus County Accepting Applications for the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee

Citrus County Housing Services would like to announce the terms of expiration/vacancy for seven positions on the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee:

·           Citizen of Local Jurisdiction

·           Employer Representative

·           For-Profit Provider of Affordable Housing Representative

·           Local Planning Agency Representative

·           Low Income Advocate

·           Not-for-Profit Provider of Affordable Housing

·           Real Estate Professional

The Committee’s primary purpose and responsibility is to advise and make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners, on matters related to the development and implementation of the local housing assistance plan created to make affordable residential units available to persons of very low, low and moderate income and to persons having special housing needs.

The current terms expire on January 31, 2018. The new terms will begin on February 1, 2018 and will be for two years expiring on January 31, 2020.

Applications and resumes are requested by December 1, 2017. Applications are available at the Housing Services Division located at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Ct, Lecanto, FL 34461, or online at http://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/advisory-board-application.pdf

For consideration of placement on the Advisory Committee, please send a completed application together with a recent resume to: Citrus County Board of County Commissioners, Attn: Denise Gallagher, Citrus County Administration, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Suite 267, Lecanto, FL 34461

Citrus County Accepting Applications for Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications to fill vacancies on the Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board. This board is a policy making and consulting board that assists in establishing standards, advises on transportation management issues with regard to operating practices, and recommends changes to policy and practices.

The following are the current vacancies:

  1. Local Medical Community Representative -  A representative of the local medical community, which may include, but not limited to, kidney dialysis centers, long term care facilities, assisted living facilities, hospitals, local health departments or other home and community based services, etc.  (BOCC Appointed).

2. Citizen Advocate - A representative in the county; one who must be a person who uses the transportation service(s) of the system as their primary means of transportation.  (BOCC Appointed).

  1. Disabled Citizen – A person with a disability representing the disabled in the county.  (BOCC Appointed).
  2. Regional Workforce for Development – A representative of the Regional Workforce Development Board established in Chapter 445, Florida Statutes.  (Agency Appointment).
  3. Agency of Health Care Administration – A local representative of the FL Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency Appointment).
  4. Florida Department of Transportation – A local representative of the FL Department of Transportation (Agency Appointment).
  5. Department of Elder Affairs – A local representative of the FL Department of Elder Affairs. (Agency Appointment).
  6. Florida Department of Children and Family Services – A local representative of the FL Department of Children and Family Services (Agency Appointment).
  7. Vocational Rehabilitation Services – In areas where they exist, a local representative of the FL Division

of Vocational Rehabilitation or the Division of Blind Services, representing the Department of Education.

All positions are for a 3 year term.

The Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board meets every quarter at 10:30 am at the Citrus Transit Center, located at 1300 S. Lecanto Highway in Lecanto. Applicants are required to be Citrus County residents and registered to vote in Citrus County.

Applications must be received by December 31, 2017.

Applicants must indicate on the application for which position they are applying. Applications which meet the eligibility requirements will be forwarded to the Board of County Commissioners for evaluation, nomination and selection.  Applications can be found at http://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/advisory-board-application.pdf and completed applications should be sent to Citrus County Administration, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, FL 34461.

Accepting Applications for a Vacancy on the Water & Wastewater Authority

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for two Technical members (four-year term) and one Alternate Member (one-year term) to serve on the Citrus County Water & Wastewater Authority. This board provides for regulation of private, for-profit water, bulk water and wastewater utilities within the unincorporated areas of Citrus County. The terms for the two Technical Member positions will be for four years, beginning on February 1, 2018 and ending on January 31, 2022. The term for the Alternate Member position will be for one year, begin on February 1, 2018 and will end on January 31, 2019. Applicants are required to be Citrus County residents and registered to vote in Citrus County.

The authority consists of five members; three members are technical members and two members are lay members.  The lay member positions are appointed based on individual civic pride and integrity. Experience in any area of relevant utility service and management, rate making, utility regulation or other endeavors is required for Technical Members, but applicants for the alternate member position are not required to have the same area of expertise as technical members. The Water & Wastewater Authority meets quarterly at 1:00 pm. on the first Monday of February, May, August and November at the Lecanto Government Building in Lecanto. 

Applications will be accepted until November 28, 2017.   Applications which meet the eligibility requirements will be forwarded to the Board of County Commissioners for evaluation, nomination and selection.  Applications can be found at http://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/advisory-board-application.pdf and completed applications should be sent to Citrus County Administration, 3600 W. Sovereign Path Suite 267, Lecanto FL 34461.

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