Brooksville

Brooksville City Council sorts through City Manager applicants

During a special meeting on Aug. 28, 2017, the Brooksville City Council had a brief discussion on applicants for the city manager position. There was “extraordinarily good complements of candidates to consider,” said Lyndon Bonner, Interim City Manager. Council Members settled on 5 candidates out of the 18 who had sent in applications.

The short list consisted of:

Arrington, Amy E
Cannon, Bill Ed
Kutney, Mark A.
Walker, Dale M.
Whitson, William R.

Brooksville council members leave 'all options on table' to improve budget outlook

The budget before the Brooksville City Council on Sept. 5, 2017 is the “stepping stone” for council to make the necessary changes in order to preserve the “long term stability of the city of Brooksville,” explained Interim City Manager Lyndon Bonner.

“We’ve listened to what the experts have told us. We’ve listened to what the citizens said and we’ve acted upon all the input of the professionals. It has yielded you a document I’m very proud to say works from all the perspectives I can come up with,” Bonner continued.

Providence Blvd project waiting on Peck Sink watershed study

Aerial showing Providence Blvd penciled in running adjacent to Cortez, acting as a frontage road; from Amended Agenda-August 21, 2017 Council Agenda Packet

Cliff Manuel, Coastal Engineering, spoke to the Brooksville city council on the Providence Blvd project which would create a frontage road for businesses and properties along Cortez Blvd including Suncoast Credit Union, Tractor Supply, Sims Furniture and the Post Office.

There is property acquisition involved in the project so it has not moved forward for a number of years. Mr. Manuel explained that the project would encourage commercial infill in that area.

A divided city council votes not to send letter in support of MSTU

In an effort to consider their options for reducing the tax burden on their constituents, the Brooksville City Council discussed sending a letter to the county in support of the county adopting a Municipal Service Taxation Unit (MSTU). The city of Brooksville residents currently pay for both the city and county law enforcement. While the city uses most of the Sheriff’s Office services, it was specified during the meeting that the city does not rely on the Sheriff’s Office for scheduled patrol services, which the city taxpayers end up paying for.

City of Brooksville, on the search for legal services

Over the past few budget sessions, the 10-year relationship between the City of Brooksville and the Hogan Law Firm has become strained. Statements from various council members and discussions during Brooksville City Council budget meetings have addressed the retainer cost and a $200,000 legal services budget item, as well as an idea for an in-house counsel.

Council members decided only on a Request For Proposal (RFP), a process by which an entity seeks candidates to fill a position or complete tasks.

Brooksville water tower project moving forward

By TYLER MIXON

Plans for a post and beam pavilion were presented to the Brooksville City Council on Monday, August 7 as part of the ongoing Water Tower Beautification Project. Post and beam construction has been used in America for centuries and has been revisited to accent historic buildings and homes. They feature large exposed posts and beams and create a rustic old world feel to the surrounding landscape.

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