Government

County extends Republic contract, will go with carts to automate pickup

Since 01/02/12, Republic Services has been the sole provider for waste and recycling collection services to Hernando County. The contract includes four weekly pickups: two days of garbage and various rubbish items, yard waste to be left at the curbside once a week, and one pickup of recyclable material. (This is called 2-1-1 service.) Recyclables are further broken down to plastics and paper/cardboard products which must be placed in separate containers.

Sheriff Nienhuis transfers Federal Inmate Housing revenue, identifies key issues to resolve

During the “Correspondence to Note” portion of the Tuesday July 25, 2017 BOCC meeting, the commission briefly discussed revising a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Sheriff’s Office. The MOU they were referring to is the Interlocal Agreement between the Sheriff and the county transferring the responsibility of jail operations to the Sheriff. It was signed on June 2, 2010 by Sheriff Nugent and the BOCC. Prior to the agreement, a private company, CCA, maintained jail operations.

Counteracting $2.5 million county general fund budget deficit

“I’m pleased to announce that right now we have a balanced budget.” Those opening words from Budget Manager Pamela Lee were followed by, “The libraries are in there.” Following last week’s meetings with the commissioners individually, Lee prepared her presentation.

The General Fund showed an initial deficit of $1.8 million. New employees (who were hired with an effective date of 04/01/17), what Lee called “re-classes” and funds toward other organizations (such as AmSkills) increased the deficit by approximately $700,000, with a total new deficit figure of $2.5 million.

Lynn Gruber - White and Commissioner Nick Nicholson appointed to 2018 canvassing board

During the July 11th meeting, Supervisor of Elections Shirley Anderson appeared before the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) in order to appoint a commissioner to the Hernando County Canvassing Board.

Commissioner Wayne Dukes stated that Commissioner Nick Nicholson had agreed to serve on the 2018 canvassing board. This is slightly unusual since according to statute, the primary appointment goes to the Chairman.

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