Government

One tenth of a mill reduction may come from county’s share of Federal Inmate Housing dollars

“I am proposing a tenth of a mill rollback of the property tax rates to be shared evenly between the General Fund and the Sheriff’s Department,” said Chairman Wayne Dukes at the Aug. 22, 2017 regularly scheduled County Commission meeting.

He said this would be just under $800,000.

Dukes cited the Sheriff’s Office return of funds during the past three years: $1.3 million, $1.3 million and $800,000. “So if we do that, he won’t have to turn back so much,” said Dukes.

Commissioners disagree on five year Federal Inmate program capital plan

On July 11, 2017 the Board of County Commissioners instructed Sheriff Nienhuis to transfer revenues from the Federal Inmate Housing program to the county, due to concern over state statutes mandating the monthly remittance of earned revenues. The Sheriff’s Office followed through with this request on July 14, 2017, transferring $2.2 million in Federal Inmate Housing program revenues to the county’s General Fund.

Safe Route to School sidewalk projects scheduled for FY 2022

The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is a board of combined Hernando and Citrus County elected officials. The federal government mandates that a local planning board helps in overseeing that transportation projects are designed and completed.

On Aug. 15, 2017, the MPO received an update on upcoming Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) projects in the Citrus and Hernando County area. The first project, set for Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) fiscal year (FY) 2019 will be in Crystal River, on Turkey Oak Drive, for a sidewalk leading to Crystal River High School.

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.

BOCC loosens restrictions on All Terrain Vehicle use on unpaved county roads

The Board of County Commissioners passed an ordinance on Aug. 22, 2017 allowing All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) to “be operated upon any unpaved roadways in Hernando County where the posted speed limit is less than 35 miles per hour,” thus opting out of the state’s statute restricting ATVs from county roads. ATV operation is restricted to daytime hours.

Public works officials resign in wake of BRW Inc. lawsuit

On Aug. 3, 2017, county engineer Mark Guttman and Public Works project manager Al Toler resigned given the outcome of a recent lawsuit in which the county settled with BRW Inc. for $250,000. On the same day, County Administrator Len Sossamon prepared letters for Guttman and Toler, informing them of employment termination due to information “disclosed during a recent lawsuit that has resulted in the County having a lack of confidence in you performing your duties.”

Commissioners pass ordinance repealing two 70’s era laws

On 08/08/17, Board of County Commissioners Chairman Wayne Dukes told the audience that the Trump Administration invited local county commissioners to Washington, D.C. recently to discuss a way to improve business and the economy by reducing the number of laws that constrict free enterprise.

According to Commissioner Steven Champion, one comment that stood out to him during the visit was the Administration’s determination to repeal or remove two old laws for every new law that was being passed.

Correctional Institute programs help female inmates gain education, skills

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, during the regularly scheduled Board of County Commissioner’s meeting, Karen Worthey-Osborne Program Director for the Intensive Outpatient Program, presented an overview of the Hernando Correctional Institution’s (Hernando CI) Programs. The Hernando CI is a prison that houses around 400 female inmates and is located on Spring Hill Drive, in Brooksville.

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