Holcomb plans to attend the upcoming workshop and commission meetings before he officially returns to an active role of county commissioner.
Commissioner Holcomb returned home from Southwest Asia, where he was serving in the United States Navy Reserve. Holcomb was deployed in May 2016. In March of this year John Mitten was temporarily assigned to Holcomb’s seat (District 4) on the county commission by Gov. Rick Scott.
On May 23rd, the Board of County Commissioners voted on a proposed ordinance detailing the reestablishment of a deferred compensation program. By Florida Statute 112.215 an ordinance is required to adopt a government employees deferred compensation program, but government entities have the option of offering such plans or not.
“Things aren’t as bad as when I was here last time. It was a tough session,” said Shawn Foster of Sunrise Consulting Group to the Brooksville City Council on May 15th.
Foster continued, “it was the most onslaught attack that I’d ever seen on local rule in 20 years as staff or as a lobbyist. I think it’ll be back… The leadership that was there, they’ll still be there next year and they’ll still be in charge.”
In numerous discussions and hearings over the past three years, Freedom Energy Hernando, LLC has been selected as the top choice to design, build and manage a material “Waste to Energy” facility, which would ultimately reduce the amount of waste going into the County landfill.
On May 15th, the Brooksville City Council held a meeting to discuss current parking and fine policies through the Brooksville Police Department. Cliff Taylor, on behalf of Hogan Law Firm, went before the Council to propose an ordinance regarding an increase to parking fees from five dollars to ten.
The ordinance would apply to all municipal city lots and will include any overtime parking.
On April 10th, David Peitzman of the Tidal Brewing Company appeared before the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commission to request rezoning of the former Mobil station on the corner of Spring Hill Drive and Barclay Drive in order to open a small microbrewery.
A microbrewery is a limited-production brewery, typically producing specialty beers and often selling its products only locally. Rezoning is necessary in order to dispense alcoholic beverages, as well as to allow for warehouse facilities and local distribution at this location.
On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, the City of Brooksville held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception. This reception recognizes individuals who graciously donate their time and talents to the City of Brooksville. This year the City was very fortunate to have approximately 122 volunteers who provided valuable service to our community.
Special Awards were given to:
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Coastal engineer Don Lacey, on behalf of Bantam Realty, appeared before The Board of County Commissioners to propose the rezoning of 25 acres of agricultural land into a “Combined Planned Development Project.”
The rezoning was recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The intent of the presentation was to showcase the potential for a farm-to-table restaurant utilizing the local farmlands. The parcel being looked at currently sits in the Airport Planned Development District near the intersection of 41 and Powell and allows everything except residential construction.
Much public comment was heard during the second public hearing to adopt an ordinance repealing the supermajority rule requirement to change the comprehensive plan. Arguments against the supermajority repeal emphasized the importance of retaining it in order to limit power grabs from those with financial influence. Also mentioned was the stability the supermajority gives to zoning. Those in favor of the repeal pointed to greater flexibility, the preservation of personal property rights and promotion of economic growth.