Government

Water and wastewater treatment rate increases tabled indefinitely

Hernando Counties Utilities Director Gordon Onderdonk presented information to the BOCC about proposed increases in the water and wastewater rates for the next three fiscal years. It would be part of the PILOF, or Payment in Lieu of Franchise Fees, which allows the utilities department to use the right of way for the water/sewer lines, fire hydrants, etc. The PILOF is made to the County’s General Fund.

Hernando County Fertilizer Ordinance in Effect Jan. 1st through March 31st

by LILLY BROWNING, Hernando County Florida Friendly Landscaping
Program Coordinator

Weeki Wachee River by Robert Stein

Did you know that Hernando County has a Fertilizer Ordinance? This is an attempt to mitigate the amount of nitrates entering our water ways. The Weeki Wachee River exceeds its Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) of nitrates. This means it takes in more nitrates than it can process and dispose of. This results in excessive algae growth. Too much algae can lead to a lack of photosynthesis for the underwater plants. As these plants die, they absorb oxygen, creating a lower count of dissolved oxygen in the water and potentially leading to fish-kill.

A review of road paving projects in the county

(STAFF)

Road paving from BOCC agenda packet 1/10/17

Assistant County Administrator Brian Malmberg prepared statistics about road paving in the county between 2010 and 2016 to present to the BOCC on 1/10/17.

His presentation explains that when 51% of the citizens in an area are in favor of road paving, a proposal can go in front of the Hernando County BOCC for an MSBU road paving program. The county shares ⅓ of the costs.

Hunters Lake tussock removal anticipated to begin Spring 2017

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Hunters Lake, photography by Elizabeth Dentato

Plans are underway to remove 19 acres of tussock from Hunters Lake which is located between Spring Hill Drive and County Line Rd, just east of Commercial Way. In 2015, the lake was estimated to cover 429 acres. It has grown over the years. In 1954, the lake covered 302 acres. A 2009 report indicated 100 acres of invasive tussock which poses a threat to native fish, birds and plants.

SCOTT SEEKS MONEY TO BATTLE TERRORISM

By JIM TURNER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 4, 2017.......... Gov. Rick Scott is backing a request from state law-enforcement officials to set up anti-terrorism squads across Florida.

Scott will include in his 2017-2018 budget proposal a $5.8 million request for counterterrorism efforts by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, he announced Wednesday during a news conference in Orlando.

State lawmakers, faced with a tightening fiscal outlook, will craft the budget during the 60-day legislative session that begins March 7. The 2017-2018 budget year starts July 1.

Efforts underway to reopen historic Richloam Post Office and General Store

Historic Richloam Post Office and General Store

An interesting item that came before the Hernando County Planning and Zoning Committee on December 12th, was the rezoning of a .16 acre portion of a 1 acre lot from Agriculture to PDP/NC (Neighborhood Commercial). The property is in the eastern portion of Hernando County in an area called Richloam. It's a few thousand feet south of Cortez Blvd on Richloam Clay Sink Rd.

CRASHES UP AT RED-LIGHT CAMERA INTERSECTIONS

By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

Red light camera at Cortez and Cobb Rd.  The Brooksville Red Light Camera Program ended Oct. 31, 2016, with the expiration of the Sensys Contract.

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 5, 2017.......... As Florida lawmakers prepare to renew their debate over red-light cameras, a new report from state highway officials shows an increase in vehicle collisions at intersections with the traffic-control devices.

In a survey of 148 intersections in 28 cities and counties across the state, total crashes were up 10.14 percent when comparing data before the cameras were installed and after they were in place, according to the Dec. 31 report from the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

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