Government

Ingoglia on Red Light Cameras: Taxation by Citation

State Representative Blaise Ingoglia is one of the sponsors of a Florida House bill that will get rid of red light cameras for good. The language included in HB (House Bill) 6007 is, “This means local governments will no longer have the authority to implement red light camera programs by local ordinance.”

Brooksville City Council hears from Sheriff's Office and Brooksville Police Chief on MSTU

The Joseph E. Johnston, III City Council Chambers was full on Monday evening, Oct. 16, 2017 for a presentation on how the county’s potential implementation of a Municipal Service Taxation Unit (MSTU) for the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office could affect the city.

Local government bodies may be in violation of state law

When a government body holds a meeting, that body is required to maintain minutes of the meeting. The minutes document what happened in a meeting which includes the outcomes of votes on the agenda items and relevant discussion by board/council members and members of the public.

The Florida Statute 286.011 states, “The minutes of a meeting of any such board or commission of any such state agency or authority shall be promptly recorded, and such records shall be open to public inspection.”

Five physicians request additional time, funds from county to relocate

Due to space constraints to Constitutional Officers at the Courthouse, the county has begun the process of utilizing the Pinebrook Medical Center facility for these offices. Several doctors will have to relocate and current discussions indicate the county may give them six to nine months to do so.

The county owns the Pinebrook Medical Center facility and Bayfront leases the space from the county. The hospital subleases to other parties.

Draft comprehensive plan revisions: compromise sought between environmentalism and property rights

Assistant County Administrator Ron Pianta began by informing the Board that Pat McNeese, Hernando County Planner will be leaving the Planning Department in order to care for her mother in Pinellas County. In conjunction with that Michelle Miller, Senior Planner and Cayce Dagenhart, Planner, are new hires for the Planning Department. Miller will be running the Kass Circle Project.

USGS evaluates Withlacoochee high water marks

USGS Hydrologist Andy Knaak hammers a nail into a post to mark the seed line on flooded Cyril Drive in Ridge Manor.

Eight USGS field crews traveled around the Jacksonville, Tampa and Fort Myers areas last week looking for evidence that tell scientists how high the flood waters and storm surge from Hurricane Irma reached. A crew was able to make it to Hernando County to evaluate the Withlacoochee River. Andy Knaak, USGS hydrologist worked his way down river from Trilby, stopping in Ridge Manor at Cyril Drive and Highway 50. (The Withlacoochee runs north.) On that day, the river had already receded a couple feet from the high water mark.

Brooksville City Council selects city manager

On September 28th, the Brooksville City Council met with each of three candidates for the city manager position which included Bill Ed Cannon- Wildwood City Manager, Mark A. Kutney and William R. Whitson formerly Hapeville, GA city manager. Each council member then in turn conducted an individual interview with each candidate. Ultimately, Mark Kutney, formerly of Palm Beach was chosen for the position. Kutney is the former town manager of Loxahatchee Groves, FL (2011 - 2014).

Brooksville City Council evaluates fire department after arrests

The Sept. 29, 2017 arrests of Brooksville Fire Chief David Freda and Fire Captain David Murdoch and subsequent administrative leave has placed another burden on an already fragile Brooksville Fire Department. Murdoch and Freda were arrested on fraud charges while each separately held the Fire Chief position of the voluntary department in Henrando Beach.

Hammock Ridge developer requests brownfield designation

At the September 19, 2017, Board of County Commissioners meeting, a request from Goldstein Environmental Law Firm was presented. This request was on behalf of HTG Hammock Ridge, LLC, requesting for the property at 8274 Omaha Circle, Spring Hill be designated as a Green Reuse Area under Florida’s Brownfield Redevelopment Act. Florida Statute 376.80(2)(c).

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