Government

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.

County consultant will put together plan for Shoal Line Blvd recreational area

Aerial of 60 acre former water treatment plant site in Hernando Beach; Hernando County Government

Just north of the Weeki Wachee Preserve is an abandoned 60-acre parcel on the eastern side of Shoal Line Boulevard owned by the county. The property had been used for utilities, but has been idle for some time. Residents have asked for a recreational area to be built, and this space could be ideal.

A divided city council votes not to send letter in support of MSTU

In an effort to consider their options for reducing the tax burden on their constituents, the Brooksville City Council discussed sending a letter to the county in support of the county adopting a Municipal Service Taxation Unit (MSTU). The city of Brooksville residents currently pay for both the city and county law enforcement. While the city uses most of the Sheriff’s Office services, it was specified during the meeting that the city does not rely on the Sheriff’s Office for scheduled patrol services, which the city taxpayers end up paying for.

City of Brooksville, on the search for legal services

Over the past few budget sessions, the 10-year relationship between the City of Brooksville and the Hogan Law Firm has become strained. Statements from various council members and discussions during Brooksville City Council budget meetings have addressed the retainer cost and a $200,000 legal services budget item, as well as an idea for an in-house counsel.

Council members decided only on a Request For Proposal (RFP), a process by which an entity seeks candidates to fill a position or complete tasks.

Sheriff’s Office MSTU concept re-emerges with Brooksville budget woes

During Correspondence to Note of the Tuesday Aug. 4, 2017 BOCC meeting, Commissioner Champion brought up for discussion the recent financial turmoil in the City of Brooksville. The subject rehashed some old turmoil among commissioners in relation to a potential Sheriff’s Office Municipal Service Taxation Unit (MSTU).

Commission reverts select FBO minimum operating standards to 2004 requirements

During the July 25, 2017 Commission Meeting, Jet ICU came before the board asking for a determination on whether they could become a Fixed Base Operator (FBO). Since the time of their last application, the Minimum Operating Standards have been increased. Technically the county could not consider their last application since the denial was never appealed and their current application is under the new standards which the company cannot meet. This brought to the forefront the issue that opponents of the new standards warned of.

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