Government

Letter of Support for Blueberry Fest lease of park

The Hernando Sun has covered the proposed 90- year ground lease agreement between the City of Brooksville and the Florida Blueberry Festival Association which was first discussed at the City Council meeting on October 17. The three workshops did not appear to greatly improve public opinion in favor of the lease. (One workshop was public comment only; the other two involved the council reviewing the lease agreement line-by-line.)

Holiday office closures and trash collection schedule

(Brooksville, FL) Hernando County government offices will be closed to observe the upcoming holidays:

* Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 in observance of Thanksgiving
* Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26 in observance of Christmas
* Monday, January 2, 2017 in observance of New Year's Day

The Hernando County Solid Waste and Recycling Department announces the following holiday trash collection schedule.

There will be no trash or recycling picked up on:

Additional HVAC repairs for Utilities/ former Times Building

Utilities/ former Times building

The Utilities Administration Building is having more trouble with the HVAC system. In May, a contract was awarded to Gibson Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, LLC to replace the three units on the former Hernando Times building, which was purchased by the county last year for $4.15 million.

Following the initial contract of $140,500, a change order of $18,268 was authorized for warranties for the new chiller units. As the Hernando Sun reported in May, the original contract amount was $25,000 less than the independent estimate the County received.

JUDGE HALTS WORKERS' COMP RATE HIKE OVER SUNSHINE ISSUES

By JIM SAUNDERS
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

Judge Karen Gievers

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, November 23, 2016.......... Little more than a week before businesses were slated to get hit with increased workers' compensation insurance rates, a Leon County circuit judge Wednesday blocked the hike because of violations of Florida's Sunshine Law.

An organization that files workers' compensation rate proposals for insurers quickly said it would appeal.

Freedom Energy Hernando contract vote will wait for new commission

Hernando County landfill off of US 98

The pending contract with Freedom Energy Hernando, LLC was not ready for discussion when the BOCC met on 11/15/16. Brian Malmberg, Assistant County Administrator, advised the BOCC that his office was trying to reconcile the contract terms against the potential savings for the county.

Commissioner Diane Rowden asked to delay a vote on the contract to the 12/06/16 meeting, when the newly-elected commissioners would be sworn in.

BOCC meets as community redevelopment agency

Kass Circle revitalization map

In March 2016, the BOCC approved a document called the Finding of Necessity, which indicates that Kass Circle does meet the definition of a “blighted” area. It also designated itself as the governing agency which would have full control of the redevelopment program. This was accomplished with the BOCC Resolution 2016-44, which was filed with the State of Florida.

Glen Lakes Rezoning Petition

COMMISSIONERS AT AN IMPASSE OVER FIRE BUFFER WIDTH

Arial map of property in question, outlined section in the rear of the Glen Lakes development.  From agenda packet.

In June of this year, the Glen Lakes Partnership approached the BOCC with a petition to revise the Master Plan. The developer wanted a 25-foot buffer at the north and west property lines, but Commissioner Nick Nicholson was firm in his recommendation for a 100-foot buffer. The applicant requested that the BOCC postpone the decision to allow time for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Forestry Service to provide testimony about the Firewise Community. The Planning and Zoning Commission heard an amended petition in October.

STATE COLLEGES LOOK FOR FUNDING BOOST

By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, November 16, 2016.......... Florida state colleges are looking for additional money in the next state budget, with college presidents saying the funding would help more students graduate on time and would improve counseling services at the 28 schools.

The request, which was presented Wednesday to the state Board of Education in Orlando, includes $40 million in performance-based funding and $60 million that would be distributed through a funding formula for the colleges.

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