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Vertical Expansion Sought for Construction and Demolition Debris Landfill Cell

The Construction and Demolition (C&D) landfill cell is a 12.4 acre area that contains 9,699 tons of debris per year. Opening in 1991, the area is now nearing the end of its 26 year life span. Hernando County Solid Waste and Recycling is seeking permission to vertically expand the area to allow for more time to allocate a new C&D area.

Memorial Day and Labor Day Holiday garbage collection to resume for county

On June 6th, Commissioner Steve Champion asked Scott Harper of Hernando County Solid Waste and Recycling about the possibility of resuming trash collection on Memorial Day and Labor Day. According to Commissioner Champion, phones have been “ringing off the hook” from resident calls with this question.

City's FY2018 fire and general fund budget outlook, not too rosy

Interim Brooksville City Manager Lyndon Bonner was the bearer of difficult news relating to a possible $700,000 shortfall for the city’s FY 2018 general fund. This came shortly after city council members heard a presentation about the need to increase the city’s fire assessment rates and several scenarios in which to do so.

Board approves redirecting funds from reserves for general fund capital expenses

On June 13th, the Board of County Commissioners approved a motion for a budget amendment hearing to have the following items funded from reserves: Poll Equipment for the Supervisor of Elections ($240,000), Lake Townsend Playground Equipment ($50,000), three Ice Machines for Parks and Recreation ($12,000), an air conditioner for The Lake House ($35,000), and Pine Island Playground Equipment($100,000).

The amendment was presented by Budget Manager Pamela Lee. No county residents objected, and the board approved the amendment unanimously.

County to convert Oakley Island from septic to sewer

At the June 27 Board of County Commissioners meeting, Utilities Director Gordon Onderdonk proposed a budget amendment to convert approximately twenty homes on Oakley Island to the county sewer system. Oakley Island is located at: 28.541421, -82.626777, which is across the Mud River from Mary’s Fish Camp. The current septic systems are not functioning well due to a high water table.

Blueberry Festival past, present & future

The Florida Blueberry Festival notified the City of Brooksville that they are suspending the festival in downtown Brooksville, that they will not be entering into the lease for the Quarry Golf Course, and they will be vacating their City Hall office space by July 17, 2017. This has left the community abuzz with ideas on what a future festival could be and what should become of the quarry golf course. Out of the fray of ideas in regards to a festival, John Lee, owner of Coney Island, is taking the reigns and moving forward confidently with a continuation of a blueberry festival.

Brooksville Faces Budget Shortfall

The July 6th, 2017 Brooksville City Council Meeting ended with a budget update. Interim City Manager Lyndon Bonner called on Finance Director James Lasch to present estimations of the 2018 fiscal year with and without changes to the millage rates and expenditures. After introducing the issue of “being $600,000 upside down”, Mr. Bonner answered the “how did we get here” question by saying, “Last year, a number of reserves were used to fund this year’s budget, and those reserves are no longer available.”

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