Government

THRASHER TAKES AIM AT GUNS ON CAMPUS

By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

Landis Hall, FSU User:Chargarther

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, December 7, 2016.......... In his annual "state of the university" address on Wednesday, Florida State University President John Thrasher reiterated his strong opposition to allowing guns on university and college campuses.

As a member of the Florida Senate, Thrasher helped kill a bill in 2011 that would have allowed gun owners with concealed-weapons licenses to bring their firearms to Florida's university and state-college campuses.

THREE SUPREME COURT NOMINEES WOULD ADD CONSERVATIVE VOICE

By DARA KAM
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, November 29, 2016.......... Florida Supreme Court justices Charles Canady and Ricky Polston will almost certainly have a conservative colleague to join their frequent splits from the court's majority when Gov. Rick Scott appoints a replacement for Justice James E.C. Perry.

Perry's constitutionally mandated retirement gives Scott the opportunity to continue moving Florida's appellate courts to the right, and the three nominees to replace Perry left no doubt this week as to how they would rule if appointed to the state's highest court.

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.

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