Government

More HCSD employees eligible for overtime with Florida Labor Standards Act changes

Hernando Sun Staff

Lisa Becker, Director of Human Resources for the school district explained that the Fair Labor Standards Act was created by the Department of Labor in order to determine what classes of employees could be exempt from overtime.

The exemption for overtime is referred to as a white collar exemption and applies to salaried positions that make a certain amount of money and perform executive, administrative, or professional duties.

The current test requires that an employee make a minimum of $455 per week to be exempt from overtime payment.

School district aims to add VPK to legislative platform

“Our VPK programs are the key to our future success of our kids,” said school board member Susan Duval during the 10/04/16 informal meeting of the school board. She is interested in seeing a comparison among children who have attended VPK and those who have not, including those who were on a waiting list but were not able to attend VPK.

Sheriff files appeal to Governor and Cabinet on budget matter

Sheriff Nienhuis explains his appeal to the Governor at a press conference on Monday 10/10/16.

BROOKSVILLE- about two weeks ago Sheriff Nienhuis filed a lawsuit against the county commission because he feels that the commission did not follow the state law in denying his budget. In spite of the lawsuit the Sheriff said at a press conference on Monday Oct. 10th, they are "still hitting a brick wall" as far as getting the budget increase.

JUDGE ORDERS EXTENSION OF VOTER-REGISTRATION DEADLINE

By BRANDON LARRABEE
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, October 10, 2016..........A federal judge ordered a one-day extension in Florida's voter registration deadline and seemed ready to consider a longer delay against the backdrops of the recovery from Hurricane Matthew and one of the most heated presidential races in decades.

"Hernando Made" Celebrating Florida Manufacturing Day

SunTech Welding facility on the Central High School Campus

Commissioner Diane Rowden read a resolution to declare October 7, 2016 Florida Manufacturing Day, due to the impact the manufacturing industry has on Hernando County. According to Rowden, more than 2,000 manufacturing jobs have been created in the county. Products Rowden listed include “pharmaceuticals, industrial safety signs and equipment, decorative aluminum fencing, circuit boards, and aerospace components.”

Brooksville CRA rejects public improvement project agreement with SunTrust

Brooksville Doctors Mural, location of proposed public improvement project

A goal of the City of Brooksville Community Redevelopment Agency is to encourage beautification and pedestrian uses of properties within the business district. A proposed improvement project is being negotiated between Suntrust Bank and the CRA. The project location is at the SE corner of the intersection of W Jefferson St. and N Orange Ave. The project would provide bench seating facing the street and "Brooksville Doctors" mural on the back of the Hogan Law firm building.

REPORT LOOKS FOR WAYS TO UNTANGLE I-75 TRAFFIC

By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, October 4, 2016.......... A state task force has recommended a series of changes to improve safety and relieve congestion on Interstate 75 between Tampa Bay and North Florida, but it stopped short of calling for a new toll road in the region.

The I-75 Relief Task Force, appointed last year by Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold, looked at traffic improvements in Alachua, Citrus, Hernando, Levy, Marion and Sumter counties.

SCOTT, CABINET WEIGH $16 MILLION LAND BUY

By JIM TURNER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, October 3, 2016.......... Gov. Rick Scott and the current members of the Florida Cabinet could be poised to make their largest outright purchase of land for preservation.

The $16.1 million purchase of 11,027 acres southeast of Tallahassee, if approved, would also be the largest acquisition of its kind for the state in more than a decade.

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