“I’m pleased to announce that right now we have a balanced budget.” Those opening words from Budget Manager Pamela Lee were followed by, “The libraries are in there.” Following last week’s meetings with the commissioners individually, Lee prepared her presentation.
The General Fund showed an initial deficit of $1.8 million. New employees (who were hired with an effective date of 04/01/17), what Lee called “re-classes” and funds toward other organizations (such as AmSkills) increased the deficit by approximately $700,000, with a total new deficit figure of $2.5 million.
During the July 11th meeting, Supervisor of Elections Shirley Anderson appeared before the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) in order to appoint a commissioner to the Hernando County Canvassing Board.
Commissioner Wayne Dukes stated that Commissioner Nick Nicholson had agreed to serve on the 2018 canvassing board. This is slightly unusual since according to statute, the primary appointment goes to the Chairman.
In 1987, the Florida Legislature created the Surface Water Improvement and Management (SWIM) Act to protect, restore, and maintain Florida’s highly threatened surface water bodies. The Weeki Wachee River is a designated SWIM Priority Water Body.
BRW Contracting Inc. filed a lawsuit against the county on May 26, 2016 for “CONTRACT AND INDEBTEDNESS” in relation to the Osowaw Blvd. Bike Trail/ Sidewalk Project. An agreement for the project was signed between the county and BRW Contracting Inc. on February 10, 2015.
The project was put out to bid in 2014 and BRW was chosen by the county as the “lowest responsive responsible bidder” in December 2014. BRW bid $571,797.18 for the project, beating out Goodwin Bros., Pave-Rite, DAB Constructors and AJAX Paving Industries of FL.
On July 11, 2017, Hernando Beach resident and attorney (licensed in Kentucky)Charles Greenwell spoke to the BOCC during public comment on consent agenda items.
Budget Manager Pamela Lee addressed the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on July 11, 2017 regarding a budget resolution to move $3,080,000 from the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Fund to the Quality of Life Fund for Capital Projects. During the regular meeting on June 13, the BOCC directed the Budget Office to transfer $3,000,000 in addition to $80,000 already committed for the Bayport Pier repairs.