News Briefs

County Concerned Over City of Brooksville Property Annexations

The City of Brooksville has been annexing properties for the past several months. The city has informed the county of the various properties to be annexed. Attorney Jon Jouben explained at the December 15th County Commission Meeting that the county does not have an issue with the annexation of the majority of properties. However, there are 4 properties being annexed which the county does oppose.

New Mayor and Vice Mayor for City of Brooksville

The Brooksville City Council chooses a new Mayor and Vice Mayor annually. Chosen at the Decmeber 7th meeting to serve as Mayor was Natalie Kahler, former Vice Mayor. Kahler has been serving on the city council since elected in November of 2014. She is also the Manager at Chinsegut Hill Retreat.

Robert Battista was chosen to serve as Vice Mayor. Mr. Battista was also elected in November of 2014. Both Battista and Kahler are serving 4 year terms.

FDOT Study Along SR50 Between East Jefferson and I-75

The Florida Department of Transportation is examining the possibility of widening SR50 from 4 lanes to 6 lanes between E. Jefferson Street and I-75 “to improve mobility and enhance safety.” They are also considering the addition of bike lanes and sidewalks. Following the completion of the study, recommendation of the changes, approval by the Federal Highway Administration, and securing of funds, the project may move into the design phase.

Grant Request to Map Stormwater System in Kass Circle

During the planning process of the Kass Circle Revitalization project, it was discovered that there was a lack of information regarding the stormwater system for that area and surrounding areas. The county is applying for a $60,000 grant to map the stormwater system to take place between 2016 and 2018. The grant would fund, public field events, supplies and an intern to complete the mapping under supervision of Public Works.

Hernando Youth Orchestra seeks Instrument Donations

Have a musical instrument you don’t want? Want to donate it to a worthy cause? The Hernando Youth Orchestra would love to hear from you!

We accept most donated instruments (calliopes and Kazoos need not apply!) We’ll pick them up, fix them up, and give them to eager young musicians, so your donated instrument helps the Orchestra—and young musicians—grow.

Call 352-600-9555 to schedule a pick up. Check us out: www.HernandoYouthOrchestra.org.

Baby Miyah Born on Grandma's Couch

In this day and age home births are becoming more popular, but Christina and Andrew Mineo never intended to have one. En route to the hospital on October 13th, Christina and Andrew decided that the birth was too imminent to make it and stopped at Andrew’s grandmother’s house. Baby Miyah was born on grandma’s couch with the help of Andrew and 9-1-1 Communications Supervisor Kristy Faulkingham. Faulkingham directed Andrew on how to deliver the baby throughout the process. Miyah is baby number two for the Mineos.

City of Brooksville Fire Assessment Increase

The fire (non ad-valorem) assessment Brooksville City Council members adopted is a .80 unit rate for tier 1 and a $100/parcel for tier 2 (undeveloped land) properties. This is a $20 per parcel increase for tier 2 properties. Chief Mossgrove explained at the September 9th budget hearing that his budget would be balanced with the adopted rate. Council members voted 4 to 1 with Council member Earhardt voting against the resolution.

Sheriff's Office Active Calls Monitor

In an effort to keep Hernando County residents informed regarding the call volume of their emergency services personnel, Sheriff Al Nienhuis has implemented an Active Calls Monitor, on the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office website. The Active Calls Monitor allows the viewer to see the following information: Origin, Sequence Number, Primary Agency, Response Start Time, Call Type, Zone and Priority. Additionally, calls can be sorted by clicking on any of the BOLD categories.

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