Julie B. Maglio

County limits tentative general fund millage rate to 6.8912

A discussion with the Board of County Commissioners on July 24, 2018, gave Interim Budget Director George Zoettlein direction to transmit the proposed millage rates in the chart to the right to the property appraiser.  The property appraiser places these rates on the TRIM notices which are mailed out to each taxpayer prior to the first public budget hearing in September. Mr. Zottlein was required to relay the proposed millage rates to the Property Appraiser by Aug. 3, 2018.

A glimpse inside Sheriff’s Office at District One Open House

On Thursday July 26, 2018 community members enjoyed the opportunity to listen to varied presentations by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office on their operations to protect the county and its citizens at the District One Open House. District One covers the majority of the county which now includes The City of Brooksville.  Tours of the facility which was the former location of Brooksville Police Department were conducted.  Investigation staff were relocated from the Sheriff’s Office headquarters and they say they like their new space as it is quieter and offers more privacy.  

Low mosquito counts in Hernando, but nearby areas report arbovirus presence

 

It has been a wet spring and summer has brought rains which have kept up the water level. There are several areas in Hernando County with significant standing water where there usually is not water. There have also been cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile found in nearby counties. These factors could lead to a mosquito problem. 

Dampened plans for Shoal Line Rec Area

A letter from The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) Executive Director Brian Armstrong has left Hernando County staff and commissioners dismayed.

 
Mr. Armstrong responded to a letter from County Administrator Len Sossamon in reference to giving voters the chance to voice their opinion on the Shoal Line Blvd Recreation Area project proposed for a property located within the Weekiwachee Preserve owned by SWFWMD.  

No objections from state agencies on Spring Center comp plan amendment

Hernando County commissioners approved sending the comprehensive plan amendment for Spring Center to state agencies for review on April 10, 2018. The county received the last of the responses from those agencies on June 22. The proposed Spring Center Planned Development District (PDD) is located on a 450 acre parcel of property in Spring Hill, just south of Northcliffe Blvd, with Greynolds Avenue to the east, Dunkirk Road to the south, and River Road to the west.

Principal Crognale describes positive results for Endeavor and Discovery Academies

Endeavor Academy is a program for students with ongoing documented behavior problems from grade 6 through high school seniors. It has been in operation since 1976, with a one year hiatus in 1992.  Some students come to the program after committing student code of conduct infractions as a second chance before expulsion. Others have committed felonies in the community and are referred to the program by committee.

Governor Scott meet and greet at downtown Brooksville bistro

The Bistro in historic downtown Brooksville, owned and operated by Catherine Reeves is a popular gathering place. On Tuesday July 10, 2018, it was hopping with local officials and dignitaries in honor of special guest Governor Rick Scott who is on a campaign tour of small towns across the state in his bid for US Senate.  

County Commissioners and county staff members walked across Main Street during their lunch break to greet Governor Scott.  State Senator Wilton Simpson and Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis were also among those in attendance.  

Traffic calming strategies we picked up in Italy

While driving in Italy is a stressful and unnerving experience, we have unexpectedly returned with some insight to several possible traffic calming strategies. (Please note that we are referring to traffic calming- not driver calming.) Traffic calming is a pertinent subject in Hernando County and has been discussed by The City of Brooksville for their downtown area and in planning for the Kass Circle redevelopment.  One particular strategy (the roundabout) will be implemented by FDOT within the next couple years.