Government

Brooksville Defers Outside IT Consult

The Brooksville City Council concurred at the regular October 7, 2019 meeting that they would table the decision on hiring an outside consultant to guide their Information Technology (IT) decisions at the present time.

Council Member Robert Battista read a portion of the Request for Proposal (RFP) and said, “I think this is premature.  We've used the county for quite a while.  We just approved a position for a technology person to be on staff.  It just seems that we had a great working relationship with the county.  It worked for us."  

School Board needs more information on school district police force idea

Among the Hernando County School Board (School Board) workshop agenda items for Oct. 8th
was the discussion of Safe School options.  The options presented at Tuesday’s Board workshop included continuing the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) school resource officer (SRO) contract, forming a school district run police force, employing guardians and employing a security firm. The end goal of any option selected is to ensure the safety of the students and the security of the campus. 

Superintendent, school board members urge county commission to raise school impact fees

At the regular meeting on October 8, 2019, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) agreed to vote on the Hernando County School District’s (HCSD) request to increase their impact fee funding at a future joint meeting.  For reasons that were not clear at the Tuesday meeting, the agenda and public advertisement showed the topic as an update, and therefore not subject to a resolution.  The board concurred to defer the vote to the joint meeting, with a date to be determined. 

Comparison of Sheriff's Office and Brooksville PD service and arrest statistics

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) began law enforcement operations in the City of Brooksville (City) June 1st, 2018. On Sept. 16th, 2019 Lt. John McMurdo, HCSO, presented a review of the first year of service to the City. Lt. McMurdo expressed gratitude toward Mr. Kutney, City Manager, for his role in the smooth transition. Following this, Lt. McMurdo explained that the data to be presented had been collected through the sheriff’s office’s Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD).

Commissioner Champion asks county to go on record supporting 2nd amendment

by LISA MACNEIL
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During final comments at the regular meeting on September 10, Commissioner Steve Champion requested the board send a letter in unity to Governor Ron DeSantis stating Hernando County supports the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution; the right to bear arms. 

Champion said, “We have no say over this, but I think we need to put it on record on what’s happening in our legislation with the state, and with the country regarding our second amendment rights.  Like it or not, (our rights) are under attack.”  

Hernando county commissioners comment on Sept. 11 terrorist attack anniversary

by LISA MACNEIL

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Sept. 10, 2019- At the end of every Board of County Commissioners meeting, each commissioner is given an opportunity to comment on a topic they choose.  At the end of the BOCC meeting on September 10, 2019,  two commissioners gave their thoughts on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.