Government

Architectural design services for five phase judicial project

by LISA MACNEIL
HERNANDO SUN REPORTER

At the March 26, 2019 regular Board of County Commissioners meeting, Purchasing Director James Wunderle started the discussion by saying, “Usually Purchasing need not obtain the board’s approval for a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), but in this case, the department brought this before the board just for the visibility, because of the courts and their communications with the county and their need for space.”  

Hunters Lake, not for hunters!

by LISA MACNEIL

At the January 15, 2019 Board of County Commissioners meeting, several residents of Hunter’s Lake addressed the board to resolve a situation where hunters were entering canals off Hunter’s Lake, and shooting toward private properties and homes while hunting ducks.  After several residents reported inaction from law enforcement and the board found it had no jurisdiction over the problem, the board voted 5-0 in consensus to write a letter to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which does have jurisdiction over hunting infractions.

Commissioners delve into several topics at planning workshop

By LISA MACNEIL

At the regular meeting of February 12, 2019, the Board of County Commissioners decided to hold regular planning meetings to discuss upcoming agenda items, and to review items affecting the budget on a regular basis.  The first Planning Workshop was held on March 5, 2019 at the Hernando County Utilities Building.

The Planning Workshop is open to the public; however, there is no public input.

Methods discussed to eliminate $11 million general fund deficit

 by LISA MACNEIL Hernando Sun Reporter

Update Regarding changes to Budget Policy

Leading into the budget discussion of the February 26, 2019 regular meeting, Interim Budget Director George Zoettlein updated the Board of County Commissioners on changes to the county’s budget policies. 

Zoettlein described the changes as a simplified way of constructing future budgets in order to “make things balance easier.”   The changes are not expected to be put in place until after the next fiscal year.

County Revises Administrator Job Description and Starts Recruitment

By LISA MACNEIL

Hernando Sun Reporter

At the Feb. 26, 2019 meeting, Human Resources Risk Director Christi Charlow presented to the Hernando Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) the job description for the County Administrator, as well as revisions for approval.  County Administrator Len Sossamon was terminated on Jan. 29 and Deputy Administrator Jeff Rogers has stepped into the Acting County Administrator role while decisions are made on a permanent solution.

Feb. 12, 2019 Hernando BOCC meeting run down

CITIZENS’ COMMENTS 

Lucille Morano addressed the Board of County Commissioners about garbage collection problems she’s been experiencing for the past six years.   Republic’s new automated collection has not remedied Morano’s issues.
  
Mary Ellen Urban presented a safety map for Ft. Dade Ave and Citrus Way, thanking Scott Herring for his response to her earlier request.  Urban also asked about red flags in the right-of-way along Ft. Dade Avenue.