Kathryn Dentato

Chickens as pets in the city of Brooksville?

Mike McDonald received a code enforcement violation for the four chickens he keeps at his business property at 321 Ponce de Leon Boulevard. During the citizen comment portion of the Oct. 7, 2019 meeting, a friend brought this to the attention of the city council and asked for a change to the ordinance. 

The item was added to the Oct. 21, 2019 agenda. The City Code 4-8.12 states that livestock animals and fowl can only be on residential parcels that are 10 acres or larger unless the property is zoned for agricultural use.  

Locking restrooms in city of Brooksville parks due to illicit activity

In various meetings, citizens have brought their concerns about vandalism and issues with the restrooms at the city’s parks. Parks and Recreation Director Angie Whisnant briefed council members on specific problems with keeping the restrooms unlocked.

Whisnant provided pictures of the types of vandalism the park staff routinely witnesses. Staff have said the homeless have been aggressive toward them at times. 

Contract approved for city funding of Brooksville Main Street program

On Sept. 4, 2019 the city of Brooksville agreed to fund the Brooksville Main Street program at $45,000 per year with several stipulations relating to financial disclosures.  It has taken some time for the parties to iron out a contract as the matter was postponed at both the Sept. 16 and the Oct. 7 meetings. The parties were able to reach an agreement by the Oct. 21 meeting at which time the contract was approved by council.

A mixed bag of public support, opposition for Brooksville Main Street program

by KATHRYN DENTATO

The Special Meeting for the Brooksville Main Street Program (BMS) was intended as an opportunity for the Council to hear a presentation from and ask questions of the principals involved, as well as give the public an opportunity to comment. 

A scheduling conflict prevented the new BMS director, Natalie Kahler, and Cliff Manuel of the Brooksville Vision Foundation from attending. The meeting was not cancelled so the public could be heard. 

Matters at the Brooksville Special Meeting 07.26.2019

Money MATTERS

Revenue Projection for 2020
City Manager Mark Kutney said the review process is ongoing and there are some changes and additions that are pending. Interim Finance Director Autumn Sullivan said she used the good faith estimate for ad valorem taxes. Except for communication tax, all the state revenue figures have been received. 
Kemerer asked about the revenue from Duke Energy and electric public service taxes. The budget appears to run up to $130,000 under the revenue.  Sullivan agreed to review the figures.  

What matters at the City Council Meeting? 07.01.2019

Recognitions MATTER

Parks and Recreation Month, July 2019 – Bernardini read the proclamation which praised the Parks Department facilities and opportunities. Administrative Assistant Dodie Barger accepted the proclamation. Barger said the Parks Department was proud that Hernando Sun readers recognized the work of staff members and voted Tom Varn Park as the top park in Hernando County.  

Legislative MATTERS