CIty of Brooksville

Apologies at the Brooksville City Council Meeting

by SARAH NACHIN

On Monday evening, October 5, the Brooksville City Council conducted a virtual meeting. Present were all five council members - Mayor Joe Bernardini, Vice Mayor Pat Brayton, Robert Battista, William Kemerer, Betty Erhard; City Clerk Jennifer Battista, City Manager Mark Kutney, and City Attorney Gretchen Vose. The meeting addressed several items on the agenda. 

Brooksville Housing Authority requests funding for low income senior housing project

by KATHRYN DENTATO
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(Sept. 21, 2020 ) Donald Singer, Executive Director of Brooksville Housing Authority (BHA), presented a request to Brooksville’s city council for additional funding from the City for the redevelopment of the Summit Villas public housing project. Located at the corner of Hale Ave and Dr. MLK Jr Blvd, the property has been vacant since 2012 and does not meet current building codes, Singer said.

Bus Shelter Improvements at City Hall

by KATHRYN DENTATO
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(Sept. 21, 2020) Assistant County Administrator Ron Pianta commended Brooksville’s City Council partnership with the County as providing transportation beyond the city boundaries benefits county and city residents alike. 

Proposed upgrades include a bike rack, trash can, and better ADA access, Pianta said. The diagram provided to council members shows more visible thermoplastic striping and a graded approach. A curved roof will include solar panels. 

City of Brooksville Ad Valorem Millage Rate Approved at 5.9000 in final hearing

by JULIE B. MAGLIO

On Sept. 16, 2020 city council members approved the ad valorem millage rate of 5.9000 which will result in a tax decrease for the citizens of the city.  This millage rate is a 2.30% decrease over the current year’s rolled–back rate of 6.0389. The final vote was 3-2 approving the millage rate with council members Betty Erhard and Kemerer voting against it.  Erhard adamantly disapproved of the $22,000 in funding going to the Brooksville Main Street organization.  There were several citizen comments against the BMS funding as well.

No Change in City of Brooksville Fire Assessment for FY 2020-2021

No Change in City of Brooksville Fire Assessment for FY 2020-2021

by KATHRYN DENTATO

On Sept. 3, 2020, Brooksville’s City Council met to discuss and approve the Fire Assessment rate for FY2021. Fire Chief Ron Snowberger presented Resolution 2020-15, which explains the scope of the assessments and how they were determined.

Tobacco-Free City Resolution

Council members serve as liaisons between the Council and various boards or committees. On Aug. 17, 2020, Vice Mayor Pat Brayton introduced a resolution that was recommended by Hernando Community Coalition. 

Tobacco and tobacco products, including those used in vaping, are used by adults and youth in various areas of the City. The health risks associated with tobacco and tobacco products are well-documented. 

Second Reading of Property Annexation Delayed due to County Objection

by Kathryn Dentato
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At the July 20, 2020 City Council meeting, City Planner Steve Gouldman discussed the proposed annexation of the 27 acres (approximately) owned by Robert Bodiford, Jr. and Ryan Bodiford. The first reading established that the divided property does adjoin with property that is within city limits and it does not create an enclave or pocket.