Kathryn Dentato

Chair, Vice Chair chosen in School Board Organizational meeting

by KATHRYN DENTATO

BROOKSVILLE, Fla, NOV. 19, 2019- 
School Superintendent John Stratton called the meeting to order, explaining that he was presiding over the meeting as the school board was selecting a new chair. He introduced each board member. Stratton asked for a moment of silence and led the pledge of allegiance. 

Item #4066 – Adoption of the Agenda. Stratton asked for a motion to adopt the agenda, which Gus Guadagnino made, and Jimmy Lodato seconded. The agenda was approved 5-0.

Raising school impact fee ordinance will be topic for public hearing

Superintendent John Stratton stated the school board’s case at the Nov. 19, 2019 Hernando Board of County Commissioners meeting for raising the school impact fees to $6352 from $2133 per new construction single family home.  Stratton said in the meeting that he’d be satisfied with 100 percent of the 2005 rate ($4,266 per new construction single family home).  After citizen comments had been heard by the commission on Nov.

Brooksville City Council directs committee review of splash park

Parks and Recreation Director Angie Whisnant reviewed the Parks Master Plan information with council members during the Nov. 4 council meeting. Elliot Barth, a University of Florida student studying Landscape Architecture, took on the project. 

With the coordination of the previous Parks and Recreation Director Mike Walker, Barth gathered information from Brooksville’s citizens at four public meetings. Whisnant summarized the results of those meetings. 

Raising School Impact Fee Ordinance Will Be Topic For Public Hearing

Superintendent John Stratton stated the school board’s case at the Nov. 19, 2019 Hernando Board of County Commissioners meeting for raising the school impact fees to $6352 from $2133 per new construction single family home.  Stratton said in the meeting that he’d be satisfied with 100 percent of the 2005 rate ($4,266 per new construction single family home).  After citizen comments had been heard by the commission on Nov.

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.