Kathryn Dentato

Rock Ridge Phosphate Trail: a promotional opportunity for Brooksville

by KATHRYN DENTATO

Hernando Sun Writer

A promotional website has been created, http://visitrockridgetrail.com, which features nearby areas with a historical link to phosphate mining, accessible by bike through the Withlacoochee State Trail and Good Neighbor Trail.  Historic places, activities and natural areas of Brooksville, Dunnellon, Inverness and Floral City are featured in an online map. A blog to showcase local businesses is planned.  Representatives from the City of Inverness spoke to the Brooksville City Council on the possibilities for joint marketing. 

Easement changes in preparation for underground power lines

by KATHRYN DENTATO

Hernando Sun Writer

At the Nov. 19 Brooksville Council Meeting, Ginger Broslat, Duke Senior Public Engagement Specialist for the Targeted Undergrounding Program, explained that Duke Energy will be investing more than $25 billion over the next ten years to move power lines from overhead to underground. Following a ten-year study, Duke Energy has identified areas where they will begin the energy grid improvements. The purpose for the presentation was to request new easements to be signed so the work can be scheduled and begun.  

The Nov. 5 Brooksville City Council meeting run down

APPROVAL/MODIFICATIONS OF THE AGENDA

The council unanimously approved the agenda without modification.

CERTIFICATES AND PROCLAMATIONS

Vice Mayor Robert Battista read the proclamation designating November 24, 2018 as Small Business Saturday.  Pat Crowley, CEO of the Hernando County Chamber of Commerce accepted the proclamation with several business leaders of the county.

Oct. 23, 2018 Hernando County Regular School Board Meeting Run Down

by KATHRYN DENTATO
HERNANDO SUN WRITER

The meeting opened honoring Mark Johnson and Beth Narverud for their service on the school board.  It was the final meeting of their elected terms.

Students from Deltona Elementary School led the Pledge of Allegiance and introduced themselves to the school board afterward. Superintendent John Stratton thanked the students and told them to wave during his visit planned for Nov. 7, 2018.  

City of Brooksville eliminates economic ambassador volunteer position for now

Brooksville has had a long relationship with local businessman Dr. Dennis Wilfong, but his honorary title was removed during the City Council meeting on Oct. 15, 2018. In 2009, then-mayor Joe Bernardini appointed Dr. Wilfong as the City’s Ambassador of Commerce on the recommendation of the previous City Attorney and City Manager. 

Results of Superintendent survey, intended as tool for improvement

Dr. George McDonald and his colleague Dr. Reginald Lee from the University of South Florida (USF) met with the Hernando County School Board on Aug. 14, 2018 to share the results of the 2018 Superintendent’s Performance Survey. The survey, prepared by USF’s Center for Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Measurement (CREAM), received some assistance from board members Susan Duval and Linda Prescott to better address Hernando County’s specific situation and work culture. CREAM’s evaluation centered on Dr. Lori Romano, who was fired by the school board in June.  Dr.

School District proposed budget increase, but millage rate decrease

Kendra Sittig, Director of Budget for the school district, and Joyce McIntyre, Director of Finance and Purchasing, shared the proposed tentative millage rates with the members of the school board on 07/24/18. Two public hearings are required, and the second public hearing is scheduled for 09/11/18. The School Board will decide then whether or not to accept the final proposed budget, setting the millage. 

Brooksville City Council Member Natalie Kahler steps down under ‘resign to run’ law

At the June 18, 2018 Brooksville City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Kutney discussed assigning council members to one of the five committees designated by the Florida League of Cities for the upcoming annual conference. Council Member Joe Bernardini joked with Bill Kemmerer about taking a place with the finance/taxation committee next year, the committee currently assigned to Brooksville City Councilwoman Natalie Kahler. “We can talk about that next year,” Kemmerer said.

Hunters Lake tussock removal project comes to completion

At the June 26, 2018 meeting, Aquatic Services Manager Keith Kolasa presented a progress report to the BOCC on the year-long tussock removal project at Hunters Lake and the essential role that Pasco Hernando State College (PHSC) played. The tussocks are an invasive species, reducing the oxygen supply to the fish in some areas and creating hazards for boaters.