Kathryn Dentato

Informal school board meeting addresses communication, absenteeism and Superintendent search

Board chair Susan Duval opened the meeting and said she would allow everyone time to speak, but not necessarily in order. Linda Prescott was first to turn on her light.

Discussion on Committees and Communication

At the organizational board meeting, the members selected their committees. Prescott suggested that with all the committee meetings, it would be a good idea to brief each other on the general topics discussed, possibly by way of a report.  

Code violations increase in 2018, without full time enforcement

City Manager Mark Kutney introduced Bill Geiger, City Development Department, to discuss code enforcement. He provided a brochure of the most common code violations to council members. Geiger stated the brochure is shared with residents who have questions. He also gave a memo to the council members, broken down into categories, to show the different issues code enforcement has dealt with over the past year, along with a comparison to fiscal year 2017. Fiscal years begin October 1 and end September 30. 

Funding for sewer projects needed in Brooksville

City Manager Mark Kutney introduced Shawn Foster and Sam Wagoner from Sunrise Consulting, the firm that represents the interests/needs of Brooksville and Hernando County to the Florida legislature. In addition to the information presented in the agenda packet, Kutney stated that council members were provided maps, additional funding costs, etc. The project packet is virtually the same as last year. 

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.