Lisa MacNeil

What You Need to know About Going to the Hospital

=== UPDATE 6/29/2020 ===

Oak Hill Hospital Announces New Temporary Visitor Policy EFFECTIVE June 30


Brooksville, Florida -  (June 29, 2020) – Oak Hill Hospital is implementing a new visitor policy on Tuesday, June 30, 2020,  as a result of the increase in the community spread of COVID-19 in Hernando County.  No visitors will be permitted for admitted inpatients to help ensure the safety of our patients and caregivers (limited exceptions noted below). The policy is as follows:

Wastewater Treatment Feasibility Analysis Report

At the regular meeting on June 9, 2020, Commissioners voted unanimously to accept the “Wastewater Treatment Feasibility Analysis Report” which outlines septic-to-sewer conversion, and other nitrate mitigations projects over the coming decades.  The projects seek to mitigate nitrogen and other nutrient introduction into the local springs and aquifer, as well as the Gulf of Mexico.

Hearing Officer vs. Planning and Zoning Commission

At a previous board meeting on April 14, 2020 Commissioner Wayne Dukes asked the board to consider if replacing the current Planning and Zoning Commission with a Special Master or Hearing Officer would be advantageous to the county.  Since the agenda item was for discussion, no decision was made. However, the general consensus is that the Hearing Officer model would be less advantageous in several ways, aside from the financial aspect of adding another compensated position to the county employee payroll.

Sheriff submits proposed budget for FY 2020-2021

On June 1, 2020, Sheriff Al Nienhuis submitted the Hernando County Sheriff's Office’s (HCSO’s)  proposed annual budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-2021, which funds Law Enforcement, Detention, and Courthouse Security.  The proposed budget of $58,913,360 is 4.67% more than the FY2020 approved budget of $56,287,539.

Nienhuis reports that his expected increase in revenue is to increase by 1.28% for the coming fiscal year ($4,232,978 in 2020 to $4,287,292 in 2021).

BKV to receive $69K in funding from CARES Act

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At the regular Board of County Commissioners Meeting (BOCC) on May 26th, Airport Director Kevin Daugherty reported that the Brooksville - Tampa Bay Regional Airport (BKV) will be awarded $69,000 in special assistance by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act).  Under this provision, these funds are to assist in operational expenses such as payroll, utility bills, payment of debt service or any other allowable expenditures within the Airport's Enterprise Fund.  

Property Assessed Clean Energy loan program discontinued

The BOCC voted 3-2 at the regular meeting on May 26, 2020 to discontine the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan program in Hernando County.

The program came under fire recently and was featured on WFLA Channel 8’s “8 on your Side,” with two segments shown during the meeting.   Commissioner Jeff Holcomb opened the discussion by describing problematic aspects of the program.

Local healthcare leaders provide COVID-19 updates

On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, a panel of area healthcare experts met via teleconference to discuss their individual experiences since the quarantine began in late March.  The leading topics discussed were testing, new approaches to mental healthcare and reopening of dental care.  Roughly 80 individuals attended the teleconference and were able to ask specific questions of the panelists.