Lisa MacNeil

Questions about new signage and zip ties at Tom Varn Park

By LISA MACNEIL
Hernando Sun Reporter
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Local residents visiting Tom Varn park recently were unhappy to see signs posted and the gates to the softball fields closed and secured with zip-ties.  The signs state, “All organized sports groups and/or independent trainers must provide certificates of insurance to the City of Brooksville and schedule use of these fields by visiting the Parks and Recreation department at 99 Jerome Brown Place, Monday - Friday  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.” 

Draft of interlocal agreement between housing authorities approved

A draft of the Interlocal Agreement between the Brooksville Housing Authority (BHA) and the Hernando County Housing Authority was approved by the county agency at a meeting on July 8, 2019.  Attorneys for both agencies were present, as well as BHA Chairman Randy Woodruff and three other BHA members.  The approval is contingent on adding language for remediation and handling of liability issues that could arise. 

The BHA will meet on July 16 for final approval.

County admin building still the elephant in the room

By LISA MACNEIL
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At a special meeting held on July 9, 2019, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) learned that the current budget deficit could be potentially reduced by $627,931.  The most recent goal was to reduce the deficit by $4 million. The board came to the consensus that they are not in favor of  Payment in lieu of Franchise Fees (PILOF) or Payment in Lieu of taxes (PILOT) to generate revenues and gave County Administrator Jeff Rogers direction to construct a final budget within those parameters.

HCSO offers 7-hour course on firearms safety

“In Hernando County, there are currently over 21,500 citizens who are permitted to possess concealed weapons via F.S. 790.02. With that being said, it is in the public’s best interest for citizens who are legally armed to also be ‘armed’ with basic knowledge and skills related to possessing firearms. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office training unit has created a one-day course entitled Situational Awareness Firearms Education.”  

- Hernando County Sheriff’s Office

County restructuring of departments

by LISA MACNEIL
HERNANDO SUN REPORTER

At the regular Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting held on June 26, 2019,  the board voted 5-0 to approve a revised organization chart prepared by County Administrator Jeff Rogers to represent and guide restructuring of county departments.  Rogers’ goal for the restructuring is to reduce the number of departments that report directly to him.

Rogers reported that his top goals as County Administrator is the handling of contracts and purchasing , employee morale and community involvement.

Rep. Ingoglia delivers 2019 legislative update

by LISA MACNEIL
Hernando Sun Reporter

At the June 25, 2019 regular Board of County Commissioners meeting, State Representative Blaise Ingoglia briefed the board on the recent Legislative Session, which he called “historic.” Ingoglia mentioned infrastructure plans, water quality proposals and a commitment to the environment, which is essential to the county’s economic well-being in the form of tourism. 

Proposed administration building could lead to state take over of county government

by LISA MACNEIL
Hernando Sun Reporter

At its meeting of March 26, 2019, the Board of County Commissioners  concurred with the County Administrator’s recommendation to move forward with obtaining an independent financial consultant to review the county’s financial situation.  Following through at a workshop on June 25, 2019, the board considered several ways to fix the budget shortfall heading into the 2020 Fiscal Year.

Great Spirit Farm: ‘Food is thy medicine...’

by LISA MACNEIL

Hernando Sun Reporter

Nestled just west of the Croom wildlife area is an airy, modern home converted from horse stables. Growing everywhere on the 20-acre property called Great Spirit Farms are dozens of edible and otherwise beneficial plants, harvested to create tinctures and salad greens by Travis Morehead and Shannon Hernandez.