Lisa MacNeil

Busing, healthcare and community pool topics during part 2 of interlocal meeting

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Last week, we ended our coverage of the Dec. 18, 2019 Interlocal meeting with Commissioner Steve Champion concerned about bus stops on major roadways with speed limits of 55 MPH, such as US Highway 41.  


Career education, sidewalks around schools lead interlocal meeting

On Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2019, members of the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), Brooksville City Council, the Hernando County School District and the Hernando County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) convened to discuss matters of post-secondary education, bus stops, traffic and pedestrian issues surrounding K-12 schools.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss these matters, and their associated projects among the different agencies.  


Hernando Board of County Commissioners approve school impact fee rate increase


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BROOKSVILLE, Fla. - At the regular Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, the board voted 4-1 to increase school district impact fees to roughly $3,176 per single family home, half of the number requested by the school board. 

Commissioner Wayne Dukes was the dissenting vote.

Local Golf Tournament Raises More than $1700 for HPH Hospice

Golf tournament organizer and former hospice patient Patrick Hramika’s diligent efforts paid off this past Saturday, December 7, as he presented HPH Hospice with a check for $1740.00.

“I had to give back,” Hramika said.  “That’s what this is all about.”

Following the National Anthem, sung by Live Oak Theatre’s Randi Olson, 70 golfers in teams of threes and fours descended on the tee boxes at Rivard Golf Club to compete for fun and prizes for hole-in-ones, closest to the pin and longest drives.

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Updates on Airport Projects

On December 3, 2019,  Airport Manager Kevin Daugherty updated the Airport Advisory Committee on the major capital improvement projects that have begun at the Brooksville Tampa Regional Airport (BKV).

Current Projects Updates

Daugherty reported that the repair of 1000 feet of depressed pavement on Sgt. Lea Mills Blvd. is to begin next week and should be completed in 60 days.

Hernando Beach Community Firehouse Fall Festival & Lighting Ceremony

VFW members Sue Preuss and Lisa Spencer provided the hot cocoa and coffee, welcoming and warming the visitors of the Hernando Beach Fire Rescue (HCFR 6) on Saturday, November 30, at the Community Firehouse Fall Festival & Lighting Ceremony.  

Local artists filled the bays usually occupied by fire engines and equipment while those vehicles were toured by local kids getting an insider peek into the daily life of a Hernando Beach Firefighter Paramedic.

County approves private school site

Commissioners approved a Master Plan Revision to allow the For Each 1 Reach 1 Mentoring Program to proceed with construction of their new facility on Sunshine Grove Road.

Lynette Mackey, Executive Director of the private school, which will focus on K-8 students who have had difficulty in traditional learning environments, dispelled some circulating rumors which likened the program to a detention center or punitive environment from which students would try to escape.

Kass Circle 'CRA' approves area plan without tax increment financing option

The Board of County Commissioners acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency met on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 to approve the Community Development Area Plan, as well as adopt the 2020 budget and meeting schedules.

The Agency unanimously approved all of the items, with the modification that the Area Plan be approved without a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) option.  The simplest definition of a TIF comes from Wikipedia: “A public financing method that is used as a subsidy for redevelopment, infrastructure, and other community-improvement projects.”

Accuform celebrates 5 years without a lost-time accident

Accuform’s President, Rob Ogilvee and Safety Director Mike Giovinazzi take no credit for the 1825 days that Accuform has gone without a lost-time accident in the workplace.  That credit goes to their 270 employees who have embraced a “culture of safety,” putting best practices to use with regard to themselves as well as their co-workers.