Lisa MacNeil

Methods discussed to eliminate $11 million general fund deficit

 by LISA MACNEIL Hernando Sun Reporter

Update Regarding changes to Budget Policy

Leading into the budget discussion of the February 26, 2019 regular meeting, Interim Budget Director George Zoettlein updated the Board of County Commissioners on changes to the county’s budget policies. 

Zoettlein described the changes as a simplified way of constructing future budgets in order to “make things balance easier.”   The changes are not expected to be put in place until after the next fiscal year.

Feb. 26, 2019 Hernando BOCC meeting run down


Lucille Morano of Forest Oaks is still having difficulty with trash pickup. According to Morano, her trash was picked up at “the last commissioners meeting,” which was February 12, 2019.

Morano reported her weekly pick-up days to be Monday and Thursday.  Morano reports an incident when she called Republic Services about a missed pick-up, and was told Republic had no available trucks in the area, yet soon after the call, Morano reported seeing a Republic vehicle nearby.

County Revises Administrator Job Description and Starts Recruitment


Hernando Sun Reporter

At the Feb. 26, 2019 meeting, Human Resources Risk Director Christi Charlow presented to the Hernando Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) the job description for the County Administrator, as well as revisions for approval.  County Administrator Len Sossamon was terminated on Jan. 29 and Deputy Administrator Jeff Rogers has stepped into the Acting County Administrator role while decisions are made on a permanent solution.

Feb. 12, 2019 Hernando BOCC meeting run down


Lucille Morano addressed the Board of County Commissioners about garbage collection problems she’s been experiencing for the past six years.   Republic’s new automated collection has not remedied Morano’s issues.
Mary Ellen Urban presented a safety map for Ft. Dade Ave and Citrus Way, thanking Scott Herring for his response to her earlier request.  Urban also asked about red flags in the right-of-way along Ft. Dade Avenue. 

Tampa Bay Extreme Adventure Course to lease former TreeUmph! Park


Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a one-year lease with Tampa Bay Extreme Adventure Course (TBEAC) on Feb. 12, 2019.  

Following the TreeUmph! closure in August 2018, the Board of County Commissioners decided to seek bids from interested entities to continue operations at the 36-acre adventure course at 6440 Cedar Lane, featuring ziplines, ladders, nature trails and balance beams in a natural environment.

Jan. 15, 2019 Hernando BOCC meeting rundown


Election of Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Second Vice Chairman

Commissioner Wayne Dukes nominated  Commissioner John Mitten for Chairman.  “It is my distinct pleasure, based on his growth in his short time here, and the amount of effort he puts in to this job to nominate Commissioner John Mitten as our Chair. 

BOCC Chairman Steve Champion asked for a second, for which there was none. 

More boat trailer parking in Hernando Beach?

Hernando Sun Correspondent

This article corresponds to the DEC. 18, 2018 Hernando Board of County Commissioners Meeting agenda item: 


1. Request to Use Impact Fees to Acquire and Develop Property Located on Shoal Line Boulevard for Additional Boat Trailer Parking at Hernando Beach Boat Ramp to Accommodate Population Growth.