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The News Service of Florida has: five questions for Wilton Simpson

TALLAHASSEE --- Family man. Business man. Policy leader.

Those are the words Sen. Wilton Simpson’s website uses to describe the lawmaker, who on Tuesday will be tapped by his colleagues as the Senate’s next president.

The 53-year-old Trilby Republican was elected to the Senate in 2012 and served as majority leader in 2016 and 2017.

Simpson, a Florida native who has two adult children and two grandchildren, is a Pasco County general contractor who owns an egg farm as well as an environmental remediation company that’s one of the largest in the southeastern U.S.

School District facilities and construction update

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During the September 24th, 2019 Hernando County School Board (HCSB) workshop Brian Ragan, the director of facilities, presented to the HCSB information regarding the renovations undertaken at several schools. Westside Elementary and Pine Grove Elementary were used as specific examples of the type of restoration efforts.  Within the presentation was a chart detailing data such as fiscal year, job location, project description, project cost, and funding sources.

Brooksville seeks legislative funding for public works and fire department projects

The City of Brooksville (City) met with their lobbyist group, Sunrise Consulting Group, on the 16th of September 2019 to discuss the possibility that some of the upcoming utilities projects may qualify for legislative funding. The Public Works products proposed for funding during the Sept. 16th Brooksville City Council meeting are the Brooksville Sewer Rehabilitation Phase VI, Reuse water to Cascades Residential, and Lamar Drinking Water Plant. In addition, one (1) Fire and EMS project proposal was discussed.   

Sewer Rehabilitation Project

City will retain PRM as insurance provider

The City of Brooksville requested Public Risk Management of Florida (PRM) to present before the city council on Sept. 16, 2019. PRM is an association of 60 self-insured public entities within Florida, including the City of Brooksville (City). The City and PRM are engaged in a two year fixed rate contract, entering the second year. The City has been a member of PRM, since 2004. As such, the City has earned $510,000 as credit toward the renewal premium. PRM is a subsidiary of World Risk Management (WRM) and as such are able to access resources beyond their size.

City council takes no action on golf cart issue

The City of Brooksville (City) has been engaged in discussion regarding how to address the use of golf carts on portions of the public roadways within the city. During the September 16, 2019 Brooksville City Council meeting the discussion came to fruition. In 2016, the now disbanded Brooksville Police Department’s Chief of Police designated specific segments of Barnett Rd. as lawful areas for golf carts to cross. This was in response to several requests by residents of the Southway Villas Development.

Future plans for Uptown Market

During the Sept. 16th, 2019 Brooksville City Council meeting Rory Steele with Destination Brooksville reported on the Uptown Market (Market) pop-up markets that have been held thus far and on the future plans for the market. The pop-up market has been held seven (7) times, occurring the second and fourth Saturday of each month. The Markets are open from 8A.M. to 12P.M.