A Weekly Update from
Hernando County Government
November 20, 2009 Government
Hernando County Government Offices will be Week of November 23
closed on Thursday and Friday, November 26
and 27, 2009, in observance of the
Local Mitigation Strategy
Thanksgiving Holiday. Happy Committee
The Hernando County Northwest Waste Man-
agement Facility, located at 14450 Landfill Thanksgiving Monday, November 23
Road, Brooksville; the East Hernando Conven- 9:00 a.m.
ience Center, located at 33070 Cortez Boule- Hernando Co. Sheriff’s Ofc.
vard (State Road 50), Ridge Manor; and the
West Hernando Convenience Center, located Christmas on Main Street Emergency Operations
at 2525 Osowaw Boulevard (County Road
Courthouse Christmas Tree
595), Spring Hill; will be closed Thursday,
Lighting Program 18900 Cortez Blvd.
November 26, 2009 in observance of
Thanksgiving Day. The Hernando County
Friday, December 4 Brooksville, Florida
Northwest Waste Management Facility, the 6:30 p.m.
East Hernando Convenience Center and the
West Hernando Convenience Center will re-
sume normal operation hours of service on Tuesday, November 24
Friday, November 27, 2009. 3:00 p.m.
Questions should be directed to the Solid Room 160
Waste & Recycling Division, at (352) 754-4112. Hernando County
Update on Cap & Trade Bill and 20 N. Main St.
Effect On Hernando County
The Board of County Commissioners directed
staff to draft a resolution in opposition to the 35th Annual Kiwanis County Offices Closed
proposed legislation known as the Cap and Christmas Parade Thursday and Friday
Trade Bill after hearing a presentation from
David Lambert, Manager of Member Relations
Saturday, December 12 November 26 and 27
for Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative 10:00 a.m.
on the status of the bill. The House of Repre-
sentatives recently passed "The American Downtown Brooksville
Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009" by a
narrow margin of 219 to 212. The competing
Senate bill is entitled the "Clean Energy Jobs
and Power Act". WREC, along with electric
cooperatives from around the country have
been working to ensure these bills keep elec-
tricity affordable. Mr. Lambert advised that if
serious efforts are not made to protect consum-
ers and businesses, the legislation if passed
could increase the average electric bill by
$50/month or more.
Business Liaison Group Gives Budget Report Government
Representatives from the Business Liaison Group presented a re-
port to the Board of County Commissioners this week containing Personnel Advisory
the results of its review of five selected county budgets. Affiliated Board
with the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, the Tuesday, December 1
group agreed to provide objective insight and suggestions as to 12:00 p.m.
possible reductions and areas to streamline within the selected de- Jury Assembly Room
partments. The businessmen expressed appreciation for the cour- Third Floor
tesy they were afforded by all county staff in opening up their files Hernando County
and records for review. The reports will be used by staff to assist in Government Center
preparing their 2010-2011 budgets. 20 N. Main St.
The County Administrator provided the Board with the first of Brooksville, Florida
monthly budget reports to keep the Board apprised on the status of
budget to actual expenditures for the Fiscal Year 2010. Any vari- Port Authority
ance over 3% from the ideal percentage included an explanation. Wednesday, December 2
Copies of both reports are available on-line at Jenkins Creek Recreation Bldg.
http://hernandocountyfl.iqm2.com/citizens/. Linda Pedersen Park
6340 Shoal Line Blvd.
Peck Sink Conceptual Plan Reviewed Hernando Beach, Florida
A conceptual plan for the Peck Sink Preserve was presented to the
Board of County Commissioners by the project engineering consult- South Brooksville
ant, King Engineering. The objective of the project is to provide Community Initiatives
storm water quality enhancements for the sink, provide for public ac- Team
cess and passive recreation at the preserve, provide for educational Thursday, December 3
opportunities, restore native plant communities, provide for aquifer 5:30 p.m.
protection and to develop a comprehensive management plan for the City Council Chambers
property. Due to the County’s budget constraints, the Board directed Brooksville City Hall
staff to proceed with final design with minimal public access and fo- 201 Howell Avenue
cus on the storm water quality enhancements for the sink. The re- Brooksville, Florida
vised plan will be brought back to the Board for final approval.
Water Awareness Series
County Employees Collect Food for 32 Session 2
Thanksgiving Baskets Sinkholes—Why Here?
What You Need to Know
The Annual Thanksgiving Food Friday, December 4
Basket drive coordinated by Her- 10:00 a.m. to Noon
nando County’s Health and Hu- Hernando County Utilities
man Services Department staff 21030 Cortez Blvd.
resulted in 32 baskets and $460 Brooksville, Florida
in gift cards donated by Her- Call for reservations—754-4705
nando County employees. The Please check our website for
baskets will be distributed by the more details
Salvation Army and The ARC on our programs and other
Nature Coast. Thank you to all water conservation
Left to Right: Veda Ramirez, Beverly
who participated! List, Idalia Lopez, Beth Bach-Gates, opportunities
Donna Moore and Paul Wieczorek www.hernandocounty.us/utils
November 20, 2009 Hernando County News Page 2
Cooperative Funding Applications Approved for Seven Projects
The Board of County Commissioners authorized applications for seven projects
to receive funds from the Southwest Florida Water Management District
(SWFWMD) Cooperative Funding Initiative during the 2011 budget cycle, rank-
ing the projects in order of importance as follows:
1) Florida Yards and Neighbor Program $44,376
2) Maintenance of Watershed Parameters & Models $200,000
3) Peck Sink Preserve, Storm water Mitigation Construction $210,000
4) South Brooksville Storm water Improvement $150,000
5) Airport Reclaimed Water $2,250,000
6) Glen Lakes Reclaimed Water Distribution Mains $750,000
7) Airport to Quality Drive Reclaimed Water Main $1,250,000
The County’s funding requirements for these projects will be considered in the
2011 budget cycle.
The Glen Wastewater Service Area Upgrade Project
The Board approved a loan agreement with the State of Florida for a low interest loan
in the amount of $10 million for the Glen Wastewater Service Area Upgrades Project.
In addition, the low bid from Encore Construction Company in the amount of
$13,640,000 was approved for the reconstruction, rehabilitation, and expansion of the
treatment plant from 1.0 to 3.0 in order to provide reclaimed water for public access
reuse. The original project estimate was $22 million. The contract award is subject to
approval from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
To view the
Board of County Commissioners’ Meetings, agendas and all
supporting documents, visit
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Watch it live on Bright House Channel 622 or at
November 20, 2009 Hernando County News Page 3
November 17, 2009
An annual tradition, students
Saturday, November 21
from Headstart performed for
the County Commissioners. 10:00 a.m.
October was Headstart
Awareness Month Hernando County and
Spring Hill Firefighters
Fundraiser for 7-year old
Proclaiming the week of Kimberly Allis
November 15 - 21, 2009 as
National Hunger and Weeki Wachee Springs
Homelessness Awareness State Park
Week in Hernando County
Games for all ages, plus face
painting, pictures w/ mer-
maid, bounce houses, birdie ball,
BBQ, firefighter raffle and a live DJ
throughout the day. Team events
require a $20 donation per person,
so put a team together and come
out and play! For more info:
Gabe Croft, H.C. Fire Station 11
Proclaiming the week of November 20 - 26, 2009, as Farm-City Week in
Hernando County. As we gather with family and friends around the Thanks-
giving table, we should all count among our blessings the vital farm-city part-
nerships that have done so much to improve the quality of our lives.
Weekly Update Prepared
Proclaiming November Hernando County
as HPH Hospice
Month in Hernando Communications Division
County encouraging Room 464
citizens to increase
their understanding Hernando County
and awareness of care
at the end of life and to
observe the month (352) 540 6780
with appropriate activi-
ties and programs. email@example.com
November 20, 2009 Hernando County News Page 4
Special thanks to the
Facilities Maintenance staff
for your extra efforts in
moving several offices
in recent months—on schedule
with minimal disruption.
Congratulations on a mission
accomplished! Job well done, guys!
Dave Hancock, Al Dupuis,
Gary Gleason, Chris Jones,
Ben Milliken, Lance Fann,
Craig Becker, Sam Burdin,
Adam Isrow, Brad Davis &
Florida Army National Guard
Aircraft Disaster Exercise
November 20, 2009
Participants in the drill included
Florida National Guard, H.C. Fire
Rescue, Spring Hill Fire Rescue,
Fire Corps, Sheriff’s /Emergency
Mgt. , Community Relations