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					                                         Hernando County
                                            A Weekly Update from
                                           Hernando County Government
                                                                                  Upcoming County
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-
                                                                                   Housing Authority
  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
                                                                                  Government Center
Update on Cap & Trade Bill and                                                       20 N. Main St.
                                                                                  Brooksville, Florida
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.
                                                                                      Upcoming County
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
                                                                                            7:00 p.m.
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.

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              Board of County Commissioners’ Meetings, agendas and all
                               supporting documents, visit
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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
                                                                                           (352) 678-8414

  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
                                                                                        Government Center
                                                         observe the month                 (352) 540 6780
                                                       with appropriate activi-
                                                         ties and programs.        brendaf@hernandocounty.us

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 &
                              Andy Contois

                          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