Adopt-a-Tree Program

November 2014
Linking Citrus County Government with Citizens
Adopt-a-Tree Program
Most of us take for granted there will be a decorated tree with wrapped presents under it during the holiday season. Realizing this was not a reality for
many families in our community, Citrus County Parks & Recreation Department started a program to provide some Christmas cheer! The 3rd Annual
Adopt-a-Tree program will be held on December 12 at the Central Ridge Community Center, located at 77 Civic Circle in Beverly Hills. Tree decorating will
be held from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, with judging to start promptly at 5:15 pm.
Citrus County residents, organizations and businesses are able to purchase a
tree for $20, which will be on display for 3 days and then delivered to families
in need around the community.
Our Road Maintenance Department is called to action
on everything from patching
potholes, correcting drainage problems, road signage,
maintaining bridges, and
much more! We appreciate
their hard work!
How can I get involved?
Service Requests for
September = 334
Parks & Recreation Department is working with Lowe’s of Inverness to purchase the trees and the Beverly Hills Craftsman Guild to make the tree
stands. Trees will be ready and waiting for decorating teams to have fun and
decorate the purchased trees. Participants are asked to bring lights and decorations; Parks and Rec staff will provide music, cookies and Christmas
cheer. The trees will be lit at 5:00 pm
for the judging of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place
To make this Christmas even more special, citizens can also adopt an entire
family or individual family member by
stopping by Lowes in Inverness, WinnDixie in Beverly Hills, Central Ridge
Community Center or the Department of
Community Services and pick up a family or family member card. Participants can then drop off unwrapped age appropriate toy with the family member card attached by December 1 at any of
the above locations. These toys will be given to the children when the trees
are delivered.
Did you know...
Public libraries have
more cardholders than
Visa? Two out of three
Americans own library
cards AND use them.
In Citrus County, more
than 93,000 citizens
have a library card.
Please contact Parks & Recreation at 527-7540 for more information or stop
by the office located at 2804 W Marc Knighton Ct. in Lecanto to purchase your
Saturday, November 15 at Liberty Park in Inverness 9 am-2 pm
Come out and enjoy live bluegrass music, tractor parade, farmers market, demos
and free samples, petting zoo...FREE ADMISSION! Please call 726-2611 ext. 1306 for more information.
Old Courthouse
Concert Series
The Citrus County Historical Society will
host another concert in their concert series
on November 20 featuring “Patchouli”.
Bruce Hecksel’s astounding guitar technique reminds listeners of The Gypsy Kings,
and when blended with fellow musician/
vocalist Julie Patchouli, they bring high energy and sweet harmonies to their acoustic
repertoire. Tickets are $10. Doors open at
Friends of the Citrus County Library System held their Annual Fall Book
Sale last month at the Citrus County Auditorium. The Friends group
raised $39, 714.65 that will be used to purchase books, CDs, DVDs, and
other materials for the libraries. The Friends group also sponsors programs throughout the year for adult and youth events. Thanks to our
amazing volunteers!
6:30 pm, with show starting at 7:00 pm. For
more information or tickets, please contact
News & Notes
Inverness Airport New T-Hangers
The County recently completed the construction of a 16-unit T-Hanger
building located at the south end of the airfield off of S. Eva Holden Pt.
The project was completed at a cost of $861,452 and was a cooperative
project funded by FDOT (80%) and Citrus County (20%). Before the
hangers were completed, 50% of the units were under lease. If you are
interested in leasing one of the 8 remaining units, please call 527-5446.
BOCC meeting schedule
Check out their music at
Government offices
closed on November 11
in honor of Veterans’
Please note the meeting schedule for Board of County Commission
meetings does not follow the regular schedule in November and December due to holidays. The meetings in November will be held on November 4 and November 18 and the meetings in December will be held
on December 2 and December 16.
Animal Shelter offering adoption discounts to veterans
On average, how many phone
calls are received by County
employees in a month?
The Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection and Citrus County
Animal Services would like to honor and thank veterans for their courageous service to our county by sponsoring a half price adoption event.
All Animal Shelter dogs and cats will be offered half price to a veteran
with proof of military service (military ID, VA ID, or DD214) the week of
November 8-November 15. Please call 746-8400 for questions or visit
their website at
Answer given in December Edition
Answer from October Edition:
1,678 miles of County
owned paved roads
Plan Workshop
The Hernando/Citrus MPO
will host a public workshop
on Monday, November 17 to
allow citizens the opportunity
to review and comment on
the proposed transportation
improvements for the next
25 years in the Long Range
Transportation Plan., including highways, transit, bicycle
facilities, sidewalks and
trails. This workshop will be
held at the Lakes Region
Library in Inverness starting
at 1:00 pm. Please call 352754-4057 for more information.
C.R. 491 Public
On November 6, a public
workshop is scheduled to
provide information to citizens regarding the Land Development Code regulations
that correspond to the
adopted C.R. 491 Overlay
Plan. The workshop will be
held from 6:00-7:00 pm at
the Lecanto Government
Bldg. in Room 166. A brief
presentation will be given at
6:00 pm and county staff will
be available to informally
discuss the project and answer questions. For more
information, please contact
P.L.A.Y. Program
P.L.A.Y Basketball
Mondays OR Wednesdays @ Citrus County Resource Center
Fee: $45 (includes equipment and team shirt)
P.L.A.Y. Flag Football
Tuesdays OR Thursdays @ Bicentennial Park
Fee: $45 (includes equipment and team shirt)
Over the 6 week program, children will learn rules
of the game. They will practice for 30 minutes,
then 30 minutes of game play.
Registration is now open for two
P.L.A.Y. (Preparing Little Athletes Youth) programs, which
are organized for ages 3-5 that
focuses on building confidence
and self esteem while making
sports fun!
Upcoming Arterial/Collector Resurfacing Projects
Plans have been completed for the 2014 Small County Outreach Program (SCOP) and have been approved by the Florida Department of
Transportation. The County anticipates posting the following projects
for bid:
C.R. 581 from S.R. 44 south to E. Anna Jo Drive
N. Citrus Springs Blvd from W. Dunklin Street to U.S. 41
C.R. 491 from W. Cardinal Street to W. Glenn Pines Court
C.R. 491 from W. Glenn Pines Court to Hernando County Line
Look What’s Coming...
Frequent questions County staff receives in regards to new construction or
business is "What is coming?" "What is being built there?" Is it true...?" Citrus
Link will provide monthly updates on the newly received permit requests and/
or issued permits for large commercial projects received by the Planning &
Development Department.
ACE HARDWARE– building permit a new Ace Hardware store to be located in the Winn-Dixie shopping plaza on CR 491 in Beverly Hills.
CRYSTAL CHEVROLET–building permit for a 2,815 sq. ft. addition to
existing collision shop at Crystal Chevrolet in Homosassa.
NATURE’S RESORT RV PARK– site approval application to add 91 new
RV lots in the Nature’s Resort RV Park on W. Halls River Rd. in Homosassa.
“What a Day” with Grounds Maintenance
By: Tobey Phillips
As you drive through Wesley Jones Park in Citrus Springs, have you wondered who paints the picnic
tables, fixes the fence, provides toilet paper and mows the lawn? Mike Cacyuk, a Technician II with
Grounds Maintenance Division, handles these responsibilities every day…and much, much more!
Mike has been a county employee for 1 ½ years and grew up here in Citrus County, graduating from
Crystal River High School. Grounds Maintenance Division oversees 30 locations in our community,
including parks, trailheads, boat ramps, and playgrounds, and some of their tasks include restroom
maintenance, building maintenance/painting, maintenance/installation/painting of picnic tables, pavilions, and benches, tree trimming, playground inspection and sports field preparation.
As I traveled with Mike and his crew, we started the day at the Old Courthouse, hedging bushes,
mulching, pulling weeks, litter control, in preparation for several community events coming up in
downtown Inverness. He takes pride in making sure the grounds are in top condition for citizens to
enjoy themselves.
When asked his favorite part of the job, he responded with a smile, “Being outside! I love being outside!” Although he admits the heat can take a toll, he enjoys the busy schedule. “There is not much
down time around here. Even in bad weather, we have rainy day projects to work on, like equipment
repair, sharpening tools and restocking trucks.”
We then traveled on to Spruce Boat Ramp in the north part of the county, where Mike coordinated staff
to paint picnic tables, clean signs, paint parking lot striping, and spray for ants. These crew members
are organized, communicate with each other, work together to accomplish the tasks given to them and
are constantly moving. Mike refers to the work order, then assigns responsibility and keeps everyone on
task, all while working hard himself.
“For the most part, dealing with the public is a good experience. People appreciate what we do. You
always have a few though,” stated Mike.
Safety is always the top priority, with safety vests and equipment available to all staff, and considered
before starting a job. “If we need equipment or training, all we have to do is ask. Our manager understands we have to stay safe and need proper equipment,” Mike explained.
We finished out the morning at Wesley Jones Park in Citrus Springs, with Mike and the crew painting all
the picnic tables, benches and bathroom doors, inspecting a fence that needed repair and litter control.
I asked if there is a “normal” day when working in Grounds Maintenance and Mike responded, “You
never know what you are going to run into. It’s always a little different. But that’s why I like this job!”
In Citrus County, we have a large number of amenities for outdoor recreation. Our County parks, playgrounds, boat ramps, and buildings are known for being clean, manicured, and safe. The next time you
utilize one of these facilities, give a shout out to Mike for keeping our grounds looking great!
For more information on Grounds
Maintenance, please visit http://
Contact Us
Kudos Corner
“Deborah (Dahlinger) and Tom (McDowell) came by my home to help
with my faulty sprinkler box. They helped reset it, and also stayed with
me while we ran a test of the zones, pointing out which ones needed
repair. I can’t thank them enough, and wanted to express my appreciation.”
Andrew Annese
Give us a call for more
information or if you have
Tobey Phillips,
Public Information Officer
[email protected]
(352) 527-5484
“Meals on Wheels has many benefits. The lunch meal I receive is well
balanced. The meals are giving me a push to recovery from having
chemotherapy...encourages me to prepare the other meals for the day
in a balanced way. With your help (Senior Care Services) I will stay
strong and be able to help others too!”
Maureen Lithgow
CONGRATULATIONS to Jenette Collins, Director of Planning
and Development, for receiving an Award of Excellence from the
Citrus County Economic Development Council for her
“exceptional leadership, commitment and dedication to promoting
positive economic growth in Citrus County”.
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Mission Statement
Citrus County Government
will be a value-driven
organization dedicated to
responsive citizen service
by providing quality programs, services and facilities to build a strong community and
promote the best quality of
life for our citizens.
To view full calendar of events,
please visit
Florida-Friendly Gardening workshop
Tuesday, November 4 @ 2:00-3:30 pm
Extension Service Bldg., Lecanto
For more information, call 527-5708
Florida-Friendly Gardening Workshop
Tuesday, October 21 @ 2:00-3:30 pm
Extension Service Bldg., Lecanto
For more information, call 527-5708
Board of County Commission Meetings
Tuesday, November 4 and Tuesday, November 18
Citrus County Courthouse Rm. 100 starting at 1:00 pm
Planning & Development Commission Meeting
Thursday, November 20 @ 9:00 am
Lecanto Government Building, Rm 166
For more information, call 527-5248