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  • County Commission Agenda for Tuesday, September 16

    AGENDA

    REGULAR MEETING

    September 16, 2014

    Call to Order

    Invocation

    Pledge to Flag

    Public Comment — Issues related to Agenda items -Complete public comment form and submit to clerk -State your full name and address -Discussion must be limited to a maximum of three (3) minutes per person

    Public Hearing

    Development Department — Bill Hammond, Development Director

  • Road closures in Levy County

    The Florida Department of Transportation will be working on the following road next week:

     

    Alternate U.S. 27   Daytime lane closures for southbound traffic from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. between Jerrels Road and State Road 24 in Bronson for concrete repair.

     

    U.S. 19   Daytime lane closures for northbound traffic from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. between Northwest 90th Court and Florida Street in Chiefland for asphalt repair.

     

  • Red tide organism found in Cedar Key

    A dangerous toxin-producing organism known as Karenia brevis from a red tide bloom first spotted in the Gulf of Mexico near the end of July has made it to Cedar Key, according to officials.
    In early August, the bloom was 50 to 80 miles offshore, and testing for the organism, which can affect the nervous system of people and animals, confirmed that it had only reached areas near Pinellas County.
    But the bloom, over recent months, has migrated with the wind, coming as close to shore as 5 to 30 miles between Dixie and Pinellas counties.

  • Florida continues effort to control invasive lionfish

    Staff report
    State officials are cracking down on lionfish cultivation.
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation moved Wednesday to prohibit the harvest and possession (other than for destruction) of eggs from the fish and have made it illegal to intentionally breed the animals, which are recognized as an invasive species that  is bad for habitat and native Florida fish.

  • Sheriff gives update on LCSO at rotary meeting

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office has made a few improvements, according to Sheriff Robert McCallum, who was special guest speaker Thursday at Chiefland's Suwannee Valley Rotary.
    McCallum, who hasn't been in office quite two years, said one of the first things he implemented at the sheriff's office was the creation of a special investigations unit.

  • Levy prosecutor resigns in wake of complaint

    The division chief for the Levy County State Attorney's Office resigned on Tuesday in the wake of an accusation he took photos of a woman at a Newberry tanning salon.

    Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney William Cervone's office announced the resignation of William R. Ezzell, Levy County Division chief.

    According to one television news report the woman said she was undressing in a booth when she looked up and noticed a phone with a light above her that was being held by someone in the next booth.  

  • Property tax hearing tonight at courthouse

    Folks who want to be heard on this year's property tax and assessments bills will have their opportunity at 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday) when the Levy County Commission holds a public hearing at 6 p.m. in Courtroom A of the Levy County Courthouse. 

    The purpose of tonight's hearing is to determine the final assessments for emergency medical service, fire, solid waste and roads. At the end of the hearing the commission will vote on the final assessments. 

  • Gay continues with his war

    Heeeeeee's back!

    Former City Manager Kevin Gay, who had been keeping a low profile since settling for $25,000 with the Chiefland City Commission for terminating his $64,500-a-year contract on May 27 is back with a promised vengeance.

    Gay, who claimed Chiefland Commission's 3-2 vote to terminate the contract was a matter of city leaders giving in to the demands of Levy County officials who had issues with him, vowed to get even with county officials, saying, “I'm gonna' burn their ass now.”

  • Commissioners question fire department motives

    Some say it started more than a year ago: another heated drama fanned to life at the very home of heated dramas, Chiefland Fire Rescue.

    “These comments are offensive and should not be used by anyone, especially an elected official,” was what they wrote in the letter that, according to some, sat smoldering in a desk since May of last year.

  • Chiefland tax rate could mean smaller bill

    Chiefland residents may see a small tax cut this year.
    Commissioners unanimously approved a tentative tax rate of 6 mills at Monday night's last budget workshop. It will bring in an estimated $750,877 to the city's overall fiscal year budget of about $4,296,000.
    The rate is the same as last year's, but because it's based on property value, which has fallen slightly, residents could wind up paying a little less.