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  • County Commission Agenda for Tuesday, July 7

    AGENDA

    REGULAR MEETING

    July 7, 2015

    Call to Order Invocation Pledge to Flag

    Public Comments

    -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 - Bill Hammond, Director

  • Volunteers determined to clean up Fanning Springs

    Twenty-eight volunteers woke up early Saturday morning to show they care about the condition of one small town.

    Fifty bags of garbage were collected in Fanning Springs during a clean up led by Mayor Trip Lancaster. Council members Jane Nogaki and Ron Queen were also on the committee that coordinated the efforts, along with Rodger Nogaki.

    “We want to show citizens of Fanning Springs we care about this town,” Lancaster said. “We want to make this a better place to live for everyone.”

  • Meridian reports seeing more children

    The head of Meridian Behavioral Healthcare says her agency is seeing an increase in the number of patients in Levy County who are under age 5 and that 25 percent of the patients they treat are school-age.

    In addition, she said the agency has seen a 26 percent increase in the use of its service in the acute care programs – emergency screening, inpatient crisis stabilization and detox.

  • Moving on

    Levy County Commissioner Lilly Rooks, left, presents Mark Johnson with a plaque of appreciation for his 17 years with the county’s emergengy management department.

    Johnson is leaving as director of Emergency Management to take a job as an emergency planner for the Department of Health in Bronson, moving just a few blocks away.

  • Carol McQueen appointed to state committee

    Carol McQueen, Director of Levy County Visitors Bureau and Levy County Tourist Development Council has been appointed to Visit Florida’s Industry Relations Committee.

    “Representing Levy County on a state level allows me the opportunity to promote our rural area and to lobby for better ways to market our region," McQueen said.

  • County's finances in good shape

    The county's auditor Martha Garcia-Baker of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, told the Levy County Commission that its finances have been given the best grade possible but it needs to be aware that General Fund expenditures are more than General Fund revenues.

    However, the commission has no worries, Garcia-Baker said, because it has money in other funds that can be shifted to pay the bills, so the county is not running in the red. “We had the money to cover it,” said Commission Chair John Meeks of Bronson.

  • Chiefland turns corner for the better

    Chiefland City Manager Mary Ellzey brought good news to the Chiefland Rotary Club last week.

    She said the city has turned a corner on its finances and its future is looking better.

    Without dwelling the city’s financial squeeze two years ago and the loss of a bid for a hospital, she instead gave the Rotarians a positive picture of city operations and activities in the city.

    Ellzey. a longtime city employee, was tapped to be city manager in July 2014. She started out in the police department and has been with the city for more than 31 years.

  • Flying high again

    More than 100 people, including members of various military organizations turned out Saturday, June 27, for the installation of two flag poles at AMVETS Post 88 where two had been cut down a week earlier.

    Workers at the post came in on Sunday, June 21, to find that someone had cut down two of the five poles in front of the post between midnight and 7 a.m.

  • County OKs sex offender restrictions

    A last-minute plea invoking God failed to move the Levy County Commission as it unanimously passed new restrictions on where sex offenders and predators can reside and move about.

    The plea was made by Vanessa Thomas of Williston in a public hearing on the ordinance that limits residence to no more than two sex criminals at a time in a home, and bars the home from being located near places where children gather and limits offenders and predators from being in or loitering in areas where children gather.

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for June 27-July 3, 2015

    Note: All FDOT work is suspended Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5 for the anticipated increase in traffic for the Independence Day holiday. All work resumes Monday, July 6. FDOT offices are closed Friday, July 3 for the holiday.  

     

    ALACHUA COUNTY

     

    Archer Road   Daytime lane closures weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Southwest 35th Boulevard for intersection improvements into Butler Plaza.