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  • One more community conversation before final plan

    Imagine the City of Chiefland in the future. What would you want? What do you see in your mind’s eye?

    That’s what a small group of folks who turned out for two community conversations, facilitated by consultants and state officials, tried to do and they came up with a list of items they would like to see. The conversations were part of a process of developing the city’s strategic competitiveness plan under a $40,000 grant from the state Department of Economic Opportunity.

  • County EMS collections above state average

    The Levy County Commission voted 3-1, with Commissioner Lilly Rooks of Rosewood dissenting, to write off $302,541.60 owed to the Emergency Medical Service, sending collectible debt to the EMS contractor who will pursue payments. It also approved writing off $2,643.85 in bad debt for the Department of Public Safety.

  • Bronson's new sewer rates now in effect

    New sewer rates for the town of Bronson have gone into effect beginning April 1.

    They’re still in that phase in the project itself, said town Clerk Kelli Brettel of the sewer expansion. It’s estimated the new businesses coming on will be hooked up around mid April, she said. Those already hooked up will see the increase in their bill during the month of April, whereas the new properties being hooked to the sewer will not see a bill until the following month.

  • ALS not free after all

    A consultant studying the possibility of Chiefland Fire Rescue providing Advanced Life Support non-transport (ALSnt) services said in a report that the city’s fire/emergency medical service budget would swell to $500,000, with $143,305 going to ALSnt costs.

  • In Our Backyard

    When most people think of citrus in the state, areas in South Florida may come to mind, but an important resource for citrus just happens to be right here in our backyard.

    “Very few people fathom growing citrus in North Florida,” said Ben Rosson, Operations and Management Consultant Manager at the Bureau of Citrus Budwood Registration in Chiefland.

    Rosson said their goal at the facility is to protect all citrus varieties and provide clean source material to the industry. He said they are the germplasm repository for the state.

  • Bronson Council has a new face

    Katie Parks Bogart came out the vistor Tuesday night when the polls closed in Bronson.

    The unofficial results of the runoff election between her and Jerry L. Mongo for Bronson town council Seat Two yielded 123 votes to Parks Bogart and 101 to Mongo.

    A previous election, two weeks ago, resulted in a tie between the two and the runoff was required. Had they tied again on Tuesday, they would've had to flip a coin to determine the winning candidate.

    “I'm excited. I'm just ready to get to work,” Parks Bogart said of the outcome.

  • Community conversation on Chiefland's future 6 p.m. at Usher

    What if you had the opportunity to plan the future of Chiefland? Do you want a say in bringing a better quality of life and better payng jobs and businesses to Chiefland? 

    You have that opportunity to have a say tonight at 6 p.m. at Usher Center.

    The City Commission and the state Department of Economic Opportunity are hosting a community conversation to hear what residents would like to see in Chiefland. You don't have to be a resident of the city, you can be someone who owns a business or works in the city.

    But come help plan your future.

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for March 21 - 27, 2015

    ALACHUA COUNTY

     

    *** March for Babies Several state roads including Northwest 13th Street, Northwest 34th Street and Northwest 39th Avenue will have lane closures for the walkers on Saturday between 7 a.m. and noon. Gainesville Police will assist in directing traffic.

     

    Archer Road Daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. just west of Southwest 47th Street for median modifications at the Council on Aging.

     

  • Bronson plans to fill position from within ranks

    The Bronson town council recommended the clerk post a position for public works director internally before opening it up to the public.

    Town employees have five days to apply, with Friday being the deadline. At Monday night's meeting, Clerk Kelli Brettel said they had given out two applications and just one had been turned in so far that night.

  • Bronson tie stands

    The results are official. After a machine recount and manual recount of the Bronson town council Seat Two election results on Thursday night, the canvassing board has deemed the race a tie.

    The machine recount came out 100 percent accurate Town Clerk Kelli Brettel said on Friday. The canvassing board was not required to manually recount the votes as they would have if the results came out half a percent off or more.