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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015

Board to discuss economic development director


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BROOKSVILLE - County Administrator Len Sossamon on Tuesday will discuss with the board the ongoing search for an economic development director.

Sossamon will provide a status update on the number of applications received, final candidates interviewed for the position and the next steps.

The administrator has already whittled down a list of nine applicants for the vacant economic development manager position to two men: Thomas Carrino Jr., of Illinois, and David Lyons Sr., of Georgia.

Hernando County has been without an economic development boss since former manager Mike McHugh resigned in September.

County Commissioner Wayne Dukes said Friday a decision had not yet been made.

Dukes has said he will press to have the selected applicant placed under contract, which will ensure the person is serious about the job. Dukes said he doesn't want someone who is looking to move to Florida to make Hernando County the last stop before retirement.

Carrino has been economic development manager in Urbana, Ill., since 2006. Before that he held the same post for Cocoa, Fla.

Lyons has been project manager with the West Point Development Authority in Georgia since February 2010, where he is responsible for recruiting new industry, working with existing industry, negotiating bond issues and preparing budgets.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N. Main St. in Brooksville.

Also Tuesday:

Commissioners will present a resolution recognizing Spring Hill Regional Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on its 10th anniversary. A celebratory event is scheduled to be held Dec. 17. Spring Hill Regional delivers about 1,700 babies each year and 22 percent of them are cared for in the NICU, according to the resolution.

The county will unveil a new logo for the recently renamed Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport & Technology Center. A graphic design firm was selected after reviewing submissions from three local companies.

Commissioners will discuss proposed updates to the land development regulations that would reassess permitted uses in agricultural districts. One change would allow people on agricultural parcels to sell products from on-site roadside stands if they maintain a safe distance from any road or public right-of-way.

The board will consider an ordinance change allowing for advertising on bus benches and shelters in county rights of way. Current regulations prohibit such advertising.

Last August, commissioners approved the purchase of two new fire department pumpers totaling $830,000. But Fleet Manager John Walker and Fire Chief Mike Rampino inspected the vehicles and recommended safety and other improvements, which will increase the cost by another $17,218.

The commissioners Tuesday will consider that increase, along with a related fleet department request involving the board's approval last August of 24 light-medium vehicles at an estimated cost of $600,000. Because of some vehicle accidents and transfer vehicles not being usable, the fleet replacement program needs to replace three additional vehicles and increased the approved budget to $672,000.

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