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County to offer $250K for Lake House

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Published:   |   Updated: May 11, 2014 at 11:40 AM

— Hernando County commissioners are interested in taking over operations of the old Lake House in Spring Hill and are prepared to make a $250,000 offer to the Spring Hill Civic Association to assume ownership.

If approved at Tuesday’s meeting, the county would get not only the Lake House but the surrounding 17 acres. It is a particularly desirous location because it is adjacent to the Little Red School House and Hunter’s Lake boat ramp.

The Lake House is 2,950 square feet, and there is an outdoor pavilion and a band shell.

The facility at 1202 Kenlake Ave. has been a Spring Hill landmark since the mid-1960s and was used for community events.

But Spring Hill Community Association President Ed Lawrence told the board at its last meeting that the group’s volunteers cannot continue to maintain the place. He asked if the county might be interested.

Commissioners unanimously agreed to direct their staff to negotiate with the association before Tuesday’s meeting, when a contract and particulars will be discussed formally.

Board members said they want to expand and provide community service to southwest Hernando, which is experiencing population growth.

The Hernando County Property Appraiser’s Office has assessed the Lake House and adjacent property at $465,360.

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The county commission meeting begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 North Main St. in downtown Brooksville.

Also on the agenda:

♦ Brothers Ron and Gordon Wolf will discuss plans to build an environmental education and tourism center in Hernando Beach.

Planning and zoning commissioners last month approved the project, despite dozens of residents showing up to object. They said the project would bring too much congestion to the quiet beach area and would clog traffic along Shoal Line Boulevard, where the center would be built. But the county administrator has said a tourism center would boost the local economy.

State lawmakers this month appropriated $4 million for the project in the $77.1 billion state budget, and the matter now goes to Gov. Rick Scott for his consideration.

♦ Commissioners will discuss a rate hike for water and wastewater customers who would see bills increase $2.73 per month for the average residential customer who uses 7,000 gallons.

The utilities department estimates the increase would raise about $1.25 million more revenue per year, or $6.25 million in five years. The money will help fund about $100 million in utility capital improvement projects.

♦ Bryan Kamm, assistant director of Florida’s chapter of the German American Chambers of Commerce, will answer questions regarding the county’s commitment to provide matching funds for a proposed Innovation Training Center Program.

In March, the board voted unanimously to support the apprenticeship program designed to train people for skilled jobs.

If approved, the county would commit matching funds not to exceed $400,000 paid out over two years.

To view the agenda, visit http://hernandocountyfl .iqm2.com/citizens/

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