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Hernando, Citrus counties may team on recycling plan


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BROOKSVILLE - In 2010, the Florida Legislature passed House Bill 7243, which set a recycling goal of 75 percent by 2020 for all counties in the state.

Environmental Services Director Susan Goebel-Canning and her staff believe teaming up with Citrus County to the north is the best way for both to reach that state goal.

She will ask county commissioners Tuesday to approve an interlocal agreement with Citrus County to research alternatives for disposing of waste and increasing recycling. Both counties own and operate their own solid waste facilities providing for waste disposal and both have already been in discussions on ways to meet the recycling goal.

Goebel-Canning's plan entails Hernando and Citrus counties jointly requesting proposals seeking alternative waste disposal options with the goal of attracting more favorable options.

County commissioners will consider the proposal at their business meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N. Main St., in Brooksville.

Also Tuesday:

Commissioners will discuss spending $1 million on a 4.13-acre parcel on State Road 50 for future use by transportation services. The county attained two independent appraisals on the property that came back at $825,000 and $865,000. The closing costs will include paying for a title policy fee, recording costs, survey and other expenses.

The property is located north of California Street.

Due to expenses incurred in setting up the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park visitor information center, the county tourism department is over budget and must use a portion of its balance cash forward reserves to cover expenses.

Board members will decide whether to approve taking $6,183 from those reserves.

The Rotary Club of Spring Hill Central will request the county waive the $150 special event fee and authorize the sale of beer and wine at Barktober Fest, to be held Oct. 19 at Rotary Centennial Park.

The club plans to pay the fees associated with staff overtime for the fundraiser, with about $1,000 of it earmarked for maintenance costs for the Spring Hill Dog Park.

To view the entire agenda and staff reports, visit http://hernando /Citizens/Detail_Meeting .aspx?ID=1387.

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