For Fire Services: The way forward is backward

Members of Citrus County Fire Services are sworn in on Oct. 1, 2011 to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. At far right is then-Fire Chief Larry Morabito (Photo by Robby Douglas

Six years after calling on then-Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy to take over fire services from the county, the Citrus County Commission has called it back into the fold.

The commissioners voted 4-1 on Tuesday during a special meeting to take fire services back, after complaining they had received little or no information that board members had requested.

PSC Commissioner Polmann begins term

Donald Polmann, Dunedin

Commissioner Donald Polmann today began serving on the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC), which regulates the state’s investor-owned electric, gas, and water and wastewater companies.

He was appointed by Governor Rick Scott for a four-year term ending in January 2021.

Sen. Dean to file bills related to Duke, PSC

State Senator Charlie Dean (R-Inverness) today announced his intention to file two bills related to Duke Energy and the Public Service Commission for the 2015 Legislative Session.

"As I said at my appearance before the Public Service Commission at their hearing on the meter rerouting issue, I am committed to sponsoring legislation to address this issue as well as the ongoing issue of Nuclear Cost Recovery," Dean said.

County hands out employee service awards

FROM LEFT: Commissioner Scott Adams, Commissioner Joe Meek, Amy Engelken, Commissioner Dennis Damato, Twila Colia, Mark Edwards, Charlene Gray, Casey Stephens, Commissioner Rebecca Bays, Commissioner J.J. Kenney

The Citrus County Commission at its regular board meeting on Tuesday presented service awards to county employees.

Below is the list of the awards, and names of the recipients of the awards.

5 years:

  • Casey Stephens-Solid Waste Director, Solid Waste Division of the Department of Public Works

10 years:

PSC OK's amended nuclear cost recovery rules

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved amendments to the rule that establishes an alternative cost recovery mechanism for nuclear power plant construction projects.

The rule amendments implement changes to Section 366.93, Florida Statutes, enacted by the Legislature during the 2013 session.

County accepts task force recommendations; Sheriff Dawsy to form plan

Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy speaks to county commissioners on April 12, 2011

Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy has a new task - figure out what a combined law enforcement and fire services office would look like, and to come up with a budget for it.

Dawsy was given the task by the Citrus County Commission on Tuesday after commissioners voted 3-1 to accept the recommendations of the Public Safety Initiative Task Force, a creation of the county commission and populated by a cross-section of leading county business people and residents.

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