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Minutes of Regular Monthly Meeting
July 13, 2016
Call to Order/Welcome : Regular monthly meeting of the CCC was called to order and all welcomed by President John Wade at 9:05am
Pledge of Allegiance led by President John Wade
Election Process: Susan Gill, Citrus County Supervisor of Elections presented many aspects of the upcoming Primary and General Elections. She identified voter registration deadline for new or changed is August 1. She defined the victor determinations in the elections. In the partisan elections the candidate with the most votes is the respective primary victor. In the BOCC for District 1 and District 5 as well as the CCSO races; the one with the most votes in the primary will face the NPA certified candidate in the General Election. District 3 BOCC will be determined in the General Election since there is only one certified candidate for each of the two major parties, no NPA. In nonpartisan elections the victor must capture 50% plus 1 to prevail; if this does not occur than the two top vote getters will face a run off in the General Election. The
Constitutional Amendments are multiple this season. Amendment 4 is on the Primary Ballot and the others are on the General Election ballot. To be accepted they must receive 60% of total votes cast. Vote by mail (formerly known as Absentee Ballot) to date is about 22K.; requests are valid for two election cycles.Early Voting dates for the Primary are August 19 to August 27 from 10am to 6pm; Early Voting will be at one of four sites (Beverly Hills Library, Homosassa Library, Inverness City Hall, SOE office at Meadow Crest); General Election is at denoted Precincts. During early voting, voters may vote at any site; during General election voter must vote at their designated Precinct. Provided overview of voting process: poll worker training, voting system machines, polling places, overseas mail outs of ballots. Encouraged all to phone SOE office with any questions / concerns.
Solar Amendment : Kate Betsko, President of CCLWV presented the aspects of the amendment. Reminded all that this amendment is listed on the Primary Election ballot. Needs 60% of total votes cast to pass. This amendment was proposed by the Florida Legislature.
Briefings from Around the County
CCSO Updates : Detective Andy Lahera will now be the CCSO Representative to CCC. He distributed his business card and encouraged all to contact him or other CCSO of any observation that viewer feels is relevant to community safety. He shared current crime trends include the thefts of garden and lawn equipment. Expressed the need of caution with leaving garage and/or shed doors open; even when working in the yard. This type of crime is labeled Crime of Opportunity. Answered questions from the audience.
School Board Discussion : Linda Powers, CCSB Chairperson and Chuck Dixon , Planner presented the background for the upcoming Ballot Referendum. Reminded all that this referendum will appear on the Primary Election Ballot. Handouts explaining the referendum were distributed to the audience. Many questions addressed from the audience.
CCC Business Meeting:
Attendance/Quroum: Secretary confirmed a Quroum of Organizational membership attendance was present. Fifteen (15) organizations were in attendance with an overall attendance of thirty eight (40) people.
Minutes from June 2016 meeting : Motion (GKrayer) second (GJannerone) with unanimous voiced approval for minutes to be accepted and filed as presented .
Treasurer’s Report : Secretary in absence of Treasurer offered current balance of $1844.99 with presentation of revenues 133.05 and expenditures ($73.75)since the June, 2016 meeting. Motion (TRusnak) second (GKrayer) to accept the Treasurer’s report as presented and to be filed for audit.
CCC and League of Women Voters Forum : the forum will be held in July, at the College and Kate Betsko, CCLWV and John Wade, CCC President will now be the moderators. July 20, with doors opening at 5pm; plans for Forum to begin at 6:00pm. Citrus County Council will have a table at the Forum for information distribution.
Withlacoochee Aquatic Restoration : note new name – formally Withlacoochee Area Residents;encouraged all to attend upcoming BOCC meeting which will be in August. Exact date will be forthcoming. It was noted that Citrus County as compared to other Florida Counties has “one of the weakest as for regulations.”
Stakeholders Advisory Group (SAG) : Completed “assignment” and submitted listing of recommendations. The recommendations were discussed by the BOCC at their meeting on July 12. The directive was for staff to receive the recommendations and to draft a Proposal for BOCC approval. There will be more information forthcoming how members of the public will be able to make private donations in hopes of raising needed dollars for shelter construction.
Forthcoming Political Forums:
July 16th 2pm to 4pm Beverly Hills Community Center:
Meet and Greet the Candidates:
July 20th Candidate Forum for Primary Candidates ; College, doors
July 21 st 7pm Citrus Springs Community Center Sheriff Candidate Mike Prendergast
August 11 th 6pm Chronicle Forum for Primary Candidates ; Citrus
August 15 th -5pm in Homosassa; location to be shared in the future
August 18 th 6:30 Citrus Springs; all Primary Candidates
Next meeting is August 10, 9am, at the Beverly Hills Lions Club
Adjournment: motion (GJannerone) second (GKrayer) to adjourn with unanimous voiced approval at 11:15am
Task Force Meeting #7 is scheduled for Friday, August 12, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion (Auditorium), 2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala, Florida 34470. At this meeting, the Task Force will review and approve the Task Force report and obtain public input. A public comment period will begin at approximately This will be the final Task Force Meeting prior to the Final Task Force Report being delivered to FDOT Secretary Boxold. The meetingagenda and Revised Draft Task Force Report are available for your review in advance of the meeting by clicking here and on the link for “Task Force Meeting #7, Meeting Materials”. Additional meeting materials will be posted to the websitewww.i75relief.com as they become available. People who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Alison Stettner, by phone: (407) 264‐3023 or by email: Alison.Stettner@dot.state.fl.us, at least 7 days prior to the meeting.
Additional information may be obtained by contacting: Huiwei Shen, FDOT Project Manager, by phone at (850) 414-4911, or by email at Huiwei.Shen@dot.state.fl.us, or by visiting the project website at www.i75relief.com.
7-27-16 Draft TF report for Aug 12 mtg.pdf
July 20th Candidate Forum
Kate Betsko- President, League of Women Voters, Citrus County
Susan Gill, Supervisor of Elections
A “white paper” generated by Dan Hilliard and published by Kings Bay Springs Alliance, Inc. - for your quick consumption.
Kings Bay Springs Alliance, Inc., is asking that if you agree that addressing the damage done by turf fertilizer to our water systems is in order, and that the following would generally be in addition to the current ordinance, please email the county commissioner of your choice - or all five of them - and tell them it’s time to toughen up our residential fertilizer ordinance to save our water systems! (Note: agriculture is exempt)
1. Prohibit sales of turf fertilizer June thru September inclusive.
2. Prohibit the application of turf fertilizers during the same time frame with possible exception of golf courses.
3. Prohibit the use of turf fertilizers within 100' of any storm water drainage conveyance which will transmit runoff directly into any water body.
4. Prohibit the application of fast release turf fertilizer on any property adjacent to water bodies unless the shoreline is protected by swales to control runoff.
5. Incorporate a concurrent Florida Friendly Landscape ordinance which is consistent with state guidance and promotes the conversion of landscaping of residential and business properties for a specified but limited time (10 years?) by use of property tax incentives. The ordinance should be incorporated into the Citrus County LDC.
Yes on 1 for the Sun: The Florida Anti-Solar Ballot Initiative from Utilities
04/20/2016 11:22 am 11:22:02
Last week, the Florida utility-backed anti-solar initiative officially launched their campaign to block solar leasing in the sunshine state with the confusing name, “Yes on 1 for the sun.” The utility-backed group running the initiative campaign, called the “Consumers for Smart Solar” has been funded by nearly $7 million in contributions from the investor-owned utilities and fossil fuel front groups to date.
Energy & Policy Institute previously revealed that Consumers for Smart Solar is funded by utilities and front groups seeking to prevent changes to state law that would open the solar market in Florida and specifically allow third party solar leases. Third party solar accounted for 72 precent of residential solar installed across the country in 2014.
Instead, the utility-backed ballot initiative would continue to restrict the solar market in Florida by writing into the state constitution that homeowners and businesses cannot use third party solar leases. Tim Dickinson at Rolling Stone writes:
Key policies that have spurred a rooftop solar revolution elsewhere in America are absent or actually illegal in Florida. Unlike the majority of states, even Texas, Florida has no mandate to generate any portion of its electricity from renewable power. Worse, the state’s restrictive monopoly utility law forbids anyone but the power companies from buying and selling electricity. Landlords cannot sell power from solar panels to tenants. Popular solar leasing programs like those offered by SolarCity and Sunrun are outlawed.
In the battle between the utilities and pro-clean energy advocates in Florida, the utility-backed Consumers for Smart Solar drove up the cost of petition signatures in Florida, rendering a pro-solar ballot initiative (spearheaded by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy) unable to raise enough funds to overcome the vast resources of the monopoly utility companies. The pro-solar initiative called “Floridians for Solar Choice” would have opened the market and removed restrictions on solar leasing. Rolling Stone reported, “utilities crushed the [pro-solar] Solar Choice campaign by spending it into submission. Qualifying an amendment for the ballot in Florida is onerous and expensive under the best of circumstances.”
The Consumers for Smart Solar campaign also worked to confuse petition-signers by using the same language as the real pro-solar campaign. While gathering petition signatures, the utility-backed initiative would talk about “solar choice,” mirroring the name of the pro-solar ballot initiative, Floridians for Solar Choice.
Now, with the utilities launching their ballot initiative as the “Yes on 1 for the sun” campaign, the misinformation continues. George Orwell noted in his essay, “Politics and the English Language,” that political speech serves to distort reality, saying “In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible… Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness… the great enemy of clear language is insincerity.”
The utility-backed ballot initiative is certainly insincere about it’s intentions - instead of “for the sun” the utilities are working to confuse voters and cement public policy that squashes the free market and eliminates competition coming from the distributed solar industry.
Perhaps Florida should change it’s moniker from the “Sunshine State” to the “Investor-owned Utility State”, where citizens and businesses are simply not allowed to use the free market to generate their own power, because the monopoly utilities have enough funding and political power to keep it that way.
CITRUS COUNTY COUNCIL
PO Box 925 Lecanto, FL. 34460 WWW.citruscountycouncil.org
“Working together to preserve quality of life in Citrus County”
REGULAR MEETING AGENDA
July 13, 2016
9:00 am Pledge of Allegiance & Welcome -----John Wade,
9:05 am Elections---Susan Gill, Supervisor of Elections
9:35 am Solar Amendment--- Kate Betsko, President Citrus
County League of Women Voters
Briefings from Around the County
10:00 am Citrus County School Board--- Chuck Dixon, School Planning
10:15 am Sheriff’s Office----Detective Corey Sharp
CCC Business Meeting
10:30 am Attendance/Quorum---Debbie Ressler, Secretary
Acceptance of Minutes & Correspondence
10:35 am Treasurer’s Report----Karen Esty, Treasurer
10:40 am Unfinished/New Business
CCC and League of Women Voters forum----Kate Betsko,
10:50 am Open Mic for Member Announcements
11:05 am General Announcements
Next meeting will be August 10, 2016 at Lion’s Club
11:15 am Adjournment
Take the Bear Hunt Survey
Task Force Meeting #6 is scheduled for June 24, 2016from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Williston Crossings RV Resort (Clubhouse), 410 NE 5th Street, Williston, FL 32696. At this meeting, the Task Force will review public and agency input, reach consensus on the draft recommendations including the refined evaluation approach and framework for enhanced and new transportation corridors in the study area, discuss the implementation plan, review initial draft Task Force report sections and identify action items and next steps. A public comment period will begin at approximately Meeting materials will be posted to the website www.i75relief.com as they become available.
Petition to Florida Department of Environmental Protection:
Thank you for your interest in joining our Election Team, as a Citrus County Poll Worker. Becoming a poll worker is a very important decision and requires making a serious commitment to the Team. You must be able to attend an orientation session and, if hired, mandatory training classes. Poll workers are paid for each election worked (Election Day) and for the hours worked, if employed at Early Vote sites (daily for up to 2 weeks prior to Election Day.) The amount paid depends on the position for which you are hired and the number of training classes attended. We will be featuring electronic poll books in the 2016 election cycle, so it is important that you are comfortable with computers. We do, however, have a position that does not require computer use.
Also, a poll worker is required to:
· be a registered voter in Citrus county
· be able to read and write the English language
· attend an orientation session
· pass a written exam
· attend all mandatory training classes if hired
· have reliable transportation
· be able to work at least 14 hours on Election Day (no shifts)
· be able to fulfill your schedule if hired for Early Voting
· be a responsible team-player
· make a serious commitment, if hired
The first step in joining our Team is to complete an application. After reading through the above information and feel you can meet the requirements, you may click here to access the application. Selecting 'submit' will send the application directly to the Poll Worker Department for processing, after which you will be notified of the date, time and location of the next orientation. If you have any questions, please call the Poll Worker Department at 352- 341-6747.