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Full slate set for Crystal River City Council

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By Abdon Sidibe

CRYSTAL RIVER — Monday night’s city council meeting will run the gamut.

Council members will hear presentations and tackle issues from the sheriff’s office’s quarterly crime reports to presentations by Interim County Administrator Jeff Rogers about the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners’ 1 percent sales tax referendum and what’s in the cards for Three Sisters Springs.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office west-side patrol commander, Capt. Danny Linhart, will present his quarterly breakdown of law enforcement data to the panel.

Linhart will be followed by Rogers, who will present county commissioners’ thoughts about how to use proceeds from a proposed 1-cent sales tax hike to fund the paving of county roads.

Additionally, Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Manager Andrew Gude will present a plan about getting a single concessionaire to run the land-access operation at Three Sisters Springs for the upcoming winter season.

Gude also will open dialogue about ways to control overcrowding in the springs area within the 57-acre property, which he said is currently unsustainable. Gude already has made a similar presentation before the city’s Waterfronts Board.

The council will also:

* Consider approval of an ordinance amending the Land Development Code to include bars, taverns, lounges, nightclubs and dance halls in the general commercial (CG) zoning district;

* Consider approval of agreement with Citrus County Sheriff’s Office to provide law enforcement services for fiscal year 2014-15 at an annual cost of $1,160,474;

* Consider approval of the FDS contract;

* Consider hiring a part-time code enforcement officer;

* Get updated on the  progress of the Three Sisters Working Group’s recommendations for overcrowding at the water entrance of the springs area;

* Consider allowing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service use of King’s Bay Drive for limited public access to the Three Sisters property;

* Discuss improvements and additions of water access points for paddle sports and boating.

In their capacity as the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), council members will hear a presentation about the city’s mini-grant application and rules of approval; the Ferrell Gas screening project; a mini-grant application for Hunter Springs apartments and a CRA plan update.

WHAT: Crystal River government meetings.
WHEN: Monday. CRA meets at 6 p.m.; council at 7 p.m.
WHERE: City Hall, 123 N.W. U.S. 19, Crystal River.
CONTACT: 352-795-4216 or crystalriverfl.org.

Contact Chronicle reporter A.B. Sidibe at 352-564-2925 or asidibe@chronicleonline.com.