County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved converting one tennis court at the Homosassa Area Recreation Park to a public hockey rink.
Members of the Homosassa Hockey League, a collection of friends who have played roller hockey together for more than a dozen years, will pay for the conversion. The hockey rink will be complete with goals and cornered with nets to prevent hockey balls from leaving the rink and potentially interfering with adjacent tennis players.
Board Chairman Brian Coleman raised the idea last month, and the county posted a notice at the tennis courts of the possible conversion, with Tuesday’s board meeting date posted to provide input.
Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith said he’s heard from parents who believe their children will want to participate in playing hockey.
“I have not heard anything negative,” he said. “I think it’ll be good for the community.”
Riverwalk moving forward,
city tells commissioners
The King’s Bay Riverwalk project is on track and moving forward, Crystal River officials told county commissioners on Tuesday.
City Manager Ken Frink and Mayor Joe Meek provided commissioners an update at the county’s request. The county has pledged $2.7 million from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill proceeds, with approval from the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Frink said 75% of the project is completed and the city has letters of support from the remaining three owners of waterfront property where the boardwalk will be placed. He said the city and property owners are negotiating formal agreements.
He said the city has requested $2 million from the state Legislature for the project.
Frink said the goal is to begin construction for the remaining pieces when manatee season concludes in 2021.
Commissioners said they appreciated the update.
Board chides NCEMS
over audit issue
Commissioners agreed to pay an auditor $5,000 to complete an audit of Nature Coast EMS.
In doing so, commissioners balked paying an additional $25,000 to continue the audit.
Auditors with the clerk of court’s office said Nature Coast EMS has not provided documents requested. They were unable to be specific because audit details do not become public record until they audit is completed and presented to the board.
Commissioners expressed disappointment at Nature Coast EMS. The county last week sent a letter to Nature Coast, giving it 45 days to come into compliance with its contract in areas of emergency response time and reporting. Annual financial reports due Dec. 31 have not yet been submitted, county officials said.
Board backs sale of
building to vets group
Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to sell the Inverness Community Center to the Citrus County Veterans Coalition.
The sale price is $1.
The coalition plans to use the building as a food bank and to provide assistance to veterans.
Should the property stopped being used for public purpose, it reverts back to the county, according to agenda information.
Commissioners give top marks
to administrator Oliver
County Administrator Randy Oliver received five attaboys from commissioners during his annual review.
Commissioners especially lauded Oliver’s attention to detail, his administrative hires to fill department director positions and Oliver’s financial expertise.
“He has always been responsive to everything I send him,” board Chairman Brian Coleman said. “He goes above and beyond.”
“I absolutely concur,” Commissioner Ron Kitchen Jr. added.
Commissioner Jeff Kinnard asked Oliver to prioritize the timeliness of the permitting process.
“Finding a way to get their projects to ‘yes’ starts right at the top,” he said.