Raise your hand if you’ve got the Betz Farm property deal figured out.
I thought so.
It’s approximately the same number of hands I see raised when asking a similar question about the animal shelter project.
It’s a warm Jan. 31 so let’s talk about Clark Stillwell.
For over 40 years, Stillwell has represented the interests of developers before the county commission. Oh, he’s had a few other jobs too — Citrus County Hospital Board attorney, Crystal River city attorney (only the old timers would know that one).
Let’s spend a few minutes this Monday discussing our hometown newspaper, the Citrus County Chronicle.
You may have seen that the Chronicle has a new editor, Jim Gouvellis. Former editor Jeff Bryan is now working with Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County.
It’s Friday and my brain is full after a busy week of government stuff.
You know what that means…
— Heard a ton of great suggestions from the county commission goal-setting retreat Wednesday, but my favorite was Commissioner Diana Finegan’s idea for Citrus County to put on a pretty face. Finegan suggested monument-type “welcome to Citrus County” signs that are landscaped, and other ideas to spruce up the place.
You’re probably as tired of reading about our county commission as I am writing about it.
Except I’m not tired of it. Not by a longshot.
Not if this county commission continues to thrive, which I believe it will.
Most people think a government writer gets thrills out of writing negative stuff.
Some may enjoy it and I’ve had my share over the years, but as a citizen of Citrus County I’d prefer a smart, cohesive government.
Three items for this beautiful county commission Tuesday…
— The special library governing board meets at 10 a.m. in the county commission chambers to pick four people for the library advisory board.
The county commission has its annual goal-setting strategic planning workshop this week and it’s usually about as exciting as it sounds.
Commissioners and the staff get together Wednesday in an informal setting — if you can call the Lecanto Government Building informal — and hash out the year’s priorities.
Many years ago while at the Chronicle I was working on a story and had to speak with our congresswoman.
That was Karen Thurman at the time. As a former Dunnellon mayor and state senator, Karen was known well enough for me to call her at home.
One thing about government writing is we don’t get a whole lot of feel-good stories.
Government reporters deal with statistics and politics and terms like ad valorem. We cover the ribbon cutting of sewer plants. We know more about reapportionment than humans should.
Mike Wright has written about Citrus County government and politics for 36 years.