Miss Maggie Sidewalk

If you want to have a safer sidewalk along Miss Maggie to get out to US 19, and hopefully the future multi-use trail up US-19 to Homosassa, your participation is needed.

Let me start by explaining that petitioning for a sidewalk along Miss Maggie does not come with a price tag; there will be no assessment, tax, or other cost to us.  It all comes from moneys that are set aside every year for such projects, and the squeaky wheel is where the money is spent.  Projects need to be proposed/requested, and then are objectively prioritized by MPO staff based on metrics such as accidents/deaths that have occurred on roads/intersections, proximity to schools, libraries, shopping, etc, and other criteria that indicate the sidewalk or trail is needed.  But then they are reprioritized by MPO committee members based on more subjective criteria.  And that is why things only get done if there is sufficient outcry by communities.

There are several MPO committees that review and affect the final ranking of the proposed projects, and all need to be lobbied and convinced of the importance of a project, like the proposed sidewalk along Miss Maggie.  Each committee meets on a different schedule, from monthly to quarterly.  The committees that need to be influenced are the MPO Board, the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC).  Each is attended by a different set of stakeholders and representatives, from Board of County Commissioners, highway patrol, other city and county staff and leaders, and concerned citizens selected to sit on the boards.

There is a Hernando/Citrus MPO website that has information on the committees and their scheduled meetings, which often are cancelled and rescheduled.     The meetings are usually announced in the Citrus Chronicle the morning of the meeting, which is usually too late to plan attendance.  You can get on distribution for meeting notices by contacting the POC for each committee.  Here are web sites and POC info for the committees:

Hernando/Citrus MPO website

Hernando/Citrus MPO board webpage, , Dennis Dix, MPO Executive Director, (352) 754-4057, ext 28014,  email DennisD@hernandocounty.us

Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) webpage, Dennis Dix, MPO Executive Director, (352) 754-4057, ext 28014,  email DennisD@hernandocounty.us

Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) webpage, Mr. Steve Diez, Transportation Planner II, telephone (352) 754-4057, email stevend@hernandocounty.us.

Best information on planned meetings are:

MPO board mtg:  Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 1:00PM, Lecanto Government Building, Multi-purpose Room 166, 3600 W Sovereign Path, Lecanto, FL

Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting:  Wednesday, October 07, 2015, 1:00PM, Hernando Co Govt Ctr, 20 N Main St, Rm 265 (Administrative Conference Room), Brooksville, FL

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee proposed meeting dates for 2016 are as follows:
January 21, 2016, Citrus County

April 21, 2016, Hernando County

July 21, 2016, Citrus County

October 20, 2016, Hernando County

Finally, here is the list of proposed projects as they were prioritized prior to the September, 2015 BPAC meeting, where they moved the last two new projects at the bottom of the list to the 5th (Withlacoochee State Trail repaving), and 9th (Floral City Sidewalks) positions, and moved the other lower ranked projects down yet another two positions.  The Miss Maggie sidewalk project was effectively moved from position 15 to 17, near the very bottom.

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