The County Commission met Tuesday and took the following actions:
Approved an agreement with Universal Microwave Corp., a computer chip manufacturer that plans to locate at the Cortez Crossing business park at State Road 50 and Interstate 75. The agreement fulfills the terms of a 4-year-old $750,000 federal grant that brought a road and utilities infrastructure to the park. Universal Microwave will get the land for free, but is committed to invest $1-million in the project and to employ at least 22 new workers, 12 of whom must be county residents with low to moderate incomes.
Directed County Administrator Gary Adams to explore Hernando government's current space availability and the steps that must be taken to create more room for county services in years to come. No plans have been made for new structures, but Adams said there is a space crunch and it is likely to worsen as the county grows. As part of his work, Adams is expected to examine how the county can best use the Brooksville Regional Hospital building on Ponce De Leon Boulevard. In October, the county is to take possession of the building when the hospital relocates to its Cortez Boulevard site. Adams' work is expected to take between three to four months.
With some residents expressing displeasure with the parking of trucks and trailers on abandoned commercial lots in the county, the board directed Adams to look into whether a lot could be created for commercial vehicles near the Hernando County Airport at little cost.