County keeps maximum tax rate at 2017-18 level

HENDRY COUNTY — Hendry County commissioners unanimously approved a Truth in Millage (TRIM) notification to taxpayers setting the maximum county property tax rate for fiscal 2018-19 at the same level as last year, 8.4909. However, they’ve already instructed their staff to find budget cuts so that they may instead adopt what’s called the “rollback” millage […]

Hendry leaders take reins at FL counties convention

Hendry County commissioners and key staff members attended the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Annual Conference June 26-29 in Orlando, where Hendry representatives assumed several leadership roles in the association. Commissioner Karson Turner was sworn in as president of the association on June 28. His duties as president over the next year will include representing […]

County seeks prices on a line of credit

County seeks prices on  a line of credit Hendry’s leaders want to address long list of capital improvements Before getting down to a serious discussion of needed repairs to county buildings and capital improvement projects that have been waiting for action, Hendry County commissioners disposed of a noncontroversial matter first at a special meeting June […]

Cemetery upkeep hits a raw nerve in Hendry

HENDRY COUNTY — An apology from Hendry County Administrator Charles Chapman for Ridgelawn Cemetery’s shabby appearance on Memorial Day sparked a lively discussion of all the county cemeteries’ maintenance at the June 12 County Board meeting. Before commissioners began dealing with routine business, Mr. Chapman owned up for “the failure of keeping up Ridgelawn Cemetery […]

Commissioners to discuss county building repairs

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Friday, June 22, at 10 a.m., at the Clewiston City Hall, 115 W. Ventura Ave. in Clewiston, to discuss repairs and renovations to the Hendry County Courthouse, Hendry County Jail and other county facilities; LaBelle Airport Terminal construction contract matters; […]

County OKs contract for Francisco work

CLEWISTON — Hendry County commissioners voted June 12 to accept the lowest of five bids and contract with Lynch Paving & Construction Co. Inc. of Okeechobee for the construction of Francisco Street improvements phases one and two in Clewiston for $705,160. “We’re gonna get our tiger paws!” exclaimed Commissioner Karson Turner about the pavement markings […]

Hendry County BOCC to hold special meeting

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting on June 22, at 10 a.m., at the Clewiston City Hall, 115 West Ventura Ave. in Clewiston, to discuss repairs and renovations to the Hendry County Courthouse, Hendry County Jail and other County facilities, LaBelle Airport Terminal construction contract matters, and […]

Training program is in the works

Hendry County Commissioner Michael Swindle has a day job in education that’s made him a key player as the county has pressed forward with neighboring Glades in trying to get more adult job training set up at the Glades County Regional Training Facility (GCRTF). He’s employed by the Hendry school district as its director of […]

Hendry board OKs land code changes for Airglades

The Hendry County Board has approved proposed changes in an amendment to the county Code of Ordinances’ sections on airports, zoning districts and dimensional and density regulations, which will limit residential and incompatible land uses in the vicinity of Airglades Airport. Commissioners conducted their second and final public hearing on the amendment Tuesday, May 22. […]

With Airglades on radar, Hendry is preparing

HENDRY COUNTY — Hendry County commissioners considered several agenda items during their meeting Tuesday, May 8, having to do with Airglades Airport and the planning for its takeover by a consortium of private agricultural and shipping interests led by Fred Ford. The county board picked one of two companies that responded to its Request for […]