Month: February 2018

March 2018

MEETINGS FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH

City Commission – March 8th & 22nd

Parks & Recreation – March 14th

Plan Board – March 27th

CRA

Interviews with the top five applicants for the CRA/Community Development Director were conducted in February.  Kristina Wright of Fernandina Beach was hired for the position.  Ms. Wright will begin work with the City on April 9th.

QUARTERLY EMPLOYEE ANNIVERSARIES

January

Chief Joel DeCoursey (2 yrs)

Jon Fricke (1 yr)

Joshua Latimer (1 yr)

Andrew Williams (1 yr)

Christopher Tatum (1 yr)

Lanny Ross (1 yr)

Fredrick Findley (1 yr)

February

Randy Monk (11 yrs)

Angela Stone (9 yrs)

Ethan Presnell (6 yrs)

Kien Cade (5 yrs)

Robert Basford (4 yrs)

Morgan Benton (1 yr)

March

Dustyn Shenk (9 yrs)

Hank Rossell (5 yrs)

Courtney Odum (4 yrs)

April Roberts (1 yr)

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Looking ahead to March and beyond, we are entering our dry season. Large amounts of remaining debris from Hurricane Irma and a dozen + freezes this winter, Florida Forest Service is predicting a very active brush fire season.

POLICE DEPARTMENT

HSPD has been busy planning a fundraiser for our Relay For Life team. Relay For Life is a community wide fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. We have partnered with Conestogas Restaurant and will be selling tickets for a lunch on March 29th. The lunch will include a grilled chicken breast, baked potato, green beans, garlic bread, and a dessert. The cost is 10.00 a plate and you will be able to pick up your to go box from the fire department on that day between Noon-2pm. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket for the event, please contact Angela Robertson at 454-7319.

PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT AND CODES

As summer nears residents often take advantage of the warm weather to start renovation projects in our area, many times they are contacted by a handyman for these projects. We urge you to protect you home investment by seeking out a Florida licensed contractor

Here’s some advice from Florida’s Construction Industry Licensing Board

  • Don’t be victimized by someone making a door-to-door presentation offering to do repair jobs or home improvements “on-the-spot” and requiring a cash deposit.
  • Ask to see their Florida state registered or Florida state certified contractor’s license. Visit www.myfloridalicense.com or call the number below to verify that the license is valid.
  • Get at least three bids, and ask for references of work the contractor has completed in your area. Make personal contacts and ask about the quality of work.
  • Require a written contract with the contractor’s license number on it. Don’t sign if there are any blank areas and until you fully understand the terms.
  • Don’t pay cash, don’t let payments get ahead of the work completed, and don’t pay the full cost of the job up-front. Make sure that building material costs are paid; ask for receipts.
  • Check workers’ compensation coverage by requesting to see a certificate of insurance. If injuries occur on your property, you may be liable.

You can verify if a Florida contractor has a state license by visiting www.myfloridalicense.com or by calling the board office at (850) 487-1395.

PARKS & RECREATION

Registration takes place during the month of March for all sports.

The First Deadline to register for soccer is 3/8/18 before 6:00 PM.  After the First deadline the price increases 15$.  Final Deadline is 3/15/18 at 5:30PM!!!  Soccer practice starts the week of 3/19.
The deadline to register for volleyball is 3/22/18 before 5:30PM.  We are excited to announce we now have a 17U division!  The season will begin the first week of April.

We are happy to report that hosting our third annual 5k on Feb 10th 2018 was a huge success with 60 runners!  In the month of January and February you may have seen some minor changes to the playgrounds as we have been performing minimal maintenance to equipment and removing equipment that was damaged, outdated and unsafe.  We have also top-dressed our sports complex in February so the field will be closed for the following few months to rest but the walking path will still be available!  If you have any questions or park issues feel free to email Robert Basford at [email protected]

UTILITY BILLING/FINANCE 

Utility Payments can be made on-line: www.highsprings.us. We accept cash, money orders, personal and electronic checks, debit & credit cards. There is a minimum $2.50 or 3% convenience for debit & credit card payments. 

UTILITY DUE DATES, PENALTIES AND LATE FEES:

  • All water accounts are due on the 15th of each month.  If not paid in full on or before the fifteenth (15th) by 6:00 p.m., a late charge of five ($5.00) dollars for water and five ($5.00) dollars far garbage will be assessed.  If the fifteenth (15th) falls on a weekend or holiday, the customer will have the ability for pay up to 6:00 pm on the business day following the weekend or holiday and not receive a late charge.
  • All water accounts that are not paid on or before the twenty-second (22nd) day of the month by 6:00 pm shall be subject to disconnected and will be assessed a service charge of twenty-five ($25.00) dollars.  Interest shall be charged on all delinquent accounts at the rate of (1%) percent per month from the date of disconnect until the account is fully paid.  If the twenty-second (22nd) day falls on a weekend or holiday, the customer will have the ability to pay up to 6:00 pm on the business day following the weekend or holiday and not be charged the service charge.

The City’s Audit will be presented at the March 22nd Commission Meeting.

PUBLIC WORKS

WATER – The results from the Lead & Copper testing conducted in December were mailed to the 50 participants in the plan. All testing came back with satisfactory results and below MCLs. The water department also flushed hydrants throughout town during the third week of February. Meters readings took place February 15th – 22nd, rereads were done on February 26th, and shutoffs on the 27th & 28th.

SEWER – The Camp Kulaqua Sewer project is approximately 65% completed. The length of pipe running from Camp Kulaqua to where the pipe will be run under County Road 236 near the school has been set. They will then drill under CR 236,  between the first and second weeks of March. The Grant for the grinder pump installation and septic abatement is about 65% complete as well. 11 of the 12 pumps have been installed and startups have been completed. The next steps are to have the septic tanks crushed and the cleanup process. This should only take a few more weeks.

STREETS – continuing to cut, chip, and haul storm debris from Hurricane Irma twice weekly, as they still have to maintain their work orders, this job is about 60% completed. The NW and SW Sections of town have been completed,  and the SE section is underway and they will continue to the NE once that section is completed.

Spring Rec Sports Olympic Themed Additional Jersey Order

As we celebrate our National Teams in the Olympics, the City of High Springs Recreation Department has decided to create our one of a kind Olympic themed uniforms with our City’s Colors.  This spring our athletes will receive these uniforms when they register for     Volleyball or Soccer.  On the back of these uniforms we will display the team sponsor as well as a number.  We understand that parents, friends, and family may want to purchase a    jersey for themselves so we are offering a signup for additional jerseys for 25$.  You can request a blank jersey (no number), one with your child’s number on it, or one with your own unique number on it (1-99).

 

Click HERE for an order form to be completed and turned in at City Hall.

SEWER SPILLAGE NOTIFICATION

In the area behind the High Springs Church of God on CR 340, several gallons of raw sewage was spilled.  Disinfectants were quickly applied and the area will be covered when it is dry.  Although it was not required, DEP was notified of the incident.  This is noticed for public information purposes only.

February 2018

Meetings for the month of February:  City Commission 8th & 22nd @ 6:30

Parks & Recreation 7th @ 5:30

FIRE DEPARTMENT – It sure has been a pleasant change to enjoy these warmer temperatures we have had the past week or so, but even with these temperatures we have stayed busy. Here at the  High Springs Fire Department we have gotten off to a busy year, with over 157 calls in the month of January and 13 of those being specifically for fires. We look to continue to be busy as February comes on with Facilities training early this month and Extrication training toward the end of the month. We are always staying on top of to most recent training and skills so that we always provide the best services to the High Springs community and assisting the other Fire/Rescue units nearby.

POLICE DEPARTMENT – A day in February is set aside each year to celebrate and show appreciation to the school crossing guards in our area. HSPD did just that, this month recognizing April Roberts for a job well done. We appreciate all she does to keep our children safe each day as they get to and from school at the High Springs Community School. She enjoyed a catered lunch at the Eastside Community Center in Gainesville with many other crossing guards throughout Alachua County and a special gift from our department. Make sure you take time to show her your appreciation if you see her in the school zone.

PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT AND CODES – As a reminder the Florida Building Code 2017, 6th Edition is now in effect as of January 1st, 2018. Whether you’re thinking about an addition to your home, a new commercial building, or anything in between, the Building Department is an important part of your team. Code enforcement is working diligently to rectify violations through out our City.

PARKS & RECREATION – The month of February brings the end of basketball season and the beginning of soccer, baseball, softball and volleyball season.  Registration takes place during the month of February for all sports.   We are also hosting our third annual 5k on Feb 10th 2018.  In the month of January you may have seen some minor changes to the parks as we have been performing minimal maintenance to equipment and removing equipment that was damaged, outdated and unsafe.

UTILITY BILLING – If you have an irrigation system and you are on city sewer, you can have an irrigation meter installed so that you are not paying sewer charges on the water that is going on your lawn.  Simply start at the Building Department by obtaining a Plumbing Permit (homeowner or certified plumber) for $149.  Bring the receipt to City Hall.  Irrigation meters are $800.  That can be paid in one payment or arrangements can be made with the Finance Director to make monthly installments.  Once installed in the ground, your plumber would make all necessary connections and perform the required backflow testing and submit a copy of that test to the Building Department to close out your permit.  Once Utility Billing is notified, your meter will be turned on and you can begin watering your lawn for less!

PUBLIC WORKS – City crews are chipping storm debris two days each week.  Camp Kulaqua sewer line construction is still underway as well as the installation of grant funded grinder pumps.