MEETINGS FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH
City Commission – March 8th & 22nd
Parks & Recreation – March 14th
Plan Board – March 27th
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
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)
Randy Monk (11 yrs)
Angela Stone (9 yrs)
Ethan Presnell (6 yrs)
Kien Cade (5 yrs)
Robert Basford (4 yrs)
Morgan Benton (1 yr)
Dustyn Shenk (9 yrs)
Hank Rossell (5 yrs)
Courtney Odum (4 yrs)
April Roberts (1 yr)
February has been a busy and educational month for the High Springs Fire Department. We started out with facilities training and have continued on throughout the month. We are currently involved in classroom and hands on training exercises for extrication. The High Springs Fire Department will be conduction Fire Hydrant Flow testing throughout the month of March.
In addition to our training this month, we have ran 136 calls for service, with 105 of those calls being within the city limits. We ran 10 calls for fires and 91 calls for Emergency Medical Services with an additional 35 other calls for services.
We are looking forward to spring and we hope these warmer days continue on!
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.
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 rb[email protected]
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.
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.