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to the parks as we have been performing minimal maintenance to equipment and removing equipment that was damaged, outdated and unsafe.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.