April 2018

MEETINGS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL

City Commission – April 12th & 26th.  There will also be a joint City/County meeting held on April 12th at 6:30.

Parks & Recreation – April 11th, meeting to be held at Memorial Park.

CRA – April 19th

FARM SHARE – THE BIG RED FOOD TRUCK will be at the Civic Center distributing food on Saturday, April 7th from 9:00 – Noon.

CRA

CRA/Community Development Director Kristina Wright began work with the City on April 2nd.  She will be visiting citizens and businesses throughout the CRA district to introduce herself.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

March had the High Springs Fire Department busy with over 168 calls of which 128 were within the City limits. These called ranged from fire calls, to medical calls and many others in between. We remind you to always be aware of the fire burning conditions in your area and to check with the Waccassaa Forestry Center @ (352) 395-4951 to request a burn permit or permission within the County of Alachua.  The month of April, will find the Hish Springs Fire Department busy with their daily duties as well as the testing of fire hydrants around the City of High Springs.

Did you know?

For the last several years, HSFD has generally seen a 10% annual increase in calls for service. As High Springs and Alachua County continue to grow, attracting more residents and visitors, this trend is likely to continue.

For 2018, we’re already well on our way to seeing our busiest year yet. Below is a monthly break down for 1st quarter 2017 vs 2018 by month.

January 17 vs January 18: 127 to 157 (UP 23.6%)
February 17 vs February 18: 107 to 136 (UP 27.1%)
March 17 vs March 18: 118 to 168 (UP 42.3%)

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Well another month has come and so has another scam!! HSPD has recently been contacted about someone calling residents advising them that they have a warrant, in an attempt to scam them. The callers are stating that they are with the High Springs Police Department. We want to let everyone know that our department does not do this. All local warrants go through the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. If you receive a similar call, do not give them any information and hang up the phone. Feel free to contact us at 352-955-1818 if you need any further assistance. We want to do everything we can to keep our citizens from becoming a victim of any scam.

PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT AND CODES

Planning, Development and Codes- We are currently doing sweeps for code enforcement violations. Please call PDC at 386-454-7322 with any complaints or concerns that you may have.

PARKS & RECREATION

Soccer Season is now in full swing with games starting 4/7/18.  The City of High Springs will host the Alachua County Recreation Programs for soccer games on April 14th and April 18th at the Civic Center park.. 

Volleyball season is set to begin April 1st with games starting April 10th.  We are proud to announce that this season high springs reached a record number of Soccer teams (12) as well as a record number of volleyball teams (8) totaling over 250 participants!  

Our Sports Complex Fields are Finally ready! We are Happy to announce that we will be hosting the Florida Flag Football League on April 7th and 8th at the Sports Complex.  25-35 of the states top adult flag football programs will be competing in the regional tournament to hopefully qualify for the state Championship tournament at the end of summer.  

If interested in a potential adult softball league contact Robert Basford.  

If you have any questions or park issues feel free to email Robert Basford at [email protected]

UTILITY BILLING/FINANCE

Tag Office – Remember you can renew your motor vehicle registrations and transfer titles at our office. In the month of March, our office processed 1,850 title and tag transactions.  NOTE: Driver’s License can not be processed at our office.

Finance – The Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Audit was presented at the last Commission meeting and the City received a favorable audit.

Utility Billing – Utility bills are due on the 15th of each month.

RECYCLING:

There is a recycling program in High Springs.  Residents are encouraged to participate in the program.  Bins are furnished.

  • Recyclable goods to be placed in blue bins.
  • Plastic containers:  Example: plastic milk bottles, bleach bottles or soft drink bottles (no caustics in bottles).
  • Glass bottles and jars: Example: drink, juices and food bottles or jars.
  • Newsprint only (NO MAGAZINES OR PHONE BOOKS).
  • Aluminum Cans, Metal Cans: Example:  canned fruit, vegetable or juice cans.  Labels do not have to be removed but please rinse cans and remove lids.
  • No aerosol cans allowed!!!

YARD TRASH INFORMATION:

Yard trash shall include leaves, pine straw, sticks, brush and grass clippings.  Please note: Limbs must be bundled and bundled and be no more than 5-foot in length.  ALL LOOSE YARD TRASH MUST BE PLACED IN ANY TRASH CONTAINER BUT NO PLASTIC BAGS.  Each resident can contribute to a better environment by saving goods for recycling.  Please do not put garbage or food items in your blue bin, household garbage should be placed in your garbage cans.

PUBLIC WORKS

Water department – The water department has continued to flush hydrants throughout town during the month of March.  Meters readings took place March  15th – 27th, rereads were done on March 28th and March 29th, and shutoffs are currently underway
 Sewer department – The Camp Kulaqua Sewer project is approximately 92% 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 have drilled under CR 236. The Grant for the grinder pump installation and septic abatement is nearly complete as well. 11 of the 12 pumps have been installed and startups have been completed. The septic tanks have been  crushed and the cleanup process is progressing. This should only take a few more weeks. 
 Streets department– is 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 65% completed. 
The Public Works department would like to ask for your assistance, so that we can better serve you. ANYTIME that you have a missed garbage pickup, please contact us at 386-454-2134. 

The city of High Springs will hold its annual Tire Roundup at the Public Works Yard, located at NW 184th Place, under the water tower.  This will take place on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 8:00am-4:30pm and on Thursday, April 12, from 8:00am-4:00pm. The following restrictions apply – No Commercial Businesses, Tires only, no rims and no tractor tires.