City Commission – May 10 & 24, 2018 Special Commission Meeting May 31st @ 6:00
Special Workshop on May 31st @6:30 to discuss Douglas Area and
Parks & Recreation – May 9th at 5:30 held at Sports Complex
CRA – May 24th at 5:30
Members of the New Century Woman’s Club planted a tree between the caboose and the shuffle board court behind City Hall in celebration of Arbor Day. Thank you ladies!
PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATE TO PDC EMPLOYEE MISTY EVERETTE FOR CERTIFIED BUILDING PERMIT TECHNICIA. PRESENTED BY BUILDING OFFICIAL BILL WHITELOCK.
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION TO RETIRED ALACHUA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SERGEANT DONALD PATTERSON, JR. PRESENTED BY COMMISSIONER NANCY LAVIN.
The CRA Director has been invited to present at the High Springs Women’s Club on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 at 11 am. During this time, Kristina will lead an interactive presentation and collaborative exercise.
First Friday will be held on Friday, May 4th from 5-8 pm, and the CRA will have a table at the intersection of Main and US HWY 27 to hand out carnations donated by Thompson’s Florist to Moms and Grads in celebration of area graduations and Mother’s Day during the month of May.
The CRA and the Downtown High Springs Group and community partners are collaborating to produce a special event First Friday in the near future and develop a collaborative and comprehensive marketing strategy that will include partnering with regional resources.
The City is currently applying for grants to update the City’s regulatory documents, including the Comprehensive Plan. The CRA Board will meet in May to discuss grant incentive cycles, processes, and procedures and will also discuss the process to amend the CRA Plan.
The High Springs Police Department along with Law Enforcement Agencies across the nation will be participating in the 2018 National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization beginning on May 21st to June 3rd 2018.
In 2016, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,668 lives of occupants ages 5 and older. The Click It or Ticket Campaign focuses on safety education, strong laws, and Law Enforcement Officers saving lives. In October 2017, FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) announced that Florida’s state wide seat belt usage rate has reached an all time high of 90.2% for drivers and passengers wearing their seat belts.
The High Springs Police Department will be making a great effort to stop drivers and their passengers, who are not wearing seat belts or not wearing the seat belt correctly. The shoulder and lap belt have to be across the shoulder and lap for the seat belt to be effective. The High Springs Police Department is encouraging everyone to start spreading the word and make sure you and your passengers are wearing your seat belts at all times. If you have any questions or concerns on how to properly wear your seat belt or need assistance with proper use of child seats, contact the High Springs Police Department and an Officer will gladly assist you. Please drive safe and Buckle Up!!
We had a successful Plan Board Workshop this past month. We are also finalizing the Developers Agreement that has been under construction. Please feel free to call our office with any Permitting and Code Questions. As a reminder the Building inspector does not do inspections on Fridays. Inspections must be called in the day before, so we can schedule them.
PARKS & RECREATION
Renovations to the Civic Center are now complete. Contact City Hall if you would like to hold an event in the Civic Center.
Soccer Seasonis coming to an end with the final tournament being held in Williston on 5/19/18.
Volleyball season will also be ending this month with the final tournament being held 5/24/18. Registration for the fall soccer and volleyball seasons will be released before the end of the school year.
Adult softball registration for the summer season has been released! The registration is available online and the REGISTRATION DEADLINE is June 5, 2018 6:30PM. There will be a mandatory captains meeting at the sports complex on June 5th at 6:30 PM and captains are available to turn in registration at the meeting if they were unable to turn in registration beforehand to city hall.
Over the Summer we plan to repair the irrigation system at the sports complex and begin Phase two of the complex renovation. During phase two we will be installing lights on the football field and preparing the front large field for sports turf. Please bare with us while we commence the construction.
We also plan to construct a new bathroom facility at the Civic Center Park this summer.
If you have any questions or park issues feel free to email Robert Basford at [email protected]
Tag Office – Don’t forget, you can renew your vehicle registration and process title work here in our office. Our office opens early at 7:30 and closes later, at 6:00, Monday through Thursday. This allows citizens time prior to and after regular work hours to take care of their motor vehicle needs.
Finance – We will soon be preparing for next year’s budget. The Proposed FY 2018/2019 Budget will be presented at the July 26th meeting.
Utility Billing – Utility bills are due on the 15th of each month. You may have received a utility application in the mail, we are in the process of updating all customer accounts and ask that you fill it out and return to City Hall at your earliest convenience.
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.
Water department – The water department will continue flushing hydrants throughout the city. Meters readings took place April 16th – 25th , rereads were done on April 25th and April 30th, and shutoffs were conducted April 30th and May 1st. Letters will be going out soon to those who were selected to participate in the Copper and Lead water testing, these will contain the proper procedures for the testing.
Sewer department – The Camp Kulaqua Sewer project is approximately 92% completed. The Grant for the grinder pump installation and septic abatement is now complete as well. All 12 of the pumps have been installed and startups have been completed, with all 12 homes being on-line.
Streets department– is working to cut, chip, and haul storm debris from Hurricane Irma, this job is about 75% completed.
The annual Tire Round up that took place in April was a huge success. We appreciate your participation and efforts to help us keep High Springs a beautiful place to live and visit.
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. We are working hard to ensure that the citizens of High Springs receive the quality of service they pay for. Thank you in advance for your help regarding this.