Author: Jenny Parham

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.

 

January 2018

Happy New Year!

City Commission meetings will be on January 11th and 25th, with Parks and Recreation meeting on January 10th and the Historic Preservation Board on January 16th.  Citizens are encouraged to attend all public meetings.

In the City Clerk’s Office, Assistant City Clerk Angela Stone has earned the designation of Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) through the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC).  This CMC designation is only awarded to those who complete demanding education requirements through the IIMC and the Florida Association of City Clerks. Congratulations to Assistant City Clerk Angela Stone!

The City’s Audit is being conducted this month and the financial statements are expected to be out by March 31st.  City Hall is open Monday – Thursday, 7:30 to 6:00 to pay your utility bill, renew your vehicle registration or transfer vehicle or boat titles.  These extended hours allow for transactions prior to and after normal work hours for our busy citizens.

Happy New Year to everyone from the High Springs Fire Department! 2017 proved to be a busy year for the Fire Department with a 10% increase in call volume over 2016. High Springs Fire Department responded to 1,686 calls for service last year with 71% of those calls being within the city limits. As we start out 2018, we are expecting an even busier year. The first week of 2018 the fire department has averaged 8 calls per day. We have already had 2 house fires, the cause of these fires was determined to be due to the cold temperatures. We say this to remind you to stay warm, but be safe and use all heating devices in the appropriate manner.

Public Works –  The streets department is collecting the storm debris from the rights of way throughout the city. All storm debris collection should be completed in the following weeks.  If you have storm debris that has not been picked up, contact Public Works at 454-2134.  The water department will continue to flush hydrants, and complete work orders that are generated. Shutoff’s of utilities will start January 8th, they will also start to read meters on January 16th for the next billing. The sewer department is continuing to rebuild grinder pumps and also complete work orders, as they are generated. We hope everybody has a wonderful New Year!

Happy New Year from the Planning, Development and Codes Department.  As a reminder the Florida Building Code 2017, 6th Edition is now in effect as of January 1st, 2018.  Congratulations to Permit Technician Misty Everette who has earned the “Certified Permit Technician” designation.

We, the High Springs Police Department, have had a great few weeks enjoying the holiday season and bringing in the New Year. We were super busy during the month of December getting ready for our annual Holiday Cheer distribution day, which took place on the 21st. With the help of many local citizens and businesses and the High Springs Fire Department, we were able to spread holiday cheer to seven families this year, a total of twenty children. It was truly an exciting day for everyone involved. We are excited about new year and excited to see what 2018 has in store for our department.

The Parks and Recreation Department is taking registrations for our 5k on February 10th 2018! Register soon to ensure you receive the Frozen Foot t-shirt.

CRA – the City is accepting applications to fill the vacant CRA Director position.  Applications will be accepted through February 1st.