Author: Jenny Parham

RFP Auditing Services

The City of High Springs, Florida invites independent Certified Public Accountants, licensed in Florida to submit proposals to perform financial and compliance auditing services.

A copy of the scope of services may be obtained from the City of High Springs, 23718 W US Hwy 27, High Springs, Florida 32643, (386) 454-4089 or online at www.highsprings.us

An original and six (6) copies of the proposal are to be returned in a sealed envelope to the attention of the City Manager, located in the High Springs City Hall, 23718 W US Hwy 27, High Springs, Florida 32643, no later than 4:00 P.M., Monday, June 25, 2018.

Proposals shall not be presented at any other location.  Proposals presented after the time and date indicated above shall be refused.  The time indicated on the date stamp located in City Hall is considered the official time.

SEALED ENVELOPES MUST BE MARKED:

 “PROPOSALS FOR AUDITING SERVICES”

 Any questions concerning this request shall be addressed to Jennifer Stull, Finance Director, City of High Springs, (386) 454-4089.

Audit request for proposals 2018 specs

June 2018

City Commission – June 14 & 28

Parks & Recreation – June 13

CRA – Not scheduled at this time

CRA

The CRA will be participating in the Florida Redevelopment Association’s “Housing as a Redevelopment Tool” course in Lauderdale Lakes on Friday, June 22nd.

The CRA will also be attending the annual Managers Meeting in Lake City on Friday, June 15th.

The CRA and our local Quilt Trail Representative will be going to Trenton on Friday, June 8th to explore the potential of creating a walking tour and to collaborate with the Florida Quilt Trail to incorporate local quilt murals that will be hung within the CRA in Downtown High Springs.

The CRA is working to update and expand the CRA Boundary and Plan and may have additional workshops TBA following the workshop on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Any citizen that is either a property owner or resident of the Douglass Neighborhood that would like to serve on the Douglass Neighborhood CRA Advisory Board is encouraged to contact the CRA at [email protected] or (386) 292-3921.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

May was a busy month for your High Springs Firefighters, responding to 177 calls for service, a majority of which were EMS (Medical) calls. 141 of the 177 calls HSFD responded to were within the corporate limits of High Springs.

Work continued this month on our initiative to become an Advanced Life Support (ALS) fire department. This means Paramedics would be on-board HSFD’s two front-line units, enabling advanced pre-hospital care to begin without relying on an ambulance to be present. High Springs Paramedics would have the ability to administer potentially life-saving drugs prior to the arrival of an ambulance.

Rounding out the month, through a partnership with Alachua County Emergency Management, a WeatherSTEM weather station was installed at the fire station. WeatherSTEM includes real time weather information, forecasts, live camera, educational weather activities and more. WeatherSTEM is available through Facebook, Twitter or by downloading the WeatherSTEM App through Google or Apple.

POLICE DEPARTMENT

The High Spring Police Department recognized our own Explorer Post # 599 for their outstanding community service to the City of High Springs on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at the High Springs Community Center.

Enforcement Exploring also known as Police Explorers, is a career- oriented program that gives young adults the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement by working with local law enforcement agencies. Founded on July 12, 1973, it is one of the exploring programs from Learning for life, a Non-Scouting subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America.

 

 

HSPD Police Explorers should be commended for their hard work and dedication to the Police Explorer program and for making HSPD Police Explorer Post 599 a success.

The Police Explorer program is open to students between the ages of 14 – 21, with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. If interested in becoming a member contact Sergeant Adam Joy at 352 681 2260 or [email protected]

PARKS & RECREATION

The Month of June begins the period of open recreation as we replenish our programmed facilities to get them ready for fall season.  
 
The sports complex will be experiencing phase two of its sod renovation and will be open for programmed events, and to walkers using the walking trail only for the month of June.  We are grading the front soccer fields and then we will be growing turf from July 1- October 1.  
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.  
We hope to offer some karate classes this summer so stay tuned and refer to the parks and rec facebook or the city website for updates on our summer rec programs.
The lights at the sports complex have been installed!  We have about three weeks left of the irrigation project and hope to have the park 75% operational July 1st and 100% operational October first once the turf is complete.  
If you have any questions or park issues feel free to email Robert Basford at [email protected]

UTILITY BILLING/FINANCE

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.

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.  The City of High Springs City Commission will consider proposed rate increases for commercial solid waste during a public meeting scheduled on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at City Hall (23718 W US Hwy 27) beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The proposed rates include recommended changed to commercial customers for solid waste.  If approved by the City Commission, rate changes would go into effect July 1, 2018.

City of High Springs Yard Waste Compliance procedures.  All yard waste should be placed at the curb for collection in either recyclable paper bags or containerized in small trash cans (not your trash cart or recycling bins).  Small tree limbs do not need to be containerized and can be placed at the curb loose for collection.  However, small limbs SHOULD NOT exceed 5 feet in length, 5″ in diameter or exceed 50 pounds.  The City along with WCA appreciate your willingness to follow the yard waste collection procedures.

PUBLIC WORKS

Water department – You will see our Water Department workers out and about, as they continue the flushing of fire hydrants.  Meters readings took place May 16th – the 21st, rereads were done on May 24th and shutoffs were conducted May 29th and May 30th.We have sent off the samplings from the Lead & Copper testing that is being conducted and we are awaiting the results of those tests. We would like to say a HUGE Thank You to all those who participated in this testing.

Sewer department – The Camp Kulaqua Sewer project is nearly completed. The septic tank abatement project is done.  We have accepted bids for the Sewer and Grinder Pump project for the Southside area. We expect work to begin in the next 4-8 weeks.

Streets department– Streets department has completed the chipping and hauling off of the storm debris. You will see the crews out and about patching pot holes around the city. Keep in mind, the weather and emergency calls may cause some delay in this process.

As this is the time of year most people are out trimming trees, and cleaning their yards up, we would like to remind  All yard waste should be placed at the curb for collection in either recyclable paper bags or containerized in small trash cans (not your trash cart or recycling bins).  Small tree limbs do not need to be containerized and can be placed at the curb loose for collection.  However, small limbs SHOULD NOT exceed 5 feet in length, 5″ in diameter or exceed 50 pounds.  The City along with WCA appreciate your willingness to follow the yard waste collection procedures”.The Public Works department continues 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.

Surplus Vehicle

THE CITY OF HIGH SPRINGS IS DISPOSING OF A 1998 DODGE PICKUP.  CALL 386-454-2134 TO INSPECT VEHICLE.  SEALED BIDS FOR VEHICLES MUST BE MARKED “1998 DODGE PICKUP BID” AND RECEIVED IN THE CITY MANAGER’S OFFICE, 23718 W US HWY 27, HIGH SPRINGS, FL. BY 10:00 AM, WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2018.

May 2018

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.

CRA

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.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT

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]

UTILITY BILLING/FINANCE

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.

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 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.