Author: Jenny Parham

This Month’s News

City Meetings for September:  City Commission September 13th & 24th.  THERE WILL BE NO COMMISSION MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 27TH.

PARKS AND RECREATION

The Month of August begins the busy period of recreation as we take registrations for all fall sports.  Registration for soccer, volleyball and adult softball are open!!
 
Please register your athletes as soon as possible to ensure your spot in our league.  The deadlines are approaching (8/23 and 8/30).  
 
The sports complex grading portion of the sod project is complete.  Now we are letting the root system spread and grow into a beautiful soccer field.  We will use this park for walking, and adult softball only for the month of August.  We will be ready to open a majority of the fields and park September 1 and plan to be at full operation in October.  
AND FINALLY!  OUR recreation website is live (some areas still under construction).  Visit http://sports.bluesombrero.com/highspringsrec for information on our department, programs, parks, tournaments, and to register your athlete for fall sports. If you have any questions on recreation issues, feel free to email Recreation Director Robert Basford at [email protected]

PUBLIC WORKS

The Public Works department has been busy with many responsibilities.

With the excessive rain we have been getting, the streets department is very busy with mowing, doing maintenance on the streets and cleaning up trees around the City.  We are grateful for the rain, as the green grass and flowers growing just adds to the beauty of the City.

Our other departments are doing hydrant flushing, sewer projects as well as assisting the Streets department with their activities.

We are finalizing the details to get ready to begin the Southside Terrace project for installation of the gravity/sewer system in that area. Please note that when this project begins in the fall, that area may be congested.

A friendly reminder that Bulk pickup is on the First and Third week of each month and that in order to get items picked up for bulk, you should contact the Public Works department Monday-Wednesday of the week of bulk. They can be reached at 386-454-2134.

Its been a great and busy summer, keep in mind that your local schools will begin within the next couple of weeks. Be safe and watch out for our FUTURE – our KIDS.

POLICE DEPARTMENT

On Tuesday June 19th News/Talk 97.3 The Sky Honor our own Sergeant Shenk with the Sky Valor Honoree for his bravery and heroic actions on June 17, 2017 On this date at approximately 6:36 pm, Sergeant Shenk was dispatched to assist a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper who had been struck by a motorist on I-75, near the 403 mile marker. Sergeant Shenk was the first officer to arrive at the scene and quickly administrated first aid to the injured trooper, utilizing his department issued trauma kit. Sergeant Shenk applied a gauze and clot grain power; in an attempt to lessening the blood loss of the injured Trooper. Unfortunately, SGT William Bishop, succumbed to his injuries.

Sergeant Shenk has been with the High Springs Police Department since March of 2009. He has worked as a Patrol Officer until 2012 when he was honored to be promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Sergeant Shenk believes fully in the honor and integrity of working as a Police Officer and wants to build relationships and trust with those the job affords him contact with. Sergeant Shenk is happily married with three children and is proud to work in a profession to which he feels his calling.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Despite days of heavy rain, and an active severe weather day to close out the month, calls for weather or flood related calls have been low.

In total, HSFD responded to 145 calls for service for the month of July, 110 of those within city limits. The complete breakdown is as follows.

MONTH IN REVIEW: JULY 2018

145 calls for service. 110 within city limits.

Explosion: 1
EMS: 119
Hazardous Conditions: 6
Service Call: 3
Good Intent/False Alarm: 16

CRA – Kristina Wright

I have great news. I will be representing the City and the University of Florida at the National American Political Science Association Conference (APSA) over Labor Day weekend in Boston on Saturday, Sept. 1st at 10 am.

I was also just selected by a Professor from the U.S. Naval Academy to serve as the Chair of the Panel that I will be presenting on at the SSSA/SPSA Conference in Orlando in October!

CONGRATULATIONS KRISTINA!!