Author: Jenny Parham

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.

HELP WANTED-CRA/COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

CITY OF HIGH SPRINGS – EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Apply at High Springs City Hall, 23718 W US Hwy 27, High Springs, FL, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Thursday.  Applications also available online at www.highsprings.us.  Applications accepted through 3:00 pm, Thursday, February 1, 2018.

CRA/COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR –  Position is responsible for managing the High Springs Community Redevelopment Agency and managing projects and programs as assigned by the City Manager.  Salary $50,000 – $60,000 DOQ.  Further information and job description available at www.highsprings.us

Successful applicants must undergo pre-employment physical and substance testing, and background investigation prior to final approval. All applications are subject to Florida Public Records Laws.

THE CITY OF HIGH SPRINGS IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

December 16 – 31, 2017

City Hall would like to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday Season!  City Hall will be closed on Monday, December 25th and January 1st.

Remember you can process tag and title work at City Hall.

The High Springs Fire Department would like to wish you all a very safe and happy Holiday Season!!!!  We are still very busy here at the Fire Department – in the past two weeks we have responded to 68 calls for service, ranging from structural fires, to auto accidents and medical calls, as well as had the privilege to participate in the 2017 – 20th Annual Twilight Christmas Parade . We are happy to be serving the citizens of the High Springs Community. In 2018 we will be continuing our training to be able to offer the best service to our community as well as participating in many community events. Again, we will you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays from the Planning, Development and Codes department. We’ve been busy reviewing an infrastructure specification along side our public works supervisors. We’ve also been working on enforcing City of High Springs Codes and doing enforcement sweeps throughout the City. We would also like to remind business owners that only ONE sandwich or snipe sign of six square feet or less may be from the open of business till the close of business daily in a portable fashion but cannot be placed on Right of Ways. Sec 8.01.04

The following you will find the number of work orders completed by sub department within the Public Works, these following are for November 2017

WATER DEPARTMENT: Lead & Copper Test Results Dec. 2017

· Service Work for November 2017

o New Meters Installs (New Service) – 5

o New Irrigation Meter Installs – 1

o New Register Installs (Zero consumption or Non-working) – 23

o There are approximately 130 new register installs left.

o Rereads – 66

o Rereads of “Unread Meters” – 28

o Shutoffs – PENDING

o Work Orders Completed- 68

WASTEWATER DEPARTMENT:

· Service Work for November 2017

o Grinder Pump Change Outs – 31

o New Grinder Pump Installs – 1

o Grinder Pumps Rebuilt – 23

o Work Orders Completed -34

STREETS DEPARTMENT:

· Service Work for November 2017

o Work Orders Completed – 29

o Line Locates – 15

GENERAL OPERATIONS NOVEMBER 2017 TO CURRENT:

o Water Plant Operator, Rodney Hoffman, collected samples for annual Nitrite/Nitrate samples on November 13th, for 2017. Results from samples have been received, with all samples in compliance with DEP standards.

o On December 4th Sample bottles were distributed to the 50 residents on the approved DEP sampling plan for Lead & Copper. Of the 50 the city had 42 samples returned from residents who participated in the program. These samples were collected throughout the week by city employees and taken to the lab on Thursday Dec. 7th. We are currently still waiting to receive these results.

o Bacteriological sampling was taken on December 11th. Results were received from the Health Department with all satisfactory results.

o In the weeks to come the water department will be reading meters starting on Thursday December 14th. Meter reading should be completed by December 21st. Billing will be generated by the end of the month.

o City offices including the Public Works department will be closed on Monday December 25th in observance of Christmas. We will also be closed on Monday January 1st in observance of New Years. Keep in mind that there is a service worker on call 24hours a day for any water, wastewater, or streets emergencies. If you have an after hours emergency please call dispatch at 352-955-1818.

Happy and sad news from the High Springs Police Department.  Reserve Police Officer Marc Trahan passed away unexpectedly on December 10th. We all wish to extend our deepest condolences to his family.  Happy news, Deputy Police Chief Antoine Sheppard is a  graduate of FDLE’s 51st Chief Executive Seminar.  Congratulations Deputy Chief!

RFP – CIVIC CENTER RENOVATIONS

Request for Bids

Civic Center Renovations

Bid Specifications

The City of High Springs is requesting bids from licensed and insured General Contractors for renovations to the High Springs Civic Center located at 19107 NW 240th Street, High Springs, FL. 

 For further information, contact the Building Department at 386-454-1416 ext. 7230     

 A walk-through of the building will be held on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm.

 

Sealed Bids marked “Civic Center Renovation” must be received by the City Manager’s Office, 23718 WW US Hwy 27, High Springs, FL 32643, no later than 11:00 pm, Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

 DISCLAIMER:  THE CITY OF HIGH SPRINGS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REJECT ANY OR ALL BIDS.  THE CITY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ACCEPT THE BID THAT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CITY REGARDLESS OF WHETHER IT IS THE LOWEST BID.

November 27 – December 15, 2017

With the Holiday Season quickly approaching, the High Springs Fire Department will be almost as busy as Santa. Over the next two weeks, our Fire Fighting teams will be attending Facilities Training with the Alachua County Fire Rescue at the Loften Center. We will still maintain our local units at the Fire Department to answer any emergency calls that come in. The Fire Department is also busy preparing for the 2017 – 20th Annual Twilight Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 9th beginning at 6pm. Be sure to join us as we celebrate this season and welcome Santa to High Springs.

At the Planning, Development and Codes Department the last few weeks have been eventful for us, including our first ever symposium covering the 6th Edition Florida Building Code Changes. We would like to thank all who attended and we are currently looking at future dates and times to schedule additional symposiums. We have issued 5 New Single Family Dwellings in the last week alone along side it an additional 20 various permittable projects. We would like to remind you that we are here to help you with all of your Planning, Development and Codes needs.

There will be only one Commission meeting for the month of December and it will be on the 14th.  We encourage citizens to attend the meetings to be involve in city government.

The Public Works Department has a very busy week ahead.  On Monday the public works employees will be delivering Lead & Copper sampling materials to 50 residents. Lead & Copper Test Results Dec. 2017.These 50 residents are on the approved sampling plan from DEP.  Samples will be collected from these residents Tuesday through Thursday, with samples going to the lab Thursday afternoon. We will also be replacing the Fire Hydrant that was hit in a vehicle accident on South Main St. this week. As well as any and all other work orders throughout the week. The Camp Kulaqua Lift Station project is continuing with the contractors throughout this week. In addition, the Public Works will be helping prepare for the Christmas parade with the fire and police department. The Parade will be held on Saturday December 9th at 6pm.

Letters are being hand delivered to residents in a portion of Southside Terrace informing them of the construction of a gravity sewer system in their area in the near future.Letter to Property Owners-Phase A-1 (1)

The Police Department, along with the Fire Department are currently accepting donations of new unwrapped toys, pajamas, and books to be given to children in need in our community this holiday season.  Wrapping paper and supplies are also needed.  Contact Angela Robertson at 386-454-1415 or [email protected] for more information.

Parks & Recreation – Santa Fe Youth Basketball registration is now released.  Registration forms are available on the city’s website and have also been sent home from the schools.

 

 

 

Commissioner Nancy Lavin Linkous

Nancy Lavin Linkous is single and has 2 daughters, 1 son and 1 grandson

Nancy Lavin Linkous has been a community volunteer her entire life.  She’s also had government experience as a staff member of Palm Beach County and at High Springs Community School.  For many years, she has served as a volunteer for the City of High Springs in a variety of ways; including being a long-time member of the Code Enforcement Board and being a member of the Historic Task Force

Nancy served as a volunteer at High Springs Community School for 18 years, and she worked as the Mentor Coordinator at the HSCS in 2014-2016, facilitating relationships between members of the community and students in the school.  Nancy has mentored children at HSCS and has served as a Take Stock in Children mentor for several years in Alachua County.

Nancy, a licensed massage therapist, owns Back In Balance Natural Health Care, which provides massage therapy and acupuncture to our community.  She has been a Chamber member, as well as a huge advocate for the drive to “Shop Local”.  She believes that we must support the businesses in our community as they create a micro-economy that is vital to High Springs.

Email: [email protected]