WHAT’S HAPPENING IN YOUR CITY

Weekly updates

This Month’s News

City Meetings:  City Commission December 13th only

CRA – none in December

HOLIDAYS: CITY HALL WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY AND TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24TH & 25TH FOR CHRISTMAS AND MONDAY AND TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31ST AND JANUARY 1ST FOR NEW YEARS.

TAG OFFICE – Don’t forget you can process your tag and title work at City Hall.  Sorry, not driver’s license.

PARKS AND RECREATION

The month of October brings soccer and volleyball to High Springs.  We will be hosting soccer for the county here in high springs on October 20th and October 27th at the High Springs Sports Complex.  We also have coed adult softball Friday nights for the next 5 weeks. Visit sports.bluesombrero.com/highspringsrec for more information on the department and what we have to offer. If you have any questions on recreation issues, feel free to email Recreation Director Robert Basford at [email protected]

PUBLIC WORKS

The Holiday Season remains a busy time for the Public Works Department.

Everyone in the Public Works Department has been busy with preparing our quaint Home Town of High Springs for the upcoming beautiful Holiday Season. We have been assisting with hanging Christmas decorations around the city, helping with the city Christmas Tree lighting and gearing up for the exciting annual Christmas Parade. We will have lots of Santa’s Helpers from the city out enjoying and participating in the parade. Come out and enjoy this wonderful time with your friends and family. Be sure the dress warm and have fun on this special occasion.

The Streets Department continues to work on making sure our roads and streets are in good passable shape.

Work has begun on the Southside Sewer Project. This will keep us busy for the next few months. We continue to ask that you avoid using this area unless necessary and if you need to travel through this area please use caution as there is lots of work going on.

The water department has been flushing hydrants and will be continuing on a regular basis, reading meters and assisting our residents with other needs as they arise.

We wanted to let you know that the upcoming garbage schedule will be as follows: Trash/Recycling will be on a normal schedule until the week of Christmas and New Years Both of these weeks pickup will run one day behind, making pickup on Saturdays instead of Fridays. Bulk pickup will be on the 7th and 21st of this month. Please remember to call the Public Works Office @ 386-454-2134,  Monday- Wednesday, the week of bulk pickup, so we can ensure that you get on the schedule.  Also if you have any pickups that are missed, please call the Public Works Office on the Monday morning following your missed pickup, so that we can get this corrected as soon as possible.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and a blessed Holiday Season, from all of us in the Public Works Department.

UTILITY BILLING

Residents who reside in the Southside area, please contact the Finance Department to set up your payment plan and sign a promissory note prior to sewer installation.

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Here at HSPD, we are busy getting ready for our annual Holiday Cheer. The deadline to turn in any donations or NEW items is Friday December 14th at 4:00pm. We, along with other City Departments, will be making special deliveries to some families in need on Friday December 21st. From our family to yours, we hope that everyone has a happy and joyous holiday season.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

The holidays are officially in full swing here at the High Springs Fire Station! We have decked the halls and hung our stockings with care. All while serving our wonderful community 24 hours a day. We had a great Thanksgiving here at the Fire Department, and thanks to the amazing generosity of the Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, we were able to hand out over a dozen complete Thanksgiving Dinners to deserving families in the area. Continuing in the holiday spirit please come join us Saturday December 8th for the annual High Springs Christmas Parade, we hope to see you there!

PDC

The department has been very active over the last couple of months, we have relocated to the Old Train Station in downtown, 23666 NW 185th Road , our permit activity has increased 2-fold from this time last year, new developments such as DR Horton now building in Bailey Estates, the continued activity, at Cinnamon Hills, Ashton Ride, and Spanish Gates. We have brought Michael Galipeau on board as an inspector, Mike is a long-time resident of High Springs he retired from UF and is working on a contract basis. The department has also hired Amanda Beckler as a part-time Code Enforcement officer starting December 3.

As our activities increase, we experience an influx of non-licensed contractors in our area. If you are contemplating a project, please ask the contractor to show you their license. If you would like us to verify that they hold a valid contractors license please contact Natalie, our permit technician, she would be happy to verify the license with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Have a safe and Happy Holiday Season

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