Weekly updates

March 2018


City Commission – March 8th & 22nd

Parks & Recreation – March 14th

Plan Board – March 27th


Interviews with the top five applicants for the CRA/Community Development Director were conducted in February.  Kristina Wright of Fernandina Beach was hired for the position.  Ms. Wright will begin work with the City on April 9th.



Chief Joel DeCoursey (2 yrs)

Jon Fricke (1 yr)

Joshua Latimer (1 yr)

Andrew Williams (1 yr)

Christopher Tatum (1 yr)

Lanny Ross (1 yr)

Fredrick Findley (1 yr)


Randy Monk (11 yrs)

Angela Stone (9 yrs)

Ethan Presnell (6 yrs)

Kien Cade (5 yrs)

Robert Basford (4 yrs)

Morgan Benton (1 yr)


Dustyn Shenk (9 yrs)

Hank Rossell (5 yrs)

Courtney Odum (4 yrs)

April Roberts (1 yr)


Looking ahead to March and beyond, we are entering our dry season. Large amounts of remaining debris from Hurricane Irma and a dozen + freezes this winter, Florida Forest Service is predicting a very active brush fire season.


HSPD has been busy planning a fundraiser for our Relay For Life team. Relay For Life is a community wide fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. We have partnered with Conestogas Restaurant and will be selling tickets for a lunch on March 29th. The lunch will include a grilled chicken breast, baked potato, green beans, garlic bread, and a dessert. The cost is 10.00 a plate and you will be able to pick up your to go box from the fire department on that day between Noon-2pm. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket for the event, please contact Angela Robertson at 454-7319.


As summer nears residents often take advantage of the warm weather to start renovation projects in our area, many times they are contacted by a handyman for these projects. We urge you to protect you home investment by seeking out a Florida licensed contractor

Here’s some advice from Florida’s Construction Industry Licensing Board

  • Don’t be victimized by someone making a door-to-door presentation offering to do repair jobs or home improvements “on-the-spot” and requiring a cash deposit.
  • Ask to see their Florida state registered or Florida state certified contractor’s license. Visit www.myfloridalicense.com or call the number below to verify that the license is valid.
  • Get at least three bids, and ask for references of work the contractor has completed in your area. Make personal contacts and ask about the quality of work.
  • Require a written contract with the contractor’s license number on it. Don’t sign if there are any blank areas and until you fully understand the terms.
  • Don’t pay cash, don’t let payments get ahead of the work completed, and don’t pay the full cost of the job up-front. Make sure that building material costs are paid; ask for receipts.
  • Check workers’ compensation coverage by requesting to see a certificate of insurance. If injuries occur on your property, you may be liable.

You can verify if a Florida contractor has a state license by visiting www.myfloridalicense.com or by calling the board office at (850) 487-1395.


Registration takes place during the month of March for all sports.

The First Deadline to register for soccer is 3/8/18 before 6:00 PM.  After the First deadline the price increases 15$.  Final Deadline is 3/15/18 at 5:30PM!!!  Soccer practice starts the week of 3/19.
The deadline to register for volleyball is 3/22/18 before 5:30PM.  We are excited to announce we now have a 17U division!  The season will begin the first week of April.

We are happy to report that hosting our third annual 5k on Feb 10th 2018 was a huge success with 60 runners!  In the month of January and February you may have seen some minor changes to the playgrounds as we have been performing minimal maintenance to equipment and removing equipment that was damaged, outdated and unsafe.  We have also top-dressed our sports complex in February so the field will be closed for the following few months to rest but the walking path will still be available!  If you have any questions or park issues feel free to email Robert Basford at [email protected]


Utility Payments can be made on-line: www.highsprings.us. We accept cash, money orders, personal and electronic checks, debit & credit cards. There is a minimum $2.50 or 3% convenience for debit & credit card payments. 


  • All water accounts are due on the 15th of each month.  If not paid in full on or before the fifteenth (15th) by 6:00 p.m., a late charge of five ($5.00) dollars for water and five ($5.00) dollars far garbage will be assessed.  If the fifteenth (15th) falls on a weekend or holiday, the customer will have the ability for pay up to 6:00 pm on the business day following the weekend or holiday and not receive a late charge.
  • All water accounts that are not paid on or before the twenty-second (22nd) day of the month by 6:00 pm shall be subject to disconnected and will be assessed a service charge of twenty-five ($25.00) dollars.  Interest shall be charged on all delinquent accounts at the rate of (1%) percent per month from the date of disconnect until the account is fully paid.  If the twenty-second (22nd) day falls on a weekend or holiday, the customer will have the ability to pay up to 6:00 pm on the business day following the weekend or holiday and not be charged the service charge.

The City’s Audit will be presented at the March 22nd Commission Meeting.


WATER – The results from the Lead & Copper testing conducted in December were mailed to the 50 participants in the plan. All testing came back with satisfactory results and below MCLs. The water department also flushed hydrants throughout town during the third week of February. Meters readings took place February 15th – 22nd, rereads were done on February 26th, and shutoffs on the 27th & 28th.

SEWER – The Camp Kulaqua Sewer project is approximately 65% completed. The length of pipe running from Camp Kulaqua to where the pipe will be run under County Road 236 near the school has been set. They will then drill under CR 236,  between the first and second weeks of March. The Grant for the grinder pump installation and septic abatement is about 65% complete as well. 11 of the 12 pumps have been installed and startups have been completed. The next steps are to have the septic tanks crushed and the cleanup process. This should only take a few more weeks.

STREETS – continuing to cut, chip, and haul storm debris from Hurricane Irma twice weekly, as they still have to maintain their work orders, this job is about 60% completed. The NW and SW Sections of town have been completed,  and the SE section is underway and they will continue to the NE once that section is completed.

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.

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


· 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


· Service Work for November 2017

o Work Orders Completed – 29

o Line Locates – 15


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!

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.