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Weekly Highlights: November 30, 2018

Post Date:11/30/2018 1:06 PM


  • The Property Standards Division conducted 40 initial inspections, four verbal warnings, 21 notices of Ordinance violations, 44 re- inspections and closed 64 cases.
  • The Building Division reviewed 44 miscellaneous permits, and one commercial permit.
  • Commission approved the Preserve Phase 2 plat for 90 residential units in the West Villages.
  • Commission heard ordinances to prohibit fracking and phosphate mining within City limits and continued these to second reading on December 11, 2018.
  • Staff attended a joint meeting with Charlotte County staff to discuss improvements to Hillsborough Blvd.
  • Work continued migration to a new project management software.
  • Staff prepared items for the December 6 Planning & Zoning Advisory Board meeting.  The agenda is packed and includes two plats, a development master plan amendment, and three text amendments to the ULDC.
  • Staff prepared for the joint meeting between the City Commission and the Planning & Zoning Advisory Board.
  • Staff prepared for the workshop with City Commission to discuss revisions to the tree ordinance.


  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel responded to 158 incidents. These responses included, one residential fire, two vehicle fires, and one outside fire, 107 EMS calls, five hazardous condition, 20 service calls, 12 good intent calls, and 10 false alarms.
  • North Port residents called in seven smoke detector service requests. Fire Rescue personnel checked 37 detectors, replaced 31 batteries, and installed six detectors.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel approved 47 P-card transactions and processed three invoices totaling $1,410.71 for goods and services.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel started orientation for the 19 new Safer Grant employee’s that started on November 26, 2018.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel attended the H.E.A.R.T.S. luncheon at the V.F.W.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel completed one commercial plan review.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel reviewed and approved one Special Event Permit.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel completed the review of Major Area Site Plans for Dollar Tree – North Port; MAS 18-053.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted one Fire and Life Safety Inspection for the Rock Box Music School 2018 Recital Special Event Permit and one for the Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club Special Event Permit for the Outdoor Fireworks Display.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel formally implemented the use of MobileEyes inspection software.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted and completed one Fire Alarm Rough.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted and completed a Fire and Life Safety inspection for issuance of one Re-Issue Certificate of Occupancy.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted three formal site visits of the Atlanta Braves Construction Area.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted and completed 26 annual and three follow-up inspections.


  • Processed 223 invoices and paid 74 vendors totaling $859,035.08 for goods and services provided to the City.
  • Processed $2,331,436.52 in cash receipts from utility payments, Warm Mineral Springs, and other miscellaneous sources.
  • Completed 31 purchase orders, 17 p-card requests, 2 sole sources, and 72 vendor updates.
  • Payroll staff processed payroll for 600 employees.
  • Performed cash receipts daily.
  • Audited purchasing card statements.
  • Completed period 13 Government and Utility Reconciliations.
  • Budget staff completed the City of North Port, Community Connection - Citizens Guide to the FY 2019 Budget.  Available on the City of North Port website: Community Connection – Citizens Guide to the Adopted FY19 Budget.


  • Staff processed 13 Achieve Anything memberships consisting of 4 annual memberships, 1 youth membership, 2 city employee memberships, and 6 one-month memberships. 
  • The Community Centers were closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving. A total of 583 membership and daily/drop-in visits were made during the remainder of the week to the Morgan and Mullen Community Centers.
  • There were 16 facility rentals for a total of 39.5 hours, 7 Scout House rentals for a total of 14 hours, and 7 pavilion rentals for a total of 23 hours.
  • Staff facilitated 3.75 hours of community service at the Community Centers this week, provided instruction for TRX training and assisted in training the new staff assistant in the City Manager’s Office.
  • Rec on Wheels was held at McKibben Park on Wednesday November 21 and approximately 50 patrons came out to play.
  • Planning, coordination, and material staging for the Poinsettia Parade and Poinsettia Festival continues; deadline for parade entries is 11/30.
  • Staff participated in a conceptual design meeting regarding the Warm Mineral Springs Park Master Plan.
  • Staff finalized the prep schedule for Blue Ridge Park playground opening. The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new playground 4:30pm on Wednesday, December 5. 
  • Staff is busy coordinating the installation of various amenities for the new Boundless Adventures playground. The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new playground 9:00am on Saturday, December 15
  • The Parks & Recreation team welcomed three new members: Recreation Program Coordinator Devon Poulos and Recreation Attendants Austin Burnett and LeLand Alyea.
  • Registration is open for Winter Camp, Rockin’ Run and Roll 5K, and Winter Slam 3 on 3 tournament.
  • Projects in progress include: Boundless Adventures Playground; North Port Aquatic Center; development of school board interlocal for use of parking; Blue Ridge Park playground equipment replacement;  CAPRA Accreditation; completion of new youth league agreements; Myakkahatchee Creek Greenway Trail; Blue Ridge Park parking lot improvements; Community Education Center parking lot improvements; and Warm Mineral Springs Park Master Plan.


  • During the week of November 19, 2018, Solid Waste completed 570 requests for special pick up services.  These include bulk collections, container delivery, and electronic/appliance waste pick-ups.
  • During the week of November 19, 2018, Customer Service staff processed 445 via telephone citizen service and/or informational requests.


  • IT completed 177 Service Tickets in the last 2 weeks
  • IT provided technical support and camera operation for the Special Commission Meeting regarding the Canvass of Elections and Assumption of Office. 
  • IT also provided support for a Commission Districts Meeting and a Commission Regular Meeting.
  • IT reconfigured the Commission Chambers Dais technology to accommodate the new seating arrangement to include a New Commissioner, Pete Emrich and a new Mayor and Vice-Mayor, Chris Hanks and Debbie McDowell respectively.
  • IT continued the implementation process of a new door security system.  Client software installation and training sessions are to follow.
  • The TRAKiT implementation project is still underway and is currently in the training and testing phases.  This software will support the planning, permitting and code enforcement functions of the City.
  • IT has scheduled bandwidth changes at a couple locations for efficiency and cost savings.
  • IT has scheduled additional disaster-recovery fail-over testing to examine the possible scenarios that could occur.
  • IT has continued development and is nearing completion of a parade float voting application for the upcoming Poinsettia Day Parade.
  • IT is scheduling a site assessment with a vendor along with Parks & Recreation Manager and Family Service Center Manager for video surveillance.


  • Retirement luncheon for Commander Pamela Jernigan
  • Promotional ceremony for newly promoted Sergeants and Commanders
  • Staff judging the Atwater STEM Fair
  • Staff completing orientation with new hire I.T. employee, Jaime Sailes
  • Staff meet with Police Officer applicant, Justin McMenamin
  • Staff meet with Telecommunications applicant, Jaime Foster
  • Staff attend Sarasota County School Board swearing in of new Chief of Police
  • Week 2 of all sworn personnel attending firearms qualifications and tunicate/celox training
  • Staff went live on radio station WKDW 97.5 on opportunities for volunteering with the City of North Port
  • Staff completed 4 backgrounds and approval on new volunteers for the City of North Port
  • Stats for the week of November 22 – 28:
  • Crime Scene:   2 Crime Scenes, 19 items submitted to outside labs, CSI Wallish training continuing
  • Records: 4 - Extensive records requests continues
  • Property & Evidence: 14 items donated to charity, 13 items returned to owner/next-of-kin, 72 Items prepared for destruction
  • Telecommunication: 401 Citizen Calls for service, 189 Case numbers pulled, 93 calls via 911, 10:36 minutes average call received to 1st dispatch, PST Minneci training continuing – radio phase


  • Staff completed 26 LIHEAP financial applications utilizing external funding
  • Staff referred one client to St. Vincent De Paul for FPL assistance utilizing external funding
  • Staff distributed 12 bags of hygiene products donated by the Back Pack Angels
  • Staff completed 235 information requests to the general public
  • Staff completed 39 prescreens for financial assistance
  • Staff hosted the monthly Inter-Agency Meeting with 15 agencies attending
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