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Weekly Highlights: December 7, 2018

Post Date:12/07/2018 2:20 PM


  • Staff processed 28 Achieve Anything memberships consisting of 11 annual memberships, 1 youth membership, 3 city employee memberships, 4 D-FY memberships, 5 three-month memberships, and 4 one-month memberships. 
  • A total of 1,147 membership and daily/drop-in visits were made to the Morgan and Mullen Community Centers.
  • There were 23 facility rentals for a total of 60.5 hours, 6 Scout House rentals for a total of 10.5 hours, and 3 pavilion rentals for a total of 5 hours.
  • Staff facilitated 18.5 hours of community service at the Community Centers this week and provided instruction for TRX and Senior Fitness.
  • Staff coordinated the installation of the playground safety surface at Blue Ridge Park; provided additional cleaning & maintenance of an outsourced park, and conducted tree trimming of hardwood trees.
  • Staff coordinated purchase and installation of a pervious concrete sidewalk for the new Boundless Adventures playground.
  • Approximately 40 teens attended teen talk/taco party on November 29 providing valuable input on Parks & Recreation offerings.
  • A total of 85 attendees enjoyed a winter wonderland with elves, hot cocoa and dancing during Parks & Recreation’s first ever Gingerbread workshop on December 1.
  • The ribbon cutting for the new Blue Ridge Park Playground was held on December 5, with 115 people attending.  The new expression swings and dueling zip lines were a hit!
  • Staff is busy preparing for the Poinsettia Parade and Festival on 12/8 and the Boundless Adventures playground ribbon cutting celebration on 12/15.
  • 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; CAPRA Accreditation; completion of new youth league agreements; Disc Golf; Myakkahatchee Creek Greenway Trail; Blue Ridge Park parking lot improvements; Community Education Center parking lot improvements; and Warm Mineral Springs Park Master Plan.


  • Processed 106 invoices and paid 64 vendors totaling $187,084.22 for goods and services provided to the City.
  • Processed $6,850,559.42 in cash receipts from utility payments, Warm Mineral Springs, and other miscellaneous sources.
  • Payroll staff processed payroll change notices and worked on closing month end.
  • Performed cash receipts daily.
  • Audited purchasing card statements.
  • Completed a draft of the November Commission Reports.
  • Completed the November Impact Fee Reports.
  • Attended the GFOA Webinar “Annual Governmental GAAP Update” and the PFM Webinar “FEITF – Optimize Your Interest Earnings.” 


  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel responded to 175 incidents. These responses included, one residential fire, two vehicle fires, 136 EMS calls, one hazardous condition, 17 service calls, six good intent calls, and 12 false alarms.
  • North Port residents called in 22 smoke detector service requests. Fire Rescue personnel checked 110 detectors, replaced 110 batteries, and installed eight detectors.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel approved 60 P-card transactions and processed six invoices totaling $8,417.02 for goods and services.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel completed seven commercial plan reviews.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel reviewed and approved three special event permits.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel completed the review of one Major Area Site Plans for Hampton Inn & Suites; MAS 18-064, three Village District Pattern Plan Books for Villages E, F & G; VDC 17-159, 160 & 161, one Final Plat/Re-Platting for Grand Paradiso, Phase 4E; PLF 18-268, one Development Master Plan for Central Parc at North Port; DMP 18-071 and one Capital Improvement Plan for the Myakkahatchee Creek Greenway Nature Trail
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted one Fire and Life Safety Inspection for the Chanukah Celebration at Warm Mineral Springs.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted and completed two Fire Alarm Roughs, one Fire Alarm Final, six 13D Residential Sprinkler Finals, one Commercial Sprinkler Final, one Commercial Sprinkler Rough-Hydro and two Fire Underground Roughs.
  • 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 one formal site visit of the Atlanta Braves Construction Area.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted and completed 39 annual and 18 follow-up inspections.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted two station tours for a local Daisy Troop & Heron Creek Middle Sch.
  • North Port Fire personnel continued orientation for the 19 SAFER Grant employees’ first day of orientation was on November 26, 2018.
  • North Port Fire personnel attended D/C Berman’s retirement ceremony.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel were notified that their application for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program was favorable and approved for a partial matching grant that will fund $525,000 towards a generator that will better serve City Hall and the EOC.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel have been busy training a recruit class of 19 personnel.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel met with a newly elected City Official to review the Fire Department and promote continuous communication.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel attended two more days of Engineer Training for driver/operators.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel attended training on ImageTrend Software, an electronic data entry system to be used for the capturing of fire and EMS incident information.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel met with department Medical Director for review of EMS reports and protocols.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel completed EMS scenarios with department patient simulators for the treatment of unstable patients experiencing cardiac or respiratory emergencies.


  • Staff met with finance on cars and pcards
  • Members of the Command Staff and City Manager Pete Lear attended the 133rd Basic Recruit Law Enforcement Academy Graduation at Suncoast Technical College.  The following 9 cadets graduate: Francisco Aleman, Joseph Boileau, Jarred Fegan, Kaitlyn May, Charles Mopps, Sergio Presiga, Jonathan Ramos, James Shields, and Eric St. Jean.  We are extremely proud of these cadets and their accomplishment.  In addition, we are extremely proud that the NPPD stood out with the following awards.  Charles Mopps (Class President) was awarded the Leadership Award, Kaitlyn May was awarded the Fitness Award and Eric St. Jean was awarded the Top Gun Award. 
  • During the Suncoast Technical College Criminal Justice Academy graduation, our very own Telecommunications Supervisor Mandy Lorenz received the Instructor of the Class Award.  Supervisor Lorenz’s professional and dedicated service to the academy while representing our department is paramount. 
  • Staff met with new police officer applicants throughout the week
  • Staff completed orientation for 4 new City of North Port volunteers of North Port
  • Crime Scene:   2 Crime Scenes
  • Records: 4 - Extensive records requests continues
  • Property & Evidence: 16 items returned to owner/next-of-kin, 67 Items prepared for destruction
  • Telecommunication: 468 Citizen Calls for service, 213 Case numbers pulled, 89 calls via 911, 8:19 minutes average call received to 1st dispatch, PST Minneci training continuing – radio phase

Information Technology

  • IT completed 67 Service Tickets.
  • IT provided technical support for a Commission Special Workshop and a Commission Special Meeting. 
  • IT continued work on a new application called TRAKiT.  TRAKiT is scheduled to go live in June 2019 and will enhance and modernize the software that Neighborhood Development Services uses to serve its customers.
  • IT continued work on a new Public Records Request Management system for the City Clerk’s office. The GovQA application will provide centralized tracking, billing, redaction and response functionality for citizens making public record requests.
  • IT upgraded the Kace1000 Asset Management and Ticketing system to the latest version to take advantage of its newest features.  Kace is appliance and software tool that keeps inventory of deployed software and computer system and allows for end users to request assistance with technology issues.
  • IT gave the Charlotte County Clerks IT group, a demo of our computer imaging process as they look for a replacement for their current process
  • IT continued their disaster-recovery fail-over discussions and white-board exercises to examine the possible scenarios that could occur.
  • IT has finalized the holiday parade float voting application for the upcoming Poinsettia Day Parade which is this Saturday, December 8.
  • IT, by request from Neighborhood Development Services, is looking into changing the call routing and answering process for the main NDS phone line.  Currently in the investigation phase to see what options we have.
  • IT completed an initial series of IT security campaigns, enterprise-wide, to determine vulnerabilities and to provide training where necessary.


  • The Property Standards Division conducted 114 initial inspections, 15 verbal warnings, 75 notices of Ordinance violations, 132 re- inspections and closed 134 cases.
  • The Building Division reviewed 73 miscellaneous permits, and 5 commercial permits.
  • Staff met with the City Commission & the Planning & Zoning Advisory Board (PZAB) for a joint working session on the ULDC rewrite.
  • City Commission discussed the tree preservation ordinance.  Direction was provided for staff to do a comparison of the City’s ordinance with Sarasota County, Gainesville, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville.
  • Staff attended the community meeting for proposed changes to SCAT ridership in the City.
  • The Environmental Advisory Board held a meeting and discussed recommendations for the redevelopment of the fertilizer ordinance.
  • The PZAB heard three ordinances – annual update to the CIE, an amendment to the zoning regulations for Activity Center 1 to allow for pawn shops, and an amendment to the guidelines for PZAB & the Zoning Board of Appeals.
  • Two Plats were heard by PZAB – Islandwalk Phase 7 for 123 units and Preserve Phase 3 for 23 units.
  • The developer of the Hampton Inn going into Tuscola Commons presented a request for a waiver to the Urban Design Standards to PZAB.
  • Staff attended a meeting for the Warm Mineral Springs Run Restoration.
  • The Charlotte County Metropolitan Planning Organization Technical Advisory Committee met and discussed the 5-year work program and 2019 project priorities.


  • Staff completed 10 LIHEAP financial applications utilizing external funding
  • Staff referred one client to St. Vincent De Paul for FPL assistance utilizing external funding
  • Staff distributed one bag of hygiene products donated by the Back-Pack Angels
  • Staff completed one Access Point/One by1 coordinated assessment utilizing the Homeless Management Information System
  • Staff completed 128 information requests to the general public
  • Staff completed 22 prescreens for financial assistance


  • Staff worked with the Elf Committee on the 12 Days of Giving food, toy and toiletry drive to benefit North Port families.
  • Staff participated in coordination of the Poinsettia Festival and Parade.
  • Staff met with consultants for the planning and design of the new Utilities Administration facility.
  • The third phase of four began on the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s Influent Channel Coating Project.
  • Engineering staff was onsite for the start up of the lift station at the Braves Stadium.
  • Water main tie ins were completed in the Preserve and the infrastructure was transferred to the City.
  • Staff attended the Universal Land Development Code workshop.
  • Utilities welcomed new Business Services Coordinator, Lori Baggio and Customer Service Representative I, Taylor Musgrove to the team.
  • Staff attended the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority Board of Directors Meeting.
  • Work progressed on the Inflow and Infiltration project with crews lining sewer mains. 
  • Work progressed on the Natrona Drive water looping project.
  • WTP Rain Update: The Water Treatment Plant received 0.06 inches of rain this week.
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