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Weekly Highlights: December 21, 2018

Post Date:12/21/2018 12:54 PM


  • Staff hold Volunteer Service Aid (VSA) lunch meeting for introduction of new Community Police Officer Kristin Voigt, supervisor of VSA’s  
  • Staff worked together on Operation Santa Surprise
  • Staff worked together on Shop With A Cop
  • Staff attend Homeless to Homes luncheon
  • Staff met with Architect on building needs pre-construction
  • Staff training new instructors for CPR
  • Executive Staff attend Chief’s luncheon in Ft. Myers
  • Staff meet with Sheriff Prummell
  • Staff attend Precon meeting for Lakeside Medical MAS
  • Stats for the week of December 13 – 19, 2018:
  • Crime Scene:   3 Crime Scenes
  • Records: 1 - Extensive records requests continues
  • Property & Evidence: 12 items returned to owner/next-of-kin, 3 items donated to charity, 33 Items prepared for destruction
  • Telecommunication: 459 Citizen Calls for service, 204 Case numbers pulled, 99 calls via 911, 10:37 minutes average call received to 1st dispatch


  • Staff processed 18 Achieve Anything memberships consisting of 4 annual memberships, 4 city employee memberships, 2 D-FY memberships, 2 three-month memberships, and 6 one-month memberships. 
  • A total of 1,060 membership and daily/drop-in visits were made to the Morgan and Mullen Community Centers.
  • There were 14 facility rentals for a total of 31 hours, 6 Scout House rentals for a total of 11 hours, and 7 pavilion rentals for a total of 14 hours.
  • Staff facilitated 13 hours of community service at the Community Centers this week, and provided instruction for Senior Fitness.
  • Staff participated in a Branding webinar hosted by the National Recreation & Parks Association.
  • Staff completed final park preparations at the Garden of Five Senses park in support of the Boundless Adventures playground and coordinated the removal of debris from the adjacent wooded area.
  • Staff met with vendors at Atwater Splash Pad and created a plan to test the surface and water.
  • Staff repaired the spring rider at Dallas White Park playground.
  • The ribbon cutting for the new Boundless Adventures Playground was held on December 15 at the Garden of the Five Senses.
  • The Winter Camp program has 37 campers registered, up from 24 total last year.   
  • Registration is now being accepted for the Winter Slam 3 on 3 tournament scheduled for January 12,  Rockin’ Run and Roll 5K on January 19 and Newcomers Day on February 2.
  • Projects in progress include: Myakkahatchee Creek Greenway Trail; Blue Ridge Park Parking Lot Expansion; Community Education Center Parking Lot Improvements; Disc Golf; North Port Aquatic Center; development of school board interlocal for use of parking; CAPRA Accreditation and completion of new youth league agreements.


  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel responded to 148 incidents. These responses included, one residential fire, one vehicle fire, and one outside fire, 116 EMS calls, three hazardous conditions, 10 service calls, eight good intent calls, and eight false alarms.
  • North Port residents called in 14 smoke detector service requests. Fire Rescue personnel checked 57 detectors, replaced 51 batteries, and installed 6 detectors.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel attended an EMS Quarterly meeting scheduled by Bayfront Health Port Charlotte Hospital for review of patient outcomes.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel attended a meeting at Sarasota Memorial Hospital- North Port for review of EMS and hospital staff interactions and patient outcomes.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel completed a review and provided feedback of EMS protocols that are under review by the department’s new Medical Director for revision consideration.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel and S.O.G. committee continue developing and updating the department S.O.G.’s.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel continue to submit pictures and video to the City PIO for posting on the City web site.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel continue to attend all scheduled pub ed events. Participation includes all three shifts.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel continue to work with area fire departments on county wide R.O.G.’s.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel continued orientation for the 19 SAFER Grant employees’ first day of orientation was on November 26, 2018.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel turned in the required Fleet inventory sheet for fire vehicles.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel assisted with loading food for delivery to St. Vincent DePaul food pantry.
  • North Port Fire Rescue Safer Grant personnel received their station assignments.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted Fire Training Officer interviews. One candidate was offered the position.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel completed six commercial plan reviews.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel reviewed and approved two Special Event Permits.  
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel attended Staff Development Review Pre-Application meetings for the Talon Towing Building; PRE 18-288.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel investigated and followed up on two (2) complaints regarding Fire and Life Safety conditions or deficiencies. 
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted and completed four (4) Fire Alarm Finals, seven (7) Fire Underground Roughs and one (1) Fire and Life Safety Inspection for the Boundless Adventures Playground.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted and completed a Fire and Life Safety inspection for issuance of five (5) Re-Issue Certificate of Occupancies.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted four formal site visits of the Atlanta Braves Construction Area. 
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted and completed 21 annual and 13 follow-up inspections.


  • Staff assisted with toy, food and toiletry delivery of the 12 Days of Giving donations.
  • Staff attended the pre-bid meeting for the Bridge Water Main Replacement Project at S. Salford Boulevard going over the Cocoplum Waterway which will remove the existing main from the bridge and directional drill a new one under the waterway.
  • Staff selected an engineering firm to design the force main and water main replacement on U.S. 41 at near the Lazy River Mobile Home Park.
  • Staff attended pre-construction meetings for a new car wash and medical building.
  • Engineering was onsite for final televising and testing of sanitary sewer in Gran Paradiso, Phase 8.
  • Staff attended a pre-construction meeting for the Eldron Ave. / Crittendon Ave. sidewalk project.
  • Work completed on the Influent Channel Coating project at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • Staff attended a progress meeting for the Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • Utilities Director, Rick Newkirk, spread some holiday goodwill throughout the City as Santa.  The video of his tour can be found on the City’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube feeds.
  • Staff met with engineers to review site selection for the new Utilities Administration Facility.
  • WTP Rain Update: The Water Treatment Plant received 6.26 inches of rain this week.


  • Processed 38 invoices and paid 24 vendors totaling $218,293.11 for goods and services provided to the City.
  • Processed $20,605,758.18 in cash receipts from utility payments, Warm Mineral Springs, and other miscellaneous sources.
  • Payroll staff processed payroll change notices, began year-end procedures, and reconciled accruals for the month.
  • Performed cash receipts daily.
  • Audited purchasing card statements.
  • Balanced both Government and Utilities Fixed Assets for Fiscal Year 18.
  • Prepared audit workpapers.
  • Attended the Webinars “Public Records, Sunshine Law and Ethics” and “Building a Better Budget Office”.
  • Completed the annual Purchase Order and Project rollover process.


  • IT completed 54 Service Tickets.
  • IT provided technical support for a Special Commission Meeting for Interviews of the position of Deputy City Clerk 
  • IT continued work on the new application called TRAKiT which 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.
  • IT Staff held a training session for Legistar users.  Legistar is the Granicus software product the City uses to draft legislation and create agendas, through a workflow approval process.
  • IT hired a new staff member to fill the A/V Technician position.  This position will primarily provide Audio/Visual support functions, reducing our need to contract with outside vendors for the same support.


  • Staff completed nine LIHEAP financial applications utilizing external funding
  • Staff completed one Season of Sharing (SOS) rental application for financial assistance
  • Staff completed six Emergency Food and Shelter (EFS) rental applications for financial assistance
  • Staff completed 200 information requests to the general public
  • Staff completed eight prescreens for financial assistance
  • Staff hosted their inaugural Senior Giving Tree serving 90 City of North Port Seniors


  • During the week of December 10, 2018, Solid Waste completed 818 requests for special pick up services.  These include bulk collections, container delivery, and electronic/appliance waste pick-ups.
  • During the week of December 10, 2018, Customer Service staff processed 628 via telephone citizen service and/or informational requests.


  • The Property Standards Division conducted 139 initial inspections, five verbal warnings, 114 notices of Ordinance violations, 123 re- inspections and closed 134 cases.
  • The Building Division reviewed 75 miscellaneous permits, five commercial permits and 24 new house permits. 
  • A development order was issued for Lakeside Medical, a 10,175 square foot medical office building off north Toledo Blade Blvd.
  • Staff attended two pre-construction meetings – Lakeside Medical and Tommy’s Car Wash.
  • Staff met with a representative from UF/IFAS to discuss fertilizer use and public education and outreach.
  • Work continues on migration to a new project management software – testing is in full swing!
  • Two text amendments to the ULDC, a Comprehensive Plan amendment, a plat, and an interlocal agreement were prepared for the January 8 Commission meeting.
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