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Weekly Highlights: May 3, 2019

Post Date:05/03/2019 1:25 PM

TOP HIGHLIGHTS

PARKS AND REC

  • Don't miss out on the free Concert in the Park coming up on Friday, May 3. Brian Keener will be performing an Elvis tribute to help celebrate the City’s 60th Anniversary. For more information, check out www.CityofNorthPort.com/Concert.
  • GMAC Summer Camp registration is up 24% from the same time last year and teen camp registrations are up 34%.  Camp openings are filling up fast, with a couple of weeks already sold out, so register today! For camp and registration information, check out www.CityofNorthPort.com/Camp.
  • Progress continues on the North Port Aquatic Center. For the latest photos and construction updates, head to www.CityofNorthPort.com/Pool.
  • Parks & Grounds planted 34 trees at the Garden of the Five Senses (4299 Pan American Blvd).

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

  • IT Completed 85 Service Tickets.
  • IT provided video recording streaming for a Code Enforcement Hearing.
  • IT implemented the GovQA Public Records system this week, This application provides a centralized method of requesting, tracking and fulfilling public records requests.  It also includes a portal for citizens to make requests and receive documents.
  • PUBLIC WORKS
  • Price Boulevard widening - resolution for Eminent Domain proceedings for pond sites passed at the April 23, 2019, Road and Drainage District meeting.
  • Cranberry Boulevard/Hillsborough Boulevard Intersection Study - Interlocal agreement approved by Charlotte County Attorney’s Office and under review by the City of North Port City Attorney.
  • The contractor completed drainage work at North Port Boulevard and Espanola Avenue.  Work on Kingsley Road began last week.

FINANCE

  • The Comprehensive Annual Financial Statements were printed and assembled.
  • Accounting staff attended "FRS to Plan for Your Retirement".

FIRE RESCUE

  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel responded to 181 incidents. These responses included, six outside fires, two vehicle fires, 147 EMS calls, 12 service calls, seven good intent calls, and seven false alarms.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted an extrication exercise at North Port High School.

POLICE

  • Staff attend National Day of Prayer 2019 located on City Hall Front Green
  • Deputy Chief and Captain Baute attend Accelerate Axon 2 day conference
  • Members of the Traffic Unit arranged and executed a mock DUI crash at North Port High School.  North Port High School Staff had the 11th and 12th grade classes observe the demonstration.  North Port Fire Rescue assisted with the event.

SOCIAL SERVICES

  • Staff completed three LIHEAP financial applications utilizing external funding
  • Staff distributed one bag of hygiene products donated by the Back Pack Angels

NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

  • BUILDING - Zoning staff conducted 125 zoning related inspections
  • PLANNING -  Biscayne Square approved at Commission
  • CODE ENFORCEMENT - Closed 94 cases for code violations

UTILITIES

  • North Port Utilities wrapped up the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation on April 30th in the top ten across the nation! Final results are being tallied and will be announced by the Wyland Foundation towards the end of May. Stay Tuned!

WEEKLY RUNDOWN

PARKS AND RECREATION

  • Parks & Recreation staff processed 26 Achieve Anything memberships consisting of 14 annual memberships, 7 one-month memberships, 3 three-month memberships, and 2 D-Fy memberships
  • A total of 1,385 membership and daily/drop-in visits were made to the Morgan and Mullen Community Centers.
  • Community Centers facilitated 2.5 hours of Community Service.
  • There were 20 facility rentals for a total of 37 hours, 11 Scout House rentals for a total of 20.5 hours, and 4 pavilion rentals for a total of 12 hours.
  • Parks & Recreation staff received 2 High Fives this week. High Fives recognize employees who go above and beyond to serve the public and their co-workers.
  • Battle of the Paddle was held on April 25, with 20 teens participating at the Morgan Family Community Center.
  • Parks & Recreation is celebrating National Dogs to Parks Day on May 4. Bring your dog to a local dog-friendly park, snap a picture and tag the City in your social post for your chance to win a great prize!
  • Projects in progress include: Atwater shade installation, Boundless Adventures Playground Phase II; North Port Aquatic Center; CAPRA Accreditation, and the completion of new youth league agreements.
  • The Aquatics Supervisor and the Assistant Aquatics Supervisor both graduated successfully from the StarGuard Elite Instructor Program.
  • Staff conducted interviews with the North Port Sun, ABC 7, and Wink News to provide a status update and some fun facts about the Aquatic Center.
  • The Aquatics Team met with Human Resources to finalize a hiring timeline, outline daily operational requirements for minors, and submitted a requisition for a Head Lifeguard position.
  • Staff also drafted an outline for the Aquatic Center class schedules, to include year-round swim lessons and hydro aerobics classes. In addition, staff prepped these for addition into the Parks & Recreation online registration system for local patrons.
  • Parks & Grounds staff trimmed hedges, eliminated weeds, and repaired an irrigation problem at the Canine Club Dog Park.
  • In addition to installing mulch around trees along the canal at Dallas White Park, staff also pruned the oak trees by the playground.
  • Parks & Grounds also pruned trees at Veterans Park, added mulch to areas throughout the Garden of the Five Senses and watered turf around the Boundless Playground.
  • Staff delivered and installed a donated “Little Free Library” at Warm Mineral Springs Park.
  • Parks & Grounds also repaired dock wheel stops at the kayak launches for both Blue Ridge and McKibben parks.
  • The shade screen from the Mullen Center Playground that was removed for repair last week has been fixed and replaced so kids (and parents/guardians) can stay cool in the shade this summer.
  • Staff finalized the new Summer/Fall 2019 Playbook. A digital version is available from the website at www.CityofNorthPort.com/Playbook. Printed versions will be available soon at the Community Centers, City Hall, and other locations throughout North Port.
  • Communications & Outreach  attended the North Port High School Career Day on April 26. In addition to applications for Summer Camp Counselors, more than 200 job descriptions were shared with students for the upcoming lifeguard positions that will be available at the North Port Aquatic Center. 
  • Staff posted some new aerial footage of the North Port Aquatic Center. To date that video has received 24.3K Impressions, 3.3K Post Clicks, 965 Reactions/Comments/Shares, and 3,889 minutes have been viewed.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

  • IT continues the implementation projects of TRACKiT
  • IT Continues the planning of the connectivity infrastructure for the West Villages Wastewater Plant Project.
  • An IT Staff Member participated in the Bring Your Child to Work Day

PUBLIC WORKS

  • Staff completed the design of four sidewalk projects for the Community Development Block Grant.
  • San Mateo Drive and Price Boulevard sidewalks design is underway.
  • The contractor working on the Grid 205B drainage (North of Dalhart Avenue) improvements are two weeks ahead of schedule and has completed three locations.
  • Sidewalk construction continues along Eldron Avenue/Crittendon Street.
  • Completed all restoration work and processing final payment application for the 2018 Routine Road Maintenance resurfacing project

FINANCE

  • Processed 303 invoices and paid 108 vendors totaling $1,832,966.51 for goods and services provided to the City.
  • Processed $1,894,528.57 in cash receipts from utility payments, Warm Mineral Springs, and other miscellaneous sources.
  • Purchasing staff processed 13 purchase orders, 12 p-card approvals, and 29 vendor/contract updates.
  • Staff processed 14 new travel authorizations and closed 10.
  • Payroll staff processed payroll for 639 employees.
  • Performed cash receipts daily.
  • Audited p-card statements.
  • Bank reconciliations for April were prepared.
  • Monthly impact fees were wired to the County.

FIRE RESCUE

  • North Port residents called in 12 smoke detector service requests. Fire Rescue personnel checked 56 detectors and replaced 56 batteries.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel approved 35 P-card transactions and processed two invoices totaling $488.29 for goods and services.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel purchased $2,013.77 in EMS supplies and pharmaceuticals.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel continue developing and updating Standard Operating Guidelines (SOG’s).
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel continue to submit pictures and video to the City Public Information Office (PIO).
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel participated in the bring your child to work day.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel attended the Mobile User Group for CAD meeting at Sarasota County Emergency Operations Center (SCEOC).
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted vehicle stabilization training.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel attended a trauma advisory committee meeting at Sarasota Memorial Hospital – Sarasota.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel completed EMS practical skills evaluations with EMS Field Training Officers.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel met with the Department Assistant Medical Director for review of EMS protocols and patient assessment skills.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel met to review EMS protocols to evaluate if any updates may be needed in the next protocol revision scheduled for release in approximately three months.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted code research and review concerning fire and life safety inquiries.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel provided annual business notifications and checklists to local business owners for their upcoming required annual inspections for the month of June.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel participated in the Earth Day event at Atwater Elementary School.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel attended the pre-application meeting for the Tree of Life Aquaponic Farm; PRE-19-082 and Central Parc at North Port Developer Agreement/Cocoplum Waterway Bridge; PRE-19-089.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel completed three commercial plan reviews.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel reviewed and approved two special event permits.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel attended two formal consultations with the Atlanta Braves representatives regarding their project.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted one formal site visit of the Gran Paradiso Townhomes construction area.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel completed one Village District Pattern Book Amendment; VDA-19-065, one Major Site Development Plan Review for North Port Aquatic Center Parking Lot; MAS-17-216, one Pre-Application Plan Review for the Central Parc at North Port Developer Agreement/Cocoplum Waterway Bridge; PRE-19-089 and one Major Area Site Plan Review for Gran Paradiso, Coach Homes – 1; MAS-13-128
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted and completed one fire alarm final, two fire and life safety inspections, two fire sprinkler final and acceptance tests, two fire sprinkler rough and hydro inspections, and 18 fire underground rough inspections.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted and completed a fire and life safety inspection for issuance of two re-issue certificate of occupancies.
  • North Port Fire Rescue personnel conducted and completed one annual and 24 follow-up inspections.

POLICE

  • Telecommunications - 506 - Calls for service, 48 - Calls via 911, 5:37 - Average "call received to 1st dispatch”
  • Records - 2 extensive public records requests
  • Orientation continues with new Service Desk Technician in I.T.
  • Members completed pet shelter training with the county
  • Citizen Public Safety Academy at Fire Station 81 this week
  • Staff assist the Cape Coral Police Department with their promotional process for command staff.
  • Budget completed for P.D. for next budget year
  • Traffic Unit - The Traffic Unit conducted enforcement in the following locations during the week of 04/24 – 05/01:
    • Toledo Blade Boulevard
    • S Biscayne Drive
    • School zone on N. Salford
    • S. Salford Boulevard
    • School Zones on W Price Boulevard
    • I-75 184-182 southbound
    • Tamiami Trail (Salford - Biscayne)
    • Tamiami Trail (West Villages)
  • Weekly statistics:
  • Traffic Crash worked: 8, Citations Issued: 137, Warnings issued: 107, Criminal Traffic: 8
  • Sgt. Donohew received a call out for a preliminary Traffic Homicide on E Price Boulevard at Hay Place.  This crash involved a vehicle and a bicycle.  The crash was criminal in nature in that the driver of the vehicle left the scene without rendering aid or calling for help.  A patrol officer located the vehicle and the driver was shortly after arrested.  Sgt. Donohew preformed the proper preliminary investigation in case the bicyclist takes a turn for the worst. The driver was charged with Leaving the Scene of a Crash Involving Serious Bodily Injury.

SOCIAL SERVICES

  • Staff completed 64 information requests to the general public
  • Staff completed three prescreens for financial assistance

NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

PLANNING

  • Sarasota County MPO
  • SDR - Mangione Expansion
  • Development Order for Hampton Inn has been issued

CODE ENFORCEMENT

  • 111 - Initial Inspections
  • 4 - Verbal Warnings
  • 75 - Notices of Violation
  • 103 - Re-inspections
  • 94 - Cases Closed
  • 252 - Telephone Calls

BUILDING

  • Issued 15 new house permits
  • Issued 99 miscellaneous permits
  • reviewed 20 spot surveys
  • reviewed 37 as built surveys 

UTILITIES

  • North Port Utilities reached out to 92.9 Kix Country, WENG radio, North Port Magazine, North Port Sun, and North Port Area Chamber of Commerce requesting promotion for the Wyland Mayor’s Challenge and received overwhelming support. Thank you to all of these local organizations who helped us spread the word and promote water conservation.
  • Field staff extended service on Price Blvd. and San Mateo.
  • Permanent bypass pumps have arrived and are being piped in at lift station 6, 8, 22, and 25
  • Field staff is preparing for a Line stop on US 41 and Ortiz Avenue to remove antiquated meter equipment originally put in place by Myakka Utilities.
  • Meter change outs and register exchanges continue throughout the city.
  • Engineering staff witnessed a water main tie in for Island Walk Phase 7.
  • Engineering staff also witnessed a hot tap of the water main for the medical building on Sycamore.
  • Staff attended the preconstruction meeting for Dollar Tree at Gateway in The Park of Commerce.
  • Staff attended SWFWMD reclamation water meeting.
  • Staff toured the Peace River Manasota Water Supply Authority facility.
  • Staff attended Capital Improvement Plan meeting.
  • Staff has asked for volunteers to begin design process for Poinsettia Parade float.
  • Troi’Tera McClary started in Customer Care Office as Customer Service Representative I.
  • Staff attended North Port Area Chamber of Commerce networking event to learn of new outreach opportunities within the community.
  • Staff participated in CPR training.
  • Staff received training on Zonar software which is utilized for vehicle inspections and GPS.
  • Staff received training from Rausch for the new lateral line accessory for the TV truck.
  • Staff accepted North Port City Commission proclamations for Drinking Water Week (May 5 – 11, 2019) and Water Reuse Week (May 12 – 18, 2019).

 

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