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Hurricane Safety Tips

As Florida prepares for the 2017 hurricane season, the City of Bushnell reminds you to stay safe and be ready. If a storm does hit our area, stay away from downed power lines – don’t touch them. Electric crews will be working diligently to restore power as quickly as possible.

The City of Bushnell has developed 12 often overlooked safety tips that electric customers should follow to protect themselves and their home. These safety tips remind our customers of things that people did not know or forgot during previous hurricanes, tropical storms and weather-related events.

  1. Unplug appliances and electronics during power outages to prevent surges when electricity is restored. Power surges can damage equipment and start electrical fires.
  2. Operate portable generators in an open and ventilated area, never in the home or garage. Also, do not directly connect generators into your home’s main electrical system. This could create a back feed to the power grid and injure people working to restore electricity.
  3. If your home has water leaks or floods, shut off the power to your home until the electrical wiring can be inspected by a licensed electrician.
  4. If you smell natural gas, evacuate immediately and call the gas company’s emergency number.
  5. Carry proper identification in the event you need to enter identification check points to access your home or neighborhood.
  6. Inspect your home’s weatherhead for damage after a storm. The weatherhead is located above the electric meter where the electrical wires exit the conduit. The weatherhead is the homeowner’s responsibility, and utility workers cannot reconnect service if it is damaged. Contact a licensed electrician for repairs.
  7. Utility companies typically cannot respond to customers with special needs during or immediately after a storm. Have an evacuation plan and know the locations of special needs shelters. If you or someone you know has special electrical medical equipment, contact the City of Bushnell or the Sumter County Emergency Management before the storm’s arrival.
  8. To determine a hurricane evacuation route, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org.
  9. Collect water in your water heater by turning off power to the unit and closing the water valve. If water pressure is lost, approximately 40 gallons of fresh water will be stored in the tank. Fill bathtubs and the washing machine with water to clean with and to operate toilets.
  10. Clear patios and yards of lawn furniture, toys, potted plants and other items that could blow away and cause damage or injury.
  11. Locate gas water shut-off valves and the main electricity switch in the event they need to be turned off.
  12. Create a hurricane survival kit that includes: first aid supplies; drinking water (at least one gallon per person, per day); batteries; flashlights; battery powered radio; manual can opener; prescriptions; baby food and diapers; pet food; canned foods; cash; tarps; rope; bleach; trash bags; charcoal or gas grill with plenty of fuel; wooden kitchen matches; and a portable cooler. Consider using a hard-wired, corded phone as cordless phones will not work during a power outage.

The hurricane season begins June 1st and ends Nov. 30th. For more information call City Hall at 352-793-2591.

To download/print these tips, open the attachment below.

The City of Bushnell, located in Sumter County, Florida, invites proposals from qualified individuals and/or firms to provide design services that include, but is not limited to; electric system design packages, bid specifications for construction and preparation of work orders for the extension/expansion and/or integration of the City of Bushnell's municipal electric system in order to connect to SECO Energy's severed system within the Bushnell corporate city limits. The selection process will be conducted in compliance with FS 287.055 Consultant Competitive Negotiations Act and Section V, D. of the City of Bushnell Procurement Policy.   

For more informaton click here.

The City of Bushnell held a Special Meeting on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., in the Bushnell Council Chambers. The City Council voted to approve Resolution 2017-03. The Resolution approved the exercise of the purchase option to acquire SECO’s Electric Distribution System within the City limits.

Please check the City’s website, www.cityofbushnellfl.com, and your utility bills for future updates on the Bushnell/SECO Electric Purchase.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board voted on May 23rd, 2017 to increase water restrictions throughout the region. The modified Phase III water shortage order affects counties throughout the District’s boundaries including Charlotte, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter.

 District hydrologists report a rainfall deficit of 11-inches since the start of the dry season last October. In fact, this is the driest dry season in the past 103 years.

 Under the new water shortage order, lawn watering is reduced to once-per-week and allowable watering hours also are reduced. Micro-irrigation and hand watering of non-lawn areas are still allowed any day, if needed. Additionally, there are now limits on car washing and homeowners’ associations may not enforce any deed restrictions which could cause an increase in water use. The restrictions will remain in effect through August 1, 2017. Additional details regarding the watering of new lawns and plants, reclaimed water and other water uses can be found at WaterMatters.org/restrictions.

 The District considerers both natural water resource conditions and the viability of public supply when deciding to declare a water shortage order. For the past 20 years, the District has worked diligently with its partners to develop alternative water supplies. Even though the region is experiencing drought conditions, there is adequate public water supply available.

 Florida’s dry season runs October through May. The District encourages water conservation year-round, and offers many tips to reduce water use and additional information at WaterMatters.org/conservation.

For more information, please visit Southwest Florida Water Management Districts website at: http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/conservation/restrictions/swfwmd.php

The City of Bushnell has received a Safety Award from the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) for its continued commitment to safe work practices during the past year.

For the past 29 years, FMEA has recognized the efforts of Florida’s public power utilities to stress worker safety as the No. 1 priority. Utilities are placed into categories according to their total man-hours worked, and rewarded for the most incident-free records. The incidence rate used to judge utilities was based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses compared to the total number of worker-hours during 2016, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The City of Bushnell was recognized for a perfect record with no reported accidents on the job in category A, which is comprised of utilities with up to 59,999 man-hours worked. This recognition reflects the City of Bushnell’s commitment to protecting workers’ safety, while also ensuring reliable electric service to the customers. In an industry where serious injuries and fatalities are inherent, safety training is the best line of defense in preventing accidents and saving lives.

Awards were presented on April 22nd at the FMEA Annual Florida Lineman Competition Awards banquet in Lakeland.

About FMEA: The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provide electricity to more than 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers.

CITY OF BUSHNELL PUBLIC RECORDS CUSTODIAN:
CITY CLERK
 CHRISTINA DIXON
PHONE: 352-793-2591
EXT. 1112

PO BOX 115
BUSHNELL, FL  33513
117 E. JOE P. STRICKLAND JR. AVE.

City Website:  
WWW.CITYOFBUSHNELLFL.COM

The City of Bushnell will once again be holding its Summer Day Camp Program in 2017. This year there have been several changes made to the program. Camp will run for 6 weeks – from June 12 through July 14, 2017. This year we have a new Coordinator; Ms. Sendia Garcia.

The weeks will be open for all children AGES 5-13.

PLEASE NOTE:  Bushnell Electric customers and City of Bushnell taxpayers fund the activities and events, like the Fall Festival, Movies in the Park, and Summer Day Camp, for everyone to enjoy.  In an effort to give back to those citizens, a discount on daycamp registration is being provided to City of Bushnell customers (Must show ID and verify City of Bushnell residency). There will also be a discount given to all registrants during the week of Session 4 (4th of July week), as there will only be 4 days of camp this week.

The Before and After Care Program will now be paid directly to the City of Bushnell. This Before and After Care program will allow parents to drop children off at the High School at 7:30 a.m. instead of the normal 8:00 a.m. drop off time, and pick their children up between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Please find the Summer Day Camp Applications attached below. Please return the application to Bushnell City Hall Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at 117 E. Joe. P. Strickland, Jr. Ave., Bushnell.

For more information, call Bushnell City Hall at 793-2591 or Sendia Garcia at 457-4419.

SIGN UP NOW!!!

 The City of Bushnell has been a municipal electric utility provider since 1919, for nearly 100 years. In 1981, the City of Bushnell and Sumter Electric Cooperative, Inc. (now known as SECO Energy), entered into an Electric Service Franchise Agreement for a 30 year term. This agreement allowed SECO Energy to provide electric services to specific areas inside the city limits. The agreement included a purchase option clause that upon expiration of the 30 year term, the City could consider purchasing the SECO Energy electric plant and facilities inside the city limits that serve those Bushnell customers. Since the expiration of the agreement, the City has attempted to negotiate a settlement with SECO but has been unsuccessful. The terms of the Franchise Agreement outlined a formal process called Arbitration, where an arbitration panel of judges could determine the purchase price the City would pay for the system based on facts and evidence.

The arbitration hearing was held at the Sumter County Courthouse in the historic courtroom during the week of February 20-24th. Three arbitrators heard the considerations from both SECO and the City on the purchase option valuation for the service territory that SECO currently serves inside the city limits.

The City has been informed of the arbitrator’s final decision. Based upon the totality of the evidence presented to the arbitrators, the amount of the final award was very close to what the City’s own feasibility study indicated - approx. $5.1 million dollars. Remember, with this expense to purchase, there is offsetting revenue that comes from the selling of the new electric load. Now the City will be able to do a firm cost vs. benefit analysis to see if exercising the purchase option is a good decision for the City and customers. The City feels this is a very important decision and affects the future of the Bushnell Electric System. A larger customer base means more electric revenue to help offset operating costs, thereby spreading those costs out to more customers and possibly resulting in lower rates. It would be the City’s priority to provide the same great reliability to new customers, as our current customers enjoy. The Bushnell City Council will review all the information, carefully examining this purchase option and making a decision for the future of Bushnell in a specially called meeting, date to be determined.

Be an informed citizen - Sign up for automatic emails to alert you when the agenda is published before a meeting by visiting the city’s website at www.cityofbushnellfl.com and signup on the home page. Typically, the agendas are available one week before the public meeting.

Download the attachment below for Final Arbitration Award Information.

If you have questions regarding this information, contact Susan Noell or Bruce Hickle at 352-793-2591.

ATTENTION ALL CITY OF BUSHNELL CUSTOMERS: CALLS ARE BEING MADE TO YOU PRETENDING TO BE THE CITY OF BUSHNELL!

We have had several customers report to City Hall that they have received calls from an unusual telephone number claiming to be the City of Bushnell. Please DO NOT give out any of your PERSONAL INFORMATION, it is a SCAM!

Customers have reported that it is an automated system telling you that your credit card on file is out of date and that you need to update that information now. They will ask you to press the number and then to enter your credit card information. THIS IS A SCAM , DO NOT DO THIS, HANG UP!

The City of Bushnell WILL NOT call you to update your payment information! Please be very careful and do not give out sensitive information to anyone!

When in doubt, please hang up and call your local provider to verify! DO NOT GIVE OUT ANY SENSITIVE INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE!

If you have any questions, please call City Hall at 352-793-2591.

Water conservation is a key link between balancing current and future water needs, our water supply has diminished over the years, and its time all citizens take a proactive stance to ensure future generations have water.  Here are some smart tips:

  •    Scrape, don’t rinse your dishes before loading them into the dishwasher. 
  •    Use your garbage disposal sparingly and start composting your kitchen waste.
  •    Check the hoses on your washing machine regularly for leaks.  
  •    Insulate your water pipes; you will get hot water faster and avoid wasting water while it heats up.
  •    Turn your water softener off while you are on vacation. 
  •    DO NOT leave sprinklers unattended. Set a kitchen timer to remind yourself to shut off the sprinklers.
  •    DO NOT hose down your driveway. Use a broom or blower to clean leaves and other debris from these areas. 
  •    Rain barrels are great for watering plants. (Instructions for building a rain barrel are available at City Hall)   
  •    Use a shut off nozzle on your water hose and when you are finished shut the water off at the spigot to avoid leaks.

 

DID YOU KNOW:

  • A garden hose WITHOUT a shutoff nozzle can pour out 540 gallons in 1 hour?
  • When washing your car; try to use a commercial car wash that recycles water. 
  • When washing your car at home, park your car on the grass; use a hose with a shutoff nozzle and a bucket of soapy water.

 

**ALWAYS refer to Southwest Florida Water Management District’s website for times and day/s you are allowed to use outside water. Visit the link below for details:
http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/conservation/restrictions/swfwmd.php

ALL WATER CONSERVATION TIPS PROVIDED BY SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER  MANAGEMENT DISTRICT. FOR MORE WATER CONSERVATION TIPS VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT: http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/

 

 

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