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                   Electric Expansion Info Update Image 04-10-2017

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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 is currently taking applications for a full time cashier/receptionist.  Applicants must possess cash handling, computer knowledge & excellent customer service skills. A high school diploma or GED required.  Starting salary of $10.58 per hour plus excellent benefits package.

Applications are available at Bushnell City Hall located at 117 E Joe P Strickland, JR Ave., Bushnell, Florida or you can download the application by clicking here.  Applications accepted until position filled.  Questions concerning this position may be directed to Kelly Marcoux, 352-793-2591 x 114.

The City of Bushnell is a Drug Free Workplace and an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Click here for a complete copy of the job description.

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.

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 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/

 

 

During the month of April 2017, residential City customers can take advantage of misc. trash pick-up at no additional charge.

Any work done by a contractor for roof work or other must be disposed of by that contractor and does not qualify for free hauling.

Follow these simple steps to take advantage of your free residential pickup during clean up month.

Debris and Trash must be separated into the following categories, and will be picked up at different times:

a. Metals
b. Carpets/Plastics/Furniture/Mattresses
c. Building Materials: Boards, Sheet Rock, etc;
d. Brush/Leaves/Trimmings: All Required to be boxed, bagged or bundled up into no longer than 4ft. bundles.

Not following these guidelines could impose a charge to your account for the pick-up and disposal.

ABSOLUTELY NO HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

a.    No Paint - unless can is empty and dry with the lid off.
b.    No LP Gas tanks.
c.    No Chemicals.

NOTE:  Similar materials will be picked up together and driver may leave other types of material in the same location for a later pick-up.

See attached flyer below.

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. It will take some time for the arbitrators to go over all the information, and determine a fair market value. Once this occurs, the City will then be able to do a firm cost vs. benefit analysis to see if exercising the purchase option is a good decision for the City. The findings and subsequent decision will be discussed with Bushnell City Council in a public meeting.  

To stay informed, visit the City’s website to view the upcoming agendas or sign up for automatic emails to alert you when the agenda is published before a meeting. Typically, the agendas are available one week before the public meeting. If you have questions regarding this information, contact Susan Noell or Bruce Hickle at 352-793-2591.

 

The City of Bushnell and SECO will begin Arbitration proceedings on Monday, February 20th, at the Sumter County historic courthouse, beginning at 9am.  This process will take several days, and will determine the actual purchase price for the electric system inside the city limits that SECO currently serves.  The Bushnell City Council will discuss and decide on this decision at an upcoming City Council meeting.  If you would like to receive an agenda, you can sign up online and one will be automatically sent to you via email when it is published.  Stay informed – sign up today!

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