City of Bushnell, Florida

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We are now accepting school supplies through July 21st on behalf of Lifestream Behavioral Center and Kids Central, Inc. All supplies donated will be given to help local Sumter County children through the Family Care Management and Family Connections who service abused and neglected children.

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


The City of Bushnell is currently taking applications for part-time employment for the Public Works Department.  Starting salary range of $10.58 per hour, based on experience with no benefits. Applicants must possess a valid Florida Driver’s License, be 18 years or older, work outdoors performing manual labor and willing to work days, evenings or weekends with a flexible work schedule.

Applications are available at the Bushnell City Hall located at 117 E Joe P Strickland, JR Ave., Bushnell, Florida or on-line at http:www.cityofbushnellfl.com.  Applications accepted until position filled.  Questions concerning this position may be directed to Kelly Marcoux, 352-793-2591 x 1114.

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

Click here to download the application

The event will start at 6 pm at the Kenny Dixon Sports Complex - 824 W. Noble Ave in Bushnell. We will have music, water slides and games. The kids will even get the chance to meet Moana! Don't forget to bring towels to dry off with and blankets/chairs to sit on while you enjoy the movie; the movie will begin at dusk!
All food proceeds will benefit Cross Connections Church, Student Ministries, so come hungry!
See the flyer attached below for more information!

Please be advised that Sumter County will be changing the emergency mass notification system from CodeRED to Everbridge. CodeRED warnings will stop as of 09-30-2017; make sure you sign up for the new notification system before that time. You can sign up at the following location: www.sumterprepares.com, select the AlertSumter button and follow the instructions.

Please see the attached press release below for full details.

The Florida National Cemetery holds a Memorial Day service every year at the Florida National Cemetery located in Bushnell, FL. The ceremony commemorates the U.S. service members who are laid to rest at the cemetery. Thousands of family members, friends, loved ones and U.S. Representative Daniel Webster celebrated the nation’s fallen heroes. A huge part of the Memorial Day event was actually done on Sunday, May 27th before the ceremony. Over two thousand volunteers took part in the annual flag placing at the cemetery. During this event the volunteers from the surrounding communities came and placed an American flag at each of the over 100,000 service member’s gravesites and thanked them for their service and sacrifice for our country. A few employees of The City of Bushnell and their loved ones volunteered to show their support and appreciation for the great sacrifice that the service member had given. The employees consisted of Christina Simmons, Kellie Mason, Courtney Murphy, Denise Lee, and Kristin Ray. This is a long time tradition for the City of Bushnell employees as they take great pride in being able to give back to our veterans!

The City of Bushnell is one of Florida's hidden treasures. Its history is rich with fascinating events, some of which played a major role in Florida's history. And Bushnell today seems to have achieved that rare and priceless commodity - balance. Bushnell is a treasure chest laden with interesting people, a concerned local government and a professionally run electric utility.  Incorporated in 1911, its history dates back to 1885, when the changes occurring in Florida were reminiscent of those in the Old West. The Civil War was over, and pioneer towns were springing up across the state. Most of the conflicts with Florida's native Indian tribes had been settled, and people from northern climates were moving south in increasing numbers. Perhaps most importantly, the railroad was laying new tracks in Florida, making the state's central and southern regions much more accessible.

The Railroad and Bushnell

Bushnell is a city shaped by the railroad. Just as train tracks run through the middle of Bushnell today, so its very existence emerged from a railroad station built in the late 19th century. The city is even named in honor of the young chief engineer, John W. Bushnell, who worked for the Florida Railway and Navigation Company survey crew that laid the right-of-way for the railroad from Lake Panasoffkee to Bushnell.
The community of Bushnell officially came into existence with the establishment of the post office on Oct. 28, 1885. Early records show that five or six families resided in the area at that time, with some families having lived there since the area was first settled in 1870. The railroad's extension into the area served as a catalyst for Bushnell's growth. Regular train service began in early 1885, with a depot and passenger shelter built the same year.
Early residents of Bushnell had no way to receive storm warnings. After regular train service was established, six long blasts of the engine whistle told the people stormy weather was coming.
Early Bushnell was a town of sandy, unpaved roads, outdoor privies, no electricity or running water. The railroad was the means for people to travel to other towns. A morning and afternoon train enabled one to travel as far north as Ocala to shop and return the same day.
The city of Bushnell was incorporated on Dec. 14, 1911. The construction of the Sumter County Courthouse in 1913-14 spurred the second expansion and continued growth of Bushnell. It was during this time that the city's first water and electric systems were constructed.
1914, the city of Bushnell had quite a few established businesses - including a grocery store and bank, several churches of different denominations, its own doctor, and a privately owned water system that served the business section and a few residents.  
Bushnell powers up as Electric Utility in 1919

The first electric system was constructed sometime around 1914, according to local records. It was constructed by Holt E. Wey, who later sold the system to the City of Bushnell. On July 18, 1918, Bushnell records show that a $10,000 bond was used for establishing and equipping the lighting system in the city of Bushnell, and connecting the same with the electric grid.  On April 28, 1919, the city of Bushnell purchased the "Bushnell Electric Company" from Holt E. Wey for the sum of $3,000.
At first the only time electric lights were available was between sundown and 11:00 o’clock at night.  The plant was located on the site now occupied by the former Bushnell City Hall on Market Street and contained a diesel-powered generator.  Sometime about 1919, the City of Bushnell connected to the electric grid lines near Camp Grove.

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 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.

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