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City of Bushnell, Florida

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Parks and Recreation Facilities

The City of Bushnell has three recreational facilities. The Kenny Dixon Sports Complex, the Bushnell Community Center, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Park.

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Awards and Recognitions

The City of Bushnell has proudly accepted the following awards for various achievements and dedication in specific fields:

Tree City USA

Outstanding Rural Community

Best Places to Work in Lake and Sumter Counties

Certificate of Excellence for Financial Reporting (City Clerk/Finance Dept.)

Audit Award

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New Resident Information

Welcome to our beautiful city! We hope that you will find the information contained in this web site useful and valuable. Listed below is a link to our "City of Bushnell Phone List" which contains our most commonly requested phone numbers for Sumter County government offices, local cable providers, insurance companies, banks, restaurants, auto repair facilities, and many other categories. We have also provided a list of links to other Sumter County web sites that we have found useful for new residents.

City of Bushnell Phone List

Sumter County Chamber of Commerce

Sumter County Board of County Commissioners

Sumter County Clerk of Court

Sumter County Property Appraiser

Social Security Administration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Amnesty Day will take place at the Lake Okahumpka Park, 6085 E. SR 44, Wildwood FL on April 8, 2017 from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Some of the items that can be dropped off at this location include:

  • Automative Batteries
  • Cleaners
  • Fertilizers
  • Paint Removers and Thinners
  • Pesticides. (see attached flyer below for full details).

Items not to bring are as follows:

  • Biological/Infectious Waste
  • Explosives
  • Radioactive Waste
  • Empty Paint Cans

For more information see flyer attached below, or call Sumter County Public Works at 352-689-4400.

(Tallahassee, Fla.) – The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) recently honored the community service efforts of the City of Bushnell by recognizing the municipal electric utility with the 2016 Building Strong Communities Award.

Honored during the Building Strong Communities luncheon at FMEA’s annual Energy Connections Conference and Trade Show in Orlando, on October 27, the City of Bushnell received the award for its commitment to enhancing its customers’ quality of life through community improvement programs such as the Summer Day Camp, Bushnell Fall Festival,  Movies in the Parks, Public Safety Awareness Programs and Crafts Around the Corner Arts and Crafts Show.

“Being a part of the community is about more than making sure the lights are on,” said FMEA Executive Director Barry Moline. “The recipients of the 2016 FMEA Building Strong Communities Awards excel in not only taking an interest in seeing their communities succeed, but also actively working toward making them better places to live and building strong communities.”

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.

The City of Bushnell, Public Works, and Utility Department, put on a wonderful demonstration for the Sumter County Youth Center, on July 14, 2016. The City set up six different work stations at the Youth Center, and the children went from station to station to learn about what each station does. Approximately 145 children got to attend and learn about the different things these departments do for the City and its citizens every day.

The first station was Chris Hariprashad, he taught the children about the grapple truck, and what this truck does. This truck is able to pick up very large, heavy piles of trash, brush and trees that are put out to be removed on Wednesdays, our miscellaneous pickup day. This piece of equipment not only saves time, but allows heavy items to be picked up without injury to the employees.

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The second station was the new garbage truck that was shown to the kids by Doug Wheeler. Doug explained that when people throw their trash away and put the cart out for pickup, he is the one to come by with this big truck to pick it up. He showed the children how the garbage truck works and how it can pick up the cart as well as a dumpster. He showed the kids how it dumps the trash into the truck and where the trash goes once the truck is full.

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Below is a picture of both the grapple and grabage truck in action!

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The third and fourth stations were put on by the Utility department, Jay Fuller, Isaac Wietan and Nate Story. This department takes care of providing electricity and water to all of our homes and businesses in town. Nate Story was in the bucket and he explained to the kids just how the department uses the bucket trucks to work on the power lines when the power goes out and when installing new lines. He also explained how the bucket helps to keep them safe while working.4

In the picture below, Isaac Wietan, is running the auger truck while Jay Fuller is explaining to the kids what this machine does and how they use this to dig holes and set utility poles in the ground when running electric throughout the city.

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The 5th station was provided by the Public Works department on play ground equipment safety. This presentation was given by Mike Zapata and Keith Raftery. Mike explained about playground safety; an example that he used was the swings, that they are regulated to be at a certain height off the ground and when people throw the swings over the top pole to make them higher they are actually making them dangerous for themselves and others! He explained that this should not be done.

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The final station for the day was with Michael Worthington, and Casey Hickman, who taught the kids about what a backhoe is and what it does. Michael explained how the backhoe works by having the kids put one arm out straight to the side at shoulder height and use their hands as the bucket to imitate scooping. He explained that the backhoe and bucket move very similar to this. The children enjoyed seeing the machine in action to scoop, dump and level the dirt.

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The City of Bushnell, provided each child with a "Be Bright and Turn off the Light" bag for participating in a fun filled day with our city employees.  The children had a great day seeing and experiencing some of the day to day tasks that our Public Works and Utility Departments do through out our city.

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A big "Thank you" to the Sumter County Youth Center, for inviting us into your facility to spend a wonderful day with your kids.  This really was a wonderful way to educate the local kids and get them familiar with who provides these local services for them and what it takes to take care of our beautiful city.
       

Every year the City of Bushnell teams up with the Children's Home Society and places an Angel Tree in the lobby of City Hall. This allows the community to help grant Christmas wishes to children in the community.

This year the support and out-reach from the community was overwhelming!

The support came from all directions.  

Sumter Oaks RV Park took 12 of the children and provided gifts for all of them.  Many citizens throughout Bushnell came to pick their child or children to make their Christmas bright.

The community was so gracious that along with the 50 names on the tree, we also sent out 3 very large boxes of extra toys so no one was forgotten.
 
A huge THANK YOU TO THE COMMUNITY!

On Saturday, March 21st, the City of Bushnell hosted its first "Crafts on the Corner" craft show in the beautiful Downtown Park. The first annual event was a success, thanks to all of the wonderful vendors that were present with their beautiful handmade items.

One of our vendors, Mr. Jim Fife was a big hit with everyone. While onsite he created a few beautiful pieces that were just amazing. The first was a wood spirit, then a bear and last was an owl, these creations were all beautiful and it was amazing to see the trees brought back to life.

Thank you to Mrs. Ruby Mark for coming out and sharing her beautiful voice with all of us.

A big thank you to the community for coming out to visit and helping to make this a success for everyone. We, here at the City of Bushnell, look forward to making this an annual event for many years to come, so come on out and see us again.

The City of Bushnell held another community event with a Movie in the Park on March 14th, showing the Disney movie "Planes - Fire and Rescue".  Along with the movie, our local hero's from the Sumter Sheriff’s Office, Sumter Fire Services and the Withlacoochee Forestry Center came and supported the movie event.

A special thank you from the City of Bushnell goes out to all of the agencies who took the time to make the evening a success;  Thank you to the Withlacoochee Forestry Center for bringing Smokey the Bear, Fire Buster the Clown, and the forestry vehicles that transformed into character for the event. Smokey was a hit with the kids for pictures and Fire Buster made kids smile with the special balloon animals.

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office brought out the SWAT vehicle for the kids to explore. One lucky little girl was even able to turn on the emergency lights.

Sumter Fire Rescue brought Sparky the Fire Dog, their beautiful Fire Engine and water tender truck. Sparky was a hit with the kids for pictures and they even let the kids hold and shoot the fire hose while knocking down the cones with water, what a hit that was!

The parents of the Dixie Youth Baseball team did a great job on the food concession as well as, bringing in the delicious kettle corn made by Bret Spaude and his wife.

Thank you to the community for all of your continued support and we look forward to seeing you all at the next event!

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