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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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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 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.

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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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.

(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.
       

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, located at 6927 S. Bradley st. is comprised of 4.5 acres of land dedicated to a variety of sporting and recreational activities. This park consists of basketball courts, a volleyball court, a soccer field, a multi-purpose field, a jogging and exercising trail. There is a playground area complete with swings and picnic facilities.


The City will be constructing bathrooms in 2015, and has applied for a grant that the City hopes to receive to pay for the bathrooms and other improvements. Grant funding allows the City to make improvements that don't cost the City taxpayers.


The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park is open from dawn until dusk. Pets are not allowed.

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