City of Bushnell, Florida

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                   Electric Expansion Info Update Image 05-31-2017

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 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

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.

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.



  • 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:




Bushnell residents voted for Council Seat 2 in the Nov. 8th General Election. Council Seat Candidates were incumbent Bill Durham and John Reuter.  Bill Durham was re-elected by Bushnell voters to serve another 4 year term and he will be sworn in at the January 5th City Council meeting.  Agendas and full Council agenda packets are available for viewing and download on the city's website.

A referendum also appeared on the November 8 ballot that was put forward by the citizen’s group called “Save Bushnell” and is called TRUTH IN SALES OF CITY PROPERTY. It says that, before selling protected city properties, the voters must be given information like the sale price and terms of the deal. It passed with an overwhelming majority.  For questions, please contact Bushnell City Hall at 352-793-2591.

The City of Bushnell was well prepared for Hurricane Matthew, and those preparations were evident as the City came through the storm with no outages, and no major tree damage. Bushnell Electric linemen and Public Works employees were on standby all night on Thursday, and continued through Friday's winds and rain.  City Hall was open at 8 am on Friday, taking calls and responding to questions from area residents.
Please be mindful if you are going to be traveling over the next few days, there are outages in other areas. While the threat of Hurricane Matthew to the City of Bushnell and Sumter County area has passed, it is important to remember that the danger is not over just because the storm has ended here.  Bushnell Electric reminds residents to:

•  Never, ever touch a downed power line or go near one. Always assume the power line is live.
•  Do not touch anything or anyone in contact with a fallen power line or other equipment.
•  If a power line falls on your car, stay inside the vehicle and call for help.
•  Do not pull tree limbs off power lines. Leave those for utility crews to safely handle.
•  Avoid areas with debris and downed trees. There could be live power lines hidden inside.

Beware of Fraudulent websites! It has come to the City’s attention that there is a site accepting utility payments that is not authorized by the city.

Please make any online website payments on the City of Bushnell's website, at www.cityofbushnellfl.com

Then click on the box on the right side of the home page that says "Pay Your Bushnell Utility Bill Online! Click here".

Please contact City Hall if you have any questions, 352-793-2591.

To ensure your safety and the safety of others, please exercise extra caution when driving through construction work zones.

SUMTER COUNTY - Beginning Thursday night, August 4, eastbound traffic on State Road (SR) 48 between the Interstate 75 (I-75) interchange and Lowery Street will be moved to the newly built pavements. Once the shift is complete, traffic will be restricted to the two outside lanes in both directions.

The pattern change is necessary to construct the median and improve safety as part of the I-75 widening project from the Hernando County/Sumter County line and County Road 470. All work will be contained within the inside travel lanes in both directions along the median.

This traffic pattern change will impact access to businesses along both sides of SR 48 (See map below). For example:

  *   Motorists will only be able to turn right when leaving Walmart out of the main driveway.
  *   Eastbound traffic needing to access businesses along the north side of SR 48 will have to make a U-turn at Lowery Street.
  *   Westbound traffic needing to access McDonald's or Bushnell Commons will have to either make a left turn into the Walmart driveway or make a U-turn west of I-75.

Once the median work is complete, the newly constructed inside lanes will open up for the final alignment in approximately one to two months.

Project updates will be posted to Florida Department of Transportation's Central Florida website,
www.cflroads.com<http://www.cflroads.com>. Construction-related questions can be directed to Public Information Coordinator Shemir Wiles at 352-427-4054 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. <mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >.

For media-related questions, please contact the Public Information Office at 386-943-5473 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. <mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >.

Project Name:   2016-2017 Kenny Dixon Park FRDAP

Project Grantee Name: City of Bushnell

Grant Proceeds will provide the following enhancements to the Kenny Dixon Sports Complex in Bushnell:

    • New playground for 3-12 year olds
    • New Pickle Ball Court
    • Renovate Picnic Facility
    • Renovate Playground
    • Renovate soccer field
    • Renovate volleyball field


The City of Bushnell is appreciative of these grant proceeds and looks forward to continued improvements in our parks for our citizens in the City of Bushnell and surrounding communities to enjoy.

On June 30, 2016 the City of Bushnell teamed up with the Sumter County Sheriff's Department, and held an "Active Shooter Awareness Seminar." This seminar was put on by Sergeant Istre, who is the Training Division Sergeant for the Sumter County Sheriff's Department. Sergeant Istre, has gone through a very rigorous training on this topic and was willing to share his knowledge to help keep our citizens safe.

This seminar was open to the public to help educate and teach citizens what to do if you are ever caught in a situation such as this. There were two classes available; 35 citizens attended the 4 pm class and approximately 25 citizens attended the 6 pm class. Sergeant Istre, gave a very energetic, informative, and educational presentation that was greatly appreciated by all who attended.

The citizens and the City of Bushnell would like to thank the Sumter County Sheriff's Office for taking the time to share this information that could ultimately save lives if we ever find ourselves in this situation.

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