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City of Bushnell, Florida

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As a part of the State Road (S.R.) 48 widening project from east of the I-75 ramps to Main Street (County Road 475), contractor D.A.B Constructors, Inc. will be closing the north side of West Street from S.R. 48 to West Palm Avenue. They will be detouring traffic starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 14 until Thursday, March 16. The detour will instruct motorists traveling south on West Street to take West Palm Avenue to North York Street to State Road 48. Motorists on State Road 48 will be directed to take North York Street to West Palm Avenue to West Street.

Access to residences and businesses will be maintained. Please note that this schedule may change due to weather or other unexpected conditions.

Current project information will be posted to the Central Florida FDOT website at: www.cflroads.com

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.

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BUSHNELL MODIFYING THE MORATORIUM ON THE COLLECTION OF CAPACITY RESERVATION CHARGES FOR CONNECTIONS TO THE CITY OF BUSHNELL'S WATER AND SEWER UTILITIES

The City Council of the City of Bushnell, Florida, has determined that the economic conditions of the City and County warrant a modification of the moratorium on capacity reservation charges and that it is in the best interest of the citizens of the City of Bushnell to modify the moratorium.

The moratorium on the collection of capacity reservation charges for connecting to the City's water and sewer utilities shall apply to any residential, commercial, or industrial zoned property located within the boundaries of the City of Bushnell, Florida, that meet the following criteria:

(a)  The property was developed prior to the effective date of this Ordinance or the property is a new development that has been issued all necessary building permits prior to the expiration of the moratorium and

(b)  The property is assessed ad valorem taxes.  

It is the intent of the City Council of the City of Bushnell that while the moratorium on the collection of capacity reservation charges is in effect, capacity reservation charges shall be charged according to the following schedule with the first 2 equivalent residential units (ERU’s) waived. Sewer $1500/ERU; Water $562.50/ERU. The City Council will consider this ordinance for a second and final reading on July 11th, 2016. This Ordinance shall take effect upon its enactment by the City Council of the City of Bushnell, Florida.

The City was awarded a $50,000 Florida Recreational Development Assistance Grant [FRDAP] for fiscal year 2015-2016 and is adding another $50,000 from City Funds to build permanent restrooms as well as another pavillion at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park. This park is located at 6927 S. Bradley St Bushnell.

The City was waiting for final approval of the grant funds before construction could begin; the funds were just recently approved. The construction started around May 12 and is expected to be completed by August 15, 2016.

This is just one of the many improvements that are upcoming for our beautiful city parks as we continue to be "Committed to the Quality of Your Life!"

As 2015 comes to a close, the City of Bushnell City Council, City Clerk and staff would like to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year! The City is proud to serve the citizens of Bushnell, and the community at large. Bushnell City Council has reduced your power costs to lower electric rates over the past year, and to continue to keep your property taxes low, while still funding public events and donating to local not for profit groups, like the baseball leagues, to support the youth of this community.

Thank you to the citizens of Bushnell for supporting events like the movies in the park, the Senior Center, car shows, craft shows, the Fall Festival and Santa in the Park, for events like these are funded solely by you through your tax dollars and revenues, along with any grant funding the city can acquire! If you enjoy these wonderful programs and our beautiful parks, you can thank a Bushnell citizen for it!

There are changes coming to Bushnell, and with the widening of SR 48 to I-75, that is sure to bring more growth to the community. The City wants you to be an informed citizen, and will be providing information on future projects and events that will affect your City. You are encouraged to attend City Council meetings, or just visit City Hall to ask questions about any information you might be interested in. The issue of the Bushnell Electric System will be a very important topic in 2016, and as a Bushnell resident affected by this issue, the City urges you to get your facts from the City. You can find information about City meetings by visiting our website at www.cityofbushnellfl.com, obtain full agenda packet information before any meeting, and see our events calendar for any event – city sponsored or other not for profit events in Bushnell.

Thank you to the citizens of Bushnell, serving this great community has been such a pleasure, and the Bushnell City Council, City Clerk and Staff just want you to know that we appreciate you!

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