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PUBLIC NOTICE:

The City of Bushnell is currently accepting proposals for the following project:

CITY OF BUSHNELL, FLORIDA JOB GROWTH INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT FOR SUMTERVILLE WATER SYSTEM UPGRADES PROJECT

ENGINEERING SERVICES

For more information, please download the attachment below.

Bushnell, Fla. – May 29, 2018 – City of Bushnell    

As Florida prepares for the 2018 hurricane season, the City of Bushnell reminds you to stay safe and be prepared. 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 past hurricanes, tropical storms and weather-related events.

1.    Should your power go out, unplug appliances and electronics to prevent power surges when electricity is restored. Power surges often damage equipment and create fire hazards.

2.    If you use a portable generator: DON’T run a generator in the house, DON’T run a generator in the garage, and DON’T plug a generator directly into a house’s main electrical system. The first two could lead to suffocation and the third could send an electrical charge back to the power grid, which would create an electrocution hazard for utility workers. DO set up generators outside in a well-ventilated area, and DO plug individual appliances directly into the generator.

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.    Utilities typically cannot respond to customers with special needs during or immediately after a storm. Have an evacuation plan and know special needs shelter locations. If you or someone you know has special electrical medical equipment needs, notify the electric utility prior to 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 you lose water pressure, approximately 40 gallons of fresh water will be stored in the tank. Fill bathtubs and the washing machine with water to cleaning with and to operate toilets.

10.    Clear the patio and yard of lawn furniture, toys, potted plants and other items that could blow away and cause damage or injury.

11.    Locate shut-off valves and locations for gas, water and electricity 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 starts June 1st and ends November 30th. For more information call City Hall at 352-793-2591.

To print this list of tips and other hurricane related information, open/download the attachments below.

The City of Bushnell began construction to extend the electric system for the Electric Integration Project. The construction began on January 30, 2018 on Roland Ave. in Bushnell.

The City of Bushnell has received multiple calls from Bushnell Business owners stating that they have been contacted by someone claiming to be their utility provider and that they need to make payment as soon as possible or their services will be disconnected! This is a SCAM!

DO NOT give them any information!

Please HANG UP and call us directly if you are not sure if they are legitimate or not.

 Be aware and don't fall for it!

If you have any questions, please call City Hall.

 

American Red Cross Disaster Relief Contact Information:

Mass Care Support Line 850-536-8340

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The City of Bushnell Electric Department, Public Works, and City Hall Staff are working diligently to restore power, clear roads, and make sure the needs of our citizens, and businesses are met after IRMA. City Hall is currently experiencing high call volumes, and our City Hall staff is responding to those calls. Duke Energy’s electric transmission line is back in-service and supplying power to the City. The City Electric Department is completing all necessary repairs to the electric distribution system, and City of Bushnell residents and businesses should start experiencing areas of power restoration today. The Public Works Department has been working to ensure the roads are clear, and safe for travel. Commercial garbage pick-up will begin on Wednesday, September 13th, and residential pick-up should be back on schedule on Thursday, September, 14th.The Public Works Department will soon begin the debris removal on the right-of-way of the streets. The Kenny Dixon Sports Complex is closed at this time due to the storm damage, and debris throughout the Park. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Bushnell Community Building, and Community Ball Park are open for business. Please continue to report road obstructions, and power outages.

The City of Bushnell appreciates your patience and understanding.

Bruce Hickle

City Manager

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. Carry proper identification in the event you need to enter identification check points to access your home or neighborhood.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 electric utility before the storm’s arrival.
  7. To determine a hurricane evacuation route, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org.
  8. 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.
  9. Clear patios and yards of lawn furniture, toys, potted plants and other items that could blow away and cause damage or injury.
  10. Locate gas water shut-off valves and the main electricity switch in the event they need to be turned off.
  11. 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 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.

To download/print these Hurricane Safety Tips, open the attachment below.

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 started 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.

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