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Every other week the City of Bushnell will be posting a "Citizens Progress Report" on our website. This report will help to inform the public as to what construction elements will be taking place for the Downtown Park Improvements, Drainage Improvements, and Sidewalk & Bike Paths Projects.
Please check our website regularly for these informative Citizens Progress Reports.
If you have any additional questions regarding proposed construction related issues, please contact Bushnell City Hall during regular working hours at (352) 793-2591.
Please be patient with the City of Bushnell during the upcoming months as we continue construction on all three of these projects. Once completed, these projects will only serve to beautify and enhance the entire downtown Bushnell area as well as the communities surrounding the downtown park.
CITIZEN PROGRESS REPORTS:
CONSTRUCTION HAS STARTED!
The construction of the downtown park area near Bushnell Plaza began on the morning of January 5th, 2012. A silt fence was placed around the perimeter of the future park.
On the morning of January 6th, 2012, the contractors began to remove the trees. There were a lot of mixed emotions regarding this aspect of the project. Months before construction began, various City staff examined the large live oak in the center of the downtown area and believed that the tree was unhealthy. The City wanted to keep the tree in place, however, with the future of our citizens' safety in mind, the City decided to have the tree removed.
The City feared that the tree would fall on the newly constructed park or possibly injure someone with falling debris. If this were to occur, it would be an expensive repair bill to the taxpayers, or worse if someone were to get hurt. The City's fears were confirmed once the tree was removed. The large live oak was rotten and diseased. The construction supervisor for QGS Developement, Shannon Sherrill, stated that the tree would not have lasted more than two years before experiencing some problems. Although the tree is gone, more trees will be planted to enhance the beauty of the downtown area.
Before Art Walker begins construction on the drainage improvements in the downtown area, there will be a meeting with all of the Business owners. The meeting will be held at the Bushnell City Hall council chambers. The City is hopeful that the drainage improvements will solve the flooding problems that the businesses along Bushnell Plaza have had in the past, and this project will be of no cost to the business owners. Once the contractor receives notification from the railroad on a required permit, he can set the construction date, and the meeting date will happen before the first shovel hits the dirt. The City will make sure to keep all businesses along the Plaza up to date with meeting information.
HAVE YOU NOTICED THE FLAGS IN THE GROUND ALL AROUND TOWN?
Throughout the construction process you will see flags around town that mark locates for the bike path and sidewalks that are to be constructed. It is important not to disturb these flags. They are there so that construction crews can avoid important underground lines, therefore, avoiding an interruption in your cable service, telephone service and other utilities services. Please do not pull up any of these flags, and report anyone you might see doing so. Any lines cut will only delay the construction, and ultimately add costs to the completion of the jobs.