UPDATE ON ARBITRATION - REGARDING THE CONSIDERATION TO EXPAND THE CITY OF BUSHNELL ELECTRIC SERVICE TERRITORY IN THE CITY LIMITSWritten by Administrator
The arbitration hearing was held at the Sumter County Courthouse in the historic courtroom during the week of February 20-24th. Three arbitrators heard the considerations from both SECO and the City on the purchase option valuation for the service territory that SECO currently serves inside the city limits. It will take some time for the arbitrators to go over all the information, and determine a fair market value. Once this occurs, the City will then be able to do a firm cost vs. benefit analysis to see if exercising the purchase option is a good decision for the City. The findings and subsequent decision will be discussed with Bushnell City Council in a public meeting.
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The City of Bushnell and SECO will begin Arbitration proceedings on Monday, February 20th, at the Sumter County historic courthouse, beginning at 9am. This process will take several days, and will determine the actual purchase price for the electric system inside the city limits that SECO currently serves. The Bushnell City Council will discuss and decide on this decision at an upcoming City Council meeting. If you would like to receive an agenda, you can sign up online and one will be automatically sent to you via email when it is published. Stay informed – sign up today!
Administrative and technical position directing the operation and overall performance of the City of Bushnell’s Electric Distribution, Potable Water, and Wastewater systems. Plans and supervises all activities of the departments. Prepares and maintains department records. Makes written and oral presentations. Reports directly to the City Manager.
- Ability to communicate effectively with good interpersonal skills.
- Knowledge of electric distribution practices and procedures.
- Knowledge of regulatory and safety issues of the various departments.
- Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and supervise the activities of the departments.
- Minimum of ten years collective experience in the supervision, operation and maintenance of Electric, Water, and Wastewater systems
- A degree from an accredited university in an engineering discipline is preferred.
The position offers an excellent benefit package. Salary for this position is commensurate with experience and education.
Letters of interest and resumes will be accepted until February 24, 2017.
Please email all letters of interest and resumes to
or by US mail to:
Kelly Marcoux, Director of HR
City of Bushnell
PO Box 115
Bushnell, FL 33513
The City of Bushnell is a Drug Free Workplace and an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
ARE YOU AN ELECTRIC CUSTOMER OF THE CITY OF BUSHNELL?
* $500 ELECTRIC SCHOLARSHIP *
Scholarship may be used for college or vocational education
• Applicant must reside in the home of a City electric customer
• 2.5 G.P.A. minimum
• Graduating Senior - Class of 2017
• Submission of an essay on required topic
• Due Date April 17, 2017
For more information, download the attachments below.
Every year the City of Bushnell teams up with the Children's Home Society and places an Angel Tree in the lobby of City Hall. This allows the community to help grant Christmas wishes to less fortunate children in the community. This year the support and out-reach from the community was overwhelming! Many citizens throughout Bushnell came to pick their special child or children to make their Christmas bright. Sumter Oaks RV Park took 12 of the children and provided gifts for all of them! The community was so gracious that along with the 40 names on the tree, we also sent out 6 very large boxes of extra toys so no one was forgotten.
A huge THANK YOU TO THE COMMUNITY and a very Merry Christmas!
Current Status on Consideration to Expand the Electric System inside the City Limits – Arbitration Hearing postponed for limited timeWritten by Administrator
The Arbitration Hearing, to determine the purchase cost of the SECO electric system inside the city limits, has been postponed, due to an unavoidable delay, until a future date in early 2017. The purpose of the arbitration is to decide the appropriate value of the SECO electric system, inside the Bushnell City Limits only, so that the City can do a cost benefit analysis to determine if this purchase is a good decision for the future of Bushnell’s citizens.
Citizens for Cooperative Power (SECO-Supported Petition):
A judge has ruled that the SECO-backed petition submitted by Citizens for Cooperative Power is illegal and ordered the City NOT to place the question requiring the sale of Bushnell Electric to SECO on the ballot. The judge also said that any ballot question on the sale of City property should include the terms of the deal.
Save Bushnell Citizens Group Petition:
That brings us to another petition from a newly formed group called “Save Bushnell”, which also conducted a petition drive to change Bushnell’s charter. That change would require the terms of a deal be shared with voters when they are asked to approve the sale of City property. Save Bushnell has collected the required signatures and the City Council is reviewing their proposed charter change. It has not yet been placed on the ballot.
In the meantime, Bushnell is continuing arbitration with SECO. The goal is to determine the fair market value of the section of Bushnell that SECO currently services. Once the facts are known we can continue the discussion about whether it makes sense to purchase SECO’s electric system in the city limits as allowed in our contract. We don’t know how long this process will take but the current calendar calls for a hearing before the end of the year.
Sumter County Times published a few articles on these subjects in their July 26, 2016 edition. Open the attachments below to read these articles!
Open the attachment below for the most up to date information on the Electric Expansion; including answers to frequently asked questions.
We had a great response from our Customers for the Community Event Survey that was sent out with the April bills. Here is some of what we learned from the results of the survey.
The majority of our customers learn about upcoming events from:
- Newsletters and Bill stuffers
- Ads in the local Newspapers
- The City Website
The Community Events that were most widely attended by survey participants included the Fall Festival, Movie’s in the Park and the “Crafts on the Corner” Craft Show.
Comments about the Community events included:
- “The events offered are wonderful!”
- “Great! Keep up the good work.”
- “I love the fact that the City started playing movies in the park; it gives us more family times.”
- “Super job for our children (our future)!”
- “The fall festival was great at the Kenny Dixon Park – at first I was opposed to it but it turned out to be great!”
- “Keep working on the Craft Show to make it bigger and better. The first 2 years were a nice start.”
The rain barrel winner was selected at the Bushnell City Council meeting held on Monday, May 2nd. Ms. Ophelia Tucker won the rain barrel. She stated she had the perfect location for it in her garden.
Congratulations to Ms. Tucker, and the City hopes it adds beauty to your garden!