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CITY OF BUSHNELL ELECTIONS


VOTING WILL BE ON NOVEMBER 6TH WITH THE GENERAL ELECTION

Bushnell residents will be voting for the Bushnell candidate of choice (Seat 5) and the City of Bushnell Charter Amendments in the upcoming General Election. The General Election date is November 6, 2018. When you cast your vote for State and County Officials, you will also be able to vote for the Bushnell Candidate of choice. Council Seat Candidates are Incumbent Councilwoman Karen Davis and Tracy Taylor.

You will NOT vote at the Bushnell City Hall for the City Election. You will vote for your City of Bushnell Candidates at your County designated precinct.

Should you have any questions or concerns please call the Sumter County Supervisor of Elections 352-569-1540 or Bushnell City Hall 352-793-2591.

Attention: The Proposed Charter Amendments are attached in Ordinance 2018-07. If you should have any questions regarding the Proposed Charter Amendments, please call City Clerk, Christina Dixon at 352-793-2591 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Hear ye, Hear ye! The 2018 Bushnell Fall Festival is quickly approaching! This year’s Fall Festival and Parade theme is “Medieval Magic”. We Invite you to share your visions of Kings & Queens, Knights & Nobles, and Dragons & Castles. We have provided the vendor application as well as the sponsorship information for you to download and complete. [Open/download the attachments below]

Please feel free to contact Rebecca Morrison at 352-874-5175 or via email, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Sponsorships and vendor spaces are all offered on a first come, first served basis so act now before you miss your opportunity!

The City of Bushnell has received a Safety Award from the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) for its continued commitment to safe work practices during the past year.

For the past 30 years, FMEA has recognized the efforts of Florida's public power utilities to stress worker safety as the No. 1 priority. Utilities are placed into categories according to their total man-hours worked, and rewarded for the most incident-free records. The incidence rate used to judge utilities was based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses compared to the total number of worker-hours during 2017, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The City of Bushnell was recognized for a perfect record with no reported accidents on the job in category A, which is comprised of utilities with up to 59,999 man-hours worked. This recognition reflects the city of Bushnell's commitment to protecting workers' safety, while also ensuring reliable electric service to the customers. In an industry where serious injuries and fatalities are inherent, safety training is the best line of defense in preventing accidents and saving lives.

Awards were presented on March 10 at the FMEA Annual Florida Lineman Competition Awards banquet in Lakeland.

About FMEA: The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provide electricity to more than 3 million of Florida's residential and business consumers.

Press Release: Sumter County Smart 911 Service

Contact: Bradley Arnold

Immediate Release County Administrator
February 16, 2018 (352) 689-4400
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Sumter County adds Smart 911 service.

Wildwood, FL -

Sumter County announces today that their communications center has completed the integration of
Smart 911 services for Sumter County.

Smart 911 is a service without additional cost that allows citizens to create a safety profile that
includes any information they want first responders to have when responding to their call. In the
event there is a need to dial 9-1-1, the caller's Smart 911 profile will appear on the call taker
computer screen.

The PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) remains the first point of access to emergency services
and each advancement in technology has improved our ability to respond to the community.

With the addition of Smart 911 in Sumter County today, we reflect on the 50 years of 9-1-1. On
February 16, 1968, Alabama Speaker of the House, Mr. Rankin Fite, made the first 9-1-1 call from
the Haleyville City Hall.

For additional information and to create a safety profile, see www.smart911.com for additional
information.

If you have any questions, please contact Sumter County at (352) 689-4400.

The next music in the park event will be held on March 10, 2018 from 2 pm to 5 pm. See the flyer below for more information.

 

Music in the Park 3-10-2018

The next music in the park event will be held on February 10th from 2 pm to 5 pm. See the flyer below for more information!!

02-10-18 Music in the Park

 

(Tallahassee, Fla.) – The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) recently honored the community service efforts of the City of Bushnell by recognizing the municipal electric utility with the 2016 Building Strong Communities Award.

Honored during the Building Strong Communities luncheon at FMEA’s annual Energy Connections Conference and Trade Show in Orlando, on October 27, the City of Bushnell received the award for its commitment to enhancing its customers’ quality of life through community improvement programs such as the Summer Day Camp, Bushnell Fall Festival,  Movies in the Parks, Public Safety Awareness Programs and Crafts Around the Corner Arts and Crafts Show.

“Being a part of the community is about more than making sure the lights are on,” said FMEA Executive Director Barry Moline. “The recipients of the 2016 FMEA Building Strong Communities Awards excel in not only taking an interest in seeing their communities succeed, but also actively working toward making them better places to live and building strong communities.”

About FMEA: The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provide electricity to more than 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers.

The City of Bushnell, Public Works, and Utility Department, put on a wonderful demonstration for the Sumter County Youth Center, on July 14, 2016. The City set up six different work stations at the Youth Center, and the children went from station to station to learn about what each station does. Approximately 145 children got to attend and learn about the different things these departments do for the City and its citizens every day.

The first station was Chris Hariprashad, he taught the children about the grapple truck, and what this truck does. This truck is able to pick up very large, heavy piles of trash, brush and trees that are put out to be removed on Wednesdays, our miscellaneous pickup day. This piece of equipment not only saves time, but allows heavy items to be picked up without injury to the employees.

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The second station was the new garbage truck that was shown to the kids by Doug Wheeler. Doug explained that when people throw their trash away and put the cart out for pickup, he is the one to come by with this big truck to pick it up. He showed the children how the garbage truck works and how it can pick up the cart as well as a dumpster. He showed the kids how it dumps the trash into the truck and where the trash goes once the truck is full.

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Below is a picture of both the grapple and grabage truck in action!

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The third and fourth stations were put on by the Utility department, Jay Fuller, Isaac Wietan and Nate Story. This department takes care of providing electricity and water to all of our homes and businesses in town. Nate Story was in the bucket and he explained to the kids just how the department uses the bucket trucks to work on the power lines when the power goes out and when installing new lines. He also explained how the bucket helps to keep them safe while working.4

In the picture below, Isaac Wietan, is running the auger truck while Jay Fuller is explaining to the kids what this machine does and how they use this to dig holes and set utility poles in the ground when running electric throughout the city.

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The 5th station was provided by the Public Works department on play ground equipment safety. This presentation was given by Mike Zapata and Keith Raftery. Mike explained about playground safety; an example that he used was the swings, that they are regulated to be at a certain height off the ground and when people throw the swings over the top pole to make them higher they are actually making them dangerous for themselves and others! He explained that this should not be done.

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The final station for the day was with Michael Worthington, and Casey Hickman, who taught the kids about what a backhoe is and what it does. Michael explained how the backhoe works by having the kids put one arm out straight to the side at shoulder height and use their hands as the bucket to imitate scooping. He explained that the backhoe and bucket move very similar to this. The children enjoyed seeing the machine in action to scoop, dump and level the dirt.

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The City of Bushnell, provided each child with a "Be Bright and Turn off the Light" bag for participating in a fun filled day with our city employees.  The children had a great day seeing and experiencing some of the day to day tasks that our Public Works and Utility Departments do through out our city.

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A big "Thank you" to the Sumter County Youth Center, for inviting us into your facility to spend a wonderful day with your kids.  This really was a wonderful way to educate the local kids and get them familiar with who provides these local services for them and what it takes to take care of our beautiful city.
       

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, located at 6927 S. Bradley st. is comprised of 4.5 acres of land dedicated to a variety of sporting and recreational activities. This park consists of basketball courts, a volleyball court, a soccer field, a multi-purpose field, a jogging and exercising trail. There is a playground area complete with swings and picnic facilities.


The City will be constructing bathrooms in 2015, and has applied for a grant that the City hopes to receive to pay for the bathrooms and other improvements. Grant funding allows the City to make improvements that don't cost the City taxpayers.


The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park is open from dawn until dusk. Pets are not allowed.

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 children in the community. This year the support and out-reach from the community was overwhelming!

The support came from all directions. Sumter Oaks RV Park came and took 18 children and provided gifts for them.  Many citizens throughout Bushnell came to pick their child or children to make their Christmas bright. A huge THANK YOU TO THE COMMUNITY!
                          

The local girls softball team, SWAT 14U (Softball with Attitude Girls 14 and up) held a tournament at Kenny Dixon sports Complex and did a Pitch, Hit & Give.  Every player was asked to bring a new unwrapped toy for a child. The girls did an amazing job collecting toys for those in need. All of the toys collected were donated to the Children's Home Society. It was a very Merry Christmas, thanks to our very generous and caring community! THANK YOU GIRLS!

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