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Weekly Highlights: March 3, 2017

Post Date:03/03/2017 10:53 AM

Each week, the City departments report some of their achievements and tasks. Here are this week's highlights. For more information, contact the City Manager's Office at (941) 429-7077. 


  • Staff met with a hotel development firm interested in North Port for potential sites for expanding a new hotel concept in south county.  Several interested parties have begun to view North Port as a viable location for a new hotel.
  • Staff met with a Florida company seeking assistance in the development of a local market for their product.
  • As part of the City’s outreach with the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce, staff attended the Networking Breakfast and the Business and Economic Development Committee meeting. 
  • Staff attended the Ribbon Cutting of the Child Protection Center sponsored by the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce as part of the outreach efforts undertaken to promote economic development.  Staff had assisted the Center in finding the location for their operation in North Port in Bobcat Village Center.
  • “How North Port Grows” with Ruth and Randy airs every Thursday at 5pm on WKDW 97.5, North Port’s community radio station.  With the installation of a taller tower, the show can now be heard throughout the entire City of North Port.
  • Staff is assisting the Goodwill Opportunity Center to market its Micro Enterprise Program that teaches residents how to create their own business.  The series of classes begins on Monday, April 3, and will meet twice each week on Monday and Thursday evenings for six weeks.  Call (239) 995-2106 , ext. 2219 for more details.
  • The very successful Lunch and Learn workshop series is now accepting registrations for the first session of 2017, on “Clubs, Organizations, and Programs to Help Grow Your Business.” Registration is available online.
  • As part of the outreach efforts taken, staff will be attending the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo to be held at the Mullen Center on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 9-3 pm.
  • The USCA Canoe and Kayak National Championship will be held in North Port this weekend at the Cocoplum waterway. The public is invited to attend.
  • The Division continues to work on expanding the healthcare amenities for the City by meeting with key decision makers and doing due diligence on various leads.
  • Staff is actively supporting Leadership North Port, and Class 2017’s class project to help renovate the teen center at the Gene Matthews Boys and Girls Club.
  • The Division just wrapped up its 30 days hosting the Management Intern under the joint program with the Town of Longboat Key and Sarasota County.


  • Accounts Payable paid 257 invoices and 80 vendors totaling $2,456,482.05 for goods and services provided to the City. 
  • The City received $4,195,193.89 in revenues from utility payments, Warm Mineral Springs, and other miscellaneous sources.
  • Staff processed 14 purchase orders, 11 visa requests, and 3 sole sources.
  • Staff prepared daily bank deposits and cash reconciliations.
  • Staff processed monthly impact fee reports.
  • Staff continued to work on the FY 2016 CAFR.
  • Staff processed payroll changes and completed pension reporting.
  • Staff attended budget one-on-one meetings.


  • North Port Fire Rescue responded to 163 incidents. These responses included one outside fire and one vehicle fire, 127 EMS calls, 19 service calls, 12 good intent calls, and three false alarms.
  • North Port residents called in 12 smoke detector service requests. Fire Rescue personnel checked 36 detectors, replaced 36 batteries, and installed two detectors.
  • Fire Rescue Administrative staff purchased $2,575.10 in EMS supplies and pharmaceuticals.
  • Fire Rescue staff met with the Finance Department, Fleet Management and Information Technology to kick-off the FY2017-18 budget process.
  • Fire Rescue staff attended a meeting of the Florida Association for Fire Accreditation and Professional Credentialing in Deerfield Beach to meet with other fire agencies on the process of accreditation under the Commission for Public Safety Excellence.
  • Fire Rescue Staff met with a vendor on a new inventory management system which uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags to quickly inspect and track supplies and equipment on vehicles and supply rooms.
  • Fire Prevention staff investigated a complaint of an illegal open burn.
  • Fire Prevention staff conducted a fire alarm test for a replaced fire alarm control panel at the Mullins Center.
  • Fire Prevention staff conducted a fire sprinkler visual and hydrostatic test at the new Autozone under construction on Creighton Creek Way.
  • Fire Prevention staff conducted a re-issue change of occupancy for a new tattoo parlor on Tamiami Trail.
  • Fire Prevention staff conducted numerous annual fire and life safety inspections and reviewed plans for special events, new and remodel construction, sprinkler and fire alarm plans.


  • Social Services received  6 requests for computer applications to Dept. of Children and Family.
  • Social Services met with Salvation Army of Sarasota and Sarasota County Govt. for CSBG program discussion.
  • Social Services completed 2 Financial Screenings.
  • Social Services received 3 referrals for rental assistance.
  • Social Services received 6 information requests.
  • Social Services completed 2 rental applications.
  • Social Services referred 3 clients to other Agencies for Financial Assistance.
  • Social Services completed 14 LIHEAP Screenings.
  • Social Services Completed 5 LIHEAP applications.
  • Social Services Completed 1 EHEAP application.
  • Social Services received 2 HMIS referrals from Salvation Army Sarasota
  • Parks & Recreation staff processed thirty-seven (37) Achieve Anything memberships consisting of ten (10) Annual memberships, five (5) one-month Memberships,  eleven (11) Three-month membership, eight (8) DFY memberships, and three (3) City employees.
  • There were a total of 819 membership and daily/drop-in visits to the Morgan and Mullen Community Centers.
  • There were one hundred forty-seven (147) visits to the Skate Park.
  • There were eight (8) facility rentals for a total of twenty-eight (28) hours.
  • There was one (1) open space rental for a total of eight (8) hours.
  • There were four (4) pavilion rentals for a total of thirteen (13) hours.
  • Parks & Recreation facilitated twenty-one (21) hours of community service at the Community Center facilities.
  • To date, the water bottle filling stations located at the Community Centers have reduced the number of plastic bottles potentially discarded as landfill waste in an amount equivalent to 58,198 water bottles.
  • Weekly programming included Beginner Archery, Table Tennis, Pickleball, Tot Time, Martial Arts, Line Dance, Ballroom Dance & Social, Jazzercise, Zumba, Zumba Step, Pound, Volleyball, Soccer, Drama Kids, and Yogarobics. Recreation Attendants provided instruction for Adventure Time, Beginner’s Photography, Intermediate Photography, Skateboarding Clinic, Senior Fitness, Writer’s Workshop, Lunch Time Crouch and TRX Suspension Training.
  • Parks & Recreation staff participated in the "Ladies the World is Waiting for You" event at North Port High School on 2/24.
  • Parks & Recreation Staff attended Conflict Resolution Training on 2/28 and 3/1 provided by North Port Police Department.
  • GMAC Summer Camp registration continues with thirty (30) participants registered to date for various weeks of camp.
  • Parks & Recreation is accepting vendor applications for the “Arts on the Green” event on 3/11.
  • Parks & Recreation is accepting vendor applications for the “Community Health and Wellness Fair” event on 3/25.
  • Parks & Recreation staff participated in the "Ladies the World is Waiting for You" event at North Port High School on 2/24.
  • Parks & Recreation Staff attended Conflict Resolution Training on 2/28 and 3/1 provided by North Port Police Department.
  • IT completed 61 Service orders.
  • IT provided technical support for a Commission strategic planning session.
  • IT staff participated in a Microsoft training session.
  • Marketing & Communications worked on publicity for the upcoming Health & Wellness Fair on March 25, 2017 at the George Mullen Activity Center. A news story was posted to the City’s website and a Facebook page was created to promote the event on social media.
  • The General Services Administration moved into their new office space on the third floor of City Hall.
  • Marketing & Communications had one-on-one meetings with each of the Division managers to discuss upcoming projects and go over the last month’s activities.
  • Marketing & Communications is working with Vision Internet and Information Technology on some of the ongoing issues with the City’s website. The E-notification feature was fixed.
  • Marketing & Communications posted several updates to the City’s social media pages.
  • Marketing & Communications shared all of the social media analytics with the City Manager’s Office so that a report could be compiled for an award submission.


  • The Property Standards Division conducted 79 initial inspections, five verbal warnings, 81 notices of Ordinance, 145 re- inspections and closed 114 cases.
  • The Building Division issued 38 miscellaneous permits, 25 right of way permits and ten new house permits.
  • Groundskeepers’s weekly maintenance included mowing, weeding, trimming and pesticide control of Citywide facilities and parks.  They will be raking playgrounds.  They are working on irrigation inspections/repairs citywide, preparing for the weekly Farmer’s Market, Paw Park Weekly Maintenance.  They are working on irrigation inspections and repairs throughout the City.  They are prepping for the Dallas White Canoe Event this weekend.  They are prepping for the Employee Luncheon at GMAC.  They are working with a vendor who is replacing the street lights throughout the City Hall Complex.
  • Maintenance weekly maintenance included delivery and stocking of janitorial products.   They are doing street light repairs with Public Works.  They are doing an office move for GS and HR.  They will be setting up and breaking down for the employee luncheon.  They are working on cubicle remodel in HR.  They are working on dock repairs at Dallas White.  They cleaned out the garage of the PD for their Relay for Life event. 


  • Staff meeting with finance on 2018 budget kickoff meeting.
  • Staff conducting the Citizen Public Safety Academy (week 4) – 25 citizens in attendance, on Thursday evenings from 6 to 10pm, for 13 weeks to include graduation  
  • Staff meet for policy review
  • Staff conduct quarterly audits for Accreditation 
  • Staff meet with I.T. on technology budget review  


  • The City received 668 customer service calls last week and processed 64 new customers.
  • Staff read 4,808 meters, verified 48 water reads, installed 2 new meters, and set 3 meters in the Pilot Project area.
  • Staff met with the IT department to discuss the technology budget for next fiscal year.
  • Staff met with Land Management to discuss correcting property addresses.
  • Staff attended a SWFWMD Public Water Supply meeting.
  • Staff welcomed a new Customer Service Rep I, provided department training, and gave tours of the Water and Wastewater Plants.
  • Staff held a site visit in for interested firms who responded to the Request for Quotes for the MIT project at the Wastewater Plant.
  • Staff held a weekly update meeting with Stantec Engineering for the WVID Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • WTP Rain Update: The City received 0.60 inches of rain last week; this is above normal as the average for this time of the year is .09 inches.
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