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Weekly Highlights: March 10, 2017

Post Date:03/13/2017 10:11 AM

Each week, the City's departments report some of their achievements and tasks. Here is a list of the highlights from the week of March 10. For more information, contact the City Manager's Office at (941) 429-7077. 


  • Staff has been involved in the development of the HealthCare Career Fair with CareerSource Suncoast that will be held on Wednesday, April 5th from 9 am till 1 pm at the Morgan Family Community Center.  The Fair is designed to help approximately 15 local healthcare employers to find their best possible employee from North Port for their jobs.
  • Staff continues to meet with representatives of Goodwill, South Florida Technical College, CareerSource Suncoast to identify potential ways to help local residents and students prepare for careers in south county Sarasota 
  • Staff met with a business about its potential expansion to the City of North Port which would include a retail operation, warehouse, distribution and office headquarters.
  • Staff participated in a roundtable sponsored by the Charlotte Sun Newspaper to talk about issues facing North Port, Port Charlotte, and Punta Gorda involving economic development. 
  • As part of its Outreach Efforts, staff participated in a panel discussion at the first of this year’s Lunch & Learn series presented by the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce.  The subject matter concerned programs and groups that can assist in the growth of a local businesses growth.
  • “How North Port Grows” with Ruth and Randy airs every Thursday at 5 pm on WKDW 97.5 FM, 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. 
  • Apart of its outreach efforts, staff attended the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo that was held at the Mullen Center on Saturday, March 4th.  Businesses had the opportunity to showcase their businesses to the residents of the City. 
  • 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 3rd and will meet twice each week on Monday and Thursday evenings for six weeks.  Call (239) 995-2106, ext. 2219 to sign up for the Program.
  • Economic Development partners in Sarasota County are discussing how best to leverage the country’s sustainability efforts and programs to target clean energy sector.
  • The Community and Economic Development Advisory Board discussed and prepared a recommendation to City Commission on next steps for the medical task force.


  • Accounts Payable paid 150 invoices and 75 vendors totaling $924,769.66 for goods and services provided to the City. 
  • Staff received 17 new travel requests and audited 11 that were complete.
  • The City received $1,103,018.28 in revenues from utility payments, Warm Mineral Springs, and other miscellaneous sources.
  • Staff processed 3 purchase orders, 7 visa requests, and 3 sole sources.
  • Staff prepared daily bank deposits and cash reconciliations.
  • Staff continued to work on the FY 2016 CAFR.
  • Staff closed the month of February.
  • Staff processed payroll for 554 employees and processed payroll changes.
  • Staff attended budget one-on-one meetings with departments.


  • North Port Fire Rescue responded to 172 incidents.  These responses included 1 boiler malfunction; 6 brush fires; 119 EMS calls; 7 motor vehicle accidents; 14 assist invalid; 3 unauthorized burning; 1 mutual aid standby; 20 misc. calls. 
  • Fire Rescue Administrative staff approved 27 P-Card transactions and processed 114 invoices totaling $95,476.85 for goods and services.
  • Administrative staff attended the Assumptions, Projections and Priorities Workshop with Commission and is developing the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) FY 2018-22 worksheets and presentation.
  • Fire Rescue hosted the March Sarasota County EMS Advisory meeting at Station 81.  These meetings are held on a quarterly basis with area Fire, EMS and hospital staff members in attendance.
  • Logistics procured $3,314.93 in EMS supplies and pharmaceuticals.
  • Fire Prevention staff conducted a site visit and walk through at the Island Walk Clubhouse at the request of the Clubhouse manager.
  • Fire Prevention staff conducted a special event fire and life safety inspection for the San Pedro Festival.
  • Fire Prevention staff conducted an underground fire line hydrostatic pressure test and flush at the new Fire Station #85.
  • Fire Prevention staff conducted a fire alarm final inspection, a fire final inspection for certificate of occupancy, a fire sprinkler visual and hydrostatic test at Gran Paradiso.


  • Marketing & Communications trained Department staff on social media strategy. Staff brainstormed engaging activities that could be completed during Spring Break week.
  • Marketing & Communications pulled the social media analytics for the Department. The General Services Department reached 281,000 people in February.
  • Marketing & Communications continues to make improvements on the website. A meeting took place with Vision Internet to have some of the bigger, core issues fixed.
  • Marketing & Communications is working on the Fiscal Year 2018 budget.
  • Marketing & Communications is coordinating with the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce to host an Outdoor Day at Warm Mineral Springs for the Leadership North Port program. The program will be at Warm Mineral Springs on Friday, March 10.
  • Marketing & Communications is working on conducting a customer service survey at Warm Mineral Springs on March 17. The goal is to gain feedback from customers who are at the Springs related to their experience.
  • Marketing & Communications distributed 1,000 flyers related to the Charlotte Stone Crabs’ North Port Community Night. Flyers were distributed around City Hall and at City facilities, including the Morgan Center, Mullen Center, and the Family Service Center.
  • Marketing & Communications made several posts to social media this week and continues to answer questions. This included marketing efforts related to the Arts on the Green event on Saturday, March 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on City Center Green in front of City Hall.
  • Marketing & Communications staff assisted the City Manager’s staff and posted the Directors’ monthly reports on the City’s website.
  • Marketing & Communications staff designed a flyer listing the 2017 Federal Legislative Priorities for North Port City Commissioners to take with them to Washington, D.C.
  • Parks & Recreation staff processed thirty-seven (37) Achieve Anything memberships consisting of three (3) Annual memberships, six (6) one-month Memberships, one (1) Three-month membership, twenty-four (24) DFY memberships, and three (3) City employees.
  • There were a total of 1,609 membership and daily/drop-in visits to the Morgan and Mullen Community Centers.
  • There were one hundred fifty-one (151) visits to the Skate Park.
  • There were fifteen (15) facility rentals for a total of forty-eight (48) hours.
  • There was one (1) open space rental for a total of eight (8) hours.
  • There were six (6) pavilion rentals for a total of twenty-three (23) hours.
  • Parks & Recreation facilitated fourteen (14) 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 58,604 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 Crunch and TRX Suspension Training.
  • GMAC Summer Camp registration continues with thirty-nine (39) participants registered to date for various weeks of camp.
  • Parks & Recreation staff provided a presentation to City Commission at the March 4th Special meeting covering Division activities, accomplishments and initiatives.
  • A total of seven Parks & Recreation staff members were nominated for various Employee Recognition Awards at the City’s annual Employee Recognition Luncheon. Recreation Attendant Cynthia Mitchell was selected for this year’s Customer Service Award.
  • Parks & Recreation held the “Cocoplum Paddle-a-thon” and U.S. Aluminum Canoe Nationals on 3/4 and 3/5 at Dallas White Park with 50 participants.
  • Parks & Recreation along with Sarasota County Extension Services Master Gardener Program will hold a “Brown Bag Lunch Gardening Series” at the Garden of the Five Senses on 3/16 from 12pm – 1pm. The theme is “Wicked Weeds”.
  • Parks & Recreation is organizing “Rec on Wheels” at Highland Ridge Park on 3/15 from 3pm – 5pm.
  • Parks & Recreation is accepting registrations for the “5K Run Club” that begins on 3/27 at the Morgan Family Community Center from 6pm - 7pm; and the “Pickleball Mixed Doubles Tournament” on Saturday, March 18th at Highland Ridge Park starting at 8am.
  • Parks & Recreation is accepting vendor applications for the “Community Health and Wellness Fair” event on 3/25.
  • Social Service Division was honored to receive “Social Work Proclamation” for the month of March, 2017.
  • Social Service Division continues to finalize details for the Baby Shower and Pre-School Expo on April 8, 2017.
  • Social Service Division continues to provide financial assistance to clients with approved MOU’S for the LIHEAP and EHEAP program.
  • Social Service Division Case Workers attended the March 2, 2017 Commission meeting at City Hall.
  • Social Service Division met with Jewish Family and Children’s Services for network meeting.
  • Social Service Division completed 18 LHEAP Screenings.
  • Social Service Division completed 12 LHEAP Applications.
  • Social Service Division completed 7 Financial Screenings.
  • Social Service Division referred 3 clients to external agencies for Financial Assistance.
  • Social Service Division received 5 information requests.
  • Social Service Division completed 1 Housing Application


  • The Property Standards Division conducted 105 initial inspections, 15 verbal warnings, 101 notices of Ordinance, 131 re- inspections and closed 114 cases.
  • The Building Division issued 82 miscellaneous permits, 51 right of way permits and 25 new house permits.
  • Groundskeepers’ 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 put up banners for the Arts on the Green Event as well as prepping the Green for the event.  They are working with a vendor who is replacing the street lights throughout the City Hall Complex.  They installed the repaired sunshade at Kirk Park.
  • Maintenance weekly maintenance included delivery and stocking of janitorial products.   They are doing an office move for GS and HR.  They will be setting up and breaking down for the Arts on the Green event as well as working the event.  They have been working with the vendor on repairs to the splash pad.  They checked the chambers for electrical and lighting issues.   


  • Staff met for Assumptions, Projections and Priorities Workshop with Commission.
  • Staff met with Sesame Street citizen group for breakfast meeting.
  • Staff met with Mentor Program at Atwater Elementary School.   
  • Staff conducting the Citizen Public Safety Academy – 25 citizens in attendance, on Thursday. evenings from 6 to 10pm, for 13 weeks to include graduation.  
  • Staff meet for Road and Drainage District Meeting.
  • Staff met for ATMS Checkpoint 7 Prep WebEx meeting.    


  • Utilities received 682 customer service calls last week and processed 32 new customers.
  • Staff read 6,803 meters, verified 46 water reads, installed 17 new meters, and set 2 meters in the Pilot Project area.
  • New mailing equipment was installed in the Cashiering office.
  • Staff held a FY 17-18 Departmental Budget Kick-off Meeting.
  • Staff held a meeting to discuss personnel needs for fiscal year 17-18.
  • Staff attended the Annual PSAR Completion and Water Audit Workshop.
  • Staff held a meeting to discuss water quality of the ASR project.
  • Staff held a meeting to discuss the status of ongoing and upcoming projects.
  • Staff held a weekly update meeting with Stantec Engineering for the WVID Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • Staff held a meeting with CDM Smith to discuss engineering services for the US41 corridor booster pump station evaluation and pump station rehab scope of work.
  • Staff attended the Commission’s Special Recognition Meeting where PUAB chair, Jim Sawyer, presented their Annual Report
  • Staff attended the City’s Employee Recognition Luncheon.
  • WTP Rain Update: The City received .12 inches of rain last week, which is slightly higher than the average rainfall for this time of year.
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