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Weekly Highlights: March 24, 2017

Post Date:03/24/2017

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


  • Staff met with a business person interested in bringing a manufacturing facility, distribution warehouse and national headquarters to North Port.  Staff assisted business at looking at alternatives for placement of the operation.
  • Staff continued to work on an exterior renovation of a commercial building and how it could meet the requirements of the Uniform Land Development Code.
  • 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.
  • “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.  The show brings local businesses and government officials to the airwaves and discusses issues affecting 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 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.
  • Staff continues its efforts to assist a local business as it proceeds through the permitting process.  The business is building a new office building that will house its veterinary office.
  • The Division started engaging Grapevine Communications, a professional marketing firm based in Lakewood Ranch, to assist with the City’s business attraction and marketing efforts.
  • The City launched a Linkedin page as another medium to share up to date information pertaining to business and economic development in the City.
  • Business recruitment efforts this week focused on: brew pub, medical oil dispensary, garden center, Warm Mineral Springs, and several commercial parcels on the market.
  • The Division continues to be involved and support the inaugural Leadership North Port Class through its class project – renovation of the teen center at the Gene Matthews Boys and Girls Club.
  • Outreach efforts this week include working more closely with regional Chambers to achieve mutual goals.
  • Staff started working on building its budget request for the upcoming fiscal year 2017-2018.


  • North Port Fire Rescue responded to 152 incidents. These responses included four outside fires and one vehicle fire, 112 EMS calls, 16 service calls, 10 good intent calls, and nine false alarms.
  • Fire Rescue Administrative staff approved 16 P-card transactions and processed four invoices totaling $2,428.76 for goods and services.
  • North Port residents called in 23 smoke detector service requests. Fire Rescue personnel checked 92 detectors, replaced 81 batteries, and installed four detectors.
  • Fire Rescue Administrative staff purchased $543.23 in EMS supplies and pharmaceuticals.
  • Fire Rescue staff met with construction managers and the Motorola sub-contractor at the new Fire Station 85 site to review plans for dispatch alerting and radio systems.
  • Fire Rescue staff met with Publix Works to review plans for outsourcing repairs for Fire Rescue’s fleet during FY2018.
  • Fire Rescue Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) instructors continued to teach ACLS course renewals to department paramedics.
  • Fire Rescue hosted the Citizen Public Safety Academy at Station 81. Review of Fire Prevention activities, fire and ambulance equipment and the use of fire extinguishers was provided.
  • Fire Rescue held our annual badge and awards ceremony on March 18th at Cypress Falls Community Center.
  • Fire Prevention staff conducted a special event inspection at Beef O Brady’s St. Patrick’s Day event
  • Fire Prevention conducted an underground fire line visual/hydrostatic inspection and flush in Gran Paradiso.
  • Fire Prevention conducted a fire and life safety presentation for the staff at The Springs at South Biscayne adult living facility.


  • Information Technology completed 50 Service Orders.
  • IT staff member attended Esri Public Works webinar.
  • One IT staff member joined the Wellness committee, and participated in a regular meeting.
  • IT manager attended a meeting of regional IT leadership to discuss joint projects.
  • Parks & Recreation staff processed forty (40) Achieve Anything memberships consisting of eight (8) Annual memberships, six (6) One-month Memberships, five (5) Three-month membership, two (2) DFY memberships, eighteen (18) City employee memberships and one (1) Student membership.
  • There were a total of 1,295 membership and daily/drop-in visits to the Morgan and Mullen Community Centers.
  • There were one hundred eighty-three (183) visits to the Skate Park.
  • There were eighteen (18) facility rentals for a total of sixty (60) hours.
  • There was one (1) open space rental for a total of eight (8) hours.
  • There were eight (8) pavilion rentals for a total of twenty-four (24) hours.
  • Parks & Recreation facilitated twenty-nine (29) 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 61,119 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, Yogarobics, and Strength & Agility Training.
  • Recreation Attendants provided instruction for Adventure Time, Beginner’s Photography, Intermediate Photography, Skateboarding Clinic, Senior Fitness, Writer’s Workshop, Lunch Time Crunch, Binglo and TRX Suspension Training.
  • GMAC Summer Camp registration continues with forty-seven (47) participants registered to date for various weeks of camp.
  • Parks & Recreation staff attended the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board meeting on Thursday, March 16th.
  • Parks & Recreation conducted a “Pickleball Mixed Doubles Tournament” on 3/18 at Highland Ridge Park with 56 participants.
  • Parks & Recreation and Sarasota County conducted a “T-Rec Fun Day” Monday, 3/20 at McKibben Park with 25 participants.
  • Parks & Recreation is offering the Community Health & Wellness Fair at the George Mullen Activity Center on 3/25 from 10am-1pm.
  • The public is invited to attend this free event designed to showcase health and wellness providers in the community and gather valuable information in support of personal health, wellness and safety.  
  • Parks & Recreation is accepting registration for the “5K Run Club” that begins on 3/27 at the Morgan Family Community Center from 6pm - 7pm; online registration is being accepted for the “Firecracker 5K” being held on July 4th through the website
  • Social Services Division met with St Vincent DePaul regarding rental/water funding for clients.
  • Social Services Division met with JFCS regarding two rental clients.
  • Social Services Division referred two NPU clients to external agencies.
  • Social Services Division completed one rental application.
  • Social Services Division completed 5 LIHEAP applications.
  • Social Services Division completed 1 EHEAP application.
  • Social Services Division referred 2 clients to external agencies for Electric assistance.
  • Social Services Division screened 9 clients for LIHEAP assistance.
  • Social Services Division attended the Community Alliance of Sarasota County Meeting.
  • Social Services Division continues to finalize details for upcoming Baby Shower expo on Saturday April 8th from 10am-12pm.
  • Social Services Division continues to finalize details for General Services Department volunteer appreciation event on Thursday April 27th from 6-7pm.
  • Social Services Division completed 19 Information Requests
  • Social services Division met with the Health Center to discuss key agreements    


  • The Property Standards Division conducted 87 initial inspections, 10 verbal warnings, 60 notices of Ordinance, 125 re- inspections and closed 104 cases.
  • The Building Division issued 36 miscellaneous permits, 24 right of way permits and 5 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 at FR81, preparing for the weekly Farmer’s Market, Paw Park Weekly Maintenance.  They will take down banners for the Arts on the Green Event.  They are working with a vendor who is replacing the street lights throughout the City Hall Complex.  They will be preparing and breaking down for the Garden of the 5 Senses Brown Bag event on the 16th.
  • Maintenance’s weekly maintenance included delivery and stocking of janitorial products.   They are working on the IT remodel.  They are working on breakdown from WMS event. They are working on hanging up pictures and whiteboards in GS, lawyer’s office and finance.  They are working on repairs to the Morgan Center room divider.  They will be working on checking and repairing Royal Potty which is used for special events.


  • Staff attending the FBI-Leeda Executive Leadership Course all week
  • Staff attend Atwater Elementary School for Mentor Program
  • 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 met numerous times with press
  • Staff met with Leah Valenti, Congressman Rooney staff
  • Staff meeting with Mary DeVore
  • Staff meet with Roy Bedard
  • Records staff fulfilling 5 extensive requests and purging of old records per retention rules begins
  • Telecommunications staff receive 427 Citizen calls for service this week, 101 Received via 911, 174 were assigned case numbers, the average Telecommunicator response time (Call Receive to 1st Dispatch) this period is 9:10 minutes (all priorities combined average)
  • Staff completed orientation with new hire Forensic Supervisor
  • Crime Scene staff responded to 5 Crime Scenes this period, 13 Latent FP, 0 AFIS Hits, 35 NPPD Lab Items, 22 Outside Lab Requests
  • Property & Evidence staff, 182 pieces placed in hold/archive status, 3 pieces placed in safekeeping, 9 pieces returned to owner and 43 pieces destroyed
  • Utilities received 689 customer service calls last week and processed 52 new customers.
  • Staff read 4,566 meters, verified 25 water reads, installed 3 new meters, and set 1 meters in the Pilot Project area.
  • Cashiering staff received training on the new mailroom equipment.
  • Staff met to outline the Utilities Department Update presentation to be presented at a May Commission meeting.
  • Staff held a phone conference with CDM Smith to discuss the Wastewater Hydraulic Model.
  • Staff attended the HR overview of the new performance evaluation tool.
  • Management staff met with IT to review the new performance evaluation procedures.
  • Staff met to review CIP projects with the new Engineering Manager.
  • Staff met to review personnel requests for the FY 17-18 budget.
  • Staff attended leadership training at Public Works.
  • Staff attended a SWFWMD meeting in Sarasota.
  • The Utilities Game Changers held a Relay for Life team meeting to discuss upcoming fundraising events.
  • WTP Rain Update: The City received 1.82 inches of rain last week, which is slightly higher than the average rainfall for this time of year.
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