Harbor Palms infrastructure renovation and upgrade
Reconstruction continued on the subdivision's water distrbution system. Roadways, curbs, sidewalks, and the drainage system were restored. Phase 1 (Elmowood Driive to Mapleleaf Blv.) was completed in FY 19/20. Phase 2 (Tampa Road to Driftwood Circle along Oakleaf Blvd.) is currently under construction. Phase 3 (Peppertree Drive south the Greenwood Drive along Tnagerine, Evergreen, and Limetree Drives) is planned for construction late in FY 21/22.
Develop strategies for maintenance of existing infrastructure
The City continually strives to maintain its infrastructure. In FY 20/21, a new GIS asset management system was implemented to facilitate and dcoument both reactive (repairs) and preventative maintenance on the water, sewer, reclaimed water, sttreets, signs, and stormwater infrastructure. Over time, we anticipate using this tool to help manage fleet maintenance, technical serives, and a wide range of Public Works assets and activities.
Build the Downtown Corridor
The City aggressively pursued the development of the downtown corridor. To accelerate downtown development, several objectives were achieved:
- City Council approved negotiations with Woodfield Development for the City Hall site
- City Council approved negotiations with Devon Rushnell for the Library site
- City is pursuing the addition of a density incentive for the TCCR zoning district
Execute Economic Development Plan Strategies as Feasible
The City continued the execution of its Economic Development Plan strategies including the implementation of a COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan and the facilitation of numerous education sessions in coordination with the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Continue efforts to become a more automated and connected City
Automated processes and communications were enhanced through the City's website. "Experience Oldsmar and "Coffee with the Mayor" podcasts were added, all Council and advisory board meetings are now live-streamed, information kiosks were installed at two City facilities, and a City Manager monthly E-Newsletter was instituted.
Identify areas of need for beautification and potential grants, such as tree programs and public art
Public art programs included the "Taking Flight" sculpture, Gnoming Around Oldsmar, Greetings from Oldsmar, and three art exhibitions. Trees were added to Veterans Memorial Park and Sheffield Park, shrubbery was added to the medians on Bayview Boulevard, and new plants were added around the Women's Center. Approximately 300 trees were distributed free to residents during the annual tree giveaway.
- Refinanced outstanding debt for the Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plan and Harbor Palms.
- Procured Design-Build contract for the BMX project, as well as contracts for several other major construction projects throughout the City.
- Refinanced Infrastructure Improvement Project, taking advantage of historically low interest rates.
- Prepared RFP for sold waste collection services, negotiated agreement with new service provider effective 10/1/2021 and prepared for the transition.
- Assisted Human Resources with the analysis of City health insurance coverage options.
- Coordinated annual audit and prepared Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for FY 19/20.
- Prepared the City's FY 21/22 Budget, including Capital and Operating components. Facilitated department submissions and prepared final documents.
- Received TRIM Certification from Florida Department of Revenue for 2020 and completed TRIM process for 2021 tax year.
- Implemented new Water/Sewer Master Bond Resolution.
- Coordinated application and administration of multiple large Federal and State grant programs, including several related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Coordinated complex capital project funding by utilizing cash reserves, state and federal grant programs, and debt, when needed. Prepared recommendations for utilization of the ARPA funding.
- Deployed various network security upgrades, including a new network monitoring system and an enhanced endpoint protection system. Completed Phase 1 of the IT Infrastructure upgrade project.
- Completed the upgrade of the video components of the Council Chamber's Audio Visual (AV) system to include live-streaming and video conferencing integration.
- Deployed a new cyber security awareness/training program for City employees.
- Coordinated with the Public Works Department to upgrade SCADA systems.
- Completed migration of the citywide GIS system to the cloud-based ArcGIS Pro and deployed the system to City employees, including those working remotely in the field. Created GIS web applications to display various maps on the City's website.
- Substantially completed a multi-year PC upgrade project to the latest operating system.
- Completed 2020 Qualifying Period for 2021 Municipal Election.
- Conducted 2021 Municipal Election.
- Processed 527 assessment searches.
- Processed 696 records requests.
- Coordinated Charter Review Committee and drafted report of recommendations.
- Produced three editions of the City's magazine, Experience Oldsmar. Direct mailed 6,500 copies to all Oldsmar households.
- Created custom video productions for various campaigns, including those for New Employee Orientations.
- Produced 2021 Oldsmar Quick Guide, distributed at City facilities.
- Updated and managed the City's website in accordance with federal accessibility guidelines. There were 175,565 website visits in FY 20/21.
- Managed City Manager E-Blast, distributed monthly to over 2,400 subscribers.
- Launched Experience Oldsmar podcast in March 2021, which garnered 270 downloads.
- Host and produce Coffee with the Mayor, Facebook Live segments broadcast each Wednesday morning following a City Council meeting.
- Coordinated installation for 'Taking Flight' public art piece.
- Completed citywide inventory of public art elements featured in the City's magazine and promoted via OldsmarArtWalk.com.
- Coordinated bi-monthly art exhibits at City Hall.
- Initiated and executed a successful Pop Up Art Project entitled 'Gnoming Around Oldsmar' and promoted via OldsmarPopUpArt.com.
- Produced a successful Hurricane Expo in coordinated with Mike's Weather Page and Pinellas County.
- Conducted several comprehensive staff training drills to ensure City readiness during our emergency events.
- Procured and installed 400 MHZ radio system to be utilized for backup EOC communications citywide.
- Reorganized portions of Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Organization Chart to better meet the needs of the City during emergency events.
- Performed specific event emergency operations for Hurricane Elsa.
Responded to 1,742 incidents within the City limits of Oldsmar as follows:
- 1,301 Medical incidents
- 145 Vehicle crashes
- 152 Fire alarm responses
- 144 Fire/Rescue incident responses
- Implemented Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL) GPS-based dispatch in coordination with Pinellas County.
- Procured replacement bunker gear for all front-line firefighters.
- Upgraded apparatus radio modems to broadband modems, increasing efficiency of receiving and transmitting information to and from central dispatch.
- Replaced backup generator for Station 43.
Performed the following Community Risk Reduction efforts:
- 614 Routine fire inspections
- 57 Building permit-related fire inspections
- 21 Car seat installations & inspections
- 6 CPR & First Aid classes
- 442 Smoke detector installations
- Managed sports user agreements for Oldsmar Sports Complex, including Oldsmar Little League, North PInellas Panthers Football and Cheer, and Oldsmar Youth Soccer Club. Total participants were 857.
- Managed an agreement with the Oldsmar Organic Community Garden to provide garden plots and educational programs at the garden, located at Bicentennial Park. There were 22 members occupying 34 garden plots.
- Managed the Lease and Management Agreement with Empower Adventures Tampa Bay to operate the zipline facility at Mobbly Bayou, which hosted 13,160 visitors.
- Facility Maintenance Division provided preventative maintenance and repair services to all City Departments, responding to and completing over 966 work order service requests.
- Conducted the 2nd Annual Tree Giveaway with 300 trees provided to residents.
- Repaired the Pier at R.E. Olds Park and Floating Dock at Sheffield Park following Tropical Storm Elsa.
- Provided diverse recreational programs with 8,133 participants.
- Resumed youth and adult hockey league programs with 60 youth league participants.
- Successfully planned and executed an 8-week summer camp program for 75 youth campers.
- Hosted two successful youth theater productions by Oldsmar Performing Arts League (OPAL), in partnership with the Oldsmar Friends of the Arts. "Aladdin" and "Beauty and the Beast" each had an attendance of over 600.
- Organized and implemented special events respectful of COVID-10 precautions including Sunset Sounds Concert Series, Movie in the Park, Virtual Easter Egg Hunt, Breakfast with the Bunny, Invasive Fish Round-Up, Haunted Happenings Drive-Thru, Virtual Veterans Day Celebration, Virtual Annual Tree Lighting, Christmas Wonderland Drive-Thru, Breakfast with Santa, Holiday Golf Cart Parade, Virtual Memorial Day remembrance, Kite Day, and Sand Castle Day.
TOP CAPITAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- Completed the renovation of the Cypress Forest Spray Park, including the splash pad, picnic shelters, restrooms, boardwalk, as well as the addition of play pieces and a wetlands viewing area
- Installed new backdrops and fencing on Field #1 at Sheffield Park
- Installed new flooring in the Municipal Services Center building
- Replaced sidewalks in the Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve
- Installed new fencing around the Sheffield Park entry, parking lot, and tennis courts
- Replaced two trail bridges on the Oldsmar Trail
- Installed new bleachers at the Boltsmar Hockey Rink
- Installed new decorative planters on State Street
- Renovated the upstairs bathroom in City Hall
- Installed new glass windows in City Hall
- Installed new backstops and fencing on Field #4 at Oldsmar Sports Complex
- Installed new bollards along Shore Drive at R.E. Olds Park
- Repainted the Municipal Services Center building exterior
- Reopened to pre-COVID service hours.
- Began partnership with local art group for rotating art displays throughout the library.
- New item collections were made available for circulation, including board games, jigsaw puzzles, and Wi-Fi hotspots.
- Take & Make craft kits for all ages have been popular in lieu of in-person programs.
- Enrolled in Sustainable Shelves, a service that recycles and provides credit towards purchases for books that are no longer checked out.
- 52,679 patrons welcomed
- 8,496 questions answered
- 77,176 physical items were checked out
- 29,244 items were loaned to other libraries
- Read 11,420 e-books
- Listened to 7,078 audiobooks
- Downloaded 939 videos
- Prepared and files Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Annual Report.
- Processed 15 residential CRA grants and 1 Business Incentive grant resulting in $12,732.93 in reimbursements.
- Completed Community Rating System (CRS) audit and maintained a Class Rating of 6. All residents and businesses will receive a 20% discount on their flood insurance premiums.
- Completed ISO Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS) and maintained a Class 3 Rating.
- Updated Flood Ordinance, which was accepted by FEMA in August 2021, demonstrating compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements in response to revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM).
Several approved new businesses include:
- 300 State St. W. - Oldsmar Golf Cart Cafe & Tap House
- 3860 Tampa Rd, Ste. F - Juan's Mexican Grill
- 4022 Tampa Rd. - Beachwood Seafood Kitchen
- 3687 Tampa Rd. - The Great Catch
- 3760 Tampa Rd., - Primrose School
Processed 178 new Business Tax Receipts (BTRs) and collected $149,742.03 in revenue.
Processed Plats for the following properties:
- 161 Douglas Rd. - Commercial Re-Plat
- 222 Arlington Ave. - Residential Administrative Re-Plat
- 411 St. Petersburg Dr. E. - Commercial Re-Plat
Processed 19 Board of Adjustment (BOA) and Administrative variances.
Performed the following code enforcement activities:
- Responded to 883 enforcement complaints
- Responded to 46 inoperable vehicle complaints
- Removed 965 illegal signs
- Completed 405 title searches
- Performed 63 fence inspections, 15 landscape inspections, 32 driveway inspections, and 16 golf cart inspections
Local Technical Amendments to the FBC were approved by the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board (PCCLB).
Several properties were annexed into the corporate city limits.
Processed 1,278 building construction permits, 23 water meters, 51 tree removal permits, 9 temporary banner permits, and 115 golf cart decals.
Approved redevelopment sites include:
3880 Tampa Rd. - Expansion of existing veterinary clinic
4016 Tampa Rd. - Develop Applebee's site into Chuck Lager restaurant
In progress construction of approved commercial projects:
- 411 St. Petersburg Dr. E. - Kanter & Associates Accounting Office
- 500 Brooker Creek - 130,000 SF warehouse
- 1 Microlumen Way - Microlumen existing building expansion
- 401 Commerce Blvd. - Vital Records Control building expansion
- 161 Douglas Rd. - New retails/office building
- 120 Burbank Rd. - Warehouse building
Water Reclamation Facility
- Treated 533 million gallons (mg) of wastewater.
- Distributed 335mg of reclaimed water and stored 260 mg of reclaimed water recharged into the aquifer.
- Managed reclaimed water and aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) systems so that there were 220 days of "zero discharge" into Mobbly Bayou.
Bruce T. Haddock Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant (ROWTP)
- Produced over 515 MG of safe purified drinking water from brackish groundwater wells while complying 100% with all state and federal regulations.
- Operated entire year in 100% compliance with all state and federal regulations.
- Produced annual Consumer Confidence Report.
- Completed thorough update of Emergency Response Plan.
- Conducted 17 workshops and public outreach events for community; hosted five events - three staff, two community.
- Continued Adopt a Street Program.
- Completed Climate Resiliency Plan.
- Installed Electric Vehicle (EV) station at Oldsmar Sports Complex (OSC).
Industrial Pretreatment Program
- Inspected and sampled 10 permitted industrial users.
- Investigated six (6) environmental incidents and one (1) illicit discharge.
- Inspected 45 private life stations.
- Performed preventive maintenance of 27 sewer lift stations, the 2.25 MG advanced wastewater treatment plant, 11 well sites, and the 2.0 MG Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plan.
- Repaired and/or replaced 12 pumps/motors within the life stations and treatment facilities.
- Performed maintenance of 76 City vehicles, 97 wheeled pieces of equipment, and all landscaping maintenance equipment.
- Installed 51 new tires, repaired 22 tires, and replaced 35 batteries.
- Maintained City fueling system including upgrade of modem and installation of surge protection.
- Continued in-house repairs of large diesels and fire equipment where practical reducing turn-around time and cost of maintenance.
- Reviewed 415 building permit documents and technical reviews (site plans, variance, minor amendments, plats, etc.)
- Issued and inspected 249 right-of-way permits.
- Performed infrastructure inspections at 47 private development sites.
- Facilitated 8 commercial property owners to upgrade their insufficient back-flow protection and bring into compliance to help protect the City's water system.
- Compiled and submitted National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit package to Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).
- Facilitated the resolution of a sewer pipe failure caused by a private utility and received payment of $13,835.99 as restitution.
- Completed Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) Inspection for City Council Chambers, Veterans Memorial Park, and Municipal Service Center (MSC).
- Located all city utilities at 1,073 sites for every construction project in the City's right-of-way.
- Repaired 324 water distribution leaks and corrected 66 sewer clogs.
- Replaced 372 water and reclaimed water meters, boxes, lids.
- Installed 28 new water services and tested 43 meters for field accuracy.
- Tested and maintained all 326 potable back flow devices.
- Maintained two miles of ditches for erosion and vegetation, as well as 188 miles of ditch banks and ponds.
- Repaired 111 potholes and laid 26 tons of asphalt.
- Installed 218' of storm pipe.
- Prepared 2,500+ premade sandbags for emergency storm response.
- Created more than 617 roadway and informational signs.
- Prepared and facilitated reapplication of pavement markings at 47 locations around the city. New markings included 2,917 LF of 12" wide and 935 LF of 24" wide markings at stop bars and crosswalks.
- Installed 160 white pavement markers, 80 amber pavement markers, no parking signs, and guideposts on Peppertree Drie to calm traffic and improve safety.
TOP CAPITAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Harbor Palms Infrastructure Improvements
- Provided daily construction inspection for the completion of Harbor Palms Phase I.
- Oversaw the completion of design, advertisement, and commencement of construction for Harbor Palms Phase II.
Burbank Road Extension
- Oversaw construction supervision for the completion of the Burbank Road Project.
- Facilitated the completion of the CSX rail crossing for Burbank Road Project.
Oldsmar Trail Phase VI
- Completed design, coordinated approval from Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for contract documents, advertised and awarded Construction Contract.
- Selected Construction Engineering and Inspection consultant and facilitated FDOT concurrence to award from FDOT.
St. Petersburg Drive Complete Streets
- Managed St. Petersburg Drive Complete Streets Project to 60% plans and received SWFWMD Environmental Resources Permit.
Water Reclamation Facility Control Building Improvements
- Design kicked off and to be completed and bid in FY 2021/22.
WRF Aeration System Upgrades
- Design continued, to be completed and bid in FY 2021/22.
Douglas Road Project
- Provided project management for Preliminary Design Report.
Marlborough St. / Pine Ave. Drainage Pipe Rehabilitation
- Provided project management and construction observation of drainage pipe repair.
CRA Galleria Terrace
- Planned and directed construction of the concrete terrace in State Street right-of-way to allow for "on street dining" in front of the Galleria development.
Pinellas County - Forest Lakes Blvd. Widening
- Provided construction supervision for utility relocations required for the widening of Forest Lakes Blvd. by Pinellas County.
Citywide Street Resurfacing
- Oversaw completion of paving at Lakeview Drive and Sawgrass Court.
BMX Track Repair
- Provided project management and technical assistance for BMX Track Design Build.
ROWTP High Service Pump No. 1 Replacement and Upgrade
- Completed the replacement of High Service Pump (HSP) No. 1 and upgrade of all Variable Frequency Drives in the High Service Pump Station.
ROWTP Supervisory Controls and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Upgrade
- Completed upgrade of the existing SCADA software for the ROWTP, HSP, and wells.
Lift Station Rehabilitation
- Completed major rehabilitation of the pumps and piping in the Washington Lift Station.
- Awarded a Community Rating System Rating of 6. This means that residents in a special flood hazard area are eligible for a 20% discount on flood insurance, while residents outside of the special flood hazard area are eligible for a 10% discount.
- Received Certificate for Excellence in Financial Reporting for FY ending September 30, 2019 for the 29th year in a row.
- Received GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for FY 20/21 Budget for 7th consecutive year.
- Recognized as Tree City USA for the 21st Year.
- Received Florida Green Building Coalition's 2020 "Highest Scoring Local Government" Award for Gold Green Local Government certification.