Oviedo in the News
February 15, 2024
In this Issue:
City Council Meeting Happenings
News from City Hall
Recreation and Parks Updates
summer camp programs
Police Department Information
Fire Department Latest
Upcoming Public Meetings
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 19, 2024. Regular Agenda meetings are held at City Hall in the City Council Chambers. The public is always welcome to attend and participate. You can access the online agendas HERE
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The City Council and City Manager were proud to receive recognition from the Florida City and County Management Association for celebrating 35 years as a Council-Manager form of Government.
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FIRE HYDRANT MAINTENANCE
Beginning Monday, December 4, 2023, HydroMax USA will begin fire hydrant maintenance throughout the City. The maintenance and data collection process is expected to last 90 days (into 2024). Please be aware you will see the contractor's vehicles at city fire hydrants for the next 90 days. We appreciate your patience.
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Use the link above to check out job opportunities within the City of Oviedo!
We offer full and part-time positions with benefits that fit your lifestyle, including Competitive wages, A complete Wellness plan with an on-site clinic at no cost to you, dental and vision plans, flex spending accounts and other voluntary supplemental coverages. We have a full retirement plan that includes a 401K plan with 5% matching, a 457 deferred compensation plan, Roth IRA and public safety pension plans. Paid time off includes holidays, vacation, sick and bereavement days. Other perks of the job include a free Employee Assistance Program, free recreation membership, city discounts, tuition reimbursement and best of all…a chance to advance in your career doing what you love!
Enjoy a fulfilling career as a firefighter with opportunities for advancement. Please apply here using the link above. Candidates must fill out the City application and Classification Form. Valid CPAT and FireTEAM are required.
- Starting Pay: 46,080.41
- $1000 Sign On Bonus
- $8500 Paramedic Incentive (increases to $9500 with tenure)
- $3000 Special Ops Incentive
- $3000 Tuition Reimbursement
- $700-$2000 Career Track Incentive Annually
- Up to $1320 Education Incentive
- Additional pay for years of experience - 1% per year with a max of 10% above starting
- 216 Hours Vacation Leave Annually (Increases with each year of service)
- 144 Hours Sick Leave Annually
- 11 Paid Holidays
- City-Sponsored pension with DROP
- Free Group Medical
- Free Onsite Clinic
EAST MAGNOLIA STREET CROSSING UPDATE
UPDATE (January 18, 2024) - The City is currently undergoing a lengthy process of design and permitting to repair a cavity that has formed under the south side of the eastbound lane of the crossing. There is a collection of pipes that convey the creek under the roadway and a geotechnical consultant evaluated and discovered the cavity. The westbound lane is intact and passable. Many technical issues need to be addressed and the city is in the process of working to remedy the issue. This process could last through the year.
Signage for maintenance of training to use a single lane is in place and stop signs have been put in place to direct traffic. The sidewalks are unaffected and safe for pedestrians.
Our Public Works Department is estimating the construction to be completed in 2025. We appreciate your concerns with the ongoing road work and your patience while we strive to ensure the construction is done safely and effectively to avoid any issues in the future.
GENEVA DRIVE CLOSURE
On Thursday, February 1, two new police officers were sworn in to serve on the Oviedo Police force.
Newly pinned Officers Isaac Armstrong and Lindsay Varkony Selmer were sworn in by Police Chief Dale Coleman in the City Council Chambers at 10:30 a.m. Immediately following the swearing-in, both officers were pinned by their family members.
“I am thrilled to swear in Officers Armstrong and Selmer as we begin 2024,” said Police Chief Dale Coleman. “Both have history in Oviedo and we know they will have prosperous careers in law enforcement here.”
Officer Armstrong was born and raised in the Oviedo/Winter Springs area and graduated from the Master’s Academy in 2021. He studied for a degree in Criminal Justice at Valencia College and completed the police academy with an A.S. in Criminal Justice. Armstrong loves and appreciates the community he grew up in. Before joining the police department, Armstrong worked at the Oviedo Chick-Fil-A. Armstrong was pinned by his father.
Varkony Selmer graduated Everglades High School in 2007 and pursued college athletics in volleyball and softball. She graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and was a teacher for Orange County Schools. She decided to back to UCF to earn her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Varkony Selmer is married to Sgt. Justin Varkony of Oviedo Police and they have three kids, ages 11, 7 and 1. Varkony Selmer was pinned by her mother.
Along with friends and family, both were joined by Command Staff, fellow officers and City staff.
FIRE LANES ARE NOT PARKING SPACES
We want our residents and visitors to be aware that Fire Lanes are not parking spaces. You will see fire lanes marked clearly in front of businesses and in shopping plazas outside their doors and walkways. They are marked with a yellow curb, yellow painted lines and in large yellow print. You may only need to dash in to drop off your kids at daycare or play centers, grab your pick-up order, or drop off/pick up a package, but what if someone were having a medical emergency where emergency vehicles need to respond? If a fire truck, ambulance or police car needs to have access to where you are parked, this will cost valuable minutes in saving a life or property.
Parking in a fire lane may also cause other drivers to park there if they see a car already parked there, which will hinder emergency vehicles even more. Remember, you can be issued a citation for parking in the fire lane.
Parking in a fire lane also causes a hazard not just to yourself, but to pedestrians and other drivers. If you are in a hurry, you may not see a vehicle leaving the parking lot coming up behind you. Pedestrians may not be able to see around your car and may be in harm’s way for oncoming moving vehicles.
Putting your flashers on to park in a fire lane does not negate the fact you are using the fire lane. Flashers are to be used when your vehicle is having mechanical or electrical problems. If that is the case, try to pull into a parking space and keep your flashers on while you call for a mechanic or tow truck.
Help us stay safe and keep the fire lanes clear.
9 P.M. ROUTINE
What is the 9 p.m. routine and why do you see memes about it every night? It is a reminder to our residents to lock their car doors every night. We strive for 9 p.m. since that is the time many people are starting to wind down and get ready for bed. It's early enough to make a habit of locking car doors and removing valuables out of your car.
Burglars will go from neighborhood to neighborhood testing car doors to see if they are easily opened. If they open, you're a target for crime. They will steal money, knives, guns, phones, laptops and anything of value they can sell or pawn.
- Your car is not a gun safe - remove weapons.
- Don't leave your work laptops in your car, even if they are covered with a blanket or hidden under the seat.
- Never leave cash, a wallet or anything else of personal value to you.
It is our goal to keep these rashes of crime down and education is the key. Please help us spread the word to family and neighbors to practice the #9PMROUTINE!
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At the beginning of the month, our crews spent time training on pumps and hoses, honing their skills so their response to emergency fires can be fast and precise. Our firefighters are always continuing their education and training so we can make sure our community is as safe as it can be with emergency responses.
Fire escape plan
Does your family have a fire escape plan? If not, create one now! Identify all the safe ways to escape your home should a fire break out. Create the plan as a family and make sure your kids know how to get out in case of a fire. Touch a door - make sure it is not hot. If it is hot, find another way. Do you have bedrooms on the 2nd floor? Have safety ladders that can roll out to get down safely. Always check your smoke detectors to make sure they are working and have a meeting place outside. If you have pets, let the firefighters go into the burning building to rescue them.
Rainy Season and Flooding Awareness
The rainy season is upon us here in Florida and our Public Works Department wants everyone to be aware of local flood risks and what you can do to mitigate your property. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our City Floodplain Manager at 407-971-5682 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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