Oviedo in the News
June 4, 2020
chlorine flush of the drinking water system
The chlorine flush of the drinking water system begins June 10, 2020 and ends on June 30, 2020.
The City of Oviedo will be performing a maintenance chlorine flush of the City’s drinking water distribution system. During this period, the City’s drinking water distribution system will use a “free” chlorine residual in the water instead of the usual “chloramines” disinfectant.
Some residents may notice a slight chlorine taste and/or chlorine odor in the water. Fish owners and individuals on kidney dialysis need to take necessary precautions during the chlorine flush of the system.
If you have questions, please call the Public Works Department, Utilities Division, between the hours of 7 AM and 3:30 PM at 407-971-5692. For after hours, nights, and weekends, please call 407-971-5675.
We thank you for your cooperation during this chlorine flushing period.
July 4th Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste Schedule
Republic Services will be picking up garbage, recycling, and yard waste during the week of July 4th for Oviedo residents. There will be no interruption in service.
CITY OF OVIEDO PHASE 1 RE-OPENING
The City of Oviedo has begun the first phase of re-opening City facilities and Recreation and Parks amenities. For more information, follow the links below.
The City of Oviedo is evaluating Governor DeSantis’ Phase II opening recommendations, and we are working on processes to implement them in City operations.
- City Administration: http://ow.ly/6gHI50zGwVP
- Recreation and Parks Facilities: http://ow.ly/1f7Y50zGwSz
Program and Event Cancellations
- City Program and Event Cancellations: http://ow.ly/aQ7J50zGwXi
- All City playgrounds are open, with the exception of Sweetwater Park.
- The Riverside Park Pool is open for lap swimming only, by reservation only. | Read More: http://ow.ly/XkTH50zWzDl
- The Aquatic Facility is open for competitive swim team use only.
- The Splash Pad at Center Lake Park is open from 9 AM to 7 PM, weather permitting.
- Shane Kelly Park Bark Park is open with revised hours of Monday through Saturday, from 9 AM to 5:30 PM, weather permitting.
- The Center Lake Park Dog Park is closed.
- Riverside Park and Shane Kelly Park multi-purpose fields are open (no team organized activities).
Rippin’ Riverside Skate Park
- The Rippin’ Riverside Skate Park is open in a limited capacity. | Read More: http://ow.ly/O4Z150zWz0w
- The Riverside Park Tennis Courts are available for rental on an hourly basis, by reservation only. | Read More: http://ow.ly/HPvf50zWzjR
- Open Gym Time is available in a limited capacity Monday through Saturday, in one-hour sessions, by reservation only, from 8:15 AM to 6:15 PM. | Read More: http://ow.ly/sa1950zWzpI
- The Fitness Room is open in a limited capacity Monday through Saturday, in one-hour sessions, by reservation only, from 8 AM to 6 PM. | Read More: http://ow.ly/f1R450zWzv9
RETENTION POND SAFETY
During the summer months as more children are playing outside, it is important to know the facts about the nearby retention ponds.
Retention ponds are not filled with clean water. They do not contain water from nearby lakes or rivers. Retention ponds are designed to collect surface pollutants and to treat them before releasing the water through an outfall. The bottom of a stormwater pond collects dirt, debris, and chemicals such as runoff from fertilizer applications.
All ponds harbor dangerous wildlife such as venomous snakes and alligators. During hot dry spells in Florida, algae blooms can occur, some of which can be toxic. There may also be the presence of amoebas.
🔹 Never let children wade or swim in a retention/detention pond.
🔸 Do not allow your children to be around ponds unsupervised.
🔹 Do not consume fish caught in ponds.
🔸 Know where the bodies of water are in your area.
🔹 Work as a group to monitor ponds in your neighborhood.
For more information on our stormwater systems, please call 407-971-5762.
THE CHIEF’S CORNER
End of School Year Safety for a Not So Typical End of School Year
In that children have been staying at home for several weeks due to COVID-19, it certainly is not a typical end of school year. The typical rush of youth out into the public is not happening. Instead, we anticipate a gradual re-opening of youth getting out into public places, with it being many weeks or months before we see things getting back towards anything considered normal.
Remember that although COVID-19 recovery will not be normal, it is still important to remember and educate yourself on things that can be done to better ensure the safety of your children over the summer. This is especially so as more and more people return to work. Summer is a time when many parents start to think of the unsupervised time their children will be facing, time spent home alone, or new caregivers being introduced. Included below are just a few tips to keep children safe as your children transition towards having more normal contact with others.
Slow down and be aware when driving, especially in neighborhoods where kids, who may run into roadways or walk out from between cars, are out playing. Teach your children to make eye contact with a driver before they cross a roadway. Remind them to walk, not run, across the road and to stop, look, and listen before they cross. Talk to them about not jaywalking and crossing at intersections that have a marked crosswalk. Always watch for small children as you backup your car. Walk around your vehicle to make sure no kids or pets are behind it before driving. Line-up trustworthy childcare. This guarantees there is no lapse in supervision. Take time to do the research and make sure you are comfortable with the person or facility you choose. Plan activities. Too often a bored child will find mischief. Where proper COVID-19 safety measures are incorporated, summer camps, community educations classes, youth groups, or mission trips are all great ways to help your kids stay engaged. Protect those children staying home alone. Lay down some rules and guidelines and let your children know there are consequences for not following the guidelines. You will want to make sure your child knows how to operate any safety measures that are in place at home and how to call for help if needed. Make sure they do not share garage door codes with friends. Inform friends of your rules.
"For kids, summer is typically all about hanging with friends. For you, this can mean supervising and being responsible for more kids than just your own. Make sure children that will be spending time at your house and their parents know your rules and expectations". Check out (https://nightlock.com/school-safety/end-school-year-safety-tips/). And most important this year is to educate yourself on how to talk to your child about COVID-19 healthy lifestyle practices. One resource for this is https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/helping-children-cope-with-changes-resulting-from-covid-19 . There are many online resources available on COVID-19 safety precautions.
Chief of Police
Bear sightings are common in Seminole County, and all Oviedo residents should be prepared!
AVOID ATTRACTING BEARS!
- Garbage, pet foods, barbecue grills, and anything that smells like food attracts bears.
- Don't leave your garbage can outside. Store trash and recyclables in bear-resistant containers or in a secure area until morning of pickup.
- Feed pets inside or bring in bowls after your pets are finished eating.
- Remove bird and wildlife feeders. Store pet or livestock feed indoors or in bear-resistant containers.
- Protect your garden, compost pile, or livestock with electric fencing.
- Clean meat smokers and grills with bleach or a degreasing agent.
- If bears are rewarded with food (garbage, pet food, etc.) at your house, they will come back.
IF YOU SEE A BEAR
- Remain calm, DO NOT run or play dead. Back away slowly and speak in a calm, assertive voice.
- Make sure that you are in a safe area and that the bear has an escape route, then make some noise to scare the bear away.
- Secure the attractants that are bringing the bear to your neighborhood.
Report a Bear Sighting to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
OVIEDO FARMERS MARKET
The next Farmers Market takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 4th, at the Lawton House grounds at 200 W. Broadway Street, Oviedo. Bring the family and browse a delightful selection of local produce, plants, jams, coffee, baked goods, and more!
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City of Oviedo
FUTURE city COUNCIL MEETING DATES
- July 6, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. (City Council Meeting)
- July 20, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. (CRA Governing Board Meeting)
- July 20, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. (City Council Meeting)