Oviedo in the News
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Black History of Oviedo mural, photo by Hayden Turner, Hagerty High School Student Journalist
Celebrate Black History
In a continued Celebration of Black History this February, the City is highlighting the 20 elements of the mural Black History of Oviedo located at Round Lake Park. Painted by local artist Xavier Moss in 2020, the mural showcases just some of the many impactful people and icons of the local Black community.
A key is displayed on a plaque in front of the mural (pictured right). Click here to open the mural key in a new tab.
NEW CITY BUSINESS HOURS FOR 2021
MONDAY - FRIDAY 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
City renames avenue b to Adeline B Tinsley Way
The name change celebrates Mrs. Adeline B. Tinsley, maiden name Baldwin, an Oviedo resident of more than 70 years who lived on the street, formally Avenue B. Mrs. Tinsley was a founding member of the Oviedo Citizens in Action organization and a driving force of change and fellowship. She passed away in 2019.
Mrs. Tinsley understood there was a significant need to bridge the gap between the local black community and the City of Oviedo. She extended every effort to help those in need as she directed them to resources that would benefit and assist them. Through her kindness and compassion, Mrs. Tinsley played a vital role in shaping our community. This February 20 ceremony honored Mrs. Tinsley during Black History Month.
Photo credit: The Oviedo Photo Club
NEW WATER STORAGE TANK includes possible revenue stream
The City of Oviedo will move forward with the design of a new reclaimed water storage tank after the City Council voted unanimously in favor of the project at its February 15 meeting.
Carollo Engineers will design a 2.0 million-gallon tank for the Oviedo Water Reclamation Facility. The City will pay Carollo $206,719 to design a tank that will replace one of two current tanks, a 1.5 MG capacity tank that needs repairs.
City staff determined it is more cost-effective to design and build a new tank rather than continuing to repair the current 1.5 MG tank. The new tank will have a 33 percent larger capacity, last 50 years, and increase storage from wet weather and in turn create more reclaimed water to be sold, providing additional income for the City.
To view the agenda, packet, and video related to the project, click here.
CITY renews CELL TOWER LEASE, adds POTENTIAL NEW REVENUE
On the Agenda: Monday, March 1
City to decide on two new playgrounds
The City Council is expected to hear two resolutions at its next meeting that would bring new playground equipment to Boston Hill and Sweetwater Parks.
The first, Resolution No. 4042-21, would approve a work order with Miller Recreation Equipment and Design (Miller) in the amount of $99,331.00 for the purchase, delivery, and installation of a new playground and rubber safety pour-in-place (PIP) surface at Boston Hill Park.
The second, Resolution No. 4043-21, would approve a separate work order with Miller in the amount of $80,970.99 for the purchase, delivery, and installation of a new playground and PIP surface at Sweetwater Park. A previous resolution, No. 3975, approved in October 2020 will use $50,000 in grant money from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to renovate the basketball court and playground and to install new landscaping.
Both new playgrounds will be installed with minimal impact to Boston Hill and Sweetwater Parks.
To view the March 1 meeting agenda and packet, click here. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.
LAKE CHARM DRIVE DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS GO BEFORE CITY COUNCIL
FUTURE CITY MEETING DATES
LIONS LIGHT THE WAY
The Oviedo-Winter Springs Lions Club saw a need and found a solution. This winter, the service organization raised money to purchase lights for the Twin Rivers Golf Course clubhouse, ensuring the area is safe and well-lit.
A plaque at the entrance to the clubhouse commemorates their gift of more than $800 for the project that was completed in January. Members joined the Oviedo City Council Wednesday, February 24 for a check presentation ceremony.
The beginning of March kicks off another Click it or Ticket It Campaign in Florida – and Oviedo officers will be out there actively enforcing seatbelt violations. It is no accident that this Campaign begins at the same time as Spring Break in Seminole County and across the state. And let us throw in St. Patrick’s Day revelry.
Throughout March, all Florida law enforcement partners will be focused on the state’s drinking age laws and working to keep impaired drivers off the roads. Driving impaired not only puts everyone on the roadway in danger, but it can also have serious legal and monetary consequences.
Penalties for DUIs can include expensive fines, license revocation, and jail time – convictions can remain on your record for 75 years. Enjoy Spring Break responsibly and plan ahead: designate a driver or use a ride share service – it is much cheaper than a DUI arrest.
So how do we keep ourselves and our loved ones safe? Make sure those you care about wear seatbelts while in a vehicle. It is your vehicle’s best safety feature but only works if you use it.
In Florida, on average, 41 percent of those who were killed in crashes in vehicles where seatbelt use is required chose not to wear their seatbelt. So, let’s #buckleupOviedo. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we didn’t have a single Oviedo officer see anyone not wearing their seatbelt? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone arrived home safely from their March outings?
Please don’t drink and drive. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is a truism. Officers will make you as safe as possible by getting drunks off the roads and remember Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. As Chief I want you to have a safe March, Spring Break, and St. Patrick’s Day. Wear your seatbelt and/or have a designated driver or Uber driver if you decide to drink while out enjoying your March. Together we make a difference.
Chief Dale Coleman
Oviedo Police Department
CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT UPDATES
PUBLIC PARKING LOT ON THE CORNER OF N DIVISION STREET AND E FRANKLIN STREET
The eastern entrance and eastern section of the public parking lot located on the corner of N Division Street and E Franklin Street will close beginning Monday, February 22nd at 9:00 AM until further notice. The western entrance and western section of the parking lot will remain open for public access.
SKATE PARK AND RIVERSIDE POOL CLOSED FOR REPAIRS
Rippin' Riverside Skate Park and the Riverside pool are closed for repairs and expected to reopen March 15 (subject to change).
RIVERSIDE PARK REPAIRS CONTINUE
GENEVA DRIVE - ROAD CLOSURE FROM THE ROUNDABOUT TO THE WESTERN ENTRANCE TO CITIZENS BANK
SIDEWALK CLOSURES - EAST FRANKLIN STREET AND GENEVA DRIVE
Mon Mar. 1
Tue Mar. 2
Wed Mar. 10
Mon Mar. 15