Oviedo in the News

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Sweetwater Park Playground Open

Sweetwater park playground reopens

The new playground at Sweetwater Park is officially open! City of Oviedo elected officials and leaders came together Thursday, January 20, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate our new addition.

Sweetwater Park is located at:
201 E Magnolia Street
Oviedo, FL 32765

The park is open 7 days a week from dawn until 10 p.m.

Features include:

  • Basketball Court
  • Benches and Picnic Tables
  • Boardwalk
  • Grill
  • Lighted Tennis Courts
  • Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Practice Tennis Wall
  • Restrooms
  • Tennis Court

We can't wait to welcome you!

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Solary Park Opening Celebration

The City of Oviedo cordially invites you to attend the grand opening celebration of Solary Park! Join us for an evening stroll around the newly completed park. Food and drinks will be available.

This recently-completed project was made possible through a partnership with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and provides the area with amenities, boardwalks, and includes an enhanced stormwater management system that supports the development of Oviedo’s historic commercial district.

5 p.m. Friday, February 4 
Solary Park
239 Geneva Drive
Oviedo, FL 32765

Parking for this event is available in three locations:
Official Solary Park Parking Lot, located on the northwest side of the roundabout 
1. Solary Park Parking Lot
161 E. Franklin Street
Oviedo, FL 32765

Event Parking Available Friday, February 4
2. Seminole County Public Library East Branch 
310 N Division Street
Oviedo, FL 32765

Event Parking Available Friday, February 4
3. Citizens Bank of Florida 
156 Geneva Dr # 200
Oviedo, FL 32765

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utility rate increase information

The Oviedo City Council unanimously passed Resolution No. 4174-22, Utility Rates, Service Charges and Fee Schedules, at its Tuesday, January 18 City Council meeting. Notice of the proposed increase and January 18 meeting was included in your most recent utility statement.  

Rising Costs
Costs of providing water and sewer utilities have increased over the last fiscal year. Resolution No. 4174-22 will help generate revenue to offset those rising costs. 

  • Projected chemical increases for the Fiscal Year 2021-22 budget are approximately $148,400. 
  • In addition, due to the ongoing labor shortage and increased competition within the job market, it is anticipated that the City will need to move to the mandated $15 per hour minimum wage much sooner than planned. 

Included in the Amendment
Each year, the City’s Water and Sewer utility rates are automatically adjusted according to the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Customers (CPI-U). The automatic annual increase has a minimum floor of 3 percent and a maximum increase of percent. Should the increase be greater than five percent, City Council approval is required. 

Through the Adopted Budget, City Council previously approved the minimum 3 percent increase totaling $459,323 effective October 1, 2021. However, that increase has not been implemented due to the CPI-U increase being 5.3 percent, .3 percent above the cap and required the City Council’s approval - generating the need for this Amendment to include the total 5.3 percent increase and a measure to allow for a more streamlined process in the future. 

To develop the utility rate, The City worked with Willdan Financial Services, a financial consultant, to determine if revenues were adequate to support the City’s utilities over a ten-year forecast period such that all the required operating expenses, debt service, capital expenses, and transfers could be funded by reserves and revenues of the utility system. The 5.3 percent increase is expected to generate $540,980 in revenue for the remainder of the year, helping alleviate the impact of the projected increased costs.

The Amendment also includes a measure that will align the timing of rate calculations that will allow staff to facilitate discussions with Council ahead of its budget process.

The new utility rate becomes effective February 1, 2022. 

For more information, review the associated materials in the January 18 packet online. To watch Council discuss this topic, view the January 10 Work Session video. To review associated materials from that meeting, the January 10 Work Session packet is available online

Please see the below section "Resources for Residents" to learn more on how you may participate in your local government.

Resources for Residents: 

  • Watch the January 10 Work Session via the City's YouTube channel. The meeting begins at the 15:00 mark. Watch all live or recorded City public meetings on the City's YouTube channel.
  • Read related materials in the January 10 Work Session Agenda and Packet. All City public meeting materials are housed on the PrimeGov website.
  • Subscribe to the Calendar "City Public Meetings," where you can select to receive text and/or email alerts for City Public Meetings. 
  • Attend future City Council meetings and provide public comment. View the City calendar for more information.
  • Correspond with your elected officials. The City of Oviedo has an at-large form of council government. All members of the City Council represent all residents. Click on each elected official to read their bio and view contact information.

Board VacancyCity council meeting Monday, February 7

6:30 p.m. Monday, February 7
City Hall
400 Alexandria Blvd.
Oviedo, FL 32765

Watch live and previously-recorded meetings on the City YouTube Channel

Access meeting agenda, packet, and other documents online.

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Chief ColemanChief's Corner

New Year, Continued Mission

As we reflect on the past year, I can say that we have made progress as we continue to re-establish our pre-pandemic operations. We continue to make community relations and a safer community a top priority.

In 2022 we are planning on hosting our Community Police Academy. We recently completed my favorite holiday event, “Shop with a Cop”, where we partnered with many businesses and individuals to give some deserving children a great experience as they go “Shop with A Cop”. I am proud that more than 40 officers and staff from the Oviedo Police Department volunteered their time to make this such a great Christmas memory for so many of our children.

We continue to review and rewrite our policies with the help of our citizen's group C.O.P.E. Due to the hard work of the men and women of the Oviedo Police Department we were able to earn our third excelsior from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. This process has us re-examining all of the policies, procedures, and practices to ensure we meet the standards set forth by the commission and striving to employ the very best practices in policing. This process will help reduce our risk and make us an even better police department.

We are excited and prepared to meet the challenges that come up in 2022. The men and women of the Oviedo Police Department are dedicated to serving this community and I don’t think you will find a more dedicated group. We will continue to partner with our community to keep Oviedo a great place to live, work, and play. 

We again are very thankful to all of those residents and businesses who have delivered kind words, cards, cookies, and food to the hard-working men and women of the Oviedo Police Department during this holiday season. This kindness brings the joy of the holidays to our officers and civilian employees.

I would like to remind people to be careful with their credit cards, phone, and email. This is the season for fraud and you can be easily pulled into a scam. If you are not sure ask family, friends, or contact our department and we will help you. Don’t be a victim. And please lock your doors. If you need a reminder then go to our Facebook page for the 9 pm routine.

Thank you for your support!

Police Chief Dale Coleman
City of Oviedo

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COVID-19 INFORMATION

Visit Seminole County online at PrepareSeminole.org to view all the latest COVID-19 information

At PrepareSeminole.org, you'll find: 

  • County-sponsored vaccine availability (varies by date, time, and location throughout Seminole County)
  • Links to other vaccine availability (such as pharmacies, retailers, and other entities offering the vaccine)
  • COVID-19 testing information
  • and more

Call Seminole County at (407) 665-0000 for more information.

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Join the Oviedo Police Department in the 9 p.m. routine

Oviedo PD sends a friendly reminder every night through social media to head out to make sure you've done the #9pmRoutine: A nightly plan to make your vehicle and home more secure. It's important because thieves often look for opportunities such as unlocked doors and unlocked vehicles. At 9 p.m. remember to: 

-Check your vehicle for visible valuables
-Lock car doors
-Make sure your home is well-lit
-Lock all your doors

Join the conversation with #HeyOviedo and #9pmRoutine or share our posts on FB and help spread the word.