Also in News Briefs: County jail passes inspection; Bunnell resurfacing program to start; Palm Coast earns management award.
Shade sails coming soon to playgrounds at four city of Palm Coast parks
Shade sails will be installed in the coming weeks at four city of Palm Coast parroundsk playgrounds.
The first installation in the $425,000 project will begin at Belle Terre Park, 339 Parkview Drive, on Monday, July 24. The playground area will be closed for 7-10 days while contractor Shade Systems installs the shades, according to a city of Palm Coast news release.
Shade sails will then be installed at Seminole Woods Neighborhood Park, Ralph Carter Park and Waterfront Park. Each project will take 7-10 days, during which time that playground will be closed. The rest of the parks’ amenities will be open during the installation.
Section of St. Joe Walkway to close temporarily for reconstruction
The city of Palm Coast will be closing a half-mile section of St. Joe Walkway — from eastbound Palm Coast Parkway to the Intracoastal Waterway — starting Monday, July 24, for the construction of a multi-use pathway.
Detour signs will direct cyclists and pedestrians onto a nearby trail route to Palm Harbor Parkway and the Hammock Bridge trailhead, according to a city of Palm Coast news release.
Intracoastal Waterway access between Hammock Bridge and Waterfront Park will remain open for now, but temporary closures are expected as the project moves forward. The project is expected to take several weeks.
County Detention Facility passes audit, inspection
The Flagler County Detention Facility passed its Florida Model Jail Standards annual inspection on July 12, with inspectors finding no violations.
“On behalf of the inspection team, I would like to express my gratitude and acknowledge the magnitude of professionalism the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Detention staff portrays and the confidence they have in their operation of the Flagler County Detention Facility,” Sergeant David Harvey commented in the inspection report, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. “The staff was extremely knowledgeable about the operation of the facility and helped the inspection run smoothly.”
The annual inspections are led by outside law enforcement agencies and ensure that the facilities and staff meet or exceed the minimum performance standards to operate a jail in Florida. The team of inspectors reviewed all areas of operations from admissions, classification, release, housing, food service, programs, security and sanitation.
“Our detention staff takes great pride in what they do, and they receive little public credit for it,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “These inspections show the community that we use the best practices and in keeping inmates secure and our Detention Deputies safe. We have a great team protecting and serving the ‘guests’ at our Green Roof Inn.”
Palm Coast earns ICMA ‘Certificate of Distinction in Performance Management’
For the fourth year in a row, the International City/County Management Association ICMA) has recognized the city of Palm Coast’s data-driven management and reporting efforts with a Certificate of Distinction in Performance Management, according to a city of Palm Coast news release.
In 2012, Palm Coast developed a performance measurement and reporting system to city align services and programs with the City Council’s Strategic Action Plan and evaluate employees on departments on their progress toward the City Council’s six goals: expansion, economic, finance, environmental, quality of life, and workforce talent.
Palm Coast is one of 13 jurisdictions to g receive the ICMA Certificate of Distinction, and one of 57 recognized overall.
“There are thousands of local governments, and this award from ICMA truly places us in the top tier of cities, so we are very honored,” Landon said. “It’s a real testament of the talent and dedication of our Council and employees.”
Bunnell resurfacing project to begin
Bunnell is starting a road resurfacing program that the city hopes to make an annual occurrance.
Starting July 24 and ending July 28, weather permitting, portions of five city roads will be resurfaced, according to a city of Bunnell government news release.
The resurfacing will be done by Asphalt Paving Systems (APS) of Zephyrhills for an estimated cost of $79,455. It will involve applying a resurfacing treatment called microsurfacing that is expected to extend the life of the road surface by five to 10 years.
Access to the roads will be limited from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the city has asked residents who live on the streets to make sure that no cars, boats or other vehicles are left in the roadway during those hours, to keep sprinklers turned off from 2 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the project, and to refrain from placing debris in the road for city garbage pickup.
The roads being resurfaced as part of this initial contract are:
- East Magnolia Street from U.S. 1 to North Palmetto Street
- North Church Street from State Road 100 to East Magnolia Street
- North Anderson Street from S.R. 100 to East Holden Avenue
- North Chapel Street from S.R. 100 to East Howe Street
- North Palmetto Street from S.R. 100 to East Magnolia Street