Clewiston’s FYI

CLEWISTON — Dates to remember:
• May 14 – Special Magistrate Hearing
• May 16 – Golf Course Advisory Board Meeting
• May 16 – City Manager Candidate Meet & Greet Reception – Clewiston Chamber of Commerce
• May 20 – City Commission Workshop and meeting
• May 27 – Memorial Day Holiday – City offices closed

Staff Reports
Community Development Director Travis Reese reports:
• Two houses were permitted this week for Orchard Park. They are three bedroom, two bath; each is 1,100 square feet.

Code Enforcement Officer Debbie McNeil reports:
• Code cases opened: 20
• Case re-inspections: 17
• Notice of Violations: 11
• Notice of Hearings: 1
• Code cases resolved: 8
• Code lien search requests completed: 2
• Rental inspections completed: 7
• Next scheduled Magistrate Hearing: May 14
Is your swimming pool in compliance with City of Clewiston ordinance?

City of Clewiston Ordinance
Sec. 110-2. – Definitions and construction.
Swimming pool means a portable pool or permanent structure that contains a body of water 18 inches or more in depth of 250 square feet or more of water surface area and intended for recreational purposes, including a wading pool. The term “swimming pool” excludes an ornamental reflecting pool, fish pond, or other type of pool, regardless of size, unless located and designed so as to create a hazard or be used for swimming or wading.

Article Vi. – Supplementary District Regulations
Sec. 110-524. – Fences, walls and hedges.
(18) Swimming pool enclosures. All swimming pools must be within a screened cage, or shall be enclosed on all open sides by a fence which is a minimum of four feet above the existing ground grade and a maximum of six feet above the existing ground grade. All gates which are part of a pool fence or screening cage must have safety locks.

Florida leads the country in drowning deaths of children ages 1-4 years.
(www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/prevention/drowning 4/18/2019)

Pool safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Public Works Director Sean Scheffler reports:
If you have any recreational needs or questions, please drop by city hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call 863-983-1484.
NOTICE: Residents offering debris for pick up must make sure nothing is longer than six feet. The Transfer Station will no longer take material longer than that. Drivers have been instructed to “Yellow Tag” debris that needs to be cut shorter.
Hendry County Waste Management Toxic Round Up was held on Saturday, May 4, at the County Road and Bridge facility located at 1381 Evercane Road from 8 a.m. to noon. This is a free service. Residential hazardous waste only. No commercial waste accepted.
Mosquito Control: Trap counts are averaging around 25 throughout town. The Golf Course remains the only location with 100 in the traps.
• Trinidad Park FRDAP Grant: Staff poured the ADA ramp for the Trinidad Park restroom and installed a retainer wall to finish grade level at the site.
• Street Division: Staff worked on clearing roadside shoulders to address drainage issues in some areas. The opening date for the C.S. Mott Pool is scheduled for May 27. Staff is checking the pool for any issues.
Facility Maintenance: Staff made repairs to light fixtures at the police department. Staff checked on a toilet issue at the Community Development Office.
NOTE from Public Works: May is Tree Trimming Amnesty Month. You must call the office at 863-983-1471 and get preapproved to get the “Special Pick-Up” fee waived.
Golf Course Director Robbie Rush reports:
The Clewiston Tiger Booster Spring Fling Golf Scramble Tournament is scheduled for May 11. Wilbur’s Unforgettable Classic annual Golf Tournament will be take place on June 1. Sign-up is in the golf shop. Summer memberships went into effect on May 1. You can purchase them in the golf shop. Beginning June 3, the Golf Course will be closed on Mondays for the summer.

Police Chief Aaron Angell reports:
The following is a brief synopsis of activity over the course of the past week.
• Officers made a total of six arrests.
• Officers responded to 369 calls for service (includes officer-initiated activity); responded to and investigated five traffic crashes; and conducted 117 business and 77 residential security checks.
• Average officer response time to calls for service, 00:01:12
Criminal activity continues to trend down for the second month in a row even though we experienced a slight increase in the number of burglaries during the month of April.
During the month of April, only thirty-nine part one offenses were reported.
There has been an increase in the number of complaints regarding juveniles that are being allowed to operate golf carts. Your police department would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that only licensed drivers may operate golf carts on the roadways in Clewiston and that these golf carts must have the required safety equipment installed as outlined in section seventy of the City of Clewiston Code of Ordinances.

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