This Week in Largo
JANUARY 18, 2019
The City of Largo welcomes you to LARGO TODAY , News from the City Manager. Stay up-to-date on the superior services Largo aims to offer our residents, businesses and homeowners each week.
SENATOR BRANDES TO HOST MOBILE OFFICE HOURS AT CITY HALL
Senator Jeff Brandes will host mobile office hours at City Hall on January 31st from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. These office hours offer constituents who do not live close to Senator Brandes’ office in St. Petersburg a more convenient way to meet their Senator and receive any assistance that may be needed prior to the start of the 2019 State Legislative Session.

Senator Brandes maintains a year-round office in Suite 200 of the St. Lucie Building located at 9800 4th Street North.

Senator Brandes represents District 24 which includes Largo, High Point, the Greater Ridgecrest Area, Pinellas Park, Kenneth City, and Lealman as well as the beach communities from Tierra Verde to Belleair Beach. He was elected to the Florida Senate in 2012 and was subsequently re-elected in November 2018. He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2010 to 2012.

The State’s 2019 regular legislative session runs from March 5th to May 3rd.

- Cheryl Coller Reed
Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator I 586-7452 I creed@largo.com
COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS TRAINING
On January 14th, over 40 Largo residents participated in a Community Ambassadors training session. Outreach staff from Largo Fire Rescue, Sustainability, and Recreation, Parks, & Arts shared new ways to engage with the City in an outreach capacity. City Manager Henry Schubert thanked the group for their dedication and Commissioner Jamie Robinson discussed how they could make an impact in advocating for Home Rule in Tallahassee. Ambassadors selected their focus areas and are now prepared to help in a variety of ways.

- Brenda Clark
Community Outreach Coordinator I 586-7630 I bclark@largo.com
CITY HALL TOUR
On January 14th and 16th, the City of Largo welcomed classes from Delphi Academy to tour City Hall. The groups of young children participated in a mock City Commission meeting where they collectively decided to build a new water park, competed in a recycling competition, voted to ban plastic straws, toured the video and photography production studios, and learned the importance of healthy activities with Recreation, Parks, and Arts. Largo Fire Rescue and the Police Department also gave the groups a chance to learn about public safety in a fun and hands-on way. A Delphi Academy group leader commented that this was the best City Hall tour they have ever had.

- Brenda Clark
Community Outreach Coordinator I 586-7630 I bclark@largo.com
EVERY CHILD DESERVES TO ATTEND CAMP
The Recreation, Parks and Arts Department has launched an annual youth scholarship program called “Every Child Deserves to Attend Camp.” We serve over 1200 children each summer through our 60 plus camps comprised of full day, specialty, sports, theatre, aquatic, tennis and golf, with age ranges from 5-15. However, many of the families within our community need financial assistance to allow their child(ren) to experience our dynamic summer camps.

Our mission is to strengthen the community by creating memorable experiences through education, recreation, parks and arts. Will you help a child in our community experience these benefits and create a lasting memory?

A gift of $100.00 allows one child to attend one week of camp while a gift of $1000 allows one child to attend for 10 weeks (full summer program). 100% of donated funds will go to camp registration. Contact Mark Abdo, Community Outreach Liaison, at 587-6740 ext 5008 or mabdo@largo.com to receive a pledge card.

Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts Department is accredited by the National Recreation & Park Association’s Commission for the Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies.

Charitable contributions to governmental units are deductible under section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code if made for a public purpose.

- Mark Abdo
Community Outreach Liaison I 587-6740 I mabdo@largo.com
USF PRESENTATION
As part of the USF Community Sustainability Partnership Program, staff from Administration, IT, Environmental Services and the Office of Performance and Budget presented their projects to students and professors. The three current projects are to create a statically valid community survey, develop private utility system standards and to help the City increase our open data systems. Students will be working on these projects throughout the semester and presenting results to City Commission in April and May.
- Laura Thomas
Sustainability Coordinator I 586-7424 I lthomas@largo.com
SHADY LANE SOLID WASTE SERVICE PRESENTATION
On January 15th and 17th, Solid Waste staff presented to both of the Shady Lane communities in order to discuss upcoming changes to their services. Residents will be receiving individual trash and recycling carts as they transition away from compactor service. Staff presented on topics such as where to safely place your carts, acceptable recycling materials and special collections held by the City.
- Laura Thomas
Sustainability Coordinator I 586-7424 I lthomas@largo.com
WEST BAY DRIVE RESURFACING PROJECT
The Pinellas County Public Works Department has indicated that the final report for the West Bay Drive Resurfacing project has been submitted to them by their consultant, Kimley Horn. The report contains the cost estimates for the identified alternatives for resurfacing, landscaping, and a wide trail. They anticipate that the report will be finalized and distributed to the stakeholders by the end of January. The next step would be for the County to meet with City representatives to discuss the findings in the report. An update will be provided to the City Commission when the report is received.
- Carol Stricklin
Community Development Department Director I 586-7490 I cstrickl@largo.com
LARGO.COM TAKES HOME THE GOLD AGAIN...NATURALLY!
Largo.com took home the gold again for the 2019 AVA Digital Awards in the Web-Based Production, Government Website category. This marks the eighth award the site has won since launching in  April 2018 . AVA Digital Awards is an international competition that recognizes excellence by creative professionals responsible for the planning, concept, direction, design and production of digital communication. Awards honor the evolving ways and means that we engage our audiences through the creative convergence of digital arts, technology, and information. 

As we continue to provide superior services, the site now offers four 360 degree virtual tours for the Performing Arts Center, Highland Rec, McGough Nature Park and the Library. Visit  the Facilities Directory , search for one of these facilities and click on the “Take a Tour” button. Also in the works for 2019 is a "Living in Largo" Story Map, a digital best practices guide, website accessibility, and continuing to provide superior services online... Naturally!
- Lauren Fatkin
Web & Marketing Specialist I 587-6740 I lfatkin@largo.com
CITY SERVICES BY THE NUMBERS
The City Commission recently requested a breakdown of general City services available to residents and visitors in Largo. It’s been a busy year in the City of Largo!

Here’s a few by department from fiscal year 2018:

Police Department
  • 911 calls for services - 17,269
  • Calls dispatched - 72,842
  • Traffic citations issued - 19,090

Fire Department
  • Calls for service - 30,010
  • EMS - 27,060
  • All other - 2,950
  • Average response time - 4.26 minutes

Environmental Services Department
  • Wastewater processed - 4.40 billion gallons
  • Reclaimed water distributed - 2.01 billion gallons
  • Fertilizer pellets produced - 1,661 tons

Engineering Services Department
  • Roads paved/constructed - 5.33 miles
  • Sidewalks built - 9,900 linear feet

Public Works Department
  • Solid waste collected - 51,152 tons
  • Recycling collected - 11,116 tons
  • Streets swept - 4,698 curb miles

Library
  • Materials checked out - 830,341
  • Electronic data bases/collections accessed - 140,050
  • Program attendance - 54,394

Recreation, Parks and Arts Department
  • Program attendance - 706,375
  • Special events attendance - 130,000
  • CPPAC tickets purchased - 31,200
  • Rounds of golf purchased - 43,000
  • Child care
  • After school - 240/day
  • Summer camp - 1,100/day

Community Development Department
  • Building permits issued - 7,772
  • Development orders issued - 179 full scale/8 small scale
  • Annexations
  • Number of acres - 53.3
  • Value - $12.6 million (taxable value)

Communications and Marketing Division
  • Web site visits - 1.45 million page views

City Clerk’s Office
  • Public records requests - 531 (excluding PD)

- Henry Schubert
City Manager I 586-7454 I citymanager@largo.com