September, 2019

Welcome to Your City @ Work, where you will find City of Dunedin highlights from the City Manager's office each month.

MESSAGE FROM THE CITY MANAGER

We are so fortunate to have missed the wrath of Hurricane Dorian. The videos and pictures from the Bahamas are truly heartbreaking.  I’ve lived in and worked for communities that have endured direct hits from hurricanes (including Hurricane Andrew in 1992) but thankfully have never experienced the level of devastation wrought upon the Abaco Islands and the Bahamas. In the ensuing weeks we will be running an aid campaign. More information will be forthcoming as we flush out the details so please keep an eye out for additional posts. 

It has been a very busy summer so far and we had to switch up gears to prepare for Hurricane Dorian. Every year at the beginning of summer City staff runs a hurricane drill to ensure the appropriate level readiness for the season. An additional dry run helped us further refine emergency operations in Dunedin. We are now back to normal operations which means doing our best every day to maintain an excellent standard of services across the board.

Jennifer K. Bramley, City Manager
CITY NEWS
DUNEDIN IS ON THE MOVE
City Departments, located in the Municipal Services building, (Utility Billing, HR and Finance) will begin moving in September, 2019 to temporary locations as we prepare for the upcoming New City Hall Complex Project.

Please note:  The current City Hall at 542 Main Street will continue to be operational until the new City Hall Complex opens in the fall of 2021.




2020 BUDGET UPDATE
During the month of September the City Commission formally adopts the Fiscal Year 2020 Operating and Capital Budget. The City will hold two public hearings at 5:30 PM on September 9 th and 6:00 PM on September 19 th in the City Commission Chambers.  Net expenditures (“net” includes depreciation and removes capital and debt principal payment) for FY 2020 total $142,667,700. The FY 2020 budget is fully aligned with the Business Plan. Staff is proposing that the millage rate for 2020 remain the same at 4.1345 mills.

PUBLIC MEETING-NEW CITY HALL/PARKING GARAGE
A public meeting will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, September 10th at the William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Avenue across from the stadium, to discuss the proposed new City Hall and parking garage for downtown. The architect will be on hand to present their thoughts and receive your comments. We look forward to seeing you there!
CITY OF DUNEDIN FIRE DEPARTMENT

A big thank you to our Dunedin Fire Department personnel who are part of an Engine Strike Team that was deployed to the east coast of Florida, to lend mutual aid. We are always proud of you!
STARLIGHT CONCERTS
Every Friday in September, join us for a concert under the stars at Highlander Park, from 7-9 p.m. Bring a blanket and enjoy!



CITIZEN'S ACADEMY
The 2019 Dunedin Citizens' Academy starts this month. During this nine week course, participants will get a behind the scenes look into how government works and the functions of various City departments, including Public Services, Fire/EMS, Parks & Recreation, Water Services, Engineering, Planning & Development, City Commission/City Manager’s Office and more.

DUNEDIN CUP REGATTA
On September 28, come on out to the Dunedin Marina and enjoy food, fun and sailing for the 35th annual Dunedin Cup.




CITIZEN SURVEY RESULTS

In an effort to encourage community dialogue, the City of Dunedin conducted a comprehensive Citizen Survey in February 2019. The 2019 Dunedin Citizens Opinion Survey results are based on 1,277 interviews, completed during the months of February and March 2019.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Complete a disaster plan before the chaos of an approaching storm to be sure you have time to do it right. Pack your Emergency Survival Kits before June 1st to be sure you have what you need. Organize important papers so you can grab them quickly.

MAYOR'S CORNER

This month Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski discusses Code Enforcement.

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FUNEDIN FACT
In July, 1965, Caladesi Island was presented to the Florida Outdoor Recreation Planning Committee for status as a State park.