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 Photo special to Alachua County Today

A check for Phase 1 of the $50,000 grant for the upgrades to the Walter Howard Park was presented to the City of High Springs. L-R: High Springs City Manager Ed Booth, Vice-Mayor Gloria James, O'Leno State Park Manager George Paxton (holding check) and High Springs Recreation Director Robert Basford.

 HIGH SPRINGS – O'Leno State Park Manager George Paxton was on hand at Thursday's High Springs City Commission Meeting to present a check for $50,000 from the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP). The grant is for Phase 1 of the Walter Howard Park upgrades.

In other city business, the City's Building Inspector, Scott Thomason, introduced some minor changes to the Code of Ordinances to update some of the fees for the Building Department's services. Although the changes are “modest,” Thomason hopes they will bring High Springs in line with some of the other municipalities in the region with similar populations.

“We want to make sure our department is self-sustaining,” said Thomason. “There are some services we provide that needed to be clarified, and we have hopefully done that with this new list of updated municipal fees.”

There are no fee increases associated with fire inspection services at this time, said Thomason.

Builders should be able to apply and pay on line for the services they want from the City's Building Department soon.

“Our software company is working on this and we hope to have it operational in the next couple of weeks,” said Thomason. It is expected to help streamline the department's ability to serve the builders in that community.

Commissioners approved a contract to continue to have Carol Rowan manage the Farmers' Market for another year.

Mittauer & Associates, Inc. received a thumbs-up from commissioners to design, permit and construct a pump station and install a force main to connect Camp Kulaqua to the City's wastewater system. A Suwannee River Water Management District grant in the amount of $250,000 has been awarded for this project. Mittauer is expected to receive approximately $50,000 for their portion of the work.

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