Annual Accomplishments

ANNUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

COUNCIL PRIORITIES

COMPLETE AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN

The City completed an existing conditions analysis and created goals and objectives in coordination with the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce and business stakeholders.

REVISE THE OLDSMAR SPORTS COMPLEX MASTER PLAN

The Oldsmar Sports Complex Master Plan has included upgrades to existing infrastructure, and the addition of the Lightning Made Street Hockey Rink, presented by Heritage Insurance.

CONTINUE EFFORTS TO BECOME A MORE AUTOMATED AND CONNECTED CITY

The City continues to improve its automated processes through enhancement of an online building permitting system, implementation of global work orders, and a redesign of the City's website.

UPDATE THE LONG-RANGE MULTI-MODAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN

The plan was updated to include golf cart elements.

DEVELOP STRATEGIES FOR MAINTENANCE AND REFURBISHMENT OF EXISTING FACILITIES

A 20-year outlook was created to assist in the maintenance of existing facilities.

HARBOR PALMS INFRASTRUCTURE RENOVATION

Infrastructure improvements began in June 2019 with the replacement of water mains, water services, storm inlets, roadways, curbs, and gutters.

Building the Bive Downtown Development Efforts

The City Council's 2022 Strategic Vision is to partner with families, businesses, and visitors to make Oldsmar a creative, vibrant, and thriving community.  The creation of an identifiable downtown is a critical component of that vision.  During FY 18/19, Oldsmar City Council and staff accomplished several objectives to accelerate downtown development efforts:

  • Purchase commercial property located at 101-109 Fairfield Street.
  • Held specific City Council Work Sessions to discuss concepts, strategies, and regulations (April 25, May 29, June 27, August 21).
  • Approved the town Center Concept Plan at the City Council meeting on July 21.
  • Solicited, received, and reviewed development proposals.

The City of Oldsmar will aggressively continue its efforts to establish an identifiable downtown and has identified it as a FY 19-20 priority.

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

FINANCE

  • Coordinated the annual audit and prepared the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for FY 17/18.
  • Prepared the City's FY 19/20 Budget, including Capital and Operating components.
  • Completed the TRIM process.
  • Facilitated department submissions and prepared final documents (Proposed Capital Budget, FY 19/20 Proposed Annual Budget, FY 19/20 Annual Budget Documents).
  • Secured a $6 million bank qualified loan to fund the Harbor Palms Infrastructure Improvement Project.
  • Continued work on Florida Department of Transportation grants and state appropriations for Burbank Road and Douglas Road improvements.

HUMAN RESOURCES

  • Implemented a new benefits administration system.
  • Secured new health, dental, and vision plans for City employees.
  • Created and implemented Tuesday Training Employee Education Series for City employees.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 

  • Implemented best practices for network security, including training and educational programs.
  • Completed installation of network connections for several city buildings.
  • Expanded Enterprise-Class Wireless network throughout the City.
  • Implemented the Global Work Order system for nine City divisions (over 1,300 work orders processed).

CITY CLERKS OFFICE

2019 ELECTIONS

  • Completed 2018 Qualifying Period for 2019 Municipal Election.
  • Conducted 2019 Municipal Election.

ADVISORY BOARDS & CITIZENS ACADEMY

  • Relocated all Advisory Board meetings to the Council Chamber.
  • Coordinated annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet.
  • Coordinated 2018 Citizens Academy for 23 participants.

RECORDS

  • Processed over 450 assessment searches.
  • Organized digital archives of ordinances and resolutions.
  • Coordinated public records class training.
  • Updated operating resolutions.

COMMUNICATIONS MARKETING ARTS

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Produced the City's magazine, Experience Oldsmar, quarterly.
  • Distributed 3,500 copies per issue.
  • Produced printed materials for several City departments.

MARKETING

  • Redesigned the City's website. www.MyOldsmar.com, in accordance with federal accessibility guidelines.
  • Promoted all City events and programs through social media, print, and press platforms.
  • Managed social media accounts, increasing the number of followers across all platforms. (Facebook had the largest increase from 8,807 to 15,865)
  • Released public information and managed public inquiries for Hurricane Dorian and other special notices.

ARTS

  • Coordinated and curated four rotating art exhibits at City Hall.
  • Conducted selection and procurement process for a commissioned piece of public art to be located downtown. (The sculpture selected was "Taking Flight" by Donald Gialanella)
  • Initiated a public pop-up community art exhibit entitled "Unveil the Trail".

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Presented a referendum for the granting of Ad Valorem Tax Exemption for certain new and expanding businesses. (Referendum passed on March 12, 2019)
  • Coordinated several economic development forums with the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce.
  • Led development efforts for City-owned properties in the downtown area, including parcels adjacent to City Hall and the Library. 

FIRE RESCUE

  • Entered into a five-year Advanced Life Support First Responder Agreement with Pinellas County EMS Authority.
  • Implemented new apparatus maintenance and inspection programs, providing more efficiency in daily vehicle readiness checks and equipment repairs.
  • Created specifications for replacement of Apparatus Rescue 54, an Advanced Life Support unit that responds to medical calls.
  • Met or exceeded the goal of 20 hours of firefighting training per month for all line personnel, including Firefighter Skills Training, Engine Driver Training, Florida State Fire College courses, and Recertification courses (Instructor, Fire Safety Inspector, Live Fire Instructor).

RESPONDED TO 1,702 INCIDENTS WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF OLDSMAR AS FOLLOWS:

  • 1,323 Medical incidents
  • 157 Vehicle crashes
  • 119 Fire alarm responses
  • 69 Fire incident responses

PERFORMED THE FOLLOWING COMMUNITY RISK REDUCTION EFFORTS: 

  • 374 Fire inspections
  • 64 Car seat installations & inspections
  • 7 CPR & First Aid Classes
  • 3 Fire Extinguisher Classes
  • Distributed hurricane risks and evacuation literature to 600 mobile homes

METOR EXCEEDED ALL INSURANCE SERVICE OFFICE (ISO) REQUIREMENTS FOR FIREFIGHTER TRAINING.  THESE INCLUDE:

  • 192 hours of company training annually for each firefighter.
  • 12 hours of driver training annually for each driver.
  • 12 hours of leadership training annually for each officer.
  • 18 hours of facility training annually for all Fire Rescue employees.

LEISURE SERVICES

TOP CAPITAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Began construction of the Lightning Made Street Hockey Rink.
  • Installed the Purple Heart Monument at Veterans Memorial Park.
  • Rebuilt BMX straight away.
  • Replaced four air conditioning systems at city facilities.
  • Renovated the Town Center fountain.
  • Renovated the restrooms at the Municipal Services Complex.
  • Renovated the bridges at Patty Drive.
  • Installed lights in the pavilion at the Lynn Rives Environmental Education Center.
  • Renovated the front office at Cypress Forest Recreation Center.
  • Initiated the replacement of the playgrounds at Richard Rogers Park and the Oldsmar Sports Complex.
  • Replaced picnic tables, benches, grills, and trash cans throughout city parks.

RECREATION

  • Provided diverse recreation programs throughout the City with 10,911 participants.
  • Initiated four beginner racing leagues at the BMX track, which attracted 119 riders.
  • Local practice and BMX racing days averaged 52 riders per day.

FACILITIES 

  • Opened the new State Street Center in October 2018 with a variety of activities such as Senior Socials, Mindful Mediation, Painting Classes, and Girl Scout meetings.
  • City's internal Training Tuesday programs hosted at the State Street Center.

PARKS & GROUNDS

  • Completed the SR580 Median Landscaping Project from Forest Lakes Blvd. to Tampa Rd. with grant funding in the amount of  $135,000 from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
  • Installed a new Purple Heart Monument at Veterans Memorial Park in coordination with the Veterans Advisory Board.
  • Facilitated agreement with Empower Adventures of Tampa Bay to operate the zipline facility at Mobbly Bayou and to offer paddling tours from R.E. Olds Park. There were 12,068 visitors to the zipline facility and 28 paddling tours.
  • Managed sports user agreements at the Oldsmar Sports Complex including Oldsmar Little League, Oldsmar Soccer Club, and North Pinellas Panthers. There were 580 youth participants in these organizations.
  • Awarded a Land Water Conservation Fund grant for the renovation of the Cypress Forest Spray Park in the amount of $200,000.
  • Removed dead plant material & invasive species along Windward Place leading into the Oldsmar Sports Complex. The material was replaced with 55 cedar trees and 260 Podocarpus hedges.

SPECIAL EVENTS

  • Hosted the 2019 USA BMX Gator Nationals in February 2019.  The event had 963 riders from 21 different countries and 39 states. The total estimated attendance was 4,045 attendees people.
  • Organized and implemented citywide special events including Sunset Sounds Concert Series, Purple Heart Ceremony, Memorial Day Ceremony, Veterans Day Celebration, Easter Egg Hunt, Annual Talent Show, Annual Golf Tournament, Christmas Wonderland, Holiday Golf Cart Parade, Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Celebrate Oldsmar, Fishing Derbies, and Haunted Happenings.

PUBLIC LIBRARY

  • Circulated 4,700 more downloadable materials than the previous year, for a total of 15,935.
  • Increased programs for children, resulting in 603 more attendees than the previous year, for a total of 5,428.
  • Library volunteers contributed over 1,000 hours.
  • Celebrated the Library's Centennial with a partnership of the Friends of the Oldsmar Library, Oldsmar Historical Society, and the Woman's Club of Oldsmar.
  • Completed construction of study rooms in March 2019.
  • Renovated the Children's area with new furniture.
  • Installed new carpeting in the Storytime room.
  • Created very popular themed displays each month at the Library's front counter.

PLANNING REDEVELOPMENT

  • Completed Woodlands Square Shopping Center development agreement requirements, which included the placement of a PSTA bus stop.
  • Continued finalizing construction permits for Bayside Terrace, a townhouse community of 164 units.
  • Actively participated in workshops on new Flood Plain maps to be implemented in the future, hosted a Flood Map workshop in June 2019, and presented maps to residents & businesses.
  • Completed Community Rating Systems (CRS) audit and maintained a Class Rating of 6. (residents & businesses will receive a 20% discount on their flood insurance premiums on properties located within the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) / properties located outside the SFHA will receive a 10% discount on their flood insurance premiums)
  • Reviewed, researched, & processed request from Tampa Bay Park of Commerce to execute an Essentially Built Out Agreement.

LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE AMENDMENTS DRAFTED AND ADOPTED AS FOLLOWS:

  • Permit microbreweries & brewpubs in certain areas of the City

APPROVED NEW BUSINESSES INCLUDED: 

  • Tidal Wave Car Wash and SunTrust ATM
  • Express Oil
  • Shaker & Peel Restaurant
  • Primrose Child Care Center
  • Dr. Shim Medical Office
  • Redevelopment of GSA Building for Medical Facility

PUBLIC WORKS

TOP CAPITAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Continued downtown Watermain Replacement Project, including replacement of more than 18,000 linear feet of potable water piping, extension of 2,000 linear feet of reclaimed water service, replacement of 17 fire hydrants, and installation of more than 250 water services with touch-read water meters
  • Commenced Harbor Palms Infrastructure Improvements in June 2019 with the replacement of water mains, water services, storm inlets, roadways, curbs, and gutters
  • Completed installation of electric service upgrades and wiring of the vehicle storage building
  • Began Water Reclamation Facility Building Improvements, including the conceptual design
  • Replaced one of three pumps to be replaced in phases at the Main Lift Station
  • Evaluated and mapped more than 10 miles of sanitary sewer piping
  • Completed drywall, wiring, bathroom, offices, and conference area at the Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant
  • Continued the Burbank Road Extension project, including contract negotiation for construction engineering inspection and the negotiations of the easement, construction, and maintenance agreements with CSX
  • Completed design of Phase VI of the Douglas Trail
  • Began design of the St. Petersburg Drive Complete Streets project
  • Assisted with Pinellas County's Forest Lakes Boulevard widening project
  • Completed the Watershed Management Plan

TECHNICAL SERVICES

  • Complied and submitted MS4 permit annual report to Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).
  • Performed five Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) stormwater system inspections.
  • Inspected and issued 201 right-of-way permits.
  • Reviewed 258 building permit applications.
  • Inspected 39 annual private lift stations.

STREETS & STORMWATER DIVISIONS

  • Distributed 4,400 sandbags for Hurricane Dorian.
  • Completed Lafayette Boulevard sidewalk and crosswalk at Spruce Street.
  • Completed State Street pipe repair and driveway replacement.
  • Completed Moccasin Creek Ditch Cleaning Project.
  • Replaced 150 feet of curbs.
  • Replace 500 feet of sidewalk.
  • Maintained 4 miles of ditches.

FLEET 

  • Performed maintenance of 75 City vehicles, 100 wheeled pieces of equipment, and all landscaping maintenance equipment.
  • Installed 67 new tires, repaired 35 tires, and replaced 31 batteries.
  • Maintained City fueling system.
  • Commenced work on fire equipment where practical, thus reducing turnaround time, and the cost of maintenance.

DISTRIBUTION & COLLECTION MAINTENANCE AND EMERGENCY REPAIRS

  • Repaired 433 water distribution leaks and corrected 72 sewer clogs.
  • Installed 282 water and reclaimed water meters and boxes.
  • Installed 26 new water services and tested 40 meters for accuracy.
  • Tested and maintained all 315 potable backflow prevention devices.
  • Located all City utilities at 1,723 sites for every construction project in City rights-of-way.

UTILITY MAINTENANCE SPECIAL PROJECTS

  • Repaired or replaced 14 pumps within the lift stations or treatment facilities.
  • Coordinated manhole repair project at the wastewater plant main lift station.
  • Installed and programmed 15 new lift station antennas.

CHARLES "BUD" LISTER WATER RECLAMATION FACILITY

  • Treated 595 million gallons of wastewater.
  • Distributed 272 million gallons of reclaimed water.
  • Stored 239 million gallons of reclaimed water recharged into the aquifer.
  • Managed reclaimed water and ASR systems, resulting in 164 days of "zero discharge" into Mobbly Bayou.
  • Obtained operating permit for Aquifer Storage & Recovery (ASR) well by FEDP.

BRUCE T. HADDOCK REVERSE OSMOSIS WATER TREATMENT PLANT

  • Produced 508 million gallons of safe, clean drinking water.
  • Operated entire year in 100% compliance with all state and federal regulations.
  • Installed 45 FDEP compliant sample stations throughout the City for improved monthly bacteriological compliance testing.
  • Produced annual Consumer Confidence Report.

SUSTAINABILITY

  • Conducted 12 presentations on a variety of sustainability topics.
  • Held three employee engagement events (Bike, Ride & Walk, Recycled Art Challenge, Pinellas County Solid Waste Tour).
  • Hosted three community events (Drive Electric Tampa Bay, Drop Savers Art Poster Contest, Annual Recycling Day).
  • Coordinated Mobbly Bayou Rain Garden installation and grant.
  • Relaunched the Adopt-a-Street Program.
  • Installed a new double electric vehicle charging station in front of the Council Chamber.
  • Organized energy audits of City-owned buildings through TECO.

INDUSTRIAL PRETREATMENT

  • Hosted Public Works training regarding Illicit Discharge and Sediment/Erosion Control.
  • Inspected and sampled 9 permitted industrial users.
  • Investigated 10 environmental incidents.
  • Reported 4 sanitary sewer overflows to FDEP.

CITY AWARDS

  • Awarded a Community Rating System Rating of 6.
  • Received GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 27th year in a row.
  • Received GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for FY 18/19 Budget for 6th year in a row.
  • Awarded the distinguished honor of the 2018 FEDP Plant Excellence in Operations Award for the 2nd time in 6 years.
  • Recognized as USA Tree City for the 19th Year.
  • Since 2004, the first community in Florida designated and recognized by National Weather Service as a Storm Ready Community.

STAFF RECOGNITIONS

  • Al Braithwaite serves as the President of the Suncoast Chapter of the American Society for Public Administrators.
  • Felicia Donnelly served as President of the Florida Recreation and Parks Association.
  • Cindy Nenno serves as President Ex-Officio of the Gulf Coast Florida Government Finance Officers Association.
  • Amy Ratliff serves as President of the Gulf Coast Florida Government Finance Officers Association.
  • Garrett Zeliff serves as Treasurer of the Gulf Coast Florida Government Finance Officers Association.
  • Nathan Rivera obtained Certified Playground Safety Inspectors (CRSI) certification.
  • Daniel Simpson obtained Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) certification.
  • Brian Smith obtained Certified Playground Safety Inspectors (CRSI) certification.
  • Debb Vitraelli serves as First Vice-President of the Florida Municipal Communicators Association .
  • Gregg Silliman obtained Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) certification.
  • Mandi Clark obtained Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) certification.
  • Tonya Wonderly obtained Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) certification.