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THE OFFICIAL CITY NEWSLETTER FOR

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS

FLORIDA

The Newsletter is produced by the City Government of Keystone Heights, Florida and is intended to be informative, fun and factual.

June/July 2006

BACK ON TRACK!

Please accept our apologies for the temporary cessation of the production of this Newsletter. It is our firm commitment from this issue forward to provide the City Newsletter in a timely fashion, with "News You Can Use". We welcome any ideas or suggestions for upcoming issues.

MAYOR'S MESSAGE

Things have been busy around City Hall. Customer service is at an all time high, especially due to the sewer coming online, but it is progressing quite smoothly. I would like to thank all of our residents for their patience and understanding during the major changes which have recently occurred in the Public Works Department. We look forward to a productive restructuring of this department with the goal of providing improved services to the community. Please feel free to contact me directly with any concerns or questions.

WASTE MANAGEMENT Service Days:

Garbage and Recyclables: MONDAY Yard Trash: FIRST AND THIRD THURSDAYS Special Waste/Bulky Items: LAST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH Call Boone Waste (352) 468-1900 to make arrangements.

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Special Events Public Safety News Calendar Hurricane Plan City Information Pg 2 Pg 3 Pg 4 Pg 5 Pg 6 Pg 8

SPECIAL EVENTS

Our Country Day

July 1, 2006 Street Dance @ Keystone Village Square 8:00 pm--12:00 am July 4, 2006 7:30 am 11:00 am 2:00 pm Beach Volleyball Registration Parade--Lawrence Blvd. Memorial Service--Cemetery

9 am--5 pm Craft Show/City Hall Park 1:00 pm Dog Show--Nature Park 4:00 pm Fish Fry--Keystone Beach LIVE MUSIC ALL DAY AND EVENING!!! FIREWORKS AFTER DUSK!!!!! *Applications for Vendors and Parade entries are available at City Hall. For more information, please call Special Events at 352-473-7053.

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PUBLIC SAFETY AWARENESS

As summer is upon us, please consider the following safety issues: SCHOOL'S OUT

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Watch for children playing in our community. Observe posted speed limits. Yield to pedestrians. Come to a full stop at a stop sign or traffic light.

ALLIGATOR AWARENESS

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Be alert when in around waterways. You can find valuable information at www.myfwc.com Reminder--Feeding alligators is ILLEGAL.

BURN BAN As of this printing, the burn ban was in effect until 6/7/06. Given the continued lack of rain, we anticipate it will be extended. Check www.claycountygov.com for up to date information

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS As we rapidly approach another hurricane season, the City of Keystone Heights wants to ensure the safety of all our residents and their property. Please take time to review the information in this Newsletter. Now is the time to get ready!

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Each household should have a HOME SAFETY PLAN

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IN MEMORIAM

Lloyd "Archie" Green, passed away at his home on May 23, 2006. Mr. Green served on the City Council from 1987--1996 and was the Town's Mayor from 1996--2004. He was active outside City Hall as well. Mr. Green was involved in the Beam Senior Center, Rotary, and N.E. Florida League of Cities. These are just of few of his many endeavors and accomplishments. Mr. Green made many positive contributions to the City of Keystone Heights over the years. He served well as both Councilman and Mayor. He will be missed by many and remembered for his dedicated community and civic service. The City mourns his loss and pays respect to his

CAMP BLANDING

In 2004, the City of Keystone "adopted" the 3rd Batallion/20th Division Special Forces Group, stationed at Camp Blanding. These brave and dedicated soldiers have now been mobilized and deployed overseas--most for their second time, some even for their third time. Bear in mind that they are all volunteers, composed of skilled soldiers of uncommon physical and mental caliber--truly a team of the finest unconventional warfare experts. City Council has issued a Proclamation to support the 3/20 SFG. We encourage all citizens to join in showing support and gratitude by the appropriate display of flags and ribbons out of respect for our troops and veterans. Look for future events such as care package requests, family support efforts, letter writing campaigns, etc.

CITY HALL 4TH OF JULY FLOAT

Honoring our commitment to our troops and with the intent of keeping to this year's Our Country Day theme of "Freedom", we are proud to submit City Hall's float of "Defending our Freedoms" as a salute and tribute to the military and their families. Please contact the Mayor at City Hall (4734807) or at home (473-2051) if you are military or family to participate. We are also looking for volunteers to assist in decorating.

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June, 2006

1 C.E.R.T class at City Hall--7:00 p.m. 2 Melrose Julee Railroad Days--4 to 10 pm 9 3 Melrose Julee Railroad Days--9 to 5

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6 Citizens Advisory Committee --5:00 pm

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8 Sewer Grand Opening 11:00 a.m. C.E.R.T. class @ 7:00 pm

10 Butterfly Seminar @ 11:00 a.m.--City Hall!

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12 CRC meeting @ the Airport--6:30 p.m.

13 Special Council Mtg. @ 5:00 p.m. / Council meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

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15 C.E.R.T class @ 7:00 pm

16 Disaster Preparedness Seminar-- Thrasher-Horne Conference Center 7:30 am

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19 Commodities--10:00 a.m.

20 Zoning board meeting @ 7:00 p.m.

21 Keystone Airpark Meeting @ 7:00 pm

22 C.E.R.T. class @ 7:00 pm

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27 Special Council Mtg. @ 5:00 p.m. / Council meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

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30 Lake Watch meeting @ 1:00 p.m.

July, 2006

1 Street Dance at Hitchcock's--8:00 pm

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4 City Hall Closed for Independence Day! Parade/crafts FIREWORKS

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11 City Council Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

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19 Keystone Airpark Meeting @ 7:00 p.m.

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Keystone Heights City Residents,

As you may know, Hurricane season is upon us and the City would like to help our residents be prepared in case of an

emergency. Some of these items can be used in an all­hazards situation. Your city is working very diligently with the Clay

County Office of Emergency Management to strive to be fully prepared in case of a hurricane, but you must help by

being prepared also. We have been very fortunate so far but please be mindful and pay attention. The following are some brief

tips for being prepared.

When is Hurricane Season? June 1 - November 30 What Is A Hurricane? A hurricane is a tropical cyclone, which generally forms in the tropics and is accompanied by thunderstorms and a counterclockwise circulation of winds. Tropical cyclones are classified as follows: TROPICAL DEPRESSION An organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds* of 38 mph or less TROPICAL STORM An organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39-73 mph HURRICANE An intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of The following are some points discussing how to develop your family disaster plan:

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Discuss the type of hazards that could effect your family. Know your homes vulnerability to wind, heavy rain and flooding in some areas. Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be within your home but within your community. Determine escape routes and places to meet (Rally points); including a child's school, a neighbor's home or a public place.

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Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all of your family members have a single point of contact. Have at least 2 ways of contact; email, phone, etc. Make a plan NOW what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate. Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911. Check & update your insurance coverage­ flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance. Use a NOAA weather radio. This can be purchased at any retail store. Remember to replace the battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detector. Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster supply kit

Take first aide, CPR and Disaster preparedness classes such as the Clay County CERT program .

The following are some items that you should have in a kit or readily available to you in case of a storm.

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Water­ at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days. Food-- at least enough for 3 to 7 days Non perishable packaged or canned food / juices Foods for infants or the elderly Snack foods Cooking tools / fuel Paper plates / plastic utensils Don't forget the can opener

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Blankets / Pillows , etc. Clothing--seasonal / rain gear / sturdy shoes First aide kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs Special Items--for the babies and the elderly Toiletry Items--hygiene items Moisture wipes Flashlight / Batteries Radio--Battery operated and NOAA weather radio Cash­ Banks and ATMs mat not be open or available for extended periods. Keys Toys, Books and Games Important documents--in a waterproof container Insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, social security card, etc. Document all valuables with video tape if possible MEDICATIONS

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Tools--keep a set with you during the storm Vehicle fuel tanks filled Pet care items Proper identification / immunization record, Ample supply of food and water, a carrier or cage , Medication, Muzzle and Leash

This article is not meant to cause alarm, just to educate us all, and possibly pass this on to someone in a more vulnerable area. If there are any questions, you may contact me at City Hall or contact the Clay County Department of Emergency Management at 1800-252-9362 and discuss any questions or concerns with one of their Emergency planners.

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City Council & Staff

Mary Lou Hildreth, Mayor Bruce Harvin, Vice Mayor Don Johnson, Councilman Michelle Curtis, Councilwoman Karen Nelson, City Clerk Gordon Smith, City Engineer Keith Jones, Councilman Rob Bradley, City Attorney Susan Fraser, City Planner Lee Edgy, Interim Chief of Operations

Newsletter Contacts

Karen Nelson, City Clerk Mary Lou Hildreth, Mayor [email protected] (352) 473-4807 (City Hall) (352) 473-2051 (Home) Post Office Box 420, Keystone Heights, Florida 32656

City Hall

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Address: 555 South Lawrence Blvd. Post Office Box 420 - Keystone Heights, Fl. 32656 Telephone: Phone: (352) 473-4807 Fax: (352) 473-5101

Website: keystoneheights.us 8

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