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Government

  • Transit earns honor

  • Clerk of Court locations and new phone numbers

    The Sumter County Clerk of the Circuit Court will continue to serve the public at the Judicial Complex in Bushnell at 215 East McCollum Avenue and the North Sumter Annex in the Villages at 8033 East County Road 466. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and we are open during the lunch hour.

  • Webster gets new digs

    Webster has moved into its new City Hall, which is actually renovated offices consisting of three main buildings with separate entrances at 155 E. Central Ave.
    City Clerk Sarah Snider said she is pleased with the move because there is much more room overall with additional offices including a separate office for Mayor Stephen Croft.
    City employees have moved in, and City Hall is functioning smoother because of the added space, according to Snider.

  • Bushnell imposes hiring freeze

    In an effort to cut expenses and increase revenue, the city of Bushnell has enacted a hiring freeze and is considering other cost-saving measures; the city is also considering implementing some additional fees to help offset expenses.
    Bushnell’s City Council imposed the hiring freeze on new employees to create savings that would be used to enhance the city’s general and wastewater utility fund reserves.
    Mayor Bill Spaude requested the hiring freeze during an April 12 workshop and city council members approved it Monday, May 2.

  • Wildwood plans east-west crossing

    The City of Wildwood plans to install a pedestrian signal that would allow pedestrians to more safely cross U.S. 301 at the intersection of Rutland Street in downtown Wildwood, according to a letter from City Manager Robert Smith addressed to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
    The signal would provide safe passage for pedestrians between the historic downtown and residential district on the west, and government, health, commercial, educational and residential facilities on the east side of U.S. 301.

  • Webster's blooming all over

    Have you noticed anything new around the Post Office, City Hall or the Police Station?
    Webster is starting to bloom all over. There is a planning group busily at work for some future projects around town. They have been meeting at the Webster City Hall on some Thursday evenings at 5 p.m.

  • Bushnell's water permit renewed

    The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board Tuesday renewed and modified a water use permit for the City of Bushnell.
    The modified permit increases the permitted quantities for the city. The previous annual average permitted quantity was 550,000 gallons of water per day. The new permitted quantity is 1.37 million gallons per day.

  • Fire chief to retire in March

    It was announced during a County Commission meeting that Sumter County Fire Chief William “Bill” Gulbrandsen will retire on March 31.
    Gulbrandsen was hired in 2002 as the county’s first countywide fire chief to lead the newly consolidated fire service as the county’s ten volunteer fire departments unified to become Sumter County Fire Rescue (SCFR).

  • Privatization considered by county

    The days when working for the county meant enjoying perpetual employment with good benefits until or unless one committed a significant infraction are disappearing about as quickly as privatization is implemented by county administrators.
    Among the top “organizational goals” for County Administrator Bradley Arnold, as listed in a county report, is implementation of the privatization of certain departments within the county, for example, the Transit Department.

  • County lifts burn ban

    The county rescinded a burn ban imposed last December that prohibited all burning and fireworks. Commissioners lifted the ban during their Feb. 8 meeting on the recommendation of Deputy Fire Chief Brad Burris. The fire chief stated in a recent letter to commissioners that recent rains and a forecast of more to come had “reduced the possibility of conditions that would cause forest fires to quickly grow to a dangerous level.”