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The Weekly Update
Issue 36.20
November 9, 2020
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THE WEEKLY UPDATE


November 9, 2020

COVID-19

Community Events

Please note: The City of Cape Canaveral, in a proactive attempt to encourage social distancing, will continue to evaluate the cancellation or postponement of future events on a case-by-case basis. Please check our website or Facebook for cancellations. 

Cape Canaveral Public Library

  • The Cape Canaveral Public Library is open for business!
  • Curbside pick-up is available at all Brevard County Public Library locations. When you are ready to pick up a book hold, just give the Library a call and let them know you’re on the way! 
  • For more information on any Library activities or to find out how you can get involved with your local Library, call (321) 868-1101.

Capital Projects

Current Projects: Please visit www.cityofcapecanaveral.org/projects for information on current City projects.
 

Major Water Reclamation Facility (WRF)/Collections System Improvement Projects
Staff continues to meet with selected firms to assist in the engineering design for numerous future projects (some funded by the State Revolving Fund [SRF] Program) as follows:
  • Lift Station #3 Rehab (West Central Blvd. - SRF) – Mead and Hunt
    • Utility Technicians, Inc. was selected and approved by City Council for the rehab of Lift Station #3 located adjacent to the Central Ditch along West Central Boulevard. Florida Power & Light (FPL) will be upgrading electrical service to the lift station with a new transformer and utility pole at no charge to the City; this may delay reconstruction of the lift station 10-12 weeks.
  • WRF Consent Order Compliance – Tetra Tech
    • The work is required by the Consent Order with Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and includes installation of a carbon feed system and nutrient monitoring probes throughout the WRF. The carbon feed system and numerous underground pipe excavations are complete. New electronics system currently being tested and installed – project completion in December 2020.
  • WRF Disk/Drum Filters/Tertiary Filters Installation (SRF) – Kimley-Horn
    • Project was publicly bid on October 22; bids are due on December 12. The City was awarded a grant from the state legislature in the amount of $250,000 to help fund the project. Anticipated project start date of late-January 2021.
  • WRF Intermediate Lift Station Improvements (SRF) – Infrastructure Solution Services
    • Back-up pump installed – manually and automatically tested. Currently connecting to SCADA system. Contractor performed a work session with PWS Staff on November 3. Project should be completed within 20 working days.
  • WRF SCADA System (SRF) – Stantec, Inc.
    • City’s consultant continues to design a new SCADA system for the WRF. Ninety percent drawings and bid specs were approved by Staff. Bid advertisement is scheduled for early-2021 after the completion of other ongoing WRF projects.
  • Lift Station #5 Rebuild (Treasure Island Condominium - SRF) – Jones Edmunds
    • Several possible locations for the rebuilt lift station will be investigated by the City’s consultant. Bid advertisement is scheduled for mid-2021.

Estuary Property Activities
Staff was notified by Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) that the City’s grant application for $327,400 to further develop the property was approved. Contract approval is an agenda item for the November City Council meeting. A walk-through of the property with St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) personnel was conducted on October 6. Staff also conducted a conference call with SJRWMD personnel to finalize permitting requirements.
 
West Central Boulevard Improvements Project
This Project was publicly bid on Wednesday, June 24 with two bids submitted on Thursday, August 13. Staff met with the low bidder (Gibbs & Register) to discuss value engineering to lower the project cost. The contract was approved by City Council at the October meeting. A pre-construction meeting was held on October 29; Staff also contacted area residents. The work area includes West Central Boulevard from SR A1A to Thurm Boulevard and will include the construction of streetscape amenities similar to Ridgewood and North Atlantic Avenues. A work schedule and maintenance of traffic (MOT) plan were developed – work begins on November 30, 2020.

artist rendering of Multi-Generational Center
Updated Proposed MGF Design
Updated Proposed CAPE Center Design

City Clerk's Office

City Council

  • Continued preparing and reviewing agenda and items for November 17, 2020 Regular City Council Meeting.
Election
  • The City Clerk’s Office congratulates Council Members Wes Morrison and Angela Raymond upon achieving the privilege to serve second terms on City Council. Each will be sworn in to serve three-year terms at the next Regular City Council Meeting.

COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY (CRA)

  • In coordination with the CRA Director and Staff, finalized and distributed Cancellation Notice for the November 17, 2020 Regular Board Meeting.

BID #2020-03 – HEADWORKS AND FILTER IMPROVEMENTS

  • Continued distributing Bid/Project information and documents to interested parties.
  • The due date/location for Bid packet submittals and the Bid Opening will be at City Hall on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. and 2:05 p.m., respectively, with a Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting for prospective bidders being held at the Public Works Services Training Room, 601 Thurm Boulevard, on November 12, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

COVID-19, Hybrid (in-person & remote), Staff Meetings and other items

  • City Clerk’s Office Staff are staggering working remotely and on-site, in an effort to continue following federal, state and local social-distancing, stay-at-home, PPE and phased return‑to‑work guidelines.
resiliency online workshop Tues, Nov 10 6pm. Cityofcapecanaveral.org. Wednesday, 11/11/20 Veterans Day City Offices closed

City Manager's Office

  • Attended virtual meeting with Community and Economic Development Director, City Clerk, City Attorney and representative from Host Compliance, a company the City is considering using to track short-term rental compliance. The group discussed evidentiary standards and requested sample data. City Staff is currently awaiting sample data before proceeding.
  • Met with Project Manager from W+J Construction to discuss various items regarding the upcoming Multi-Generational Facility and CAPE Center projects.
  • Continued review of Draft Personnel Manual with HR Director.
  • Communicated with Council Members and the Mayor regarding various items and initiatives.
  • Attended conference calls with the City of Cape Canaveral Emergency Operations Team (COCC EOT), Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and City Manager/County Manager teams.
  • Actively monitoring COVID-19 and hurricane season activity; evaluating and communicating information as needed.

Community + Economic Development

Cape Canaveral Planning Process & Integrating Resilience ONLINE Workshop—November 10, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Please join us for a VIRTUAL workshop with our partners at the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (ECFRPC) and the University of Florida (UF) as we continue our discussions on resilience in the City of Cape Canaveral. This workshop will explore the City’s history with the State’s “peril of flood” legislation and the subsequent recommendations to the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Codes.

Visit the City’s community calendar for a link to the event and the agenda, or contact Brenda Defoe-Surprenant at (321) 868-1220, ext. 139 for more information.

Cultural + Community Affairs

Free Flu Shots - FL Department of Health Announcement 
  • The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County (DOH-Brevard) is strongly encouraging all unvaccinated residents to get their flu shot as soon as possible. Flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu and its potentially serious complications. To better serve Brevard County residents, DOH-Brevard is offering free adult flu clinics during the month of November. These adult flu clinics will be open November 13, and November 20 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on a walk-in basis at each of the clinic locations in Melbourne, Viera, and Titusville. DOH-Brevard continues to offer free flu vaccines for children ages 6 months through 18 years of age, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on a walk-in basis at each of the clinic locations in Melbourne, Viera, and Titusville. Getting the flu shot each year is important but reducing illness and hospitalization from flu is even more critical this year to protect frontline health care workers and hospital systems who will continue to care for people with COVID-19 and other illnesses. Also, having the flu and COVID-19 at the same time could lead to a negative outcome. The flu and COVID-19 are respiratory illnesses, but until there is a steady vaccine supply against COVID-19, the way to help prevent these two viruses from circulating at the same time is to get your flu vaccine now. It takes approximately two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop protection against the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend getting a flu vaccine every year because flu viruses evolve quickly, and last year’s vaccine may not protect against the current year’s strain. Even if the vaccine does not fully protect against the flu, it may reduce the severity of symptoms and the risk of complications. Additionally, there will be less spread of the flu and COVID-19 if everyone continues to:
    • Stay home if when sick.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes.
    • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
Veterans Day
  • All Veterans RIDE FREE on Veterans Day! Go to http://321Transit.com for routes and schedules.
  • City offices closed.
Staff Activities
  • Attended Brevard County Emergency Management meetings for COVID-19 + hurricane related community updates.
  • Continued developing press materials for December publications. 

Human Resources/Risk Management

Come join our team! Current Vacancy:

Leisure Services

group of photos showing firetruck, decorated trunks and people dressed up for halloween in costumes
kickball player sliding into base at night

Special Events

  • Trunk or Treat was a huge success, turning out the largest crowd in the history of this event. Residents, businesses and our local community partners decorated 17 vehicles for all the young trick-or-treaters in Cape Canaveral. The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and the Cape Canaveral Volunteer Fire Department were in attendance as well with a decorated patrol car and firetruck. We hosted a contest for the “Most Creative Touchless Candy Delivery Method” and we saw so many vehicles get creative in their methods of helping to keep each other safe. Although the judging of these cars was difficult, Staff determined that the GI Tax Services van had the most interactive and creative method of touchless candy delivery. 

Leagues

  • Men’s Pickleball wrapped up the regular season with Matt and Adam finishing at the top of the standings board with an 8-2 record. Next week all six teams will face off in a Playoff Tournament to determine the first ever Men’s Pickleball Champion in Cape Canaveral. Registration for the new season will be open soon for a season slated to begin in early 2021. Registration for future leagues can be found online.
  • The inaugural season of Mixed Doubles Pickleball kicked-off in Cape Canaveral. Sixteen players making up eight teams took to the courts on Monday afternoon, competing to become the first ever winning team for Mixed Doubles. Scores, schedules, standings and registration for future leagues can all be found online.
  • The second season of Ladies Pickleball started this week with 32 ladies making up 16 teams gathering for a fun-filled evening. The League is split into two divisions: a 3.0- and 3.0+ division, and teams compete within their own skill division. There will be two Playoff Tournaments hosted at the end of the season, one for each division, where we will be able to crown a winning team for each division. Scores, schedules, standings and registration for future leagues can all be found online.
  • Wednesday Night Racquetball is currently making up matches before beginning the Playoff Tournament on November 18. The top eight players will battle for 1st place in what is proving to be a heavy competition on Wednesday nights. The next League will begin shortly after the conclusion of this season. Scores, schedules, standings and registration for future leagues can all be found online.
  • The Adult Co-ed Kickball League returned to play this week with two games on Wednesday evening. JT’s Sports Bar blew Coaster’s Taphouse out of the water by a final score of 12-2 in the first game. B.O.A.F. showed that they are the team to beat by beating Red’s Stabbin’ Cabin by a final score of 19-3. B.O.A.F. are the defending Champions. Teams interested in registering for any upcoming season should call Leisure Services at (321) 868-1226.
  • Chad and Thorpe are leading the Wednesday Night Tennis League, both with a 5-0 record. The two will face-off on November 18 and this match will quite possibly decide who takes the top seed in the Playoff bracket. The top eight teams will make the Playoff Tournament and compete to become the next Champion in Cape Canaveral. Tennis Leagues are constantly registering and players can sign-up online. Scores, schedules, standings and registration for future leagues can all be found online.
  • Gary remains unbeaten in the Monday Night Tennis League with a 4-0 record. Andre and Thorpe will be chasing Gary in the standings and hope to beat him come Playoff time. Tennis Leagues are constantly registering and players can sign-up online. Scores, schedules, standings and registration for future leagues can all be found online.

Public Works Services

  • Roadway striping continues throughout the City. Staff is working on Ridgewood Avenue on all crosswalk sections. Lane closures are possible with the work that is being performed.
  • Cherie Down Lane Road work was finished. The road had many areas that needed improvements. This road will be adopted by the City in approximately three years.
  • Harbor Heights entryway is getting a small makeover. A section of the median has been removed and future plans for colorful plants and a Christmas palm are in the works.
  • Staff worked on Holman Road and poured roughly 21 tons of Lime rock in this area. The area was suffering from major potholes and water retention issues. This work was completed on November 2.

Sustainability

Solar Generator Boosts Trunk or Treat 
Trunk or Treat was a great night out in Cape Canaveral! The City’s new mobile #solar generator was used to power our modified Trunk or Treat event! The 3.5 kilowatt unit is quiet and clean, perfect for powering a pop-up movie venue for some socially distanced outdoor fun. We hope all who attended had a great time!

Need to Report-a-Concern?

Residents who wish to report anonymous concerns may do so:
As a member of the Cape Canaveral Community, you are our eyes and ears. You can easily report a concern by submitting the info via the City website portal Cape Connect. The message will be automatically routed to the appropriate department. We need as much information as possible to address your concern quickly and efficiently. Don’t hold back when it comes to details! Let us know the time, date, exact location and anything else you think is important.
Visit the Report a Concern page for more information.
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