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Posted on: January 1, 2020
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- Veterans Park
- In September, the City Council approved a contract with Mega Industries to construct Spring Hill’s newest park, which will be financed with funds from a dedicated sales tax initiative. Work began in early October on Veterans Park — situated on the west side of Spring Hill City Lake. Veterans Park will include a dog park (which will be named Melvin Murry Dog Park); boat launch; fishing jetty; playground; sidewalks, trails and parking and restrooms. Access to the park is by way of Veterans Lane off West 199th Street. Construction is to be completed by June 2020.
- 199th and Ridgeview construction
- Improvements at the intersection of 199th Street and Ridgeview Road, near Spring Hill High School, are set to take place in spring and summer 2020. After a 2017 traffic study of the intersection, a roundabout was recommended to the City. In 2019, the City Council approved a design contract with TranSystems for a single-lane roundabout at the intersection with room to add a second lane in the future.
- Resident Survey
- Staff will work with ETC Institute to develop, distribute and analyze a resident survey of City services and a business survey of City services. These surveys will be either mailed, phoned or emailed to a random sample of residents and businesses.
- Sewer rehabilitation
- In late 2019, the City received $140,000 from a 2020 Johnson County Community Development Block Grant for sanitary sewer collection system rehabilitation. The scope of work includes approximately 3,000 linear feet of internal surface of sewer main pipelines and rehabilitate/seal the internal surface of 35 manholes. Rehabilitating older sewer mains preserves the existing infrastructure so repairs and/or replacement can be prolonged.
- Lincoln Street continuation
- Public Works crews will continue constructing and improving Lincoln Street within the Spring Hill Industrial Park. This is a five-year project that began in 2017.
- Online payments
- In 2019, the City implemented new online payment systems for Utility Billing, Municipal Court and Community Development. Utility Billing went live in February while Community Development and Municipal Court are still in the final implementation stages. The City also began accepting online donations to the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund!
- New UV system at Wastewater
- In the fall of 2019, the Spring Hill Wastewater Plant received a new ultraviolet system. The ultraviolet system provides rapid, effective inactivation of microorganisms through a physical process unlike chemical approaches. When bacteria, viruses and e-coli are exposed to the germicidal wavelengths of U.V. light, they are rendered incapable of reproducing and infecting. U.V. eliminates any chance of these microorganisms reaching receiving lakes and rivers that we rely on for drinking water and recreational use. The new system needs less energy, less maintenance and man hours to keep running at the optimal level and is capable of growing as the City grows.
- Ground storage tank improvements
- The City of Spring Hill ground storage tank at the corner of Washington and Allen Streets underwent a facelift. The project kicked off in June and consisted of painting, repairs to the tank floor, shell manway and overflow improvements, grouting and sealing of the foundation among other improvements.
- Broadband RFP
- Throughout 2019, City staff, Councilwoman Andrea Hughes and the Broadband Task Force worked to put together a Request for Proposals to convey its interest in partnering with a sophisticated and motivated partner to bring fiber-based, Gigabit-class broadband service to the city. City staff made a recommendation to the Governing Body in December, which is under review. Feeling their duties were complete, the Broadband Task Force disbanded in September.
- Civic Center programming returns
- With the Civic Center revitalization completed in late 2018, programming returned in 2019! The City brought a variety of programs for all ages including a daily walking program, Open Gym and Study Hall hours. The Spring Hill Recreation Commission also returned programming such as cooking and crafting classes, Toddler Time, basketball and volleyball and more. Learn more about programming at the Civic Center.
- Lincoln Street
- Public Works crews continued improving Lincoln Street in the heavily-traveled Spring Hill Industrial Park. In 2019, crews replaced more than 280 feet of roadway with new concrete. Lincoln Street is part of a five-year project, completed entirely by Spring Hill Public Works.