Oviedo in the News
Thursday, July 22, 2021
City honors local softball teams
The Oviedo Fire Department, elected officials, and the Recreation and Parks Department joined the community in celebrating the Oviedo Babe Ruth All-Stars Girls 6U & 8U State Champions at the Oviedo Sports Complex Friday, July 16.
Oviedo Mayor Sladek read the City's proclamation recognizing the teams' accomplishments.
The City Council will honor the teams with their proclamation at its next meeting Monday, August. 2. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Oviedo City Hall.
Congratulations to these amazing athletes on their continued success!
City to hold millage rate public hearing September 9
The Oviedo City Council is expected to host the first of two public hearings for the FY 2021-22 Millage Rates at its meeting Thursday, September 9.
The millage rate is the tax rate on the assessed value of property. The City of Oviedo FY 2021-22 Proposed Budget is balanced using the recommended millage rate of 5.1275 mills or $5.1275 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
The debt service for the 2003 General Obligation Bond Issue will be set at 0.1545 mills or 15.45 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
Summary of Recommended Combined Millage Rates
5.1275 General Fund
0.1545 General Obligation Bond
5.2820 total millage
For more information, view Resolution No. 4092-21 "Establishing Tentative FY 2021-22 Millage Rates and Scheduling the First Budget Public Hearing" in the July 19 City Council packet online.
The Thursday, September 9 City Council meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.
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Beginning of School Safety Reminders
The current Seminole County Public Schools calendar indicates August 10 as the first day of school. In these changing and challenging COVID 19 times, SCPS has parent resources to help children reintegrate back into regular school life.
When school starts again, there are yearly reminders I like to send out to help keep our youth safe as the school year begins. The beginning of school is when many young children start walking and biking to and from school.
For a significant number of children, it is their first time attending school. There will be additional congestion in and around schools and when school car lines magically reappear. Expect that traffic in and around schools will be heavy and may include longer than expected car lines.
High school-age students start driving the same route to and from school each weekday, adding to the regular traffic. The police department typically receives calls for speeding along these routes, which results in officers being assigned traffic enforcement along those routes.
This time of year always results in additional police presence in the area of the schools as officers start to monitor school zones, the safety of students, walkers, and bike riders, and react to citizen complaints regarding traffic issues related to the starting of the school year. There is an Officer assigned to every public school in Oviedo.
Drivers need to pay particular attention to the school zone speed limits. Parents parking in school car lines, please remember to consider not blocking driveways and pay specific attention to walkers and bike riders. Please don't drive distracted. Lives are at stake. Remember to follow speed limits in neighborhoods and stop completely for stop signs. With additional traffic congestion, give yourself a little more time to get to your destination. The first two days of school tend to have the longest car lines. Typical concerns called into the police during the first few weeks of school are speeding on the main roadways going to and from the high schools before school starts and after school ends and speeding/stop sign violations in neighborhood streets near all schools.
Parents whose children walk to school, please remind your children:
- to use the sidewalk where available and if children must walk in the street
- walk facing traffic; when crossing the street to stop and look left, right, and left again to see if cars are coming
- do not dart out into traffic
- never use headphones when walking
- and never text or talk on the phone while walking
Parents with bike riders should practice walking to school with their children. Also, please ensure they have a helmet that is fitted and secured correctly.
Make sure your child knows the rules of the road:
- ride single file on the right side of the road
- come to a complete stop before crossing the street
- always walk a bike across roadways
- and always wear brightly-colored clothing
Both children and drivers tend to have a lot of new distractions as school starts. In addition, a significant number of school-age drivers are new to driving, which can raise the probability of accidents.
As Chief, I ask you to increase your awareness as school starts and parents to discuss safety issues with their children. If you see a traffic or safety concern related to the school year, contact your local police department to let us know your concern. Be aware we are out there ensuring the streets are as safe as possible as school starts.
Together we make a difference.
Oviedo Police Chief
Oviedo Adopt-a-Road Program Welcomes New Members
The City of Oviedo is excited to introduce the Jonviken Camilo Family, the newest members of the City's Adopt-A-Road program.
Fredrik, Kirstie, Katalina, and Karson adopted Winter Springs Boulevard from W Broadway Street to Seneca Boulevard, and have made the commitment to themselves and the environment to help keep this area clean.
Mom Kirstie said they moved to Oviedo from Sweden in 2018 after visiting her sister and falling in love with the community.
"We love Oviedo for its nature and trails, parks, great school district, and strong community where everyone matters to one another," she said. "We chose to adopt a road, to give something back to the town we love, and to teach our children responsibility and commitment to the environment."
For more information, visit the City Adopt-A-Road Program online.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO KEEP OVIEDO BEAUTIFUL!
Countywide program provides energy assistance to those in need
All Seminole County Residents (including Oviedo residents):
Low-income households are eligible for assistance with home energy bills through the LIHEAP program administered by the Cities of Casselberry and Sanford.
Call (407) 688-5166 or visit them online.
Seminole County Housing Assitance Available
Seminole County now offers an Emergency Rental/Mortgage Application Assistance Center to assist homeowners and renters with completing applications for mortgage/rent/utility assistance due to income reduction from COVID-19. Computers and scanners are available, and staff are on standby to assist applicants with uploading documents to the application portal.
Appointments are preferred. Applicants should bring all necessary documents to complete the application. Find eligibility requirements on the websites below, or call 407-665-0000 for more info.
FOR RENTERS: www.SeminoleERAP.com
FOR HOMEOWNERS: www.SeminoleEMAP.com
LOCATION: 520 West Lake Mary Blvd., Suite 1000, Sanford
HOURS: Monday-Friday, 8:30a.m. to 3:00p.m.
FOR APPOINTMENTS: Please call 407-665-0000
The online application portal for Emergency Mortgage Assistance opened today and will accept up to 500 applicants. The Emergency Rental Assistance portal opened in April, and roughly $4 million in grants remain available.
City of Oviedo Job Opportunities
Come join the amazing team that serves our community! The below positions are full-time and come with many excellent benefits! Click here to learn more and apply online.
The Wild Side of Oviedo
We're highlighting animals found in our community. You'll never know what furry, feathery, or scaly friends you'll find in your backyard!