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PRESS RELEASECONSTRUCTION BOARD
The Sebastian City Council is accepting applications for the following volunteer positions on the Construction Board:One Regular Member, Contractor Position – Term expiring 9/2024One Regular Member, HARV Contractor Position – Term expiring 9/2022One Alternate Member, Contractor Position – Term expiring 9/2022
The Construction Board provides advice to City Council on any matter affecting contractors or the construction industry within the corporate limits of the City.
Applicants must be City residents. Please be advised these positions are subject to financial reporting requirements.
If Council fills a regular member position with an alternate member, Council reserves the right to fill the alternate position with remaining applicants.
Application forms are available in the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 1225 Main Street, Sebastian, between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm or downloaded from www.cityofsebastian.org
Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.
NATURAL RESOURCE BOARD
The City of Sebastian is seeking applicants to fill the following expired positions on the Natural Resources Board: Three Regular Member Positions – New Terms will Expire July 1, 2025 One Alternate Member Position – New Term will Expire July 1, 2025 This board holds the City’s annual Earth Day event and advises City Council on environmental issues with a three-pronged focus on preservation, regulatory programs and asset management. The board meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 1225 Main Street, Sebastian. These are volunteer positions and applicants must be City residents. If Council fills a regular member position with an alternate member, Council reserves the right to fill the alternate position with the remaining applicants. Applications are available in the City Clerk’s office, City Hall, 1225 Main Street, Sebastian, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or at www.cityofsebastian.org and will be accepted until July 18, 2022.
Florida Building Code 105.1 states that anyone who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building, structure, impact resistant covering, electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system of which is regulated by the code shall first make application and obtain a building permit.
Construction-related activities that require a permit, include but are not limited to the following:
The City Code of Ordinances also requires building permits for Engineering and Zoning related activities that include but are not limited to the following:
Florida Statute 489.103 requires building permits to be issued to licensed contractors. As an owner of your property, you may act as your own contractor through a specific exemption to contracting law. Owner’s applying for their own permit must fill out an Owner/Builder Disclosure Statement as required by Florida law. There are restrictions and responsibilities the owner assumes when acting as their own contractor. The following are a few highlights of these restrictions and responsibilities:
Hiring a contractor can be risky. Hiring the wrong contractor can leave the owner with unfinished work, risk from structural failure or fire and substantial financial hardship with little recourse to recover from a bad situation. Licensed contractors have completed requirements for licensure, carry Liability Insurance and Workman’s Compensation insurance to protect the owner from financial harm and liability due to injuries. Protect yourself from liability and financial hardship. Always hire a licensed contractor.
The following is a list of tips to identify an unlicensed contractor:
To report suspected unlicensed contractor activity, call the Department of Business and Professional Regulations’ complaint line toll-free at 866-532-1440, or visit My Florida License.
You can also report suspected unlicensed contractor activity by calling the City of Sebastian Building Department and ask to speak to a licensing representative at 772-589-5537.
To find out if a contractor is licensed and insured, contact the City of Sebastian Building Department at 772-589-5537. All contractors that work within city limits are required to be registered with the Building Department, we can check our database to ensure your contractor is up to date.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD NOTICE 2021/2022 CDBG ANNUAL ACTION PLAN The City of Sebastian is adopting the Annual Action Plan for entitlement Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) requirements.
The City is seeking input from potential stakeholders and the public on the needs of low-income citizens. Approximately $133,517 of regular CDBG funding is available to the City for improvements that benefit low-income citizens of the City. These funds must be used for one of the following purposes:
1. To benefit low-income persons;
or 2. To aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight;
or 3. To meet other community development needs of a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community.
A public hearing will be held on June 23, 2021, in City Council Chambers at 1225 Main Street Sebastian, Florida 32958 at 6:00PM or as soon as may be heard thereafter, for community organizations and the public to provide input into the action plan after the public hearing.
A draft plan has been developed based upon those comments. Based on the public and staff input the activities proposed include needed housing repairs for veterans, elderly, and special needs. The rising cost of construction and the number of applicants for these limited funds has led the City to apply all funds to owner occupied housing rehabilitation. The focus is veterans, elderly and the disabled. Repairs for code, safety and health can be eligible. This will also help the City meet its goal of spending 70% of CDBG funds on LMI benefit.
The public is invited to review the draft action plan posted on the web at www.cityofsebastian.org or to view hard copy by contacting Ms. Lisa Frazier, Community Development Director at phone: (772) 388-8228 or email: email@example.com. Written comments can be provided to Ms. Lisa Frazier by July 22, 2021.
CITY OF SEBASTIAN, FLORIDA PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD NOTICE2020/2021 CDBG REVISED ACTION PLAN
The City of Sebastian is adopting the 2020/2021 CDBG Revised Annual Action Plan for entitlement Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) requirements. The City is seeking input from potential stakeholders and the public on the needs of low-income citizens. Approximately $127,095 of Entitlement CDBG Grant funding is available to the City for improvements that benefit low income citizens of the City. These funds must be used for one of the following purposes:
A public hearing will be held on March 23, 2022 at 6:00 pm or as soon as may be heard thereafter, for community organizations and the public to provide input into the action plan after the comment period ends. A draft plan has been developed based upon those comments. Activities proposed include housing repairs for veterans, elderly and special needs, and sidewalks and pedestrian paths within the Community Redevelopment Area.
The public is invited to review the draft revised action plan posted on the web at www.cityofsebastian.org or to view hard copy by contacting Ms. Lisa Frazier, Community Development Director at phone: (772) 388-8228 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Written comments can be provided to Ms. Lisa Frazier by March 23, 2022.
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Fair Housing/Disability Access Jurisdiction and Equal Opportunity Employer
HOUSING ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR INDIVIDUALSTHE CITY OF SEBASTIAN DOES HEREBY ANNOUNCE THAT FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR HOUSING REHABILITATION/REPLACEMENT THROUGH THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM.THE CITY IS NOW SOLICITING APPLICATIONS FROM VERY LOW, LOW AND MODERATE INCOME (LMI) HOUSEHOLDS FOR THE REHABILITATION OF HOMES WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS.
The City of Sebastian is providing housing assistance to owner-occupied households through the CDBG program in order to complete a HUD national objective through the revitalization of conditions in low to moderate income areas. Assistance will be provided in the form of a no interest deferred-payment loan. Only Mobile Homes built after 1996 are eligible. The City has been awarded $106,813.60 and is required to assist a minimum of 2 Households. Below is general information on the application process. (CDBG) Application Process
Applications are currently available for pick up at the City of Sebastian City Hall located at: 1225 Main Street, Sebastian, FL 32958 or may be downloaded from the website at www.cityofsebastian.org. A copy of the application may be requested from the City of Sebastian CDBG consultant, Guardian CRM, Inc by calling 1-888-428-7393.
The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 60 days from publication of this ad). Applications will be accepted at City of Sebastian CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Office, located at 1225 Main Street, Sebastian, FL 32958 and time and date stamped to ensure compliance with the application acceptance period. Final application ranking shall be determined by the required guidelines set forth in the City of Sebastian CDBG Housing Assistance Plan (HAP).
All projects must benefit very low (VLI), low (LI), and low to moderate income (LMI) households. To qualify for the program, the property must be within the legal City Limits of City of Sebastian, FL; and must not exceed 80% of the Median Family Income (MFI) for the area, as determined by the 2020 Adjusted HOME Income Limits determined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
*Annual Household Income must not exceed this amount (80% MFI) to be eligible for the program
For More Information, contact Antonio Jenkins with Guardian CRM: 1-888-482-7393
City of Sebastian is a Fair Housing Community and an Equal Opportunity employer.
The City of Sebastian has received Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the US Housing and Urban Development for the purpose of Housing Rehabilitation for Very Low and Low to Moderate income individuals and families that are found to be income eligible and reside in owner occupied residences within the legal limits of the City Sebastian. These CDBG funds will be used to assist very low to low median income individuals and families with the rehabilitation of substandard units to bring the units to compliance with code community. The City is seeking licensed, qualified housing rehabilitation contractors to assist in facilitating the City of Sebastian CDBG program.
The CDBG funds allow for minor to substantial repairs to individual housing units qualified as a part of the City of Sebastian CDBG Program. Rehabilitation will include but not be limited to, correcting all Florida Building Code violations, providing cost effective energy conserving and allowable green features, making the dwelling accessible to handicap and elderly occupants as necessary, and correcting any health and/or safety violations that may be present. All rehabilitation repairs must meet all applicable Federal code requirements, including the minimum Section 8 Housing Quality Standards, all Florida Residential Building Codes, and all applicable city or county codes.
If you are a licensed contractor in the State of Florida (general, residential, or other appropriate license for the work) and are interested in bidding for services related to this work, please complete an application packet. www.cityofsebastian.org The City of Sebastian will be hosting a contractor orientation to go over the program details on November 5, 2021, at 4:00–5:30pm at City of Sebastian City Hall Council Chambers. You may obtain an application at the orientation, or request a copy of the application from the City of Sebastian CDBG consultant, Guardian CRM, Inc.
Should you have specific questions please contact Antonio Jenkins, Project Manager of Guardian at 1-888-482-7393.
Vendors must provide proof of workers compensation and liability insurance to be considered for this program.
City of Sebastian is an equal opportunity employer
City of Sebastian is an equal opportunity employer and encourages its approved contractors to employ W/MBE and Section 3 businesses and individuals:
What is a section 3 business or individual?
How can individuals and businesses find out more about section 3?
Under Florida law (Chapter 163, Part III), local governments are able to establish a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) when certain conditions exist. Since all the monies used in financing CRA activities are locally generated, CRAs are not overseen by the state, but redevelopment plans must be consistent with local government comprehensive plans. Examples of conditions that can support the creation of a CRA include, but are not limited to: the presence of substandard or inadequate structures; a shortage of affordable housing; inadequate infrastructure; insufficient roadways; and inadequate parking. To document that the required conditions exist, the local government must survey the proposed redevelopment area and prepare a Finding of Necessity. If the Finding of Necessity determines that the required conditions exist, the local government may create a CRA to provide the tools needed to foster and support the targeted Community Redevelopment Area (District).
The Florida Redevelopment Association’s CRA Basics page offers an overview of how CRAs function and benefit the community.
The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) administers all the activities and programs within a Community Redevelopment Area (District). A five- to seven-member CRA "Board" created by the local government (city or county) directs the agency. The Board can be comprised of local government officials and or other individuals appointed by the local government. Although one local government may establish multiple CRA districts, there generally may be only one CRA Board. Each district must maintain separate trust funds, and expend those funds only in that district. In the City of Sebastian, the City Council - a five member board serves as the CRA Board.
All CRA’s within the State of Florida are created through the same steps:
The Community Redevelopment Agency is responsible for developing and implementing the Community Redevelopment Plan that addresses the unique needs of the redevelopment District. The plan includes the overall goals for redevelopment in the area, as well as identifying the types of projects planned for the area.
Examples of traditional projects include:
The plan can also include redevelopment incentives such as grants and loans for such things as façade improvements, landscaping, signs, and structural improvements.
The redevelopment plan is a document that can be updated to meet the changing needs within the Community Redevelopment Area; however, the boundaries of the area cannot be changed without starting the process from the beginning.
Tax increment financing is a unique tool available to cities and counties for redevelopment activities. It is used to leverage public funds to promote private sector activity in the targeted area. Tax increment revenue is the increase in ad valorem tax attributed to the increase in the assessed property value over a set ‘base year” for the redevelopment area.
The government jurisdictions remitting tax increment revenue to the Sebastian Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) are the City of Sebastian and the Indian River County Board of County Commissioners. Taxing authorities, who contribute to the tax increment, continue to receive property tax revenues at the base value. These revenues are available for general government purposes. However, any tax revenues from increases in real property value, referred to as “increment,” are deposited into the CRA Trust Fund and dedicated to the redevelopment area. The major funding source for the Sebastian CRA is tax increment revenue.
It is important to note that property tax revenue collected by the School Board and any special district are not affected under the tax increment financing process. Further, unlike in some states, Florida taxing entities write a check to the CRA trust fund, after monies are received from the tax collector.
The tax increment revenues can be used immediately, saved for a particular project, or can be bonded to maximize the funds available. Any funds received from a tax increment financing area must be used for specific redevelopment purposes within the targeted area, and not for general government purposes.
The Human Resources Department’s general office hours of operation are from Monday through Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm. Our offices are closed on the following holidays:
No. You do not have to be a resident to apply for a position with the City. However, it is important to note that if you are out of state, some positions may require you to possess a valid State of Florida Driver’s License.
You may submit an employment application when the City is actively recruiting and there is an opening or position vacancy.
The City of Sebastian is a public entity. Employment applications as well as many other documents are subject to public disclosure. Under the Florida Public Records Act, the City of Sebastian cannot guarantee the privacy of information contained in your employment application.
On the day of your interview, you will sit before a panel conducting a structured selection process, which may include practical, job-related exercises, as well as interview questions. An impartial monitor assigned from the Human Resources Department will sit in on all interviews. When a candidate has been selected, the applicant will be notified by phone followed by a conditional offer letter by mail. Depending on the position, the applicant will go through a series of tests, which will include a criminal background check, a Driver’s License check, a pre-employment physical, a drug test and a final review of the applicant’s application.
If the applicant is applying for a Police Officer’s position, the process is slightly different.
Yes. CWA Local 3180 - Communications Workers of America represents Full-time and regular part-timers. PBA - Coastal Florida Police Benevolent Association, Inc. represents sworn Police personnel.
The City has a bi-weekly payroll for all of its employees.
The City of Sebastian provides an excellent benefit package, including but not limited to:
For more information, see the section on Benefits or call the Human Resources Department at 772-388-8222.
The City of Sebastian welcomes those that want to volunteer for the City. A volunteer is an individual who gives of their own free will and contributes their talents, time and service to a program without pay. Citizens can volunteer with City Hall, in a clerical nature, the Police Department or by becoming a City Board or Committee Member.
We are located in City Hall. Our address is 1225 Main Street, Sebastian, FL. 32958. Our Department is "Leisure Services." Please call 772-228-7054 if you have any questions or need help.
Our hours are Monday through Friday from 8 to 4:30 with a closure for lunch daily from 12 pm to 1 pm.
You may pick up the facility key the Friday before the event (if your event falls during the weekend) or the day before the event (if your event falls on a weekday). Our address is 1225 Main Street, Sebastian, FL. 32958. Our Department is "Leisure Services."
Yes, as long as the person is fully aware of the reservation details, and is willing to sign out the key, for our records.
No. Hours reserved and paid for by Applicants are taken into consideration when scheduling other events, repairs and miscellaneous visits at our facilities. This is why it’s very important to reserve the necessary hours during time of reservation.
The latest you can exit is 11 pm.
Yes, catering services are allowed.
No. Reservation fee pays for the provision of tables and chairs, but not for the setup of these.
Yes. The facility must be left in its original condition.
Yes, provided that the Ordinances are abided by and that the rental facility is returned to its original condition.
No. The deposit and the rental amounts are deposited on the same day.
Deposits are refunded via regular mail to the address on the application 1 to 2 weeks after the event.
Make checks payable to the City of Sebastian.
We are in City Hall. Our address is 1225 Main Street, Sebastian, FL. 32958. Our Department is “Leisure Services.” Please call 772-228-7054 with questions or for additional information.
While we are open Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 4:30 pm, and we go to lunch from 12-1 pm
The latest you can exit a rented pavilion is 10 pm.
Yes. The pavilion must be left in its original condition.
All requests for police are prioritized based on the seriousness of the incident and the potential for injury or damage to property. Occasionally, less serious calls must be delayed so that we can respond immediately to emergencies.
Dispatchers are trained to gather as much information as possible in order to determine the nature and seriousness of the problem. On emergency calls, the dispatcher will relay information to the officer while asking you additional questions.
Unfortunately, because of the potential for damage to vehicles, the police department does not open locked vehicles. We will assist you by contacting the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, which does perform this service, or call a locksmith for you if you wish.
If a child is locked inside the vehicle, the police and/or fire department will respond and remove the child from the vehicle. This may require the breaking of a window.
Absolutely not. Florida regulations prohibit the police department from sharing information from the statewide FCIC/NCIC computer system with non law enforcement personnel. The department can be fined and/or lose it’s terminal for violating these regulations. The Indian River County Tag Agency can run a tag for you and the Florida Driver License office can run a driver’s license check.
The police department can only have vehicles towed that are on public property.
Call a wrecker service in your area and the vehicle should be towed away at no cost to you. The wrecker service will notify the owners once they have determined ownership.
Contact the Indian River County jail directly at 772-569-6700 or visit their website.
The Records Section is open from 8 am until 4:30 pm. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. If you need further information or would like to request a copy of a police report, email us or call the Records Section at 772-589-5233, ext. 2.
Cases involving criminal acts which appear to have some basis of solvability are referred to a detective for further investigation. To inquire about your case, call the police department detective bureau at 772-589-5233, ext. 4. Or if you know who the detective assigned to your case is, you may call him/her directly.
The traffic citations are processed through the Traffic Division of the Indian River County Clerk of the Court’s Office. If you have any questions about paying for a traffic citation or you would like to schedule a hearing date, please contact the Clerk’s Office directly at 772-770-5185.
The police department will respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week to requests for police assistance. The phone number for non emergency assistance is 772-589-5233.
The police department dispatch center does not have the names of persons involved in accidents available. If a person is injured in an accident and unable to call themselves, we will notify their family.
Call the police department, ask to speak to a Patrol Supervisor or the Uniform Division Lieutenant. Request that this area be placed on selective enforcement and close patrol.
Absolutely! The Police Department depends on citizens calling to report crimes or suspicious activity. You will be asked questions about the activity to determine it’s nature for descriptions or the people involved. You may be asked if you would like an officer to contact you, however, you may remain anonymous, if you wish.
Contact either the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce at 772-462-7150 or the Brevard Police Testing and Selection Center at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne at 321-632-1111 for entrance information.
To be added to the list as a vendor to conduct business with City of Sebastian, businesses are required to complete a Vendor Registration Packet. Interested Bidders/Proposers are not required to submit a Vendor Registration Packet to bid/propose on a solicitation.
OR electronically via VendorLink.com.
All physical (in-person or mailed) submissions should be delivered to::City of SebastianATTN: Procurement Division1225 Main StreetSebastian, Florida 32958
Late Bids will not be opened or announced. Bidders of late Bids have the option of picking up orpaying for the mailed return of the unopened Bid. If this option is not exercised within five (5)days of the Solicitation Opening date, the late, unopened Bid will be disposed
Please do not contact the departments or Architectural/Engineering Firms. There are no exceptions.
E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.Beginning on January 1, 2021, all Contractors entering into a contract with the City is obligated to comply with the provisions of Section 2. Section 448.095, Fla. Stat., "Employment Eligibility," as amended from time to time. This includes but is not limited to utilization of the E-Verify System to verify the work authorization status of all newly hired employees, and requiring all subcontractors to provide an affidavit attesting that the subcontractor does not employ, contract with, or subcontract with, an unauthorized alien. The contractor shall maintain a copy of such affidavit for the duration of the contract. Failure to comply will lead to termination of this Contract, or if a subcontractor knowingly violates the statute, the subcontract must be terminated immediately. Any challenge to termination under this provision must be filed in the Circuit Court of Indian River County, Florida no later than 20 calendar days after the date of termination. If this contract is terminated for a violation of the statute by the Contractor, the Contractor may not be awarded a public contract for a period of 1 year after the date of termination.
"Enrolling in E-Verify is Easy! It only takes a few simple steps to enroll in E-Verify and begin confirming the employment eligibility of all of your new hires. However, once you start the Enrollment Process you cannot save your progress if it cannot be completed right away, so make sure you have everything you need before you begin. Use the Quick Reference Guide or follow the links provided above and below to help you prepare for enrollment. Need help? Visit the E-Verify Contact Center web-page."
The City’s tax exemption can be found here.
Solicitation documents will detail the requirements. For Bid Bonds, an amount equal o 5% of the bid or an amount as detailed in the specification, in the form of a cash deposit, certified check, cashier’s check, Certificate of Deposit, or money order made payable to the City of Sebastian and referencing the solicitation number, or a satisfactory bid bond executed by the Bidder and surety company acceptable to the City, must be submitted with the bid. Company or personal checks are not acceptable.
In the event a Bidder is awarded all or any portion of the bid, the 5% bid bond will be returned after the Bidder satisfactorily submits Payment and Performance bonding equal to 100% of the total bid/proposal amount or other bond, in other amount, as required by the bid/proposal documents (if applicable). Should the Bidder fail or refuse to enter into a contract with the City in the event any portion of the proposal of the Bidder is accepted, or should the bidder fail to make deliveries of the payment and performance bonding as required, their Bid Bond will be forfeited.
If the Bidder is not awarded any item, the bid bond or check furnished with the bid will be returned immediately upon award of the bid or as detailed in the specifications. The Contractor will be responsible for attorney fees in the event the Contractor defaults and court action is required.
Each homeowner is responsible for maintaining his/her own front yard swale and their driveway culvert.
City Stormwater Utility staff full clean and maintains all City Stormwater baffle boxes every three months.
Please go to the Citizens’ Request Line link and report you concern. City Stormwater Utility staff will inspect and initiate a request for correction by the homeowner(s). City Code Enforcement staff may become involved, if corrective action is not taken on a timely basis.