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Press ReleaseCitizens Budget Review Advisory BoardAt-Large PositionsThe Sebastian City Council is accepting applications for two at-large members on the Citizens Budget Review Advisory Board. The terms would be until November 2024.This Board meets as necessary in Council Chambers, 1225 Main Street, Sebastian, to assist in the City’s budget preparation and review process; then make recommendations to the City Council prior to the first budget hearing for each fiscal year. These are volunteer positions and applicants must have been a City resident one year prior to application. Applications 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 on-line at www.cityofsebastian.org and will be accepted until December 1, 2023.
PRESS RELEASECONSTRUCTION BOARDThe 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 9/2025One Alternate Member, Contractor Position – Term expiring 9/2025The 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 have been City residents one year prior to application. 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.orgApplications will be accepted until the positions are filled.
PRESS RELEASE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION
The City of Sebastian is seeking applicants to fill one expired, regular member position on the Planning & Zoning Commission. The new term will expire November 1, 2026.
The Planning and Zoning Commission is responsible for planning and reviewing land use decisions within the City. This is a volunteer position. Applicants must have been a City resident one year prior to application and file annual financial disclosure.
If Council fills a regular member position with an alternate member, Council reserves the right to fill the alternate position with the remaining applicants.
This Commission meets on the first and third Thursday of each Month at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 1225 Main Street, Sebastian.
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 December 18, 2023.
PRESS RELEASE NATURAL RESOURCES BOARD
The City of Sebastian is seeking applicants to fill the following position on the Natural Resources Board:
One Alternate Member Position – Term will Expire July 1, 2026
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.
This is a volunteer position and applicants must have been a City resident one year prior to application.
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 December 18, 2023.
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.
Draft 2022-2023 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report
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.
WM will begin delivering new 96-gallon carts to each residence between June 12 and June 30.
If you are a current subscription customer, you MUST place your current garbage cart curbside on ALL regularly scheduled garbage collection days (empty or full) until the exchange of carts has been completed. You may receive your new cart before your old cart is removed. You may begin using your new garbage cart immediately.
Residents who do not currently receive curbside collection service will also receive a new 96-gallon garbage cart, which will be delivered at the end of your driveway. You may begin using your garbage cart when universal service begins on July 1.
As of July 1, 2023 only new carts will be serviced. The new cart will look different than your current cart. An old cart placed curbside after July 1 will be emptied and removed. If you would like a second cart, please contact WM at (772) 569-1776. There will be a one-time charge of $87.55 for a second cart. A monthly charge for a second cart will not apply.
Since this is a new service for some residents, WM is sending the first quarterly bill early to allow time to pay. The bill is for service rendered July 1 – September 30.
The City of Sebastian City Council voted to transition to universal curbside collection service beginning July 1, 2023. This collection service will be required for all City of Sebastian residences.
The service will include one-time per week garbage and yard waste collection service, as well as on-call bulk waste collection. The monthly rate is $19.45, and the bill is for service rendered July 1 – September 30. There will be a 3% franchise fee added to the monthly rate, making the total monthly rate $20.03. WM will continue to invoice residents quarterly through September 2024. The City of Sebastian will assume responsibility for invoicing beginning October 1, 2024.
Only current subscription customers will be serviced with the new 96-gallon cart during delivery (June 12 – June 30). All othercustomers will begin receiving weekly collection service on July 1.
Universal service will not go into e ect until July 1, 2023. Each residence will receive a 96-gallon cart, which will include an informational brochure explaining collection service in more detail.
Please use the standard 96-gallon cart for three months. If you are not completely satisfied with the size, you may contact WM beginning October 1, 2023, and request an exchange fora 64-gallon or 35-gallon cart.
Service days will change July 1. The brochure attached to your cart will include a map identifying your new service day. The map will be uploaded to the City website the last week of June.
Delivery is taking place between June 12 and June 30. If you have not received your new cart by June 30, please contact WM. Please continue to use your old cart until you receive the new one.
After July 1, please contact WM to schedule removal of your old cart.
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.