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The Sebastian City Council is accepting applications for the following volunteer positions on the Construction Board:
One Regular Member, Concerned Citizen Position – Term expiring 9/2023
One Regular Member, Electrical Contractor Position – Term expiring 9/2022
One Regular Member, HARV Contractor Position – Term expiring 9/2022
One Alternate Member, Contractor Position – Term expiring 9/2022
One Alternate Member, Concerned Citizen Position – Term to expire 9/30/2022
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 September 1, 2020.
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.
The City of Sebastian is amending the Annual Action Plan for entitlement CDBG requirements. The City is seeking input from potential stakeholders and the public on the needs of low-income citizens. Approximately $74,778 of additional funding due to the CARES ACT is available to the City for improvements that benefit low income citizens of the City and to respond to the COVID 19 outbreak. These funds must be used for one of the following purposes:
A public hearing will be held for community organizations and the public to provide input into the consolidated 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 malls within the Community Redevelopment Area. Additional CARES ACT funding will be used to repair homes of the elderly and disabled and make them safer and more livable for quarantine.
The public is invited to review the draft amended 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 August 25th.
The City of Sebastian will be adopting an Amendment to the Action Plan for federal fiscal year 2019/2020. The Action Plan is a single funding year planning document that addresses housing and community development needs of the City. This summary is designed to give citizens, local governments, and interested parties of the City an opportunity to comment on the amendment to the 2019/20 Action Plan.
The City anticipates receiving approximately $74,778 from the CDBG Program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The City must amend the 2019/20 Action Plan to use these funds. The amended total funding for 2019/20 is $198,452.
The Activities including CARES funding proposed are: Housing Rehabilitation (Veterans, Elderly and Disabled) - $109,822.40; Public Improvements (Sidewalks) - $50,000.00; and Administration - $38,629.60.
The estimated amount to benefit low- and moderate-income persons for the CDBG Program is 80%.
The City expects no displacement of families, individuals, or businesses to occur as a result of the activities. Should displacement occur as a result of any project or activity, the City will follow the regulations of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended.
The Action Plan has been developed using an estimate of the amount of 2019 CDBG entitlement funding that the City anticipates receiving from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Funding amount revisions will be made to the activities in the Action Plan should the exact amount of funding awarded by HUD differ from this estimate. Priority activities will remain the same regardless of the amount of funding received from HUD. The City will adhere to the Citizen Participation Plan amendment requirements if an activity will be added to or cancelled from the Action Plan. The City may also use unprogrammed CDBG monies to fund 2019 CDBG activities as needed or/or until the 2019 funds are made available from HUD.
Additional information regarding the range of activities that may be undertaken will be provided at the public hearing. The City is seeking stakeholder and public comments into the draft amended action plans, specifically from community-based organizations, non-profits, local governments and low-income residents of the City.
The public hearing to receive citizen views concerning the community’s draft consolidated and action plans will be held at the City Council Chambers, 1225 Main Street, Sebastian, Florida on Wednesday August 26, 2019 at 5:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible. For information concerning the public hearing, or to review the plans or to submit written comments, contact Ms. Lisa Frazier, Community Development Director at phone: (772) 388-8228 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The public hearing is being conducted in a disability accessible location. Any non-English speaking person wishing to attend the public hearing or any disabled person requiring special accommodations or an interpreter for the hearing or visually impaired should contact Ms. Lisa Frazier (above) at least five (5) calendar days prior to the meeting and accommodations will be provided.
City of Sebastian
Fair Housing/Disability Access Jurisdiction and Equal Opportunity Employer
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 $50,000 in entitlement funds and an additional $59,823 in CDBG-CV funds in accordance with the CARES act. The City is required to assist a minimum of 4 Households. Below is general information on the application process.(CDBG) Application ProcessA Homeowner Applicant Orientation, to be held at City of Sebastian City Hall Council Chambers on August 27, 2020 at 5:30 – 6:00. Attendance of Orientation is not mandatory; however, attendees will have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have regarding the CDBG Housing Rehabilitation program.
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: 1-888-482-7393. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 60 days from publication of this ad. Applications will be accepted at City of Sebastian Community Development Department (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 08/27/2020 at 3:00 to 4:00pm 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:
Public housing residents including persons with disabilities.
That is owned by Section 3 residents
Employs Section 3 residents or Subcontracts with businesses that provide opportunities to low and very low-income persons.
How can individuals and businesses find out more about section 3?
Contact the Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity representative at your nearest HUD Office or:
Download Section 3 information at: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/section3/section3
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. If you need further information about reports, 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 Florida Law Enforcement Academy at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne at 321-632-1111 for entrance information.