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City of Palatka Newsletter | Dec. 1, 2023

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Earl Wallace still considers himself to be a newcomer to Palatka. He only moved to town with his wife and two young daughters in 1981. 

“Our motivation was simple: we wanted to find a small, peaceful town to raise our kids. Jacksonville, where we came from, had become quite crowded. We considered Palatka and Deland, but Palatka won us over with its charm and friendliness.” Wallace said during an interview last week,  “The people in Palatka were friendly, and I had a personal history with the town, having attended junior college here in 1963. We chose Palatka, and I’ve never regretted that decision.”

Wallace, who turns 80 in September, opened a small, rural land surveying office and began his new life in town.

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Gallery: The 114th Palatka Christmas Parade

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Palatka CommUnity  Day

On Saturday, November 25th, the City of Palatka hosted its inaugural CommUnity Day in the City’s Riverfront Park, to foster unity among residents and advocate for the reduction of gun violence within the city. The event, hosted by City Commissioner Will Jones, featured talks by community and spiritual leaders, a live band, DJ, and activities for children. 

The purpose of the day was two-fold:  To unite and take a stand against gun violence and show the community that we can break down barriers from social and economic disparities and race, as well as stand united with local leaders and law enforcement to work together to make our city safer and a better place.  

“The message of the CommUnity Day is, ‘If you see something, say something,’ encouraging people to report crimes as they occur in our neighborhoods and we are better together.” said Commissioner Jones, “Both messages are positive reminders that we all can play a role in making Palatka a united community.  Thanks to everyone who participated in the event. “

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Infrastructure work begins at 3rd and Main Streets

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Contractors working on behalf of the City of Palatka’s Public Works Department have begun repairs to the sanitary sewer system beneath the intersection of 3rd Street and Main Street. This project is part of the ongoing effort to replace the aging infrastructure within the City.

Although not apparent from the surface, the infrastructure at this intersection represents one of the highest-volume sewer mains in the city. Over time, due to the sewer main’s age, a depression has formed in the road. This project aims to rectify this issue, ensuring the continued functionality and safety of the sewer infrastructure in the neighborhood.

Given the depth of the sewer pipes and the extensive scope of the necessary work, the intersection at 3rd and Main will be temporarily closed to traffic. Substantial excavation will be needed for the repairs. However, access to businesses along 3rd to Main Streets will still be available via Reid Street throughout the project.

The project is scheduled to be completed within 35 days, contingent upon weather conditions and on-site circumstances. For additional information or updates on the project’s progress, please reach out to the Palatka Public Works Department at (328) 329-0107.

The Palatka Public Works Department appreciates the community’s understanding and cooperation during this necessary infrastructure improvement project. Your safety and the reliability of essential services remain our top priorities.

Holiday Schedule

Palatka City Hall, Police Department lobby, Public Works, Cemeteries, Gas Authority and other administrative offices of the City of Palatka will be closed on December 25 and 26  and January 1, 2024, in observance of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.  

As always, utility payments may be made online at www.palatkagasauthority.com or by phone at-1-866-869-5955, (you will need your pay ID #). For water or public works emergencies, customers can call 386-329-0107 for assistance. For gas emergencies, call 386-328-1591.

For Police and Fire Emergencies, please call 9-1-1

Please note the following Sanitation Dept. Schedules: 

For the week of December 25 – 29: 

• HOUSEHOLD COLLECTION: Monday and Thursday residential customers will be picked up on Monday and Wednesday, Tuesday and Friday residential customers will be picked up on Tuesday and Thursday.

• YARD TRASH COLLECTION: Residential yard debris will not be picked up this week.

• COMMERCIAL DUMPSTERS: Commercial customers will be serviced business as usual. 

For the week of January 1 - 5, 2024: 

• HOUSEHOLD COLLECTION: 

• Residential customers on Monday and Thursday will be picked up on Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday and Friday residential customers will be picked Wednesday and Friday

• YARD TRASH COLLECTION: There will be no yard trash pickup.

• COMMERCIAL DUMPSTERS: There will be no change in commercial dumpster collection.

Helping those in need

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As we approach the holiday season, community members who wish to support our food-insecure friends and neighbors are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items at Palatka City Hall, 201 N 2nd Street., to be donated to the Bread of Life food kitchen. City Hall is open for donations weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call (386)-213-2678 for more information. 

Food items of particular need are,

Proteins:

• Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon)

• Dried or canned beans (black beans, pinto beans, lentils)

• Peanut butter

• Carrots

Canned Vegetables

• Green beans

• Corn

• Peas

• Carrots

• Mixed vegetables

Canned Fruits:

• Peaches

• Pears

• Pineapple

• Applesauce

• Fruit cocktail

Grains and Staples:

• Rice (white or brown)

• Pasta (spaghetti, macaroni, etc.)

• Cereal (preferably whole grain)

• Oatmeal

• Flour

• Sugar

Canned Soups and Broths:

• Chicken noodle soup

• Tomato soup

• Vegetable soup

• Beef broth

• Chicken broth

There is also a great need for the following non-food items.

• Personal-size hygiene items (Like those we have during hotel stays ;)

• Bottled Water and Gatorade/Powerade drink packets

• Shampoo

• Body Wash

• Conditioner

• Toothbrush

• Toothpaste

• Deodorant

• Feminine Products   (tampons and napkins)

• Adult diapers 

• Shaving creme

• Disposable razors

• Band aids

• Lip balm

• Rain ponchos

• Seasonal items

• Gloves

• Hot hands packets  (for hand warming)

• Insect repellent  (spray, wipes, etc)

• Warm hats

The Bread of Life, 320 N 5th St, Palatka, is open for lunch Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and serves approximately 100 people every day.



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    Public Records Custodian Information per Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, the office of the City Clerk serves as the custodian of public records for the City of Palatka, where official records are routinely generated, transmitted, received, and maintained. The following information provides details about the location and contact information for record requests:  Address: 201 N. 2nd Street, Palatka, FL 32177 Phone: (386)329-0100 Email the City Attorney at legal@Palatka-fl.gov . For inquiries related to Police Department Records, please contact: Palatka Police Department, 110 N. 11th Street, Palatka, FL 32177 (386)  329-0115  or records@palatka-fl.gov

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