Charlotte County Animal Control received the 2012 Outstanding Cooperative Team Achievement Award by the Florida Animal Control Association. This award is reserved for agencies that exceed normal expectations through teamwork and dedication. Charlotte County Animal Control was recognized for its landmark year in which 29 people were formally charged with crimes related to animal cruelty/neglect. These charges were based on criminal case packages filed by the department with the Charlotte County State Attorney’s Office. Charlotte County Animal Control was further recognized for the establishment of an Animal Care Trust Fund which was approved by the BOCC in October 2014. This fund allows Animal Control to offset the high cost of veterinary medical care often associated with criminal cruelty and neglect cases so these animals can be rehabilitated and placed up for adoption.
The County won two 2012 Voice of the People Awards for Transformation: County Parks and Overall Quality of County Service. Winners were identified among all the jurisdictions that conducted The National Citizen Survey in 2011. To win the Transformation Award, the improvement in service quality rating must be significantly higher than the rating from the most recent prior survey conducted in that jurisdiction and larger than improvement shown in all other eligible jurisdictions in 2011. Sixty-six total municipalities were eligible for the 11 possible awards.
In September of 2017, Charlotte County Community Services achieved national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). CAPRA recognizes Parks and Recreation agencies from around the United States for excellence in operation and service. To achieve this national accreditation, there are 151 standards that need to be met based on administrative policies and procedures, programs and activities, budgeting, personnel, maintenance and facilities, land management, purchasing, staff training, safety, and current industry trends. Out of over 4,000 Parks and Recreation agencies, Charlotte County Community Services is one of only 165 agencies currently nationally accredited.
In August 2017, Charlotte County Community Services received the Excellence in Sport Tourism Award (Small Market) from the Florida Recreation & Park Association (FRPA). This award recognizes department contributions to the Sport Tourism efforts of their community. To be considered for this award, a department must be an FRPA member in good standing and nominated by a Florida Sports Foundation Industry Partner in good standing (Regional Sports Commission).
Utilities wins the annual Best Tasting Drinking Water Taste Test in Region X by the Florida Section AWWA on April 7, 2017. Region X represents drinking water utilities in five counties: Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Manatee and Sarasota. All Region X water utilities were invited to submit a two‐liter sample of their drinking water to be tested by a panel of five impartial judges. The annual Drinking Water Taste Test is intended to educate consumers about water‐related issues and raise awareness about water conservation.
The Burnt Store Water Reclamation Facility was presented with the 2017 Florida Water Environment Association Safety Award for Class C Wastewater Plants. The recognition is for outstanding effort of the management and operational staff which resulted in zero lost time accidents during the 2016 calendar year at that facility.
Charlotte County West Port Water Reclamation Facility (WP WRF) staff received a safety award by the Florida Water Environment Association for Class B Wastewater Plants. The recognition is for outstanding effort of the management and operational staff which resulted in zero lost time accidents during the 2016 calendar year at that facility.
The Burnt Store Water Reclamation Facility was presented with the 2017 FS AWWA Water Conservation Awards of Excellence for their research and demonstration garden. The recognition is for innovation and outstanding achievements in water efficiency throughout Florida..
Plant Operations Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding treatment plant operation, maintenance, and compliance at Utilities Burnt Store Water Treatment Plant by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Agency.
The Charlotte County Utilities Department was recognized for its transformation initiative by the National Association of Counties with its 2016 Achievement Award.
The Burnt Store Water Reclamation Facility was presented with the 2015 Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association Safety Award for Class C Wastewater Plants. Congratulations to Chief Plant Operator John Thompson and his staff. The recognition is the latest in a series of awards for the Utilities Department, which earned a National Association of Counties Achievement Award in June for its transformation initiative.
The Charlotte County Utilities Department earned the Florida Excellence Best Practices Award for its transformation initiative. The award recognized the department for its “implementation of a comprehensive strategic planning process that included integration of customer, workforce, information technology and capital improvement initiatives to support the organization’s mission with associated measures, targets and accountability systems.” Florida Excellence recognizes public and private organizations that have successfully demonstrated best practices in one of three categories, customer, workforce and overall organizational excellence.
The Charlotte County Utilities Department earned the 2015 Outstanding Water Distribution Service Award from the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association (FSAWWA).
The May 9, 2014 issue of the
Port Charlotte Herald
featured an article about Charlotte County Rotonda's high tech water reclamation process. Educational tours are set up yearly for Utilities customers to learn about how wastewater is treated. Utilities has reprint permission from Sun Herald.
Read the entire article.
The November 2013 issue of
Water System Operator
magazine featured an article about Charlotte County Burnt Store Reverse Osmosis treatment plant entitled "Ready for Growth." Automation, high-end technology and dedicated staff have the Burnt Store plant prepared for the next boom in local construction.
Read the entire article.
Burnt Store WRF staff was presented with a safety award by the Florida Water & Pollution Control Operators Association in recognition of their outstanding safety practices and proven safety record. The award was presented to Utilities staff at the state award banquet on Aug. 13 in Fort Pierce.
Wastewater collections staff won the Wastewater Collection System Award in recognition of outstanding performance and professionalism in the water environment industry. The Florida Water Environment Association presented Utilities the award at the annual Florida Water Resources Conference on April 29 in Orlando.
Charlotte County Burnt Store Water Treatment Plant received a Plant Operations Excellence Award from Florida Department of Environmental Protection in recognition of outstanding treatment plant operation, maintenance and compliance. This plant exemplifies some of the best water treatment and conservation solutions the state has to offer.
Charlotte County West Port Water Reclamation Facility (WP WRF) staff received a safety award by the Florida Water & Pollution Control Operators Association in recognition of their outstanding safety practices and proven safety record. Additional WP WRF staff instrumental in winning the award were Richard McLaughlin, Patrick Platt and former WP WRF Chief Operator John Thompson.
Water Distribution employees were recognized with a proclamation by Charlotte Board of County Commissioners (Board) on Jan. 25 for their support in repairing a water leak at Gasparilla Marina and providing aid to citizens affected on Christmas Eve.
Co-Awarded a Geospatial Excellence Award from the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveys.
Special Achievement in GIS Award from ESRI
Florida Master Gardener - Awards of Excellence Florida‐Friendly Landscaping™ (Parks That Teach) for Charlotte County
Florida Sea Grant Agent Betty Staugler won the following awards from the Florida Association for Natural Resource Extension Professionals: 1st Place – Educational materials – Brief publication; 1st Place- Educational material – Series of articles; 2nd place - Innovative program.
4-H Youth Development Agent Pam Phillippe won the Florida Association of Extension 4-H Agents Communication Award for her educational package, Team.
Extension Director/Horticulture Agent Ralph Mitchell won the Florida Association of County Agricultural Agents Search For Excellence Award for Landscape Horticulture – Statewide IFAS Extension GI-BMP Instructor Implementation Team.
National Association of Counties 2017 Achievement Award for Asset Management Program and Software Development.
Facilities Project Manager John Rohling won a 2015 Green Achievement Award from the Florida Green Building Council for the Harold Avenue concession building.
The Public Information Office last week was notified of three awards from the National Association of County Information Officers. CC-TV Program Manager Elizabeth Billings won an award of excellence for her News You Can Use video series. CC-TV Production Specialist Todd Dunn won two meritorious awards for his Spotlights video series. One of the videos was on snipe signs, the other on reclaimed water. Congratulations to Todd and Elizabeth.
(2nd place) Audiovisual Productions: One-time Programming Category - "Welcome to Charlotte County"
(2nd place) County Government Works category: "Single Stream Recycling Campaign"
(1st Place) Community Relations Category: Rumor Central
(Special Judges Recognition) Community Relations Category: Rumor Central
(Special Judges Recognition) Public Information Category: Sales Tax Referendum
(Special Judges Recognition) Special Events Category: Historical Courthouse Reopening
(Special Judges Recognition) Video Category: "Back to the Future" 2007 Annual Report
(Special Judges Recognition) Video Category: "Sales Tax Extension: A Community Investment"
(Special Judges Recognition) Video Graphics Category: Sales Tax Extension
(Meritorious) Brochures & Multi-Page Booklets: Charlotte County Kid's Activity Book
Two Charlotte County staff earned statewide recognition from the Florida chapter of the American Public Works Association.
The U.S. 41 Microtunnel project, managed by Jeff Keyser, and the replacement of the DeSoto Canal Bridge, managed by Chuck Coons, won project of the year awards from the association.
The microtunnel work, which expanded stormwater flow beneath U.S. 41 to accommodate volume expected to be generated by the widening of Midway Boulevard, had previously received a Crown Communities Award from American City and County magazine. The project will now be entered in the APWA’s national award contest.
The DeSoto Canal Bridge project replaced an aging bridge with a precast concrete span over the canal flowing beneath Harborview Road.
The awards were presented at the Florida Public Works Expo in Tampa and capped an impressive run of recognition for county staff in recent months. Individuals, divisions and departments have earned 18 awards in the past 15 months.
2017, 2016, 2015 (20th
Annual), 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004
Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Awards.
The Charlotte County Purchasing Division has been awarded the prestigious 22nd Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement for 2017 from the National Procurement Institute. The division has now earned the distinction 13 times.
The AEP Award is earned by public and non-profit organizations that obtain a high application score based on standardized criteria. The AEP is awarded annually to recognize innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity and leadership in the procurement function.
The AEP program encourages the development of excellence as well as continued organizational improvement to earn the award annually.
For 2017, there were 204 successful applicants, including 48 counties, 68 cities, 25 higher education agencies, 26 school districts, 25 special districts, and 12 state agencies. Commissioners Purchasing Division has received this award 11 times.
Zemel Road Landfill Gas to Energy Project Named Project of the Year by EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program
Outstanding Partnership Award
2018 Best Work Places for Commuters Recognition
Commuter Services’ FDOT District One employer organizations are awarded for their efforts in shifting commuters drive-alone habits by offering a variety of commuter benefits. The awards are presented to organizations meeting a number of regional criteria. Commuter Services’ partners reaching Gold Level status have demonstrated a commitment to marketing, outreach and program development efforts. This includes participating in numerous outreach or transportation events and campaigns, offering incentives like preferred parking, free transit subsidies, shuttles, transit pretax deductions, park and rides, car charging stations, bike racks/showers, emergency ride home, and alternative work schedules (such as compressed work weeks or teleworking programs), along with promoting employee participation.
Green Local Government Certification – Charlotte County Government has been certified as Green Local Government by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) after demonstrating Green practices in its department functions. The FGBC is a non-profit third party certifier and their standard presents a comprehensive list of criteria organized in terms of local government department roles. The standard does not only serve to evaluate the County's current level of sustainability, but also is used as a process to improve performance, increase productivity and save money and other resources in the governmental operations.