Nassau County will host a Town Hall meeting on November 12th, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Nassau County Multi-Use Facility at the Fairgrounds to present the Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Vision Book. On October 1, 2019, after a year and a half of community outreach and engagement, the draft Vision Book was presented to the County Planning and Zoning Board. The Vision Book was approved by the Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Committee during the October 22nd regular meeting.
We are pleased to invite the community to a family-friendly event to celebrate the work of the dedicated citizens of Western Nassau County. Join us as we reveal the top goals, objective and strategies that emerged from our community planning process.
Please join the County on Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Nassau County Multi-Use Facility at the Fairgrounds located on 543350 US Hwy 1, Callahan, FL 32011. For more information, call (904) 530-6300 or email email@example.com.
Our partners will be on hand to highlight programs and services available to the community. Children can participate in a hands-on craft activity sponsored by Nassau County Extension staff. Nassau Fire and Rescue will showcase a fire truck and rescue vehicle and distribute Safe Routes to School reflective armbands and other safety materials. Refreshments will be served following a brief welcome and project summary by Nassau County staff.
Residents will have an opportunity to speak with representatives from the Department of Health-Nassau Nassau Transit, Micah’s Place, Northeast Florida Regional Planning Council, Nassau County Emergency Management, North Florida Land Trust, and others.
Beginning in 2017, the Nassau County Department of Planning and Economic Opportunity (PEO) facilitated an extensive public outreach campaign to gather input from residents, property and business owners, local agencies to craft their vision for the future. The resulting vision provides guidelines for policy makers as they set priorities and make decisions about the future of Western Nassau. Information on the work of the Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Committee and the Vision Book can be found at www.nassaucountyfl.com/westernnassau.
The Nassau County Planning and Economic Opportunity Department is charged with leading long-range and current planning for the community, with a focus on technical planning, implementation and management of the Land Development Code and Comprehensive Plan, development and site plan review, and assistance to citizens, the Board of County Commissioners, County Manager and other staff, advisory boards, government agencies, and the private sector regarding growth and development in Nassau County. For more information on our Plan, Code, or current initiatives, visit www.nassaucountyfl.com/planning, call (904) 530-6300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The West Nassau Historical Society has selected Saturday, April 18, 2020 for their signature fundraising Railroad Day Festival. The all-volunteer nonprofit's 15th annual celebration is an all-day event held in and around the historic 1881 Callahan Train Depot and adjoining 1856 Florida Railroad bed. This year's celebration will include an exhibit of the history of the FAA center in Nassau County. Other photos and maps of interest will be on display inside the museum of local history section of the 139-year old wooden train station.
The arts/crafts vendors and food vendors are open from 9 AM to 4 PM and the kids’ area will include a bouncy house, Joel Pace hands-on music zoo and Hobo scavenger hunt. Kids’ games will center on the fabled "Hobos" and their green-friendly Recycle and ReUse skills they used while riding the rails. Local live entertainment will perform on the main depot stage from 9 AM to 4 PM. Callahan Cruisers and AB&B Auto Parts along with Cochrane's Collision Center next door to the depot will host a classic car show from 10 AM to 2:00 PM. Various citizens and sponsors will be honored and car show and contest winners announced during the festivities. Antique engines, tractors, and scaled trains will be exhibited outside the depot while model train layouts will be on display inside the Depot Annex. This is an outdoor event so please bring your lawn chairs.
The West Nassau Historical Society is an all-volunteer non-profit, tax exempt organization dedicated to the preservation of Nassau County’s rich and diverse history and entrusted with the upkeep of the historic Callahan Train Depot. Donations to the 501c3 organization are tax deductible in accordance to current IRS rules. Sponsors and volunteers are needed to help make this year’s festival a success.
For additional information on the 2020 Railroad Day Festival visit www.wnhsfl.org or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, vendor, sponsor, member, or donor call festival co-chairs John Hendricks or Emily Baumgartner at 904-879-3406.
Day 1: Residential Collection Contract Begins
Meridian Waste, an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services company, began residential solid waste and recycling collection services on September 30 for the Town of Callahan. The new service is the company’s first Florida exclusive solid waste franchise.
Meridian Waste is providing once a week garbage collection utilizing a 95-gallon cart, once a week yard waste collection, once a week bulk waste collection (limit two items per collection), and every other week recycling collection starting Thursday, October 10. The Company purchased a new rear load collection vehicle, a knuckle boom truck, and all new garbage and recycling carts to service the Town and its citizens.
Specific guidelines regarding what residents may or may not place curbside for correct solid waste and recycling collection can be found here: www.MeridianWaste.com/Callahan and can be printed from here: https://www.meridianwaste.com/media/159683/callahan-information-flyer-collection-guidelines.pdf. Important changes include the elimination of glass from the recycling stream due to it being a common contaminant in single stream recycling processes and the change to every other week collection of recyclables to keep costs low and fewer trucks on the road.
Residential Collection Schedule:
Garbage = Monday
Bulk Waste = Monday
Yard Waste = Thursday
Recycling = Every Other Thursday (starting October 10)
Recycling Collection Calendar: CLICK HERE
Commercial collection becomes an open market effective October 1, allowing businesses the opportunity to choose their waste hauler for the first time in more than a decade. The commercial hauler must hold a Nassau County solid waste permit in order to provide service. Meridian Waste is one of the approved Nassau County solid waste haulers.
“As a business owner who first started his company in Nassau County just outside of Callahan, I am proud to be able to provide vital environmental services to the residents of Callahan,” said Dave Shepler, district manager of Meridian Waste and the founder of Partner Disposal (acquired by Meridian Waste in 2018). “The Town of Callahan has been an incredible partner as we transition the service from the incumbent hauler to Meridian Waste. It is our goal to ensure that this partnership strengthens and thrives through quality service, open communication, and a clean environment for the benefit of the Town, its citizens and Meridian Waste.”
If Town residents or commercial entities need to reach out to Meridian Waste to request a cart or dumpster, please call 904.849.5122 or email CustomerCareNassauCoFL@MeridianWaste.com.
Sign Up for Service Alerts: Stay in the know about your service—sign up for email and/or text alert notifications so we can update you in the event of inclement weather, holidays or other factors that might interrupt your service. Sign up at: www.MeridianWaste.com/Service-Alert-Signup.
Erosion repair work originally scheduled to begin today on County Road 121/Baldwin and Saint George Road between Carroll Corner Road and Turkey Trot Trail has been delayed until further notice due to a CSX railroad crossing repair project on River Road. The project will begin once the railroad crossing work is completed.
Detours will be necessary to repair a bridge culvert damaged from erosion.
The detour will take northbound and southbound drivers on County Road 121 to U.S. 301 via County Road 108 and Henry Smith Road (map below). Electronic message boards will be placed ahead of the closure on County Road 121. Motorists are encouraged to utilize the Florida 511 app to plan ahead.
CDM Contracting Inc. is projected to complete the $369,000 repair project by late 2019, weather and schedule permitting.
Nassau County Road Department Notice of Intent to Begin Construction on Railroad Crossings in Need of Repair
On behalf of CSX, the Nassau County Road Department is issuing a Notice of Intent to Begin Construction on the following railroad crossing due to repairs needed - times and proposed dates as listed:
CR121 in Hilliard, FL – July 11 at 8:00 am to July 15 at 5:00 pm --closed all night. Proposed Detour: US1 to Andrews Road to CR121
Andrews Road in Hilliard, FL – July 15 at 8:00 am to July 20 at 5:00 pm --closed all night. Proposed Detour: US1 to CR121 to Andrews Road
Ingham Road in Hilliard, FL – July 16 at 8:00 am to July 21 at 5:00 pm --closed all night. Proposed Detour: US1 to CR108 to Pine Street to Ingham Road
Pratt Siding Road in Callahan, FL – July 17 at 8:00 am to July 22 at 5:00 pm --closed all night. Proposed Detour: US1 to Henry Smith Road to Old Dixie Hwy to Pratt Siding Road
Dyal Road in Callahan, FL – July 18 at 8:00 am to July 23 at 5:00 pm --closed all night. Proposed Detour: US1 to Henry Smith Road to Old Dixie Hwy to Dyal Road
Braddock Road in Callahan, FL – July 18 at 8:00 am to July 23 at 5:00 pm --closed all night. Citizens on north side of tracks will be contacted concerning detour
Old Dixie Hwy in Callahan, FL – July 22 at 8:00 am to July 27 at 5:00 pm --closed all night. Proposed Detour: Brandies Avenue to River Road to Bypass Road to Old Dixie Hwy
River Road in Callahan, FL – TBD, but not at the same time as Old Dixie Hwy so this road can be used as that detour.
Pickett Street in Callahan, FL – July 23 at 8:00 am to July 28 at 5:00 pm --closed all night. Proposed Detour: US1 to US301 to Pickett Street
Ratliff Road in Callahan, FL – July 25 at 8:00 am to July 30 at 5:00 pm --closed all night. Proposed Detour: US1 to US301 to Thomas Creek Road to Ratliff Road
Please note that any/all dates are subject to change due to weather and/or other conditions. For additional information, please contact Angela D. Nelis at Southern Commercial Development 803-808-3600.
Meridian Waste, an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services company, was awarded its first Florida residential solid waste services contract by the Town of Callahan at last night’s Town Council meeting. After a lengthy discussion regarding service options, current service quality and cost-effective options for the citizens, Meridian Waste’s proposal was selected in favor of the incumbent’s proposal. Starting October 1, Meridian Waste will be providing once a week garbage collection utilizing a 95-gallon cart and every other week recycling collection. Yard waste and bulk waste collection services are still under consideration of staff and Council. The fee for solid waste services will be paid by the Town to Meridian Waste and remain as a line item on residential units’ water bills. New carts and detailed educational materials will be delivered in September to each home outlining the garbage and recycling guidelines as well as Meridian Waste contact information and the opportunity to sign up for service alerts.
Commercial collection will become an open market effective October 1 allowing businesses the opportunity to choose their waste hauler for the first time in over a decade. The commercial hauler must hold a Nassau County solid waste permit in order to provide service. Meridian Waste is one of the approved Nassau County solid waste haulers.
“At Meridian Waste, garbage service is more than just a competitive price, which we offered to the Town and was accepted,” said Dave Shepler, district manager of Meridian Waste. “We believe that the most important aspect is the team of environmental professionals who stand with the Company, who interact with your citizens, who keep the trucks running smoothly and on time, and who listen to customers’ needs that make a world of difference in our vital service industry. Callahan deserves quality service to keep the Town clean and healthy, and that is exactly what Meridian Waste will deliver.”
Shepler and the Meridian Waste team members are veterans of the Callahan and Nassau County market, as they have led the Nassau County operations of both Advanced Disposal and Partner Disposal for many years prior to joining forces with Meridian Waste.
The Town and Company will finalize a contract to be presented at the next Town Council Meeting in July for ratification.
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