GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Hurricane Dorian passed by the city Wednesday, Sept. 4, causing very little damage, according to city officials.
A tree fell on a power line near Anderson Road. City manager Steve Kennedy said the city received about 30 calls from the same area, north of Green Cove Springs. The response time was 17 minutes. There was also a call from St. Johns Landing apartments, where power was restored promptly.
“That (Anderson Road) issue was a tree that fell on a line on Anderson Road area,” Kennedy said. “They were on it and had it restored. There was moss and few small tree limbs of no significance or damage to the city.”
Crews from Tallahassee and Tuskegee, Alabama, assisted the city, though Kennedy said the crews had minimal involvement. The Florida Municipal Electric Association contracted the crews in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian.
“When we go into storm mode (FMEA) becomes a coordinating agency. In our case, they put the call in that we would get a crew if they were available,” Kennedy said. “They were staged and ready to go if we called, had it been worse.”
Kennedy said the city was blessed when it came to water levels. Green Cove escaped damage compared to Hurricane Irma in 2017, which damaged the city’s pier.
“Several of us were riding around and didn’t see anything,” Kennedy said. “We really did have a good result with the water. It didn’t get out of hand anywhere.”
The Tallahassee crew arrived Sunday. Tallahassee also sent a crew to South Carolina.
“With skill and heart, our crews will help restore a sense of normalcy for our eastern neighbors after the storm,” Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey said in a press release. “From going door-to-door to check on residents as part of rescue operations to hoisting wires as they repair the electric grid... I am very proud of each and every one of them.”
In other business, council members met Tuesday night before the storm to approve the millage rate and other budget-related items.
The tentative millage rate was increased from 3.6 to 3.8 at a previous meeting. A resident with a home valued at $150,000, would see their municipal property taxes rise about $30.
A 3.8 millage rate was passed with a 5-0 vote on first reading. The final hearing is Sept. 17.