By Paige Gnann
Residents from Naval Station Mayport's on and off-base housing were invited to participate in a town hall meeting Oct. 25 at Mayport Beacon.
NS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. David Yoder, was joined by department heads and subject matter experts from Public Works, Security, Balfour Beatty, MWR, Fleet and Family Support Center, as well as the School Liaison Officer.
Each base representative spent time talking about ongoing and upcoming projects happening, not only in Housing, but throughout the base. On the horizon for Bennet Shores West is phase 2 of electrical repairs to replace transformers, switches, overhead wires and circuit redundancy to improve reliability. The Navy has invested over $3 million in electrical utility improvements during the last two years in Enlisted Housing, according to Public Words Officer Cmdr. Juliana Strieter.
She also said that the base has contracted repairs to over 82 facilities on the base after Hurricane Irma. Debris clean up from the hurriciane included the removal of 1,400 cubic yards of debris and 12 trees so far. Contractors are still working to trim trees and clean up the rest of the debris.
Strieter also warned residents to be on the look out for new stop signs and speed calming devices to be installed in Bennet Shores West and B-1397 parking lots in hopes of deterring speeding in those areas.
Deputy Security Officer Joe Adamo reminded attendees that Housing curfew is 10 p.m. from anyone under the age of 18 without t he parents/sponsor present. This also coincides with quiet hours after 10 p.m. in Housing.
Adamo also said that Security is continuing to address speeding around the base with more traffic enforcement, especially on Massey and Moale avenues, and the Housing areas.
Lee Bell, Naval Station Mayport's MWR director, reminded residents of upcoming events around the base, including Magical Christmas in December; a Veteran's breakfast at the CPO club the first Thursday of the Month and the relocation of ITT to Mayport Beacon.
Bell also reminded residents that the child care hours of operation for both Child Development Centers are changing starting Nov. 6.
CNIC Headquarters directed its Child and Youth Program (CYP) Managers to conduct a survey regarding the current hours of operation of Navy Childcare Programs. After compilation of the data, HQ has recommended NAVSTA Mayport revise its hours of operation. With concurrence from the installation Commanding Officer, all Childcare Hours of operation will be changed to 5:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please call 904-241-4507, extension 214 should you have questions about this revision to operating hours.
Yoder said that he plans on hosting future town halls to continue the effort to keep residents informed about the latest developments at NS Mayport.