Jim Shive has served Dade City residents for over 35 years — the first 27 years as an employee of the City working in the Public Works and Utilities Department and serving on public boards, and since 2012 as a results-driven city Dade City Commissioner.
While Shive and his colleagues on the City Commission have made many decisions to improve the lives of residents, he is most proud of the following achievements — many which took years of planning and work before they became reality.
– Morningside Drive Extension, from State Road 52 to Fort King Avenue, funded by $5 million in state appropriations to construct the extension’s second phase to create a new east-west corridor from U.S. 301 to Fort King Avenue. This will relieve traffic on residential streets and improve access to Advent Health Dade City.
– Implementing an ongoing paving management plan by utilizing and committing $200,000 of Infrastructure Surtax (Penny Monies) annually, and revitalization of lower income neighborhoods by utilizing Community Development Block Grants.
Utilities/Wastewater and Stormwater
– $16 million in wastewater infrastructure improvements to shore up system capacity, and allow for future growth and development.
– Beauchamp Pond Neighborhood Revitalization project, eliminating blight, adding a new walking trail and boardwalk, and increasing stormwater capacity in the area.
– Completion of the Downtown Stormwater Project.
Parks and Facilities
– Beautification and expansion of the recreational Hardy Trail, expanding from Church Street to Lock Street to give families and youth a paved bicycle and walking trail.
– Construction of a new City Hall and Police Station.
– Over $800,000 in improvements to Mickens Field and City parks.
Shive is the only incumbent on the April 14 ballet in this month’s city election, giving him a tremendous advantage over other candidates when it comes to experience and knowledge.
“The downtown stormwater project has been discussed for over 20 years, and we’re almost in completion and getting it done,” said Shive, who explains that this project affected many of the city’s existing water and sewer lines that go back 100 years in the downtown area.
“In conjunction with this project, the City updated its 1965 Stormwater Master Plan to address flooding in other outlying areas of the City,” added Shive.
Shive is especially proud of the tremendous progress the City has made with improvements to its utility system, and also the City’s efforts to maintain compliance with all regulatory agencies.
“Protecting the health and well-being of the public is our number one priority,” said Shive, who obtained duel state certifications in water and wastewater while working in the Public Works and Utilities Department, which he joined at age 19 after graduating from Pasco Comprehensive High School in 1976.
“I began in the maintenance department, doing everything from pulling up railroad ties, driving a garbage truck, repairing sidewalks and setting up the City’s annual Christmas decorations,” said Shive. He eventually would be promoted to the Utilities Department, where he earned duel state certifications in utilities to become the City’s Environmental Coordinator, working with regional and state authorities on water and wastewater projects.
“I have a great deal of institutional knowledge within the City, having worked for many years in the areas of water and wastewater and public works,” said Shive. “In 2004, I was there to manage and oversee the City’s utilities when Florida reeled under the assault of four hurricanes: Charlie, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. It was my job and responsibility for keeping Dade City with drinking water and system pressure throughout the storm.”
After Shive left the City, he decided to run for the city commission because he had so much knowledge to share, and because he truly loved the City and its residents.
“My knowledge of Dade City is very personal. For me, it’s about giving back to a community that has given so much to me. I want to continue to give back to the community by serving as a community voice and Dade City commissioner,” said Shive.
Shive was first elected in 2012 to the Dade City Commission for a four-year term, and ran unopposed for re-election in 2016. He is running now for another four years, and is asking residents to vote for him because of his experience, commitment and vision for the future.
“It’s more important than ever that we have a vision of how we want Dade City to look,” said Shive. “My vision promotes our long heritage, and looks to a promising future.”
Shive identifies the following as the most important issues facing the City over the next four years.
1. Putting in place a vision and plan for controlling the substantial growth coming our way that embraces our motto, “Proud Heritage Promising Future,” but also creating a community for families with children to relocate, work and play.
2. Working with Pasco County in defining boundaries regarding utility service areas and annexation of properties (expanding the city limits), as we grow into the future.
3. Creating an atmosphere for businesses to relocate within the municipal boundaries, by crafting policies that offer tax Incentives over a short period of time that benefit businesses that create jobs and increase property values.
Shive has lived in Dade City since he was 8 years old, and attended local public schools, including Dade City Grammar School (now Rodney Cox Elementary). In 2007, Shive was awarded “Volunteer of the Year 2007” by The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce at its annual banquet.
He and his wife of 38 years, Teresa, have four children and five grandchildren, ages 3 to 13.
Published April 1, 2020
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