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Brooksville approves $819K water projects contract

BROOKSVILLE — Brooksville City Council members Monday gave the green light to the county's $819,110 contract with Goodwin Bros. Construction to complete work on water, sewer and stormwater improvements on St. Francis and Easy streets.

The contract is part of an interlocal agreement between the city and Hernando County to make infrastructure upgrades in south Brooksville.

Work on the project will begin this summer and includes the installation of an 8-inch water main to improve fire hydrant flow and an 8-inch sewer line to connect 33 customers now on septic tanks. The project is being financed by a $750,000 federal community development block grant.

In addition, a stormwater pipe on St. Francis will be installed, using $158,000 from the county's stormwater management fund.

The infrastructure improvements are part of an extensive list of upgrades long supported by the county's community initiatives team, which includes government representatives from city and county as well as residents who live in the area.

Originally, the initiatives team decided that just the county would seek $750,000 and that it would be counterproductive to have both entities competing for dollars. But then officials connected with the grant program announced there would be more money available this year and encouraged the city to apply on its own.

Community development director Bill Geiger said a $750,000 block grant to upgrade water lines and fire hydrants in the city's enterprise zone area north of M.L. King Jr. Boulevard is in the final approval stages. Work on that portion of the project is expected to begin in the fall if the grant is approved.

It's hoped that completion of the city and county projects will make Brooksville an attractive area for development.

"Residents and businesses in the area are going to see great benefits once it's completed," Geiger said.

Logan Neill can be reached at (352) 848-1435 or lneill@sptimes.com.

Brooksville approves $819K water projects contract 06/07/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 9:15pm]
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