Wednesday, January 17, 2018
News Roundup

Dade City wastewater plan change costs $65,942

DADE CITY — The city's decision to abandon a plan to expand its wastewater treatment operation in the Mickens-Harper neighborhood will cost $65,942 in fees.

The money covers revision plans drafted by the project's engineering firm, Baskerville-Donovan.

"It's a very fair fee for what they accomplished," City Manager Billy Poe said during a meeting Tuesday evening.

After an outcry from Mickens-Harper residents in October, commissioners reversed their decision to install a 2 million gallon recycled water system in the middle of the residential neighborhood. The new plan calls for the improvements, including future irrigation tanks, to be constructed on the city's 50-acre property south of town.

Poe said he expects the project to cost $5.6 million, which includes $2.4 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

"City customers will not see rate increases," he added. "The city will pay the balance from secured low interest loans."

Poe and city engineer Gordon Onderdonk will begin accepting bids Wednesday for the first phase of the rehabilitation. It will take months before construction begins.

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