Dunedin okays $700,000 project to replace water pipes along Milwaukee Avenue

DUNEDIN — Residents chafed by rusty water or low tap pressure may soon be in luck with the $700,000 replacement of 50-year-old pipes along Milwaukee Avenue.

Leaky cast-iron water mains supplying more than 100 south Dunedin homes will be replaced by larger plastic pipes beginning next month and ending in August.

Commissioners on Thursday night approved the construction, which will start at Orangewood Drive, stretch northward past Curtis Fundamental Elementary School and end at Virginia Street.

Workers with the Thonotosassa-based Dallas 1 Construction and Development also will install fire hydrants on Milwaukee Avenue, revamp old hydrants and prepare slotted drains on Lyndhurst Street to prevent flooding.

City staff will alert residents of the project's sole water outage, planned to last a few hours when the new pipe is activated, sometime near the end of construction, said public works director Doug Hutchens.

Driveways, sidewalks and lawns that are cut or disturbed by the mess of construction will be repaved or resodded at the city's cost, he said.

Milwaukee Avenue may face some temporary road closures.

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Dunedin commissioners on Thursday night also approved a $75,000 contract renewal with Office Depot, the Boca Raton business at the center of fraudulent overcharging claims from governments across the country.

Clearwater has demanded a $166,000 refund and sought advice from its attorney. The state Attorney General's Office is leading an investigation.

Yet Dunedin purchasing manager Chuck Ankney, who endorsed the one-year extension, said he has seen no overcharging with the city's deal after informally reviewing the costs.

The contract, which began in 2006, allows the city to buy up to $75,000 of discounted supplies over the next year.

Attorneys general from six states, as well as federal reviewers from the General Services Administration and the departments of Education and Defense, have launched investigations into Office Depot's pricing. Officials from Fort Myers and Naples have demanded refunds.

Other agencies, like the Pinellas and Hillsborough school districts, have reported no problems.

Drew Harwell can be reached at dharwell@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4170.

Dunedin okays $700,000 project to replace water pipes along Milwaukee Avenue 01/08/10 [Last modified: Friday, January 8, 2010 8:02pm]

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