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Please note:  The Stormwater Project is currently on hold due to financial restrictions.

The current stormwater management system is made up of a patchwork of mini collection systems constructed over 30 years ago.  Much of the system was constructed using substandard materials and design. In addition, historically, the system had never been properly cleaned or maintained.  Water quality and flooding problems emerged over the years as a result of the inadequate, improperly maintained, and deteriorating system.  Beach closures, flood damage, and impassable roadways after rain events are evidence that the system needs to be upgraded.

To improve stormwater management, the City hired OMI in FY 1995 to perform cleaning and spot repair. The operating budget is $193,977 FY 2001. The entire collection system is cleaned 2.5 times per year with hotspots being handled more frequently.

In addition, a stormwater capital plan has been developed to prevent flooding, divert stormwater flow from outfalls, and reduce/eliminate discharge of pollutants and contamination of near shore waters.  The plan provides for a more comprehensive management system and includes installation of five pump-assist injection wells, elimination and/or retrofit of 63 outfalls, installation of 293 injection wells and retrofit of existing injection wells.  Vertical french drains have already been designed and installed addressing small areas of standing water in an affordable, cost effective way.


Accomplishments for Stormwater:

         Stormwater User Charge Feasibility Study conducted and completed by Black & Veatch April 2001.

         Stormwater Utility Ordinance adopted by City Commission June 5, 2001.  Established a stormwater utility system, providing for an operating budget, user fee, billing and collection system and an effective date.

         Application process for Federal grant funding initiated.  The City is requesting $10.3 million to fund the stormwater project. 

         Application process for State grant funding initiated.  The City is requesting $250,000 to fund the stormwater project. 

         Public outreach program began June 5, 2001.  Informational meetings held with various groups and individuals throughout the city.  Meetings will continue into FY 2002.

         Submitted engineering task orders for five pump-assist injection wells to City Commission.  These wells are designed to eliminate major City outfalls near City beaches reducing pollution and improving near shore water quality.  One of the wells will resolve significant downtown flooding.

         Stormwater bond referendum approved by City Commission for voterís ballot in October 2001.  Bond referendum was passed during October election with a 71% approval rating. 

         Aug 8, 2001 City officials approved plan to reduce sewer rates, which will offset stormwater fees.

         Cleaned entire stormwater collection system 2.5 times this year.  Some areas were cleaned more frequently.  Basin repairs completed within one week of receiving damage report.

         Installed 28 additional shallow stormwater injection structures improving drainage and reducing flooding around town.  


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