CLEARWATER – The city of Clearwater and the Southwest Florida Water Management District have agreed to each pay a maximum of $200,000 to revamp the Jeffords Street stormwater outfall, which currently consists of grated inlets that pour into 1,100 feet of 15-inch vitrified pipe that discharges into Clearwater Harbor.
“The system collects stormwater from the area between Magnolia Street and Jeffords Street and from Bay Avenue to St. Josephs Sound,” a staff memo to the Clearwater City Council explains. “The existing grated inlets clog up with leaves and debris, then the overflow washes the leaves and debris overland into Clearwater Harbor. The replacement of this system will provide open-throat inlets, relocate the system into the city’s right of way and improve water quality by utilizing a stormwater treatment structure to collect the leaves and debris.”
At the same time, the council approved the SFWMD agreement, the council also approved the payment of up to $1.14 million a year to Oldsmar-based Keystone Excavators to be on call when needed to provide excavation services too big to be handled by city employees.
“Projects included in this contract will typically include: repair and replacement of existing stormwater pipe networks, erosion mitigation with the use of gabions or appropriate slope stability procedures (and) the addition of new stormwater infrastructure to help alleviate localized flooding and emergency repairs.”
O’Brien appointed to Marine Advisory Board
CLEARWATER – Retired college professor Edward T. O’Brien Jr., who currently serves on the city’s Airpark Advisory Board, has been appointed to the city’s seven-member Marine Advisory Board. He will fill the seat being vacated by Attorney Donald O. McFarland, who has served on the board since June 7, 2007 but recently resigned. O’Brien will serve out the remainder of McFarland’s term, which ends on March 31, 2015.
Magnolia Drive stormwater project upsized
CLEARWATER – Previously, the Southwest Florida Water Management District had agreed to contribute $500,000 toward the renovation of the Magnolia Drive Outfall Storm Drainage and Water Quality System. But the job turned out to be bigger than anybody had anticipated.
“During the design of this project it was determined that the existing system was undersized and replacing the majority of it with a larger system provides more benefits than rehabilitation,” a staff memo to the City Council states.
Doing the job right would entail the installation of approximately 5,230 linear feet of various-sized pipes, 45 curb inlets and 20 manholes. It would also require three stormwater treatment devices to collect pollutants and improve the quality of the water being discharged into Clearwater Harbor.
The water management district decided to bite the bullet and add another million dollars to the half-million it had already pledged for the project. It also agreed to extend the contract period to April 15, 2016. On July 17, the Clearwater City Council approved those changes.
“The (revised) Magnolia Drive Outfall Storm Drainage and Water Quality Improvements Project will provide a new and larger outlet for approximately 45 acres,” according to the staff memo. “The project begins at South Fort Harrison Avenue near Druid Road and outfalls at the west end of Magnolia Street, at the seawall,” the staff memo explains.