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Buzz2012HIGH SPRINGS – Agenda items relating to water and sewer rates and the future of the sewer system in High Springs, which were listed on last Thursday, Oct. 25, regular commission meeting agenda, were postponed to Tuesday, Oct. 30.

In a sparsely attended commission meeting to discuss the future of the sewer expansion, Greg Lang, Vice President of Community Development for Mittauer & Associates, Inc., was on hand to answer questions regarding the possible expansion of the wastewater plant and to discuss updating the city’s water and sewer rates.

Lang told commissioners he did not think at this time that it was necessary to move ahead with Phase 4, but suggested the City monitor the situation to determine when future expansion would be needed.

After discussion about whether to send a letter to USDA Rural Development stating the City was not going ahead with Phase 4, commissioners decided to hold off to allow time for City Attorney Scott Walker to look into the developers’ agreements.  A report from Walker on this issue will be forthcoming and the decision to send the letter was put off until the Nov. 8 meeting.

Following concerns expressed by Commissioner Sue Weller as to whether the City would still be able to meet the capacity guaranteed in the developers’ agreements, and whether developers might have some recourse if the City does not move forward with Phase 4 at this time, Walker said he would review the developers’ agreements for those issues as well.

Lang also suggested a geological study be performed to address concerns about a sinkhole, but no action was taken on that issue during this meeting.

Lang also explained they would be ready to go out to bid shortly on the “Tweener’s” project.  “Tweeners” is a term coined to identify the approximately 70 homes that were built after the sewer installation cutoff date for the grant.

The remaining grant money will be used to hook up those homes.  Interim City Manager Lee Vincent will be working with Tim Norman, P.E., at Mittauer to get information to him so Mittauer can go out to bid.

Water and sewer rates were discussed briefly and will be addressed further at the Nov. 8 meeting.  The commission would like to have an updated study done by Florida Rural Water Association (FRWA).  Bill Secoy of FRWA conducted the last study completed in March 2011.

Mittauer’s engineers will reexamine some of the studies by FRWA and offer their opinion on their studies and recommend what, if anything, should be done.

A resolution about water conservation was discussed, but also received no action during this meeting.

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Buzz2012HIGH SPRINGS – Agenda items relating to water and sewer rates and the future of the sewer system in High Springs, which were listed on last Thursday, Oct. 25, regular commission meeting agenda, were postponed to Tuesday, Oct. 30.

In a sparsely attended commission meeting to discuss the future of the sewer expansion, Greg Lang, Vice President of Community Development for Mittauer & Associates, Inc., was on hand to answer questions regarding the possible expansion of the wastewater plant and to discuss updating the city’s water and sewer rates.

Lang told commissioners he did not think at this time that it was necessary to move ahead with Phase 4, but suggested the City monitor the situation to determine when future expansion would be needed.

After discussion about whether to send a letter to USDA Rural Development stating the City was not going ahead with Phase 4, commissioners decided to hold off to allow time for City Attorney Scott Walker to look into the developers’ agreements.  A report from Walker on this issue will be forthcoming and the decision to send the letter was put off until the Nov. 8 meeting.

Following concerns expressed by Commissioner Sue Weller as to whether the City would still be able to meet the capacity guaranteed in the developers’ agreements, and whether developers might have some recourse if the City does not move forward with Phase 4 at this time, Walker said he would review the developers’ agreements for those issues as well.

Lang also suggested a geological study be performed to address concerns about a sinkhole, but no action was taken on that issue during this meeting.

Lang also explained they would be ready to go out to bid shortly on the “Tweener’s” project.  “Tweeners” is a term coined to identify the approximately 70 homes that were built after the sewer installation cutoff date for the grant.

The remaining grant money will be used to hook up those homes.  Interim City Manager Lee Vincent will be working with Tim Norman, P.E., at Mittauer to get information to him so Mittauer can go out to bid.

Water and sewer rates were discussed briefly and will be addressed further at the Nov. 8 meeting.  The commission would like to have an updated study done by Florida Rural Water Association (FRWA).  Bill Secoy of FRWA conducted the last study completed in March 2011.

Mittauer’s engineers will reexamine some of the studies by FRWA and offer their opinion on their studies and recommend what, if anything, should be done.

A resolution about water conservation was discussed, but also received no action during this meeting.

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