IRMA Storm Debris Collection Info

October 6, 2017

Sarasota County Status Map

Sarasota County has posted a Storm Debris Pick-Up Status Map to their website. (You’ll notice that our neighborhood is in the area designated N4 – not to be confused with our PCSSRP Area N3).

From today’s Herald Tribune

“Only a little more than 7 percent of roads throughout unincorporated areas of Sarasota County have been cleaned up by debris contractors, according to an interactive map the county has established to track efforts.

The map — updated daily and available online at scgov.net — highlights public, private and state roads and the status of individual segments. Residents can zoom in on the map all the way to their own home and click the segment for an estimated pickup date, anywhere from next week through early December.”

 

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N3 Sewers: Project Update 8.15.17

September 20, 2017

Latest Info from Sarasota County

The Phillippi Creek Septic System Replacement Program (PCSSRP) was developed in 2000 to protect public health and to improve water quality in Phillippi Creek, by replacing individual septic systems and small private package waste water plants in many Sarasota County neighborhoods with central sewer service. Over 15,000 septic tanks will be replaced over the life of the project. Approximately 200 residents will be connecting to central sewer in Area N3.

Area N3 is being designed as a hybrid gravity sewer system with two smaller lift stations within the project area. Homeowners will connect to the central sewer system using a conventional gravity lateral rather than maintaining individual low pressure units on each property, as originally planned.

Award of the construction contract was April 25, 2017 to Spectrum Underground. The construction Notice to Proceed was given on May 23, 2017. Construction has begun and completion of the project is scheduled for March 2018.

Crews will continue pipe installation work on Tanglewood Drive and North Seclusion Drive. Work from there will proceed to the North. The Directional drill operations at North and South Seclusion are complete. The recent hurricane has impacted the work, so progression of work has slowed. More crews are expected to arrive in two to three weeks.

Please do not enter an active zone of construction

The contractor has asked that we reiterate the need for safety for the residents and all of those traveling in the areas under construction. There have been several instances of pedestrians and bicyclists entering the work zone to see the work being done. Please do not enter an active zone of construction.

 John Saputo, Project Manager, 941-650-0022

 


Contact Information

  • construction questions – John Saputo (941) 650-0022
  • Pluris Southgate customer service – (888) 758-7471
  • utility connections – (941) 861-6767   [option 1]
  • financing connection fees – (941) 861-6767  [ option 3]
  • PCSSRP documents

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N3 Sewers: Project Update 7.21.17

July 21, 2017

Latest Info from Sarasota County

The Contractor [Spectrum Underground] has been awaiting permit approval to use the right of way at the intersection of Webber Street and Lockwood Ridge Road as a small materials and equipment staging area. Once the permit is received, the contractor intends to start mobilization to the site.

They are currently forecasting a full start the first week of August. This will include directional drilling at the Seclusion Drive locations. This work will not impact traffic flow, however, when the manhole and gravity pipe installation begins, there will be flagmen directing traffic around the work and slight delays can be experienced.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Contact Information

Kate O’Hara, Utilities Connections Coordinator, has provided the following:

  • construction questions – John Saputo (941) 650-0022
  • utility connections: (941)861-6767  – option 1
  • financing connection fees: (941) 861-6767 – option 3

Pluris Water Personal Web Portal

July 6, 2017

The Feb 8th post reported on a conversation with Pluris management personnel.  One of the items discussed during that meeting was the new personal web portal.  Pluris Southgate customers recently received this letter:

Your Personal Portal

The portal uses the AquaHawk platform, which is used by many utilities to help customers manage their water usage.  It is easy to set up and easy to use.  Several months of AMI meter reading detail is necessary to provide enough information on water usage  for all the available options to be used; the stored history of our individual meters  is now available.  Additional help on how to set up your web portal is available at AquaHawk Online Help. Customers can also call the Pluris customer care center at (888) 758-7471 or contact Regional Manager Joe Kuhns at jkuhns@plurisusa.com.

 

N3 Sewers: Project Update 6.23.17

June 24, 2017

Next Steps

Signs of survey markings are showing up throughout the neighborhood as the contractor gets submittals approved and permits pulled.  The first evidence of construction we see will be the directional boring for underground crossings at Bermuda Brook and the two Seclusion Drives.  This is shown on the N3 Phasing Plan June 2017 as Phase 1.  The rest of the project is planned to proceed in numerical sequence.

 

Got questions?

John Saputo, Construction Project Manager for Sarasota County is available to address any questions or concerns you may have.  He can be reached at (941) 650-0022 or email jsaputo@scgov.net

 

 

 

N3 Sewers: Project Update 6.16.17

June 17, 2017

Information from John Saputo, Const. Proj. Mgr.

 

Phillippi Creek Septic System Replacement Program Area N3

The Phillippi Creek Septic System Replacement Program (PCSSRP) was developed in 2000 to protect public health and to improve water quality in Phillippi Creek by replacing individual septic systems and small private package waste water plants in many Sarasota County neighborhoods with central sewer service. Over 15,000 septic tanks will be replaced over the life of the project.

Approximately 200 residents will be connecting to central sewer in Area N3.  Area N3 is being designed as a hybrid gravity sewer system with two standard lift stations and two smaller lift stations within the project area. Homeowners will connect to the central sewer system using a conventional gravity lateral rather than maintaining individual low pressure units on each property as originally planned.

Award of the construction contract was April 25, 2017 to Spectrum Underground. The construction Notice to Proceed was given on May 23, 2017. Construction is slated to begin in late June. Completion of the project is scheduled for March of 2018.

Expect to see evidence of Survey Crews in the area over the next two weeks establishing Right of Way lines and property boundaries. The first signs of construction will be the directional drilling of forcemains for the North and South Seclusion Roads; that work should also be scheduled within the next couple of weeks.

(ed. note: Mr. Saputo has indicated that we can expect these update/advisories throughout the construction process.  Door hangers and roadway signage will also be provided as necessary.)

Saturday’s Cleanup at Red Bug Preserve

May 30, 2017

On Saturday May 27th John Ryan organized a clean up of  the park at Red Bug Slough.  Here’s his summary:

 

Beautiful Day at Red Bug Slough Preserve!

 

The Friends of Red Bug Slough Preserve gathered again last Saturday morning.  It was a perfect spring day – not too warm yet.  It was good to see the water levels back up after the prolonged drought we had just a few weeks ago.

 

Jack and Ronda

 

We shared some blueberry muffins before we took off and made our neighborhood nature preserve just a little bit better.  Scott made a special effort to root out air potatoes.  Ronda searched for fishing line in the lake.  And Chris dug up some concrete rubble that was dumped here decades ago.  Michele found a garden hose – makes you wonder doesn’t it?

old garden hose                                                                                                                                                         fishing tackle

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a fun and easy day with friends.  Thanks to everyone who joined in… see you there next time.

 

John

 

 

Phillippi Creek Event Tomorrow May 20th at SGCA

May 19, 2017

May 2017 Project Update

May 12, 2017

 

(You can access this page from the County website here:  Phillippi Creek Septic System Replacement Program Area N3)

More N3 Neighbors choose xeriscape

April 15, 2017

The Feb 21st post discussed the many benefits of eliminating or reducing irrigation for turf grass and other “thirsty” yard plantings (scroll down and read the article – there are lots of good information links).  Our water bills will become even more sensitive to irrigation use once our sewer is installed… the sewer component of our bill will be approximately 150% of our water usage.  So, unless you have a separate irrigation meter or a well, water that is used on your lawn will be calculated as though it is treated at the sewer plant!

Here’s what some residents have done…

Take a ride along Tanglewood Dr and see what you think.  Some neighbors have completely replaced all sod grass, while others have replace portions of the lawn.  Another neighbor suggests using GroundCovers instead of grass.  Anything we can do will help the environment… and our wallets!

(These are just homes I’ve found on Tanglewood Dr.  If you know of others in the neighborhood send me photos and I’ll post them here)

What’s the latest on our sewer?

At the March 29 Budget Meeting the County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve $3 million to construct the sewers in our N3 neighborhood.  Staff tells us that the plans are final and all permits are in place.  The next step will be to approve and award the construction contract. The next BCC meeting is April 25th, but the agenda has not been posted. Hopefully our project will be presented at that meeting.