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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

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




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)

Help! My septic tank is failing!

March 22, 2017

I have recently heard this from several N3 neighbors.  The next thing I’m asked is “when are we going to get our sewers?”  The answer is SOON (I hope!)  But what to do in the meantime?  Well, you gotta do what you gotta do.  The good news is that you may be able to get some help with your repair bills.

Will the County pay for my septic repairs?

Maybe… here’s a reimbursement schedule from the county website:

You can find the complete document here: Property Owner’s Guide  (scroll down to Credit for Septic system Repair)

Sewer installation… when is SOON?

I have not gotten any updates since the December 20, 2016 post.  Here’s an excerpt from that article:

Go to the PCSSRP Monthly Status Report and scroll down to Area N3. Under “Next Major Milestones” we’re told that construction will likely begin in March 2017.  We know that the construction contract bids are currently being reviewed, so this is probably an accurate forecast.

We’re fast approaching the end of March, so the construction start forecast is probably no longer accurate.  As soon as I get an update I’ll post it here.


Red Bug Slough Air Potato Roundup

November 1, 2016

Saturday Nov 5th

Plan to come out this Saturday and join the roundup… the last event was in February (scroll down and read the Feb 28 post) and was loads of fun!



Registration Information

Here’s the link to the registration page or contact Darcy Young (Public Outreach Manager for the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program)  (941) 955-8085 |

September 2016 Project Update

September 28, 2016

PCSSRP Status Report (link)

The above link will take you to the County’s August 31, 2016 Status Report.


  • plans and specifications are 100% complete.
  • bid documents will be submitted in September and advertised in October.
  • construction is expected to begin January 2017 and be completed by end of year.

Jaimol Charles, Project Manager, explained that there was some regulatory issues that took longer than expected to get approval.  The issues are now resolved, but the schedule may be extended by a month or so.

I know there are some neighbors having septic tank and/or drain field problems and hopefully this information will help in making decisions whether to replace or repair.  If you’ll refer to the January 13th post (“Drainfield Problems”) you’ll find ideas and resource links that may be helpful.


February 6, 2016

PCSSRP Status Report (link)

N3 Residents

Property owners within the boundaries of Area N3 will receive an invitation to attend a public meeting/open house scheduled for February 24, 2016. In the “open house” forum, property owners will be able to speak with county staff, one-on-one, about any site specific concerns relative to their individual properties. Opportunities to discuss funding options, septic tank decommissioning and other pertinent topics, with county staff, are available.

The project is anticipated to advertise for construction bids in the Spring of 2016. Construction is slated to begin in the Fall of 2016, reaching Final Completion approximately nine months later, or Summer of 2017. This is a fairly conservative schedule; construction completion could be achieved as much as six months sooner than the Summer of 2017.

D3 Residents

Some residents in D3 have been attending the N3 public meetings to keep abreast of the potential change in technology in providing central sewer service to the various neighborhoods. Any resident is welcome to attend county-sponsored events, however, residents within D3 will be invited to attend a separate public meeting, specifically addressing the needs of D3. Staff anticipates a public meeting for D3 to be held in the Summer/Fall of 2016. Property owners will receive an invitation for this meeting in the Summer of 2016.

Drain Field Problems

January 13, 2016

All of us are anxiously awaiting the installation of our central sewer system.  Those of us that are experiencing septic drain field problems are really anxious to be connected to the new system!  I have been fortunate to not have problems, but I’ve done some research and here’s what I’ve found:

The Indiana Health Dept. says “The main reason for failure of a leach field is plugging caused by a failed septic tank. Particles of non- decomposed septic material escape the septic tank outlet baffle and decrease the permeability of the leach field soil”.

An article from West Virginia University has this under “Short Term Solutions”… If the neighborhood is soon to receive public sewerage, it might be practical to use a short-term technique such as water conservation. This method obviously requires a good deal of homeowner commitment, as it usually takes a 30 percent reduction in water use to allow the drainfield to recover.

The Florida Department of Health has published a guide to Alternative Repair Methods, but it comes with this caveat: “The Department’s acceptance of an alternative repair product or method is not an endorsement or approval with respect to the benefit, effectiveness, or performance of the product or method”.

From The Laundry Alternative: “Some failed systems can be rejuvenated by fracturing the soil. This process utilizes a hollow tube inserted into the soil, then a 300 pound blast of air is injected into the soil creating thousands of tiny fissures. These fissures allow the drainfield to drain, creating an oxygen atmosphere and allow the aerobic bacterial colonies to repopulate. Aerobic bacteria, which require oxygen, typically live in the top 26 inches of the drainfield and process waste much more quickly than anaerobic bacteria. This process can be performed in a matter of hours with no digging or damage to the yard. One company which performs this service is Terralift International”.  Southern Sanitary Systems located at 4561 Ashton Rd is listed as a local provider of this service. You can call them at (941) 925-7867 to see if you are a candidate for their service.

And lastly, there is a provision in the PCSSRP (EXHIBIT “B” – CREDITS) that provides a schedule of pro-rated credits for repair/replacement expenses.  The County folks will be available at the February community meeting, so we can ask questions then.

If anyone finds more information to share, send it to and I’ll post it here.

I will add that I have had good experience with Bob Letterman Plumbing.  Bob and Janie live in SouthGate and can be reached at  For septic tank service I use Miller Bros. Contractors.  Miller Bros. also offers the septic tank-to-cistern conversion for irrigation.


Although listed on the Terralift website as a local provider, I received this information from Southern Sanitary Systems: “we no longer offer the Terralift repair option. In our experience, we have found that it is not as effective as drainfield jetting, which we do offer. Every property is significantly different and estimates are free, so if any of your neighbors would like us to look at their individual issue to see how we can help, they can call the office and we would be more than happy to set one up.”

January 2016 Project Update

January 13, 2016

Representatives of the N-3 neighborhood met January 7 with the Sarasota County Utilities Department for an update on the sewer installation project in our neighborhood.

​​We are happy to report that the design is far enough along that a public meeting has been scheduled at which the plans will be available for review. This meeting will be held the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the South Gate Community Center.

The meeting will be an open house rather than a presentation. ​You will have the opportunity to circulate and get information on various aspects of the project. ​County representatives will be available to discuss individual lot-specific issues. ​Detailed cost and financial information will be available. And Health Department representatives will be on hand to discuss issues related to septic tanks and their decommissioning.

The official notice of the meeting will be sent out this month to all affected residents. A separate notice will go out to residents of Mineola and River Ridge to hear ​about ​future plans for their areas.

We hope to see all of you at the Community Center on Feb. 24.

Best regards,
Peter Gentile, N-3 Neighborhood Committee

November 2015 Project Update

November 30, 2015

PCSSRP  Monthly Status Report Through October 31, 2015:

Area N3 consists of nearly 200 sewer connections.

Next Steps:

 Additional design work outside of the N3 project scope, but affecting the restoration work associated with N3 once the sewer project is complete, was identified by the Utility, which will impact the N3 project schedule by several months. Designing this additional pipeline work now and constructing it with the central sewer for N3, ensures that the community is only impacted one time. Coordinating this work together minimizes the number of times the neighborhood is disrupted and ensures the Utility has a properly functioning and maintained wastewater collection system.

 60% percent design plans for a hybrid-gravity central sewer system are due from the consultant at the end of October 2015. Easement needs/locations have been identified and are in progress.

Public Outreach:

 As the additional work referenced above is further defined and scoped, an updated schedule will be provided via this report as well as to the N3 community in its entirety. Staff will also work with leaders of the N3 community to have it posted on their website.

 It is anticipated that property owners within the boundaries of Area N3 will receive an invitation to attend a public meeting/open house in the Winter of 2015, where they will be able to speak with county staff about any site specific concerns. Opportunities to discuss funding options, septic tank decommissioning and other pertinent topics related to the program will be available at this meeting as well.

 The project is anticipated to advertise for construction bids in the Spring of 2016. Construction would be slated to begin in the Fall of 2016, reaching Final Completion approximately nine months later, or Summer of 2017. This is a fairly conservative schedule; construction completion could be achieved as much as six months sooner than the Summer of 2017. However, until revised plans are received and some of the major public outreach meetings have taken place, the county will use the more conservative schedule. As these and other associated activities are completed, the schedule will become better defined and more specific and frequent updates will be provided to the N3 community.

Note: The Winter 2015 public meeting has been pushed out to January 2016. We will post details when they become available.