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Wanted: Neighborhood Input for Landscaping

April 18, 2018
 
There are two main lift stations that will serve our neighborhood sewer system.  Lift Station 1 is on the north side of Tanglewood at Tuttle Ave.  Lift Station 2 is on the east side of Tanglewood north of Bermuda Creek.  Both sites are currently under construction.
 
John Saputo, our Construction Project Manager, has extended an invitation to interested residents to participate in the landscape planning at these locations.  This is an excellent opportunity for us to influence a project that will be a part of our neighborhood for years to come.

Site Plans

 

Anyone interested in participating in the landscape design for these sites please contact John Saputo:

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Hazardous Waste Collection Event

February 12, 2018

Saturday, Feb 17, 2018

There will be a collection point for household hazardous waste for residents of Sarasota County and City of Sarasota (see attached flyer for further details).

 

N3 Sewers: Project Update 12.7.2017

December 7, 2017
The construction of our sewer system appears to be progressing smoothly. Tanglewood Dr. north of Fair Oaks is essentially complete and Rose St and Bougainvillea are almost finished, as is North Seclusion Dr.  There is some construction to be done on the south side of Webber St that is included in Phase 2. The plans show Homassassa Rd. to be Phase 3 and work there will begin upon completion of Phase 2.

What’s That Pipe in My Yard?

Some residents have asked “what is that green pipe sticking up in my yard?” Well, that is the connection point where the homeowner’s sewer line hooks up to the utility sewer. The finished installation will be cut off at grade level. Here are some photos:

This is what we’re looking at now…

 

This is a typical clean-out at the connection to the county sewer line.

Anybody Know a Good Plumber?

Although our actual hook-ups are months away, this is probably a good time to start talking to plumbers.  I have contacted several and here (in alphabetical order) are those that have indicated an interest in working in our neighborhood:

One advantage in making early contact with a plumber is to get their advice on the placement of the clean out at your property line.  The contractor (Spectrum Underground) has indicated that they will locate the connection pipe wherever you want it, but once it’s installed it can’t be relocated.  Determining the best location now could save you money down the road!  If you know of other plumbers that are interested, have them contact me and I’ll add their names to the list.

Note: When you speak with the plumbers be sure to tell them OUR SEWERS ARE NOT A VACUUM SYSTEM!
 

List of Certified Plumbers from DBPR

 A listing of state certified plumbers is available at www.myfloridalicense.com: click on “VERIFY A LICENSE”, then “Search by City or County”>Category “Construction Industry”, Type “Certified Plumbing Contractor”>County “Sarasota”> Search.

For Our Do-It-Yourself Neighbors

In a future article I’ll have some tips and guidelines for those ambitious souls that may want to do their own work.

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

 

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 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.)

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.

March 29, 2017 Budget Workshop

March 29, 2017

Message from our Neighborhood Committee Chairman

At today’s Budget Workshop the Sarasota County Commission unanimously approved a staff recommendation to advance the Septic System Replacement plan in Area N3. This vote was necessary because the county’s capital improvement plan is being reshuffled in order to cope with a shortall in surtax revenue, and some projects are being delayed. Today, our project survived.

I am pleased to report that Commissioner Alan Maio reached out to contact me soon after the commission voted and asked me let everyone know he had received our emails. He said he was glad that we did not overwhelm him with email, and more importantly, that none of us were insulting or rude or threatened to kick him out of office if he did not support our project. So to those of you who took the time to contact Commissioner Maio or any of the other commissioners, thank you for representing our neighborhood well.

I would also like to mention that Commissioner Hines responded promptly to the initial email I sent on behalf of the committee Monday evening, and it was he who introduced the motion today that kept our program in the capital improvement plan.

We owe thanks to all of the commissioners, and specifically to Mr. Hines and Mr. Maio, for voting to keep our sewer project going.

Thanks to those neighbors who took the time to email the commissioners, and thanks for being respectful.

Only one step remains: The county commission will be presented a construction contract for its approval, as soon as April. Then, at long last, we should see digging in the streets. I am sure there will be a lot of information in the coming months.

Best regards,
Peter Gentile
Chairman
N-3 Neighborhood Committee

 

 

worth noting

Charles Hines is the only sitting commissioner that was involved in the months of discussion concerning our project.  He met with us several times during the process and  has been very supportive of our efforts throughout.  Comm. Alan Maio is one of the “new guys”, but seems genuinely interested in connecting with us in the neighborhood.  He is the Commissioner for District 4 (our district).