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City to Bring Sewer Service to Idlewild Neighborhood in Clearwater; Open House is Scheduled

6/5/2013 2:19:52 PM

Contact: Public Utilities

For Immediate Release

June 4, 2013

City to Bring Sewer Service to Idlewild Neighborhood in Clearwater

Clearwater, Fla. - The City of Clearwater is bringing sanitary sewer service to the Idlewild neighborhood. The project will allow 452 homes to connect to the cityís sanitary sewer system and abandon existing septic systems in the area, in accordance with Pinellas County Health Departmentís health standards. Project boundaries include Sunset Point Road to the south, Douglas Avenue to the west, Union Street to the north, and Kings Highway to the east. Construction will begin in June 2013 and continue to 2015.

An Open House is planned for Tuesday, June 11, 4 to 6 p.m., Clearwater Shuffleboard Club & Lawn Bowls Complex (1020 Calumet St.) to answer questions and provide additional project details before construction starts. Members of the cityís Public Utilities, Engineering, and Planning & Development departments will be on-hand to talk about project plans, costs, construction schedules, environmental impacts, annexation into city limits, and benefits. The first public meeting for this project was held Aug. 7, 2012.

Residents who connect to the system will be required to pay an impact fee of $900 per dwelling unit. Other costs will depend on how long into construction they plan to connect to the system. Financial hardship assistance will be available for those who qualify.

Stormwater utility work is also included in this project to improve drainage systems along Bermuda Street, Oakdale Way, Idlewild Drive, and Woodlawn Terrace between Oakdale Way and Douglas Avenue; and, to expand the conveyance system between Woodlawn Terrace pond and Spring Branch. To learn more, call Clearwater Public Utilities at (727) 562-4960.