City Council approves nearly $5 million for projects

— Marco Island City Council appropriated nearly $5 million for public works at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday.

Two major projects received council’s approval: North Collier Blvd. Phase 3 drainage at $987,479 and Phase 4 improvements to Marco Island’s reclaimed water facility at $3.92 million.

Drainage improvements to North Collier Blvd. have been ongoing to alleviate standing storm water. Since the road is also an evacuation route to the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge, continued mitigation could be critical in the event of a hurricane.

The city’s fiscal year 2011 budget sets aside funds to pay for a portion of drainage construction, and a grant of $300,000 awarded to the city by the South Florida Water Management District will cover most of the rest.

During last year’s budget review process, paying for inspection services and internal staff for the project was overlooked. Those costs are estimated at $42,000. In addition, the bid came in higher than expected creating an additional budget shortfall of $56,000.

Council reconsidered the project with the understanding that the District grant was “time sensitive” requiring the work be done in council’s fiscal year.

“If people’s cars get stuck there because of high water, how can they possibly evacuate the island?” Vice Chairman Jerry Gibson asked.

Before approving the expenditure, council moved to cover the shortage by transferring funds from the Bridge Replacement Program to the North Collier Blvd. drainage project.

The contract was awarded to Quality Enterprises, Inc.

Phase 4 of a 5-phase water reclamation improvement plan will convert a 500,000-gallon portable water storage tank for use as an equalization tank for storing incoming waste water. Three new pumps will replace 20-year-old equipment that cannot match higher plant flow capacities, and outflow lines will be modified to handle flow at 100-percent capacity.

Structural costs include a backup generator building, instrumentation and maintenance shop and an equipment storage shed.

The work falls under the utilities capital improvement program for the city’s fiscal year 2011. Grants were received for the project totaling $700,000.

Council unanimously approved the nearly $4 million improvement, and awarded the contract to the lowest bidder, Beach Construction Company, Inc.

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marco826 writes:

“If people’s cars get stuck there because of high water, how can they possibly evacuate the island?” Vice Chairman Jerry Gibson asked.
Maybe we should buy Some Snow Plows in case we get a cold winter too...We live in a world where politicians dream up expenditures so they can put their personal stamp on issues for their own gratification. Lets save the world, take up everyones causes. Is it any wonder we have become a soft society. Weak and mindless.

JohninMarco writes:

When Mr Gibson pays HIS taxes then he should vote to spend city monies.

RayPray writes:

in response to marco826:

“If people’s cars get stuck there because of high water, how can they possibly evacuate the island?” Vice Chairman Jerry Gibson asked.
Maybe we should buy Some Snow Plows in case we get a cold winter too...We live in a world where politicians dream up expenditures so they can put their personal stamp on issues for their own gratification. Lets save the world, take up everyones causes. Is it any wonder we have become a soft society. Weak and mindless.

"Lets save the world, take up everyones causes."

>>> We are spending $billions with the bootless crusades in Iraq and Afghanistan, for example.

"Is it any wonder we have become a soft society. Weak and mindless."

>>> If you look at the troops & marines we deploy in these foolish foreign adventures, we may have grown 'mindless' but not soft and weak.

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