- Published: Monday, 29 October 2018 20:34
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Communications Manager Bill Logan
St. Petersburg, Fla. (October 4, 2018)
Infrastructure improvement work on the City’s Lift Station No. 11 -- located at intersection of Snell Isle Boulevard NE and Barrett Boulevard NE -- is slated to begin within the next few months (right after the holiday season) and should be completed within 8 months.
All work will be performed at the lift station -- which is an integral part of the municipal sanitary sewer system transferring waste to the City’s three Water Reclamation Facilities. The gravity flow sewage is pumped into a sewer force main in the lift station. The force main (under pressure) transports sewage directly to the wastewater treatment plant or through other lift stations to the plant. This station will be rehabilitated with a replacement of pumps, underground piping, valves and electrical controls as they are near the end of their service life.
The proposed plans for this project will be available for review during an informational open house on October 30, 2018, from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at the Sunset Ballroom of the Vinoy Golf Club located at 600 Snell Isle Blvd NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33704. City staff will be available to receive comments and to answer questions.
The City will work with the contractor to maintain service and minimize the potential for traffic disruptions and unnecessary inconveniences during the construction phase of this project. However, due to the location of new and existing underground utilities, it will be necessary to temporarily detour traffic for limited periods of time.
The contractor will be required to maintain access to residences affected by the construction activities. We thank neighbors and drivers in advance for their continued cooperation and assistance during the construction of this important project.
Please mark your calendars for this important meeting.
Snell Isle had 15 calls for service over the past week. There was 1 vehicle burglary to a workers truck who left it unlocked with his wallet inside. There were 2 grand thefts, 1 where the suspect is a room mate. The second had jewelry stolen and suspects the house cleaning company she hired. There were no other reported crimes.
We will post this weekly SPPD Update information as part of your Snell Isle Alerts. Please remember to lock it or lose it. If you see something, say something AND CALL the St. Pete Police Non-Emergency number 727-893-7780 immediately. Thank you for helping to keep Snell Isle a very safe community.
Officer Donald J. Herring, SPPD
On Monday, one of our residents saw a fairly large alligator just off her dock, near the end of Coffee Pot Bayou (in the 1300 block of Monterey Blvd). The homeowner thought the gator was tracking a manatee. A call was made to Fish & Wildlife.
Please be alert and aware especially if you canoe or kayak in the waters around Snell Isle. Please remember to keep small children and pets AWAY from the water’s edge!
Stay safe and please watch out for one another. If you sight an alligator, please call Fish and Wildlife at 866-392-4286 to report time and location of sighting. DO NOT APPROACH THE GATOR – just make the call and then let your neighbors know too.
Message from Mayor Rick Kriseman:
You already know that during recent rain events, St. Petersburg was forced to discharge wastewater into Tampa Bay. We’ve also had spills, including most recently at our Northwest plant. Like you, I don’t think these discharges or spills are acceptable.
Working with Public Works Administrator Claude Tankersley, I have come up with an aggressive, bold plan to address this issue, and mitigate further discharges and spills into Tampa Bay.
Our goals are to:
With respect to climate change, we can anticipate more extreme events like Hurricane Hermine. We also know that sea level rise will have an impact on our underground pipes as well as our three existing treatment plants. Our Public Works team will put a contingency plan in place to address those critical issues.
None of this can be done overnight, and it will be expensive. But, I have heard from many of you, and agree when you say, “do whatever it takes.”
My plan calls for an estimated investment of $304 million on projects through 2021. Some of this money has already been budgeted. But we will need an additional $142 million to get the job done. Our short-term projects will take about two years. We should be completed with this plan in five years. Fortunately, a healthy economy makes this important investment feasible, without any immediate need to reprioritize other unrelated city advances.
However, it is important to note, between now and then, if we get another extreme rain event like Hurricane Hermine, we can likely expect more discharging into the bay. But if we invest in this plan, we will have a vastly improved sewer system in place by 2021. This is the most efficient, effective path toward a sustainable solution to our city’s sewer issues.
View the detailed plan at www.stpete.org/publicworksinfo
The Blue Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit will offer over 90 films from 24 countries November 10-13, 2016 in venues throughout the City of St. Petersburg, Florida. Visitors will enjoy events and screenings from the Mahaffey Theatre to the Palladium attracting filmmakers, photographers, scientists and celebrities from around the globe. Fun for all ages, topics range from educational about the dangers of plastics to sports oriented/entertainment featuring kite boarding. The winning "BEST OF THE FESTIVAL" film will be offered for free in North Straub Park on Sunday, Nov. 13th at 7 pm.
The special screening of Leonardo DiCaprio's new documentary "BEFORE THE FLOOD" is the festival's opening night film and will be followed by an After-Party taking place on Thursday, Nov. 10th at the Mahaffey Theater. St. Peterburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will be the guest speaker to welcome the international attendees at 7:30 pm.
Founded in 2009, BLUE alternates each year between Monaco and St. Petersburg, sparkling with ocean all-stars who spark change. BLUE is a fun-filled gathering of ocean-related films, breath-taking photography, inspiring keynotes, captivating art, thought-provoking panels, and more. A unique convergence of arts, science and entertainment, BLUE attracts global icons and a diverse public audience who get the once in a lifetime opportunity to meet some of the world's most distinguished underwater filmmakers, photographers, scientists and conservation leaders.
The mission of BLUE is to use the power of film and visual media to raise awareness and inspire ocean stewardship around the globe.For
Final preparation for paving of Brightwaters Blvd up to the north side of the intersection with Raphael is being completed October 31 and November 1. Paving of all work areas up to the north side of the intersection should occur November 2, 3, or 4, taking 2 days. A new striping plan will be implemented in the intersection of Paloma, Raphael, and Brightwaters to improve traffic safety and slow traffic thru the intersection. This revised layout will be tested for the next month as construction progresses; if it works as desired, it will be formalized at the end of this project.
Once the paving of the intersection and revised marking are satisfactorily in place, the contractor will begin constructing work at the intersection of Snell Isle Blvd and Raphael. This will require crossing Snell Isle Blvd with 3 separate drainage pipe installations. Each crossing will take 2-3 days. During these crossings, Snell Isle Blvd will be closed to thru traffic at Raphael from 9 AM to 4 PM. Snell Isle Blvd will be open to 2 way traffic each evening, early morning, and on weekends. During the 3 closure periods, traffic will be detoured from Snell Isle Blvd down Paloma and Brightwaters to the street east of Raphael. Variable message boards will be posted to state the days of the closures in advance. The first closure will be around November 9. During the remainder of the work on Snell Isle Blvd the intent is to use flagmen and keep at least one lane open at all times to be used for 2 way traffic. The work in Snell Isle Blvd should take about 5 weeks.
The restoration of Raphael between Snell Isle Blvd and Brightwaters will also begin this week as the above activities occur.