The Town of Oakland Public Works Department has been extremely busy working on major projects. Project updates are listed below.
Sanitary Sewer Updates
Phase 1A, which includes the sanitary sewer lift station #1 out on Old SR 50, and a forcemain to Clermont, has been in service more than two years. It is quietly “doing its thing” and pumping approximately 14,000 gallons of wastewater to the Clermont Treatment Works every day. This is the workhorse of our system and it is capable of pumping 750,000 gallons per day, or more, once that volume is reached. It will likely be many years before that level of service is reached.
Phase 1B, which has been in service for nearly two years, connects the Oakland Trails neighborhood to our system. There are now approximately 200 new residential homes in Oakland Trails, with slightly more than 100 still to be constructed. Sanitary sewer lift station #2 is located within the neighborhood and has the capacity serve additional areas to the north, should the need arise.
Phase 1C, is the main line that runs along the north side SR 50 and down to the intersection of Remington Road. The construction work was completed only a few months ago, and the Town’s largest employer, ABC Companies, has already connected half of the buildings within their complex. The new RaceTrac gas and convenience store will soon connect to this segment of the system and will provide the facilities necessary for others to connect on the south side of the SR 50 and Remington Road intersection.
Phase 1D, the forcemain section that stretches from the Remington Road area, eastwardly under the Turnpike, to a terminus point within the development currently known as “Longleaf at Oakland”. This pipeline will allow for future phases of the sewer system to be constructed in all areas east of the Turnpike/SR 50 interchange. The construction of this segment has been made possible by a Public/Private Partnership recently approved by the Town Commission. The sewer improvements associated with the Pulte Homes project (Longleaf), are fully constructed and certified for use. The Town’s sanitary sewer lift station #4 is on the eastern edge of the development and will eventually serve the entire 57-acre development. Other than some minor “upsizing” of some of the pipe network to accommodate future improvements, the entire cost was borne by the development.
The MI Homes development on Hull Island Road is now in full construction mode. The sewer system associated with the project is partially constructed and should be ready for service well before the first home has been constructed. The Town’s sanitary sewer lift station #3 is currently under construction and will immediately be put into use servicing the 100 homes currently approved. The facilities will also serve future development in the area and will allow for septic to sewer conversions along Hull Island Road and Simeon Road in the future.
The sewer line that will eventually serve the Oakland Nature Preserve is currently under construction and will be ready for service in the near future. Due to the tremendous increase in the number of visitors and educational groups visiting the Town’s largest park in recent years, the ONP is planning for additional restrooms that are greatly needed.
Sewer system extensions currently in design include a forcemain to connect the Tubb Street area with the existing improvements at the Longleaf development; and a gravity sewer network along West Oakland Avenue near Countyline Court. We anticipate construction on these extensions to begin in May of this year.
Last, but not least, the Town is actively working with other State and Local officials in bringing home more grant funding to assist us with the Sewer Initiative. It should be noted that because of these efforts, the Town has been the recipient of $2,350,000.00 in just the past few years from the State Legislature. The State recognizes the effort and passion the community has put forth and has continued to fund us when some of our neighboring communities received nothing. When it is “all said and done” the economic and environmental benefits the centralized sewer is bringing, will be evident.
Water System Maintenance
Public Works and Utilities staff have completed the process of flushing and flow testing all 153 of the Town’s fire hydrants. All the newly installed hydrants in the Oakland Trails and Longleaf developments were a part of this exercise. This activity is a requirement of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and is performed on an annual basis. The purpose is to remove any accumulated sediments from the water mains and to identify any fire hydrants that may need repair or maintenance. On the days that areas were tested, signage was posted along the streets as a reminder. It should be noted that 95% of those tested produced more than 1000 gallons per minute. A huge increase from the test performed prior to the 2014 water system improvements project.
Arts and Heritage Center
Now that we have finally “turned some dirt”, the project will begin to move much faster. As the building begins to take shape, other associated improvements coordinated by the Public Works Department will begin to take place. These include installation of the new electric and water services, as well as the necessary septic system. It should be noted that the septic system has been designed in such a fashion that it can be easily converted to centralized sewer, once the system is extended to the Town Center area. Other items such as the need for site lighting, landscaping and hardscape are currently being assessed and will take place later.
The traditional Spring Cleanup underwent some changes last year. No longer does the Town place open top dumpsters at the traditional locations as we have done in the past. This worked when the Town’s population and jurisdictional boundary was much smaller but is not the best way to do it anymore. As we did last year, the Town’s contracted trash hauler will perform a special curb-side pick up on Saturday May 11, and then again on Saturday May 18, for our residential customers. Be sure to get it out to the curb before 8:00 am., or you might get missed. This is a great way to rid yourself of all the unwanted junk and old household items that seem to accumulate over time.
DO NOT place hazardous chemicals, old paint, electronic items, batteries, or anything else that might be hazardous out for pickup. The Town does not provide for pickup or disposal of hazardous materials. Please refer to the Orange County website for identification and proper disposal of items such as these.