Hill Avenue DrainageWS-14: Improve stormwater management practices
Residents and businesses have been waiting for at least 25 years for a project to reduce flooding in this vulnerable neighborhood. The Council members and the Mayor have finally been able to complete the project with a budget of $1,250,000.Lee Leffingwell, Town Manager
Due to flooding, the Town of Mangonia Park decided to improve its stormwater infrastructure. We received a $500,000 grant to do the engineering and design and we had a phased approach for construction. The money for Phase I was awarded by the Department of Environmental Protection. The project began in October 2013. All the residents and businesses were on board with this and we had several public meetings to answer questions and discuss issues, such as traffic re-routing, signage, and speed hump replacement. We were very transparent throughout the process and shared all of our information with the community. We had a wonderful contractor named D.S. Eakins and we piggybacked on a Palm Beach County contract, which allowed us to use all of our money for construction, thereby saving money.
While Phase I was going forward, we sent in another application for Phase II that concerned drainage. That did not come through. In the meantime, to keep the Project going forward, the Town had to approve $400,000 from our general fund. We also applied for a revolving loan, which was approved for $1,200,000. This helped us continue Phase II, and eventually helped us with Phase III, the final phase. The whole project is now completed and was finalized as of May 2015.
We expected the entire project to take at least 2 years. It was completed in that amount of time and on budget.
Initially the project was funded by a grant. Then we had to dip into our general fund until we secured a revolving loan
This project was directed at the area of our town with the lowest elevation, which is both a residential neighborhood and a business area. During tropical storms, hurricanes, or just rain events, the area was always flooded. Thanks to our drainage improvements, now it is not. This project also meets stormwater regulations, NPDES standards, and FEMA Guidelines, which ensure a dry and safe environment for our residents and businesses.