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                                                                                                       Sarasota, FL 34236
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CITY UNVEILS WEBSITE FOR U.S. 41 AC WATER MAIN REPLACEMENT PROJECT

 

 

For Immediate Release:  March 22, 2017
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

 Sarasota, FL:  A new website providing information about a significant upcoming project in the Alta Vista and Arlington Park neighborhoods is now available.  The website can be found at:  www.US41WaterMainSRQ.com

During the U.S. 41 AC Water Main Replacement project, over 3.5 miles (20,000 linear feet) of aging utility water mains along U.S. 41 and nearby side streets will be replaced with larger pipes.

Currently, to replace failing water mains traffic lanes must be temporarily closed, often causing traffic disruptions. City staff also must receive Florida Department of Transportation approval for some of the replacement work along U.S. 41, since it is a state road.

Most of the new water mains will be located along less travelled City-owned streets parallel to U.S. 41, improving the reliability of the City’s water delivery system while enhancing access to those pipes when necessary.

The construction work will be split into seven phases, which currently are being determined. By working in phases, the impact on the surrounding neighborhoods will be minimized while maintaining an aggressive construction schedule.

Construction is expected to begin in May. Residents are encouraged to check the new website for regular updates and answers to frequently asked questions.

“The City has a continuing program of replacing old and failing infrastructure and these pipe lines are in need of an upgrade,” said Bill Swick, City of Sarasota Project Manager.  “We understand there will be a level of inconvenience and we’ll do our best to minimize the impact. We’re reaching out to residents now so the community is aware of this pending project.”

To minimize motorists’ inconvenience, the City is taking extra measures to confine the construction activities to localized areas, to phase construction, and use the least disruptive construction techniques as much as possible.

The dedicated website, www.US41WaterMainSRQ.com provides an overview of the proposed project, construction schedule and frequently asked questions.  A link to the website is posted on the City of Sarasota website www.SarasotaGov.com and can be found by clicking the construction hard hat on the homepage.

 

For more information, contact William Swick, who is overseeing the management of this project: 941-365-2200 ext. 6310.

 

 

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About the City of Sarasota: Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 53,000 year round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles. Learn more about us at www.SarasotaGov.com

 

 

OFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS AVAILABLE

 

 

For Immediate Release: March 16, 2017
Contact: Pamela M. Nadalini, MBA, BBA, CMC, City Auditor and Clerk/Chief Audit Executive
941-954-4160, pamela.nadalini@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota – Based on official results for the City Commission At-Large election held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 and certified by the Supervisor of Elections, three candidates will advance to a runoff for the two At-Large City Commission seats: Jen Ahearn-Koch, Hagen Brody and Martin Hyde.  The runoff will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

The official election numbers are listed below and are posted on the Supervisor of Elections website at www.sarasotavotes.com.   The total number of ballots cast was 7,194.   Each ballot could have a maximum of two votes; therefore the relevant percentage is the percentage of voters (not votes) who cast one of their two available votes for each of the candidates.  If more than 50% of the voters cast one of their two votes for a particular candidate, then that candidate would be elected.  If no candidate receives the support of a majority of voters, then the top three candidates proceed to the runoff.

Candidate Votes Percentage of voters who cast 1 of 2 votes for this candidate
Jen Ahearn-Koch 2,719 37.80 %
Fredd “Glossie” Atkins 1,760 24.46 %
Hagen Brody 2,515 34.96 %
Susan Chapman 1,822 25.33 %
Patrick Gannon 1,486 20.66 %
Martin Hyde 1,877 26.09 %
Mikael Sandstrom 357 4.96 %
Matt Sperling 302 4.20 %

Early voting for the runoff will be held Monday, May 1 through Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will take place at the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Office, 2001 Adams Lane. For more information on early voting call the Supervisor of Elections Office at 941-861-8600 or visit www.sarasotavotes.com.

The At-Large Commissioners will be sworn into office at noon on Friday, May 12, 2017 at City Hall, 1565 First Street

For more information please contact City Auditor & Clerk Pamela Nadalini:  941-954-4160.

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FIRST LIFT STATION 87 MICROTUNNEL COMPLETED

 

 

For Immediate Release: March 16, 2017
Contact: Michelle Klase Robinson, Community Outreach: 727-580-9013
mrobinson@dialogue-pr.com

The microtunnel boring machine emerging into the receiving shaft.

Sarasota, FL:  The first Lift Station 87 microtunnel, which crossed under Hudson Bayou and Osprey Avenue, has been successfully completed. Tuesday night, the microtunnel boring machine arrived at the receiving shaft on the corner of Osprey and Mound.

“Data collection, accurate engineering and a sound construction plan all contributed to the success of this microtunnel,” said Sarasota Utility Director Mitt Tidwell. “With this significant hurdle passed, we will continue working to keep our aggressive schedule and retire Lift Station 7 by the end of 2020.”

Microtunneling is a specialized trenchless construction technique for installing pipelines under waterways, wetlands and roadways.

For the first microtunnel segment, crews are removing the microtunnel boring machine from the receiving shaft and will then place the 36-inch wastewater main inside the steel casing installed by the microtunnel machine. Once the wastewater main is installed, crews will pressure test the pipe, place manholes and restore the area. That work should be completed this summer, and then the Osprey Bridge will re-open.

The second microtunnel segment is scheduled to begin in April. It will start at the launching shaft at the Lift Station 87 site and will be guided westward under Luke Wood Park to the receiving shaft at Osprey and Mound.

In order to meet project deadlines, the contractor will be working from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Work on Lift Station 87 is scheduled to begin in July. Lift Station 87 will replace Lift Station 7, located at 935 Pomelo Avenue. Once the entire project is completed, wastewater flow will be redirected from Lift Station 7 to Lift Station 87.

For more information about the Lift Station 87 project, go to http://liftstation87.com/or call our project information line at 941-356-8071. Interested parties can also subscribe to email updates at www.egovlink.com/sarasota/subscriptions/subscribe.asp.

Also, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram — search “City of Sarasota”.

Media requests should be directed to Michelle Klase Robinson, Dialogue Public Relations: 727-580-9013 or mailto:MRobinson@Dialogue-PR.com

 

 

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About the City of Sarasota: Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 53,000 year round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles. Learn more about us at www.SarasotaGov.com

 

NEW PLANNING DIRECTOR APPOINTED

 

 

For Immediate Release: March 16, 2017
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov


Sarasota, FL: Steven Cover will join the City of Sarasota as the new Planning Director on Wednesday, April 12. Mr. Cover’s appointment follows an extensive hiring process involving a national search and community input.

Steven Cover will be the City of Sarasota’s Planning Director starting April 12, 2017.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Steven Cover to Sarasota,” said City Manager Tom Barwin. “Steve has extensive and highly successful experience in two of America’s great communities: Arlington, Virginia and Madison, Wisconsin. Steve’s experience and passion for walkable communities, cutting edge bicycle and transportation planning, appreciation for great architecture, innovative zoning codes, and commitment to affordable housing collaborations will serve our community well. He will play a key role in helping our community shape our future quality of life.”

A seasoned urban planning and community development professional, Mr. Cover is relocating to Sarasota from Arlington County, Virginia where he is the Director of Community Planning, Housing and Development. During his distinguished career, he has served in senior leadership planning positions in Atlanta and Madison, Wisconsin with a strategic focus on long range comprehensive planning, zoning code development, economic development and transportation. In Madison, he developed the city’s first Transportation Master Plan, which emphasized multi-modal alternatives. His vast experience extends into envisioning and implementing housing initiatives and CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) programs. A former principal at an urban planning firm, Mr. Cover uniquely understands the inner workings of both the private and public sectors and the benefits of collaboration and building relationships between the two. In Atlanta, his private sector team secured top honors in an international architecture competition to design the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

“I am thrilled and honored to be given the opportunity of becoming the Planning Director for the City of Sarasota, Florida,” said Mr. Cover. “It is a city rich in history, culture, unique architecture and insightful planning; and I am particularly impressed with the passion and positive energy the City’s leadership, staff, business leaders and citizens have for this great city. Sarasota is the place to be, and I will do everything I can to continue to make it one of the most desirable places in the country to live and work. My family and I look forward to becoming a part of this very special community.”

With the customer service philosophy, “We’re here to make a difference and make things happen. Say ‘Yes’ if you can; ‘No’, only if you must”, Mr. Cover’s vision, philosophy and work ethic will blend well with the Sarasota community and the City’s pursuit to make Sarasota the best city it can be.

Mr. Cover earned a Bachelor of Science in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also holds a Master of Planning and a Master of Architecture from Georgia Tech.

For more information contact Stacie Mason, Human Resources Director: 941-365-2200 ext. 3744.

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About the City of Sarasota: Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 53,000 year round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles. Learn more about us at www.SarasotaGov.com

UNOFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS AVAILABLE

 

 

For Immediate Release: March 14, 2017
Contact: Pamela M. Nadalini, MBA, BBA, CMC, City Auditor and Clerk/Chief Audit Executive 941-                 954-4160, pamela.nadalini@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota – Based on unofficial results for the City Commission At-Large election, three candidates will advance to a runoff for the two At-Large City Commission seats: Jen Ahearn-Koch, Hagen Brody and Martin Hyde.  Provisional ballots will be counted this Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the Supervisor of Elections office, 2001 Adams Lane.  The runoff will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

The unofficial election numbers are listed below and are posted on the Supervisor of Elections website at www.sarasotavotes.com.   The total number of ballots cast was 7,186.   Each ballot could have a maximum of two votes; therefore the relevant percentage is the percentage of voters (not votes) who cast one of their two available votes for each of the candidates.  If more than 50% of the voters cast one of their two votes for a particular candidate, then that candidate would be elected.

Candidate Votes Percentage of voters who cast 1 of 2 votes for this candidate
Jen Ahearn-Koch 2,716 37.79 %
Fredd “Glossie” Atkins 1,757 24.45 %
Hagen Brody 2,511 34.94 %
Susan Chapman 1,821 25.34 %
Patrick Gannon 1,485 20.66 %
Martin Hyde 1,875 26.09 %
Mikael Sandstrom 357 4.96 %
Matt Sperling 301 4.18 %

Early voting for the runoff will be held Monday, May 1 through Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will take place at the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Office, 2001 Adams Lane. For more information on early voting call the Supervisor of Elections Office at 941-861-8600 or visit www.sarasotavotes.com.

For more information please contact City Auditor & Clerk Pamela Nadalini:  941-954-4160.

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