Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2013 10:36:50 -0500
Subject: Fwd: this came to me from an anonymous resident
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Sent: 12/15/2013 10:20:32 A.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: this came to me from an anonymous resident
Banks, I was sent this letter from a Big Pine resident who wants to remain anonymous. I was asked if I would forward it to you.Banks:Because of my job and approaching retirement, I want to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal. I was hoping you can forward my sentiments below (without my e-mail address attached) to the entire mailing list, including all 5 commissioners and the news media.The tremendous work by Walter Drabinski and his newtoncoaltion.com site alerted residents to the terribly misguided FKKA plans for Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Project. As we now know, the information provided on that website was so damning that major changes were made to the CRWP for several neighborhoods, resulting in abolishment of grinder pumps. Unfortunately, that was not the case for all neighborhoods.The attached letter (see Link 1) by concerned citizens in Sarasota, FL — where a Dump the Pumps campaign led enlightened, farsighted Sarasota commissioners to alter plans to install grinder pumps (see Link 2) — sums up many of my concerns about grinder pumps in my neighborhood. Their letter addressed 9 points of concern (clearly there are additional issues), including the following — the bold text is part of the original letter:“4. We are advised by realtors that having a grinder pump system, which is different than the “norm”, would necessitate a disclosure to any prospective buyer of the property. Only negative features require disclosure statements. If a buyer were to read up on grinder pumps why would they opt to buy a home with a serious problem waiting to happen?”I’m over 60 years old (still working) and been a Big Pine resident for nearly 30 years. I’ve been barely making it financially due to increased costs of flood and wind insurance. Recently, my house, like all ground-level houses built before 1975, has already been greatly devalued because of astronomical insurance increases for any new buyer. Now it will be further devalued and even harder to sell because of a grinder pump. I learned yesterday from an electrician that my circuit breaker box is already maxed out — no room for anything, much less a 220 W grinder pump connection. He noted the hookup will not be cheap.A commissioner with empathy would recognize that besides all the clear negatives of grinder pumps, that there are long-time residents who are getting hammered financially because they live in a ground level home built prior to 1975. If these devices from Hades (grinder pumps) are forced upon residents, at the very least, any fees or expenses associated with them should be waived entirely, especially for senior citizens with mortgages living in devalued ground level houses built before 1975.Those of us slated for grinder pumps are victims through no fault of our own. Our lives are being turned upside down with worry over a blatantly flawed sewering plan and yet we are given flippant, disingenuous answers that dodge the immutable information presented in newtoncoaltion.com. Any citizen deserves better. I respect our commissioners — especially Commissioner Kohlage — and hope they will give the matter the attention it deserves.Link 1: Letter by concerned Sarasota residents to commissioners:Link 2: Sarasota commissioners alter plans for installation of grinder pumps:
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Subject: RE: this came to me from an anonymous resident
Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2013 22:12:42 -0500
This part of the senior citizen’s plea especially bothers me:
County Commissioners Vote to “Dump the Pumps”!
A letter from our N3 Committee Chairman:
At the regular Sarasota County Commission meeting of Dec. 11, the commissioners unanimously voted to direct the county staff to begin designing a “hybrid gravity sewer system” for our N-3 Area.
This vote means that the grinder pump proposal is dead. You may now feel free to take down your “Dump the Pumps” sign (if you still have one).
Wednesday’s vote was the culmination of more than a year of work by your neighborhood committee to get the county to reconsider its original plan to install grinder pumps at each of our homes. In the end, we are getting a system that is not only superior to the grinder pumps, but may well be better even than the vacuum system that originally seemed like the preferable alternative.
By going back to the drawing board, the county utilities staff and consulting engineers determined that the “hybrid gravity system” would answer many of our complaints about the grinder pumps and be cost-effective in our neighborhood. As we have outlined previously, under this proposal there will be 6 to 10 mini lift stations in manholes in the public right-of-way throughout the neighborhood.
The adoption of this proposal was a case study in citizen involvement and government responsiveness. The committee diligently gathered information and mobilized the neighborhood; the commissioners welcomed us and listened to our concerns; and finally the county staff went the extra mile to come up with a much improved plan.
The committee wishes to thank the county commissioners and the utilities staff for heeding our objections and taking the time to develop an alternative proposal. And you, our neighbors, deserve thanks for following this issue, placing signs in your yards, attending the public meetings at the community center, and most importantly, attending the County Commission meeting in February carrying signs.
The county utilities staff deserves particular praise for subjecting themselves to repeated grillings by the N-3 Committee, never losing their cool, and then coming up with an innovative plan that exceeded our expectations. We are fortunate in Sarasota County to have such dedicated and professional civil servants. We look forward to working with them through the planning and construction phases.
Stay tuned for more information. As the project proceeds, you will continue to receive email from the committee and from the Sarasota N3 Sewers website.
Peter Gentile, Chairman
N3 Neighborhood Committee