|Posted by Anne Siren on February 10, 2013 at 4:50 PM|
By Michael d’Oliveira
Hillsboro Beach – This town could buy drinking water from one of its bigger neighbors but Mayor Dan Dodge said it’s important for residents to control their own source.
“We can better judge and control future pricing . . . instead of being part of big brother. We have control of our own service,” said Dodge. “We know what our demands are. Financially, it’s the wiser choice.”
To keep Hillsboro from having to rely on another municipality, commissioners approved spending $5 million in 2011 to replace a significant portion of the old water plant buildings and facilities.
Officials are unable to provide an exact date of when the new plant will go online but estimate it will happen sometime in the next few weeks. To celebrate, commissioners will hold a ribbon cutting at the plant, 925 E. Sample Rd., Pompano Beach, Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 9 a.m.
Dodge said the current plant, built in the 50s and refurbished in 1970, had reached the end of its usefulness and many components needed to be replaced. The town added new filters, new operations building, new chemical feed facility and a new spiractor, which softens water before it’s pumped to homes and businesses.
The old filters, chemical feed facility and spiractor were demolished. The town kept the ground storage tank, pump station building and the elevated storage tank. The plant extracts the town’s water from wells that are supplied from the Biscayne Aquifer.
Commissioners unhappy with Choice
Hillsboro Beach – Commissioners here are fed-up with hearing residents complain about Choice Environmental, the company hired by the town to haul away trash and recycling, and voted Tuesday to officially put the firm on notice.
Trucks leaking oil on pavers, improper weighing procedures and trucks blocking rights of way were among the complaints by residents and the city. One condo even stopped recycling service because the truck caused too many problems. “Instead of 16 [complaints last month] I would like to see three. You’re always going to have some,” said Commissioner Richard Maggiore.
Commissioners said they’ve told Choice about the problems before but nothing significant has been done to solve them. “In some respects they’re getting worse,” said Mayor Dan Dodge to Carlos Verney, government affairs representative for Choice.
“It looks like now it needs to be escalated to our senior management,” said Verney.
“We’re not looking for conversation. We’re looking for a correction,” responded Dodge. “Otherwise, you’re going to force upon us some decisions.”
One possible decision could be the termination of the contract with Choice.
Town Attorney DJ Doody said once the town gives Choice written notice the company has 15 days to correct the problems. If it fails to meet the deadline the commission can vote to terminate and start negotiations with other companies. In the midst of a two-year contract with Choice, the town can set the termination date and give itself enough time to find a new vendor.