Sarasota News Leader

03/14/2014

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For the first time in public, sharp words were exchanged between city staffers and the engineering design team hired to fix the Lift Station 87 debacle. After a smooth Phase One ("What went so wrong?"), Phase Two hit some bumps at its first public meeting. At issue is a failing sewer system component handling about one-third of the city's total load. The city's project man- ager, Steve Topovski, said, "We have con- fusion. What else is coming? When is it c o m i n g ? I ' m f r u s - trated with the lack of coordination. I can't deal with what I don't know." Robert Garland is the project manager for McKim & Creed, the engineering firm hired to pick up the pieces from a failed $12.5 million undertaking to transfer the sewage from the south side of the city to the treatment plant on 12th Street. The city has already spent another $1 million to determine what went wrong. "Let me try to give you a little more heads Luke Wood Park near downtown Sarasota is the site of Lift Station 87. Image from Google Maps CITY STAFF FACES NEW QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW TO PROCEED WITH LIFT STATION 87 BEDEVILED BY PLUMBING PROBLEMS Is there any part of the structure that we are saving? Mitt Tidwell Director of Utilities City of Sarasota By Stan Zimmerman City Editor

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