Here is the full text of the Mayor's statement at the press conference this morning.
MEDIA BRIEFING – 10:30 AM – DECEMBER 18, 2019
I would like to share some good news with everyone about the 54-inch sewer main repair.
During the overnight hours, crews were able to install a line stop on each side of the damaged portion of the pipe along with a 36-inch bypass line.
At approximately 3:04 a.m. this morning, the line stops were activated, the valves on the bypass line were opened, and the sewage flow was diverted around the damaged section of pipe and into the bypass pipe.
The bypass line is functioning properly, the wastewater collection system is back online, and sewage is no longer spilling from the pipe or reaching the Tarpon River.
Tanker and vac truck operations have been discontinued and pumps and diversion lines have been demobilized.
With the system stabilized, work is beginning on repairs to the damaged portion of the 54-inch pipe. Crews plan to dig an access pit around the pipe so it can be cut out, removed, and replaced with a new section.
While the pipe replacement moves forward, cleanup activities and site remediation work will continue.
Some of the construction equipment will begin being removed from the site.
Please see the attached and below being sent on behalf of the Director’s office by the Urban Design & Planning Division of Sustainable Development.
Dear friends in D4,
Please allow me to share with you the following notification to inform the City Commission of a request for construction staging and parking for construction equipment for the A-13 sewer Redirection. This notification serves as the start of the 30-day Commission Request for Review period, which ends on Jan 8TH, 2020. More information:
The Administrative Review Committee reviewed this request on December 5, 2019. This request is solely for construction materials, equipment and employee vehicular parking. No other construction activity will be performed on site. All members of the committee signed off subject to meeting the requirements of Section 47-19.2. GG of the Unified Land Development Regulations (ULDR). The construction project is estimated to be completed by December, 1, 2020.
In order to comply with Section 47-26.A.2 of the ULDR, City Commission Request for Review, the City Commission must notify the department of its intent to call the item, which must be heard by the City Commission prior to the end of the 30 day period. A motion to set a hearing to review the decision by the lower body shall then be considered, which could take place on the following City Commission meeting dates: December 17, 2019 and January 7, 2020.
If the City Commission would like to review the application, please provide a statement of intent via e-mail to Jeff Modarelli, City Clerk, and copy Chris Lagerbloom, City Manager; Alain Boileau, City Attorney; Anthony Fajardo, Director, Department of Sustainable Development. If the City Commission does not intend to review the application, notification of such prior to the end of the 30-day period is requested so that the applicant can proceed with the permitting process in a timely manner.
For additional information, including the staging plan, fence details and contractor’s narrative please see the following attachments: Cordova_Call-Up_Memo_pdf.pdf Cordova_Road_Construction_Staging_memo_back-up1.pdf
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office of Commissioner Sorensen.
Juan Saavedra - Chief of Staff- MSc
Commissioner Ben Sorensen, District 4 | City of Fort Lauderdale
100 North Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301