MOORE HAVEN — The Glades County Board learned this week from its Tallahassee lobbying firm that the county’s requests for grants to finance the Northeast Caloosahatchee River Septic-to-Sewer Project have been included in bills the Florida Legislature will consider.
“CAS Governmental Services notified us last week that the that the Northeast Caloosahatchee River Septic-to-Sewer Project was fully funded at $2,762,183, and the U.S. 27 Corridor Utility Infrastructure was fully funded for $2.7 million,” reported County Manager Bob Jones.
“I would like to say congratulations to you all,” said Connie Vanassche of CAS Governmental Services LLC, a lobbying/consulting firm. “This is the most wonderful news, after last year’s legislative session. They did fund a $25 million line item for water quality grants. And the county ended up with over $5.4 million ... out of that $25 million pot. This ... will complete that area. It will capture all the remaining septic systems. I’m really excited.”
She added it will convert 127 septic systems to a central sewer system operated by the CCPWA (the City-County Public Works Authority, a joint board run by the City of Moore Haven and Glades County). “It was fabulous to get a grant and permitting from the (U.S.) Army Corps (of Engineers) to put line in under the river to get the RV park covered,” she said.
Vanassche noted that the grants have yet to be written and said it might be possible to modify them to add more areas, but said, “FDEP (Department of Environmental Protection) is good about working with us.”
Motions passed with commissioners voting unanimously to acknowledge the two grants. Jones said the item will be presented at the CCPWA meeting on Dec. 28.