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WEBSITE PUBLIC NOTICE
PUBLIC NOTICE OF PROPOSED CDBG DISASTER RECOVERY MITIGATION INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS FOR THE CITY OF WALDO

The City of Waldo anticipates applying for Round Two of the Rebuild Florida General Infrastructure Program (GIP) funding provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support long-term mitigation efforts by assisting the State of Florida and its local governments in minimizing or eliminating the risks and reducing losses from future disasters. This program is being administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) thru the Community Development Block Grant – Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) Program. A total of four hundred seventy-five million dollars ($475,000,000.00) in funding has been allocated by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) for the Rebuild Florida General Infrastructure Program.  The funding will be allocated through three separate funding cycles which will be held over a three-year period with the second funding cycle, to have applications due in to DEO on or before September 17, 2021.  The amount of funding available in the second GIP application cycle is one hundred seventy-five million dollars ($175,000,000.00). The minimum allowable grant request is two million dollars ($2,000,000.00). Eligible types of projects are those that demonstrate increased community resiliency. Examples of some of the types of projects encouraged by DEO are as follows:

  • Restoration of critical infrastructure (such as water and sewer facilities, streets, removal of debris, drainage, bridges, etc.).
  • Renourishment of protective coastal dune systems and state beaches.
  • Building or fortifying buildings that are essential to the health, safety and welfare of a community (this can include police stations, fire stations, parks and recreational centers, community and senior centers, hospitals, clinics, schools and educational facilities, other public properties).
  • Rehabilitation or construction of stormwater management systems.
  • Improvements to drainage facilities.
  • Reconstruction of lift stations and sewage treatment plants.
  • Road repair and improvement and bridge strengthening.

The City of Waldo anticipates submitting two applications for a total of eleven million, four hundred ninety-seven thousand eight hundred thirty dollars ($11,497,830.00) in funding through Round Two of the CDBG-GIP General Infrastructure Program.

Activities that are typically eligible for funding under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program as well as specific additional activities as outlined in the State of Florida CDBG-MIT Action Plan for the program are eligible projects if no other funding is available to meet the need. Applications are due in DEO no later than September 17, 2021.

The City of Waldo anticipates the submission of two (2) separate applications requesting CDBG Mitigation assistance for: 1) The mitigation of Inflow and Infiltration in the City’s Sanitary Sewer, including the replacement and rehabilitation of aging sewer lines, and the replacement and rehabilitation of sanitary sewer manholes to mitigate the risk of failures of these facilities during major storm events and improve the reliability and resilience of this critical infrastructure; and 2) Potable Water Plant Hardening to add capacity to the single well system currently existing and to replace 57 year old undersized and cast iron, galvanized iron, and asbestos cement transmission water lines that are compromised and subject to leaks.

The project overview and budgets of the two (2) applications submitted are as follows:

Sanitary Sewer Collection System Mitigation of Infiltration and Inflow: To mitigate the substantial infiltration and inflow of storm and ground water into the City’s sanitary sewer system that occurs during storms and significant rain events, the project will replace and or rehabilitate the aging sanitary sewer lines and manholes that are allowing storm and ground water to enter into the sanitary sewer system. The City of Waldo anticipates submitting an application for the following improvements:

Structure Name

Project Address or Description

CDBG-MIT
Funding

Project Administration

N/A

$134,928.00

Project Engineering

N/A

$436,700.00

Waldo Sanitary Sewer Line and Manhole Rehabilitation and Replacement

The replacement of 3,450 linear feet of gravity sewer line and the rehabilitation of 8,700 linear feet of sanitary sewer lines. The construction of 5 new manholes and the rehabilitation of 52 manholes.

 

$2,126,950.00

Totals

 

$2,698,578.00

Potable Water Supply Hardening and Line Upgrades Project: The City of Waldo’s Municipal Water Treatment Plant (WTP) lacks a backup well, and therefore the residents are at significant risk of the City’s WTP not being able to produce the amount of water required to provide adequate water for fire protection, especially during significant storm events. Additionally, the existing 57-year-old distribution system (water pipes and mains) is made of cast iron, galvanized iron, and asbestos cement, is beyond its useful life span, and has deteriorated to a point where it is subject to leaks. The water supply side of this project will install a new 500 gallon per minute potable water well at the WTP and an additional new redundant well away from the WTP that produces 750 gallon per minute. The offsite location will also include associated pumps, electrical components to include an emergency electrical generator and SCADA system to ensure ongoing operations of this critical facility during storms and power outages so residents maintain water service and fire protection during significant storm events and during dry periods when fires can be prevalent.   

Structure Name

Project Address or Description

CDBG-MIT
Funding

Project Administration

N/A

$439,962.00

Project Engineering

N/A

$ 1,166,800.00

Waldo City-wide Potable Water System Hardening and Upgrades

The project includes the installation of a new 500 gallon per minute potable water well at the WTP and the installation of a new 750 gallon per minute well, associated pumps, electrical, emergency electrical generator and SCADA system on the north side of the City to ensure redundancy in pressure. Additionally, the project will replace the following: 38,400 linear feet of the 57-year-old water transmission lines, 75 fire hydrants, and 380 water service.

 

$7,192,490.00

Total:                       

 

$8,799,252.00

Any resident wishing to know more about the proposed project should contact Ms. Kim Worley, City Manager, at (352) 468-1001 or by e-mail at kim@waldo-fl.com.  Information relating to the proposed project and application will be available on the City of Waldo website located at (https://waldo-fl.com).  Comments from the public must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 13, 2021.  All comments will be considered and proposed changes will be submitted to DEO.  Information relating to the proposed project and application will be available for review between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the City of Waldo, City Hall located at 14450 NE 148th Terrace, Waldo, Florida 32694-4123.

Any non-English speaking person wishing to provide a response to this public notice should contact Ms. Kim Worley, City Manager at (352) 468-1001 or at email (kim@waldo-fl.com) at least five calendar days prior to September 13, 2021 and a language interpreter will be provided.

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Welcome to the City of Waldo, Florida

Waldo, a small town in North Central Florida with old Florida natural beauty and new opportunities waiting. Waldo has a rich history, it was founded in the 1820’s, and established as a City in 1859. Waldo once boasted the Railroad that brought tourist from all over to stay at one of the Resort Hotels, enjoy the Opera or Theatre, baseball games, paddleboat cruises on Lake Alto or hunting and fishing. A series of disastrous freezes that laid havoc on the areas horticultural assests, a downtown fire, the depression and the decision to move the Railroad operations out of Waldo put an end to town’s tourism and trade.

Today the old red caboose on display in the city park holds the key to Waldo’s past. It is the symbol of the town’s rich history and serves as a reminder to its community that Waldo remains a great place to live and to raise a family. Waldo offers new comers the charm of a small town with the benefit of living in Alachua County with its numerous resources and advantages. It’s prime location – easy driving distance to Gainesville, Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa. Excellent business corridor. Vacant lands on US Hwy 301 and US Hwy 24 with utilities available, some with railroad access. Waldo is a diamond in the rough. Undiscovered area of Alachua County with unlimited possibilities primed for developers – commercial and residential. Come visit or contact us and let’s talk about the future.

“The City of Waldo is a Fair Housing Advocate.  If you feel you have been discriminated against, you may file a housing discrimination complaint at:1-800-669-9777 (Toll Free) or 1-800-927-9275 (TTY) or locally, Kim Worley, City Manager at (352) 468-1001 or by email at kim@waldo-fl.com

 “The City of Waldo is an Equal Employment Opportunity Advocate. If you have any questions about equal employment opportunities or feel you may have been discriminated against, you may contact Kim Worley, City Manager at (352) 468-1001 or by email at kim@waldo-fl.com

“The City of Waldo is a Section 504/ADA Compliant Advocate.  If you feel you may have been discriminated against, you may contact Kim Worley, City Manager at (352) 468-1001 or by email at kim@waldo-fl.com