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Ormond Beach Observer Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2019 1 month ago

Ormond Beach water tower updates nearly done

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by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

After almost one year, Ormond Beach’s water tower makeover is almost completed —  except for its struts.

The tank has been painted with a new design, which was picked in 2016.

The project was awared to Jacksonville company Tank Rehab for $880,139, and the company requested a change order due to unforseen corrosion damage to the tank’s struts. The change order will be discussed at the City Commission’s Sept. 18 meeting. Fixing the struts is the last task needed to complete the water treatment plant update project, said city Public Works Director Gabe Menendez.

“The corrosion has been so aggressive that there’s a material loss,” Menendez said. “The structural integrity of the struts is just not there.”

However, the tank isn’t in danger of toppling over, he added, though the city was worried during Hurricane Dorian, In preparation of the hurricane, the tank was filled halfway with water to add weight to prevent winds from damaging it, Menendez said.

If the change order is approved, the tower should be completed by Nov. 17. If it is rejected, then the project will need to go out to bid again, and completion could be delayed to early 2020.

U.S. 1 traffic light coming soon

As Security First Insurance nears the completion of its new headquarters in Ormond Crossings, a new traffic light will be installed at Broadway Avenue and U.S. 1.

A city staff report stated that a preliminary study by LTG Engineering indicated that full occupancy of the headquarters would merit the need for a traffic light, to be installed by Tomoka Holdings within one year of the warrant.

City Economic Development Director Brian Rademacher said a temporary light is currently being installed.

Security First recently hired its 400th employee in August. The new headquarters will be a four-story building and span 133,000 square feet, with outdoor walking trails, a fitness center and extra break rooms.

School schedule not impacted by Dorian

Volusia County Schools that no hurricane make-up days are necessary for the three missed school days due to Hurricane Dorian earlier this month. 

While some scheduling adjustments will be made to a few schools, those will not impact the start and stop times of the school day or bus schedules, a press release stated.

If another storm event causes more loss of instructional time, Nov. 25 and 26 will be designated as make-up days.

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