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By Al Everson
posted Jan 23, 2014 - 7:43:50am
Convinced the lack of central sewage service is hindering commercial growth along Saxon Boulevard, the Deltona City Commission wants to study the feasibility of bringing the service to a key portion of the gateway corridor.
City commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 21 to pay $10,600 to Quentin L. Hampton Associates Inc. of Port Orange to report on the costs and conditions of extending urban sewage service to a roadway that connects with Interstate 4.
"It's commercial only," City Manager Dave Denny told the City Commission, as he sought to ease concerns about requiring residents to pay to connect to a sewage system. "We're looking at it from a commercial point of view."
A summary given to the City Commission describes the need to upgrade from the septic tanks now used in most of Deltona.
"Currently, developers and their representatives are doing lot assemblage in this area, which leaves the lack of commercial sewer as the primary handicap for future commercial development," the report reads.
"Staff review has determined that a sewer system engineering and feasibility study be performed to assess the existing conditions and potential expansion of the sanitary sewer system to allow for future commercial development," the summary continues.
The prospect of bringing sewage lines into largely residential areas raised concerns about the effect on homeowners. Commissioner Webster Barnaby supported the study, only after he was assured "there will be no mandates for the public whatsoever for the residents to hook up."
"I would not want people to be forced to hook up," he said.
"We have no intention of involving residential properties," Denny said.
The portion of Saxon Boulevard in Deltona between Tivoli Drive and I-4 may be poised for more commercial development. When Volusia County widened Saxon between Normandy Boulevard and Tivoli a few years ago, homeowners along the road lost big chunks of their front yards.
Residential properties between Finland Drive and Normandy Boulevard now have commercial zoning, as exemplified by a coin shop in one house.
In addition, a RaceTrac service station will be built on Finland Drive, on the north side of Saxon.
At Denny's suggestion, Deltona will pay for the Saxon sewage study from $1 million set aside by the city for economic-development-related infrastructure.
The commission voted 6-0 in favor of the study. Vice Mayor Heidi Herzberg presided over the commission's meeting, in the absence of Mayor John Masiarczyk. The mayor could not attend because of illness.
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