Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Delaney Answers Citizens Concerns Voiced at Town Meeting

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Delaney Answers Citizens Concerns Voiced at Town Meeting

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Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer

Mayor John Delaney fielded questions on city sewer service, congested roads, parks and other subjects at a town meeting last week sponsored by the Southwest Citizens Planning Advisory Committee.

About 50 people attended the meeting Thursday night at Enterprise Learning Academy on Old Middleburg Road. Delaney brought a cadre of city officials to help deal with residents' concerns.

Curtis Johnson, president of the Sweetwater Concerned Citizens Community Association, said only part of Sweetwater is connected to city sewer lines and wanted to know if the entire area could be hooked up.

Citizen petition is one way to get city sewer service, said James Chansler, a JEA executive. "Looping" into the existing system is another, he said. In either case, residents pay for the service, though long-term installment plans are available, he said. Several grant programs also exist for residents who meet income-eligibility limits.

Alice Turknett, who lives in Timuquana Manor, said part of her neighborhood is on the sewer system, but that she has tried unsuccessfully for three years to get sewer lines extended to her street, Blount Avenue. The cost of doing so, which is thousands of dollars, makes it almost impossible for residents to afford, she said. She asked Delaney how neighborhoods are prioritized for city sewer service.

Delaney and Sam Mousa, the city's chief administrative officer, said neighborhoods are ranked according to the number of failing septic tanks, environmental and health risks, proximity to a river or creek and the type of soil tanks are buried in.

Delaney asked Chansler to check out Turknett's street.

Jean McCorkle, incoming chairwoman of the advisory committee, commended JEA and the city on the $4.6 million project to extend sewer lines to Pernecia and Johnnie Circle, which is No. 1 on the city's list of the worst septic tank failure areas. Work began over the summer and is proceeding at a timely pace, McCorkle said.

On another matter, David Hodges, president of the Argyle Area Civic Council, proposed that Delaney have city, state and federal employees work from 10 a. …

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