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Brooksville Sets Sights On Stimulus Slice

TONY MARRERO Hernando Today The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: May 13, 2013 at 05:58 PM

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The city is stepping up to get its piece of the $787 billion in federal stimulus money.

The city council on Monday will review a list of dozens of projects totaling more nearly $43.5 million that could qualify for a share of Florida's $12.2 billion slice of the stimulus pie.

From sidewalks to sewer rehabilitation projects, Brooksville is ready to get shovels moving, Community Development Director Bill Geiger said. The projects would put about 338 people to work, according to city estimates.

Of all of the projects, the city has especially high hopes for two, Geiger said.

One is the construction of Governor Boulevard. The roughly two-and-a-half mile stretch of road will connect Southern Hills Boulevard and the State Road 50 truck bypass to relieve traffic on U.S. 41.

The city had planned to put developer impact fee credits toward the cost of the $17 million project that includes about 8,000 feet of new water lines. But using federal stimulus money would free up that impact fee money for other transportation projects in the city, Geiger said.

The other project that has city officials excited is improvements to the Cobb Road wastewater treatment. The project would increase capacity at the plant and create a water reuse system to produce reclaimed water for irrigation. The city had put off the $10 million project until 2013 because of a lack of funding.

"If we can get those two projects and nothing else, the entire financial picture for the next 20 years will be changed for the better," Vice Mayor Lara Bradburn said.

Among the other projects that will be submitted:

• $2 million to continue a project to overhaul existing sewer lines in the city.

• $1.8 million to continue progress on the project to upsize existing water lines downtown to improve flow to fire hydrants.

• $1 million for 17,000 feet of new water and sewer line for the Majestic Oaks subdivision, a planned 650-unit golf community off Mondon Hill Road.

• $774,000 for resurfacing of numerous streets throughout the city.

• $700,000 for 7,000 feet of new water and sewer line along State Road 50 to serve Brooksville Regional Hospital and the surrounding area.

Smaller ticket items include construction of a bike trail at the Jerome Brown Center for $35,000 and a walking trail at Tom Varn Park for $50,000.

The city council meets at 7 p.m. Monday, March 2, at City Hall, 201 N. Howell Ave.

Reporter Tony Marrero can be reached at 352-544-5286 or

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