Coley, Gaetz visit Holmes County

Gaetz and Coley at HCDS

City Council member Roger Brooks was one of the few who utilized the state legislative delegation that was held on Dec. 2 at the Holmes County District School Board office.

Cecilia Spears
Published: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 10:03 AM.

BONIFAY — Speaker pro tempore Marti Coley and Senate President Don Gaetz visited Holmes County to listen to comments, questions and concerns from the residents and representatives of Holmes County on Dec. 2 at the Holmes County District School Board for the 2014 Regular Session of the Florida Legislature.

City Council member Roger Brooks was present on behalf of the City of Bonifay to request funding in the amount of $500,000 to go towards their ongoing water project.

“The existing water distribution system includes much of the original piping which is more than 50 years old,” said Brooks. “The system doesn’t provide adequate fire protection in all areas, requires continuous maintenance and is in need of replacement to maintain public health and safety. Several potable water pipe replacement projects have been completed, however, there is much of the system still in need of replacement.”

He explained that there was cause for concern for residents’ health because “the majority of distribution lines were originally constructed with asbestos cement and cast iron pipe” that has now deteriorated.

Most of the system was constructed with two-inch to four-inch diameter pipes “which are inadequate in size and the two-inch lines are not in compliance with state requirements and some of the old pipes include lead joints which are prone to leak and are also a concern for health and safety,” he added.

“The city is experiencing up to 31 percent water loss from the amount pumped and has safety concerns with the leaking water lines,” said Brooks. “As the lines leak they can create subsurface voids prior to collapsing at the surface; with many of the line beneath the roadway, this can create a driving hazard. Also, during installation and maintenance of adjacent utilities, caution is required for trench excavation near the water lines.”

He said that the city has been able to prevent many health issues by quickly responding to pipe repairs while issuing boil water notices when “loss of pressure occurs during repairs.”



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