Hill Avenue Drainage
Residents and businesses have been waiting for at least 25 years for a project to reduce flooding in this vulnerable neighborhood. The Council members and the Mayor have finally been able to complete the project with a budget of $1,250,000.Lee Leffingwell, Town Manager
Due to flooding, the Town of Mangonia Park decided to improve its stormwater infrastructure. The town received a $500,000 grant to do the engineering and design. The construction was carried out in phases, with the money for phase I awarded by the Department of Environmental Protection. The project, which found full support from residents and businesses, began in October 2013. Throughout the process, the town was highly transparent, sharing all project information with the public and holding several public meetings to answer questions and discuss issues, such as traffic re-routing, signage, and speed hump replacement. The town hired a contractor named D.S. Eakins and piggybacked on a Palm Beach County contract, which allowed all money to be used for construction, thereby resulting in significant savings.
While Phase I was going forward, the town submitted a phase II application to address drainage. The application did not come through. In the meantime, to keep the project going forward, the town had to approve $400,000 from its general fund. The town also applied for a revolving loan, which was approved for $1,200,000. This helped to continue phase II, and eventually helped with phase III, the final phase. As of May 2015, the whole project is complete.
The town expected the entire project to take at least two years. It was completed in that amount of time and on budget.
Initially the project was funded by a grant, but the town had to dip into its general fund until it secured a revolving loan
This project was directed at the area with the lowest elevation, which is both a residential neighborhood and a business area. During tropical storms, hurricanes, or rain events, the area was always flooded. Thanks to the drainage improvements, this problem has been alleviated. This project also meets stormwater regulations, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System standards, and guidelines from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which ensure a dry and safe environment for residents and businesses.