By Mary Thurwachter
Hypoluxo Island residents can expect to see workers on South Atlantic Drive during the next few months as a water main replacement project for fire protection takes place.
At the Dec. 11 Lantana Town Council meeting, council members approved a $958,842 contract with Intercounty Engineering Inc., the lowest of three bidders for the work. The project is expected to begin in January and be completed in four months.
Mayor Dave Stewart said, among other things, some speed bumps and some hedges would have to be removed and replaced and mailboxes would need to be relocated.
Council member Phil Aridas asked if the entire road would be dug up. Aaron Cutler of Mathews Consulting said that wouldn’t be the case.
“The good thing about water main, it’s not like a sewer project where you have to go really deep and tear up from edge of road to edge of road sometimes,” he said. “With a water main, it’s typically 3 feet deep so you can isolate that to one lane when it’s in the pavement. At the end of the day, the contractor is required to provide restoration back so that residents have full access at the end of each day.”
In other action, the town:
• Approved a contract with DBE Management Inc. to construct an Intracoastal water main underwater crossing for $496,536.
• Authorized the purchase of a 2018 Nissan Frontier pickup truck for $19,703 to be used by code enforcement officers.
• Authorized spending more than $4,000 (at $15.76 plus tip per person) for a holiday party for town employees. The 2017 party was to be held in a restaurant rather than the recreation center.