The Sewers of the Villas
The city's Neighborhood Planning and Zoning Dept. and Water and Wastewater Utility deny any public-funds-for-private-gain shenanigans. Utility spokeswoman Laurie Lintz says the city is replacing the sewer lines not to serve the Villas but because they date back to 1929. The pipes' old age has contributed to repeated sewage overflows in the area, she said, noting that the project was authorized in early 2001 -- well before the City Council approved construction of the Villas. Furthermore, she said, several water lines can no longer adequately serve the community in the event of fire; for this reason, 2-inch lines are being replaced by 8-inchers, and the city is installing additional fire hydrants to improve safety.
Regarding the Villas, Lintz says the $1.1 million utility project -- slated for completion in May -- "may be helpful, but that wasn't the intent." The Villas are expected to open in August.