LAUREL HILL — The City Council Dec. 7 received an update on projects currently being completed in Laurel Hill.
Joe Rector, West Florida regional manager of Dewberry, shared information on nine projects underway.
According to Rector, Sunnyside Avenue work is nearing completion. All that is left to do is road striping, and projected completion — depending on weather — is the beginning of January.
Designs for Millside Road improvements are underway, Rector said. Dewberry is coordinating with Okaloosa County Water Management to start the project.
Gene Clary Park improvements await review of documents by the Department of Environmental Protection.
Rector said an application for a Department of Economic Opportunity grant for additional Millside Road improvements awaits the council's signatures.
Dewberry submitted a Statewide School Zone Implementation Plan application Nov. 6 that states all school zones in Florida will meet new criteria for signing and marking. Local agencies must submit a list of existing deficient school zone locations to districts for inclusion in their implementation plan within one year of the criteria being set (by July 2018). School zones must comply by July 2022, five years after the plan is set.
An application for a Legislative Appropriations Request for Steel Mill Creek Road improvements is being submitted, according to Rector. An application for a grant through Safe Routes to School is also being submitted, and applications are due Jan. 31.
Dewberry will meet with a contractor next week to discuss improvement of a culvert on Chicago Avenue and to get a better cost estimate for the project.
Dewberry is working on a pre-application for Laurel Hill for Triumph Gulf Coast funds. The city submitted a list of projects they would complete using the funds if received. Triumph oversees funds recovered by the Florida attorney general for economic damage resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Triumph must administer distribution of the funds to be used for the recovery, diversification and enhancement of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin and Wakulla counties.