• Michelle Cecchini

Ormond by the Sea will wait 20 years for sewers

Residents in the north peninsula may have to wait up to two more decades to switch from septic tanks to sewer — and whether that sewer system will belong to the county, the city of Ormond Beach or a private entity is unknown. 

Post said septic to sewer conversions are a costly fix, likely about $13,000 per household, and that there would need to be collaboration at the federal, state and county level. Since the county is dealing with other water and infrastructure needs, Post said a septic to sewer conversion is not going to happen anytime soon.

It'll happen eventually, she added.

“I’m going to imagine that in 20 years, that will absolutely be the conversation," Post said.

How bad are the north peninsula septic tanks?

According to a 2013 report by the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County:

Ormond-by-the-Sea accounts for three of the five worst areas in the county.There are almost 4,000 homes on septic.The three areas received a score of 34, 32, and 30 by the health department based on soil permeability, proximity to a water body, age of septic system, depth to water table, potable water status and home density. Based on the health department's formula, a score of 1.20 would be the best scenario, and a score of 50 would be the worst.

Ormond Beach City Commissioner Dwight Selby had been pushing for the city of Ormond Beach to begin plans for converting the first 700 homes from Plaza Drive to Longwood Drive to city sewer, but he lacked support from the majority of the City Commission. At the April 16 commission meeting, Commissioners Troy Kent, Rob Littleton and Mayor Bill Partington advocated for taking care of the city's 560 septic tanks first. 

One resident also asked at the town hall meeting about what Ormond-by-the-Sea could gain from annexing into the city of Ormond Beach. Post said the conversation is currently not on the table. This concurs with what Partington said at the April 16 commission meeting. He said the city could look into annexing the north peninsula (a move that would lower taxes for the north peninsula by 9%, according to Selby) after the county spends millions to "cure the horrible neglect that they have perpetrated on the Ormond-by-the-Sea area."

Sidewalks on John Anderson are also not on the table at this moment, Post said. With properties so close to the two-lane road, adding a sidewalk without encroaching would prove difficult.


Quoted from the Ormond Beach Observer


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