Sylvan Drive Septic to Sewer Project

Sylvan Drive Septic to Sewer Project

The City of West Melbourne engaged the local civil engineering firm Infrastructure Solution Services (ISS) to prepare recommendations for converting the neighborhood from individual septic tanks to the City's sewer system in the Sylvan Drive subdivision. A meeting was held with citizens from the neighborhood on July 31, 2018, to explain the process and gather information from residents. View a copy of the engineers’ slide presentation (PDF) from the meeting.

A form for homeowners' consideration was handed out that gave the engineers an indication of the location of septic tanks and that documents homeowner support for a proposed grant application. View the Septic Tank Location and Project Support form (PDF).

The City is pleased to have received support letters from an impressive 80% of homeowners.  This level of neighborhood support maximized the points in our grant application to the St. Johns River Water Management District that will fund one-third of the construction cost of the project.

Having secured a commitment from a homeowner for the location of the future lift station, the project has reached the conclusion of the engineering design phase, although you may still see survey crews from ISS out in the neighborhood from time to time.  Please extend to the survey team your courtesy and cooperation, and please do not remove any survey stakes the crew places.  These locations are critical for various aspects of the project.

On February 27, 2019, a second meeting was held with neighborhood citizens to provide a project update. View a copy of the Sylvan Estates Public Meeting Presentation 2-27-19 (PDF) from the meeting.

Also, at the meeting, homeowners requested that the potential lateral locations for each property be placed on this website.  The proposed locations of homeowner laterals are shown in this document:

Sylvan Estates Lateral Drawings 2-14-19 (PDF)

On April 9, the Board of Directors of the St. Johns River Water Management District approved the City's construction grant application in the amount of $674,629.  This is the final piece of the project funding puzzle. The City sent the project out for competitive construction bids, with bid opening held on August 12, 2019.  The City Council awarded the $2,322,551 bid to construction contractor Atlantic Development of Cocoa, Inc. at the City Council meeting of August 20, 2019.  

The City is nearing conclusion of securing temporary construction easements from each of the 59 Sylvan Drive homeowners who will receive new sewer service.  To date, the City has received 57 signed temporary construction easements back, with the remaining two properties in probate awaiting title to transfer to the heirs.

The notice to proceed was issued to Atlantic Development on October 14, 2019, and construction work is scheduled to commence on Monday, October 21, 2019.  The project is scheduled for completion in mid-November, 2020.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact either City Manager Scott Morgan or Deputy City Manager Keith Mills at 837-7771.  Either would be happy to meet with you at your home to go over project particulars.