Three firms submit stormwater improvement packages

Matt Algarin

With $3.2 million in grant funding available, the city of Destin has received three qualification packages from engineering firms for the design of stormwater improvements.

In February, city leaders agreed to accept funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for water quality improvements throughout the city. As part of the funding, the city will contribute $50,000 to the project.

The three firms submitting packages to the city were Volkert, Adkins and Prebble-Rish.

The overall goal is to enhance, maintain and restore the ecological integrity of Choctawhatchee Bay, Joe’s Bayou, Indian Bayou and the harbor through an accelerated implementation of plans already included in the city’s Master Stormwater Management Plan.

The funding will be used to cover the costs of engineering and construction at six sites in the city: Indian Bayou, Sandalwood Drive, Spring Street and Whippoorwill Avenue, Juanita Avenue and Snapper Drive, Maltezos Street and Calhoun Avenue.

Prior to the acceptance of the grant funding, the city had no monies to allocate to these projects.

The next step is for the city’s bid committee to review each submittal for completeness and schedule a time for the firms to come before the city council for formal interviews.

Once the firms make their presentations to city leaders, they will be ranked and negotiations on prices will begin, City Engineer David Campbell told The Log.

The projects must be completed prior to October 2017.