WINDERMERE Staff from Quality Engineering Solutions (QES) told the Windermere Town Council at its Dec. 8 meeting that its paved roads were in impeccable shape that some locales could never aspire to, citing a high-tech report that resulted in an overall grade of 77 out of 100.
With the use of tools such as digital imagery, lasers, measurements and GPS, QES officials presented a detailed analysis of Windermere's entire road plan, which is 15.5 miles of asphalt, 8.1 miles unpaved, one half-mile concrete and one tenth-mile brick, according to the report.
The report divided the system into 217 sections, with specific definitions of every crack and its severity added in. PAVER software produced a set of budget scenarios town officials could follow, depending on what they want to spend -- and when -- for the sake of their streets.
By sectional breakdown, 39% of Windermere roadway received a good grade, 32% satisfactory, 23% fair, 3% poor, 2% very poor and 1% serious. QES representatives suggested focusing on that bottom 6% and following a plan that would allocate about $400,000 to street improvements for each of the next five years. This would slightly improve the town's roads and only slightly increase its backlog.
Town Manager Robert Smith shared his thoughts on which roads should be priorities, starting with a desire to move forward on Park Avenue resurfacing in the next few months, he said.
From there, he listed Sunset Bay and Down Point Lane, Second Avenue, The Willows and Windermere Reserve, in order of importance for road rehabilitation.
He said ordering is based on significant data, including human factors but excluding politics.
The latest chapter in the extensive history of about 10 acres at 9501 Conroy Windermere Road — now known as Rosser Reserve — ended with unanimous Windermere Town Council approval of its final plat and right-of-way agreement.
With conditions from the July 14 meeting -- during which the final development and final subdivision plans were approved -- this 10-home project will be constructed in an area surrounded by Lake Down to the east, Conroy Windermere Road to the south, Jennifer Lane to the west and Rosser Road to the north.
Town staff said the total cost of construction for the project would be about $1.3 million, and the town has received tens of thousands of dollars within the agreement for related construction, signs and other costs.
Developer representative Timothy Green said the plan would be to haul -- not burn -- the few trees on the site.
ALL TOGETHER NOW
The council approved Windermere Police Department joining the Ocoee Police Department in making a police dispatching agreement with the Winter Garden Police Department.
CTS America software for dispatching, records management and mobile software also received complete council approval.
IN OTHER NEWS
Smith said meetings with officials from Ocoee and Orange County about annexation have continued, and there is an intention to continue pursuing the matter.
The council unanimously approved a $15,500 emergency storm water repair at 11900 Lake Butler Blvd.
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