Keystone wants $15 million for water, sewer, roadway projects


KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – City council members set goals for the upcoming legislative delegation and received updates on projects from city manager Scott Kornegay.

Kornegay briefly reviewed three proposals prior to the Oct. 10 legislative delegation. Acquiring water and sewer services for the Keystone Heights Airport has been frequently discussed to attract businesses to the airport.

Kornegay said the city will ask for $15 million in state appropriations, $10 million for water and sewer, and $5 million for an access road near State Road 21. He stated at a previous meeting the Legislature favored appropriations that could be economic drivers.

“It shows how important we think the airport is,” Kornegay said. “There's a real appetite for that.”

The two other requests were mast arm signals at two intersections and funding for a Florida National Guard non-aviation facility at the airport.

With council member Stephen Hart absent, the four council members agreed with all three requests.

Kornegay then provided council members with updates on two city projects. Work on bolstering City Hall security would begin next week, he said.

The changes consist of bullet-resistant glass at the front desk, similar to a bank teller. Visitors will have to be buzzed in. The price tag is about $7,800.

Kornegay said fencing for the dog park on Sunrise Boulevard was completed and the city was waiting for the delivery of the park’s amenities. The square feet of the park tripled from 600 square feet to about 1,800 square feet. The park will have a ramp, three rings, a dog water fountain fake fire hydrant and hollow barrel for dogs to jump through.

“It should be really nice,” Kornegay said.

In other business, Kornegay will join St. Johns River Water Management District officials in Atlanta to discuss the Black Creek Water Resource Development project before the Environmental Protection Agency. The project, which is in the permitting phase, will have a pipeline delivering water from oft-flooded Black Creek to Keystone’s depleted lakes.

The District’s Intergovernmental Coordinator, Geoff Sample, told council members Kornegay’s presence was needed.

“I'm excited to hear what happened when you get back,” Mayor Karen Lake said.


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