Florida Keys News - Islamorada/KL Free Press
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Village to foot maintenance costs for unsubsidized pumps

ISLAMORADA --The Village Council has tentatively decided to pay the grinder pump maintenance costs for the 18 condo buildings and 89 businesses that aren't to receive subsidies when they install the pumps.

The maintenance program would cost an estimated $840,000 over 20 years.

The decision, which the council made on June 26, might appease condo owners and businesses who were disappointed in April when the council decided not to subsidize their pump installation, as the village will do for residential properties of four units or less.

Installation costs per unit at larger condo buildings are already in line with costs paid by the owners of properties that will hook up to the village's vacuum sewer system, according to the council.

The vacuum system will service most single-family neighborhoods in the village.

A final decision on the grinder pump maintenance program isn't expected until August.

In other action last week, the council approved the $397,000 purchase of a new fire pumper truck. It will replace the 16-year-old truck Islamorada Fire Rescue currently uses.

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