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Environmental Stormwater Utility

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Stormwater & Lakes Management Plan Strategic Update

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Environmental Stormwater Utility Fund History

The Stormwater Environmental Utility Special Revenue Fund ("Fund") was created on August 25, 2008, with the passage of Ordinance No. 1168. Per the Ordinance, City Council must annually adopt a budget not later than the first day of each fiscal year (October 1st). Additionally, on or before September 15th of each year, the City Council must adopt a rate resolution establishing the stormwater fee for one equivalent residential unit ("ERU"). The stormwater fee cannot be more than the amount determined by dividing the budgeted cost for the City's stormwater environmental services for planning, administration, construction, capital improvements, operations and maintenance, extension and replacement, and debt service, by the sum of the ERU values of all the developed parcels in the City.

What Are Your Stormwater Utility Fees Paying For?


The City's Lakes Management division is responsible for maintaining, repairing, and expanding the City's stormwater system while complying with Federal water quality mandates. The stormwater system is separate from drinking water and sewer systems.

Historically the City has been attempting to fund its Lakes Management and Stormwater programs, as laid out in the award winning Stormwater Lakes Management Plan (SLMP), through funds within the General Fund. Over the past few years it has become increasingly more difficult to continue the expected levels of service within this program solely utilizing General Funds. An ordinance has been proposed which establishes a special revenue fund for the stormwater utility that can only be used to cover the costs within the stormwater and lakes management program.

Operating Activities

• Systematic and preventative maintenance at needed frequencies
• Cleaning of catch basins and inlets
• Cleaning stormwater pipe
• Performing repairs and swale maintenance
• Providing water quality treatment maintenance
• Street sweeping every City street twice per month
• Spraying of lakes to control aquatic weeds

Capital Improvement Projects

• Projects for stormwater and lake clean up
• Updates to the SLMP
• Implementation of priority projects in SLMP

Water Quality Management

• Implementation of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Phase II stormwater permit via implementation of the Integrated Stormwater Management Plan. These NPDES initiatives require us to perform the following:
  • Complete NPDES Annual Report (due November 1, yearly)
  • Implement public education programs
  • Implement public participation programs
  • Implement business/industrial illicit discharge programs
  • Implement construction site pollution prevention programs
  • Implement post-construction control programs
  • Implement municipal maintenance improvement programs
  • Protect drinking water protection areas

Public Information

• Public calls/inquiries/outreach regarding general Stormwater Program/ Stormwater Utility Fee
• Print material, media outreach and interviews

Engineering and Project Management

• Technical Support for all stormwater program areas
• Plan Reviews
• Design reviews
• Field inspections and enforcements (~150/year)
• Drainage plan reviews annually
• Various neighborhood projects annually
• Structural and non structural project/program planning
• Ensuring consistent design criteria and standards
• Preparing accurate stormwater system inventory
• Assisting to install capital improvement project.

Utility Support

• Utility Support—financial, personnel, work management
• Create and implement credit and appeals programs
• Complaint response
• Interdepartmental Coordination
• Supervisor and Administrative Oversight
• Budgeting and expenditure management

FY 2017 - 2021 Capital Improvements Program

The following is a narrative and summary chart detailing scheduled CIP projects including costs and an implementation schedule over the next five years.

FY 2017
Lake Minnehaha Dredging and Sump Project - Lake of the Woods Creek has deposited large amounts of sediment and pollutants into Lake Minnehaha. This project will dredge the accumulated sediment from Lake Minnehaha and restore the shoreline contours to the natural condition. A sump will be installed into the flow-way of the creek to capture sand and sediment that is carried from Lake of the Woods. This will allow regular sediment removal before it enters Lake Minnehaha.

Lake Nina Baffle Boxes - Stormwater runoff from Horatio Ave discharges into the Nina Canal without any treatment. This project will install two Nutrient Separating Baffle Boxes along Horatio Ave. One will be installed east of the canal on Oakleigh Dr. The other will be installed west of Old Horatio Ave. The baffle boxes will treat stormwater runoff from Doyle Pl. east to Dommerich Dr.

Tomahawk/Mohawk Rehabilitation - This project includes the replacement of degraded infrastructure at the intersection of Tomahawk and Mohawk in Dommerich Hills, including storm lines and end-wall. A nutrient separating baffle box will be installed to capture sediments, leaf litter, and debris from the stormwater discharge that currently flows untreated into the Howell Creek wetland. (Year 2 of 2).

Stormwater System Improvements - This is an ongoing annual budget item to repair, replace or reline existing stormwater infrastructure that has exceeded its normal life span.

FY 2018
Algonquin Trail Nutrient Separating Baffle Box - This project will improve level of service (water quality) by capturing sediments, leaf litter, and debris from the stormwater discharge that currently flows untreated into Lake Minnehaha. It will maintain or improve the existing water quality trends while allowing the City to obtain TMDL credit for the Lake Jessup BMAP. Nutrient Separating Baffle Boxes were not taken into account during the 2006 revision of the SLMP, and this project replaces the original recommendations for sub basin MI14 (SLMP 6-56).

Howell Creek Nutrient Sequestration - A cooperative project between the City of Winter Park, City of Maitland, and Seminole County will be developed to reduce nutrient outflow via Howell Creek to Lake Howell as part of the Lake Jesup BMAP.

Stormwater System Improvements - This is an ongoing annual budget item to repair, replace or reline existing stormwater infrastructure that has exceeded its normal life span.

FY 2019
Nottoway Trail Exfiltration Trenches - This project includes the design and construction of an exfiltration system to capture sediments, leaf litter, and debris from the stormwater discharge that currently flows untreated from Nottoway trail and the upstream residential area into Lake Jackson (SLMP 6-35).
Monroe Avenue Ditch Enclosure - The project includes the installation of two second generation baffle boxes to capture 75 acres of untreated stormwater discharge from residential and commercial area along 17-92 and to the south of Lake Gem. Approved construction plans through the Lakes Park/Gem Co-op will be utilized. The open ditch transferred to the City of Maitland by the Florida Department of Transportation will also be filled and an access road will be installed for maintenance purposes.
Stormwater System Improvements - This is an ongoing annual budget item to repair, replace or reline existing stormwater infrastructure that has exceeded its normal life span.

FY 2020
Lake Gem Co-op West Outfall - This will be designed to reduce erosion within the flow-way and treat stormwater discharge into Lake Gem from the area southwest of the lake (SLMP 6-21).
Stormwater System Improvements - This is an ongoing annual budget item to repair, replace or reline existing stormwater infrastructure that has exceeded its normal life span.
Stormwater Lake Management Plan Update - A five year intermediate update of the SLMP will be conducted to revise project determination/prioritization and stormwater infrastructure inventory and status.

FY 2021
Lake Lily Exfiltration - This project includes the design and construction of an exfiltration system to capture sediments, leaf litter, and debris from the stormwater discharge that currently flows untreated into Lake Lily via the last remaining un-retrofitted outfall into Lake Lily. It will maintain or improve the existing water quality trends while allowing the City to obtain TMDL credit for the Lake Jessup BMAP (SLMP 6-38).
Stormwater System Improvements - This is an ongoing annual budget item to repair, replace or reline existing stormwater infrastructure that has exceeded its normal life span.


2017
STORMWATER IMPROVEMENTS
FISCAL YEAR 2017 THROUGH FISCAL YEAR 2021

BASIN DESCRIPTION SEQUENCE LOS BMP TOTAL ($)

FISCAL YEAR 2017
M15 Lake Minnehaha Dredging and Sump Project Year 1 of 1 Restore Lake Contours, Reduce Mainteance Costs Lake Dredging and In-Stream Sediment Sump 150,000
NI2, NI3 Lake Nina Baffle Boxes Year 2 of 2 Reduce Pollution Baffle Boxes 250,000
WE14 Tomahawk/Mohawk Rehab Year 2 of 2 25% P Reduction (SLMP 6-77) Baffle Box 200,000
  Stormwater System Improvements Year 2 of 10 To Maintain Exisiting LOS System Improvements 150,000
  O&M On-going     6,000
  TOTAL       $756,000.00

FISCAL YEAR 2018
MI14 Algonquin Trail Baffle Box Year 1 of 1 25% P Reduction
(SLMP 6-56)
Baffle Box 150,000
NI, MA, MI, WA Howell Creek Nutrient Sequestration Co-op Year 1 of 1 TBD TBD 250,000
  Stormwater System Improvement Year 3 of 10 To Maintain Existing LOS System Improvements 200,000
  O&M       7,000
  TOTAL       $607,000.00

FISCAL YEAR 2019
JA3 Nottoway Trail Exfiltration Trenches Year 1 of 1 10% P Reduction
(SLMP 6-35)
Exfiltration 550,000
GE1, GE3, GE92 Monroe Avenue Ditch Enclosure Year 1 of 1 25% P Reduction
(SLMP 6-21)
Baffle Boxes 750,000
  Stormwater System Improvements Year 4 of 10 To Maintain Existing LOS System Improvements 200,000
  O&M       9,000
  TOTAL       $1,509,000.00

FISCAL YEAR 2020
GE2, GE4, GE91 Lake Gem Co-op West Outfall Year 1 of 1 TBD Storm Retrofit 550,000
  Stormwater System Improvements Year 5 of 10 To Maintian Existing LOS System Improvements 200,000
  SLMP Update Year 1 of 1   Master Plan 50,000
  O&M       10,000
  TOTAL       $810,000.00

FISCAL YEAR 2021
LI1 Lake Lily Exfiltration Year 1 of 1 19% P Reduction (SLMP 6-38) Exfiltration 375,000
  Stormwater System Improvements Year 6 of 10 To Maintian Existing LOS System Improvements 200,000
  O&M       10,000
  TOTAL       $585,000.00

GRAND TOTAL= $4,267,000.00


Rate Structure Methodology

Effective October 1, 2016, the ERU rate to be charged for environmental stormwater utility fees for each ERU was established at $10.39 per month per Resolution 38-2016.

• Based on Impervious Area - area such as concrete which doesn't allow run off to penetrate
• 1 Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) = 2,532 Square Feet of Impervious Area
• Fees Collected on Utility Bill

Rate Classes

Category Structure Size ERUs
Small Residential (1 to 2,166 sq. ft.) 0.7
Medium Residential (2,167 to 2,994 sq. ft.) 1.0
Large Residential (2,995 to 4,499 sq. ft.) 1.4
Consominium Residential Unit Parcel 1 condo or apartment 1.0
General Parcel* Any size SF of Imper/2,532
Vacant Any size 0.0

* General Parcels include all other developed parcels not previously included in a Rate Class, such as houses over 4,499 SF, commercial buildings, industrial buildings, etc.


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