DUNDEE — The bad news is the Dundee Fire Department suffered significant damage during Hurricane Irma. The good news is the repairs will cost much less than anticipated.
“We originally thought it would be around $250,000,” Town Manager Deena Ware said. “With the numbers we got from Everett Whitehead, it would about $151,000.”
The Town Commission will consider contracting with the Winter Haven-based company, Everett Whitehead and Sons, during Tuesday night’s meeting to make the repairs. About half of the building was damaged during the hurricane in September, which included the roof, ceiling, walls and floors inside.
Ware anticipates that insurance will reimburse the town for a significant portion of the damages. She said adjusters were out within a couple days of the storm, but the numbers as to what will be paid out have yet to come in. Ware added that the town can still apply for funds with the Federal Emergency Management Agency .
The Town Commission is also scheduled to consider accepting a $25,000 Florida Department of Economic Opportunity grant. It would be utilized for engineering to set design standards within the town limits.
“In the future, that will help project designers and developers know the town’s requirements,” Ware said. “It will also help update any of our outdated requirements.”
Tasked with updating the standards would be the Central Florida Regional Planning Council, which is contracted by the town for planning services. The town has received $25,000 DEO grants in the past to update land use standards and to draft a vision plan for the downtown area.
TIME AND PLACE
Tuesday’s meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the commission chambers at Town Hall, 202 E. Main St.
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