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Decision to reopen Albert Whitted sewage plant up to city council, Rick Kriseman says

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said Friday he’s leaving the decision to bring the Albert Whitted sewer plant back online up to city council members. Kriseman said a consultant’s reported indicated the expense and time to bring the Albert Whitted Water Reclamation Facility up to a usable standard would be costly and time-consuming. The money and time, the consultant said, could be better used. Kriseman also provided a quick update on the city’s progress in solving the city’s sewer woes. City officials are moving as…

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St. Pete Public Works Director: Albert Whitted should not have been closed

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The head of St. Petersburg’s Public Works department told City Council members Thursday that he now believes the Albert Whitted sewer plant should not have been closed until the capacity at the Southwest plant had been increased. “I want to make it perfectly clear that it is my opinion, and the opinion of my plant operators [that] the Southwest plant should have been expanded before Albert Whitted was closed,” Claude Tankersley said. St. Petersburg City Councilmembers spent three hours Thursday…

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St. Pete Councilmember wants to consider reopening Albert Whitted sewage facility

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Steve Kornell says he wants to revisit the 2011 decision to close the Albert Whitted sewage plant and to take another look at the decision to move all biosolids to the Southwest plant. The reason? He doesn’t trust that city staff gave council full, unbiased information when members made those decisions. Kornell made the announcement Wednesday on his Facebook page: “I have placed a new business item on the agenda for the Oct. 6 city council meeting asking that city…

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Whistleblower says St. Pete knew closing Albert Whitted could cause overflows

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The chief plant operator at one of St. Petersburg’s sewage plants says city officials knew that closing the Albert Whitted plant before improvements were made at another facility could cause overflows during heavy rains. Federal law protects workers who have whistleblower status from being retaliated against by firing or other adverse employment actions when the employee reports serious violations. Craven Askew said he was claiming whistleblower status because “public safety and the environment is suspected to be possibly in danger…

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Kathleen Peters slams decision to close Albert Whitted sewer plant

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Considering the effect of the summer’s rains on leaky sewer pipes, it’s not surprising that Pinellas County’s aging infrastructure was a prime issue during a debate Tuesday between Kathleen Peters and Jennifer Webb. And it’s probably not surprising that the cities, especially St. Petersburg, came in for harsh criticism from Peters, a Republican running for re-election to State House District 69. Webb, a Democrat, is opposing her. “Local governments throughout the county have not done their job,” Peters said. Peters…

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