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Lake Mist Storm Drainage Improvement Project
The Lake Mist Storm Drainage Improvement Project will reduce flooding and erosion in the project area.  The project was completed in December 2006.  A general description and range of typical timeframes for project phases is given below. 
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  • Reduce structure and street flooding throughout the neighborhood.
  • Address channel erosion problems within the project area.

Cost:  $1,700,000
Please note that this figure includes all costs associated with the project such as planning and design, utility relocation, consultant fees, construction, permits and landscaping.

The Charlotte Storm Water Services (CSWS) project team will manage the Lake Mist Project through the phases listed below. 

A general description and range of typical timeframes for project phases is given below.  Specific work is conducted during each phase while an emphasis is made on public involvement throughout the entire project.

Planning Phase (Completed January 2005)
During the planning phase, questionnaires and public meetings are used to obtain input from property owners.  Several improvement alternatives are developed and evaluated to determine the best solution.  A recommended alternative is presented to the public for comment at the end of the planning phase.  The planning phase of a project typically lasts 12 to 27 months. 

Design Phase (Completed September 2005)
During the design phase, construction drawings for the alternative selected during the planning phase are developed.  Many details must be addressed including the determination of specific pipe sizes and alignments, channel widths and lining types, inlet sizes and locations, utility relocations, and easement locations.  The design phase of a project typically lasts 21 to 34 months.

Permitting Phase (Completed October 2005)
During the permitting phase, the required water quality permits are obtained from Federal and State governments.  Other permits such as permission to work within railroad and NCDOT rights-of-way will be obtained during this phase.  The permitting phase of a project typically lasts 3 to 9 months.  The permitting phase of a project may overlap other phases.

Property Easement/Acquisition (Completed May 2006)
The City's real estate staff works with citizens and businesses to acquire Storm Drainage Easements (SDEs).  The City requests that SDEs be donated to provide access to your property to make the recommended improvements and provide future maintenance.  In addition to SDEs, temporary construction easements may be needed to access work areas.  The bid phase will begin after all easements are acquired.  The easement acquisition phase of a project typically lasts 8 to 12 months.

Bid Phase (Completed February 2006)
During the bid phase, the final plans will be circulated to qualified contractors for a competitive bidding process.  By state law, the lowest responsible bidder is awarded the construction contract.  The bid phase of a project typically lasts 4 to 5 months.

Construction Phase (Completed December 2006)
Project is currently in the Warranty Phase. Storm Water will continue to monitor the project area, including grass establishment, thru December 2007. If you are aware of any project related items that may need to be investigated by Storm Water during the warranty phase, please contact the Lake Mist City Project Manager, Jennifer Barker, or City Construction Manager, Gary Stansbury.

Project Team

Jennifer Barker, P.E.
City Project Manager

Doug Lozner, P.E.
Watershed Area Manager

Matthew Gustis, P.E.
City Engineering Team Program Manager

Gary Stansbury
City Construction Manager