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Sweetwater West Construction Update Week of September 11, 2022
Posted on Sep 9, 2022
This weekly update is provided to help inform residents of upcoming active work areas. Residents are asked to use caution near construction areas and understand this schedule could be affected by weather or other unforeseen conditions.
OCPS SCHOOL BUS ROUTE CHANGE: Orange County Public Schools Transportation has designated one stop in the community at Sweetwater Country Club Drive and Sweetwater West Circle. The buses will enter thru the main gate, make a right on Sweetwater West Circle, and depart thru the Welch Road gate. To allow for school bus movement and visibility, please do not park near the bus stop. This plan will remain in place until all sewer lines and asphalt have been installed. If needed, the OCPS Transportation contact is:
Denise Delapaz
Area Manager, Apopka
407-884-2208 IP 5003210
TRAFFIC ALERT: Nightwork for the gravity sewer lines on Welch Road east of the community entrance continues. Expect nightly lane closures as needed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. Remember to be alert to roadway changes and be safe!
PROJECT UPDATE: An additional crew is starting next week. A third crew (currently working on this project in the Highlands) will be joining us in the next one to two months and then we will have three pipe crews in Sweetwater West! With the increased construction activity, expect more noise, dust, and equipment. Thank you in advance for your understanding!
The project team is now targeting April 2023 for completion. The schedule may be impacted by weather, supply chain, or other unforeseen conditions, but know we are doing our best to finish as soon as possible!
THIS WEEK: Lapin Services will be installing the sewer line from the cleanout to the homes below. To do this they will need to dig a trench about two feet wide at the homes below. The process should take about 1-1 ½ days per home. Once the pipe has passed testing, the trench will be backfilled.
Prime Construction will sod the area as soon as possible pending sod delivery. Lapin Services will be working on the following homes in this order:
1742, 1738, 1730, 1726, 1714, 1718, 1710, 1706, 1692, 1684, 1681, 1680, 1659 Sweetwater West Circle
1317, 1324 Valley Pine Circle
A second crew will begin working on the sewer line at Misty Ridge Court. Driveway access will be impacted at the following homes:
Misty Ridge Ct. 
The first crew will continue installing gravity sewer pipes and working on manholes on Sweetwater West Circle. Concrete work on the sidewalks and curb, and preparation for asphalt will occur throughout the week. Driveway access may be impacted at the following homes:
 Homes on Sweetwater West Circle between Sweetwater Country Club Drive and Valley Pine Circle (closest to Longhill Dr.)
SOD: Is on order.
SERVICE CONNECTIONS TO HOMES: If Lapin Services has reached out to you and you have not yet done so, please complete the Orange County permit to allow them to work on the service connection. Please call Kim Smith, Lapin Services, at 407-841-8200 with any questions.
IRRIGATION: If you have a broken irrigation pipe due to construction, please contact Lisa Mark (contact info below) to alert the contractor and follow up until the repair is completed.
WASTE/YARD WASTE PICK-UP: If your trash, recycling, or yard waste is missed, please call the Orange County Solid Waste Hotline at 407-836-6601 to request a pick-up. Issues may also be reported via Orange County’s 311 phone number.
Thank you for your patience with the construction! For concerns or questions, please contact Public Information Officer Lisa Mark at 407-338-3650 or
Wekiva Springs Road & Welch Road Gates Update
Posted on Jun 23, 2022
To All Residents:
Thank you for your patience during the Septic to Sewer Project.  We apologize for the disruption the construction has caused you.
The Wekiva Springs Road gate is returned to full service.  The Welch Road gate will be closed from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM Monday through Saturday.  As always, your transponders will open both gates.
Bob Richcreek
President SWW HOA
Quarterly Update
Posted on Apr 1, 2022
Dear SWW Residents:
Happy Spring!!  I have seen so many of you cleaning up your yards, cutting lawns, trimming hedges, deadheading all the frost damage, getting trees trimmed and planting those annual flowers/plants in the ground. It is such a good sign that Spring has arrived.
Our first of the year Food Truck Event was held last Friday and many of our residents attended and a fun time was had by all. Again, kudos to our Board member, Sarah Gumina for making the arrangements to make this happen.
Also, our first of the year Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24. The hours will be from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. It is time to clean out our garages and make a profit on things we no longer use!
I am glad to report that the Septic to Sewer Project is proceeding, though behind schedule. The contractor advised that Sweetwater West Circle, between Northfield Drive and Sweetwater Country Club Drive is to be temporarily repaved following the installation of the gravity sewer and the “force” main leading from the lift station to the County’s sewer that parallels Wekiwa Springs Road. Also, the electric service to the lift station was installed last week. It appears, that the garbage, recycle and yard waste collection issues in the construction area have been resolved between the contractor and Waste Management. I hope you find the weekly construction update notifications helpful. A few of our residents have not completed and returned the License Agreements. The County sent out registered letters to those homeowners and some if not all, have been contacted by a Board member. If you have not done so, please complete the License Agreement and return it as indicated.
You might not have noticed that we have engaged a new landscaping contractor, RLC Landscaping. They have over 50 years of landscaping services for both commercial and residential clients across Central Florida. I am interested in any feedback you have regarding their work.
Commissioner Christine Moore notified me to let our residents know that the County Board has voted to reduce the speed limit on several local streets from 45 MPH to 40 MPH. The street, most affecting us, is Wekiwa Springs Road. Soon, the County will be changing the speed limit signs. The change is made because of the number of accidents and speeding tickets issued. I wanted to make you aware of the change, please be careful.
Our Annual Members Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. We are holding the meeting at First Baptist Church Sweetwater, 3800 Wekiva Springs Road, Room A115 in Longwood. If you are unable to attend in person, a virtual link will be made available. By now, all of you should have received your meeting packet mailed to you. In the event, that you are unable to attend the meeting, please execute your Proxy to ensure the necessary quorum of owners is established. You may also sign your proxy and give to a neighbor who will be attending the meeting. We also included in the mailing, a Contact Information Sheet. In case of an emergency, our Property Manager and/or a Board Member may need to contact you. We ask that you return this sheet with your updated information to our Property Manager, Ramona Leccese or bring them to the meeting.
Bob Richcreek
SWW Board President
Bear Proof Garbage Cans for Purchase
Posted on Oct 16, 2021
Dear SWW Residents:
At last night's Board Meeting, the issue was raised again regarding the activity of Bears in our community getting into garbage containers, etc.
Please see the attached article from Commissioner Christine Moore.  She has arranged for bear proof garbage cans to be purchased for $50.00.  These cans normally sell for $245.00.
The article linked below details how they can be purchased at this reduced price.
SWW Board
PS: Commissioner Christine Moore's office has corrected the problem we have with the county's website, indicating we do not live in a bear management area.  The County has a glitch in their system.  When ordering the bear proof can, DO NOT LIST....Circle, Court, Street, etc.  For example,
                            20 Sweetwater West
                            20 Silver Valley 
                            20 Branch Hill
When putting in your address, it will bring up your property information and you will be able to place your order.
Flags Placed by Septic to Sewer Contractor
Posted on Oct 16, 2021
SWW Residents:
A question was raised at last night's Board meeting regarding identification flags placed on yards by the septic to sewer contractor.  
These flags mark underground cables and water piping.  If possible, please do not remove them.
If you have any questions, please call Bob Richcreek or Laurie Windham.  Thanks for your cooperation.
Orange County Sheriff Patrols in the Community
Posted on May 24, 2021
Dear Residents:
With some reluctance, the Board has reinstated the Orange County Sheriff Patrols in our Community. These Officers will be issuing citations to offenders. The Board has received additional complaints of speeding and ignoring stop signs.
We ask that all residents adhere to the 25 MPH speed limit and obey stop signs.  
Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.


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