The community of Villa Tasso recently got an extreme makeover, thanks to District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander. Villa Tasso is a Choctawhatchee Bay community in the southwest corner of District 4.
For decades, the residents had endured mostly dirt roads, excessive stormwater run-off and other problems. Residents reported no major improvements had been made in years, but that has changed.
Recently, 12 streets in the community were paved for the first time. According to Commissioner Comander, Cliff Knauer, an engineer with Preble-Rish, did all of the design work for the project and Utility Solutions of DeFuniak Springs, the construction contractor, brought the whole project in early and under budget by more than $42,600.
Comander said, “The newly-paved streets and stormwater retention work alleviates flooding throughout the community. In some places, we enhanced the drainage ditches and, overall, improved the flow of stormwater run-off.
To further enhance the area, a new pocket-park has been built that features a basketball goal, playground equipment and a picnic area. A parking area for a small existing park at the end of County Line Road has been paved and additional picnic tables and benches will soon be added.
Comander said she has already received calls from Villa Tasso residents who are pleased with the new improvements. “This paving and stormwater work is helping people in this community who have waited patiently for relief and I really appreciate the hard work and dedication of everyone involved.”