Published: Dec 27, 2012 7:10 PM EST

Cape Coral, Fla. -- Cape Coral's utilities expansion project has been on and off again for years. As it stands now, the project is on, and people living in Southwest 6/7 will be asked to pay thousands of dollars to hook into city water and sewer. Now, there's a new man in charge of the project.

Paul Clinghan started work December 17th and says his wife and three children are excited that he has moved to sunny southwest Florida.

He is putting his more than 25 years of engineering experience to work starting in Cape Coral's Southwest 6/7.


It's here that the city will re-launch its project of hooking up residents who are currently on well water to city water, sewer, and irrigation, whether they like it or not.

Clinghan is splitting the job in that part of the city into seven different sections, or contracts, to save money. "It makes the project more efficient, more cost effective, helps keep the cost down, in a competitive bid environment," he said.

His goals of keeping costs low are one of the reasons City Manager John Szerlag hired him. Szerlag says  "Paul will work with all the team members and stakeholders to ensure that the work is done in a timely and cost-efficient manner for our customers."

The official start date for the project is still up in the air, but the city wants to start the bidding process in June, award by July, and start construction by August.


When that happens, people will see large equipment in front of their homes as crews work to install pipes.

Another concern for homeowners is how this project will affect their wallets. But the new project manager tells us it's too early to know how much this project will cost residents.