Interlocal Agreement with Lee County
Council members reviewed and approved the interlocal agreement for continued public services between the Village of Estero and Lee County assuring the county will continue to provide the following services to the village:
- road maintenance and roadside canal maintenance
- natural resources and surface water management
- animal control and shelter.
The interlocal agreement calls for the village to pay the county $2,986,242 for these services, which will be provided at the same level as currently received, thus providing seamless coverage for Estero residents.
Services can be transferred to Estero or added back to the county with a 60 day notice.
The interlocal agreement pertaining to the collection of impact fees is retroactive to January 1, 2015, which is estimated to bring $695,700 to the village.
The interlocal agreement pertaining to shared data and services of the Lee County Property Appraiser will provide Estero with GIS operations, or mapping, at no cost to the village.
The village is planning to take over the Community Development operations in the near future and will pay the county for these services on a month-to-month basis after October 1. The village expects to initiate the village’s planning, zoning and code enforcement to start with and then take over permitting on January 1, 2016.
Interim Village Manager Peter Lombardi reported that two of the four companies responding to the RFQ for firms providing general planning services fully met the required qualifications: Calvin, Giordano & Associates and CH2M.
Lombardi recommended Calvin Giordano as first choice and CH2M as second choice. Council approved the priority list and authorized Lombardi and Vice-Mayor Levitan to negotiate a contract and fee with Calvin Giordano and, if successful, bring it to council for approval. If they are unsuccessful in the negotiations, they will negotiate with CH2M. The process is governed by the Consultants Competitive Negotiation Act (CNNA).
Audit Selection Committee
The Council agreed to appoint Interim Village Manger Peter Lombardi, Finance Director Lisa Pace and Estero resident Bob Lienesch to the Audit Selection Committee.
Council member Bill Ribble thanked Interim Village Manager Peter Lombardi for his assistance with the future office space at 9401 Corkscrew Palms Circle. Lombardi proved the council chamber could be enlarged by 15 feet, allowing for additional room for increased attendance at future meetings.
Council member Katy Errington noted that the Estero Historical Preservation Citizens Committee had met recently and is working with FGCU to digitize all remaining historical documents from the Koreshans, Happahatchee Center and others.
Council member Jim Boesch noted that the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has listed improvements to the I-75 Corkscrew Road interchange as its number 1 priority.
Council member Jim Wilson stated there are 70 applicants for the permanent Village Manager position. He noted that Peter Lombardi did not apply but offered his assistance during the transition. All council thanked Lombardi for his work to date and for assisting in the future.