Ban on medical marijuana dispensaries and Estero Parkway among topics discussed at the Council meeting November 15, 2017

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Resolution 2017-31

This resolution was adopted as part of the Consent Agenda.  It supports the designation of the Coach Jeff Sommer Memorial Highway on U.S. 41 from the north to southern boundaries of the Village of Estero.  (Resolution 2017-31)

Ordinance 2nd Reading and Public Hearing – Ordinance 2017-10

Council voted to adopt this ordinance to prohibit medical marijuana facilities within the boundaries of the Village.  (Ordinance 2017-10)

It was noted that the state legislature will address additional regulations on medical marijuana dispensaries during the 2018 legislative session.  Currently, the only options the state has permitted is to either ban dispensaries altogether or allow dispensaries wherever retail pharmacies are located, with no limit to the number of dispensaries.  Council will address this issue again following additional new regulations by the state.

Ordinance 2nd Reading and Public Hearing – Ordinance 2017-11

 Council voted to table this ordinance until a future date.

Action Item – Resolution 2017-32

 Council voted to adopt this resolution establishing Council meeting dates for 2018. (Resolution 2017-32)

 Action Item – Resolution 2017-33

Council voted to adopt this resolution approving a budget amendment for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 for the Building Fee Fund. Building fees have been significantly higher than originally budgeted. This has resulted in an increase in operating cost for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, so the budgeted expenditures need to be increased in order to fully fund the estimated actual expenditures.

The 2017-2018 Building Fee Fund budgeted operating expenditures are $1,033,260.  (Resolution 2017-33)

Action Item – Estero Parkway roadway/landscape design & Estero roadways landscape master plan

 Council voted to approve the contract with Agnoli, Barber and Brundage for Phase 1 – Preliminary Design & Alternatives Analysis for Estero Parkway Roadway/Landscape Design & Estero Roadways Landscape Master Plan.

The contractor may now initiate the field work required to consider all potential roadway options, including lane width changes, on-road biking configurations, and roundabouts, among others.

Phase 1 will consider all potential layouts for the road surface, with landscaping, lighting, and other amenities to be considered in subsequent phases. Cost of the contract is $175,430.

Workshop – Comprehensive Plan

A workshop was conducted regarding the conservation and coastal management, capital improvement and intergovernmental coordination elements of the proposed Comprehensive Plan.  (Presentation).

Additional details are available in the minutes of this meeting.  Residents may also view the archived meeting by going to the Village website http://estero-fl.gov/council/watch-meetings-online/.

The next Council meeting will be a Comprehensive Plan workshop held at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

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