FGCU partnership – Estero River monitoring
Dr. GregTolley, Professor of Marine Science and Executive Director of Florida Gulf Coast University’s (FGCU) Water School, gave a short introduction to the work to be conducted at the new school. He stated there will be 31 professors looking at sea level rise, climate change, hurricanes, sea grasses and much more. The new school’s building is to be completed in 2021.
Public Works Director David Willems described a proposed contract with FGCU to provide water quality monitoring and bacteria/nutrient source identification services on the Estero River.
The tidal section of the river has been identified by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as impaired for dissolved oxygen and bacteria. FGCU will conduct water quality monitoring within this section of the river to identify the source(s) of these impairments.
Sampling of the river will start near Country Creek and go downstream to Estero Bay. Council approved the $48,193 contract for work that is expected to start in August and run for a period of 15 months. This allows sampling in both the wet and dry seasons. (Contract)
Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant
Council authorized Village Manager Steve Sarkozy to sign a letter of support for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. Through this program, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will distribute funds to Cape Coral and Fort Myers Police Departments, Lee County Port Authority and Lee County Human and Veteran Services. Funding will be used to purchase license plate readers for agency operations as well as pay a portion of the per diem rate to house individuals at the Bob Janes Triage Center/Low Demand Shelter. (Letter)
Coconut Road Crosswalks and Drainage Improvements
Council voted to approve a contract with Kisinger Campo & Associates, Corp. to provide engineering services for the design and permitting services work required for Coconut Road crosswalks and drainage improvements west of US 41 for a cost of $66,515.
The contract includes the survey and design of drainage improvements at three locations and extension of a sidewalk at Coconut Road and South Coconut Island Drive. Also included is a survey and design of a mid-block crosswalk near the intersection of Olde Meadowbrook Boulevard and Coconut Road. (Contract)
Project Management and Engineering Support Services
Council approved a contract with CW3 Engineering, Inc. to provide a consultant to fill the role of Public Works Project Manager. The consultant will assist in managing some of the transportation projects to make sure they stay on schedule, such as Estero Parkway and Williams Road. The consultant will provide project management and engineering support services on an as needed basis. The contract amount is not to exceed $75,000 per year. (Contract)
Capital Improvement Program
Council voted to approve the first reading of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The CIP lists a number of future roadway, intersection, bike/pedestrian, and landscaping beautification projects, among other items. (Draft CIP)
A second reading/public hearing is set for July 24, 2019.
Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020
Finance Director Lisa Griggs Roberson gave a presentation of proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020. (Proposed budget)
Two public hearings will be held on September 4, at 5:30 P.M. and September 18, at 5:30 P.M. to include votes by Council to approve the millage rate and proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020.
Note: Resolution No. 2019-08, regarding the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, and Ordinance No. 2019-26, regarding special assessments, were pulled from the agenda to be reviewed at a future date.
Additional details will be 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 held on Wednesday, July 24, 2019.