The Village Council voted to appoint Jon McLain to represent the residents of District 3 in Estero. McLain took his seat at the dais to start his term immediately, which is effective until March 18, 2019.
McLain is replacing Don Brown who was forced to resign in May due to his failing health. (There was a moment of silence at the beginning of this meeting when it was announced that Don Brown passed on the evening of June 20, 2017.)
Ordinance No. 2017-02 – Edera at Coconut Point (Tract 1A and L1)
There was a first reading of this ordinance pertaining to Edera at Coconut Point.
The applicant is now proposing 180 apartments over parking in four buildings at a height of 45 feet. They also plan a recreational facility and path with gathering spaces around the lake located at the south end of the property which is located on the east side of Via Coconut Point and south of Williams Road.
Council moved this to a second reading following a review by the Planning & Zoning Board on July 18, 2017, in order for the Board to review the changes the applicant has made since their public hearing before the Board on December 13, 2016.
Public testimony will be taken on this ordinance at the second reading and public hearing. (Ordinance No. 2017-02)
Resolution No. 2017- 16 – Estero Commons plat
Council adopted this resolution addressing the final plat of Estero Commons. The majority of this 2.18-acre site on US 41 is already developed with a RaceTrac service station and Coconut Point Honda. The remaining land is a preserve area which cannot be developed.
CN 2017-01 Estero Parkway Roadway and Landscape Design
Council approved this competitive negotiation bid package to solicit proposals for roadway and landscape design services for Estero Parkway. (CN 2017-01)
RFQ 2017-01 Village Hall second floor remodel
Council approved the request for quotation to solicit proposals for the Village Hall second floor improvements. This will provide construction services for remodeling in order to provide a conference room and reception area in the recently acquired second floor space. (RFQ 2017-01)
RFQ 2017-04 Pipe replacement under Broadway Avenue
Council approved this request for quotation regarding the replacement of a drainage pipe under Broadway Avenue, west of Poinciana Avenue. The original pipe was aluminum, is in bad shape and has led to deterioration in the road above the pipe. It needs to be replaced with a concrete pipe, and the goal is to get it replaced in the next 30 days. (RFQ 2017-04) (Presentation)
RFQ 2017-02 Disaster debris monitoring
Council approved this request for quotation for disaster debris monitoring services should they be needed. This bid contract would only be executed if a local, isolated event occurred in Estero and Lee County did not activate their disaster response process. (RFQ 2017-02)
RFQ 2017-03 Disaster recovery services
Council approved this RFQ for disaster recovery services should they be needed. This bid contract would only be executed if a local, isolated event occurred in Estero and Lee County did not activate their disaster response process. (RFQ 2017-03)
Public comment on non-agenda items
Gary Israel, Publisher of Estero Life Magazine and Rotarian, spoke about the arrangements the Rotary is planning for this year’s annual “Light up Estero” event. It will be held on December 2 at the Estero Community Park. Additional details will be presented closer to that date.
Mayor Jim Boesch stated that the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2040 Transportation Plan has been approved and it does not include the extension of CR-951. (CR-951 starts in southern Collier County and goes north to Immokalee Road. Plans are for it to continue north from Immokalee Road to Bonita Beach Road. Proposals had called for it to extend through Edison Farms up to Alico Road.)
Boesch also stated that on September 6, the Florida Department of Transportation and the Lee Department of Transportation will be holding a workshop on improvements to the I-75 underpass.
Vice Mayor Bill Ribble stated he is going to nominate the Village’s first mayor, Nick Batos, as Estero’s “Man of the Year” as part of the Florida League of Cities’ annual event.
Councilmember Katy Errington stated she called the Florida Department of Transportation to ask why the tall grass and weeds are not being removed along US 41. She was told that it is due to safety issues related to the installation of the new lighting along US 41 which makes it so they are unable to mow those areas.
Councilmember Howard Levitan stated that the Comprehensive Plan will be coming together during September through December.
Councilmember Jim Wilson suggested Council consider withdrawing from the Southwest Regional Planning Council as they are more focused on issues north of Estero.
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 meeting will be at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 19, 2017.