2015-2016 Audit Report
Marty Redovan, with CliftonLarsonAllen, gave a presentation on the independent auditors’ report on the Village’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending on September 30, 2016. He stated that the Village had complied with all of the Chapter 218.39 Florida Statutes and that the report was well done by the Village team. (Audit Report)
Village Manager Steve Sarkozy credited Lisa Roberson and her team for this good report.
Christopher Spiro, Spiro & Associates, gave a brief overview of the Horizon Council as requested by Councilmember Jim Wilson.
The Council has representatives from six cities and serves as a public-private board to advise the Lee County Board of Commissioners on economic development issues. Their goal is to develop communication between businesses, government entities and other community partners related to economic development throughout the region. (Presentation)
Planning & Zoning Board applicant interviews and appointment
Council interviewed seven applicants to fill the vacancy on the Planning & Zoning Board and selected Robert King to serve the term 4/19/17 – 3/31/18.
Resolution No. 2017-10
Council adopted this resolution approving the vacation of part of a drainage easement for the Estero Veterinary Referral Center, 10100 Arcos Avenue in the Plaza Del Sol, located on the northeast corner of Three Oaks Parkway and Corkscrew Road.
The Center plans to build a two-story clinic to provide 24/7 critical care and emergency services.
Estero River Boating Committee reimbursement request
Volunteers with the Estero River Boating Committee asked the Village to reimburse Pelican Sound Golf & River Club for the Estero River safety signage project.
The Pelican Sound Golf & River Club had fronted the Committee with $2,869.45 for signage along the river to educate the many user groups on the river. The signage was installed by volunteers from the Estero River Boating Committee.
While Council advised that such projects should be approved in advance, they did approve this request as it was determined that this project serves a public purpose.
Office Space Acquisition
The Village has been offered rental of the remainder of the second floor of the Village Hall which would meet anticipated space needs for the foreseeable future.
Village Manager Steve Sarkozy gave a presentation on the growing office space requirements, in particular the need for a large conference room to host meetings for community development, public works and vendor meetings, among others.
Additional needs include office space for expanded community development staff, part-time employees and contractors.
South Lee County Watershed Initiative update
Roger Copp, Water Science Associates, gave an update on the regional modeling task associated with the Village’s Stormwater Master Plan. He stated they are saving money by using data collected from studies conducted by local experts.
Copp described how they are looking at the area from Ft. Myers/Lehigh Acres south to Bonita Springs. He stated that SR 82 water ends up in Estero on its way to the Gulf. (Presentation)
The study will address water quality and flooding issues so that the Village may later take action. They are three months in to the 18-month project.
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, May 3, 2017.