Council approved issuing a request for qualifications from firms or individuals for professional services to develop the Village’s first Comprehensive Plan. The Village has three years from the date of incorporation to develop its own plan. The state requires the plan to include future land use, transportation, community facilities, conservation, recreation/open space, housing, coastal management and intergovernmental coordination. Responses are due by March 9.
Village Traffic Study
A request for proposal (RFP) for a Village traffic study was approved. This study will include traffic counts on the major roadways within the Village boundaries, excluding Coconut Road as a study of this road is being conducted independently in response to the development proposal at Raptor Bay. This new study will include the traffic impacts of both current and future developments. Responses are due by March 9.
Audio, Video & Sound System
An RFP was approved for proposals from audio, video and sound system vendors to install audio/video/sound systems in the new Village Council Chambers at 9401 Corkscrew Palms Circle. The selected vendor will also be required to provide ongoing support and maintenance on the equipment.
The Village’s goal is to provide the best audio and video tools for meeting presenters as well as video streaming of all Council and Board meetings.
Village CAC representative to the Metropolitan Planning Organizaiton
Council approved the appointment of Robert King to serve as the Village’s representative to the Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC) to the Metropolitan Planning Organization. King also serves as the Estero Council of Community Leaders’ (ECCL) Transportation Director.
Planning & Zoning Board Vacancy
Village Manager Steve Sarkozy stated notices will be posted in local newspapers, the Village website and the Estero Council of Community Leaders’ website regarding the new vacancy on the Planning & Zoning Board. Jeff Maas resigned his post due to a possible conflict of interest with his new position on the Estero Fire Rescue Board of Commissioners.
Council approved a resolution authorizing Village Manager Steve Sarkozy to coordinate the provision of expert testimony to the City of Bonita Springs in zoning hearings related to Pelican Landing development proposals for four, 22-story, high-rise towers in Raptor Bay Golf Club.
The Village Council has determined that the proposed development may have adverse impacts on the public infrastructure, aesthetics, safety, amenities, natural environment and other significant public interest concerns of current and potential future residents in the Village.
Council is concerned, among other things, that hurricane evacuation times and shelter capacity are currently inadequate and that increased density at Raptor Bay will further exacerbate evacuation problems.
Several representatives of the Coconut Road West Neighborhood Coalition thanked the Council for taking this action.
Lee County mayors address water releases from Lake O
Mayor Batos reported Lee County’s six mayors met Wednesday morning to address the many problems associated with the release of brown, freshwater from Lake Okeechobee. These polluted releases dump into the Caloosahatchee River and the gulf, and affect residents’ quality of life as well as having a negative impact on the county’s tourism, small businesses and overall economy. The mayors are working together to propose a number of options for storing this excess water.
Security equipment & services
Council approved a resolution authorizing the waiver of competitive bidding procedures authorizing Village Manger Steve Sarkozy to execute a contract for security equipment and services with Securitas Electronic Security, Inc. The waiver is due to the fact that the new Village Hall requires security equipment to be installed during the construction process. The building is scheduled to be completed by February 29, with the furniture to be delivered the week of March 7.