At their first meeting of 2017, Council approved several resolutions pertaining to the takeover of local roads on January 7.

In addition to the already approved contracts for mowing, landscape and irrigation maintenance and street sweeping, Council approved the following resolutions:

Resolution 2017-02

This resolution provides the Village authority to collect a series of fixed fees for the review of both commercial and residential rights-of-way permits to be completed within the Village. (Resolution)

Resolution 2017-03

This resolution waives competitive bidding and authorizes Village Manager Steve Sarzosky to execute a construction contract agreement with Pritchard Construction, LLC, for various maintenance projects within the Village. (Resolution)

Traffic signal maintenance agreement with Lee County

Council approved this agreement with Lee County which will maintain all of the traffic signals in the Village except the traffic signal at Via Coconut and Coconut Road, which are both roads being assumed by the Village.

Workshop Items

Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council

Tiffany Esposito, Executive Director of the Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council, gave a short presentation on the Council’s strategic plan.  She also requested that one Village Councilmember serve as a voting member on their board and Village Manager Steve Sarkozy serve as a non-voting, resource partner.  Council agreed to join the board for $5,000, on a one-year trial basis. (Presentation)

Available Estero Properties

A short discussion was conducted regarding several properties which are available for purchase within the Village.  It was suggested further discussions should be held in the one-on-one Village Manager and Councilmember discussions.

State Legislative Agenda

Several items were discussed to forward on to the Legislative Delegation prior to their January 19 meeting.  The topics include support for interim road improvements on Corkscrew Road at I-75; funding for the acquisition of Edison Farms; limiting discharges from Lake Okeechobee, and a ban on fracking. Opposition would be to any legislation that would mandate fertilizer standards that preempt local municipal standards and any legislation that would preempt Home Rule protections.

The final draft will be adopted on Wednesday, January 18.

Zoning Amendment Ordinances

Ordinance 2017-01

This was a first reading of this ordinance for the approval of an amendment to allow for the reconfiguration of the master concept plan for the Estero United Methodist Church.  The church is located on the southeast corner of US 41 and Lord’s Way.

Council expressed concerns regarding the fact the church is not hooked into Lee County’s sewer system, the lack of a pattern book for this project and the need for a turn lane into the church property.  (Staff Report and Ordinance)

Ordinance 2016-15

This was the second reading and public hearing for this ordinance.  This ordinance approves the Comprehensive Plan amendment and is related to the zoning case in Ordinance 2016-16, which is the rezoning for The Reef Phase II project.  The Reef II is a proposed student living apartment complex.  It is located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Estero Parkway and Three Oaks Parkway, adjacent to The Reef Phase I.

Council approved these ordinances. (Ordinance 2016-15 and Ordinance 2016-16)

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, January 18, 2016.