The Council approved a local Communications Services Tax fee of 3.61 percent, which is less than the 5.1 percent maximum allowed by the state. The Village will start to collect these tax fees in January 1, 2016.

In addition, an ordinance was approved to expedite participation in the national flood program to prevent any lapse in the current rating discount the community currently has experienced.
A resolution was passed designating Mayor Nick Batos to serve as Estero’s Voting Delegate at the annual Business Session of the 89th Annual Conference of the Florida League of Cities, Inc., August 13- 15, 2015, in Orlando, Florida. These conferences are designed to provide educational opportunities to help Florida’s municipal officials serve their citizenry more effectively.

Interim Village Manger Peter Lombardi updated the Council on the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) safety lighting project on US 41 from south of Coconut Road north to San Carlos Boulevard. This streetlight project was approved in 2012 using Federal Highway Safety Program funds, but due to increased costs, the project was delayed and will be split into two phases. The first phase will be initiated in the summer of 2016, with the addition of LED lighting starting south of Pelican Landing Boulevard to north of Corkscrew Road. The northern phase will be completed once more funds have been allocated.

Additional information is available in the minutes of this meeting.