Lee County District 3 Commissioner Larry Kiker and Village of Estero Mayor Nick Batos announced a draft interlocal agreement at a press conference on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, assuring the county will continue to provide the following services to the village:
- road maintenance and roadside canal maintenance
- natural resources and surface water management
- animal control and shelter.
The interlocal agreement calls for the village to pay the county $2,986,242 for these continued services. Billing will be on a quarterly basis, at the end of each quarter, i.e., the end of December, March, June and September.
This agreement ensures continuity of government services and level of services to the Village residents. Services can be transferred to Estero or added back to the county with a 60 day notice.
The Village of Estero will be taking on the Community Development operations and has set October 1 as a target date for initiating the village’s planning, zoning and code enforcement. The village expects to take over permitting on January 1, 2016.
In addition, the county will begin to provide the village with the impact fees collected in Estero from the village’s inception on January 1, 2015, forward.
Still to come between the county and the village: a master transportation agreement that determines road ownership and capital funding; and a long-term agreement for solid waste collection and disposal.
The interlocal agreement will become official following a review and approval by the full village council on August 10, 2015, and the Board of County Commissioners on September 1, 2015.
Members of the negotiating team from the Village of Estero include: Mayor Nick Batos, Interim Village Manager Peter Lombardi and Village Attorney Burt Saunders.
Members of the negotiating team from Lee County include: Lee County District 3 Commissioner Larry Kiker, County Manager Roger Desjarlais, Assistant County Manager Pete Winton and County Attorney Richard Wesch.