Agreement for Election Services
The agreement for Election Services between the Village and Sharon Harrington, the Supervisor of Elections of Lee County, was approved, with the added addendum. The estimated cost for this agreement is $138,000; the actual expenses for the election services will be sent to the Village following the election. The Village has budgeted $150,000 to fund this agreement. (Agreement)
The cost for “early voting” is approximately $50,000. Since only a small number of residents have taken advantage of early voting in the past, versus the large number of residents voting by mail and voting on election day, Council may consider not offering early voting to garner this cost savings. Council asks that residents let them know how they feel about early voting either before or during the October 19 Council meeting.
Traffic Study Consultant Agreement
The Village-wide traffic study agreement with Kimley-Horn was approved, as amended. The change was to substitute the left turn out of Fountain Lakes and US 41 for the right turn out of Marsh Landing Boulevard and US-41.
The study will include retrieving safety and crash data, conducting traffic counts at a number of locations during peak hours, and forecasting traffic volumes at buildout. This study will be conducted during peak season, either at the end of February or the beginning of March 2017. The revised project cost is $76,452. (Agreement)
This resolution waives the competitive bidding process, allowing the Village Manager to execute a contract for Public Works Services with JGucciardo Consulting LLC. The resolution was approved as amended; the contract is to be capped at $15,600. Should additional funding be necessary, the Village Manager will bring the issue back to Council for approval. (Resolution) (Current Maintenance Agreement with Lee County)
This contract will assist in the transition of the Village taking over the maintenance of major roads in Estero, once the County and the Village resolve the issue of which roads and when.
John Gucciardo has extensive experience in municipal public works services. He previously served as Assistant City Manager for the City of Bonita Springs and had management oversight for the public works department.
There was a discussion about whether or not to support membership in the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council at a cost of approximately $6,000. In the past, Council has declined to spend the money for this membership.
Community Development Director Mary Gibbs will look into having a representative from the Planning Council and/or the Estero Bay Agency on Bay Management attend a future Council meeting to provide further information.
In response to a question about new street lights along US41 in the historic district, Kyle Coleman, Assistant to the Village Manager, responded that the lights are to be installed on November 28.
Another resident suggested that lighting be added to Estero Parkway.
Councilmember Katy Errington brought up the possible passage of the medical marijuana amendment in November. If it should pass, she asked if there is a way to regulate where dispensaries are to be located.
Village Attorney Burt Saunders stated that his firm is working on two ordinances regarding this issue. One ordinance would be for a short-term moratorium on marijuana dispensaries, and the second ordinance would determine how the dispensaries would be regulated and would restrict the number and location of dispensaries.
Councilmember Jim Boesch noted that Billie Hattaway, District Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation, is leaving. Boesch suggested Hattaway be asked to send someone from his staff to give Council a presentation on the new trends in transportation. Village Manager Steve Sarkozy will follow up on this.
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, October 19, 2016.