Village Manager

The Council voted unanimously to hire Steven R. Sarkozy, 61, as the first permanent Village Manager at a base salary of $165,000.

Sarkozy has 35 years of local government experience, the latest as Village Manager for the city of Carlsbad, California.

In his new position, Sarkozy will be the Chief Executive Officer of the Village, responsible to the Village Council.  He will appoint and remove all Village employees, direct and supervise the administration of all departments of the Village, attend all meetings of the Village Council, ensure that all laws, Charter provisions, ordinances, resolutions and other acts of the Council are faithfully executed, prepare the annual operating and capital budget, and keep the Council fully advised as to the financial condition and future needs of the Village, and make such recommendations to the Council concerning the affairs of the Village as he deems appropriate.

Sarkozy is scheduled to start work on November 2.

Community Development Department

An ordinance establishing the Village of Estero Community Development Department was approved.

Mary Gibbs, Director of Community Development, will oversee all of the future comprehensive planning, zoning, development and environmental permits, code compliance, and building permits and inspections performed by contractor Calvin Giordano & Associates.

Calvin Giordano & Associates Inc., who will function as staff of the Community Development Department, will process all applications of the department except for Building Permits and Inspections.  Those will continue to be processed by Lee County until January 1, 2016, after which they will be processed by the Estero Community Development Department.

False Alarm Ordinance

This ordinance applies to both homeowners as well as commercial property owners.

A false alarm means the activation of an alarm system for any reason other than a bonafide incident, such as a burglary or unauthorized entry, followed by a response by the Sheriff to that alarm site. False alarms cause misuse of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office’s resources by sending units to the scene of the false alarm, thus these units are unavailable to respond to a legitimate emergency situation.   There is a schedule of fines associated with false alarms, starting at $25 for the first and second false alarm, and going up to $400 for nine or more false alarms.  Fines associated with this ordinance will go to the Sheriff’s Office.

Research Service Agreement with Florida Gulf Coast University 

Council passed a resolution approving a research agreement between the Village of Estero and Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU).  The FGCU Board of Trustees has agreed to conduct the work entitled “Estero Infrastructure Inventory” at a fixed fee in the amount of $16,113.

National Flood Insurance Program  

The Village was enrolled in the National Flood Insurance Program effective September 30, 2015.  Council approved a resolution to expedite participation in the Community Rating System part of the Program beginning May 1, 2016, and is projected to receive a Class 8 rating for the first year and will work on lowering that number in the future.

The Community Rating System was created to encourage communities to establish sound programs that recognize and encourage floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum National Flood Insurance Program requirements.   By conducting mitigation and outreach activities that increase safety and resilience, communities can earn credits and discounts on flood insurance premiums for property owners.

Additional details are included in the minutes of this meeting.