Here is a summary of the meetings that occurred in November with regards to changes for the Village of Estero.
Council Meeting – November 7th
- Village Councilmembers presented former Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott with a proclamation recognizing his legacy of service in law enforcement in Lee County.
- Councilmembers also presented a proclamation to local Purple Heart veterans proclaiming the Village of Estero as a Purple Heart Village.
- Included on the Consent Agenda was Resolution No. 2018-19 establishing meeting dates and times for the Village Council in 2019 and CN 2018-04 ranking of consultants and contract negotiation for the turn lane design and permitting services for Williams Road at the Estero High School.
- Council approved the ranking of consultants and authorized staff to negotiate a contract with Vitalink to provide professional consulting services to develop a branding and roadway monument signs program.
- Ordinance No. 2018-25 – Council approved this ordinance providing retail gas pump security measures and establishing security measure requirements for owners and operators of retail gas pumps. This protective measure requires a new lock be placed on gas pumps to prevent the use of credit card skimmers. The Village will personally meet with the owners of Estero’s gas stations to make sure they are aware of this new ordinance which becomes effective on January 1, 2019
- Village Manager Steve Sarkozy informed Council that the River Oaks Preserve property is included in the lands Conservation 20/20 will be considering for purchase at an upcoming meeting. The Preserve is about 10 acres located at the eastern end of E. Broadway. Council came to a consensus agreeing that the Village Manager should submit a letter supporting this purchase and agreeing to maintain the property immediately adjacent to the floodplain and waterway on this land.
- Agnoli, Barber, and Bainbridge gave an update on the roadway and sidewalk plans for Estero Parkway. It is anticipated that the construction could start at the end of April for the first of May 2019.
- Estero River Maintenance – David Willems stated that development has increased the sediment in the river which affects both stormwater and navigation of the river. Lee County has removed some debris but the river has not been cleared of sediment in recent history. Since the river runs through to the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve, he recommends the Village consider selective sediment and debris removal following a study to determine existing conditions.
Council Meeting – November 28th
- Legislative Update – State Senator Kathleen Passidomo presented Council with a legislative update, noting the budget will not be as robust as in the past but they will be addressing water issues.
- Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
- Council approved a second reading/public hearing of Ordinance 2018-26 through 2018-35 repealing inapplicable Lee County-only regulations.
- Land Purchase Contingencies Village Manager Steve Sarkozy gave an update on the issues associated with the purchase of the 62 acres of land adjacent to the Estero River along US 41 and Corkscrew Road. Sarkozy pointed out that even though Estero is a new community, nine proposals were received from banks proposing to enter into a loan agreement with the Village for this purchase. The final review of contingencies will occur in a December 5 workshop followed by a proposed waiver of contingencies for final approval of the purchase at the December 12 Council meeting.
- Updated FEMA Maps Public Works Director David Willems stated FEMA has finalized the updated maps for the area generally located south of Corkscrew Road and east of US 41. The maps will become effective December 7, 2018.
- Reserve Policy Assistant to the Village Manager Kyle Coleman explained that Ordinance 2019-01 is being proposed so that the operating reserves may be expanded and dedicated to three specific funds. 1) Operating Reserve, 2) Litigation Defense Reserve and 3) Major Road maintenance Reserve.
- Estero Chamber of Commerce Nolen Rollins, President-Elect of the Estero Chamber of Commerce, gave a presentation on the changes taking place within the Chamber. They are asking for the Village to become a Diamond Partner, a one-time investment of $25,000.
No voting occurs during workshops.
Additional details will be 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 Council meeting will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Wed., December 5, 2018.
The Design Review Board – November 14thMeeting
A public hearing for Edera, located on the southeast corner of Via Coconut and Williams Road.
- Edera is a multi-family development of 180 apartment units in four buildings consisting of studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms with elevators and 398 parking spaces, 151 of which will be under the buildings. They will require a minimum of one-year leases and are proposed to range in price between $1200 – $1400 per month. In addition, the developer will install and maintain offsite landscaping in the Williams Road/Via Coconut Point roundabout and medians as well as a transit/school bus stop shelter.
The Board voted to approve this application with several stipulations.
Design Review Board – November 28thMeeting
Public Information Meeting – No Voting Occurs
- Shoppes at Estero Grand Monument Change Proposal – Minor changes proposed to the current signage.
- Market Place at Coconut Point – The Market Place at Coconut Point is a proposed grocery-anchored center having an organic grocery store, retail shops, restaurant and an undetermined tenant on a 1-acre parcel located on the east side of US 41 between Sweetwater Ranch Boulevard and Via Rapallo Drive.
The agenda is here: https://estero-fl.gov/agendas/. Residents are invited to attend or they may watch the meeting online at http://estero-fl.gov/council/watch-meetings-online/.