Recap of Estero Council Meeting on March 4, 2020


Council Meeting – March 4, 2020

Council started their meeting by acknowledging that March is Women’s History Month and designating the month of March 2020 be set aside as Believing in Girls Month.

Public Comment

Three residents spoke.  One thanked Vice Mayor Katy Errington and David Willems for taking part in the recent Estero River workshop; one expressed concerns regarding safety issues associated with 5G and above wireless technology; and one expressed concerns regarding proposed toll roads and future widening of Three Oaks Parkway. 

Action Items

Corkscrew Road Enhancements Council  authorized Village Manager Steve Sarkozy and Public Works Director David Willems to meet with Lee County to resolve a suitable design alternative to include landscaping, lighting and off-road pathways similar to those being installed on Estero Parkway.

Resolution No. 2020-01 – Stormwater Master Plan The Stormwater Master Plan provides extensive analysis of regional and local stormwater management to improve the overall understanding of how Estero’s stormwater management system functions and how outside areas influence Estero. Council approved this formal  adoption of this plan which will help improve the Village’s FEMA flood insurance rating.  

Lien Mitigation Request – Racetrac Petroleum, Inc. Council approved the lien mitigation request from Racetrac, releasing any outstanding liens against the property in exchange for payment of a reduced fine of $15,000 and $331.50 for administrative costs.

Disposal of items at Happehatchee Center The Village’s recent acquisition of the Happehatchee Center property included an assortment of miscellaneous items including a lawnmower, hand tools, potted plants, and other equipment used for the upkeep of the facility and gardening that were left behind by the previous owners. Council authorized the disposal.

Design Review Board and Chairman appointments

Planning and Zoning Board and Chairman appointments

Council Communications

There was a general consensus among the Council that the landscaping along the US41 corridor is lacking and that some plant materials need to be replaced. 


Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Capital Improvement Program (CIP)

Public Works Director David Willems gave a presentation on the CIP which outlines how the Village will spend funds on roadway, landscaping, bicycle/pedestrian, stormwater, and parks/recreation projects over the next five years.  The majority of projects are a result of public participation through comments and surveys.  

Council stated they need time to review the projects during additional workshops.  The March 10 and March 12 community open houses will be postponed and will follow the additional Council workshops.  The dates for Council review and adoption also have been postponed. 

Public Comment:

Three residents stated concerns regarding lack of sports practice fields, stormwater issues and west Coconut Road traffic issues.  

Residents may view the archived meeting by going to the Village website

The next Council meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

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