Village of Estero Meeting Recaps for July 2020
Planning & Zoning Board – July 21, 2020.
The Board approved the Local Ladies Social Network, Inc.’s application, with conditions, for a farmer’s market at the Miromar Outlets Mall. The market, which is currently in operation, was approved to operate one day a week on Friday, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., through September 25, 2020, in the parking lot adjacent to Ben Hill Griffin Parkway. They offer arts and crafts along with fresh fruits and vegetables at tables that are placed in order to observe social distancing.
The next Planning & Zoning Board meeting is scheduled for August 18, 2020.
Design Review Board – July 22, 2020.
The Board approved, with conditions, the two-story 18,000 sq. ft. Houck Medical facility located at Plaza del Sol, 10200 Arcos Avenue, one parcel east of Three Oaks Parkway and Corkscrew Road. Landscaping includes the existing oak trees, with the addition of cabbage palms, royal palms, cypress trees, green buttonwood trees and magnolia trees.
Council Meeting – July 22, 2020.
Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Village Manager Steve Sarkozy stated there will be cuts in revenue due to COVID-19 and the budget will have to be adjusted in the future due to changes in the Village’s revenue structure. The positive news is that the Village has unspent funds in reserves which could be used for operating expenses or Capital Improvement Program expenses.Council did not vote on this item; they will schedule one-on-one meetings with Sarkozy to review the proposed budget prior to the public hearings scheduled for 5:30 p.m. September 9 and September 23, 2020.
Resolution No. 2020-13 – proposed millage rate
Council approved this resolution which provides the required information to initiate ad valorem taxes for Fiscal Year 2020-2021. The proposed millage rate is 0.7726 mills ($0.7726 per $1,000 of assessed property value) which is currently the lowest tax rate in Southwest Florida. The budget public hearings will be on September 9 and 23 at 5:30 p.m. (Resolution)
Resolution No. 2020-12 – Qualifying Official
This resolution pertains to the naming the Lee County Supervisor of Elections as the Village of Estero’s Qualifying Official.
Transportation impact fee credit agreement – US41 Pelican Colony traffic signal
The Village has negotiated with WCI/Lennar (developer of Pelican Landing) to have them pay for the design, permitting, and construction of a traffic signal at US41 and Pelican Colony. In exchange, the Village of Estero will provide WCI/Lennar transportation impact fee credits equal to the cost WCI/Lennar expended for the design, permitting and construction of the traffic signal. Negotiations with WCI/Lennar will be ongoing regarding this item. The installation of this traffic signal is expected to greatly improve safety and traffic flow on US 41, Pelican Colony Blvd. and Coconut Road. (Summary)
Corkscrew Road/Puente Lane traffic signal interlocal agreement
Over the past year, the Village has tried to work with Lee County, Plaza Del Sol, Estero Town Commons (Lowes Plaza) and Estero Crossing to get a traffic signal at Corkscrew Road and Puente Lane constructed. While the Village has no direct involvement in the financing or construction of the traffic signal, Village Staff recommended the Village pay Lee County for the construction of the traffic signal in an effort to prevent any further delay. The Village will then pursue payment from each of the three developments. The Village will pay Lee County $772,350 for the cost of construction of the signal and turn lanes (less potentially $180,652.67 from Estero Crossing). (Summary)
First Reading of Ordinances
Ordinance 2020-06 – Special Assessments
This ordinance provides a mechanism to finance municipal services and public infrastructure. Eligible projects for special assessments include streets; sidewalks; street lighting; water service; sewage service; stormwater; and other essential facilities and municipal services. An assessment will need to be created by resolution; this ordinance approves the process.
Council voted to move this ordinance, with the addition of adding the Planning and Zoning Board as the equalizing board, to a second reading on September 9, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. (Ordinance)
Second Reading of Ordinances
Ordinance No. 2020-05 – Official Village seal
Council passed this ordinance adopting the official Village seal. The Village will replace signs, letterhead, business cards, names tags and any other materials that use the Village logo with this new logo. Changing the Village logo is expected to cost less than $20,000. (Ordinance)
Second Public Hearing
Resolution No. 2020-14 – Capital Improvement Program
Council approved this resolution which provides a proposed CIP budget and approves funding for the fiscal year 2020-21 capital projects. The CIP is a plan for projects but, due to COVID-19, there may be delays to some of them. (Proposed Capital Improvement Program)
The next Council meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
Residents may view the archived meeting by going to the Village website https://estero-fl.gov/agendas/