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LA-MSID to discuss several issues

May 10, 2017
By JUSTIN MARTIN ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District will address the use of ATVs and the dumping of animal carcasses on its property at its next meeting.

The LA-MISD Board of Commissioners will meet on May 15 at 6 p.m. at the district office, at 601 East County Lane. The meeting is open to the public.

Chairman Mike Welch explained that all terrain vehicles have been causing damage to the district's lands and facilities. He said LA-MISD officials are not just worried about the damage to the land, but the danger that some people are putting children in when they let them ride with them on the ATVs.

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"It's really really dangerous stuff. I have seen the unbelievable scenes of people on ATVs with their kids on the back barely strapped on," Welch said.

He said legal liability is a concern if an accident ever occurred on district property.

"I am so alarmed about having a death on our property," Welch said.

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He and District Manager David Lindsay recently met with representatives from the Lee County Sheriff's Office to express their concerns. According to Welch, the LCSO has agreed to help and will be working with officials to craft a strategy to curb unauthorized ATV use on the district's lands.

At the meeting, the board will also address the recent dumping of animal carcasses in a canal off Fontana Street East, near Columbus Boulevard. Welch said at least four carcasses were found in the canal on May 1, two of which appeared to be decapitated baby goats.

He noted that district employees had to fish the carcasses out of the canal and bury them with a backhoe to avoid a public safety risk.

According to Welch, the dumping of animal carcasses in the local canals is a rare event, but the board will look at steps to prevent any future incidents.

Also, the budget process for the LA-MISD will begin in June. In preparation, the board will review drafts of its 2017-18 capital improvement plan and strategic plan, which lay out the district's goals for the coming year.



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