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LA-MSID reschedules Civic Day

May 30, 2018
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District has decided to move Lehigh Civic Day from June 20, to July 25 this year.

The event will run the entire day and be held inside the district's boardroom.

Agencies, organizations and businesses that would like to take part must register by June 20.

"This can be a very successful event that brings a lot of agencies and organizations together," said Commissioner Michael Welch who is also the Emergency Operations director and coordinator.

Commission Chair David Deetscreek is spearheading the event, which will coincide with the district's other emergency coordination efforts in preparation for the hurricane season, which begins Friday.

"This is the perfect time for local businesses, groups and agencies to meet and get to know more about one another and how they can work together to better serve the community," said Deetscreek.

Another item on this month's action agenda was the implementation of a volunteer to support Welch's emergency operations initiatives.

"We have the opportunity to bring someone aboard as a volunteer. His name is Mr. David Kirk. He has a lot of experience with FEMA and other emergency organizations," said Welch.

Board members had some questions as to the exact role the new volunteer would play within the district.

"Emergency operation planning takes an enormous amount of time. Coordinating with other agencies in the area is imperative prior to this hurricane season. Mr. Kirk would serve as this coordinator and help with communication efforts," explained Welch.

District board members unanimously approved the emergency operations coordinator volunteer's position contingent on legal counsel drafting a more comprehensive outline of the volunteer's role in the future.

Other motions included the unanimous approval to authorize for emergency construction and maintenance for NRCS grants, which would allow the district to complete crucial projects within a short window of time allotted by the granting agency.

"The NRCS gave us an $80,000 grant that needed to be acted upon. We didn't want to lose out on these funds, so a motion was drawn up by our attorney. This allows us to facilitate these projects and get them done more quickly, as well as pre-order necessary materials ahead of time," said District Manager David Lindsay.

Other items on the agenda included a review made by the district's Pre-Qualified Engineering Services Committee which presented its recommendations on engineering companies to provide services in the following areas: project engineering, surveying and mapping; GIS, geotechnical and modeling and environmental.

"We were a little disappointed in the submittals, but the committee has gone through and ranked the engineering services according to their experience and credentials," said Assistant District Manager Mike Cook.

The district also approved the Lee County Signage Powers Agreement, which provides a step in the process for LA-MSID to acquire signage powers as provided in Chapter 2015-202, Laws of Florida.

According to District Manager Lindsay, LA-MSID's Resource and Relations Director will begin an initiative in the coming months to educate the public on the referendum and the benefits it has for the community.

The Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District will hold a budget hearing on June 18, at 5 p.m., followed by its regular board meeting at 6 p.m. at the LA-MSID, at 601 East County Lane. For information, visit the their website at



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