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Lehigh Acres Municipal District hosts Oath of Office Ceremony

November 29, 2018
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

On Monday, November 19, the Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District held its regular meeting and a special installation and oath of office ceremony for the swearing in of newly elected commissioners.

Residents, community leaders and elected officials filled the district's headquarters to celebrate the installation of reassuming commissioner Michael Bonacolta, Seat 4 and newly selected board member Julie Camp, Seat 2.

Commissioner Camp previously served and was a member of the Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce. She is Lehigh Acres resident, realtor, and business owner of ABC Framing.

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District Commissioner Katy Hoover.


Commissioner Bonacolta, who was re-elected for his third term, began his stint with the district's board of commissioners eight years ago. He is a lifelong Lehigh Acres resident who voiced his dedication to moving Lehigh Acres forward throughout the election.

Commissioner Katyna Hoover opened the Oath of Office Ceremony by first introducing Commissioner Michael Welch who spoke briefly about the districts beginnings and current role in the community.

"It's been a long ride but we have made incredible strides since our start as the East County Water District. During that time we have forged an invaluable relationship with the Lee County Board of Commissioners and will continue to work together for the betterment and progress of Lehigh Acres," said Welch.

Commissioner Welch then introduced Lee County Commissioner Brian Hamman to administer the Oath of Office.

Upon acceptance, both Commissioner Bonacolta and Commissioner Camp took a moment to address the audience and outline their enthusiasm and goals for the next four years.

Bonacolta in particular, stated how proud he was of the advancements the district's made in such a short time since his initial election to the board eight years ago.

"The passage of the referendum allows us to finally move forward on the new signage. It is a step in the right direction. The district will continue to serve to the people of Lehigh Acres and help in its continued growth," said Bonacolta.

Following the Oath of Office, LA-MSID's regularly scheduled meeting resumed.

One of the first items addressed was the election of officer positions as follows: Michael Bonacotla, Chairman; Katyna Hoover, Vice-Chair; Ken Thompson, Treasurer; Julie Camp Secretary; Michael Welch; Emergency Operations Director and Coordinator.

During the regular meeting the board approved PER 2018-24, a permit that allows the School District of Lee County to expand an existing site at 901 Gunnery Rd. N., while certifying on their plans that their stormwater facilities are adequate and follow proper discharge guidelines.

The board also discussed a clean-up bill, which will be presented in the upcoming legislative session. District Attorney Maggie Mooney is currently drafting a clean-up bill that would clear up important wordage, which pertains to a variety of district initiatives.

According to Mooney, the goal is to clarify the wording to have a more direct methodology for present and future projects.

Under the discussion agenda, the board discussed the successful passing of the signage referendum during the Nov. 6 elections. Commissioners discussed possible design options, the process and identified potential locations for future signage.

According to Commissioner Welch, the board's overall objective is to make sure that district's attorney and staff work with Lee County to ensure a seem-less process.

"We need to make the designs communicative yet simple," said Welch.

Following the meeting, the district announced their annual Holiday Town Hall meeting, chaired by Commissioner Michael Welch, on Tuesday, December 18th, from 5:30 p.m. 7 p.m. The event will take place at 601 East County Lane, Lehigh Acres and welcome several Lee County and State public officials including Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto, Senator Kathleen Passidomo, Representative Spencer Roach; Lee County BOCC Commissioner's Cecil L Pendergrass, Larry Kiker, Brian Hamman and Lee County School Board member Mrs. Gwyn Gittens.

RSVPs for the annual Town Hall meeting can be made my emailing or calling 239-369-0044.



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