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District moves one step closer to development of GS-10 project

April 3, 2019
By MELISSA BILL (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District has approved an agreement with Lee County Commissioners regarding a future project on the county's newly acquired land parcel called GS-10.

"We had a special meeting in March to discuss a memorandum of understanding between us and the county for the district to build and maintain a storm water facility. In conjunction, the county would build its park amenities. After completion, we would maintain levels at the storm water facility for a 50-year term agreement, with a possible 50-year renewal. The memorandum was approved and signed by both parties, but we are still waiting for the purchase to be finalized," said District Manager David Lindsay.

Earlier in the year, the Lee Board of County Commissioners authorized the purchase of nearly 625 acres along Joel Boulevard in northern Lehigh Acres. Conservation 20/20 Land Acquisition and Stewardship Advisory Committee approved the acquisition and development of the former mine area known as Section 10.

The district is a sponsor for the GS-10 Caloosahatchee Cross Link project, which will be a shared, multi-agency initiative to provide water storage and treatment within the Caloosahatchee watershed.

According to Lindsay, the next step is acquiring state funding to design and build the GS-10 project.

"We put a request into Tallahassee for $750,000, which would help us to design the project. We are still waiting on their response," said Lindsay.

Once completed, the GS-10 project could provide an additional 1,500 -2,000 acre-feet per year of stormwater storage. This would be especially beneficial during a large storm, because it allows the ability to divert water flow to the adjacent two major basins and recharge local aquifers.

"This water flow diversion can protect the Caloosahatchee and help us hold back some of the additional water during the rainy summer season," added Lindsay.

During its regularly scheduled board of commissioners meeting held on March 18, multiple projects were also approved under the consent agenda including Crown Castle Fiber for Aerial Crossings on Kingfish Canal at Lee Blvd; Ladyfish Ext. Canal at Lee Boulevard and on Sailfish Canal at Lee Boulevard.

According to Lindsay, the fiber optics are being put in by a contractor for a major phone company and will move the fibers easterly on Lee Boulevard.

Another agenda item discussed was bridge paving bids on two current repair projects.

"We decided to defer the discussion to next our meeting. The two bridges need repair, one at Southwest 8th Street and another called the Sunshine Bridge located at SW 1st Street and Sunshine," said Lindsay.

This month, LA-MSID also congratulated a few brave bridge crew members who helped put out a residential fire in a nearby home on Wednesday, March 27.

The three-member, bridge crew comprised of Steve Boschi, Ricardo "Ricky" Acosta, and Carmelo "Junior" Torres were working on routine maintenance for a district maintained bridge at Coolidge and Spur A Canal when they noticed smoke and flames on a newly constructed home. The trio took action and grabbed a fire extinguisher and 5-gallon buckets off of their work vehicle, which they filled with water from a nearby canal.

The LA-MSID crew kept working to extinguish the fire until the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District arrived and began work.

"We are very proud of our employees, they are dedicated not only to the job but to the members of this community. Our crews are trained to observe their surrounding and take quick action when needed for their work, but they often go above and beyond to help residents," said Mike Bonacolta, Chairman of LA-MSID Board of Commissioners. "Without the quick action of the district's crew and the prompt arrival of the fire district, this story could have had a very different outcome."

The Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District will hold its next meeting on Monday, April 22, at 6 p.m. at the LA-MSID, at 601 East County Lane. For information, visit the their website at www.myecwcd.net

 
 

 

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