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District to host emergency preparedness meeting

June 26, 2019
By MELISSA BILL (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District discussed emergency preparedness during its regularly scheduled board meeting held on June 17.

Commissioner Kenneth Thompson went over the agenda item and the training efforts of staff and management, which were planned out by Commissioner Michael Welch and District Manager David Lindsay.

In a case of emergency such as a hurricane or natural disaster, Lindsay will hold a seat at Lee County's Emergency Operations Center, which will provide a communication link to Lehigh Acres.

"This provides us with a direct connection to the EOC if a hurricane warning is issued. We have also had multiple staff hurricane prep meetings so far this year. On May 30 staff ran its Mock Hurricane Day. The maintenance crews ran their structure routes and generators were run at full-load," Lindsay said.

Additionally LA-MSID will host an Emergency Operations meeting on July 11 where issues such as infrastructure preparation and repair, human and social services, shelter and connectivity will be discussed.

The board also approved that assessment notices be mailed out to all 127,000 parcels in Lehigh Acres.

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"We are required to mail out the notices if there is a possibility that we will increase our assessments. It costs the district about $70,000 just to mail the notices out," Lindsay said.

According to Lindsay, the district is currently working to make sure there is funding available to repair and maintain the 22 bridges located over the waterways in Lehigh Acres.

"We just had a substantial bridge repair that we did earlier this year. The estimated value of the bridges is at $22 million. The bridge that's been here the longest is 60 years old and the newest one is 27 years old. We need to have a plan in place for us to self-fund the engineering and construction of these bridges when the time comes," Lindsay said.

The district also confirmed an agreement is in place with Lee County to design, operate and maintain the water storage portion of the GS-10 Parcel Project in Lehigh Acres. Last year, Lee County Commissioners approved the purchase of the Lehigh Acres portion of land as part of its Conservation 20/20 efforts.

"The next step is to go before the legislation to get an appropriation for the money to design the parcel. The earliest session is Jan. 6 so, if approved, the money would not become available until 2020," Lindsay said.

The board also approved an Auditor's Engagement Letter with Purvis, Gray & Company, an independent auditor who will look over the district's books and accounting.

The Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District will hold its next meeting on July 22 at 6 p.m. at the LA-MSID, at 601 East County Lane.

Prior to the regular meeting, there will be a budget hearing at 5 p.m. For information, visit www.myecwcd.net

 
 

 

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