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District to hold workshop on selection of powers

July 31, 2019
Lehigh Acres Citizen

By MELISSA BILL

news@breezenewspapers.com

The Lehigh Acres Municipal Services and Improvement District will hold a workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 7, to discuss the possibility of expanding its powers.

The workshop will begin at 6 p.m.

Under Resolution 2018-03, the LA-MSID is able to provide up to five new powers which include signage, zoning/planning, streetlights, sidewalks and water and sewer.

The action, which was introduced and adopted by the Board of Commissioners on Dec. 11, 2017, was approved by state legislature.

During the public comment period of the last LA-MSID meeting on July 22, two citizens spoke before the board and voiced their desire for the district to move forward towards taking on two of the additional powers being considered.

Over the past three months, District Manager David Lindsay has worked with outside, independent consulting companies to compile reports that go over the conditions involved in assuming responsibility for the local water services and bridges.

According to Lindsay, the two separate studies will help the district gain a better understanding of the costs and steps necessary in both processes.

If the district does move forward towards assuming another power, the adoption of that power could only be acquired following a fully-executed agreement with Lee County, followed by a referendum put on a ballot and approved by local voters.

LA-MSID Chairman Mike Bonaolta stressed the need for commissioners to vote and approve a date for the selection of powers workshop.

"During this workshop we will be addressing the powers that the district wants to possibly oversee. Powers such as sidewalks, lighting, water and sewer, and zoning and planning," District Chairman Mike Bonacolta said.

Commissioner Michael Welch asked that the board really analyze the legislative resolution prior to the date of the proposed workshop.

District Treasurer Chair Ken Thompson also asked that representatives from both Florida Governmental Utility Authority and Lehigh Acres Street Lighting District come and speak before the board during the workshop.

LA-MSID commissioners motioned and approved the workshop to be held on Aug. 7.

The district also discussed a legislative request for design funding for the GS-10 Parcel Project in Lehigh Acres. The land was purchased last year by Lee County as part of its Conservation 20/20 efforts.

"During the Jan. 6 session, staff would like to go before the legislation to get an appropriation for the money to design the parcel. We are asking for the support in the form of a State of Florida budget request totaling $750,000," Lindsay said.

Prior to the district's regular board meeting, a public hearing was held in consideration of LA-MSID's 2019-2020 proposed budget. An update was also made on the assessment notices that were mailed out to all 127,000 parcels in Lehigh Acres.

The notices are required by law if there is a possibility of an assessment increase.

The Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District also will hold a special budget hearing on Monday, Aug. 19, at 5 p.m.

Following the hearing, a regularly scheduled meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the LA-MSID, at 601 East County Lane.

For information, visit www.myecwcd.net

 
 

 

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