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LA-MSID holds annual election of officers

February 6, 2020
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District held its annual election of officers during its monthly meeting on Jan. 27. The following seats were announced; Chair: Katyna Hoover, Vice Chair: Ken Thompson, Treasurer: Michael Welch, Secretary: Julie Camp and Emergency Operations Director and Coordinator: Michael Bonacolta.

Upon assuming the chair position on the board, Hoover spoke briefly about her and her colleagues' roles and desires for the district.

"Since coming aboard, both I and my colleagues have worked hard to achieve a lot of good for the district, with the aid of our dedicated staff. Over the past years we have witnessed a rise in concern over storm water management, water quality and water storage. In 2020 we will break ground on an important joint effort of the West Marsh Project. This project will help us reach our fundamental goals to increase storm water storage and water quality improvement," Hoover explained.

Hoover also created a theme for her year to come as chair.

"This year as I serve as chair I would like to dedicate the theme of Lehigh CARES. The word CARES serving as an acronym which stands for C-Community, A-Awareness, R-Resources, E-Environment and S-Staff and Services," Hoover said.

Hoover also announced steps forward in the replacement of the Richmond Avenue Bridge.

"I also have new and exciting news, LA-MSID should be receiving a community development block grant in the near future. This grant will provide the funds to replace the Richmond Avenue walk bridge that was destroyed during hurricane Irma," Hoover said.

Hoover then broke for a short recess for the presentation of awards of recognition of exemplary service. Commissioner Bonacolta received a ceremonial gavel in recognition for his service as chair, and Assistant District Manager, Michael Cook received an award from the board in recognition of his dedication to the job, leadership and excellence in work.

During the evening, the board of commissioners also voted on a few agenda items; the first on the 2018/2019 Goal Attainment plan drawn up by District Manager David Lindsay.

According to Lindsay, the plan laid out 36 goals under the district's strategic plan. In his report, one of the challenges that needed to be addressed was obtaining additional funding.

"We have a lot construction slated that's unfunded. We need to focus on finding more places we can apply for grant funds to pay for these projects," Lindsay said.

Commissioner Michael Welch asked whether the funds were to come from loans, and reiterated that the district had worked very hard to pay its way out of loans that were brought on by a previous board administration.

The goal attainment plan was approved by the board.

The board also approved the 2018/2019 engineers annual report submitted by AIMS Engineering.

Other topics discussed were the ongoing ATV details conducted by LA-MSID staff in conjunction with the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

According to Assistant District Manager Cook, the biggest obstacle the details are facing is advanced warnings to their presence in high-traffic ATV spots including Greenbriar.

"We are trying to close the gaps in the detail leaks to illegal ATV use. Every time we schedule a detail, it's like they know we are coming and there is no activity until right after we leave. Then the ATVs are back again. We are planning to meet with the Sheriff's Office again on this subject. Greenbriar remains one of our main target," Cook said.

The Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District will hold its meetings on the third Monday of each month at 6:00 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



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