Town Council’s meeting on Monday, June 7, was the last one until August while approving the agenda, the matter of the annual performance evaluation of the Town Manager, Roger T. Hernstadt was again brought before council by councilor Jim Atterholt, he was concerned as to why this was not on this meeting's agenda when it was discussed in the last town council meeting and at the suggestion of the Vice Mayor, it was to be moved forward to this meeting and yet it is still not on the agenda, this is covered in the Town's policies and procedures manual which was reaffirmed by town council last June of 2020, which states: "the town manager shall notify the town council at least 6 weeks prior to the contract date" which needs to be done between February 1st to May 31, which is why it was brought up by the councilor Atterholt at our last May meeting. It is now moved to next meeting which will be in August.
During public comment:
Hedi Youngworth? asking for town council to put priorities in order, keeping our residents and visitors safe, asking for community policing.
Pete Dordermar? a resident of Denora, who is attempting to install a retaining wall on what would include some town property, he applied for a petition to vacate the property in 2018 that was denied, his sea wall would be creating a ‘terrace’ which would intercept runoff of moderate to steep slopes... he says he has a very steep slope and said wall would be a benefit to the town as well.
Bill .... ? General Manager of Pink Shell Resort and Marina who received a code violation for straws and requested clarification and also spoke briefly about not wanting the mooring field in the north end of the island. Robert Howel also spoke about the straws talked about 'Phade' straws and during testing that they do biodegrade when in water.
The Sherriff’s Department asked for the space to the right of Matanzas Bridge for a temporary
outreach center, other possible locations were discussed......
Several other actions focused on budget, the annual audit, and special events as well as recognition of former Town Councilor and Mayor Dan Hughes.
In addition to serving as Town Councilor and Mayor, Dan was on the Town’s first Local Planning Agency and was the chairperson of the Audit Committee. (He resigned as the chairperson at the June meeting of the committee.) Dan has been instrumental in the development of the Town since its beginning in 1995.
The Fiscal Year 2021-22 Budget is underway. Staff recommended a millage rate of .9500 but cautioned Councilors that in some cases recurring revenue would not fully support recurring expenses.
Town Councilors approved a preliminary millage rate of .9900 up from last year’s rate of .9500. As budget development progresses through the next few months, the millage rate could be lowered to .9500 but not increased.
Town Councilors also approved the inclusion of the five-year Capital Improvement Plan into the Fiscal Year 2021-22 budget with the addition of placeholders for the Mooring Field upland services facility and expansion, the Bayside Park dock, and the Estero Boulevard Lighting Project. The other projects included are intersection improvements at Old San Carlos and Estero Boulevards, stormwater improvements, and the redevelopment of Bay Oaks Recreational Campus, Bayside Park, and Times Square.
The financial auditing company Mauldin & Jenkins presented its audit report from Fiscal Year 2019-20 which was accepted previously by the Audit Committee and now by Town Council. Town Council also accepted a $283,550 proposal to replace and upgrade the audio visual system in Council chambers.
A special event permit was accepted for the recurring Times Square Sunset Celebration on Friday evenings with the possibility of adding Saturday evenings. A second special event permit was approved for the “Dig the Beach Volleyball Series” to be held on the beach behind the Wyndham Hotel on June 26-27 and July 17-18, 2021. This event is expected to draw 150 teams per day.
• Appointed Kristin Westbrook, Sharon Eldred and Forrest Critser to the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee, and appointed Robert Howell, ex-officio member of the Marine Resources Task Force (MRTF), to a voting member;
• Adopted resolution 21-32 repealing emergency declarations and resolutions regarding the state of emergency declared in Governor Desantis’ Executive Order 20-52;
• After a second reading and public hearing, adopted Ordinance 21-04 which approves an amendment to the Land Development Code for uses and setbacks on non-conforming lots;
• Performed the first public hearing for Ordinance 21-05 to grant right of way to Peoples Gas System, a division of Tampa Electric Company, with the second hearing scheduled for the August 2, 2021, meeting;
• Authorized the Town Manager to increase a state loan for the North Estero Phase 2, Parts 1 and 2, and Tier 1 side streets water main projects;
• Adopted fiscal sustainability plan for the Town’s stormwater system as required by SRF Loan SW360830;
• Approved Change Order #2 in the amount of $14,363.37 with Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC, for the traffic signal and lighting under construction at Old San Carlos and Estero Boulevards to include turtle-friendly lighting;
• Approved Resolution 21-26 for an interlocal agreement with Lee County for maintenance of the traffic signal under construction at Old San Carlos and Estero Boulevards;
• Received a report from MRTF about new bio-degradeable straws and the straw ordinance as well as the Pop-Up Education Booth.
During Councilmember, Town Manager, and Town Attorney items, topics included the desire for a full-time financial director, summary of legislation and legal actions, performance reviews of Town Council’s employees, reorganization of committees and the leadership conference, the Estero Boulevard Lighting Project, a joint letter to legislators about water quality, and future policy discussion relating to naming Town facilities after residents who have been instrumental in the development of the Town.
The next meeting will be held on Monday,
August 2, 2021, at 9 a.m., at Town Hall,
2525 Estero Boulevard.
Fort Myers Beach.