In its first official decision, District 6 representative Nick Batos was elected to the position of mayor by his fellow members in a unanimous vote. Howard Levitan, the representative from district 2, was unanimously chosen to be vice mayor in a subsequent vote.
The Council also formalized an agreement with Estero Fire Rescue to rent five offices from the Estero District Fire Administration building, at a cost of $1,380 a month. These offices will serve as the temporary Town Hall for the Council.
Sun Trust bank was unanimously chosen by the Council to provide banking services for the town government.
The rest of the meeting was dedicated to filling in the staffing needs of the town.
Peter Lombardi was selected as interim village manager, having formerly served as the manager of Pinecrest, Florida. Lombardi is also a consultant on the Florida City and County Managers Association.
Former state senator and collier county commissioner Burt Saunders was selected as the interim village attorney. The Council also elected Lisa Pace to serve as the Estero’s Finance Director. APA, the firm Pace works for, was chosen to handle the village’s accounting and bookkeeping services.