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New ECWCD board takes office

December 6, 2012
By MEL TOADVINE ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Newly elected attorney Kenneth R. Thompson and his four fellow commissioners of the East County Water Control District, today join Michael Welch, J. Nathan Stout, David Deetscreek, and Mike Bonacolta as the ECWCD's 2012-2013 board of commissioners. In addition to Thompson, who fills the seat vacated by Desmond Barrett, was elected along with incumbents Michael Welch and J. Nathan Stout.

Rep. Matthew Caldwell administered the oath to the new board at their regular meeting on Nov,. 26. A large crowd of more than 50 people were on hand to witness the ceremony and to enjoy a catered meal at the ECWCD's office building on East County Lane. Also in attendance was newly elected Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass, who spent much time in Lehigh during the campaign and has promised to work for Lehigh's interests.

Currently, Mike Welch is the chairman of the board of commissioners. However, the board will reorganize in January to name new officers for the 2012-2013. The meeting will on Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public as all meetings are.

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Rep. Matthew Caldwell is shown with the new 20120-2013 board of commissioners of the East County Water Control District. From left, after Caldwell are Kenneth Thompson, Mike Welch, Nate Stout, David Deetscreek and Mike Bonacolta.

At the meeting and ceremony last week, Dr. Randy Moody, chaplain general of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, offered the invocation followed by the pledge of allegiance, led by Bonacolta, who also spoke at the end of the formal installation ceremony.

The work of the ECWCD was light but commissioners did approve a resolution to modify its Decks, Docks and Piers Policy in regard to simplification of the application, the reduction of fees for grand fathered docks, and an addition of a notice to proceed for construction form.

The district may at its discretion permit construction of launching ramps, observation decks and piers within its right-of-way or on its property along the canals in Lehigh provided such improvement satisfies established design and structural standards and do not otherwise interfere with or unreasonably impede the function and operations of the works of the water board's district.

Actual definitions of launching ramps, observation decks, piers and docks were explained in the new resolution which is available at the ECWCD's office on E. Construction Lane off of Lee Boulevard.

The information contained in the new resolution can be viewed online at:



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