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MSID backs proposal resolving assessments issue

November 20, 2017
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District's board has approved a proposed agreement between it and the fire district regarding both agencies' special assessments.

At the Nov. 13 monthly meeting, the LA-MSID Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a resolution with the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District. The vote came during the board's regular meeting, which was held directly after the board's shade meeting on the proposal.

LA-MSID District Manager David Lindsay outlined the specifics of the agreement.

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"Under this resolution, both parties will bill the other agency directly - not on a tax collector's bill - with the understanding that neither agency will expect payment or give payment on such bill," he said.

Commissioner Michael Welch commented on the ability of the two agencies to work together to resolve the issue without accruing unnecessary legal fees.

"This agreement keeps the situation out of the legal network," he said. "It's a great agreement and shows the maturity in the two agencies resolving this issues amongst themselves."

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"Fire District Commissioner Cathy Kruse and (Fire) Chief Robert Dilallo have been very helpful in resolving this issue," Welch added.

The fire district's board will hold its resolution vote at its Nov. 28 regular meeting.

Welch also expressed interest at the meeting in filing a motion to possibly terminate the board's contract with its current legal representation, Caldwell Pacetti Edwards Schoech & Viator. He said he has lost trust and confidence in a member of the firm who spearheaded the recent mediation talks.

"We have received shaky advice on many issues, which slowed down the mediation process with the fire district," Welch said.

He made a motion that the board give the law firm a notice of cancellation.

Welch's fellow board members, including Commissioners David Deetscreek and Mike Bonacolta, requested time to look further into the matter and discuss the motion before making a decision.

Caldwell Pacetti Edwards Schoech & Viator did not return a message this week seeking comment on the possible contract termination nor allegations by Welsh.

Another item on the agenda included the district's Lands Protection Plan, which is in cooperation with Lee County Sheriff's Office. The plan addresses the danger and damage caused by ATV drivers on property owned by the LA-MSID.

"Part of the plan includes two sheriff details, each lasting four hours and running on the same day," Lindsay said. "We will do this twice a month,"

He explained that the patrols are part of an initiative to curb the ongoing illegal use of ATVs.

The district has a $10,800 budget to work with on the plan.

The LA-MSID voted last month to keep working with the LCSO on ways to enforce the no trespassing ordinance on district lands. Another solution floated is to supply deputies with ATVs that can be used to apprehend riders who continue to violate the law.

The LA-MSID will hold its next meeting on Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the district office, at 601 East County Lane. For information, visit



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