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Fire commissioners approve changes to district fees

Last updated in 2015 for inspections, fire alarms

December 27, 2017
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Lehigh Acres fire board voted to approve proposed changes to the district's fee schedule for costs associated with fire alarm checks, annual fire inspections and more.

At its Dec. 19 regular meeting, the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District's Board of Fire Commissioners voted in favor of a resolution brought forward by Ken Bennett, assistant chief of the Life Safety Division. Last month, the board suggested revisions to the proposal before voting on it.

"This time the board unanimously approved the revised fee resolution on fire inspections and alarms," Fire Chief Robert Dilallo said.

At the November meeting, Bennett explained that the fee schedule was last updated in March 2012. The initial changes reflected costs associated with construction and annual fire inspections, responses to nuisance false fire alarms activations, and a new process to assess illegal burning and arson fires.

The board also went over the changes made to open position for a civilian fire inspector.

"We had an inspector that left and went to another state, so we have since reformatted the job description," Dilallo said. "This is something that needs to be updated every so often."

In addition, the commissioners decided to move forward with discussing the process of filling two vacancies on the board at its January meeting. It is in part to comply with the board's manual.

"All of the commissioners decided to adjourn on the matter until they determine the best way to move forward with the selection process," Dilallo said. "They will then put it on the agenda for discussion."

In July, Gov. Rick Scott suspended Robert John Anderson from his seat on the fire board pending two separate felony cases against him. About the same time, Commissioner Matt Smith passed away.

On Dec. 14, a Lee County jury convicted Anderson of larceny grand theft in the first case. After his conviction, he was immediately sentenced to 60 days in jail, followed by two years of probation.

The board has been working with three members since the suspension and Smith's passing.

"They don't have to fill the seats. They can run with a three-person board," Dilallo said, citing the commission's bylaws. "The commissioners are going to talk over if they want to fill the seats and, if so, how. Will it be through an interview process or application?"

Larry Becker, a previous commissioner, was in attendance at the meeting. He expressed interest in occupying one of the seats if the board decides to move forward with appointments for the two.

Dilallo provided an update to the board on Fire Stations 101 and 102, which were damaged in Hurricane Irma. He said fire crews for the stations are working on site out of temporary housing.

"We still don't have an estimated time frame on when or if the damaged stations will be functioning again," he said. "The insurance inspectors still have to determine whether they can be rebuilt or condemned."

The Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District board will hold its next regular meeting on Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. at Station 104, at 3102 16th St. S.W.

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