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Incorporate Lehigh holds off on second town hall

January 10, 2018
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Incorporate Lehigh postponed its second town hall meeting planned for Jan. 13 due to a recent resolution signed by the Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District.

The district recently announced the approval of Resolution 18-03, which would allow LA-MSID to expand its legal powers under Chapter 2015-202, Florida Statute. This expansion may consist of up to five powers including signage, planning, streetlights, sidewalks and water and sewer.

The resolution also states that the district could eventually acquire and implement these new powers to serve as the foundation for the eventual incorporation through the LA-MSID.

"The legislators have decided that when the time comes and incorporation is possible, LA-MSID will serve as that platform," said Commissioner Michael Welch, chair of LA-MSID.

According to Incorporate Lehigh's committee members, the resolution could be in conflict of the group's current initiatives towards their research into the possibility of becoming a city.

Presently, the committee members of Incorporate Lehigh are seeking legal counsel pertaining to the Resolution 18-03, and how it would affect their own initiatives.

"We are currently in the process of drafting a letter in an effort to get further details as to the intent behind the resolution," said Incorporate Lehigh's President Joan Cunningham.

According to Welch, this resolution is in preparation for the day that Lehigh is financially ready to become a township.

"Presently, the legislators do not see the fiscal ability of Lehigh to incorporate or foresee Lehigh being able to stand on its own in no way, shape or form. The legislature simply will not approve the establishment of a town ship if the money is not there," added Welch.

Incorporate Lehigh held its first town hall meeting at Lehigh Acres Senior High back in November 2017. The group had just began the first step of a feasibility study, which was being conducted by Joe Mazurkiewicz, president of BJM Consulting. The feasibility study would show whether Lehigh is economically ready and has the infrastructure to support incorporation.

Residents who would like to find out more can visit Incorporate Lehigh's Facebook page or attend the next Lehigh Acres Community Council meeting. Meetings are held at 1299 Homestead Rd. Lehigh Acres on the third Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m.



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