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Community Council celebrates 50 years

April 25, 2018
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lehigh Acres Community Council board members new and returning have been sworn in to their new seats by Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann.

Rick Anglickis resumes his current position as council president.

Mann also recognized the council for its work by presenting Anglickis with an award for serving the community for more than 50 years. The council is one of the oldest groups in Lehigh.

"The council doesn't make policy or have authority but represents the citizens of Lehigh Acres. I want to thank you for your service," said Mann, who represents District 5, which includes Lehigh Acres.

Mann also mentioned the current road resurfacing activity throughout Lehigh at the recent Community Council meeting.

"About 5 million (dollars) was dedicated towards improving the roadways that lead in and out of Lehigh Acres including Homestead Road and State Road 82," said Mann.

Anglickis added that the St. Rd. 82 project moved slowly at first, but the widening project picked up speed once the major roadway was deemed an intramodal system.

"We have the thank Ron Gogoi, AICP Transportation Planning Administrator at Lee MPO, for working hard towards getting the State Road reclassified," said Anglickis.

Other roadway changes include a new continuous flow at the intersection with Daniels Parkway - the first one of its kind in the state. The FDOT hopes the addition of multiple signals will reduce turning delays and ease delays.

Council member Theresa Park, who also sits on the Lighting District's committee, gave an update on the efforts to light additional intersections throughout Lehigh.

"We are still going around to look and see which areas need lighting," said Park. "We have already selected sites and gave that information to the utility providers. The only hold up is getting the crews to come there to work on it due to the overload leftover from Hurricane Irma."

Park also spoke in regards to the status of the incorporate Lehigh movement, which began in 2017.

"I think efforts need to be geared towards reaching out to citizens and residents and giving them the facts surrounding the incorporation process. One way would be by going to local residential associations and committees and speaking about the various steps in the process," Park said.

Other agenda items included a look into a deteriorated pedestrian bridge on Williams Avenue crossing over Able Canal and the possibility of a council hosted election forum prior to this year's elections.

The council held its monthly zoning board hearing.

Donato Colucci spoke about his proposed theatre project, which entailed the construction of a performance arts center just off Gunnery Road. Colucci who started a non-profit, theatre group, is actively looking for board members to aid in the fund raising process.

Lehigh Acres Community Council also unanimously voted to acquire the trademark and copyright the Lehigh Acres sign, which has served as the iconic welcome to the community since the 1960s.

The Council meets the third Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at 1299 Homestead Road. Lehigh Acres. The entrance is through the glass door at the rear of the building behind the Lee County Sheriff's Department.



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