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Council discusses LA-MSID’s resolution to assume signage powers

August 1, 2018
By MELISSA BILL (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Lehigh Acres Community Council discussed a resolution that would allow Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District to provide signage powers. LA-MSID is currently in negotiations to assume this role through executing an agreement and providing a referendum to the voters in the upcoming November 2018 General Election.

"This will be on the November ballot for a vote. We should publicize it so that people are aware of what it is and how it affects them," said Vice President Mohamed Yasin.

Council President Rick Anglickis pointed out that this new power would give the district, instead of the county, the power to oversee signage in Lehigh.

"If they are asking citizens for this power, the residents need to decide. Should the city of Lehigh have that power someday or Lehigh Acres Municipal District," said Anglickis.

Lee County District 5 Commissioner Frank Mann spoke briefly on the topic.

"The only problem is that LA-MSID charges taxes under a different method than the county. What is the financial mechanism used to pay for the new signage? Your role as a community council is to discuss the issue and make recommendations on the resolution," Mann said.

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Anglickis motioned to invite someone from the district to speak at their next council meeting about the intent behind taking over signage powers. The motion carried unanimously.

Another topic addressed during this month's council meeting was the proposed Troyer limerock mine off of State Road 82. A group of residents and businesses opposed to the mine called No Mine on 82 have led a campaign against allowing for the rezoning of the current potato farmland.

Residents Isaac Gray and Jonathan Bower attended the meeting to promote a current petition against the mine.

"We are worried not only about the traffic problems it will cause, but about environmental issues as well," explained Gray.

"Our petition is currently online for people to sign. This mine will negatively impact traffic in the area and we are finally seeing the expansion of State Road 82," said Bower.

Residents interested in signing the petition can go to www.tinyurl.com/NoMineOnSR82

Council member Tyler Woodby also gave a presentation on the rebranding of the council.

"I think we should create a new image for the council, then we can possibly attract a larger demographics. We need to get on the internet more and update our website. Reach out to more of the community," Woodby said.

After a brief discussion council members agreed to allow Woodby to form a committee that would look into rebranding as long as it stays within the council's bylaws and conforms to the group's purpose.

Council members also welcomed Captain Brian Jakacki, to the Lee County Sheriff's Department Lehigh station. Captain Jakacki has been with the agency for 19 years and was recently promoted to captain of the central district.

Prior to wrapping up their meeting, council members voted to give a special award to a Facebook group called Clean Up Events in Lehigh Acres for their outstanding service in the community. The group of volunteers has hosted several large clean up events throughout Lehigh and promoted smaller groups who pick up litter within their comunity.

The Lehigh Acres Community Council's meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the LCSO East District substation, at 1301 Homestead Road N.

 
 

 

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