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Council discusses lack of primary for Lehigh’s special districts

June 12, 2019
By MELISSA BILL (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Lehigh Acres Community Council discussed the election process with regards to special districts during its regular meeting on Monday, June 3. Currently Lehigh Acres' special district's follow an election process that differs slightly from other area non-partisan elections.

"The current system requires candidates to first past the post, even though most of the time there are more than two candidates, and some of the candidates win with less than 50 percent of voters. Other non-partisan elections have a primary and then if one of the candidates does not pass the 50 percent mark, they have a run off in the general election," Council Vice-president Tyler Woodby said.

Council President Chuck Edwards suggested reaching out to the legislative delegation in attempt to work towards changing special district voting.

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Tiffany Bankowski was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for leading her Girl Scout Troop in neighborhood cleanups.

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"The process needs to be fairer. I motion that the council create a resolution requesting to change the Enabling Act," Edwards said.

Other council members agreed, but stressed the necessity of putting the resolution in front of the right legislators.

"I suggest getting a meeting with legislators and personally handing them the resolution, and work towards getting it on their agendas," Council member Rick Anglickis said.

Another topic brought up by Woodby was the deficit of sidewalks in the Lehigh Acres community.

According to Anglickis, while the state requires a sidewalk to be built when a road is built, the county does not.

"There are proposed sidewalks already mapped out by the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization. The problem is there simply is not enough money to fund sidewalks throughout all the areas in need, including Lehigh," Anglickis said.

The topic of sidewalks became an urgent issue when two girls died at, or walking from, a school bus stop here in Lee County.

Council members finally motioned to reach out to the MPO and look into the matter further and bring it up for discussion during their next meeting.

The council also awarded a Certificate of Appreciation to Tiffany Bankowski, for leading her Girl Scout Troop in neighborhood cleanups.

Council member Jane Bell presented Tyler Woodby with an award of a new pair of sneakers for as she put it "walking the walk and talking the talk."

Other topics included creating council presence at upcoming events such as a quarter auction and Senior Center fundraiser.

The council will also hold its next community cleanup on Saturday, July 13, at 8 a.m. For more information or to sign up visit www.facebook.com/LehighAcresCommunity Council/

The Lehigh Acres Community Council's meetings are open to the public and will now be held on the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the meeting room at the LCSO East District substation, at 1301 Homestead Road N.

Those who would like more information on council meetings or the public forum can visit www.facebook.com/LehighAcres CommunityCouncil/

 
 

 

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