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LA-MSID approves emergency resolution

By Staff | Mar 25, 2020

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District passed an emergency resolution that allows for procedural changes.

“This emergency resolution gives the manager the ability to suspend the Collective Bargaining Agreement due to issues either directly or indirectly related to the COVID 19 pandemic and gives staff the authority to change policy and procedures that will reflect changes in Federal and State law as they change on an as-need basis,” District Manager David Lindsay said at the March 16 meeting. “It basically allows us to adapt our policy on the fly when their changes occur so we can stay on top of things locally.”

The resolution is good for seven days, but it allows Lindsay and Board Commission Chairwoman Katyna Hoover the ability to extend, if needed, without waiting until next month’s meeting.

“In regards to the collective bargaining agreement, the resolution allows us to suspend the union contract in an emergency which we don’t foresee but it’s there as a contingency plan,” Lindsay said.

The board of commissioners also passed a resolution that put new Infectious/Communicable Disease Control Policies into effect.

“Basically it states that we would follow the CDC guidelines and rules that are put out in regards to our employees. This includes administrative policy procedures such as whether or not to come into work or a self-quarantine. Presently our crews our staying in small groups even for weekly project discussions and some employees are now working from home. We are trying to limit the people here in the office to three or four people at one time,” Lindsay said.

According to Lindsay, the Emergency Operations Center continues to keep them informed on the latest information regarding COVID 19, including updates coming from the state.

Under action agenda items, LA-MSID awarded the West Marsh construction bid to Quality Enterprises, LLC.

“We awarded the bid to Quality Enterprises for $2.3 million to construct improvements in our West Harns Marsh project. The final excavation is just about completed, so now it’s our turn to come in and build the concrete and steel infrastructures. After we achieve a bare canvas, we will then plant 13,000 trees and 130,000 wetland plants in the area,” Lindsay said.

According to Lindsay, the municipal district voted to reschedule the West Marsh Groundbreaking Ceremony.

“It’s been canceled until further notice. We will probably hold the ribbon cutting ceremony the same day. Right now, we are looking at December,” Lindsay said.

Other approved agenda items included the acceptance of a 2018/2019 Fiscal Audit, conducted by Purvis, Gray & Co.; an approved permit for a new AutoZone Store at 83 Joel Blvd. and the approval of 14 permits for TECO Gas to bring a gas pipeline north along Columbus from SR 82, switching to Moore Avenue.

The Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District next meeting is scheduled for April 20 at 6 p.m. at the LA-MSID, at 601 East County Lane. For information, visit LA-MSID at www.myecwcd.net/

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