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Council reverses decision on utilities

By Staff | Feb 9, 2009

One week after approving an initial resolution to move forward with a
plan to bring potable water utilities to the area north of Pine Island
Road, Cape Coral City Council members voted to rescind that portion of
the city’s utility expansion project.
In a memo to council members Friday, Councilmember Tim Day expressed
his desire to bring the issue up during today’s council meeting after
reconsidering his vote.
Day cited the highly contentious nature of the project and his wish to
seek more information about the project in the area known as North 1-8.
“This has been such a tense issue between all of us here on council.
I’d rather see a much clearer direction from council for this,” Day
Council members narrowly passed the North 1-8 water utility project last
week in a 4-3 vote. Day voted in favor of the project last week.
Council members also voted to rescind three initial resolutions
approving water, irrigation and sewer utilities in the Southwest 6/7
sector of the city as part of Day’s motion.
Only Councilmember Derrick Donnell voted against the motion to rescind,
with Councilmembers Dolores Bertolini, Bill Deile, Pete Brandt, Eric
Grill and Day voting in favor of the motion. Mayor Jim Burch abstained
from the vote while Councilmember Gloria Tate was absent.