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Sanibel awards scholarships to city employee dependents

By Staff | Sep 22, 2010

Greg Graham, Scout Executive and CEO of the Southwest Florida Boy Scout Council, is given a proclamation from councilman Jim Jennings on Tuesday. During the meeting, City Council recognized the 100th anniversary of Boys Scouts of America.

During Tuesday morning’s City Council session, seven dependents of city employees were awarded college scholarships totaling $2,750.

Under the leadership of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the Good Neighbor Community Foundation of Sanibel-Captiva, an endowment was established following Hurricane Charley in 2004 to provide scholarships for City of Sanibel employees’ children and dependents.

Mayor Kevin Ruane presented the scholarships to Lt. Scott Ashby of the Sanibel Police Department on behalf of his son, Taylor; Nancy Earle of the city’s Recreation Department on behalf of her son, Joseph; James Jordan of the city’s Planning Department on behalf of his daughter, Angelica; Maj. Michael Murray of the Sanibel Police Department on behalf of his son, Nicholas; Laura Wesserling of the city’s Building Department on behalf of her son, Alexander; and Jai Earle of the city’s Recreation Department on behalf of his daughter, Lauren Williams.

Absent during the ceremony was Dave DeFonzo of the city’s Recreation Department, who will be presented a scholarship for his daughter, Elizabeth Chamberlain.

These scholarships are awarded based upon academic accomplishment and financial need. Each $25,000 of endowment generates approximately $1,000 in scholarships for the foundation, which is governed by a board comprised of island residents and business associates.

In other business, Tricia Dorn of the Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) delivered an update on progress made to date on the utility’s Corrective Action Plan. LCEC attended a council session earlier this summer, explaining that they were not satisfied with the level of service provided to the island.

According to Dorn, three of the four live streaming cameras positioned along the transformer crossing have been installed, with the final camera scheduled to be installed next week. An accelerated tree trimming schedule was completed on Aug. 26 and around-the-clock emergency coverage on Sanibel will be extended through the end of 2010. Providing full-time coverage beyond the end of the year will be evaluated in January.

"I certainly appreciate the progress you’ve made," Ruane told Dorn.

Also, councilors approved a request for $1,000 in funding for the printing of 25,000 copies of the alligator coloring book, provided free to children at various locations across Sanibel.

According to Claudia Burns, one of the project coordinators, approximately $3,000 in funding is needed to to update the former coloring book. A professional illustrator was hired by the "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society to provide drawings, puzzles and connect-the-dot illustrations for the book.

Prior to Tuesday, the "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society had pledged $848 towards the completion of the coloring book. Another $1,000 has been offered by the Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Club.