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City Council office space renovations, northwest Cape beach area on agenda

By Staff | Jun 5, 2015

City Council will discuss renovations to the council office space as well as the possibility of creating a new beach area in the northwest Cape at its regular meeting on Monday at City Hall.

The agenda also includes the first of two public hearings for the city’s affordable housing consolidation plan for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement program covering the next five years.

The program anticipates 100 percent of the total allocation of $1.1 million to benefit low and moderate income persons participating in the program. The final public hearing is scheduled for July 20 in order to submit the plan to the federal Housing and Urban Development agency in August.

Staff is expected to research the creation of a new beach over a one-year period for a proposed area along the coast off Old Burnt Store Road and Durden Parkway. Cost, design, construction and funding sources are just some of the facets of such a project that staff will be trying to resolve before bringing its findings before council next year. Their work will include contacting outside agencies during the process for comparison, such as Lee County’s successful Bunche Beach area.

Also anticipated is a discussion of the conclusion of the Fire Service Assessment legal matter and the associated costs and fees. Those fees include the development and implementation of the program, trial court validation as well as rights through the Florida Supreme Court methodology appeal process that was upheld in the city’s favor.

Council also scheduled another special workshop session for Wednesday, June 10, at 4:30 p.m., at the Nicholas Annex building.

Topics for discussion include the utilities water and sewer rate structure and the city’s general operating fund sustainability model analysis.

No utility rate adjustments are being recommended for the Fiscal Year 2016 as current projections have not identified a need for increases over the next five years.

Specifically, the city was asked to review the practice of having one master water meter service multiple units which tends to cause high water bills because the units reach the higher tiered billing rate more rapidly than single-family homes. It was suggested to adjust the amount of gallons used based on the number of units serviced before the higher rate kicks in.