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City Council meetings to resume Monday

By Staff | Jul 20, 2017

A full agenda awaits attention by City Council members on Monday as they return from the annual summer hiatus for their first meeting in Council Chambers since June 19.

With the city preparing its new operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018 in addition to holding a city election this fall, those items generated several of the 11 resolutions and ordinance amendments listed for public hearings.

The ordinance amendment proposal by the city to regulate residential short-term vacation rentals was placed on the agenda for Monday’s meeting, but staff has asked that the public hearing be postponed.

“For the short-term rentals, staff is recommending the discussion be continued until the Sept. 11 meeting,” said city spokesperson Connie Barron.

The controversial regulations seek to define “Vacation Rentals” as any residential property or dwelling unit that is rented or leased to guests more than three times in a year for periods less than 30 days and other rules, including administrative fees and charges.

For the city election, a formal resolution needs to be approved listing the candidates for Mayor and City Council seats in District 1, 4, 5 and 6 and authorizing the Lee County Supervisor of Elections hold the election beginning with the Primary on Sept. 12.

For the city budget preparation, discussions will be heard to establish the lot mowing, solid waste removal and fire protection assessment rates, and the stormwater user fee, all for 2018.

The lot mowing assessment in all four districts is recommended by staff to stay the same or be reduced slightly. An increase of between $7 and $9 is proposed for the solid waste assessment due to an increase in the county’s disposal fee.

Staff recommends an increase of 8.26 percent for the fire protection assessment rate for next year while the stormwater assessment rate is proposed for $111, or a jump of $24 over last year.

Council also will discuss its application for State Revolving Funds loans for the North 2 Utilities Extension Project area. Construction in the North 2 zone is expected to begin next month.

The process for appointing a temporary member to fill the council District 5 seat for the two-month period between Sept. 7, the effective date of council member Rana Erbrick’s resignation to run for Mayor, and the General election on Nov. 7, will be a topic for discussion along with the 2018 regular meeting schedule for council.

The meeting starts at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.