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City clerk honored at final council meeting

By Staff | Oct 17, 2018

Rebecca vanDeutekom has served as Cape Coral’s city clerk since 2010 and, on Monday, the voice of the person who called the role for votes and read resolutions and ordinances did so for the final time.

VanDeutekom, who is retiring at year’s end, was recognized by City Manager John Szerlag and Mayor Joe Coviello for her service to the city, which dates back to 2004.

Szerlag said vanDeutekom, who was there when Szerlag took over in 2012, has always been helpful with a wealth of knowledge.

“She helps us maintain a culture of professionalism. She has a great disposition on what’s going on and always has the agenda she’s working on and makes sure it’s submitted on time,” Szerlag said.

“She’s always been helpful. She has always been like the Shell Answer Man here in Cape Coral. She knows everything there is to know about her position,” Coviello said. “When you need information, she’s the go-to gal.”

Most others on city council also expressed their thanks, especially when it came to when they ran for office, speaking of how she could always be counted on to answer all their questions with a smile.

In other business, Council also approved 7-0 an ordinance that would change the land use of an 85-acre piece of property north of Veterans Parkway and East of Surfside Boulevard from Mixed-Use Preserve to Multi-Family Residential and an Urban Service designation from Reserve to Transition. It is zoned agricultural.

The MF designation would allow for a maximum of 1,351 units. The city has a documented need for multi-family, affordable housing.

Also approved was an ordinance that would provide city management the authority to modify regular full-time positions within the approved budget by council and allow departments to evaluate the workload and staffing needs throughout the year.

It also allows the city manager to reclassify a position up to four pay grades higher or lower, depending on how the duties change.

Also, Steve Henry was named to the Metropolitan Planning Organization Citizen Advisory Committee, Jim Ranfranz to the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee as P&Z representative, and Stephen Stefanik as resident representative.

City Council also got some good news on water quality. Utilities Director Jeff Pearson said a recent inspection of the major canals revealed most of the algae is gone, with only 11 canals showing signs of it. He said as the weather cools and the salty water comes in, conditions should improve even more.

Bacteria counts at the Yacht Club beach are expected to come by the end of the week.

Coviello also announced that the scheduled Committee of the Whole meeting on Oct. 22 has been cancelled. The next meeting is set for Monday, Nov. 5, at 4:30 p.m.