CAPTIVA COMMUNITY PANEL
August 14, 2007
Panel Members in Attendance: Mike Mullins, Sandra Stilwell, Harry Silverglide, Dave Jensen, Nathalie Pyle, Ron Gibson
1. Jensen called the meeting to order. Gooderham told Silverglide and Mullins that without declaring a conflict of interest and filing the necessary forms, the abstentions from the July 10 meeting would not stand and they would have to vote for or against the motion regarding Lee County DOT starting the safety shoulder. Silverglide voted Nay, Mullins Aye to be amended on the July 10, 2007, minutes.
2. IWA/Safety Shoulder Committee Update: RANDY CERCHIE, DOT
Randy Cerchie with Lee County DOT informed the Panel that IWA had applied for permits to replace the water main along the Tween Waters stretch, which was not part of the original replacement project. IWA plans to replace the water main under the road as soon as they receive the permits. (Pyle arrives.)
Mullins asked Cerchie if there was enough room for underground utilities to be installed in the right of way once the shoulder was in place. Cerchie responded that there really wasn't enough room for what was being done or planned, but that if utilities were undergrounded they would have to go to the east of the road. (Gibson returns.)
Cerchie said that DOT would give Captivans a month's notice prior to starting the project.
3. PRESENTATION ON CCA UTILITIES SURVEY: PAUL GARVEY
CCA executive director Paul Garvey told the Panel that the CCA had sent out surveys to all property owners and voters on Captiva, giving them one month to respond. With a response rate of 51 percent, 75 percent said "no" to the proposal outlined in the letter concerning underground utilities. (Non-responses were counted as no votes.) A total of 12.2 percent responded "yes" to the project.
Mullins asked Garvey if anyone could access the physical surveys and Garvey responded that he would have to ask his board as it wasn't their usual practice. Mullins also questioned the CCA's estimated cost of $24.3 million. Garvey said that the numbers were what they were given by the county and LCEC.
Mullins moved to thank Paul for submitting the CCA's survey results, seconded by Silverglide. No objection, motion carries in a 6-0 vote.
4. UNDERGROUND UTILITES UPDATE: RENE MIVILLE
With Miville absent, Gooderham informed the Panel that Libby Walker would be able to present new numbers and process in September or October.
5. UPDATE ON HURRICANE PREPARATIONS: KELSEY ANGSTADT
Angstadt thanked the Panel members for their involvement in the Sky Warn training and informed the rest that there were 34 people who received their training. The committee is still awaiting its Storm Ready certification. Mullins commented on how helpful Sky Warn training was and stated that he hoped they could hold it again. Anne Bradley with the Captiva Library told the Panel that the library would be open as soon as they could post-storm to provide Internet access and additional help. It was stated that Sanibel was obtaining a radio station frequency to broadcast in the event of a disaster and would also be Webcasting information.
6. WATER QUALITY UPDATE: DAVE JENSEN
Jensen said that he would like to meet with Lee County, PURRE and SCCF (among others) to figure out what Captiva can do to improve the water quality surrounding the island. Mullins stated that the Bayou Preservation Association would also be doing an additional study as well into water quality connected with the proposed Blind Pass re-opening.
Pyle moved that the Panel approved the chair's idea to form a committee with the community and Gooderham, to look into what Captiva can do to improve water quality; seconded by Stilwell. No objections, motion carries in a 6-0 vote.
7. FINANCIAL REPORT: SANDY STILWELL
Stilwell handed out balance sheets to show the current status of the Panel's two accounts. She said that now that she had everything together she felt confident in her position and would be combining the two bank accounts in the near future.
8. LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE DISCUSSION: KEN GOODERHAM
Gooderham passed out copies of the draft language he had developed for amending the code as it was, but was waiting to hear back from Mike Kelly on his initial changes. After that, he would schedule a further discussion at a future Panel meeting.
9. PLANNING REIMBURSEMENTS: KEN GOODERHAM
Gooderham handed out the reimbursement analysis he had completed (which dated back to 2000) and asked the Panel for direction. Mullins asked for an analysis of anticipated expenses for the next year or more, to consider whether to request reimbursement in advance; he thought that asking for it after the fact could be an issue with the county, but was willing to discuss the approach further. Gooderham reminded the Panel that they can request additional reimbursement (approx. $17,000) after they finish the LDC work under the most recent agreement with the county. Mullins requested that grant money be included in the analysis in the future.
10. WEB SITE REVIEW: KEN GOODERHAM
Jensen told the Panel that they were looking for suggestions for the Web site. Mullins suggested opening a blog and including a calendar. Gooderham said that if people would e-mail suggestions to him he would put them together to discuss at the next meeting and forward to the Web master.
11. CPOA 501C3 UPDATE: KEN GOODERHAM
Gooderham told the Panel that in June he had responded to a couple of follow-up questions from the IRS and that they were currently playing phone tag to finalize the application. The main IRS question was clarify what the Panel does and how it interacts with government in the process.
12. TREE SUBSIDY: KEN GOODERHAM
Gooderham said that there is only $2,000 left in the subsidy if they approved the current application for $2,782. The deadline for the subsidy had been extended to March 31, 2008, but that was a moot point as the funds would clearly run out long before that.
Mullins moved to approve the tree subsidy application for $2,782, seconded by Jensen. No objections, motion carries in a 6-0 vote.
13. OTHER BUSINESS AND PUBLIC COMMENT
Gooderham said there were two invitations for the Causeway Opening breakfast and it was decided that Mullins should attend as one representative. Gooderham would send the information on the event to the panel and poll who else would attend.
D&O insurance for the Panel was taken care of, Gooderham said, but Panel members would have to be CPOA members to be covered according to the insurance carrier writing the policy. Jensen said that he would find out if all Panel members were CPOA members.
The September meeting was discussed, although Panel members felt it was too soon to cancel it so the meeting was set for the Yacht Club September 11. Silverglide asked that cancelling only be entertained if there was not going to be a quorum.
Sharon Michie mentioned that fractional ownership of homes on the island was coming up again and asked if the Panel had an opinion or would consider doing anything to prevent it as part of its LDC language discussions. The consensus was they would think about it and talk later concerning what they could do.
Mullins moved to adjourn meeting, seconded by Stilwell. No objections, motion carries in a 6-0 vote.
11. Adjourment: The meeting adjourned at 10:30 a.m.