On the Agenda: Cape Coral City Council Meeting Preview (Mar. 20)

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The city council will hold its second of two March regular meetings this afternoon.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 4:30pm in Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 1015 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral. The meeting is open to the public.

Below are details on some of the items scheduled for discussion and possible vote, as well as the full meeting agenda.

Meeting Agenda

'Liberty Park' development to ask city for impact fee deferral

Developers of a large-scale development on Pine Island Road is asking the city to defer impact fees over an eight-year period.

Aileron Capital Management is in the process of developing 32 acres at Pine Island Road and NE 24th Street.

The development, which will be named Liberty Park, includes a 120,000 square foot, 131-unit assisted living facility, a 360,000 square foot, 320 unit apartment complex, and 25,000 square feet of retail space along Pine Island Road.

The city says impact models show the development will create over 1,000 jobs, generate $38 million in household earnings, and add $65 million to the regional economy.

It is because of those positive impacts, as well as providing much needed affordable housing in Cape Coral, that city staff says it is supporting the developer's request to defer $1 million of the estimated $1.7 million in impact fees the project will generate.

If approved, the deferral rate will be 100% for three years followed by payment of one-fifth of the fees for the next five years.

The total cost to the city for the deferral would be $54,348. However, the city says because of the impact the project will provide, the city will recoup that expense plus far more within that time frame.


Utilities Dept. to ask for approval on weir repairs emergency purchase order

The city's utilities department will ask the city council to approve an emergency purchase order for repairs to two city weirs.

The department says equipment failure at Weir 13 and Weir 14 has hampered efforts to store water for the dry season.

At the heart of the issue, stainless steel tubing at the weirs have deteriorated and are leaking, causing loss of pressure that enables the bladder control units to raise the weirs allowing additional storage of canal water.

The city says the weir system infrastructure provides approximately two-thirds of the water used for the city's irrigation system and fire suppression systems connected to the reuse system.

Because the weirs are in dire need of repair, city staff is asking the city council to forego the normal bid process for such a project and allow them to award the contract for repairs to Quality Enterprises USA, Inc.

City staff says the company is currently working on the Burnt Store Road widening project and would be available to begin the repairs immediately, taking 60 to 90 days to complete the project.

The total cost to repair both weirs would be $136,422.30, which includes a 10% city controlled contingency.


Council expected to finalize land donation to non-profit for affordable housing construction

There is only one ordinance scheduled to be heard at Monday's meeting.

The ordinance, if approved, authorized the donation of city-owned properties to the Cape Coral Housing Development Corporation, a not-for-profit agency that provides affordable housing to local families.

If the ordinance is approved, the city will donate three properties located at 120 Nicholas Pkwy. W, 233 SE 7th Pl., and 628 NE Van Loon Ln. that would be used to develop affordable housing for people earning between 80% and 120% of the area median income.

The city council previously approved the transaction through a resolution in October of last year. The ordinance coming forward at Monday night's meeting will finalize the agreement.