On the Agenda: Cape Coral City Council Meeting Preview (May 1)

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The city council will hold its first regular meeting of May 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


City reaches agreement to pump water from former mining property

A major step in creating solutions to the city's current water woes is continuing to move forward.

During Monday night's meeting, the city's Utilities Department will present a proposed resolution that will allow the city to transport much-needed water from a former mining property located in Punta Gorda to Cape Coral canals.

Recently, the city recently received approval from local and state agencies to begin pumping and transporting water from B.P., LLC's water reservoir to Cape Coral. Last week, the city began pumping water from the reservoir.

Now, city staff will bring an agreement before the city council at tonight's meeting to continue pumping up to 17 million gallons per day from the reservoir.

The agreement calls for the city to reimburse the owners of the property $140,000 for the work needed to pump the water for up to 90 days.

Also, the city will also pay the company ten cents per 1,000 gallons used by the city. The payment from the city will not be in cash rather credits the company will use to purchase fill dirt from the city at a rate of one dollar per cubic yard of fill dirt.

The agreement between the city and B.P. has been heralded as a project that could make a significant impact on current and future drought issues caused by lack of rain during dry seasons.


Council to consider speed limit decrease for SE 17th Pl.

Following a request from the city council, city manager John Szerlag is proposing a resolution to lower the speed limit from 30mph to 25mph for a stretch of SE 17th Place.

The request from city council to reduce the speed limit came during a recent Committee of the Whole meeting, where traffic issues along SE 17th Place were part of a conversation regarding the possible implementation of a citywide traffic calming policy.

If approved, the speed limit reduction will be in place for SE 17th Place from Four Mile Cove Parkway to Veterans Memorial Parkway. Residents of the street have long complained that motorists using it as a bypass of Del Prado Boulevard have created unsafe conditions for those who live in the area. However, when questioned by council member John Carioscia at the Committee of the Whole meeting, city traffic engineer Bill Corbett said based on analysis done by the city, that with recent additions to the street in that area such as adding a dashed center line and solid outside lines, he did not feel the road posed a safety or speed issue.

Despite, Corbett's analysis, the majority of the city council still voted to request the speed limit reduction.


Finance Dept. to present FY 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

The city's Finance Department will present its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) during Monday night's meeting.

According to the report, which analyzes the city's financial status for Fiscal Year 2016, stated there were no findings, recommendations, or questioned costs stemming from the audit.

Results of the report show that in Fiscal Year 2016, the city held 1.71 billion in total assets and 1.18 billion in total liabilities.

Concerning the city's pension funds, in Fiscal Year 2016, the city's General Employees' Pension Plan was 73.89% funded, Police Pension Plan 82.4% funded, and Firefighters' Pension Plan 75.25% funded.

The report also shows the city's revenues increased from $142,994,530 to $147,573,216 from Fiscal Year 2015 to Fiscal Year 2016, while expenses increased from $122,393,804 to $131,894,234 during the same period.

Recently, the city was awarded the “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” for the report by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

According to the organization, the Certificate of Achievement is awarded to local governments that go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency.

This was the 30th year in a row the city has received the honor for its CAFR Report.


Two public hearings scheduled for Monday's meeting.

The first is an ordinance recommending changes to the city's Future Land Use Map.

In preparation for the city's upcoming first Utilities Expansion Project phase north of Pine Island Road, city staff is recommending changes to the Future Land Use Map for approximately 2,900 acres of Northern Cape Coral properties.

City staff is recommending that 2,700 acres be changed to a Single Family designation, 93 acres to a Multi-Family designation, and 57 acres be considered a transition area with no designation.

The areas stretch from Old Burnt Store Road to Andalusia Parkway and another section along Kismet Parkway to the city's eastern borders.

If approved, the changes will effect 9,600 properties and remove the possibility for multi-family residential dwellings for the majority of properties.

City staff says the changes are necessary to prepare the properties for development after city utilities are constructed. Both the city's Planning & Zoning Commission and city's Planning Division are recommending approval for the changes.

The second public hearing involves a request to rezone a piece of property located on Del Prado Boulevard just north of Hancock Bridge Parkway.

Owners of the property located at 9 Del Prado Boulevard North, are asking the city to change the zoning of the property from Pedestrian Office to Pedestrian Commercial.

The property is currently the only Pedestrian Office property in the surrounding area, with the rest of the properties already zoned Pedestrian Commercial.

Both the city's planning division and hearing examiner recommended approval for the zoning change.