Estero Community Planning Panel
Minutes of Public Meeting #102
November 17. 2008
Estero Community Park, Estero, Florida
Panel Members Present:
Jack Lienesch, Acting Chairman, Estero Civic
Association; Greg Toth , Estero Development Community, John Goodrich,.Estero
Council of Community Leaders; Neal Noethlich, ECCL; Dan DeLisi, Estero
Development Community; Lin Welch, Estero Chamber of Commerce. Recording
Secretary: Jim Ramsburg, ECCL; Treasurer: Beverly MacNellis, ECCL.
Lienesch called the meeting to order at 6:04 PM.
Nineteen participants were present including eleven
members of the general public. Ramsburg reported that public notices of
the meeting were distributed to the Fort Myers News-Press, the Bonita Daily News
and the Bonita Banner. Notices were posted on the Internet in the Estero
Development Report and the community Web site,
www.esterofl.org. Notices of the
meeting were posted in the South Regional Library, Colonial Bank, Estero
Community Park and Realty World of Estero.
Ramsburg distributed minutes of the October meeting.
Goodrich: Motion to accept minutes. Toth: Second. Report accepted
MacNellis reported a current balance of $651.75 in
the Community Planning Panel account on deposit at Colonial Bank in Estero.
Goodrich: Motion to accept Noethlich: Second. Report accepted
Copper Oaks Resident Presentation:
Diana and Nick Carbo, representing
residents of the Copper Oaks community on Three Oaks Parkway. The
residents complain that construction of the new
U.S. Post Office, adjacent to
the communityís south side, has blocked the drainage of excess water from
community property. Mrs. Carbo also cited the lack of a buffer between the
new postal facilityís parking lot and the Copper Oaks community as compounding
the problem. Residents have brought this problem to the attention of the
U.S. Postal Service without satisfactory response as yet. Tom OíDea,
representing the Estero Design Review Committee, reported that the problem
should be fixed when the contractor and county coordinate the point where
drainage pipes from the post office site will connect to the underground sewage
system along Three Oaks. Noethlich said that nothing has been seen by the
ECPP or EDRC regarding plans for the proposed buffer between the post office and
Copper Oaks. Discussion followed about the possibilities of extending a
buffering wall that borders parts of the community to that area. Welch
suggested that the Copper Oaks residents obtain a site plan for the post office
property and learn exactly what has been planned for the property.
Lienesch said that a set of landscaping plans for the site also is needed. Noethlich volunteered to join Mrs. Carbo in approaching the on-site contractor
to request the plans.
For the record, DeLisi informed the Panel that his firm represents a property owner in the
northernmost area under consideration near the entrance of Southwest Regional
airport on Treeline. The area is not inside the Estero Planning Area.
Lienesch said that if a property is chosen within the Estero Planning Area, that
the ECPP would want to have some input in the process. Welch: Motion that
Lienesch express this request in a letter to Jim Levander, Lee County Public
Works Director. DeLisi: Second. Motion passed unanimously.
Lakes of Estero II Administrative Amendment:
copies of a proposed Administrative Amendment for consideration. Discussion followed regarding the Panelís influence
and/or interest in Administrative Amendments dealing with minor changes not
affecting the Panelís primary areas of concern but which might concern the EDRC.
Welch: Motion that the ECPP neither encourage nor discourage Administrative
Amendment presentations in future meetings. Yes: 4. No: 2
Lienesch reported that he received an email from Ascot
Development which now proposes eight outlots for the site on the southwest
corner of Corkscrew Road and Three Oaks Parkway.
Ascot has also requested a traffic signal south of Corkscrew Road at an
entrance to the site. Lienesch volunteered to set up a meeting between Ascot and
Estero Fire Rescue, which has proposed an emergency signal a short distance
south of Ascotís entrance. Discussion followed regarding the Panelís
continuing disappointment with Ascotís revised proposals for the site and its outlots. Lienesch and Noethlich volunteered to meet with Harry Campbell
and Pam Houck of Lee County to express the Panelís concerns.
MacNellis suggested that the Panel discontinue renting a post
office box for ECPP use. Noethlich said he would check legal and insurance
Lienesch reported that several candidates are being
considered to take Noethlichís seat on the Panel.
Welch: Motion to adjourn. Noethlich: Second. Motion passed
unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 7:36 PM.
NEXT MEETING: 6:00 PM, MONDAY, JANUARY 19TH, ESTERO COMMUNITY PARK.