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Council to consider utility design agreement with the CRA

By Staff | Sep 17, 2020

The Cape Coral City Council on Monday will consider is an interlocal agreement between the city and the Community Redevelopment Agency for the design of utility improvements within the South Cape.

The city would like to make the South Cape a destination for tourists, as well as a place for people to “live, work and play.” Existing utility infrastructure in the district cannot handle the higher density hoped-for development projects would bring, however.

According to the agreement proposed, the CRA will pay $1 million in fiscal year 2020, and another $1 million in fiscal year 2021 for engineering design and bidding costs associated with water and sewer improvements within the boundaries of city’s original downtown.

Another interlocal agreement between the city and CRA for building renovations at 1231 Lafayette St. is a consent agenda item.

In other business:

* Council will consider a resolution to update the Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve Land Management plan.

All state-owned lands are required to create a Land Management Plan and those lands over 160 acres require Advisory Committee input. Land Management Plans must be updated every 10 years. Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve, for which the city has a lease agreement, was last updated in 1995.

Planned improvements to be budgeted within the next 10 years include replacing and repairing the damaged boardwalk, installation of security cameras and the renovation of the kayak rental building, protective barriers around the memorials, the expansion of the boardwalk and access to the marshes, a walking path along the roadway to the kayak rental area and a new environmental center.

* In a consent agenda item, the city will consider an amendment to the contract with CBI Inc for lot mowing services to provide three additional mow cycles annually for a total of 10 mow cycles, amend the term of the contract and annual bonding requirement.

This amended agreement would affect lot owners throughout the city who rely on the city to provide the mowing services needed to comply with Cape Coral code standards.

The current contract is for an estimated annual amount of $1,907,734; the additional three mows will be for an estimated amount of $398,079 for an estimated total contract price of $2,302,813.

Costs are passed on to individual property owners.

If the item isn’t pulled for discussion, the item will pass automatically.

* Council will appoint four members and one alternate to the Budget Review Committee and fill a vacancy on its Youth Council.

Cape Coral City Council meetings begin at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 1015 Cultural Park Blvd.