Monday, December 10, 2018

City Council Update


AshBritt Environmental’s Randal Perkins addresses council. Photo by Steve Stefanides

AshBritt Environmental’s Randal Perkins addresses council. Photo by Steve Stefanides

The Marco Island City Council met twice last week, the first time on Monday, October 16th and worked through a relatively light agenda. They would first hear from the Chairman of the Utility Advisory Committee Rony Joel who spoke to the potential to paying down some additional debt if the city would look at selling off some additional real estate assets owned by the city. He would also go on to compliment the city staff for their administration and operation of the utility. He would be providing additional updates as their work continues.

Randal Perkins, the Chairman of the Board of AshBritt Environmental would address council and speak to his company’s plans to have the island substantially cleaned of hurricane debris by Thanksgiving. He praised city staff’s initiatives and the working relationship his company has created with the city, county and Waste Management.

At the request of the petitioner a Resolution approving a Conditional Use Request for the long debated Nautical Garage project was delayed again until the next meeting.

Council would quickly move to approve a continuation of a Temporary Use Permit for the J.W. Marriott to continue to use a temporary tent located on their grounds until December 20, 2017.

They would also approve a request from Public Works Director Tim Pinter to approve his request to move forward on his plan for roadway resurfacing. Pinter proposed and had the following approved for paving:

San Marco Road from Copperfield to
Heathwood
Templewood to Barfield and Barfield to
Balmoral
Tigertail Court from Collier to
Hernando Drive
Kendall Drive from Collier to Renard
Court

The one item which has
never been spoken about
previously has councilors
seeking funding for the
building of an educational
facility for the Marco
Island Academy. MIA is a
public Charter High School
located on the island, which
is being proposed to serve
as a post disaster facility for
island residents.

All streets within Residential Group 2
off North Barfield Drive

Council would also hold an in-depth discussion regarding the priorities they will suggest that the Collier County Legislative Delegation support in the upcoming 2018 Legislative Session. Those request center around the controversy surrounding the acquisition of a COPCN Certificate to obtain permission to have the city run its own ALS/EMS transport on the island. Council has also agreed to seek funding for the rebuilding of Fire/EMS Station 50. They would also seek grant funding to upgrading storm water management in the Landmark/San Marco area. The Marco Shores Utility Project would also continue to be a priority for funding.

The one item which has never been spoken about previously has councilors seeking funding for the building of an educational facility for the Marco Island Academy. MIA is a public Charter High School located on the island, which is being proposed to serve as a post disaster facility for island residents.

OCTOBER 18TH SESSION

Council would meet for the second time during the week to narrow the field of contestants for the open position of City Manager. They would narrow the field to four finalist after rejecting a request from Councilors Joe Batte, Bob Brown and Howard Reed to have Interim City Manager Gil Polanco’s name added to that list.

“He has proven himself under fire,” said Councilor Batte as he placed Polanco’s name into consideration. That motion was seconded by Councilor Brown, with Reed agreeing that he should be given an interview.

Polanco has run the city for the last nine months since Roger Hernstadt resigned. He also ran the city for four months prior to the hiring of Hernstadt in 2014. He is well thought of by his staff and the city’s employees and was praised for being a steady hand during the challenging days last September.

Praise for the response to the recent Hurricane Irma event had come from all segments of the community during the month since Irma slammed into the island on September 10th. That however was not enough to sway the votes of Councilors Larry Honig, Jared Grifoni, Victor Rios and Charlette Roman. They rejected the motion supported by the other three councilors.

Councilors would instead choose Daniel Alfonso, the present City Manager for the City of Miami, Florida, David Fraser of Boulder City, Nevada, William Malinen of Branson, Missouri and Lee Niblock of Gainesville, Florida. Only Alfonso from the City of Miami is presently employed.

Council will hold a “meet and greet” in the Council Chambers on November 1st and all 4 candidates will interview individually with the seven councilors on November 2nd. Council will then meet in the evening of November 2nd in Chambers to see if they can reach a consensus on making a choice. A candidate must receive a majority of five votes to be chosen.

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