Meeting Minutes for February 23, 2022
Community Development District
The regular meeting of The Board of Supervisors of the Laguna Lakes Community Development District was held at the Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers, Florida and also via web conference on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.
Present (or attending via web conference) and constituting a quorum were:
Jonathan Busa – Chair
Ellen Young – Vice Chair
Mark Wessler – Assistant Secretary
Paul Rumbold, Jr. – Assistant Secretary
Also present (or attending via web conference) were:
Cal Teague – District Manager, Premier District Management (PDM)
Tad Kring – Irrigation Specialists
Bill Sowers – Assistant District Manager, PDM
Christopher Dudak – Client Services Manager, PDM
Candyce Shaw – PDM
The following is a summary of the discussion and actions taken at the Laguna Lakes Community Development District (CDD) Board of Supervisors regular meeting.
FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS Call to Order and Roll Call
The meeting was called to order and all Board members were present, except Supervisor Cutler. Also in attendance were Cal Teague, the District Manager, and Tad Kring from Irrigation Specialists. Participating via web conference were Bill Sowers, Candyce Shaw, and Christopher Dudak of PDM.
SECOND ORDER OF BUSINESS Approval of the Agenda
On MOTION by Supervisor Wessler, seconded by Supervisor Rumbold, with all in favor, the Agenda was approved, as presented.
THIRD ORDER OF BUSINESS Audience Comments on Agenda Items
There were no Audience comments on the Agenda.
FOURTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Approval of Meeting Minutes
A. Draft Meeting Minutes for January 26, 2022
On MOTION by Supervisor Rumbold, seconded by Supervisor Wessler, with all in favor, the Draft Meeting Minutes for January 26, 2022 were approved, as presented.
FIFTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Old Business
A. Irrigation Report
Tad Kring reviewed his report and the following updates were given:
i. New Tucor Software Update
Tad reported that he had received the software updates, and they will be installed the first week of March.
ii. Irrigation System As-founds Updates with Mains Added
Tad handed out a map with the mains updated. Engineer McCleary had not put it on CAD as of yet.
iii. Split Monterrey Irrigation Zones
Tad stated that this project will begin on March 2nd.
iv. Replace Butterfly Valve at PS-2
This project had been completed.
v. replace all valves, pipes, and ball valve shut offs at both 9040 & 9050 PDV
This project had been completed.
vi. install a tap in the mainline at the pump station in order to inject chlorine
This project was progressing, but not completed yet.
vii. replace 4″ brass check valve and miscellaneous fittings
This project was completed.
Chair Busa arrived at 4:40 during the Irrigation Report
Resident Rudy Bailey commented on the irrigation system and the communication with the HOA. District Manager Teague stated that the problem is that there is poor communication between the landscapers, Alliant, Tad and the District. Chair Busa stated that the District allowed the parcels to deal directly with Tad, but now the homeowners are reporting to Tad, and the District was not aware of what was being asked. He agreed with District Manager Teague that there needs to be better communication between Alliant, the landscapers, the District, and also the homeowners. It was commented that the landscapers should be doing more wet checks, because they have access to the controllers via wi-fi.
Tad presented Estimate 3411 replacing all valves, pipes, and ball valve shut offs at 9179 PDV.
On MOTION by Supervisor Wessler, seconded by Supervisor Rumbold, with all in favor, the Board approved Estimate 3411, not to exceed $1,500.
Tad responded to an invoicing issue raised by Supervisor Cutler at the last meeting. His office analyzed the past year’s invoices, and this showed that Carl’s work on Tuesdays was never double billed.
B. Cane Toad Removal Program Review
The Board discussed how economical this program is, and District Manager Teague reported that the cost is much lower than originally thought. Because of the warm weather, the toads are returning, and the Board decided to restart the program.
On MOTION by Supervisor Rumbold, seconded by Vice Chair Young, with all in favor, the Board agreed to restart cane toad removal on March 1, 2022.
SIXTH ORDER OF BUSINESS New Business
A. Palm Tree Trimming Proposal on CDD Property
An estimate from Ramirez was received to prune all the perimeter palm trees for $9,867. This would amount to $23 per palm for 429 palms. An estimate from Terra Nova Landscaping had not been received as of yet.
On MOTION by Supervisor Wessler, seconded by Supervisor Rumbold, with all in favor, the Board approved the pruning of all the perimeter palm trees, not to exceed $9,867.
SEVENTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Field Manager
A. Current Field Report
District Manager Teague reviewed the report, and the following was discussed:
i. Lakes Maintenance
A homeowner had placed a silt fence in the Lake Maintenance Easement. The Board agreed to send the resident a letter stating that they need to move it.
Ramirez is still cutting the grass too low near the lakes. The Board agreed to communicate this to Erika Strohm at Alliant for redress.
The Geo Tube installation is scheduled for April, and the Board had no problem with that.
A “No Fishing” sign needed to be replaced. The Board agreed that Field Manager Pepin can address these issues in the future when he sees the need.
On MOTION by Supervisor Rumbold, seconded by Chair Busa, with all in favor, the Board approved the replacement of a “No Fishing” sign.
B. Other Follow-up Items
i. Muck Analysis Update/Lime Rock Proposal
Field Manager Pepin is still waiting for the proposal from Solitude. The Board agreed to continue to wait.
ii. Landscaping Projects Update
Ramirez submitted two proposals, and the first was for removing and replacing a Foxtail Palm. The second proposal was removing and replacing a Ficus tree, filling bare spots with Arboricola in the Bass Road Berm, and planting Arboricola behind Laguna Hills Drive. The Board approved both proposals, except for removing and replacing the Ficus tree, because they were not sure if it is a CDD tree.
On MOTION by Supervisor Wessler, seconded by Supervisor Rumbold, with all in favor, the Board approved estimate 19 to remove and replace a Foxtail Palm, not to exceed $850.
On MOTION by Supervisor Wessler, seconded by Chair Busa, with all in favor, the Board approved estimate 16 for installing 4 Arboricola at Bass Road Berm, and 15 Arboricola behind 15290 Laguna Hills Drive, except for removing and replacing a Ficus tree, not to exceed $1,235.
iii. Oak Tree Removal and Replacement Options by Walls
Chris had received a proposal from Ramirez to remove 5 oak trees and stump grind them for $5,200. The roots were raising the perimeter wall. The Board agreed to remove them and replace them at a later time, and not to reset the wall panels at this time.
On MOTION by Supervisor Rumbold, seconded by Vice Chair Young, with all in favor, the Board approved the removal of 5 oak trees at the perimeter wall and stump grind them, replacing them at a later time, not to exceed $5,200.
iv. Berm Pinestraw Update
District Manager Teague reported that he had signed the contract for pinestraw mulch to secure a date for its installation along the perimeter berm at the cost of $15,150, which was previously approved by the Board.
v. Lake Algae
There was some blue green algae on the east side of Lake 4, but there was only a small amount. This was discussed previously in the meeting.
EIGHTH ORDER OF BUSINESS District Manager
A. 2022 Board Elections
District Manager Teague gave the Board a copy of the requirements for running for office, which was also posted on the website. The seats up for election in 2022 are seat 1, Paul Rumbold, seat 2, Ellen Young, and seat 4, Jonathan Busa.
B. Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Discussion
District Manager Teague distributed a schedule for developing the Fiscal Year 2023 Budget. There is a June 15th deadline for approving the tentative budget. A draft Budget will be presented at the April meeting, and it will be adopted at the Public Hearing at the August meeting. District Manager Teague asked the Board to submit any goals or objectives they would like to see in the Budget.
NINTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Financial Statements
A. January 2022
District Manager Teague reviewed the Financials.
On MOTION by Vice Chair Young, seconded by Supervisor Wessler, with all in favor, the Board accepted the January 2022 Financials, as presented.
TENTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Attorney
There is nothing to report from Attorney Andy Cohen.
ELEVENTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Engineer
There is nothing to report from Engineer Mark McCleary.
TWELFTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Supervisor Requests/Comments
Vice Chair Young commented on the algae present on the pillars on the north side of the community. The Board agreed that this is not a CDD issue.
THIRTEENTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Audience Comments
There were no Audience comments.
FOURTEENTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Adjournment
On MOTION by Supervisor Rumbold, seconded by Supervisor Wessler, with all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 5:45 p.m.
The Next Regular Meeting is March 23, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.