Meeting Minutes for March 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, March 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
Mike Cutler – Assistant Secretary
Also present (or attending via web conference) were:
Cal Teague – District Manager, Premier District Management (PDM)
Tad Kring – Irrigation Specialists
Chris Pepin – Field Manager, Community Field Services
Jennifer Miller – Controller, 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, with Supervisor Cutler attending via web conference. Also in attendance were Cal Teague, the District Manager, and Tad Kring from Irrigation Specialists. Participating via web conference were Chris Pepin, the Field Manager, and Jennifer Miller, the Controller, from PDM.
On MOTION by Chair Busa, seconded by Supervisor Rumbold, with all in favor, the Board accepted Supervisor Cutler’s attendance via web conference.
SECOND ORDER OF BUSINESS Approval of the Agenda
On MOTION by Supervisor Wessler, seconded by Vice Chair Young, with all in favor, the Agenda was approved, as presented.
THIRD ORDER OF BUSINESS Audience Comments on Agenda Items
Connie Bottinelli asked about irrigation work orders that had been sent in, and they were commented on later in the meeting.
Vickie Rose asked about the installation of the mulch.
FOURTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Approval of Meeting Minutes
A. Draft Meeting Minutes for February 23, 2022
On MOTION by Supervisor Rumbold, seconded by Supervisor Wessler, with all in favor, the Draft Meeting Minutes for February 23, 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. Tucor Software Update
The installation was complete.
ii. Split Monterrey Irrigation Zones Updates
The project is delayed until they receive 2 decoders. The sod will be installed when the project is complete. Another site had wiring issues, and Tad stated that he will make this a priority. The Board also requested that he make sure the site is taped off, because it is a safety hazard.
iii. Chlorine Injection Updates
Tad is delaying chlorination, because the snails have been greatly reduced, and he would have to shut down the whole system to allow the chlorine to dissipate. He plans to start the chlorination in June at the start of the rainy season.
Tad also reported that brown water had been coming out of the system on Lake 8, and the source had not been identified. It could possibly be from a main break or construction. The Board would like to have samples taken at the outfall from the county system to see if there is an issue with the brown water. Tad offered to draw three samples and Field Manager Pepin and District Manager Teague will see that they are tested.
On MOTION by Supervisor Rumbold, seconded by Chair Busa, with all in favor, the Board approved taking three samples from the stormwater system on Lake 8, and have it tested for contaminates, not to exceed $500.
Resident Rudy Bailey commented on issues of communication between the community, Tad, the landscapers and the association’s management company. After discussion, Tad stated that he will look into this.
Chair Busa left the meeting at 5:15 during the Irrigation Report
SIXTH ORDER OF BUSINESS New Business
A. New Irrigation Services Proposal: Replace Check Valve PS#1 Pump#2
On MOTION by Supervisor Rumbold, seconded by Supervisor Wessler, with all in favor, the Board approved the proposal to replace the check valve for PS#1 and Pump#2.
SEVENTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Field Manager
A. Current Field Report
Field Manager Pepin reviewed the report, and the following was discussed:
Chris noted that several patches of natural Bacopa were growing, which are good for erosion control.
He commented that a homeowner, who is building a new pool, had placed the silt barrier on the lake shoreline, and they had been notified. The homeowner reported that they had moved it.
The grass along the lake banks in Monterey were being cut. It had previously had been requested that it be allowed to grow, so that it could become a barrier for fertilizer run off.
The homeowner at 8679 Spring Mountain Way asked that a Hong Cong Orchid Tree be cut down, and Chris will draw up a proposal.
Letters were being sent to the homeowners that were placing items on the berm.
i. Lakes Maintenance
Chris had ordered 16 “No Fishing” signs, which was previously approved, and they will be placed when they are received.
B. Other Follow-up Items
i. Muck Analysis Update/Lime Rock Proposal
Gonzalo informed Chris that the company producing the lime rock treatment no longer offers this product. He does not have any other sources for it, so this item will be removed from the Agenda until a new source is located.
ii. Landscaping Projects Update
The previously approved landscape projects should be completed by the first week of April.
iii. Oak Tree and Roots Removal by Walls Update
They should all be removed by the first week of April.
iv. Berm Pinestraw Update
When Ramirez has finished the plantings and palm tree pruning, the pinestraw will be placed.
v. CDD Palm Tree Trimming Update
This should be completed by the first week of April.
vi. Cane Toad Control Program Update
Chris reported that they had removed 55 cane toads from the community, which puts the yearly total at 102. They had received favorable comments from residents, who are grateful that the CDD has this program.
EIGHTH ORDER OF BUSINESS District Manager
A. Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Discussion
District Manager Teague stated that the Fiscal Year 2023 budget will be distributed at the April meeting. He explained that there was a June 15th deadline for approving a tentative budget. The requests he had received were the continuation of the cane toad removal program, and the next phase of erosion remediation. He asked the Board to submit any further goals that they would like to accomplish.
NINTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Financial Statements
A. February 2022
District Manager Teague reviewed the Financials, and there were questions about the January payroll expenses not being reflected, and why there was a cost increase on the electricity at the pumps. District Manager Teague will look into these and report back to the Board.
On MOTION by Supervisor Wessler, seconded by Supervisor Rumbold, with all in favor, the Board accepted the February 2022 Financials, as presented.
TENTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Attorney
There was nothing to report from Attorney Andy Cohen.
ELEVENTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Engineer
There was nothing to report from Engineer Mark McCleary.
TWELFTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Supervisor Requests/Comments
There were no Supervisor Requests or Comments.
THIRTEENTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Audience Comments
Connie Bottinelli suggested that improvements for the end of Spring Mountain Way be considered for the Fiscal Year 2023 budget, and that the CDD, LLCA, and Monterey residents work together on the project. This could include landscaping and a place for the young people to use. There was a question as to which area is CDD property.
Rudy Bailey commented that the improvements on the Pebble Beach side were done by the LLCA.
FOURTEENTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Adjournment
On MOTION by Supervisor Rumbold, seconded by Supervisor Wessler, with all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 5:56 p.m.
The Next Regular Meeting is April 27, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.