Beginning Friday, August 1st, 2014 the Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA) will be conducting system flushing and temporarily change the disinfection process for the drinking water supply in your community.
The FGUA conducts system flushing as part of its prudent utility practice. Flushing will remove sediment from the system that has been in the pipes for a long time. Sediment left in the pipes has led t odor and discoloration in some communities, which occurs as chlorine that is used to treat the water subsides.
If the Lehigh Acres Fire Department is in such dire straits, why aren’t they in a cost saving mode by now?
1. Browning out two stations for 12 hours per day (rotating stations on the off peak time using historical data)
2. Changing firefighter schedules to 12 hours a day (just like the Lee County Sheriff’s Office) for 4 days on and three day off – verses – 24 hours on and 48 hours off.
3. Elimination of all “Kelly days” this is a paid day off taken at a scheduled interval in addition to normal time off or vacation.
These three items will immediately save the Fire District dollars within the first thirty days and millions over time that came be used to save jobs verses layoffs.
August 28 at 1:00 p.m. – East County Water Control District (business office at 601 East County Lane - Conference Room) will host the FGUA monthly Board meeting. Anyone wishing to address the FGUA Board will have an opportunity to do so in person. Usually the week prior to the meeting the agenda packet is available on line at www.fgua.com under the “About Us” Tab – Meets & Public Hearings.
The FGUA will be holding a Customer Committee meeting on August 27, 2014 at 5 p.m. at the FGUA Business office located at 1229 Homestead Road. The committee meets quarterly to discuss Capital Projects, Customer Service, Policies and Procedures and utility business. These meetings will provide customers with an opportunity to learn more about ongoing activities and projects ask questions, voice concerns and provide feedback about FGUA services and policies.
The VegHeads, a 4-H club of youth from 8-18 year of age, will start their 2014-2015 year on Monday, August 26th at 6:30pm. This year’s projects will include: Lee County Seed Library, entering plants into the Lee County Fair, install a garden for a needy family, and an aquaponics project. The club meets inside Veterans Park Recreational Center located at 55 Homestead Road South in Lehigh Acres. The club has a member limit, so contact their 4-H leader Karen Harty at email@example.com or610.530.8883 if you are interested in joining.
The Lehigh Acres Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is having a back-to-school clothing exchange from 9 am- 12 noon Saturday, July 26th, 2014. The church is located at 315 Richmond Ave. North, Lehigh. The event is free and open to the public. Items from baby size to adult clothing will be available for free. All left over clothing will be donated to charity. We will also be doing a Food Drive for a local food bank. If you would like to help, please bring non-perishable items to the church on July 26th. For more information, call 239-810-7654
The Fire District say this “It is the intent of the Board of Fire Commissioners to exempt those properties that are currently exempt from property taxes under the ad valorem taxing methodology, as long as said properties are classified appropriately as being exempt.”
But the law is this:
A Florida appeals court has ruled that churches can be required to pay assessments only if their property is directly benefited. The court concluded that fees imposed on churches for fire and rescue met the definition of assessment and therefore could be assessed against a church consistently with the church’s exemption from property tax. The court also pointed out that the churches in question were prevented from challenging these assessments since they had paid them without protest for twenty years.
The only way is to modify the law, is for the Board of the Lehigh Acres Fire District to approve a non-revocable resolution stating that they the board will exempt those properties that are currently exempt from property taxes if the tax assessment is passed.
The Lehigh Acres Gazette Online Newspaper this week passed the 1.5 million page view mark, with now over 4,100 stories posted online, all of which can be searched by keywords or subject and now more 1000 likes on Facebook and growing.
Publisher, Robert Anderson would like thank all his contributors and advertisers over the years who have kept an alternate news source available online for Lehigh Acres. Keeping “Where local always matters” count.
The Precautionary Boil Water Notice issued (Thursday, July 17th, 2014) for Lehigh Acres Utility System customers on Lee Boulevard from Lee Street to Calvin Road and from Lee Boulevard at Gunnery Road to Varsity Lakes Drive and between Lee Boulevard and 8th Street is no longer in effect. All biological testing samples were negative and therefore you may resume water usage as normal. The samples were analyzed by a state certified laboratory that confirmed the drinking water is safe to drink.
1. Chief Wayne said, “I’m planning on laying off 46 firefighters temporary even if the tax assessment passes.”
2. Insurance ISO rating / PPC rating will not go up until ISO reps come to Lehigh Acres and re-rate the department. When are they coming who knows?
3. Lee County Property Appraiser office states that 91.08% of all residential homes will a tax increase over 2013 tax rates if the assessment is passed.
4. Lehigh Acres will not lose Ambulance Transport Service according to Scott Tuttle, Deputy Director Public Safety and EMS Chief for Lee County EMS
5. According to the departments own independent auditor Tuscan and Company Lehigh Acres Fire is in debt for 2.5 million dollars.
6. Churches and non-profits (like Lehigh Community Services) in Lehigh Acres are NOT exempt from this tax assessment and will have to pay up if the assessment is passed.
7. Presbyterian Homes (aka Sunshine Villas) is NOT exempt from this tax assessment and will have to pay up if the assessment is passed.
8. Frank Lohlein President of Citizens Against Increased Taxes (aka C.A.I.T.) said,”Our voting block of 6000 people in Lehigh Acres will be voting no on the fire assessment.”
9. The issue of these items is so simple: The fire boards lack of or no decision making and the leadership of the union has caused the issues to escalate again. They all know 5 years ago about the housing bubble and the foreclosure issues but yet choose not to listen to business leaders in the community multiple times
Todays winners with 23.80 lbs, Dave Horne and Chad Barger. and Big Bass of 8.72 lbs. Chris Chadwick and Johnny White finished 2nd with 18.24. a few of their fish. Jimmy and Charles Bass finished 3rd with 15.61 and Mcpherson and Vernadoe finished 4th with 15.17 lbs.
Healthy Harvest Community Garden had its monthly community day Saturday. Participates planted corn and get seeds started for future items in the garden.
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