PHOTOS: Marco council scrapbook

Votes and notes from Monday’s City Council meeting

City Council recognizes the Lely boy's basketball team coached by Don Stewart, coach of the year who recently retired, at Monday's council meeting. The team advance to the Elite 8 in Florida and included seven Marco players.
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City Council recognizes the Lely boy's basketball team coached by Don Stewart, coach of the year who recently retired, at Monday's council meeting. The team advance to the Elite 8 in Florida and included seven Marco players. Kelly Farrell/ Staff

City Council recognizes the Lely boy's basketball team coached by Don Stewart, coach of the year who recently retired, at Monday's council meeting. The team advance to the Elite 8 in Florida and included seven Marco players.
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City Council recognizes the Lely boy's basketball team coached by Don Stewart, coach of the year who recently retired, at Monday's council meeting. The team advance to the Elite 8 in Florida and included seven Marco players. Kelly Farrell/ Staff

Islander Ron Oister, not pictured, presents Public Works Director Rony Joel with a copper pipe from his home indicating Marco's water has too much particulate matter. 'It can't be eliminated by rope, soap and dope chemicals in the water,' Oister said. Finance Director Patricia Bliss looks on.
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Islander Ron Oister, not pictured, presents Public Works Director Rony Joel with a copper pipe from his home indicating Marco's water has too much particulate matter. "It can't be eliminated by rope, soap and dope chemicals in the water," Oister said. Finance Director Patricia Bliss looks on. Kelly Farrell/ Staff

Suzanne Henry, a Marco Island resident, proposes a partnership between Marco Island and a private firm, Data Research Handling, to establish an Employer Assisted Housing Program in Florida. DRH is asking the city to serve as the oversight agency for the program, which will span several counties, and recieve 1 percent of the revenue generated. Council will discuss the idea at a workshop yet to be scheduled.
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Suzanne Henry, a Marco Island resident, proposes a partnership between Marco Island and a private firm, Data Research Handling, to establish an Employer Assisted Housing Program in Florida. DRH is asking the city to serve as the oversight agency for the program, which will span several counties, and recieve 1 percent of the revenue generated. Council will discuss the idea at a workshop yet to be scheduled. Kelly Farrell/ Staff

Fire Marshal Ray Munyon, left, is honored as employee of the month at Monday's City Council meeting by Chairman Rob Popoff and City Manager Steve Thompson. Munyon has worked for 20 years in the Marco and East Naples Fire Rescue Departments and is the lead fire inspector. He is also pastor of the Goodland Baptist Church.
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Fire Marshal Ray Munyon, left, is honored as employee of the month at Monday's City Council meeting by Chairman Rob Popoff and City Manager Steve Thompson. Munyon has worked for 20 years in the Marco and East Naples Fire Rescue Departments and is the lead fire inspector. He is also pastor of the Goodland Baptist Church. Kelly Farrell/ Staff

— BRIDGES

If the Island gets the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge constructed by the Florida Department of Transportation, the city will be responsible for maintaining the landscaping and a fishing pier which the state may construct under the bridge.

Council approved the maintenance agreements as well as a grant application for boating navigational lights on several other Island bridges. The cost of the maintenance on the fishing pier and landscaping were not immediately known, but Public Works Director Rony Joel said it should not significantly exceed current city maintenance costs to the landscaping around the bridge.

CITY EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

Marco Island Fire Marshal Ray Munyon was named the Marco Island employee of the month.

BANK TO PAY CODE FINES

Council approved to code reduce fines, though not as low as the bank hoped, for a property that had been foreclosed upon by Regions Bank at 1258 Mulberry Court.

Regions Bank offered $2,000 because it was said by the bank’s attorney that the city’s lien was invalid based on a technicality. City Attorney Alan Gabriel said though true, an argument could be made that the bank did not get the filing in time because a lack of the bank’s due diligence on the properties banks take over.

Weeks prior, a different attorney representing Regions Bank agreed to the approximate $11,000 recommendation of what should be imposed by the code board. Council decided to keep the fee as recommended by the code board and if not paid within the 30 days, the fine for a once improper pool barrier, now in compliance, will return to its original fine of about $22,000.

CODE BOARD TO TAKE ON CODE REDUCTION CASES

Council approved on first reading an ordinance which would allow the Code Board to mitigate or reduce fines on properties with liens after they are in compliance.

The ordinance also gives 20 days for a person with standing in a code case to file an appeal for City Council to rehear the case. There are 11 acceptable reasons for a case to be appealed. View the full ordinance in a supporting document to the left.

TRIMMING THE TREE ORDINANCE

Requested a tree ordinance to regulate residents planting trees in public swales and private trees infringing on neighboring properties be redrafted and reworked in a public work session tentatively scheduled for a June council workshop.

CITY ATTORNEY

Changes to city attorney contracts are scheduled to be discussed at the 5:30 p.m., May 18, City Council meeting.

FORENSIC AUDIT

A 90 day extension for a public hearing of the forensic audit results of the Collier Boulevard project is also to be discussed May 18. If approved the results would be released to the public in August.

FIREWORKS FUNDING NEEDS SPARK

Fourth of July fireworks is not getting the business funding needed, City Manager Steve Thompson announced, meaning the city may need to consider putting more money into the event.

MARCO IN NEED OF 24-HOUR URGENT CARE

City Councilors expressed a desire to get a hospital back on Marco Island and want to discuss options including drawing Naples Community Hospital back to the Island to provide 24-hour urgent care.

COUNCIL WORKSHOP

Items for the May 18 workshop include the Smokehouse Bay bridge projects, an update from the Waterways Committee and an update on the short term rental housing issue.

There will also be a presentation on the Island’s iguana abatement program which ended May 1.

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