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Marco Island utility director Rony Joel

See larger In this June 2010 file photo, minutes after Marco City Council discusses finding an outside firm to manage the city-owned utility, its current director, Rony Joel, accepts a 1st place award among utilities in the state for allowing the least amount of pollutants from the wastewater plant into the waterways.

Photo by KELLY FARRELL, Staff

In this June 2010 file photo, minutes after Marco City Council discusses finding an outside firm to manage the city-owned utility, its current director, Rony Joel, accepts a 1st place award among utilities in the state for allowing the least amount of pollutants from the wastewater plant into the waterways.

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Jeff Poteet, left, and Rony Joel hold the award the water utility won from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers for environmental sustainability.
  • In this June 2010 file photo, minutes after Marco City Council discusses finding an outside firm to manage the city-owned utility, its current director, Rony Joel, accepts a 1st place award among utilities in the state for allowing the least amount of pollutants from the wastewater plant into the waterways.
  • It's all smiles as Marco Island City Council names interim-City Manager Jim Riviere, center, the permanent city manager effective Tuesday at Monday night's council meeting. Utility Director Rony Joel and City Clerk Laura Litzan grin along with him.
  • Members of the Utility Advisory Committee meet Thursday and although a full rate structure still needs to be completed, they are now projecting significant savings from earlier projected increases as high as 53 percent when compounded over the next five years. Pictured are Public Works Director Rony Joel, left, as well as Ken Honecker, Joe Granda and Bob Brown of the committee.
  • Public Works Director Rony Joel explains to council Monday that water/sewer rate hikes can only be dampened so much due to improvements to the utility system needed to ensure safety.
  • Public Works Director Rony Joel presents council with the state of the water utility, saying that the sewer assessment pot is empty and there are less than 90 days left in the operating fund. Joel and city consultants informed council of factors leading to rate hikes, including 'dampened water usage in the future forecast' and erred projections of more customers and city growth while the actual number of customers is shrinking.
  • Marco Island Public Works Director Rony Joel unloads old documents from his SUV to be shredded during the 'Shred Party' held at Orion Bank Saturday.
  • Public Works Director Rony Joel presents alternative revenue sources along with his presentation on what 20 percent reductions to his department would mean at the financial planning committee meeting Monday, Feb. 2.
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  • The future is uncertain for the Caxambas bridge, says Public Works Director Rony Joel. With a life span of 35 years, the bridge will not fall down tomorrow, says Joel, but the city is approaching a critical point for the bridge's repair needs.
  • Marco Island public works director Rony Joel and City Council chairwoman Terri DiSciullo hold the ribbon as long-time Marco Island residents Jane Hittler, left, and Katherine 'Kappy' Kirk cut the ribbon signifying the opening of the Barfield bridge on Oct. 26, 2004.

Marco Island water and sewer general manager, Rony Joel, who once also held the simultaneous titles of public works director and utility director, learned his last day with the city is to be April 1.

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