Code Advisory Board holds first meeting amid uncertainty about its role
The Marco Island City Council disbanded the city’s Code Enforcement Board late last year and moved to a magistrate system to deal with city code violations brought to them by city staff.
During the transition period, it became evident that some work was necessary to clean up verbiage and deal with inconsistencies within the city codes.
Council then established a Code Advisory Board to review those documents and come back with recommendations..
The city did advertise for volunteers and only six have been appointed to the board, which just recently met after being in existence for close to six months. One position remains to be filled by councilman Amadeo Petricca, but there appears to be a lack of interest to fill that slot.
The first meeting of that board was spent attempting to qualify what its mission should be.
“To be frank with you I’m somewhat at a loss of what we are supposed to be accomplishing here,” said appointee Paul Kampmeyer.
He wasn’t alone with that feeling, but City Clerk Laura Litzan tried to gently guide the group to look at several possible aspects of their unclear goals.
The group did discuss looking at issues such as signage and clearing up some ambiguous language items within the codes.
“There certainly are some issues that need to be addressed,” said Ray McChesney, another member.
Longtime resident and local Realtor Marv Needles encapsulated the overall feeling of the appointees when he simply stated, “I volunteered to do some good for the community, but I don’t have the time to invest in trivial matters.”
The one thing the group did agree on was to meet in a little less formal environment. They will gather for meetings in the downstairs conference room at City Hall, rather than the more formal setting of the council chambers.
Meetings will be held on the last Thursday of the month at 3 p.m., unless otherwise announced.
Anyone wishing to volunteer for the Code Advisory Board or for service on other committees should send a resume to Laura Litzan at email@example.com or call her office at 389-5010.