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Council names new members to P&Z

July 23, 2013
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Cape Coral City council made some moves Monday at its regular meeting at city hall that will shore up a badly depleted Planning & Zoning commission.

The council named alternates Joseph Kibitlewski and Glenn Hewitt as full-fledged members to fill two of three seats open.

Former members Frank Triscari and Max Forgey resigned; Paul Carlson passed away.

Kubitlewski and Hewitt will hold their seats until 2015. The third seat expires in 2014.

Councilmember Chris Chulakes-Leetz fought hard to make new applicant Amy Blackwood a member as well, which would have filled the last seat, but the vote to install was defeated 5-3.

"I have a problem moving a third body in because she's a third body," Councilmember Rana Erbrick said. "These are important positions. We need to advertise and look for more alternates. We can't just put a body in there."

"To turn down a volunteer would be failing ourselves," Chulakes-Leetz answered. "To say someone needs to be well-versed, I concur. But to not put her in that position would be an injustice."

Chulakes-Leetz then motioned to have Blackwood be an alternate, which passed 7-1, with Erbrick casting the lone dissent.

The P&Z meetings in recent months have had just five committee members out of eight, just barely a quorum.

The council then appointed P&Z member Dan Read to a position on the Burnt Store Road Right-of-Way committee, with Paul Tee being named the alternate.

The committee hasn't met in 2013 because of ongoing litigtation.

In other business, the city council passed a resolution to call for a primary election on Sept. 10 for the offices of mayor and councilmember in District 1 because they have more than two candidates running for office.

Seven candidates are running for mayor, with four running in District 1. The top two vote-getters will advance to the general election in November. Districts 4 and 6 have just two candidates.

The city council also made a pair of personnel actions, reclassifying the positions of two administrative secretaries to Administrative Specialist II, and III, respectively, at as cost of $7,300.

Also, the Rotary Club presented Parks & Recreation Director Steve Pohlman with a check for $13,000.



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