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Board Meeting Tuesday, December 5, 2023

The meeting was called to order at 7:00. Board members present were Tom Ellis, Mike Vitte, Jim Rice, Chris Waleri, Joe Elarde, Phil Ellington and Joe Thompson. Several guests were present, and all introduced themselves. The minutes from the October and November meetings were approved. The Treasurer reported a balance of $7,557.12.

Old Business

Plans for the neighborhood gathering were discussed. A subcommittee of the board consisting of Chris Waleri, Joe Elarde and Phil Ellington agreed to plan this event. The proposed date is set for March 9, 2024. More details will be provided as the committee continues their work.

Five seats on the board are scheduled to expire at the end of the year. They are Jim Rice, Mike Vitte, Tom Ellis, President, Joe Thompson and Phil Ellington. Tom Ellis, Joe Thompson and Phil Ellington have agreed to serve another term. Joe Thompson has accepted the President’s role, Tom Ellis accepted the Vice President’s role and Phil Ellington accepted the Secretary’s role. Mike Vitte agreed to serve another year. Tom Joe and Phil were voted in by a unanimous vote of the board. These are all three year terms beginning January 1, 2024 and ending December 31, 2026. Jim Rice elected to leave the board at the end of the year (2023).

New Business

Tom reported receiving a communication from Commissioner Saunders requesting the opportunity to attend a gathering of the neighborhood. Tom replied with a promise to discuss it with the board and then to respond. The board discussed this and a suggestion was made to invite the commissioner to the annual meeting in March and to have that meeting take the format of a candidate’s debate amoung the candidates running for the District 3 Commission seat. Tom agreed to propose this to Commissioner Saunders. Joe Thompson, Tom Ellis and Mike Vitte agreed to plan the annual meeting. Gayle confirmed that date would be available for the church to host.

Open Agenda

Tom reported receiving correspondence from Commissioner Saunder’s office advising his plans to propose a Growth Management Plan Amendment Moratorium. This would be an ordinance that would prohibit the review of any new growth management plan amendments for a period of time, presumably a year, to allow further study regarding the Immokalee Road and Vanderbilt Beach Road corridors by traffic and to ask for proposals to relieve the increasing congestion along those corridors. This is to be discussed at the December 12 Commission Meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 7:55pm



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