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Budget for area street lighting, more on council’s next agenda
August 16, 2017

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The Lehigh Acres Community Council will discuss the next fiscal year's budget for the local street lighting program at its upcoming meeting, along with the council's own budget.

The council will meet Aug. 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lee County Sheriff's Office East District substation, at 1301 Homestead Road N. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Lori Borman, coordinator for the county's Municipal Services Taxing/Benefit Unit, will talk about street lighting improvements in the area and the Lehigh Acres Street Lighting District's budget.

The budget is just about finished, according to Rick Anglickis, president of the council. When the budget is completed, it will be turned over to the county.

"The revenues to improve lighting come from the special district and zones, which are categorized by need," he said.

A Municipal Services Taxing/Benefit Unit is a fee-for-service program, according to the county's website. It is designed to help residents in unincorporated Lee organize and create special improvement units for the purpose of obtaining specific services beyond the county's core service.

The Lehigh Acres Street Lighting District was created to help fund extra street lighting.

"Throughout the years, the process of deciding where additional lighting is necessary has changed," Anglickis said. "Now, the priority is on safety and placing lights where they are needed the most.

Vice President Mohamed Yasin, who spearheaded the program, works closely with the county.

"During the meeting, Borman will go over all the areas that both FPL and LCEC are servicing," he said. "She will then explain what areas are currently being worked on, as well how many lights need to be installed."

Presently, the program prioritizes zones depending on safety concerns, including school bus stops, heavy areas of pedestrian traffic and automobile safety.

"We will also give out information on where to call if someone needs a light replaced in their area," Yasin said of the meeting.

According to Anglickis, the council will also review its proposed budget for the next year.

In addition, the meeting will touch on the latest efforts of Incorporate Lehigh Inc., the organization studying the feasibility of incorporation. Last month, it was formed and approved by the state. The organization has formed multiple committees to conduct research on topics related to incorporation.

"We'll have a report from the president of Incorporate Lehigh Inc., Joan Cunningham, on the progress of each committee and plans for the month ahead," he said.

Committee chairs have already reported that new members from the community are signing up to join the organization and the various committees, according to Anglickis.

For information on Incorporate Lehigh, visit: https://www.incorporatelehigh.info/.

Officials noted that the website is still under construction.

For information on the council, visit: www.lehighacrescommunitycouncil.com/.

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