Lee County Charter Review Commission seeks public input on voluntary annexation
The Lee County Charter Review Commission will hold four public meetings, beginning Feb. 13, to seek citizen input on a proposed amendment to the county charter to address voluntary annexation.
As proposed, this charter amendment requires municipalities to include county utility franchises, such as the Greater Pine Island Water Association (GPIWA), in the annexation process. This could include providing a process for transferring services or infrastructure, or compensating utility providers for services and infrastructure.
The inclusion of county utility franchises guarantees that nonprofit utility providers, such as GPIWA, have a voice in the annexation process. It also ensures that our members continue to receive the high-quality level of service they have come to rely on for nearly 60 years.
Public input is critical to this process. As a Greater Pine Island resident and community member, you are strongly encouraged to attend a public meeting and ask the Charter Review Commission to advance this amendment to a vote of the electorate.
Meetings are scheduled for 5 p.m. and will be held on:
· Feb. 13 at the Cape Coral Public Library, 921 SW 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
· Feb. 27 at Veterans Park Recreation Center, 55 Homestead Road South, Lehigh Acres
· March 12 at the South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
· March 26 at the North Fort Myers Park and Recreation Center, 2000 North Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers
If you are unable to attend in person, you are encouraged to email your support for this amendment to email@example.com.