MINUTES OF ALVA TOWN MEETING, JUNE 28, 2001
7:00 P.M. @
ALVA MIDDLE SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
President, opened the meeting by reviewing
the meeting of the Board of Directors on June 7 at the Alva Museum. The firm of Vanesse and Daylor and also Carole Cunningham made their
presentations to the board to act in the capacity as our planner. The Board
decided that Carole Cunningham would be best suited to meet our needs, and she
has been asked to be our planner. A letter has been sent to the County
requesting funding for our project.
A meeting was held with the Commissioners on June 26.
We have to abide by the sunshine law: each Board member has to file a
financial disclosure; we have to prepare minutes for each meeting; and we have
to notify the public about our proposed meetings. After the forms are filled
out, we have to meet with the Planning Office and the Commissioners. It may be
possible that we could receive funding within six weeks.
At this moment we need $1700 for the first two tasks on our plan.
stated that she was happy to have been selected.
We have a wonderful opportunity and we have great assets within our
community to get the necessary work done. By enhancing our community, we can
preserve its special character. Her
goal as planner and facilitator is to listen and learn about the plan and help
guide us through the mechanics of creating a plan so that it has a visual
quality that can be translated into reality.
Think of the plan as a living document that we will be involved in
shaping and administering over the years. We
should become involved with the Florida State Department of Community Affairs.
After meeting with the various committees and people in the community,
she would like to have a major workshop to bring the plan together. She has
spent quite a few years as a planning professional.
She received her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning and Economic
Development in 1980. From 1990 to
1993 she worked with Lee County as Director of the Redevelopment Agency and the
Growth Management Department; therefore, she is familiar with many of the
persons that should be involved in our project, especially those in the regional
planning council. She has worked for the cities of Orlando, Ft. Myers Beach,
North Port and St. Cloud on similar projects.
were brought up to date on the Babcock
Ranch proposed deal with the state. The
heirs have approached Florida about selling some of their land in the Telegraph
Creek area to the State for conservation in exchange for development rights on
20,000 acres of their land, which is mostly in Lee County and within the Alva
district. Jim English and Sarah are
going to meet with the Babcock family to learn exactly what they want to do.
Later in the meeting, it was proposed that they be invited to attend the
next Alva town meeting.
should check the Alva web site, www.AlvaFL.org,
which was prepared by Steve Brookman. He
did a great job. If anyone would be
like become the Webmaster in his place, please let him know.
Bill Brewer had mentioned the idea of having a Neighborhood Watch for parts of Alva. John McGraw, Crime Prevention Practitioner from the Lee
County Sheriff’s Office, spoke to us about how we can organize such a group.
Recently, within our village area, we have had four residential, two car,
and one commercial (Alva Diner) burglaries.
In all instances, it affects everyone in the community.
We should watch out for our neighbors, and if you see a burglary or crime
taking place, call 911. If you have
suspicions about an odd looking car in the wrong place or someone who acts
strangely, you can call 477-1200 and ask for a zone deputy to check things out.
You do not have to give your name. The
Sheriff’s Office would like our cooperation in reporting things so they can do
a better job of patrolling. With
such a group as ours, we are powerful enough to report if they are not doing a
good job. In establishing a
Neighborhood Watch, and he thinks there should be several in our area, a block
captain is needed to monitor the activity in the area and also a coordinator to
report to the committee. He would
like to schedule a meeting as a training session for captains and coordinators.
We are in the Sheriff’s Zone 22. It
was brought out that we would have to purchase our own Neighborhood Watch signs.
An information book was available to those who wished to have it.
Agriculture: Chaney Reese is away at this time. Other members of this
committee are Jim English, Lee Cutshall, Brent Golden, and Frank Green.
Florida has approved the way for farmers to save their agricultural land
by selling their development rights to the state.
They can continue to farm and everything they always did for 30 more
years without the threat of commercial development encroaching on their rights.
Carole, our planner, is familiar with this new law.
Preservation: Pastor Brewer has sent emails out to the committee members,
and they will meet on July 2 at 7 p.m. at the Alva Diner.
Lynda Kendrick reported that her fantastic group will meet again on July 10 at
Tom’s Diner. They are working up an Alva Labor Day Annual Fundraiser at the
community center. They hope to have
the Alva Volunteer Fire Department do their great cooking for us.
She is having T-shirts made up in green with white letters:
Keep Alva Green. A Trash and
Treasure Sale will be going on during this event.
She wants everyone to start practicing their dancing, and in October they
want to have an old fashioned Barn Dance. There
will be a ‘Penny (Dollar?) Pot” outside the door at every meeting for any
donations one wishes to make. Their
goal for the first year is $5000. This
is to be used for special expenses not covered by funding.
She has prepared a membership applications, which can be printed from the
web site. Everyone who becomes a member of A Living Vision for Alva will receive
a special membership card. She is
working with the Riverdale Library on obtaining all the names and addresses in
Alva, which will be available only to her committee.
Report: Lynn Fensterer, Treasurer, stated that we had a balance of
$579.34. She made disbursements to
cover printing and signs of $47.60. Our
balance is now $324.85. Our
incorporation is in progress. Once
that is established, then we can apply for a non profit status.
She is contacting smaller local publications about reporting our meetings
with the hope that eventually they will devote a special page to our plans.
Dick Crockett reported on the status of the Alva Park. The Flywheelers used to
have an annual show at Alva Park, but when the county decided to charge for
parking, they moved to LaBelle. This
is unfortunate because the Fire Dept. made money by selling food, and others
held a fleamarket outside the park, and they cannot do this anymore. We should
contact the county officials who are responsible for this and try to draw these
events back to the Park. Regarding
the Wayside Park, it seems that everything depends on whether a road can be
routed through the park, thereby making an intersection with Broadway and then
entering Packinghouse Road. As it
is now, it creates a safety hazard with two different entries onto SR 80.
The surveyors have already done some work on this.
Steve from Alva Diner stated that our group will be the first to know
what the result will be. Dick asked for ideas about how we could utilize the Wayside
Park if and when it is returned to our care.
Planning: Rob Andrys thanked everyone for attending the meeting.
Before all we have done is talk, but now we can start really planning.
Everyone should be patient so everyone can arrive at a consensus.
According to the Lee County Board of Commissioners, the Alva planning
community district goes all the way to SR 31 on the north side of the river and
up to the Charlotte County line. Discussion
was held on this subject—as to whether we should stay with the Fire District
parameters or extend it to SR 31. A
motion was made that we extend the area to Rt. 31 on the north side of the river
and up to the Charlotte County line. This
will include the Babcock Ranch. This
motion was seconded. A motion was
then made to wait until the next town meeting to vote on this issue, and this
was seconded. We will have a month
to notify as many people as we can about the upcoming vote.
Rob stated that we need people to donate a location for signs to
advertise the meetings. He will
also check with Intracoastal Real Estate about placing a sign on their property
where those traveling on Joel Blvd. can see it.
Bikepaths: We would like to eventually connect Alva with the Regional
Park with a bike path on SR 78. When
SR 80 is four-laned, we would like a bike path from Alva to Hickey Creek
stated that July is clean up your yard
month. Bring your bags to the
Adopt a Road sign on N. River Road before July 27.
Let’s clean up Alva.
Sarah stated that Elly McKuen, who is helping with the
redevelopment of Charleston Park, will be at our next meeting.
The residents of Charleston Park are interested in having a bike path
from there to the Handy Store on SR 80.
next Board of Directors Meeting will be held at the Alva Museum at 7 p.m. on
next Town Meeting will be held at the Alva Middle School auditorium at 7 p.m. on
W. Colvin, Acting Secretary