MINUTES OF ALVA INC. TOWN MEETING
Community Meeting, February 27, 2003
and signed in: John Payne, Jensene Payne, Lynn Fensterer, Lynda Kendrick,
Rosie F. Taylor, Sarah Gillim, Mary Gillim, Walter McKee, Jr., Vince Cantero,
Wayne Daltry, Richard Spence, Mike Buff, James D. English, Jr., Michael
Dove, Robert Andrys, Wayne G. Russell, Jack Vealey, Dave Fancel, Martin
Call. (Other names signed in
but illegible. Apologies for
mispelled names which could be completely made out.)
of the January community meeting were not approved through oversight.
Approval motion will be an agenda item at the March community
Report: Lynn Fensterer reported deposits of $23.19,00 which were primarily
from the “election” process for the “Honorary Mayor” of Alva
“race.” Disburments totaled
$916.00. Balance on hand as of
Feb. 27: $8621.19. Treasurer’s report is filed with the minutes.
Noted: dues for 2003 are due now.
for board members for Alva, Inc. will cost $1450.00 annually for coverage of
$1,000,000.00. Will be
considered at the next board of directors meeting.
Insurance protection is deemed essential in order for volunteers to
agree to serve on the board.
meetings will be held at the Alva Museum and Alva Community meetings will be
at the Community Center. Board,
March 13, Alva Museum. Community
Meeting, March 27, Alva Community Center.
was made for more effective signs and publicity.
To date $1800..00 has been spent and various plans are being explored
to expand our visibility to the community.
Spence, the new “honorary mayor” of Alva, was installed by chair person
Rob Andrys and outgoing mayor Lynda Kendrick.
The mayoral plaque will be displayed in the Alva Museum. Rob Andrys gave certificates of recognition to Lynda
Kendrick, Richard Spence and Maria Pagan for their contributions to the
Andrys reported that a letter detailing the recommendations of Alva, Inc. to
the Department of Transporation of Florida regarding state highway 80 had
been sent. Copy of the letter
is on the Alva website (Alvafl.org)
further reports from Highway 78 scenic highway designation.
No further report on Conservation 2020 program.
Davis has accepted an appointment to the Trails Committee. Rob Andrys noted that the Alva community is ahead of many
areas in becoming involved in this important work.
Other individuals interested in serving should contact Rob Andrys.
Raising: Lynda Kencrick reported that Alva Inc. will join forces with the
Parks and Recreation Dept. for the Spring Fling on Apeil 12. Craft and
“yard” sales, and many other activities are planned.
Alva, Inc. will have a food sale booth as a fund raiser for Alva,
On March 21 a steel guitar concert in the Calosahatchie Regional Park is
planned (6 - 8 p.m.) Alva, Inc.
will supervising the parking ($10 a car for which $3 will go to Alva Inc.)
Committee needs new chairperson.
Andrys announced the the Holiday Festival (Christmas/Hanakah/New Year) will be
held this year at the Wayside Park. Possibilities
include a “Christmas” tree lighting ceremony in the park which has high
visibility for the whole area.
Rob Andrys emphasized the need for a strong membership committee and that new
members should be encouraged to join. Dues are minimal - $5 for an individual.
history committee needs a new chairperson.
The collection of historic photographs from the Alva Museum have been
copied on archival quality paper and copies are now filed at the Ft. Myers
Historical Society. Other copies
will be on display in the lobby of Intercoastal Real Estate Co.
business: Rob Andrys introduced
Vincent Cantero of Coastal Engineering Company, who has been engaged as Alva
Inc. representative to administer the approval process for the Alva Plan and
help with developing the Village Overlay project.
He emphasized the importance of community attendance at the various
hearings for the plans. If the
Alva Plan is approved (with changes), it will occur in 2003.
Hearings are likely in the fall. The
Village Overlay may need to be developed following.
Funding for the Overlay development may be available, but only after
the Ava Plan is approved.
ensued regarding landscaping for state road 80 through Alva. No state funds are available and the Alva Garden Club and
other are being asked to help plan and develop the plantings.
Andrys introduced Wayne Daltry, Director of the Smart Growth Initiative for
Lee County. He described in
detail the county organization and its dependence on local planning such as
the Alva Plan. He pointed out the
protections in planning depend on four bases: economic, resources, fiscal, and
political. In Lee County the
economic bases are tourism and retirement, but in Alva area it is agriculture. Resource here is primarily the environment.
Fiscal base is the investment in real estate.
Political base offers a stable government so that Smart Growth can be
Smart Growth evaluations consider these areas: transportation, land use,
environment and community character. For
further information regarding Smart Growth see website: Smart Growth.com.
One of the most important responses the members of the community can
make is to be present at as many meetings, hearings, etc. as possible.
emerged whether plans for the village overlay could proceed even though
funding would not be available until the Alva Plan is approved. Many suggested that we spend some of our own funds the
begin the process, if necessary, and fund the remainder as county funds become
by John Payne, secretary.