Copy of Draft Workshop Meeting Minutes for May 11, 2023
Moody River Estates
Community Development District
A Workshop of The Board of Supervisors of the Moody River Estates Community Development District was held at the Clubhouse at Moody River Estates, 3050 Moody River Boulevard, North Fort Myers, Florida 33903, and also via web conference on Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 1p.m.
Present (or attending via web conference) and constituting a quorum were:
John Boland – Chair
Chris Jenner – Vice Chair
Shawn Meade – Assistant Secretary
William Krukowski – Assistant Secretary
Robert Geltner – Assistant Secretary
Also present (or attending via web conference) were:
Cal Teague – District Manager, Premier District Management (PDM)
Melissa Gindling – Project Specialist, PDM
The following is a summary of the discussion and actions taken at the Moody River Estates Community Development District (CDD) Board of Supervisors workshop.
FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS Call to Order and Roll Call
The workshop was called to order and all Board members were present. Also in attendance were Cal Teague, the District Manager, Melissa Gindling of PDM, and Several Residents. Participating via web conference were some residents.
SECOND ORDER OF BUSINESS Pledge of Allegiance
THIRD ORDER OF BUSINESS Approval of the Agenda
Chair Boland explained that this meeting is a workshop, and it has different requirements. He stated that no decisions will be made, and nothing will be approved. Only items on the Agenda will be discussed, and he will not entertain anything other than what is on the Agenda. He further stated that public interaction with the Board is allowed during the meeting, as well as, at the end of the meeting.
FOURTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Public Comment on Agenda Items
FIFTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Workshop
Chair Boland turned the meeting over to District Manager Teague.
A draft Budget was included in the packet, and District Manager Teague reviewed it. He stated that it will be revised according to the recommendations from today’s meeting, and an updated Budget will be presented at the next meeting, which may then be approved.
District Manager Teague stated that the draft Budget indicates no increase or decrease in assessments. He stated that the assessments will generate approximately $553,200, which will be available for projected expenses. He reviewed each line item, and there was discussion on the following items:
Supervisor Krukowski wondered if there are options for reducing the legal fees. For example, he asked if the Attorney needs to review every contract and estimate, no matter how small the project. This will be decided after conversations with Attorney Eckert.
Supervisor Krukowski also asked if there are ways to reduce advertising costs by only advertising meetings once a year, instead of monthly, and District Manager Teague stated that the amount specified in the Budget is reasonable, but they could change specific expenditures at a later time. The requirements can be met with one advertisement, upon the discretion of Attorney Eckert, as long as it is completed before the next meeting.
Chair Boland stated that one of the largest items in the Budget is lake bank restoration. He stated that the current practice is remediating 3 lakes per year, and he wondered what options are available for raising funds for these projects. He suggested that one option is floating a bond.
Supervisor Krukowski recommended removing the line items for aerator electricity and fountain electricity, because it is already in the operation and maintenance line item.
Supervisor Krukowski recommended increasing aeration to $25,000.
Supervisor Meade believes that more funds should be available for repairing the berms and swales in the preserves, and he recommended a $10,000 increase in the R & M Preserves.
Chair Boland suggested moving funds from other line items, so Supervisors Krukowski and Meade’s concerns and other projects could be addressed.
There was also discussion about moving funds to cover street sweeping.
Supervisor Krukowski also suggested that there be inspections scheduled to determine if any exotics or ornamentals need to be replaced or added. District Manager Teague explained the manner in which Field Manager Pepin monitors vegetation.
The Board agreed to these adjustments to the Budget:
There is no need for an increase in assessments.
$1,200 was added for payroll processing fees.
District Manager Teague explained that all charges with no projections are generally included in the management service charges. Supervisor Geltner asked if a footnote could be added to reflect which are included in management services.
Professional services for the tax collector will be $1,200.
Increase contracts to fountains to $3,300.
Increase contracts to lakes to $18,948.
Increase contracts to aerators to $3,300.
Increase R&M Aerators to $25,000.
Reduce R&M Lakes to $120,000.
Increase R&M Preserves to $25,000.
Include $9,000 for street sweeping.
Reduce Capital outlay to $62,822.
SIXTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Public Presentation of Matters by Citizens
Teresa Silva asked about the movement of funds in the Budget.
Melody Van Horn suggested that the payment to the Attorney and the charges for advertising could possibly be lowered. She also believes that it is very important to have discussions with the residents on the ownership of berms and swales, and that reparations requested by the CDD are funded the same as for every resident.
John Teckorius commented on the use of funds for items that have been or need to be addressed. He also thanked the Board for the information on berms and swales, and he asked questions about the fence repair.
SEVENTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Adjournment
On MOTION by Supervisor Meade, seconded by Supervisor Krukowski, with all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 1:06 p.m.
The next Regular Meeting is scheduled for May 18, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.