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Draft Meeting Minutes for September 20, 2022

Community Development District

The regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the Habitat Community Development District was held in the Bella Terra Clubhouse at 20070 Bella Terra Boulevard in Estero, Florida and also via web conference on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 4 p.m.

Present (or attending via web conference) and constituting a quorum were:

Larry Roth – Vice Chair
Linda Lea Gibson – Assistant Secretary
Mark Novitski – Assistant Secretary
Jenny Licht – Assistant Secretary

Also present (or attending via web conference):

Cal Teague – PDM District Manager
Chris Pepin, Field Manager, Field Management Services
Charlie Krebs – Engineer, Hole Montes, Inc.
Greg Urbancic – Attorney, Coleman Yovanovich Koester, PA

The following is a summary of the actions taken at the Habitat Community Development District Board of Supervisors Meeting.

FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS Call to Order and Roll Call

The meeting was called to order and four Board members were present. Also in attendance were Cal Teague, the District Manager, Chris Pepin, the Field Manager, Charlie Krebs, the Engineer, and some Residents. Participating via web conference was Greg Urbanic, the Attorney.


THIRD ORDER OF BUSINESS Approval of the Agenda

On MOTION by Supervisor Novitski, seconded by Supervisor Gibson, with all in favor, the Agenda was approved, as submitted.

FOURTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Audience Comments on Agenda Items

A resident asked how he could find the field reports on the website, and District Manager Teague stated that they are not there because of ADA compliance issues. He stated that they can be requested.

FIFTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Approval of Meeting Minutes

A. Draft Meeting Minutes for August 16, 2022

Line 37 Change “Thursday” to “Tuesday”

On MOTION by Supervisor Licht, seconded by Supervisor Gibson, with all in favor, the Board accepted the August 16, 2022 Draft Meeting Minutes, as amended.


A. Irrigation Contractor

i. Monthly Irrigation Report

District Manager Teague reviewed Tad Kring’s report and the following was discussed:

Supervisor Novitski stated that Tad had requested to move the irrigation control valves at the clock tower pump station outside the gate. He had received an estimate and the Master will be requesting an estimate from the State.

On MOTION by Supervisor Novitski, seconded by Supervisor Gibson, with all in favor, the Board approved the movement of the irrigation control valves at the clock tower pump station to a position outside the gate, not to exceed 1/2 of $3,300, with the Master Board of the HOA responsible for the other half.

B. District Manager

District Manager Teague had nothing to report.

C. Field Manager

i. Project Updates

Field Manager Pepin reported on the following issues:

a. FPL Street Light Head Replacement Update

Chris reported that there remain approximately 100 fixtures to be installed. Per the LDO, FPL will also be returning to install shade shields to the house side of each fixture, which will be completed when they are received from the manufacturer.

b. 2022 Community Concrete Repair Project Update

Chris stated that, as of September 15th, there were still follow-up items that needed to be addressed, and the contractor had been asked to submit an update. The final invoice is being withheld until the project is complete.

Chris stated that a solar light fixture at the second roundabout is out because of a broken controller, and it will be replaced.

ii. Current Field Report

Chris reported that the lakes are in good shape overall, with the exception of torpedo grass that needs to be removed. He has seen grass clippings in the lakes, which will promote algae, he has reported it to the landscaper, and he will keep an eye on it.

A palm tree at 21118 Palese Drive on Lake 8 died, and the resident was asked to remove it.

There is a washout on Lake 24, and the homeowner tried to repair it, but it was unsuccessful. Chris will be adding a catch basin in the LME as part of the correction.

A pine tree that fell onto a resident’s property will be removed.

Chris inspected the guardhouse to see what maintenance items from Supervisor Licht’s list had been completed. He noted multiple items that still need to be addressed, including professional window tinting, ceiling tile replacement, and general cleaning of the A/C unit.

Supervisor Licht recommended that the residents who fish need to be reminded that exotic fish, including pleco, should not be thrown back in the lake.

After discussion, the Board requested that bids be obtained for lake maintenance from other companies.

A “Reduced Speed Ahead” sign was hit and displaced on Bella Terra Boulevard.

Supervisor Licht moved, and it was seconded by Supervisor Novitski, with 2 in favor and Supervisor Gibson and Vice Chair Roth opposed, the Board approved the removal and replacement a “Reduced Speed Ahead” sign on Bella Terra Boulevard, not to exceed $1,000. Motion failed due to the lack of a majority vote. The Board approved its removal only.

a. Service History Report

b. Projects and Work Order Tracking Logs

This was in the packet, and there were no questions.

D. Attorney

Attorney Urbancic had nothing to report.

E. Engineer

i. Emergency Exit Update

Engineer Krebs reported that he had heard from the Lee County DOT about their progress, and once the County has completed the installation of utilities, curbing and sidewalk, the CDD can begin the next phase of the project.

ii. Corkscrew Road Discharge into Lake 1 Follow Up

Charlie had not heard of any complaints, and Supervisor Novitski requested that the area be scoped all the way through after the project is complete.

iii. Traffic Lights on Community Entrance Road Update

There were no updates.

iv. Third Exit Lane Follow Up

There were no updates.

v. Bat House Update

The bat houses had all been constructed. The scout who completed the project was not available, but he will give a presentation at the next meeting.


A. Interior Gatehouse Maintenance Concerns Update

This was discussed previously in the meeting.

B. Guardhouse Speed Hump Quote Update

A quote had been received from D&G for the project.

On MOTION by Supervisor Novitski, seconded by Supervisor Licht, the Board moved to install speed humps at the guardhouse, not to exceed $17,500. Motion failed. The Board decided to table the issue until a speed hawk had been installed to gather speed data.

C. Rejuvenation Project

This was presented by Vice Chair Roth, and after discussion, the Board requested that Vice Chair Roth obtain locations where this procedure has been done and report back to the Board.

D. Single Family Oak Tree Removal Request for Cardeto Court

A resident requested to remove 2 oak trees, and the Board discussed its merits and drawbacks. Supervisor Licht stated that the trees provide shade, and she believes that keeping them is better for the community. Resident Brenda Njiwaji stated that the trees become a maintenance problem by taking away the nutrients for the vegetation.

On MOTION by Supervisor Novitski, seconded by Supervisor Gibson, with 3 in favor and Supervisor Licht opposed, the Board approved the removal of 2 oak trees on Cardeto Court, with the stipulation that it is at the owner’s expense.

E. Potential Deed Transfer of Lift/Pump Station Properties

After discussion, and based on the discussion at the preceding workshop, the Board approved sending Supervisor Novitski to the HOA with the Board’s proposal.

On MOTION by Supervisor Licht, seconded by Supervisor Gibson, with all in favor, the Board approved Supervisor Novitski as the Board’s representative to discuss with the HOA Master Board the CDD’s proposal concerning the conveyance of the lift/pump station properties to the CDD.

F. HOA/CDD Maintenance Responsibilities

The Board had previously agreed to have a workshop with the sub associations and the Master Board regarding the maintenance responsibilities of the HOA and the CDD. Engineer Krebs will prepare a exhibit of the current responsibilities for each entity.

G. Removal of Pavers at the Clocktower

After discussion, the Board agreed to discuss the options concerning the removal of the pavers at the workshop with the HOA and sub associations. Supervisor Licht had sent a letter to the landscape committee, and it will be included in the packet.


A. Financials for August 2022

District Manager Teague reviewed the Financials, stating that the CDD will be under budget by approximately $210,000 at the end of the fiscal year.

On MOTION by Supervisor Novitski, seconded by Supervisor Gibson, with all in favor, the Board accepted the August 2022 Financials, as submitted.


Supervisor Licht commented that a light pole needed repainting, and she also wondered where FPL will install the light shades.

Supervisor Novitski requested that the holiday lighting contractor check out the lights earlier this year, and he suggested May, for example, rather than in November right before Thanksgiving. He suggested that Supervisor Licht send a letter to Cindy, and copy to Cal, with this request. He also stated that Chair Napolitano will have surgery on October 12th and will be in the hospital 10-12 days, with rehabilitation to follow.

Vice Chair Roth reported what happened at the HOA building and with the Intangible committee, and he reported that they will be resoding the fields behind the clubhouse, using a lot of water for approximately 6 weeks, which Tad is aware of. They will also be adding benches and trash cans outside of the pool area.


Michelle asked about the report on the effectiveness of the chlorination of the irrigation system, and she was also concerned about where Solitude and CDD technicians are parking on roadways.


The Meeting was adjourned by Vice Chair Roth at 5:28 p.m.

The Next Regular Meeting is October 18, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

Secretary / Assistant Secretary
Chair / Vice Chair