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Meeting Minutes for March 15, 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, March 15, 2022 at 4 p.m.

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

Joe Napolitano – Chair
Larry Roth – Vice Chair
Linda Lea Gibson – Assistant Secretary
Mark Novitski – Assistant Secretary

Also present (or attending via web conference):

Cal Teague – PDM District Manager
Bill Sowers – PDM Assistant District Manager
Chris Pepin – Field Manager
Tad Kring – Irrigation Specialists
Charlie Krebs – Engineer

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 all Board members were present, except Supervisor Licht. Also in attendance were Cal Teague, the District Manager, Bill Sowers, the Assistant District Manager, Chris Pepin, the Field Manager, and Tad Kring from Irrigation Specialists. Participating via web conference was Charlie Krebs, the Engineer.


THIRD ORDER OF BUSINESS Approval of the Agenda

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

FOURTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Audience Comments on Agenda Items

Diane Meek of 21071 Torre Largo Drive stated that she had sent in a work order to Irrigation Specialists, and she wanted to know the status of the work. Tad Kring stated that he would look into it and get back to her as soon as he could.

FIFTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Approval of Meeting Minutes

A. Draft Meeting Minutes for February 15, 2022

On MOTION by Supervisor Novitski, seconded by Vice Chair Roth, with all in favor, the Board accepted the February 15, 2022 Draft Meeting Minutes, as submitted.


A. Irrigation Contractor

i. Monthly Irrigation Report

Tad Kring reviewed his report, and the following items were discussed:

Tad apologized for not being at the last meeting. Chair Napolitano stated that the Board had listened to the recording with the landscape contractor concerning the flushing of the irrigation lines, and they appeared to be satisfied with Tad’s efforts.

In reference to a concern from the last meeting, Tad stated that the entire irrigation system is flushed out routinely. He also met with Michele from Villas III about her irrigation concerns and explained the process they use when treating for snails, and he also stated that he is available to meet with anyone else who has questions.

Tad reported that the work orders for snail treatment had been reduced, and he projected that they will be able to move from a reactive phase to a maintenance phase in the near future. He will inspect and identify additional locations that need to be flushed out. When asked by Chair Napolitano, Tad stated that the chlorine tablets mentioned at the last meeting will be appropriate for maintenance but were not recommended for addressing the current conditions.

Supervisor Novitski would like another meeting with the landscape contractors to update the Board on the status from a data basis viewpoint, and Tad stated that he would be happy to do it.

B. District Manager

i. Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Discussion

District Manager Teague discussed the budget process for 2023 that had been sent to the Board at the last meeting. The schedule explained that the draft budget will be presented and discussed at the April meeting and, if needed, workshops will be established. At the May meeting a tentative budget will be approved and a public hearing set. The goals that he had received from the Board were adding a third lane exiting out of the community, having hard surface installed on the Turf Block for the two remaining pump station driveways, adding a $20,000 place holder in the budget for removal of the pavers from the clock tower, and increasing the Road Maintenance budget. Supervisor Novitski added that he would like curb and gutter repair to be done before road repairs.

C. Field Manager

i. Project Updates

Field Manager Pepin reported on the following issues:

a. FPL Street Light Head Replacement

He had no updates on this issue.

b. Damaged Drainpipe Behind Boccala Lane Repair Update

Chris explained that a damaged 36 inch drainpipe needed to be repaired. He wasn’t sure if MRI had damaged it during their work, or if the damage was due to age. Hotwire was also in the area with a trencher, and that could have caused the damage. He was wondering who is responsible for paying the bill. He also stated that the sod needed to be replaced, regardless of who created the irrigation line damage.

On MOTION by Supervisor Novitski, seconded by Vice Chair Roth, with all in favor, the Board approved the replacement of 480 square feet of sod to cover the area that had been dug up when the irrigation line was repaired, not to exceed $5,000.

c. Hotwire Fiber-optic Installation Update

Chris confirmed that Hotwire will have their own power source that will be coming from Corkscrew Road outside of the community. He also stated Hotwire is repairing the damages to the irrigation system. The Board commented that only Tad can make these repairs.

d. Lake 17 Storm Water Structure Repair Update

Conidaris Builders will begin this project the week of March 14, 2022.

ii. Current Field Report

Field Manager reviewed the report, and the following was discussed:

Chris stated that he had been given two sets of clickers and keys for the emergency gate, and he will be getting two more sets.

A pile of bricks was dumped by Lake 7 between 13519 and 13525 Troia Drive, and his staff will send a letter to both homeowners.

The aerators were looking good, except for a couple of small issues that will be handled.

The clock tower lights and all timers will be set to Daylight Savings Time.

Chris will request that a couple of dirty pools be cleaned.

The Fountain bowls will be pressure washed.

Chairs had been spray painted in a dry retention basin, which left blue paint on the grass. Sending a letter to the resident at 21874 Bella Terra Boulevard was approved by the Board.

District Manager Teague left the meeting following the Field Report discussion.

D. Attorney

i. Code Violation Letter for 13206 Lazzaro Ct. Regarding Dumping in Preserve

Attorney Urbancic had sent the letter to the homeowner.

E. Engineer

Engineer Krebs presented his report and the following was discussed:

i. Emergency Access Road Updates

The District cannot proceed with the next phase of the emergency exit project until the County has made the improvements on Corkscrew Road. In reference to Supervisor Novitski’s question, Charlie stated that he would check with the Village on the status of the project to see if the landscape improvements for the community side of the road could be done now. Supervisor Novitski also asked if lights could be installed on the community side of the emergency exit, and Charlie stated that he would have the electrical engineer draw up a document that could be sent to the Village that would explain what would be permitted within the lighting code. Charlie also informed the Board that an inspector will inspect the roadways, and Charlie will give them a report.


A. Interior Gatehouse Renovations

Vice Chair Roth reported that a contractor had not been found as of yet.

B. Potential Transfer of Ownership of Pump Station Before Turf Block Installation

Charlie drafted a sketch for the transfer, and he sent it to Attorney Urbancic, so Greg can compose a legal description that can then be approved by the Board.

C. Serre Drive Pump Station Access for Contractors

Supervisor Novitski inquired about creating a parking area at the pump station that would be wide enough for two vehicles. Charlie stated that he had provided a drawing with a wider entrance. Field Manager Pepin had asked Tad about placing a fence around the controllers, but Tad told him that it would not allow enough space for his team to work. The Board tabled this project.

D. Tree Trimming Cul-de-sacs

Field Manager Pepin provided photos and a list of trees in the cul-de-sacs. The Board will need to revise next year’s contract. This was tabled until next month so they can further discuss the contracts and the funds needed for this project.

E. Homeowner Request: Pool Construction on 13268 Lazzaro Court

Tad and Chris stated that moving the irrigation line behind the homeowner’s house four to five feet would not be a problem. District Manager Teague recommended that a license agreement be drawn up for the homeowner to sign that would allow use of the easement. Attorney Urbancic will draft an agreement for the Board’s consideration.


A. Financials for February 2022

Assistant District Manager Sowers stated that the District is in good financial condition.

On MOTION by Supervisor Gibson, seconded by Vice Chair Roth, with all in favor, the Board agreed to accept the February 2022 Financials for Audit, as presented.


Vice Chair Roth stated that he would like another crosswalk placed at the community’s entrance.


There were no Audience Comments.


The Meeting was adjourned by the Board at 4:53 p.m.

The Next Regular Meeting will be April 19, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

Secretary / Assistant Secretary
Chair / Vice Chair