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Workshop Meeting Minutes for January 16, 2024

Community Development District

The workshop 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, January 16, 2024 at 3 p.m.

Present and constituting a quorum were:

Larry Roth – Chair
Norman Reno – Vice Chair
Jenny Licht – Assistant Secretary
Linda Lea Gibson – Assistant Secretary
James Meek – Assistant Secretary

Also present:

Cal Teague – District Manager, Premier District Management, (PDM)
Melissa Gindling – Assistant District Manager, PDM
Bob Vaa – Resident

The following is a summary of the Habitat Community Development District Board of Supervisors Workshop Meeting.

FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS Call to Order and Roll Call

The meeting was called to order and all Board members were present. Also in attendance were Cal Teague, the District Manager, Melissa Gindling from PDM, Resident Bob Vaa, and Several Other Residents.

SECOND ORDER OF BUSINESS Approval of the Agenda

The agenda was approved as presented. District Manager Teague gave an overview of the history and negotiations regarding the maintenance agreements between the CDD and HOA. He stated that the Board will need to appoint a CDD negotiator, and this can be discussed at the Workshop, but the motion to appoint the negotiator needs to happen at the Regular Meeting scheduled afterwards.

On MOTION by Supervisor Licht, seconded by Vice Chair Reno, with all in favor, the Agenda was approved, as presented.

THIRD ORDER OF BUSINESS Audience Comments on Agenda Items

There were no Audience comments on Agenda items.

FOURTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Bella Terra Community Association/Habitat CDD Maintenance Agreement Workshop

A. Current Agreements

The current agreements and amendments were included in the agenda packet for the Board to review. Supervisor Meek stated he was not happy with the 90 day cancellation clause. Vice Chair Reno stated that he liked how the agreement was set up originally, but he would like the HOA to seek approval from the CDD regarding property use. Vice Chair Reno was also concerned that the HOA did not appear to be overbudget while they stated that they were.

B. Landscaping Responsibilities

Staff put together cost estimates for some of the maintenance items covered by the agreement. There was discussion regarding the HOA’s security/traffic authority, and that the HOA was making money from the traffic cameras. It was also stated that the HOA has concerns about the CDD maintaining the landscaping to community standards. District Manager Teague stated that the CDD cannot dictate how the HOA budgets, and vice versa.

C. Approved Property Map

This item was not discussed.

D. Guard House Usage and Responsibilities

This item was not discussed.

E. Hurricane Plan

This item was not discussed.

F. Traffic Diversion Plan

This item was not discussed.

G. Community Room Usage Plan

This item was not discussed.

H. Community Communication Plan

This item was not discussed.

I. CDD Negotiator

Supervisor Meek nominated Chair Roth as negotiator, Supervisor Gibson nominated Supervisor Meek, and Vice Chair Reno nominated himself. Supervisor Licht suggested resident Bob Vaa would be a good choice. The Board liked this suggestion since Mr. Vaa could speak with each Supervisor separately about their concerns and bring all ideas to the negotiations. Mr. Vaa was also familiar with the history of the maintenance agreements and the community’s needs. After discussion, the Board decided to proceed with a vote at the Regular Meeting.


No Supervisor requests were discussed.


No audience comments.


Chair Roth adjourned the meeting at 3:56 p.m.

The Next Regular Meeting is January 16, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.

Secretary / Assistant Secretary
Chair / Vice Chair