Minutes: Alva Community Meeting, October 22, 2004, 7:30 p.m. Oak
Park Club House.
NEXT MEETING: NOVEMBER 18, 7:30 P.M. AT OAK PARK CLUB HOUSE, PEARL
ST. ALVA. (Chairperson Rob Andrys birthday!)
Please hold these dates:
November 20, Garage Sale: Saturday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., at the Alva
Community Center. Donations accepted.
December 4: Alva Holiday Party/Picnic/tree lighting. Saturday,
beginning at 4 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, tables and food to share.
Present and signed in (forgive incorrect spellings, some difficult
to read): John Payne, Bob Benham, Joan Haverkate, Sylvia Kusiak, Ed
Kusiak, Maria Stagert, Lillian Suter, Dottie Purvis, Bette Larsen,
Edythe Hewitt, MaryAnn Chodorowski, Rob Andrys, Pat Coleman, Irene
Orr, Ed Orr, Tom Super, Stan Corwin, Lynn Fensterer, Sarah Gillim,
Gene Thornburg, Jamesine Riley, Mary Ann Pearce, Ben Murphy,
Clarence Jackson, Larry Jason, Barbara Jason, Harry Stevens, Ed
Mason, Emile Monaghan, Marie Monaghan, James Boatman, Juanita
Workman, Flo Ginter, Ken Ginter, Al Dreislart, T. Dreislart, Ivan
Bastien, Patty Walker, Donna Daniels, Suzan Corey, Maria C. Pagan,
Robert Langer, Carol Langer, Merrill L. Gottschall, Bari McPhail.
Meeting opened by Rob Andrys, chair. Everyone introduced
Minutes of October meeting approved.
Treasurer's report from Lynn Fensterer attached to the minutes.
Balance on hand: $3198.93.
All are urged to contribute their membership dues. Membership is on
annual basis from January 1. Individual: $5. Family: $15.
Contributions beyond these amounts are encouraged. Treasurer, Lynn
Fensterer, has membership forms
Trails and Parks Committee: Pressing for sidewalks from Oak Park and
other areas to the Alva schools, a Wayside Park Gazebo.
Fund Raising Committee (Mrs. Super, chair) Possibilities being
considered are a Fall Festival and sale of pumpkins.
Donna Daniels is in charge of the Garage Sale on November 20, 8 a.m.
- 1 p.m. at the Alva Community Center. Donations will be accepted.
Alva Fire Dept will be contacted to determine if they will accept
and hold donations until the date of the sale.
Membership Committee. Need update of membership data: Tom Super is
working on this.
Newsletter continues to be distributed. Sarah Gillim is editor.
Honorary Mayor election plans are underway. Candidates are Tom
Super and Dick Spence (our present honorary mayor). Everyone is
encouraged to vote as often as possible: $1 for each vote. Funds
support the Alva community, Alva, Inc.
East Lee County Water District has met with community members
regarding flooding as a result of a failed weir in Lehigh Acres.
They have agreed to budget relief and repairs.
Concern was expressed for the development of Hawks Haven (on Hy 80
near the Franklin Locks). Plans are to begin within two months.
Developers have requested approval to build two to three thousand
units. Plans are for a senior age community and golf course. Major
concerns are that this is in the area of flooding already (Lehigh
Lake) and increased traffic.
Question raised concerning traffic light at Broadway and Hy 80 and
also at Joel Blvd. and Hy. 80. At present none is planned but DOT
promised that a new survey will be made when the construction is
completed to determine if traffic merits the light.
Concern for street lighting for the above area on Hy 80 was also
raised. A letter/petition will be prepared for the November Alva
Inc. meeting for concerned persons to sign.
Continuing discussions with Lee County Planning Department - Paul O
Guidelines for development and architectural styles on Hy 80 in
Discussions include "Victorian, Old Florida, Arts and Crafts,
Mission," and exclude "Mediterranean." Specifications follow the
Estero Plan, but substitute the above for Mediterranean style.
The plan will ultimately be a amendment of the Comprehensive Plan.
A seven person committee will be appointed to review plans submitted
by owners, developers, etc. to make certain that the guidelines are
The specifications need to be determined and submitted to the
Planning Department no later by October 1, 2005.
Rob Andrys announced that the Ft. Denaud area is setting up an
organization like Alva, Inc. to work with development that is coming
to that area.
Florida Citrus (see Alva newsletter) is asking to increase their
area's density to two homes per acre, a major increase. Patti
Walker will head a committee in association with Rob Andrys to
oppose this increase. Others are invited to work with the group.
A petition was distributed for concerned individuals to sign
requesting that the Babcock Ranch of 91,000 acres be preserved as a
wilderness area. Rob Andrys suggested that if this huge area is
developed the west coast of Florida will begin to look much like the
Miami area. Also forms for receiving donations toward purchase of
the ranch for preservation was distributed.
The Alva Holiday Party/Picnic and Christmas tree lighting will be
Saturday, December 3 beginning at 4 p.m. at the Wayside Park on Hy
80 at Broadway. Sarah Gillim's Recorder Group will play. Everyone
is asked to bring food to share, tables and lawn chairs. Rob Andrys
announced that a Girl Scout is planning to paint the Wayside Park
tables for her "gold badge."
Alva Inc. will support Oak Park in securing a zoning variance
designated "grass parking" to help them keep a storage area that
they have traditionally used, but is not within current zoning
Meeting adjourned 8:25 p.m. Submitted by John Payne,