Supervisors in Community Development District 7 are defending their decision not to sign a new agreement that would have created a second project-wide advisory committee south of Route Nationale 44.
CDD 7 supervisors firmly maintain their position that they will not be forced to sign a new 20-year agreement with the Sumter Landing Community Development District Supervisory Board.
CDD 7 board chairman Jerry Vicenti left a PWAC meeting on Monday morning when he was coerced by PWAC chairman Don Wiley and fellow PWAC member Peter Moeller, call for a vote within its board of directors on the deal.
Vicenti was not ready to relive this episode during the CDD 7 board meeting on Thursday morning.
“I had a full written statement. But I’m going to let it go, ”Vicenti said.
Former CDD 7 supervisor Ron Ruggeri, who was very outspoken during his years of service at PWAC, offered his support for the current board’s refusal to comply.
“This advice has to be strong,” Ruggeri said.
CDD 7 legal adviser Michael Eckert reviewed some of the sticking points in the PWAC II deal that would have severed community development districts 12 and 13 to form PWAC south of State Road 44.
Eckert said the SLCDD board will not budge on the idea of having an independent engineer inspect the infrastructure before it is transferred from the developer to the resident-funded PWAC. SLCDD would not agree to offer a guarantee on such an infrastructure either. The embankment of the Morse Boulevard bridge is planned for a repair project that will cost residents more than $ 1 million. There was no guarantee or independent inspection when this piece of infrastructure was handed over to residents to finance and support.
Eckert added that the negotiations have been hampered by the fact that the SLCDD is far from coming.
“It was all one way. It is not a negotiation. We would like to have a negotiation. Not just when one party ignores another’s emails, ”said Steve Lapp, supervisor of CDD 7.