Oakes Estates Neighborhood Association
Board Meeting Tuesday, January 8th,
order/Determination of Quorum: Mike Vitte called the meeting to order at 7:02
p.m. with a quorum present: Mike Vitte, Tom Ellis, Terry Iamurri, John Nicola,
Russell Williams, Bob Walker, Tony Palladino and Jim Rice. Guests in attendance
were Coventine Fidis, Bobbi Sutton, Mark Schwab, Karl Fry, Rosemary McVey, Ed
Zeigler, Hiram and Celia Garcia, along with our hostess Gayle Hahe.
minutes: John made a motion to approve the December
minutes, Jim seconded the motion and the motion carried.
report: John reported our bank balance as $3957.45. He
provided a spread sheet that showed our income and expenses for each year over
the past decade. This past year was the first time we ever had more income than
expenses by just over $300.00.
Selection of New President: Mike Vitte acting
President for tonight’s meeting reminded everyone of Karl Fry’s resigning
from the board last month. After our December meeting by email John Nicola
made a motion to elect Tom Ellis as our President, Tony Palladino seconded
the motion and the motion carried unanimously. It was done officially again
tonight with a unanimous outcome. Tom then took over as President and
resided over the meeting. Karl was thanked for his long and dedicated
service as President of the OENA. He was given a gift card and Jim Rice made
Karl a fish platter with all the boards’ names on the back.
Senior Center/13-Acre Parcel: Tom Ellis is now our
official committee chair person for this project. Bob nominated him, Tony
seconded the motion and the motion carried by email proxy in December. Tom
reported that he thinks this would be better titled the Winkler Property
because this is the trust that holds the 13 acre land at the corner of
Autumn Oaks and Oakes Blvd. John Passidomo called Tom when he heard he maybe
our next President. Tom told him he was not comfortable talking with him
until after our meeting tonight. Tom will let John know that we will not be
entertaining the idea of senior center for this property. Tom will meet with
Mark Strain to get a better understanding of the county’s outlook on this
parcel. He will also let them know that the board’s view of this land is for
residential use only.
Landings-Updates: John reported Sprouts grocer is
still planning their grand opening for February 20th. They are
hiring now. Other tenants have been announced and will be soon to follow.
Standing Oaks PUD Updates: Bob reported he spoke
with Karl Davidson and he said they are waiting on numerous permits to be
approved at the county.
Board Position: Ironically this position was
vacated by Hiram Garcia whom moved out of the area about one year ago. He
and his wife, Celia, never sold their house and are back living in the
neighborhood. He wanted to be reinstated. Tony made a motion to reinstate
Hiram in the open board position, Mike seconded the motion and the motion
Immokalee Rd. Median Closing at Oakes:
Karl reported that Tony Khawaja said that the funds will be awarded one of the
first few weeks in February at the Board of County Commission meeting. Work
should start soon after that. From the drawings that Tony sent Karl it appears
there will not be too much change to Immokalee Rd. The westbound turn lane on to
Oakes will close allowing the county to extend the eastbound Valewood turn lane
to become 290 feet longer. It appears there will be some re-aligning of the turn
lanes (we hope for better visibility that we have brought to the county’s
attention prior). The light at Valewood and Autumn Oaks will have a slightly
different signal pattern.
Annual Meeting: Terry brought up that
Tom may want to get with Karl to outline a letter that is sent out in February
announcing our annual meeting. Karl offered to forward on the past letters to
give Tom a base to go on. Russell inquired whether we would do the same format
as last year and let anyone in the neighborhood who would like to bring business
cards, brochures, samples or displays about their businesses. We had one of our
best turn outs for an annual meeting doing this.
North Naples Baptist Church: Gayle
reported that they have done work to their website. They are still doing game
nights and they are having a Wednesday night fellowship meal but you need to
RSVP by Tuesday for it.
Adjournment: John made a motion to
adjourn at 8:03 p.m. Bob seconded the motion and the motion carried.
Respectfully submitted by