Lakewood Ranch Dist. 6 supervisors get cram course on responsibilities

jajones1@bradenton.comDecember 12, 2012 

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Irrigation systems, common areas, lift stations, roads, sidewalks, gates.

The list of infrastructure responsibilities reviewed by supervisors Tuesday for Community Development District 6, the newest and smallest district controlled by Lakewood Ranch residents, was long.

As was the list of contractors and Town Hall staff, and who does what for District 6, which serves residents of Country Club West.

Tuesday was the first full meeting attended by all District 6 supervisors, and the last for DPFG, the management company retained by developer Neal Communities.

Starting in January, the Inter-District Authority which provides management services for the other districts at Lakewood Ranch, takes District 6 under its wing as well.

District chairman Robert Burstein led fellow supervisors through an encyclopedic review of responsibilities and the division of labor.

Such as:

n Why does the Country Club West gate not match other gates at Lakewood Ranch? It was designed that way. It had a different developer, Neal, than the other districts, Schroeder-Manatee Ranch.

n What would be a disadvantage of turning over fire hydrants to the county? For one, they would have be upgraded with new hydrants.

n Are the same vendors responsible for maintaining ponds, and the preserve areas around them? Not necessarily.

Burstein even went into the location and number of water meters, where the lift station is located, and how security lights get changed.

The district would have to provide the light bulb, but the Town Hall staff would change it.

"For the record it does take two people to change the light bulb," said Ryan Heise, the Lakewood Ranch maintenance director who was sitting in the audience.

Supervisors also voted to retain Andy Cohen, who serves as board counsel for several other districts, as its attorney, and expressed support for having Stantec continue as its engineer.

Tuesday's meeting was the last of the year for District 6 supervisors. They meet again 9 a.m. Jan. 14 in a workshop meeting and 9 a.m. Jan. 17 in a regular monthly meeting.

James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee editor, can be contacted at 941-745-7021 or tweet@jajones1

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