Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. closes on sale of surplus land

Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. has closed on the sale of approximately 246 acres of surplus land to BE 278, LLC. The property is situated along the east side of I-75 due south of BSU’s East Water Reclamation Facility.

“Our members benefit from the sale of surplus land, as BSU now has additional funds available for infrastructure renewal and replacement, water supply sustainability and other utility needs,” said BSU Executive Director John Jenkins.

BSU originally acquired a large parcel of property in 1996 to construct its East Water Reclamation Facility and Operations Service Center. The company has since identified the property needed for future expansion of these facilities. The portion deemed surplus is not needed to provide water and wastewater services in its franchise area.

BE 278, LLC is a Florida company managed by Oakbrook Properties Inc. of Bonita Springs, Fla.

Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. is a not-for-profit water and wastewater utility cooperative founded by local citizens in 1971. The member-owned utility provides service in the City of Bonita Springs, the Village of Estero and unincorporated South Lee County. The utility is recognized as an industry leader with additional awards from the American Water Works Association, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association.

For more information, visit the BSU website at www.BSU.us.

Seventh year of no rate increase for BSU customers

Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. customers will not see a rate increase this year on their utility bills. For the seventh consecutive year, the BSU board of directors voted to maintain current rates.

The member-owned cooperative could have raised rates by 2.4 percent without approval under its franchise agreement. The not-for-profit water and wastewater utility is permitted to raise rates annually based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index for the South Region. The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes the Consumer Price Index, a measure of the average change in prices over time of goods and services purchased by households.

The utility continues to maintain a strong financial condition, as well a strong credit rating, while not increasing rates for its members.

“BSU is in a solid financial position,” said BSU Executive Director John R. Jenkins. “We made it through Hurricane Irma with limited damage, and BSU board members and staff are working with insurance adjusters and FEMA to maximize cost recovery.”

Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. is a not-for-profit water and wastewater utility cooperative founded by local citizens in 1971. The member-owned utility provides service in the City of Bonita Springs, the Village of Estero and unincorporated South Lee County. The utility is recognized as an industry leader with additional awards from the American Water Works Association, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association.

For more information, visit the BSU website at www.BSU.us.

BSU board applications now available; filing deadline is Dec. 29

Applications for candidates for the Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. board of directors are now available. Anyone interested in running for a board position may pick up an application from the BSU office at 11900 E. Terry St. Completed forms must be returned to the office by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29.

Members of the not-for-profit water and wastewater utility cooperative will elect three representatives for three-year terms this spring.

A candidate must be a member and a resident of the area served by BSU, and cannot be related to a current board member. Any individual who receives BSU services through a homeowners or condominium association must furnish written authorization from that association’s board of directors to serve as its designated representative for the entire term.

Ballots will be mailed to BSU members in mid-February, and election results will be announced at the utility’s annual meeting Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

Incumbents Frank W. Liles Jr., Mike Malloy and James Strecansky are eligible to run for re-election. Other board members are Paul J. Attwood, Robert Bachman, Brian Farrar, Vincent J. Marchesani, Ben Nelson and Robert Sharkey.

The nine-member board of directors sets policy for the utility and meets at 5 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month. In addition, each board member serves on various committees and task groups, working with the utility’s staff, spending 10 to 40 hours on BSU business each month. Board members receive monthly stipends and are eligible for health insurance coverage.

Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. is a not-for-profit water and wastewater utility cooperative founded by local citizens in 1970. The member-owned cooperative provides service in the City of Bonita Springs, a portion of the Village of Estero and unincorporated South Lee County. BSU is recognized as an industry leader with awards from the American Water Works Association, Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association, and Florida Water Environment Association. For more information, visit the BSU website at www.BSU.us.