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The last item on the Wilton Manors commission meeting agenda generated the most robust discussion of the evening.

Officials with the Village of Lazy Lake have declared intentions to explore an alternate form of governance with Wilton Manors. The action item was the last one commissioners discussed under new business at Tuesday evening’s regular meeting.

Mayor Scott Newton called the potential annexation a “win-win” for both municipalities. City attorney Kerry Ezrol said there is a process that must play out which could take several years. 

“All liabilities must be addressed,” Ezrol said.

Incorporated in 1953, the Village of Lazy Lake is the smallest municipality in Broward County, surrounded entirely by Wilton Manors. It is approximately 13.17 acres in size with a population of 26 people.

Vice Mayor Paul Rolli and Commissioner Chris Caputo signaled their support for the annexation on the condition no unfair burden would be placed on current residents. Newton suggested creating a special taxing district to bring the village’s sewer system and road up to code.

Other notes from the Sept. 28 meeting:

Mayor Newton asked for a moment of silence in honor of the passing of former Fort Lauderdale High School teacher Janice March and Dolphins Democrats president Tim Ross. March died Sept. 19 at the age of 70. Ross, who served on the city’s community affairs advisory board from 2015 to 2017, died unexpectedly last weekend in Texas.

City Manager Leigh Ann Henderson said the city had received $3.2 million from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Commissioners voted unanimously to create a historical preservation board. The board would be an offshoot of the planning and zoning board. Community Development Services Director Roberta Moore anticipated the new board would request funding for surveys and evaluations. Commissioner Gary Resnick said only two properties in the city have ever been designated historic.

Commissioners voted unanimously to pursue a $200,000 grant with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for improvements to the amenities at Hagen Park. Leisure Services Director Patrick Cann said the grant would cover amenities such as pickleball, basketball, a children’s playground and a walking trail. Mayor Newton said applying for the grant was a “no brainer.”

The Charter Review Board recommended a ballot referendum on term limits. The referendum would impose a 12 consecutive year maximum for elected officials — allowing for a two-year absence. Commissioner Caputo said residents are in favor of term limits.

Commissioner Resnick proposed eliminating the civil service board and Vice Mayor Rolli asked for a timeframe on the distribution of evaluation forms for the city manager.

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