CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Cape Coral's controversial utility project is again stirring up anger in the city. Tonight, leaders will vote on hiring contractors to re-start the project. But even before the vote, comments made about the UEP last week have some citizens fired up.
One Cape Coral resident tells WINK News, he turned to Channel 98 last week (that's CapeTV) where he heard what he says are disturbing comments. We're learning, what he heard was supposed to be a private city meeting that was somehow aired public.
"My gut feeling is, I'm mad!" Long time Cape resident Ken Zeske is fired up and telling WINK News what he heard last Wednesday morning.
"Hearing well, 'if the council knew if these specs existed, we'd be in a lot of trouble, but don't worry, I got them buried in the weeds so far, they wont find them,'" he said.
Now, he believes the city's business manager Mike Ilczyszyn is hiding the true cost of the utilities expansion project from the council. Councilman Chris Chulakes-Leetz says, that morning city staff ran through a practice meeting for a meeting later in the day.
The morning meeting was supposed to be private. "My view was some of the comments, could be construed as inappropriate," Chulakes-Leetz explained.
In responds to this apparent accidental airing, city manager John Szerlag released a statement:
"The comments being referenced in the media and attributed to business manager Mike Ilczyszyn are false. Other comments referenced in various media outlets were either false, taken out of context or do not match the recollections of those in attendance at the "dry run."