It may be a bit chilly outside, but the wheels of government will keep things warm at City Hall on the first three days of the coming week.

The City Council meets at 9 a.m. Monday at MacKenzie Hall and one matter on its agenda is naming three people to the Planning Commission. Those three will be seated on the Planning Commission when it meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday at MacKenzie Hall.

The lights at MacKenzie, and maybe the heat, will be on the next day too. The recently appointed Charter Review Committee meets at 1 p.m. Wednesday in what will be its first meeting of substance. It will deal with three key portions of the charter.

City Council

The council will choose two members for the Planning Commission as well as reappoint Dr. Phillip Marks, the current chair. One applicant will fill the seat of Holly Smith, the Planning Commission vice chair, who resigned when she was recently appointed to City Council. The other will get the seat of Chris Heidrick, the former vice chair, who resigned from the commission in December.

The six applicants are Robyn Cook, Wanda Goodman, Roger Grogman, Richard Johnson, Thomas Rothman and Jonathan Tongyai. Marks will get a full term through Jan. 11, 2021. Heidrick's replacement will serve through Jan. 14, 2019 and Smith's replacement will get a full term.

The council will also do the first reading on an ordinance that would allow performing arts centers and live performance theaters like those at BIG ARTS to sell alcohol at events.

A second reading and public hearing will be held on an ordinance exempting pitched roofs on three-story multi-family buildings. The ordinance was a matter of much discussion by the Planning Commission, but council is likely to quickly approve it.

The council will speak out strongly on two water quality matters. One is a resolution strongly opposing changes to the Lee County Land Development Code that would allow septic tanks to be constructed seaward of the 1978 Coast Construction Control Line. The other is a resolution opposing oil and natural gas drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The resolution takes issue with language in a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would expand exploration and drilling along the Florida coast.

Planning Commission

Aside from seating new members and electing a chair and vice chair, the Planning Commission has a light agenda. But one matter on it is the approval of an application for Chase Bank to put in a branch with an ATM on Palm Ridge Road on vacant lots between the Wells Fargo Bank and Speedway gas station.

Charter Review

The Charter Review Committee will give the Sanibel Charter is first review since 1991. City Council appointed the seven-member board, that also includes two alternates and two emeritus members, on Nov. 7. It held its organizational meeting on Dec. 5 and elected local attorney Aaron Pruss as Charter Review chair.

The committee is expected to review the first three articles of the charter and therein are three matters certain to get a lot of attention and input. One is term limits for council members. City Councilman Jason Maughan is a strong proponent of term limits. The second is compensation for council members. Sanibel is one of only a few Florida cities that does not pay its City Council. The third is the procedure for choosing the mayor, which is currently elected yearly by the council.