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July 27, 2009 by Barbara

TOWN HALL EAST…

IT’S A MOTEL…IT’S A NEWSPAPER…IT’S A CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS…IT’S A CIC/VFD CASH COW…

7/27/09…E-mail to CIC members…Get ready to support the Mc-Furth Times and the Broom Boys 2010!…

Looking for some pockets to empty….are any left?…

‘Dear CIC Member

We have not had a CIC meeting this month and with many of us away on
summer travel we will not be having an August meeting. However, we have
been busy working behind the scenes. I think you will agree that the ad
below does a great job of promoting the CIC and the values we stand for.
It will appear in the next issue of By the Sea Times, and is being paid
for by the CIC.

Campaigning for the March 2010 election is already underway and the CIC
has to be ready to work for candidates who support CIC values.
Contributions to the CIC (in addition to normal dues) will enable us to
buy quality ads like this in support of these candidates. It promises to
be a hard fight, however, the Citizens Initiative Committee remains
steadfast in doing everything possible to insure that our wonderful
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea ?Quality of Life? is protected and preserved.

Looking forward to seeing you at the September meeting (date to be
announced).

Bob Roberts, Chairman’

BC- no ad was included…in the e-mails OOPS!…

SUNBIZ.ORG…. http://www.sunbiz.org/index.html

FURTHNEWS LLC. ….(located at  TOWN HALL EAST)……(public record)

Florida Limited Liability Company FURTH NEWS, LLC Filing Information

Document Number L08000115292
FEI/EIN Number N/A
Date Filed 12/18/2008
State FL
Status ACTIVE
Last Event LC ARTICLE OF CORRECTION
Event Date Filed 12/22/2008
Event Effective Date NONE

Principal Address 4525 EL MAR DRIVE
LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA FL 33308

US Mailing Address 4525 EL MAR DRIVE
LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA FL 33308

US Registered Agent Name & Address GRAND, MARK S ESQ.
4010 SHERIDAN STREET
HOLLYWOOD FL 33021

US Manager/Member Detail Name & Address Title

MGR FURTH, MARC H
4525 EL MAR DRIVE
LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA FL 33308

US Title MGR FURTH, CRISTIE J
4525 EL MAR DRIVE
LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA FL 33308

Mc-Furth BY THE SOME-TIMES  Paper paid for by the CIC/VFD due out this week…A Proclamation of love to the leaders Furth!……

more to come…CHA CHA CHING!….

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Here’s The Scoop … 7/28/09 LBTS Agenda ….It’s A 2 Popcorn Box Event ….

July 26, 2009 by Barbara

BE PREPARED…..

7 PM -REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING….

1. CALL TO ORDER, MAYOR ROSEANN MINNET

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

3. INVOCATION – Reverend George Hunsaker

4. PRESENTATIONS

a. Presentation – Wind Energy (Commissioner Clottey)

BC- there is no cover page /or backup that shows Comm. Clottey’s involvement…On a personal note Comm. Clottey NEVER ran on or showed any interest in “green” …In fact it was she that thwarted the Mayor (who was into the “green” issues from the get-go) and resident Yann Brandt’s introduction of an advisory board on energy just like Ft. Lauderdale voted to have at their last Commission meeting…Furthermore  it is disturbing that with the bloated agenda we face due to no Aug. meetings…and the fact that it was Comm. Clottey who pushed the energy issues off until after the budget when it was on a prior agenda (not her items)…that she chose or it was chosen for her to put on 2 presentations!…The company coming… http://www.frombeginningtowind.net/

b. Presentation – Solar Lighting (Commissioner Clottey)

BC- same comments as above/see previous post…company coming…. http://www.solarlightingusa.com/

c. Presentation of proclamation proclaiming August 22, 2009 as Honeybee Awareness Day (Mayor Minnet)

BC- Honeybees…better proclamation then the New Bus. item from Comm. Silverstone for “Gang of 3 – Leader Marc Furth”…at the end of the agenda…This presentation includes a memo e-mail sent to the Mayor from Town Clerk White asking her if she wants to make the proclamation and the Mayor’s response….yes…

d. Presentation – El Mar Drive Streetscape – Chen & Associates, Ocampo & Associates

BC- Hopefully the companies will be informed of the specifics…the history and the “climate” of the town…as they present their plans for the El Mar Drive south end medians (and more) …per the request from the MPSC/Comm. meeting (prev. post)…on July 20th….That Oriana million is burning a hole in the pocket of the “gang”…This taxpayer would like it to be put on hold until after March 2010….

5. PUBLIC COMMENTS

BC- It could be a long line if everyone comes to address the items below and more….unless they take a pass to speak on the item as addressed (speaker’s choice)….

6. REPORTS

a. Finance and Budget Monthly Report – June 2009 (Manager Colon)

BC-Just a few interesting points…page 11- sewer maint. outfall rehab maint. Orig. Budget  $82,000/ YTD 36,930.97/ Curr MTH $2,800.00/ Enc. YTD $700.00/ Unenc.$44,369.03….Advertisements page 8 Orig. Budget $25,000.00/ YTD $4,538.23/ Curr. MTH.0/Enc. YTD. 0/ Unenc. YTD 20,461.77. …Advertisements  page 9 Orig. Budget $3500/ YTD $3500/ Curr. MTH 0/ Unenc. YTD 0….Weiss Serota…Curr. MTH 0

b. Development Services Monthly Report – June 2009 (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

BC- Visitors 520/informational calls received 605/ verbal warnings 20/notices of violation 123/ citations issued 2/ spec. master cases 16/ complaints invest. 8/ re-inspec. conducted 160/lien searches 13/ zoning reviews 29/ final inspections 18/ bus. tax license 2/ public records req. 4….27 failure to connect to sewers/ 16 cases to spec. magistrate/ 18 final zoning inspec./ 29 completed fire related permit inspec./ 22 fire related permit applications include resubmittals/ reviewed Broward County Bus. tax licenses , those w/out town bus. license were contacted and issued violation notices/ page 7…Staff processed ADSTAR AD for public notice variance (Hmmm)…can they teach Town Clerk to do the same?)….

c. Municipal Services Monthly Report – June 2009 (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

Bc- 123 calls/ 9 complaints …list of daily activities including the pavilion being kept clean…..Hmmmm

d. BSO Police Monthly Report – June 2009 (Lt. Angelo Cedeno)

BC- 2 Deputies transferred out…2 transferred in/ Dep. Eason Deputy of the month….

BSO june stats 2009

e. VFD Fire Monthly Report – June 2009 (Chief Perkins)

BC- 27 Reg. in-town members/ 36 Assoc. out of town members/ 27 Fire-Rescue call/ 58 medical call (AMR had 64)/ Training 8 fire-drill…watercraft 6/ Beach patrol …ATV 1 70 hrs & ATV 2 45.25 hrs…out of 115.25 hrs. 42 hrs were non-paid vol time. (pd. from where)/ station watch 42 combined members …1,115+ hrs/ Community serv. 5 # of FF 5…

vfd june response report 2009

(Note the town site does not allow for full printing of some sheets sorry for some cut offs…)…

f. AMR EMS Monthly Report – June 2009 (Operations Manager Liddle)

64 calls VFD went on 58 of them)…overall avg. response time 3:41

7. PUBLIC SAFETY DISCUSSION

8. TOWN MANAGER REPORT

a. Solid Waste Update

BC- The backup is the full Choice Environmental contract (also on the agenda New Bus. item i. Comm. Clottey)…This writer previously posted after the 1st contract meeting in Jarvis Hall in the RFP process that the Town was headed for a big fallout with the change in the contract that called for 1 toter for each residence (unit)…and despite trying to get the Administration  ( John Olinzock ) to realize the uproar it would cause…it fell on deaf ears…(surprise…surprise)….and the big fallout as predicted has come down on the town and the contractor (Choice) who is stuck abiding by the Town’s decision of “no exceptions” leaving residents with paying more rather than less and leaving them inundated with extra toters and nowhere to put them. This writer has been told that if Choice did not abide by the Town’s contract of 1 toter for each unit…it would be in breach of the new contract…as would any other company that bid on the RFP including Waste Management. Now in the aftermath the Town Commission must change the contract to allow owners to decide how many toters they require…as it was in the past!…Rackin’ up the reasons for a performance review of the Town Manager and her Assistant…YIKES!

b. Tennis Program

BC- no backup…but we know the program is budgeted for $12,000 next year and we hear it is a hit with kids…per the TM…

c. Swimming Program

BC- no backup…this too is budgeted for next year at $12,000…although the lifeguard position has not been filled …and the program has not begun…

d. Insurance on Town owned Tree

BC- no backup…but it is said it is to address replacing trees after a catastrophic event…

9. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

a. June 23, 2009 Regular Meeting Minutes

b. June 30, 2009 Special Meeting Minutes

c. July 14, 2009 Budget Workshop Minutes

10. ORDINANCES

1. Ordinances 1st Reading – “Public Comments”

a. Ordinance 2009-26: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE SEA AMENDING CHAPTER 20, ARTICLE VI, SECTIONS 20-121, 20-122, 20-125, AND 20-126 PROVIDING ADDITIONAL WATER CONSERVATION REGULATIONS; CREATING NEW SECTION 20-126 ENTITLED “WATER CONSERVATION”; RENUMBERING EXISTING SECTIONS 20-126 AND 20-127 AS SECTIONS 20-127 AND 20-128; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION IN ARTICLE VI OF CHAPTER 20 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES, SEVERABILITY, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE

2. Ordinances 2nd Reading – “PUBLIC HEARING”
a. Ordinance 2009-10: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY THE SEA, FLORIDA, AMENDING CHAPTER 30 “UNIFIED LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS,” ARTICLE I “IN GENERAL,” SECTION 30-21 “NON-CONFORMING USES AND STRUCTURES” TO AMEND REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTINUATION OF NON-CONFORMING USES AND STRUCTURES; AMENDING ARTICLE IV “SITE PLAN PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS,” SECTION 30-123 “APPLICATION FOR FINAL SITE PLAN APPROVAL” TO CLARIFY THE REQUIREMENTS FOR AN APPROVED SITE PLAN TO REMAIN EFFECTIVE; AMENDING ARTICLE V “ZONING,” DIVISION 2 “DISTRICTS,” SECTION 30-211“RS-5 DISTRICT—RESIDENCE” TO AMEND ROOF OVERHANG SETBACK REQUIREMENTS IN THE RS-5 DISTRICT; AMENDING ARTICLE V “ZONING,” DIVISION 2 “DISTRICTS,” SECTION 30-261 “B-1-A DISTRICT-BUSINESS” IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THAT BEAUTY SCHOOLS AND HAIR SALONS ARE PERMITTED USES IN THE B-1-A DISTRICT; AMENDING ARTICLE V “ZONING,” DIVISION 2 “DISTRICTS,” SECTION 30-271 “B-1 DISTRICT- BUSINESS” IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THAT COOKING SCHOOLS, CATERING BUSINESSES, MOTORIZED SCOOTER OR MOPED SALES AND RENTALS, AND BEAUTY SCHOOLS AND HAIR SALONS ARE PERMITTED USES IN THE B-1 DISTRICT; AMENDING ARTICLE V “ZONING,” DIVISION 2 “DISTRICTS,” SECTION 30-313 “GENERAL PROVISIONS” IN ORDER TO AMEND THE REQUIREMENTS FOR FENCES, WALLS, AND HEDGES AND TO PROVIDE DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS FOR DRIVEWAYS, SWALES, AND GENERATORS; FURTHER AMENDING ARTICLE VIII “SIGN REGULATIONS,” SECTION 30-507 “DEFINITIONS AND RESTRICTIONS BY SIGN TYPE,” TO AMEND THE DEFINITIONS OF “SIGN,” “INFORMATIONAL, DIRECTIONAL OR TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGN,” AND “REAL ESTATE SIGN”; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE Approved 1st reading April 14, 2009
BC- It looks like they finally got it mostly right…but a final verification should be asked from the dais of Atty. White…The catastrophic over 50% non- conforming building replacement looks to be in place for both residential and commercial/ the “zeriscape” is included although it looks like maintaining the ROW/swale is still up to certain owners (the town’s property…some town maintained-Seagrape …some owner maintained- Washingtonia ) still a double standard!…..Bikes..mopeds are in but unfortunately it looks like the shop that rents them on Commercial has already bit the dust…OUCH!…

b. Ordinance 2009-12: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY THE SEA, FLORIDA, AMENDING CHAPTER 17 “STREETS, SIDEWALKS, AND OTHER PUBLIC PLACES,” ARTICLE VI “SIDEWALK CAFÉS,” SECTION 17-89 “REQUIREMENTS OF A SIDEWALK CAFÉ PERMIT;” PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE Approved 1st reading July 14, 2009
BC- This is to cleanup the OOPS found by Comm. Dodd that showed the present sidewalk cafes (Aruba/Village Grille) did not meet the code that until this change was made required “removable barriers ” and as we all know theirs were permanent…

c. Ordinance 2009-14: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, FLORIDA, AMENDING CHAPTER 13 “NOISE” OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES TO PROVIDE FOR AMENDED NOISE REGULATIONS; AMENDING CHAPTER 17 “STREETS, SIDEWALKS AND OTHER PUBLIC PLACES,” ARTICLE VIII “SPECIAL EVENTS” TO AMEND THE REGULATIONS OF SPECIAL EVENT PERMITS TO PROVIDE GROUNDS FOR DENIAL OF A SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT FOR VIOLATION OF NOISE AND OTHER TOWN STANDARDS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, CODIFICATION, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE Approved 1st reading April 14, 2009 Deferred at the June 9, 2009 Commission meeting by Vice Mayor McIntee
BC-It still looks like trouble…Noise trouble…and code trouble…and fees galore…CHA CHING…The limited testing in the backup that shows the outdoor entertainment is over the allowable new levels…Will the “Gang of 3” pursue it or have the “leaders from Town Hall East” told them to “silence” this one as we head to election time?…Below the decibels and a few readings Fri/Sat. night…

noise ord.2009-14 #1

noise ord 2009-14 #2

noise #3 2009-14

d. Ordinance 2009-25: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE SEA AMENDING CHAPTER 20, ARTICLE II, SECTION 20-19 PROVIDING FOR RATES AND CHARGES OF TOWN SANITARY SEWAGE DISPOSAL SERVICE; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION AS ARTICLE II OF CHAPTER 20 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES, SEVERABILITY, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE Approved 1st reading July 14, 2009

11. COMMISSIONER COMMENTS

BC- Get ready…time for a time limit on Comm. Comments…the 13 minute VM electioneering is too long and too boring….and too..too predictable!…

12. CONSENT AGENDA

a. Commission approval of contract agreement for construction of Bel-Air monument signs to Coastal Contracting, Inc. in the amount of $19,900 (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

BC- The bids were previously posted…the Town is going for the lowest bid from Coastal Construction (Pavilion contractor)…approx. $20,000…for 2 signs…that’s plus the approx. $10,000 for Chen and Assoc…and of course for any change orders…

b. Commission approval for annual storm drain cleaning by TeleVac South as required by (NPDES) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System $39,000 (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

BC- This was done by RFP…but the RFP was done by the Director of Development and was not published in the Sentinel…It is a $39,000 contract that is not included on the RFP annual list provided by the Town Manager…Also we hear Tele-Vac has provided Don Prince with video of all sewers and they should be helpful with decisions for dealing with the flooding problems…

c. Commission approval for purchase of a new 2010 F150 4×4 $17,556 (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

BC- It’s good to be a government…the 2000 truck is in need of a $1700 repair…but why bother…buy new…keeping up the Town Fleet…and what a fleet we have bought this year…parking enforcement vehicles…etc…

d. Commission approval for purchase an F250 with a Utility Bed not to exceed $23,000 (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

Bc- This was originally supposed to be just a new bed cover for the existing truck…but the Town is going for the big 8 cylinder for the beach…$$$$…

13. RESOLUTION – “Public Comments”

14. QUASI JUDICIAL PUBLIC HEARINGS

a. Commission approval of re-designation of lot line front per request submitted by Karen D’Uva, property owner of 1658 W. Terra Mar Drive, to change the designated front yard per Town Code Chapter 30 from Seward Drive to West Terra Mar Drive (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

BC- The resident wants a variance for her shed and her pool and fencing…she has been down this road before…according to the backup…and met with roadblocks…This time she came to the BOA with reinforcements…her neighbors who spoke to support her requests…It was decided to ask again for a change of address and although it was repeatedly explained it could not be done at the BOA meeting due to no public notice…the BOA members (3) felt it was the way to proceed and turned it over to the Commission…thus allowing for the shed/pool and fencing… The backup cover has N/A as to staff input…just the code that provides that the change will make this property a non- conforming property as a  result…

b. Town Commission to approve variance request submitted by Karen D’Uva, property owner of 1658 W. Terra Mar Dr. (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

BC- continued from item a…..

c. Commission approval of a zoning variance regarding the dumpster enclosure for 101 Ocean Restaurant located at 101 Commercial Boulevard. The applicant is requesting exception to the Town’s Zoning Code, Chapter 30 to allow the existing chain link enclosure to remain – BOA approval with condition (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

BC- BOA approved…

15. OLD BUSINESS

a. Commission approval of reduction of right-of-way permit performance bond for Villas By The Sea Development, as requested by Minto Communities, LOLC (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock) (Deferred at the June 23, 2009 Commission meeting by Vice Mayor McIntee) Request to defer to July 28, 2009 Deferred at the July 14, 2009 Commission meeting

BC- This was deferred…the Minto properties want to lower the bond…put off the sidewalks…and have no time frame for finishing up their unfinished properties…When this was addressed previously the Town wanted to keep the status quo…the VM wanted to wheel and deal…the Minto Rep. indicated not lowering of the bond would most surely provide Minto the impetus to finish the sidewalks before the projects for it would be cheaper for them to replace them down the line when construction restarted…Of Note what’s with the missing windows on the east side oceanfront building…it looks like they ran out of money…OUCH!…

b. Discussion and/or action regarding location and quantity of custom banners (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock) Deferred at the July 14, 2009 Commission meeting

Bc- At the last meeting the Mayor was to get together with Olinzock to decide on locations…the backup shows 13…and it means we will be racking up the $$$$  for banners to a downtown that might be shut down if the noise ordinance gets the “Gang of 3” vote…OUCH!….(see the New. Bus. item # 16 B.Res.req. form)….

c. Discussion and/or action of FWC application for parking permits at the beach (Commissioner Dodd) Requested at the July 14, 2009 Commission meeting

BC- Comm. Dodd brought this back after it was turned away for incorrectly being put on as an item for reconsideration…Originally it was the Mayor’s item.. The DEP would again like the Town to understand the Bougainvilla parking is not conducive to their needs in the early hours of turtle monitoring…Give em’ a break…

d. Discussion and/or action of Beach and Residential Parking Permit Fees (Mayor Minnet) Requested at the July 14, 2009 Commission meeting

BC- The Mayor brought this back after it was turned down due to being put on under reconsideration…The Mayor will show the loss of money due to the piddly $20 annual sweetheart deal made for the “Gangs’ CIC chums”…

e. Discussion and/or action regarding Kite Surfing (Vice Mayor McIntee) This item was deferred at the April 28, 2009 Commission meeting to the July 28, 2009 Commission meeting by Vice Mayor McIntee

BC- They’re back…the backup contains an outline for rules and regulations…put forth from an LBTS Resident …(last meeting  on this  presentations were made by other s(prev. post)…personally this writer hope the Commission won’t weigh them down too much…. and put on killer fees…that limits the soaring sights that we condo watchers so enjoy…Look for many to come back for this one!….

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f. Discussion and/or action to reschedule the Round Table that cancelled on June 30, 2009 (Mayor Minnet)

BC- looks like the Mayor and Comm. Dodd are both trying to set a date certain to get the Manager reviewed…ASAP…(below item h)…

g. Discussion and/or action regarding pavilion drainage (Commissioner Dodd)

BC- Comm. Dodd wants to address the drainage issue…and all that entails….

h. Discussion and/or action concerning review of the Town Manager as required by the Charter. New date to be set by the Commission for the Round Table review (Commissioner Dodd)

BC- same subject as item as f. but with the “Gang” on hiatus for August…Good luck…

16. NEW BUSINESS

a. Discussion and/or action regarding Heroes awards (Requested at the May 27, 2009 Commission meeting by Vice Mayor McIntee)

BC- Pet project…no backup….. No need for the VM to apply!…

b. Discussion and/or action regarding the installation of drainage on Bougainvilla Drive from Pine Ave to Commercial Blvd (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

BC- This is a doozy….especially after the VM “sweetheart deal”debacle last meeting (prev. post)…it includes a Citizen req. form from a resident (7/2/09)…that’s a hoot…(see below)…an $$8450 Chen & Assoc. study…a June 20,2008 Citizen Contact Center Form for the News stand that was just done at the south end of Bougainvilla over 1 year later…(so why the study for Comm. to Pine?)…and a total that’s an eye opener…YIKES!….Can’t get that performance review fast enough for this taxpayer!….

citizen lassel

bougainvilla sewers

NOTE…TOTAL….$341,187…Bougainvilla …from Commercial to Pine…(picked up by Comm. Dodd…thanks!)…

c. Discussion and/or action regarding Government Channel 78 Software Signage Update – $4,755 (Manager Colon)

BC- upgrades per PIO d’Oliveira…who states in the backup the aging software “switcher” does not work 100% of the time…time to switch up…to the new stuff…how about better backup online…keep it around longer than just to the next meeting…

d. Discussion and/or action to have public speakers state their full address (Mayor Minnet)

BC- this came from Resident Frank Hermann who spoke at the 7/14/09 public comments incorrectly calling the speakers who came to address the termination of BSO Chief Gooding as “Carpetbaggers”…We worked hard to say it should not matter where a public speaker is from…it would be sad to go back to address etc…let it go…

e. Discussion and/or action to hold a budget meeting to allow citizen input before the meeting on September 14, 2009 by which time it will be too late (Commissioner Dodd)

BC- Many residents are now fully invested in the Town’s politics…policies…codes…ordinances…and the budget like never before…Gone are the days of only one person paying attention…The taxpayers want transparency such as the Justification pages of the 2009/10 budget online ( If the Town does not provide it…this site will in Aug.) and a meeting before the date of approval to have their say…Comm. Dodd heard the residents…and put this item on…

f. Discussion and/or action on extending the three months special events permits for Village Grille and Athena Restaurant known as Jazz on the Square and Elvis (Commissioner Dodd)

BC- OOPS!…the majority on the dais in their infinite wisdom (total sarcasm) reduced the 1 year permits to 3 month…BUT….now we face Aug….no meetings and the permits will run out!….Deal with it….give them the permits to carry on….don’t let Elvis leave the street….

g. Discussion and/or action regarding the audit company and the RFP’s (Commissioner Dodd)

BC- This backup is downright dirty…The Manager (as previously posted) only provided the Comm. with the 2005 engagement letter from longtime Auditor Rachlin to Manager Baldwin……not the 2008 letter NOW included in  this backup ( a public records request provided the 2005 WAS the only letter)…and it furthermore did not show the correct amt. for the 3 year contract…The Auditor was then provided a letter falsely stating the Comm. “ACCEPTED” the contract…when in fact the Comm. was “INFORMED” by the Manager that she was going to extend the contract worth just shy of $200,000 over 3 years!…The Manager cannot “INFORM” and must have vote of the Comm. for anything over $15,000….The Manager should have reminded the Comm. of the RFP time ( June) for a possible RFP for a new auditor (the 3 yr. agreement allows for termination by either party) It may not even be a valid contract due to the false statement made in the letter to Rachlin……Let’s see how she handles this one…Ready to watch the familiar melt down? Any other Town Manager would be outta here….for such actions…

h. Discussion and/or action on a storm water bond issue (Commissioner Dodd)

BC- The Manager brought this up at the last meeting after the VM drainage debacle… Piecemeal with the Engineer’s 2nd choice for dealing with this major townwide problem…or do it right?….

i. There seems to have been a dual billing system for garbage collection services. Most paid the correct amount, a few paid less. This has been causing problems since the Town switched to Choice and everyone now is expected to pay the amount set by their dwelling’s category. Switching these dwellings to the commercial rate or letting them have smaller totters would provide some financial relief to these residents who do not need large totters (Commissioner Clottey)

BC- HUH?…Clueless…again…Should be answered in the Manager’s report…

j. Discussion and/or action for a proclamation for Marc Furth (Commissioner Silverstone)

BC- Proclamation for what?….being the Leader of the Mc-Furth Gang?….Running “Town Hall East”….or just July 4th, 2009 …the most divisive- political July 4th many can recall?…Enough!….

17. TOWN ATTORNEY REPORT

18. ADJOURNMENT

more to come…after the fog lifts….

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Here’s The Scoop ….. 7/28/09 LBTS Agenda …. 5 PM Special Meeting ……. Oxygen Required ?….

July 26, 2009 by Barbara

OXYGEN MAY BE REQUIRED BUT NOT UNDER THE FIRE ASSESSMENT!……..

5 PM-SPECIAL MEETING….BUDGET…..

1. CALL TO ORDER, MAYOR ROSEANN MINNET

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

3. ITEMS OF DISCUSSION:

a. Resolution 2009-18: A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN COMMISSION OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, FLORIDA, RELATING TO THE PROVISION OF FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES, FACILITIES AND PROGRAMS IN THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, FLORIDA; DESCRIBING THE METHOD OF ASSESSING FIRE PROTECTION ASSESSED COSTS AGAINST ASSESSED PROPERTY LOCATED WITHIN THE TOWN’S GEOGRAPHICAL BOUNDARIES, KNOWN AS FIRE PROTECTION ASSESSMENT AREA – TOWNWIDE; ESTABLISHING THE ESTIMATED RATES FOR FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2009; DIRECTING THE PREPARATION OF AN ASSESSMENT ROLL FOR FIRE PROTECTION ASSESSMENT AREA – TOWNWIDE; AUTHORIZING A PUBLIC HEARING AND DIRECTING THE PROVISION OF NOTICE THEREOF; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE

BC-  Readers know by now this writer is at a loss as to why we need to maintain $130 fire assessment for a town this size with a VFD that has a membership of 63 members (not the 2009/2010 LBTS budget number of 82 FFs…steady at 60 + or – a few for months now) and we now know cannot be used for VFD medical calls or VFD Beach Patrol …

We are told that there is $35,000.00 in an interest bearing acct. that is not shown in the budget (justification pages…no line item) to pay for Beach Patrol … The VFD has shown in its reports and its income and expense acct. reports thus far that Beach Patrol and medical calls were being paid from the fire assessment..(the only town fund funding the VFD)…We are told the VFD  decided recently to pay the members from their neverending Booster Fund for the 2nd 6 mos. of their 1st contracted year. ( after hush-hush confirmation the fire dept. funds from the town were used incorrectly in the 1st 6 mos. for these calls) The Manager at the 7/14/09 budget meeting said the medical calls were for “training” per Chief Perkins…but some of these medical calls are “code 3” and are in their report as “medical calls -assist “…OOPS!….The decision of the VFD to use the Booster Fund does not “jibe” with this special acct. (from ad valorem ) the Manager said is in-wait for a “bill” from the VFD for Beach Patrol hours…It seems “suspect” in light of the past payments and no line item last year or in the new budget!…

Fort Lauderdale is going to pay approx. $135 for their large professional fire dept…..Davie is at $104 and Pompano Beach is raising there assessment to $108…again for large professional fire services……We are slated to pay a 4% increase for year 2 per the contract…the amt….$887.875.00 (total with Fire Marshall…ins./ pensions/consultants/audit services…$1,025.776,00)..We have no control or oversight …due to the VFD being a contracted private non- profit corporation….We have watched as the dept. continues to become “bloated” with trucks …now at 5……The Manager’s early on assertions that the town must own all equipment for any future change in fire service providers … went by the wayside after the VFD purchased truck # 2 for the year… again with the purchase of the Jet Ski and the new Dep. Chief Command vehicle (title belongs to the VFD)…and the recent purchase of the $100,000 + 102″ ladder truck…(let’s see if the VFD asks for town funds on this one. It might happen at the 7 pm reg. Comm.meeting to follow during the VFD report per Chief Perkins…The Manager …we hear… has has said no)….With the last truck…the reason given for the purchase is the ISO rating…but a look at the ISO report already gives us credit for the ladder truck (prev. post. “kinder,gentler ISO”)….We hear that in the 1990’s a previous VFD Chief chose to pass on the truck because it “wasn’t worth it” in terms of servicing the town…OUCH!…

So here we taxpayers are…watching as one professional town public safety provider was decimated in retaliation  for “fiscal irresponsibility” and another volunteer public safety provider again in year 2 will be “flush with funds” and allowed to continue to spend like “drunken sailors”…courtesy of a fire assessment that is too high and a hands off policy from the Town Manager!…

Drop the fire assessment cost!…

June 2009 VFD REPORT …

june vfd dept. rep.

b. Resolution 2009-19: A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN COMMISSION OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, FLORIDA, ADOPTING A PROPOSED MILLAGE RATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2009, AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2010; STATING THE PERCENTAGE AMOUNT OF THE PROPOSED RATE DOES NOT EXCEED THE ROLLED BACK RATE; ANNOUNCING THE DATE, TIME AND PLACE OF THE FIRST PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER THE PROPOSED MILLAGE RATE AND THE TENTATIVE BUDGET; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, CONFLICTS, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE

BC- It’s an election year…so this will be a fast the Commission will accept the proposed 4.4829 for the year in order to drop it at the Sept. 14th meeting (MONDAY..so it does not compete with Broward County’s Budget workshop) at 5:01 PM to 3.9990…It cannot be raised …thus the “reason” for the rate this evening…

res.2009-19 prop. mil.

4. ADJOURNMENT

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop ….. Putting Forth A Plan …..

July 25, 2009 by Barbara

ONE MAN’S PLAN….

Dear Readers…Master Plan Steering Committee member Bob Eckblad was kind enough to give this writer permission to post his plan for LBTS….He sent it out to the Mayor and Commissioners (see below) and had intended to bring it up at the July 20, 2009 MPSC/Comm. meeting…Unfortunately the meeting ended without him having the opportunity to do so.

Many of you may recall from the Sausage Series (see categories) that at one time during the campaign the M & Ms (McIntee/MacMillan) wanted then candidate Clottey to be pushed out for Bob to run in her place…This writer told candidate Clottey to not allow it to happen if she wanted to be Commissioner…(sorry readers)…but also informed her that potential candidate Eckblad had filled out his CIC questionnaire in order to receive consideration from the CIC to back him should he run…and that as Vice-Chair of the CIC at that time I felt it was correct to ask him to consider coming to the CIC for the members to  consider even after I had heard he was no longer sure he wanted to run. I told her as I told Mr. Eckblad his answers to the questionnaire were really well done and the only problem he would have was his stance on the 15 stories in the north end of town….adding that since that was a moot point at that time it still left the door open, for the CIC to back him if he so desired to pursue it. I also told candidate Clottey  as I told Mr. Eckblad that if he still had any interest in running  to go ahead and file as he could always pull his name at any time….Unfortunately Bob Eckblad chose to stay out of the race….After reading his plan I say to him…there’s always next time Mr. Eckblad….in 2010 or 2012

MR. ECKBLAD’S E-MAIL…………

‘Mayor, Commissioners: With elections coming along next March, and the composition of the Commission possibly changing, I think it’s time for this Commission to set aside some of the petty issues that occupy so much of your time, and put your own positive mark on the history of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.

In the last Master Plan Steering Committee meeting, I hear that Marc brought up the suggestion that the Town acquire some properties that are on the market or may be available for purchase at prices we may not see again.  Specifically, he was referring to properties along El Mar Drive that were purchased at inflated prices by the Oriana folks.  I believe the properties he was referring to were Block 15, Lots 13 thru 18, addresses 4329, 4333, 4337, 4341, and 4345 El Mar Drive, totaling 300 feet.  These are currently listed in the MLS for a total of $3,565,000, less than the price the Oriana folks paid and less than the mortgages thereon, commonly referred to as short sales.  This is an opportunity to put together a parcel of properties comprising more than ¾ of an acre that could be used for much needed parking.  If purchased at the asking prices with $565,000 down, a $3,000,000 loan over ten years at 6% would require only annual payments of approximately $400,000, an amount that certainly would not have a significant impact on any anyone’s property taxes.

My vision for this Town’s commercial areas is a more upscale destination than presently exists, more on the order of Las Olas.  I believe this can be attained with some wise investments and a little tweaking of our current zoning.  And I believe we would receive an excellent return on our investment via increased real estate and sales tax revenues, along with, of course parking fees.

In a previous e-mail to you last August and, again in one of our Master Plan Steering Committee meetings, I suggested the purchase of the marina property on Basin Drive and development along the lines of what was proposed in the Master Plan prepared by peter j. smith & company, inc. in January, 2004.  This would serve as not only an attraction in itself, but a destination for the Water Taxis that would bring customers and dollars to our businesses.

Also, I made a suggestion at one of our Master Plan Steering Committee meetings that we look into the possibility of re-zoning Block 30, which is bounded by A1A to the east, Bougainvilla to the west, Datura to the north, and the Town-owned park/Chamber of Commerce property to the south, from residential to commercial.  This might encourage a developer to develop the property into a multi-level, say, one over one or two over one, shopping mall, providing much needed parking on the ground level and professional offices, restaurants, shops, etc. on the upper floor/s.  Here again, this would bring customers and dollars to our businesses.

Instead of wasting money answering lawsuits from property owners in the annexed north beach area, return their zoning to pre-annexation codes and restore their property rights, and use the funds to make a progressive investment in the future of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.  To me, it’s called common sense.  And to those whose primary concern is their property values, a more upscale business district would certainly have a significant positive impact.

Regards, Bob Eckblad, Bel Air resident’

BC- May I add that if the “Gang of 3” under the leadership of  Marc and Cristie Furth from campaign headquarters (“Town Hall East”) pursue the March 2010 referendum item of 33″ townwide…The residents in the north end of town should either request from the Commission or obtain by petition that a referendum item be placed as well to return the 15 story height limit to the annexed north side of town….It was a close race…and many of those who did not understand the vote or voted just for McIntee (many ex-CIC members) would most likely overturn that vote …thereby putting to bed the Bert J. Harris lawsuits….

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop…LBTS 7/24/09 Agenda …. Solar lighting ….Right In Our Backyard …..

July 25, 2009 by Barbara

Unavailability of solar lighting….HMMMM…

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 10:10 AM From: “Rick Schuett” <> To: “barbarafcole” <>

Hello Barbara,

I read with great interest your most recent blog, in which the following statement was posted:

Comm. Clottey said she spoke to “Mr Sehl” and he said solar lighting was not yet available in the U.S….but it was something that we should think about …(audience members disagreed with the assertion of unavailability)…

I am President and CEO of SOL, Inc – the world’s largest manufacturer of outdoor commercial grade solar-powered lighting. We have been in business since 1990, and even more interestingly, are located basically in your back yard up here in Palm City, FL.

I would be more than happy to meet with any of the commissioners, the Mayor, the City Council members, or whomever you feel would be appropriate to speak to about this issue, and would welcome the opportunity to do so.

Best Regards,

Rick Schuett

President & CEO

SOL, Inc

www.solarlighting.com

Re: Some more info on solar lighting

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 11:10 AM
From:
“Barbara Cole”

To:
“Rick Schuett”

http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/contactus.html
They are looking for turtle friendly lighting. In bollards is what is being thought for redoing El Mar Drive. Let me know how it goes. BC
— On Tue, 7/21/09, Rick Schuett wrote:

From: Rick Schuett
Subject: RE: Some more info on solar lighting
To: “Barbara Cole” <>
Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 11:13 AM

We have a turtle-friendly solar-powered light that we can provide, in a bollard.

From: barbarafcole
To: Rick Schuett
Sent: Tue Jul 21 18:00:43 2009
Subject: Re: Some more info on solar lighting

I just heard one Commissioner is doing a solar light presentation at the July 28 Comm. Meeting at Jarvis Hall 7 pm.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 7:59 PM

From:

“Rick Schuett”

To:

“‘barbarafcole”

Yes, I spoke to the Commissioner who you quoted, we will have someone present at the meeting (I will be out of town on business).

Thanks for the opportunity..



Re: Lighting Solution

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 5:13 PM
From:
“OANI Sales Dept.”

To:
barbarafcole

Ms. Cole,

Referance to our solution not being available at this time by Comissioner Clottey at the Master Plan meeting is correct, we are not in a position to release further information at this time.

Thank you

Re: Lighting Solution

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 5:20 PM
From:
“Barbara Cole”

To:
“OANI Sales Dept.”

Thanks Jerry, but I have received info from other company that it does. BC

Fw: Information you requested from Sol Inc

Thursday, July 23, 2009 9:03 AM From: “Jerry Sehl”  To: “Barbara Cole”  Message contains attachments,  Just thought I would pass this along…   —– Original Message —– From: To Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2009 2:27 PM Subject: Information you requested from Sol Inc

Thank you for your interest. Because each of our systems is built depending upon the specific parameters of each project, we’ll need a little more information about your needs.  I would like to thank you in advance for taking a few minutes to answer the questions and send this back to us.  With this information, we’ll be able to size up an appropriate system for you.

Dear Readers…This writer wrote about the MPSC /Commission meeting and Comm. Clottey’s remarks fro “Mr. Sehl” of the unavailability of Solar lighting in the U.S. market…Once again a word search was done by a company from the BCbythesea post…and the above is what transpired…leading up to the July 28, 2009  presentation……The “presentation” agenda item put on by Comm. Clottey is to be made from  gentleman’s company that contacted this writer …..After my correspondence with the company I received an e-mail from the “Oani Sales Dept..”….that a simple Google showed was a company with a 954 phone number ….a Google of the phone number showed the “Sales Dept.” who was contacting me on behalf of Comm. Clottey was “Mr. Sehl”…So I responded back to “Jerry”……”Mr Sehl”AKA Jerry  then sent this writer a “heads up” from the very company I sent the Commissioners way!……I did respond  to him and say thanks …not wanting to cause another “interrogation” for whomever came to speak at the presentation from the “Detective” on the dais… But after seeing the ONLY presenter is the company that picked up the RFP from this site…it is “suspect”  on two fronts…1st…”Mr. Sehl” is not presenting (How many companies does he have anyway?…He is under Oani for this and Online Access Network for repayment for the TV and camera etc…for the July 4th raffle items)…and 2nd…the cutoff date for items from Comms. on agendas is supposed to have been Monday the 20th…..So either the rules were bent for Comm. Clottey or “Mr Sehl” backed out of his “presentation…Hmmmm… In the backup is what this writer thought…in black and white of the assertions made by Comm Clottey at the MPSC/Comm. meeting on the 20th….see below…(available on the Town site)…

7/28/09 Presentations 4 B.

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In conclusion….let’s see if the “Gang of 4” on the dais…shoots the messenger once more!….

And thanks Mr. Schuett for pursuing your word search…it may benefit our Town as we deal with our El Mar Drive project…Presentation item 4 D. by Chen and Assoc.

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop … 7/14/09 …LBTS Commission Meeting …#9 ….Vice Mayor’s 13 Minute Comm. Comments … #1 ….Apples To Oranges ….4th Of July …

July 24, 2009 by Barbara

NET  TO GROSS….

Dear Readers….Part one of the Vice Mayor’s “electioneering” Commissioner Comments at the July 14,2009 Comm. meeting had to do with his assertions about July 4th…and the “tremendous savings” that came from the Mc-Furth Gang event…in contrast with the previous 2 years…BUT…what he spouted from his “bully pulpit” were not the final numbers and he chose to compare the net from his 2009 co- chaired event to the gross from the previous 2007/2008 events….Thus apples to oranges…

Also of note….the goal in 2008 was to not exceed the 2007 costs of the event put on by the Old Guard….the goal of the 2009 event was to cut down to the bare bones…(re-election year coming)…BUT  when you play fair and compare purchases and size of production to purchases and size of  production for the July 4th 2008/2009 both planned by Marc Furth…..thus apples to apples…..you realize the Vice Mayor tossed out the usual Mc-Furth “bait and switch!”….First his comments…then the figures…

VM- ” First the ah, 4th of July was a huge success. Just to put some figures to the ah, event ah, 2 years ago this town spent $90,000 for the 4th of July. One year ago we spent $80,000. Today we have got a preliminary cost for the 4th of July and it was $20,000 [in 7/14/09 memo]. That event you saw or participated in was done for $20,000 including the fireworks. That’s absolutely phenomenal. It’s , it’s a $60,000 savings over last year and $70,000 over the year before and that can only be attributed to the tremendous work of Marc Furth assisted by his wife Cristie and the tremendous work of the volunteers. My wife and Gail were instrumental in getting them together and Mikos Angeles from the fire department got all the volunteers working together.But,it,it,it went off like ah, like the Olympics! Everything went on time when it was scheduled. Everybody was laughing and ah, I think we eventually collected 13,000 or 14,000 in donations. It was down from the year before um, ah, in general it was a great event and it’s sad that a lot of people chose to boycott it for whatever reasons, I don’t know, but it was non-political. There wasn’t any political hyping from the stand and you know everybody had an opportunity to ah, to be part of a great event and it’s really sad that ah, it wasn’t ah, it wasn’t joined by all in town . But again, to put  that event on for $20,000 that is absolutely a great feat!”

BC- First a quick review…2 years a go the Mc-Furth Gang called for a boycott of the Town July 4th event…and we CIC members followed their marching orders…in fact the ousted VFD put on their own barbecue at the Community Church…This event WAS political from the get-go by being sponsored jointly by the Town/CIC (a PAC Org.)/VFD….The planning was done solely by Marc Furth (fearless leader Marc Furth)…and decisions were made out of the sunshine with an assist from the Town Manager with the RFPs to the notices being put up ….The donations were massively different…due to the Mc-Furth Gang anti-business actions as well as the political divide within the resident voting factions….The parade entries were depleted as well for the same reasons as were those who passed on lining the streets…..The numbers of those who came to the afternoon event also took a nose dive we were told but the food costs compared to the previous year increased…The events should not be compared with fireworks due to the FACT that there was no comparison in the fireworks display shows…from the previous 2 years and this years display put on from the beach at odds with the Broward DEP and their concern for the turtles ….So some comparisons 2007/2008/2009…. purchases and production for 2008 vs 2009….. net minus fireworks for 2007/2008/2009…

JULY 4, 2007 EVENT….

Total $84,333.72

Donations $34,398.00

Fireworks $53,500.00

(Display $34,000.00/ Pier $15,000.00 / Add. Ins & Firewatch $ 4500.00)

NET COST TO TOWN $49,935.72

JULY 4, 2008 EVENT….

Total $83,877.66

Donations $ 34,041.00

Fireworks $46,850.00

Display $26,850.00 [orig $35,000.00 – refund $8150.00]/ Pier $20,000.00

NET COST TO TOWN $49,836.66

JULY 4, 2009 EVENT…..

Total $ 38,488.17

Donations $ 13,782.00

Fireworks $17,325.65

Display 15,000/ fencing for fireworks $2,274.90/ stage supplies 51.65

NET COST TO TOWN $24,706.17

Also compare the following…BOTH Events were planned by Marc Furth…(some of the differences)….

2008 Event…

Temple Display-Purchased 4th of July Decorations….$6,948.00

2009 Event…

No decorations purchased……. $0

2008 Event…

Temple Display- Purchased Banners….$2460.00

2009 Event…

No Banners purchased…. $0

2008 Event…

Classic Car Show…..$1500.00

2009 Event…

Classic Car Show (less cars)…$1000.00

2008 Event…

Cee Jay/ Standing Ovations…Sand castle Flown in per Cristie Furth…$1300.00

2009 Event…

No Sandcastles….$0

2008 Event…

All Star Events…Rides… $ 4674.00

2009 Event…

All Star Events…Rides (less rides)…$ 2410.00

2008 Event…

2 Bands $1000.00

2009 Event….

1 steel Band  $300.00

2008 Event…

Marc Furth Expenses…REPAID…$2,342.12

2009 Event…

Marc Furth Expenses…REPAID….$ 273.17

The Difference 2008/2009  …$14,740.95 ….for Marc Furth purchases…not needed  to re purchase in year 2  & cut backs in production size…..

added to the 2009 Net Cost To Town…$39,447.12/ 2008 Net Cost To Town…$38,488.17 …

So the Mc-Furth 2009 July 4th Event (if all was equal in purchases and size of production) cost $958.95 more with just these listed item (there are more see below scans)…

Taking out the Fireworks……..from the Net Cost To Town…would produce the following…

2007  Net Cost to the town +$3,565.00

2008 Net Cost to the Town  -$2,986.66

2009 Net Cost to the Town -$ 7,380.52

So the 2009 pared down Mc-Furth July 4th event cost the town $4,393.86 MORE than the year before!…

Apples to Apples….Gang….

The Expenditure Sheets…

2007….

july 4 2007 exp. sht

2008….

july4,2008 exp.sht

2009…

july 4 2009 expd sht

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop … Scenic Highway

July 24, 2009 by Barbara

Scenic Highway Designation Celebration
The current proposed date for this is Wednesday, November 18th.  Suggestions for possible Locations for the Celebration need to be submitted to John Rude
and/or Gladys Leeks prior to the August 19th meeting.  Costs for hosting the event are a consideration.
Signage Locations (example of one on US-1 shown)
FDOT will provide a yet to be determined number of signs to be located along the 27± mile corridor.
BA1A members have been requested to come up with suggested locations for the placement of the signs.
The deadline for these responses is September 1, 2009.
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Here’s The Scoop …..TOWN HALL EAST …..

July 23, 2009 by Barbara

FURTH HALL….

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Dear Readers….This is where it all goes down ….before and after the daily siesta hours of 4-7 pm….Sightings are a- plenty from TOWN HALL EAST….where marching orders are devised for the “Gang of 3 ” on the dais….from the Leaders of the “Gang of 6″…

Yep, we know the Gang-member #’s go up and down…but let’s clarify…”Gang of 3″…is the Mc-Furth Majority on the dais…Vice Mayor McIntee/ Comm. Silverstone/Comm. Clottey….”Gang of 4″…is the “Gang of 3” PLUS Town Manager Colon….”Gang of 6″…includes “Leaders Marc and Cristie Furth”….(and you all thought the Leader of the pack was McIntee!)…

They are making the BIG TIME decisions for the future of this town….returning to a LBTS Police Department…a permanent VFD (still)…..33 Feet in height throughout the Town…..adding Christmas-By- The-Sea next Dec. to their cache of CIC/VFD chaired events ….it’s something we heard was discussed after last year’s cancellation and finger pointing….adding fuel to that fire….suddenly the Town has $5000 put aside for the event…located in the justification portion of the 2009-10 budget…left off the budget online….This writer has sent a request it be added for transparency …but no sign of it yet…..In fact we are hearing this year’s line item budget may be a thing of the past….Town Manager Colon is aiding the “gang” with looking for a way to change the Welcome Center and the Chamber as we know it….by inquiring about putting out an RFP…OUCH!…

On the 7/28/09 Commission agenda is a New Business item put on by Comm.Silverstone …Discussion and/or action for a PROCLAMATION of MARC FURTH…… the “homage” to their “Leader”  continues….is there any doubt how this one will go down?…WOW!….

Rumblings are that Cristie Furth may run…if Jimmy-boy takes a pass…Many longtime residents sure hope so…She’s a lightning rod they all say……with plenty heavy baggage for an up and coming opponent to have a field day with…And if there’s a coin toss at the El Mar “Campaign Headquarters”….and she backs down…leaving Jimmy to again push that broom with his BFF McIntee…those same mobilizing very vocal voters say…his mounting BFF foibles…from the dais …and the VFD …..along with his “Norm Crosby” ramblings will make for the same amount of fun…YIKES!…

Some have started to ask ….will the Mc-Furth Times meet with the same investigation as its predecessor…with the Florida  Election Commission inquiries for advertising fees…and rates…to see that no “deals” were made by the candidates/VFD?…..Exactly what are the guidelines for a candidate…when that candidate owns and operates a local politically aligned publication?…Hmmmm….

Whomever it is Furth or Silverstone /McIntee….one thing is for certain….the CIC- BROOM BOYS or BROOM GUY/GAL CAMPAIGN 2010 is coming directly from TOWN HALL EAST….and so will the future of this town….

more to come…….

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Here’s The Scoop …. VFD ….The Leadership …. The Members …. The Perception ….

July 23, 2009 by Barbara

BEACH BUGGYIN’….BOAT CRUISIN’ …JET SKIIN’….LADDER TRUCKIN’…

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JUST ANOTHER DAY BEIN’ IN THE MC-LBTS-VFD…

Dear Readers …

Recently this writer has been hearing from a few that they feel I am “not just going after the leadership of the VFD” with my postings…I guess I would have to say at times that is a correct assumption……. sadly correct……Because while  I know it ALL stems from the present leadership…it does grow harder with the expanding incidents and sightings to let them off the hook by saying they are JUST being “led” by Mc-bad example!…

Yes, I’ve heard the leaks…the scuttlebutt of “fearing” the Deputy Chief…His flashing, well documented temper…his ultimatums…getting rid of those that disagree or question…and the “mantra” ( a Jimmy-boy reference) of holding out until he is loses in March election…..to then be able to “kick him out of the department”…BUT what about us residents? …What about those  of us who still believe in the VFD (with or without a professional Chief/Dep. Chief) and want to see them succeed?….Our patience is growing thin…Our collective antennae is up when observing the “blatant” displays of what some inside the department are saying are “Jerry’s favorites at play”…riding along on the beach …wearing no safety belts…..their feet on the dashboard…. shooting the breeze…rather than diligently on patrol….boating on the intercoastal ….jet skiing ……running stop signs…parking wherever…and “cutting” around town on the 102″ ladder truck already “in service” ….These supporters of the VFD members are shaking their heads in disbelief when they see yet another new VFD purchase…. barely catching their breath before turning to the Manager’s “justification” of BSO “fiscal irresponsibility” in “transferring ”  Chief Gooding………How do you separate the troops from the taskmasters when the troops let their own bylaws slide?…..Look at incident reports that are still written up days  after the incident…containing questionable accounts …(in this writer’s opinion)…Is it alright at this point in time to not question those that do not question insubordination and covering your tracks?…The longer it goes on…the more the VFD members become intertwined and indistinguishable from those leading them down this wrong path….

So yes, some posts take aim at the whole department…because it is not what THIS supporter was told it would be…I want what I was promised…A department that is run by the book…above reproach…top notch…with the right leadership according to the VFD bylaws….fiscally responsible….P.R. savvy…with open books  and open meetings……A department looking for ways to better themselves…acting responsibly from the top down…and making this THE department of choice for those young trained professional associate members to keep their certification current while waiting to go to paid departments…

When that starts to be what this writer and others see coming from the VFD….then I guarantee you the positive posts will reflect the positive changes in our volunteer fire department…and I too look forward to that!…

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop … 7/14/09 … LBTS …Commission Meeting … #8 ….Public Comments …

July 22, 2009 by Barbara

THEY SPOKE VOLUMES…..

Dear Readers…Delayed but not forgotten…the public comments made at the July 14, 2009 Commission meeting spoke volumes…below are highlights and some that were written and the speakers were kind enough to e-mail them in to be posted….(any future speakers that would like their speeches posted in full…please send them in)…

In the order they were called… ….

Douglas Baker-a new resident in LBTS for 6 months came to speak about the “move to eliminate BSO and install our own police department”…the current economic environment…the BSO has done a fine job…infrastructure…and the “faction” within the city pushing for the views and the actions for the views they have…

Cindy Geesey – The emergency meeting held on June 30 for discussion and/or action regarding the ouster of BSO Chief Scott Gooding was simply a travesty. Only Mayor Minnet and Commissioner Dodd showed any interest at all in “The will of the people.” The other 3 commissioners either (1) replied to citizen’s individual emails of concern with canned responses that did not even address their specific questions or (2) replied with sarcasm (Gosh, wonder which one of the 3 did that?!) or (3) Failed to reply at all and showed utter confusion on the dais. The bottom line is that Chief Gooding was run out of town by our town manager for failing to be a “yes man.” He was then labeled “Fiscally irresponsible” by a town manager whose picture is next to that term in the dictionary. After this meeting one commissioner told several people “there is more to the story” but of course gave no specifics or facts. Nothing but innuendo. It was also said that Chief Gooding “demanded” money for his department. How can it be a demand when he offered to compromise and work together toward a solution? Someone needs a dictionary. The day after the meeting, two heinous individuals called the employer of a citizen who spoke up for the Chief. They told this man’s employer that he was crazy and should be fired. I call on each of you on the dais to demand that your supporters immediately STOP this intimidation. I understand the panic the New Guard must be feeling as the power slips away and their hidden agendas become clear. Their days are numbered and they know it. Until the Gang of 3 is removed from the dais by either a vote next March or by a recall petition, I demand these new rules for the dais. 1. If you put an item on the agenda, include the back-up so citizens can know the objective of what you’re doing. Include existing ordinances, give a reason for what you want, and simply explain yourself. 2. Do your homework before the meeting. Prepare your comments so you don’t sound like a blithering idiot. 3. Close your darn computers during public comments, commission comments and any presentations. At least act like you’re paying attention to what’s being said. I don’t know if you’re reading a book or looking at Manatee porn on the computer, but STOP IT. 4. Sit up and act professionally. That’s not a lounge chair or Lazy Boy you’re sitting in. Do your stretching exercises or napping at home. 5. Be on the dais when you’re supposed to. Keep your seat until the meeting is adjourned instead of running off the dais like your pants are on fire or like you’ll miss Happy Hour. Stop being rude. Mark your calendars – March 9, 2010…………. Independence Day for the town we love.

Edmund Malkoon -waited for this meeting to address those Commissioners that “spun his words” when he spoke at the podium at the previous meeting about 4th of July….He also spoke about the crowd that came in support of Chief Gooding and the lack of support for the Town Manager…He said the charges if the Chief being fiscally irresponsible was ridiculous and was shocked that none of the Commissioners initially commented (the Gang of 3)….He pointed too the BSO Colonel’s presentation and the Town Manger’s questions of “where do you want the power outlets” and the reduction of only $5000 for landscaping being the response after being fully informed by the BSO of the costs for renovations….He pointed out to Commission if they did not understand the vote was for giving direction to the Town Manager of reinstating Chief Gooding they should should do so this night…

Bob Fleishman-spoke of it being “that time of year again”…the budget, spending, and the “indulgence” by the Town Manager and 3 Commissioners…He spoke of the “reassigning of Chief Gooding”…and the charge of fiscal irresponsibility…asking the Manager “how do you go to bed at night having cut down staff hours and keeping your own salary the same?”…He added the “heck of a severance package you drew up for yourself to the tune of $140,00o, a year’s pay”…He turned to the VFD and Chief Perkin’s reported dressing down (by his Dep. Chief)…that the VFD is a private corporation and the Dep. Chief getting a “brand spankin” new car while the Chief rides around in his own car….and that the VFD holds the title..not the Town…He reminded all of the Town Manager’s previous statements that the Town would own all equipment and then it would be leased back to the VFD…He went on to speak of the signs in Bel Air and the funding…then jumped over to the Town’s “favoritism” and “nepotism” in the bidding process…He touched on the VFD and the VM’s son being paid…closing with relaying that “a citizen of this town has quoted all this will be foigotten by March 2010″…saying his response is this “not for a second, not for a minute, not ever, will we the people forget”….

Daniel Halpert- said he was “beginning to see a pattern of conduct”…..that Chief Gooding got up and said what his needs were and was punished …an act that was like those done in foreign countries…that this is potentially very serious…that the Commission was “losing your legitimacy”….he then gave the “can’t take the heat…get out of the kitchen” line adding they should “take a good look at yourselves and leave”…

Christopher Vincent-It has been about 8 years since the City of Lauderdale By the Sea contracted it’s police services with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office operational personnel have become a familiar part of the policing landscape in our City and with good reason. With the vast amount of resources available to them, simple common sense dictates that a County wide law enforcement can do a better job of fighting crime than smaller, local police agencies. This is certainly evident by the numerous municipalities who have merged with the Sheriff’s Office over the past several decades.

Concerns throughout the city, is that certain members of our Commission as well as our Town Manager may want to pursue their desires of bringing back a Municipal Police Agency.

Although on the surface having a municipal police agency may seem to possess a certain sense of pride and “belonging , this sense of pride is more in the minds of local government officials who want a police department under their control, with little awareness for the overall impact on the safety and security of the community at large.

Getting a municipal police department off the ground

Establishing a police department from scratch is not a simple task. There are significant and monumental challenges confronting a City government when they entertain this idea. First and foremost, what impact will this have on crime while the City creates and finalizes the department’s policies and procedures, budgeting, recruitment, and procurement of equipment to fulfill their mandates? Is the City Council ready, willing and able to undertake the long and daunting process of promulgating new laws and ordinances?

One of the main challenges of establishing a new police department at a local level is the securing of funds. Local governments have to finance these departments, which means that limited resources have to be spread out over all other City services. To maintain the same level of services, taxes will most assuredly have to be increased.

A key constraint confronting the establishment of a municipal police department is the relatively small number of sworn officers that they

are able to draw on. It takes a minimum of one year to hire and train a new police officer, and experienced officers demand higher salaries. (if you can find them)!

There are theories that suggests, when you reduce or alter the presence of crime prevention in any city, crime thrives. And we as a community will not allow that to happen.

Economic Impact

It is a given fact that both the Sheriff’s Office and the establishment of our own City Police Department would engage in the same core principals of law enforcement. There is no doubt that the establishment of a municipal police department has it’s merits, However, in this time of economic struggle, is placing the cost of starting a police department from scratch on the shoulders of the taxpayers a wise and prudent thing to do? Now that’s where fiscal responsibility comes in.

Conclusion

At some point in time, political differences must be set aside and an honest dialog between City Officials, the community and the Sheriff’s Office must occur. The Sheriff’s Office has placed a huge amount of time, energy and resources into providing the City of Lauderdale By The Sea with the finest police services available. There may be a number of key challenges confronting us, however, cool heads can prevail in these trying times with the ultimate goal of the safety and security of our residents and the business community. THANK YOU

Chuck Gress- was unable to attend the last meeting but watched it on his computer …adding “what a meeting it was”…He said there were other people who would like to have been there [in the hall] and were glued to their TVs…He said he wanted to “thank our Town Manager Esther Colon for a job well done, because in one fell swoop, she was able to accomplish something no group has been able to do…AND that was to truly UNITE our town, against the evil doings of several people sitting on the dais.”…He felt that the “vast majority of the residents perceive the firing of Chief Gooding as a conspiracy, devised and executed by you and your rag tag army leaders, Jerry McIntee, Jim Silverstone and, of course Dr. Birute Clottey.”…He said their “actions are going to haunt you repeatedly as long as you are residents in this town. We are not as stupid as you apparently think we are.”…He praised everyone that stood and spoke up for Chief Gooding …He commended and applauded the Mayor and named various residents…saying that most of those in the hall want LBTS to”grow and thrive”…for residents to “live in harmony”…offering this suggestion ..”Vice Mayor Mcintee, Commissioner Silverstone, Commissioner Clottey and Town Manager Colon, do the right thing, give this town back to the people and immediately turn in your resignation.”….

Ron Piersante- Spoke of the flooding item that was in front of the Vice Mayor’s home jokingly asking “is that “Resident” was in the hall”…and calling Assist. Olinzocks’s memo saying the flooding was “documented”…then discussed the flooding on Harbor Drive….He spoke of past allegations of “back room deals” made by the Old Guard….saying “could you imagine if Mayor Parker did this?”…He said that if this Commission approved this item they would be guilty of favoritism….

Beverly Kenendy- Thanked Chief Gooding calling his “the very best Chief”…and spoke of his heart and communicative skills…she spoke of a recall for this Commission…again she spoke of the aftermath she is dealing with after trying to have a decaying real estates sign removed from her neighborhood…the result of her action …she now faced a hearing calling it resentment and payback…she wanted Comm. Clottey to change her vote and get “our Chief back”…calling the town a “Banana Republic….

Frank Hermann- spoke of carpetbaggers speaking at the podium in support of Chief Gooding..he wanted the Commission to have to present address…town you name it…(He was later corrected in his assertions by the Mayor in her comments)…He was not well received by many residents and business owners who had spoken that evening…

Gail Albohn- Thanked the July 4th volunteers….”so many volunteers” and Maureen McIntee…(the numbers later presented by the VM were approx. 100…60+ were VFD/ 4 were Commissioners….10 were committee members…the rest were mostly CIC …the numbers were severely lower than in previous years)…

Maureen McIntee- did a big P.R. …saying “those that want to truly unite our town were there”…100 volunteer (see above)…the VFD “who could not do enough”…(radio communications of the VM yelling and fights between VFD members that were leaked tell another story)… she thanked the Town Manager for the budget…and went further into lala land she said …” Thank you to the silent majority who remains at home”…taking the familiar McIntee tact of “rumors and lies”…ending with going into the past when the previous Town Clerk was fired…(by this Town Manager)…midway through she accused this writer f laughing..I took umbridge to the false accusation and she said it came from that area…sad!..only one person clapped as she walked back to her seat…

George Crossman spoke of Mark Brown and his June 24thstatement (said Mr. Crossman) that the police dept. office was closed at 5 pm “insinuating” no protection in town. (HUH?)…He did not take sides on BSO VS privvate police and spoke of the police that had been killed in the last year…

Louis Marchelos- said there were some tough acts to follow and before he turned to his prepared speech he addressed Mrs. McIntee’s “silent majority” comment…saying “the silent majority is here, awake”…Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. This town should feel flattered, Fort Lauderdale and Pompano in an effort to attract customers for the city businesses have started musical and street events.
The one area they did not imitate is the generosity of our merchants bearing the costs.
The city of Fort Lauderdale has budgeted $ 78,000 for their events. The town of Lauderdale by the Sea has budgeted zero. A win for our town and its merchants.

When these events take place their will always be some individuals inconvenienced by the traffic or the volume. We must be sensitive in their needs but those who complain should have the courage to voice them.
When an anonymous complaint is made it is self defeating. To remedy a situation we must know who what and where. We all know the political nature of this town. If you have a serious noise complaint, call me. I’ll meet you and find a solution. In all honesty I have been able to evaluate the motivation in these complaints.
We all know that some elements in town think of themselves as privileged and try to Bully any innovative ideas. You know who you are , so do we. Whether it is failing to prevent an injustice to the best law enforcement officer this town has ever seen.
Think of how the town staff must fell and the threat they are under when the commission permits such an injustice to the Chief.

The placing of burdensome fees on special events are the actions of a bully bunch. They have no soul, they have no heart, they have no desire but the promotion of their own power.

The bully bunch which includes the higher up in the town administration will destroy the potential of this little town to be unique and great.

Ben Freeny- spoke of the lack of the budget backup being online prior to the meeting and the fact that the public would not be able to comment on it until right before it is approved….he was concerned about the sewer going in front of the Vice Mayor’s home…the pavilion…the signage in Bel Air…the infrastructure and our reserves…

Ellen Kirby- came to address her garbage bill increase of 49% and asked for some response (she received none) and addressed the flooding on Harbor Drive…..

John Oughten said it was “pathetic”…the noise ordinance…the empty stores….and spoke of his line of work before he retired…he asked about those that reportedly complained about noise and the code enforcement effect on the businesses…

Adam Geesey- spoke of his “extreme displeasure in the removal of Chief Gooding ….he said it was “illogical, illegal and ill conceived”…saying he is not usually a person that believes in conspiracies…asking for sworn testimony from the dais that they had no previous knowledge of the Manager’s action…he reminded them they work for us the citizens of LBTS…and ended with “throw the bums out of office now!”……

BC-Fitting words to end the public comments…

more to come…

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