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Here’s The Scoop … Whitewash … 2009 LBTS Town Manager Performance Review … Save The Date …. 10/12/09 …

September 30, 2009 by Barbara

HERE SITS TOWN MANAGER ESTHER COLON …

Dear Readers … SAVE THE DATE …The Town Commission has chosen to have a workshop on OCTOBER 12, 2009 at 4 PM… JARVIS HALL…

They are bringing in the FLOCities RANGE RIDERS … Will the retired Town Manager do our Town Manager’s Performance Review? If so, the requirement of Ms. Colon’s contract will have been further breached in this writer’s opinion. This commission was made aware of the fact that the Manager’s contract called for an annual review BEFORE the adoption of the budget which took place on September 28th (Yom Kippur) last February…

At the last commission meeting Commissioner Clottey led the way to change the agreed upon process of the evaluation to be done by this commission at the last workshop……and she implied the Range Riders would the review …saying they were unbiased…This writer disagrees after reading about them ……

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“PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The Range Rider Program, a joint project of the Florida City and County Management Association
(FCCMA) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), is designed to make
retired members of the city and county management profession available to local government
managers and administrators to help solve their business-related problems. Range Riders, who are
selected by the FCCMA Board of Directors, are made available at no charge to local government
managers and non-manager cities and counties for private counseling. Range Riders are envisioned
as friends, colleagues and counselors to the government and individual managers and should not
be considered as “consultants” to the local governments.
Range Riders will meet periodically with managers, on request, to discuss developments in the
management field and professional concerns of the managers. Range Riders also are available to
discuss the form of government with elected officials. Discussions may include such topics as relations
with council, career changes, selection of managers, professional management techniques, financial
and general budgetary problems, staff reorganization and training, and questions of professional
ethics.
The Range Riders also have easy access to FCCMA and ICMA programs and resources. These
advantages make this program an attractive source of outside counsel for the management
profession.
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS
Local government managers and non-manager cities and counties”

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The Commissioners were contacted today about the workshop…It will be posted outside Jarvis Hall and in Town Hall…Doing so at that 4 pm time… before the next commission meeting will severely cut down the amount of people who will attend unless the word is put out and also cut down on resident input if they are allowed time to speak…

So it’s up to the organizations, the businesses and the voters to make it on the 12th and hope they can be heard…at last!….

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop …. ROADBLOCK…..

September 30, 2009 by Barbara

RFP 09-08-01 ….BLOCKED FROM BEING READ ALOUD ….

Dear Readers… As expected the Town Administration is still playing with the RFPs… No surprise to this writer…but another unexpected surprise to the 6 out 9 companies who came to hear the bids for the Public Safety Building Renovation RFP for the BSO Police!…

The meeting was held in Jarvis Hall at 2 pm … All signed in….In attendance 6 companies/ Asst.TM  Olinzock/ Town Clerk White/ Chen & Assoc. Architect Ernie Ocampo ( who will making the big bucks this year according to the LBTS 2009-10 adopted budget )….After the Town Clerk sat down at the end of the conference table she immediately declared this was an “RFP” and she would NOT be reading the BIDS aloud…She proceeded to read the name of the company, the town and opened them…putting them in a pile…

1. Coastal Construction – Hollywood

2. Primus- Pembroke Pines

3. Acme Construction Group LLC- Palm Beach

4. New Living Construction- Hallandale Beach

5. LHP General Contractors LLC- Weston

6. MDR Construction- Ft. Lauderdale

7. West Construction Inc.- Lake Worth

8. Built Right Construction- West Palm Beach

9. Boran Craig Barber Angle- Naples

Right afterward it happened again…the attendees asked them if they were going to read the bids… June White tersely replied she said they were “RFPs” and they would not be read aloud…The companies could see them in 10 days or they would cost 15 cents a page in 10 days……Again the company reps were shocked and puzzled …rightly so!…

This time the Town brought forward a “shield” …Town contracted Architect Ernie Ocampo who said he was going to “evaluate” the “cost of change orders”…and some gibberish about deciding on “bid one, bid two or no bids”…He then said he might follow-up with calls to see if the companies “submitted the bid or there was a substitution”…The Town Architect will be ranking the bids…and then they will go to the “Town”….. with Asst. Olinzock quickly adding by “Town” they mean the commissioners…(expect another song and dance from Colon and Olinzock about their “expertise” in procurement)…

One vendor asked the Asst. Town Manger and the Town Clerk if they realized the companies were required to send the information to the bond company within 10 days?…It did not faze either one (Olinzock/White) …what an inconvenience this decision would cause!…

I shook my head and said “Oh, boy”…and walked out upon the end of the meeting with the bidders… I asked them if they have ever had this happen in any other town…”NO!” was the universal response…. I asked the Rep. who spoke of the bond company requirement when he usually sends in his information from an “RFP-BID”…he answered “The same day!”… WOW!… He said they get the tabulation…(the price bids by each company)…call the bond company and inform them where they stood among the bids submitted…He said the “evaluation” comes afterward…(Just as it did BEFORE July 29, 2009!)…

The process took minutes…and to read the bid aloud would have added at the most…5 minutes…and everyone would have walked away happy…Instead the Town Manager and her staff have added another layer to the process…by using the Architect ($$$$)…and making the companies come back in 10 days, hoping they make their bond requirement in time!…

Commissioner Dodd at the last Commission meeting asked for a change to be made in the Town Purchasing Manual on page 19 Section D. FORMAL BIDDING PROCESS 4a. in that section it says “Each RFP shall contain the following standard provisions:

a. BIDS must be received by the LBTS Purchasing Administrator no later than the time and date identified in the RFP. BIDS received after this time for any reason shall be returned  unopened to the BIDDER. All timely-received BIDS shall be  … ( NEW 5-0 inclusion) ….

“All timely received bids shall be publicly opened, read aloud to include the name of the bidder, the town, the bid number and the bid value. Contractors present at the bid opening have the right to visually inspect the lowest bid if requested. The staff will announce that the bids have not been evaluated for mathematical errors and responsiveness.” …..at the time and place designated in the RFP!

It does NOT distinguish between an RFP and a BID!….

The Town Manager, Asst. Town Manager, Town Clerk and now the Town Architect are just plain wrong to continue this practice.

Next March, they all need to go!…

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop … Esther And John….”Skipped” A Few Steps …….

September 29, 2009 by Barbara

THE COMMISSION WAS NOT ALLOWED TO “PLAY”….

Dear Readers.. Early this month this writer wrote about the LBTS Town Survey sent to all residents in town…It was sent without coming in front of the Commission and it contained the misleading Mc-Furth question #12 “Do you support the current maximum height limit 33′0″ in Town?” (The Town’s maximum height is 44′)… along with questions about the Town and Town services…I  went to Town Hall and asked about the survey knowing it had never come before the commission…Asst. Town Clerk Nikki Smith said staff put the survey together. …I asked for a Public Records Request form (9/4/09) …When she asked why, I said it was because I wanted to know how it came about…My request asked for the following… “Town sent out survey, all e-mails/memos/ letters to put it together, cost of survey including mailing/ who participated in questions , decisions”….Ms Smith asked why it should have gone in front of the commission and I said because it should, she disagreed…. Maybe after reading this post she will change her mind?….

Today, I picked up my PRR at Town Hall…included were e-mails from Asst. Town Manger John Olinzock to Dawn Walker  …Wed. 10-jun-09 6:48 PM…”Dear Dawn , As a resident of Wilton Manors, I recently filled out the Residential Survey that was included in the utility billing and returned it to City offices. I considered it a very well planned out survey. The Town wishes to do something similar to (TO?) its residents. Might I be able to receive a copy of the survey in electronic format? Thank you in advance, John E. Olinzock Assistant Town Manager Town of Lauderdale By-The- Sea 4501 Ocean Drive Lauderdale By-The-Sea ,Fl. 33308-3610 954-776-0576″…Also included were a copy to Marta Isla the Town Manger’s assistant along with the phone number John provided to her with the City Manager’s number (Wilton Manors)…and an e-mail to Marta from LBTS Office Specialist Karen Gates forwarding the Wilton Manors Resident Satisfaction Survey and an e-mail from the Assistant to the City Manager (Wilton Manors) Leigh Ann Henderson ….

This writer immediately contacted Ms Henderson upon arriving home with the my paperwork…..I  told her I was a resident of LBTS and that our town had recently sent out a survey based on the survey Wilton Manors provided to us. I said I had one question for her. I asked the Assistant to the City Manager “Did you ask for your Commission’s approval before you sent your survey out?”…Ms. Henderson replied “of course”…She then explained it was the Mayor’s idea, the Commission discussed it and requested it…the staff put it together and then presented it to the Commission for their approval!…Hmmmm…….

Well, my question to Assistant Town Manager Olinzock is simply this…Why was your hometown Commission allowed to have input and final approval and my hometown Commission was not?… The Town Manager and the Asst. Town Manager skipped some very big steps in their process of doing “something similar “TO”  LBTS residents …Perhaps when Mr Olinzock wrote “TO” …he meant “TO ” instead of “FOR” …especially with the inclusion of question #12 and purposely deciding to leave the Commission in the dark!… The Commission should give these two “poor sports” a “time out” for their actions…

The Wilton Manors Survey and the LBTS survey was based on…(both use ratings)

1. was the same question …rate the City /Town as place to live

2. was the same question …satisfied  with City/Town services

Wilton Manors -library services/ garbage collection & recycling/ enforcement of municipal codes and regulations/ water service/ parks amenities/recreation programs or classes/ police services/ clean and well maintained streets/ emergency preparedness/ communications of information/ drainage. land use, planning and zoning/ fire/ems response….very satisfied-no opinion

LBTS- enforcement of municipal codes and regulations/recreation or culture events/ fire response-services/fire rescue (EMS)response-services/ police response-services/ building dept. services/ municipal service (public works)/ street & right of way maintenance/overall Town appearance/ communication of information ….very satisfied- no opinion

3.Wilton Manors -Overall how do you rate the job the City is doing in providing services? excellent- no opinion

3. LBTS-Which method do you use when contacting the Town for information or services? circle one- mail/telephone /in person/ email

4. Wilton Manors – City taxes account for approximately 25% of your annual property taxes. How would you evaluate the value of the services Wilton Manors provides for your tax dollars? very good- no opinion

4. LBTS- How many times in the past year have you visited or contacted a Town office? never- more than ten times

5. Wilton Manors- How do you rate the importance of providing the following services?…public safety/ parks amenities/ recreation programs and classes/ cultural programs enforcement of municipal codes and regulations / library services/ garbage collection/ preserving open space and waterways/ land use, planning and zoning …very satisfied to no opinion

5. LBTS- How many times do you visit the Town’s website?never- more than ten times

6. Wilton Manors- Which method do you use when contacting the City for information or services? circle one- mail/email/telephone/in person/city website

6. LBTS- How often do you dine or shop in Town? weekly- never

7. Wilton Manors- How many times times in the past year have you visited or contacted a city office? never-more than ten times

7. LBTS- How would you rate your shopping or dining experience in Town? excellent-fair

8. Wilton Manors- How many times in a month do you visit the City’s website? never- more than ten times

8. LBTS- How do you rate the importance of providing the following services?  – public safety/ special events/ recreational and cultural/ enforcement of municipal codes and regulations/solid waste collection/preserving open space and waterways/ land use, planning and zoning …very important- no opinion

9. Wilton Manors- How would you rate the following in your most recent contact with City Personnel?  a.- courteousness/b. knowledge/c. timely response….excellent-no opinion

9. LBTS- Same as Wilton Manors #9…

10. Wilton Manors- In the past year, if you made contact with the following City Departments, how satisfied were you with the service received? -police department/ utilities department/code enforcement/building and permitting/leisure services/City Manger’s office/ City Clerk’s office/ public works….very satisfied-no opinion

10. LBTS- Within the past year, if you made contact with the following Town Departments, how satisfied were you with the service you received?- police/ fire/ fire rescue/code enforcement/building & permitting/ municipal works( public works)/ administration/ Town Hall…very satisfied- no opinion

11. Wilton Manors- How often do you shop or dine in the Wilton Manor District? ….weekly-never

11. LBTS- What do you see as the biggest challenges facing Town of Lauderdale By-The-Sea in the next five years? …written explanation required

12. Wilton Manors- How would you rate your shopping or dining experience in the Wilton Drive Arts and Entertainment District?….excellent – don’t know

12. LBTS DO YOU SUPPORT THE CURRENT MAXIMUM HEIGHT LIMIT OF 33′0″ IN TOWN?…yes-no

13. Wilton Manors- What do you see as the biggest challenges facing Wilton Manors in the next five years? …written explanation required

13. LBTS- OOPS!….no #13!

14. Wilton Manors- What suggestions can youy provide to the City for improving the quality of life for its residents? written explanation required

14.LBTS- Do you support a bond issue or pay as you go method for future capital improvement projects?…bond issue- pay as you go

15. LBTS- What suggestions can you provide to the Town for improving the quality of life for its residents? …written explanation required

BC- This writer prefers the “original” Wilton Manor’s survey because it was properly prepared with the Wilton Manor Commission and sent out only after they approved it……I find the actions of our current LBTS  Town Administration incomprehensible!….I also find that once again this Colon- led Administration has politically aligned itself to the Mc-Furth Gang with the inclusion of question #12  misinforming the voters about the Town’s current maximum height limit and possibly “fixing” the March height referendum by doing so…

The cost to prepare and send the survey townwide…..according to my PRR…supplies $231.22/ postage $1,639.78….The real cost though to us all?…We shall see ….

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop … No List … No Calendar … But There Will Be A Call … TO The Town Manager ….

September 29, 2009 by Barbara

LBTS TALES TOLD…..

Dear Readers…. Poppy Dunay the Community Liaison for the Jewish Federation Of Broward contacted this writer as soon as she received my e-mail account today of the LBTS Sept. 28, 2009 budget meeting on Yom Kippur and the assertions made on the dais (prev.post) by Commissioner Silverstone, Town Manager Colon and Town Clerk White concerning the Jewish Federatio’sn role in that decision.

Ms Dunay said she has had no contact with the Town for several years. She provided the town with no list or calendar. They do not supply either to any communities. They stopped the practice due to budgetary reasons long ago.

She said of course that the Jewish Fedration would never say it was alright to have a meeting on Yom Kippur!

She intends to call the Town Manager today and she expects the statements made last evening to be clarified at the next meeting stating that the Jewish Federation Of Broward had no hand in the situation.

This is just one more “tale” being told from the dais in LBTS!….

more to come…

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Here’s The Scoop … YOM KIPPUR …. AN “APPLICABLE OR UN-APPLICABLE” JEWISH HOLIDAY …. UPDATED ….

September 28, 2009 by Barbara

IGNORANCE IS ALIVE AND WELL IN JARVIS HALL…..

Dear Readers….Yesterday we saw the extent of ignorance with our Town Administration, staff and certain commission members………The final adoption of the 2009-10 budget was held on Yom Kippur before sundown…In public comments before the Commission addressed the budget this writer once more addressed this travesty…(I misspoke and said Rosh Hashanah, oops!) …The exchanges that came afterward made me sick to my stomach…that these are the people I as a taxpayer employ and I as a voter voted into office….It was a new low in LBTS politics……..

Commissioner Silverstone in his comments said the following……”The holiday ah, I believe we sent a note to the Jewish Federation or something like that Town Manager and they gave us a list of holidays that were, that they thought was applicable and unapplicable (Jimmy-boy verbage). Could you please refresh my memory for one.”

Town Manger Colon ” June, our Town Clerk when we were setting the dates she did get the list and she provided you some of the dates that they preferred you not to have any meetings and she also advised you if you had a meeting at what time it should cease out of respect and June is the one that had, that gave that last. I believe she’s also gonna ah, provide a memo to the Commission, although she did mention…”

CS-” We got a memo on that half a year ago.”

TM-” You got the calendar that was on the dais when we set these budget meetings. So she’ll clarify it again IF she needs to do that.”

BC- If she needs to do that? You bet the Town Clerk “needs” to do that!…The “explanation” from the Town Manager was completely disingenuous and ignorant…The Jewish Federation would never offer Yom Kippur as a “preferred” holiday to have a meeting on…and the time to “cease” the meeting out of respect is completely wrong!…Commissioner’s Silverstone’s handling of was inept, insensitive and  ignorant… for a guy who says he gets on the internet and always does his “homework” …he certainly failed this assignment!….

Later on Vice Mayor McIntee  seized on the opportunity this conflict brought forth in Jarvis Hall with many not in attendance due to their observance and did what he used to be able to get away with…He used his “bully-pulpit” to say only 2 people came to speak because everyone is happy with the lowered taxes (forget about the fees) and if the Town Manager or the “Gang” was doing anything wrong…”people would be here in droves”….”They’d be lined up out the door”…”They aren’t and that’s a barometer that has to be faced by all of us up here we accomplished the task.”…”And again, two people are here to discuss it, two. If there was a problem with our tax base they’d be lined out the door. …”They’d be lined out the door. They’d be screaming for heads from the flagpole.”

Well, those days of the “bully- pulpit are over for the Vice Mayor …From the dais (Mayor/Comm. Dodd )…from the this site……the local BTSFuture NEWSpaper…and at the podium from this writer…after his attempt…

BC- ” I also take a very big offense on this Jewish holiday. One of the most important Jewish holidays that there is. There’s no arguing about that, to say that there’s alot of people who would’ve been here if not for having , feeling that they needed to observe this holiday. And if you recall this room was packed a few meetings ago when people were not allowed to speak.So let’s not play up here and give out false information, thank you.”

A long time ago McIntee’s pal Marc Furth told this writer and husband about some not so nice facts concerning the Vice Mayor and his ethnic views….that was witnessed tonight in my opinion… just nauseating …more so than usual…

I have sent the following e-mails to Town…and will post the responses when they are received. I will also contact the Jewish Federation of Broward County to see what exchange took place with LBTS…and will post that as well… Also below…some information on Yom Kippur…from one single Google…ONE!….

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E-MAILS FOR PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS
PRR
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 12:17 AM
From:
“Barbara Cole”
To:
steved@lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov
Steve, I am making a request for all information and exchanges made by Town Clerk White and the Jewish Federation of Broward County. I know they cannot have said she should have a meeting BEFORE sundown on Yom Kippur.I also request when that list was given to the Commission and the backup of when it was decided knowing it was Yom Kippur.
Please acknowledge receipt of this PRR.
Please let me know if the cost will be more than $20.
Barbara Cole
From:
“Barbara Cole”
To:
steved@lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov
Steve, I would also like to make a public records request for the memo the Town Clerk is to provide the Commission per the Town Manager at the 9/28/09 budget meeting.
Please acknowledge receipt of this request.
Barbara Cole

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“Yom Kippur is probably the most important holiday of the Jewish year. Many Jews who do not observe any other Jewish custom will refrain from work, fast and/or attend synagogue services on this day. Yom Kippur occurs on the 10th day of Tishri. The holiday is instituted at Leviticus 23:26 et seq.

The name “Yom Kippur” means “Day of Atonement,” and that pretty much explains what the holiday is. It is a day set aside to “afflict the soul,” to atone for the sins of the past year. In Days of Awe, I mentioned the “books” in which G-d inscribes all of our names. On Yom Kippur, the judgment entered in these books is sealed. This day is, essentially, your last appeal, your last chance to change the judgment, to demonstrate your repentance and make amends.

As I noted in Days of Awe, Yom Kippur atones only for sins between man and G-d, not for sins against another person. To atone for sins against another person, you must first seek reconciliation with that person, righting the wrongs you committed against them if possible. That must all be done before Yom Kippur.

Yom Kippur is a complete Sabbath; no work can be performed on that day. It is well-known that you are supposed to refrain from eating and drinking (even water) on Yom Kippur. It is a complete, 25-hour fast beginning before sunset on the evening before Yom Kippur and ending after nightfall on the day of Yom Kippur. The Talmud also specifies additional restrictions that are less well-known: washing and bathing, anointing one’s body (with cosmetics, deodorants, etc.), wearing leather shoes (Orthodox Jews routinely wear canvas sneakers under their dress clothes on Yom Kippur), and engaging in sexual relations are all prohibited on Yom Kippur.

As always, any of these restrictions can be lifted where a threat to life or health is involved. In fact, children under the age of nine and women in childbirth (from the time labor begins until three days after birth) are not permitted to fast, even if they want to. Older children and women from the third to the seventh day after childbirth are permitted to fast, but are permitted to break the fast if they feel the need to do so. People with other illnesses should consult a physician and a rabbi for advice.

Most of the holiday is spent in the synagogue, in prayer. In Orthodox synagogues, services begin early in the morning (8 or 9 AM) and continue until about 3 PM. People then usually go home for an afternoon nap and return around 5 or 6 PM for the afternoon and evening services, which continue until nightfall. The services end at nightfall, with the blowing of the tekiah gedolah, a long blast on the shofar. See Rosh Hashanah for more about the shofar and its characteristic blasts.”

http://www.jewishbroward.org/page.aspx?ID=9536
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UPDATE…….E-MAIL 9/29/09  …. JEWISH FEDERATION OF BROWARD

I am writing to you to get verification that you contacted the Town Clerk of LBTS with a list of holidays that Commission meetings would be allowable on. The Town had the final budget meeting on Yom Kippur and the Town Clerk and Town Manager said on the dais the clerk was in contact with the Federation and was given preferred holidays, with the insinuation the Federation said Yom Kippur was not a preferred holiday to not have a meeting on! As a result we had few people and many angry residents who could not attend.
I would ask for a response on any communications with the Town to clear this up.
Thank you, Barbara Cole
more to come……

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Here’s The Scoop … LAKE COLON IS RISING …

September 28, 2009 by Barbara

THE LBTS PAVILION …… September 28, 2009 5 pm…. YEGAWD….

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While sitting  in the final 2009-10 LBTS Budget…Vice Mayor McIntee told the viewing audience what great shape the Town is in… Forget the “attackers” …Everyone can see that for themselves and it’s due to the Town Manager.. and on this point, this writer wholeheartedly agrees… One look at the Pavilion, her “defining” major Town project as Town Manager  really says it all!…….

Budget post to come…

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Here’s The Scoop … LBTS 2009-2010 Budget …Final Adoption Tonight … Full Disclosure …. When Pigs Fly …

September 28, 2009 by Barbara

Dear Readers … Tonight at 5:01 pm in Jarvis Hall the Town Manager will read the LBTS budget for 2009/1010…The final budget…which has NOT been turned over to the Commissioners …and has not been updated during the process online (despite Comm. Silverstone’s assertion…only the 1st  proposed and final budget will appear per PIO D’Olivera)… leaving all but the Town Manager and staff to walk into the hall in the dark …OUCH!…

This writer is looking for more transparency …How on the one hand can the Manager ask for a 2.5% COLA for employees and then state she asking for an additional $16,000.00+ in salary for 2 employees for an increase  of 10 hrs…to a 40 hr. workweek?… The much touted 30 hr work week of Town employees is in need of a comparison (prev. post) to other municipalities for 40 hr. salaries …BUT …. this time comparisons to towns with similar populations unlike the comparisons they used for the fire assessment fees and procurement officers.  Staff chose much larger municipalities than the LBTS approx. 6000 residents… The promissory debts are gone…(with the GULP…huge penalties paid to cover the Town Manager -then Finance Director’s choice of getting them with  penalties)…and the Town Manager said at the last Commission meeting the employee wage increase for time was her “last change”…and the bottom line would not be changed…How is that possible with the debt paid off?… It is this writer’s opinion that the Town Commission needs to draft a new resolution that curtails the unilateral use of “unencumbered” monies left in the last 3 months of the fiscal year that are and can be used by the Town Manager for purchasing extras…The Town budget is to 95% and the leftover funds need Commission input!….The Town Commission should make sure the line item budget will remain in effect for the next year. It is also that itme of year again …to make a motion and vote to make the 2010 meetings at 7 pm (allowed)…to not make the major blunder of having the final budget on a Jewish Holiday…..an to put in place a 2010 Budget Review Committee….

Below are some NOT so fun facts and some questions from the new  budget ( proposed online  http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/ and justification sheets at(not on the Town site despite this writer’s asking they be included  http://heresthescooponline.com/

2009/2010…

GENERAL FUND REVENUES – SOURCES OF FUNDS

1. CARRYFORWARD FUND BALANCE … 2005-06 340,342.00/ 2006-2010 0…w

2. UTILITY TAXES …FPL – 2008-09 604,215.00/ 2009-10 617,337.00…WATER 2008-09 204,395.00/ 2009-10 249,055.00… TOTAL 2008-09 829,233.oo/2009-10 889,886.00

3.FRANCHISE FEES… FPL 2008-09 633,839.00/ 2009-10 674,846.00 …WASTE (Choice)…pg. 25…2008-09 $103,856.00 / 2009-2010 $109,565.00…NATURAL GAS 2008-09 33,275.00/ 2009-10 40,697.00….TOTALs …2008-09 772,993.00/ 2009-10 826,617.00

(pg. 27…. franchise tax garbage 3.76% residential and 10% commercial revenue generated helps defray the cost of drainage projects!)

3. LICENSE & PERMITS ….OCCUPATIONAL LICENSES 2008-09 57,708.00/ 2009-10 67,972.00…BUILDING PERMITS 2008-09 72,552.00/ 2009-10 63,920.00…FIRE REVIEW PERMIT FEES  2008-09 YTD 16,632.00/ 2009-10 33,264.00…ZONING PERMIT & FEES 2005-6 6,635.00/2006-07 11,605.00/ 2007-08 7,900.00/ 2008-09 9,305.00/YTD 600.00/ 2009-10 600.00…TOTALS 2008-09 142,527.00/2009-10 168,509.00

4 . INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVENUE -POP. 6,278…RECYCLING ….Pg. 25 2005-06 9,615.00/ 20060-07 122,706.00/2007-08 117,790.00/ 2008-09 24,792.00 /2009-10 17,336.00…So how did we lose $100,000 in revenue in 2 years?….COMMUNITY BUS 2005-0660,563.00/2006-07 60,544.00/ 2007-08 59,120.00/ 2008-09 59,308.00/ 2009-10 43,758.00 …TOTALS….2008-09 1,144,989.00/2009-10 998,202.00

5. CHARGES FOR SERVICES  …FIRE INSPECTIONS 2008–09 0 YTD (HUH?) /2009-10 25,522.00…FIRE RESCUE TRANSPORT FEE 2006-07 962.00 …2005,2008.2009-10 0….VARIANCE FEES.. 2005-06 0/2006-07 3,000.00/ 2007-08 2,000/2008-09 2,000/ 2009-10 0…No VAriances expected for next yr?…

(5. cont.) PARKING …

PARKING PERMITS 2005-06 47,315.00/ 2006-07 57,649.00/ 2007-08 13,219.00/ 2008-09 20,043.00/ 2009-10 15,418.00 …

PARKING METERS…

BEACH 2005-06 69,731.00/ 2007-08 48,487.00/ 39,279.00/ 35,639.00/ 2009-10 31,814.00

EL PRADO 2005-06 159,323.00/ 2006-07 88,943.00/ 2007-08 819.00/ 2008-09 66,707.00/ 2009-10 59,541.00

TOWN HALL 2005-06 2,998.00/ 2006-07 130.00/ 2007-08 15,350.00/ 2008-09 2,998.00 / 2009-10 16,595.00

TOTALS…2008-09 134,668.00/ 2009-10 155,945.00

6. FINES & CITATIONS  PARKING FINES -ETEC 2005-06 450,544.00/ 2006-07 196,605.00/ 2007-08 146,379.00/ 2008-09 132,169.00/ 2009-10 158,733.00…FINES & TRAFFIC CITATIONS-BCC 2008-09 50,135.00/2009-10 44,100.00…CODE ENFORCEMENT FINES …2008-09 8,375.00/ 2008-09 YTD 28,983.00/ 2009-10 10,738.00….OTHER FINES & ALARMS 2008-09 0/ 2008-09 YTD 598.00/ 2009-10 897.00 ….TOTALS 2008-09 190,679.00/2009-10 214,468.00

7. MISCELLANEOUS…

INTEREST  2005-06 100,031.00/ 2006-07 468,394.00/2007-08 287,282.00/ 2008-09 234,197.00/ 2008 YTD 35,126.00/ 2009-10 52,689.00

INTEREST -EMERGENCY RESERVE  2005-06 32,698.00/2006-07 112,111.00/ 2007-08 33,019.00/ 56,055.00/ 2008 YTD 4,150.00/ 2009-10 6,225.00

RENT/ROYALTIES 2005-06 115,120.00/ 2006-07 78,523.00/ 2007-08 74,323.00/2008-09 39,261.00/ 2008 YTD 18,091.00/ 2009-10 0 …(the west warehouse…not rented out?)…

TOTALS 2009-09 406,512.00/ 2008 YTD 84,679.00/ 2009-10 87,181.00

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FIRE ASSESSMENT FEE  “The Town anticipates collecting $1,008,596 in fire assessment fees, which is $8,111 more than fiscal year 2008/09 amended budget”…

UTILITY SERVICE TAX REVENUE ” Electric utility fees generate the majority of utility revenue. The Town expects to collect $889,886 in franchise tax revenue in fiscal year 2009/2010, which is $60,663 more than fiscal year 2008/2009 amended budget”

FRANCHISE FEES “The Town levies a 7% franchise tax for the consumption of electricity, natural gas and vehicle towing services. The franchise tax for the collection of waste is 3.76% for residential and 10% for commercial. Revenue generated from the waste franchise fee helps defray the cost of drainage projects.”"Electric franchise fees generates the majority of franchise revenue. The Town expects to collect $826,617 in 2009/2010 which is $53,624 more than fiscal year 2008/2009 amended budget.”(2 different revenues for electric)

BUSINESS LICENSES AND PERMITS “The Town expects to collect $168,509 in licens eand permits in fiscal year 2009/2010 which is $25,982 more than in fiscal year 2008/2009 amended budget.”

INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVENUES “In fiscal year 2009/2010 the Town expects to collect $998,202 in governmental revenues, which are $146,787 less than fiscal year 2008/2009 amended budget.”

CHARGES FOR SERVICES

TENNIS COURTS increased 5%/ Parking Permits “reflect a slight increase”/”Town expects to collect $155,954 in Charges for Services during FY 2009/2010 which is $19,277 more than fiscal year 2008/2009 amended budget.”

FINES AND CITATIONS ” Town expects to collect $214,468 in Fines & Citations during FY 2009/2010 which is $23,789 more than fiscal year 2008/2009 amended budget.”

MISCELLANEOUS REVENUE ” The Town anticipates collecting $87,181 in miscellaneous income during FY 2009/2010 which is $319,331 less than fiscal year 2008/2009 amended budget”

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND ” The Town expects to collect $2,656,785 in revenue during fiscal 2009/2010, which is $423,253 less than fiscal year 2008/2009 amended budget.”

SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS …POLICE LETF “The total revenue for fiscal year 2009/2010 is $12,000 which is $3,827 less than fiscal year 2008/2009 amended budget.” / POLICE LAW TRAINING FUND ” The total revenue for fiscal year 2009/2010 is $1,500 which is the same from fical year 2008/2009 amended budget.”

SEWER FUND ” There is no rate change for fiscal year 2009/2010. The Town expects to collect $1,222,958 in revenue during fiscal year 2009/2010 which is $13,937 less than fiscal year 2008/2009 amended budget”

PARKING REVENUE IMPROVEMENT FUND ” The Town expects to collect $567,369 in revenue during fiscal year 2009/2010 which is $14,826 more than fiscal year 2008/2009 amended budget.”

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JUSTIFICATION PAPERS….(the proposed…not updated)…

1. LEGISLATIVE & POLICY… 2009/2010 …salaries 61,499…fica 4,705…retirement 10,166 group ins. 12,039…

2. DONATIONS- NON PROFIT ORGS …those who came got what they did in 2008/09 and those not in Jarvis on 9/14 got bub-kiss per the Town Manager’s direction)

3. MUNICIPAL BUILDING -CHAMBER OF COMMERCE… # 520 MAINTENANCE  “MATERIALS” MGR PROPOSED A $31,000 addition for a new roof/ not neede and to finalize it will mean $31,000 for the Mgr. to use in the last 3 mos. of 2010…as unencumbered funds!..

4. EXECUTIVE -TOWN MANAGEMENT …2009/2010 salaries 546,035.00/overtime 3,000.00/ fica 42,0002.00/ retirement 73,233.00/ group ins. 62,244.00/ audit exp 55,00o.00 (2nd yr of 3 yr audit NOT approved by Comm. prev. post…a 5,000 on a 200,000 contract)/ Town Topics 24,562 (perhaps revised on final)/

5. TOWN ATTORNEY …473,000.00 9250,000.00 for Bert J Harris suit)

6. GENERAL GOVERNMENT…2009/2010 salaries 49,868.00/ fica 3,815.00/ retirement 4,912.00/ unemployment comp. 15,000.00/ ON THE PROPOSED…DEBT PRINCIPAL $232,039.00 & DEBT INTEREST $ 125,859,00 (PD.OFF on 9/15/09 …total of $300,000+ no negotiations!)

7. POLICE DEPARTMENT …$3,009483.00 (w/5% increase)

8. FIRE DEPARTMENT … 2009/10 salaries Fire Marshal 83,895.00 (now same person VFD Fire Inspector pd. by VFD )/ Fire Dept. Pensions 17,128.00/ fica 6,418,00/ group ins. 12,911.00/ contractual services Fire Services 877,783.00 (w/ 4% increase)/ Prof. Consultants pension actuarial (w/5% increase)5,046.00…pension auditor (w/5% increase) 5,046.00 /Capital outlay 2008/09 25,700…2009/10 0/ TOTAL $1,025,776.00

9.EMS-FIRE RESCUE….AMR 696,801.00 (w/4% increase)

10. DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT … 2009/10 salaries 192,866.00/ overtime 1,580.00/ fica 14,876.00/ retirement 19,153.00/ Prof consultants 45,700.00/ OF NOTE…200809 & 2009/10 includes 4 cellphones …1 for Fire Marshal…former FM did not receive a cellphone/new FM is VFD Fire Inspector…does he need 2 phones 143.44 per mo.)/ Fire Marshall Training seminars 500.00 same as above

11. PUBLIC BUILDINGS… #640 EQUPTMENT & MACHINERY replace 7 bay doors for garage, plans & permitting 11,200…WHY?…why not just go ahead like the Manager did with the new shutters on Town Hall/ new windows and doors in the soon to be new development office (BSO present office)?

12. MUNICIPAL WORKS 2009/10 salaries 381,475.00/ overtime 5,000.00/fica 29,566.00/ retirement 38,068.00/ group ins. 72,810.00/ #250 UNEMPLOYMENT  see #519  can find NO #519 …

13. COMMUNITY STANDARDS  (Municipal under another name) 2009/10 salaries 260,613.00/ overtime 5,000.00/ fica 20,320.00/ retirement 28,756.00/group ins. 36,874.00/ prof. consultants 10,000.00 (more $$$ for Architect-planner -engineer also Devel. serv. 0 10,000.00/  contractual service street sweepers 38,428.00 (didn’t we buy the equipment?)/ground maint/landscaping  65,000.00

14. PARKING ENFORCEMENT  2009/10 salaries 90,603.00/ overtime 553.00/ fica 6,974.00/ retirement 8,979.00/ group ins 14,920.00/ Prof Consultants Magistrate Enforcement tech. 22,632.00/ service agreement handheld devices 2,400.00/ citation envelope & printing cost 1,875.00/ postage 428.00/ operating supplies camera, film 2,500.00

RECREATION contractual senior center 57,750.00/ childrens activity “center”34,000.00 (STILL NO LIFEGUARD-SWIM PROGRAM-VFD)/ CLOTTEY concert series 10,00.00/  money for events Halloween 4,000.00/ July 4th 40,000.00/Christmas By The Sea 5,000.00/Easter 3,000.00

15. BEACH  Contractor 162,720.00 (he said he lowered our cost when he got the 2009/10 contract)

16. INTER-FUND TRANSFERS  Capital Improvement Fund 1,568,485.00 (includes the Oriana million)..

This is the residents final chance to comment on the millage rate…the budget….and the process…

more to come…

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Here’s The Scoop …Scene And Heard Around Town ….

September 27, 2009 by Barbara

DON’T FORGET THE BRONZER ….

We hear LBTS’ own  “Death Panel ” of ONE …VFD Deputy Chief McIntee will call you D.O. A. if your color looks bad!… This “First Responder” did not check for vital signs when arriving on scene last May to an apparent suicide (prev. post)……and thus far has walked away unscathed with no suspension from the VFD Fire Chief or Town Manager Colon for possible negligence in his duty as a “First Responder”….. So what is the color of Teflon these day…RED?…

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CALLING FOR A “GENERAL MANAGER”…..

Well we can’t fire  the Town Manager without it costing $250,000…BUT … a local resident came up with a better way to payout the big bucks…Hire a “General Manager” to “oversee” the Town Manager and her staff!…

This writer is particularly keen on this suggestion today… especially after learning what the Town Manager and her staff have done this week after the Sept. 22, 2009 Commission meeting…

The Town Manager was all out of sorts after being caught for playing “dirty “politics…with a series of situations concerning residents…..such as the memo she sent about newly declared candidate  for Commissioner in 2010….Edmund Malkoon (we’re hearing raves about his candidacy for the race in the north end of town…..He’s called the ANTI-McIntee) questioning remarks he made at the prior meeting,. She said the remarks were unfounded after she had directed staff to check with BSO and the BSO said no report was found……Mr Malkoon, after hearing of the Manager’s actions (she did not bother to call him first)…went to the BSO and met with Chief Llerena the next day…the CAD report was found vindicating and verifying Mr. Malkoon’s claim……..The BSO sent a letter informing the Manager on the day after finding the report (9/16/09) which was purposely not distributed to the Commissioners to clear up the incident…After it was brought to her attention by Mr Malkoon this meeting…she looked rattled (by a single paper plate…prev. post)… and said she would write a report of the “facts” and “if” there was a letter from BSO (if?) she would distribute it… As of Friday…no report and no letter…Hmmmm….BUT…what she did  provide the Commission with memos…answering back to “conspiracies” of a resident and a Commissioner asking for the same information…(weeks apart)…and the resident making a follow-up public records request …including a piece of paper that was given to the Commissioner…therefore…implying they were in cahoots…WOW!… Instead of answering the follow-up PRR from the resident…they instead spent staff time…pursuing a possible exchange of a public record.. bad management… and what else was MIA…the final Town budget …to be finalized Monday night!…The Manager made some changes since the 14th…she added $32,000+ in salary for 2 employees to have a 40 hr. workweek and what else?…These Commissioners and taxpayers will not know until the 11th hour…….WWGMD ….WHAT WOULD a “General Manager” DO?….

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HE’ GOT A TICKET TO RIDE …….$$$$$$$

We hear the LBTS-VFD did indeed fly in their “specialist” for repairing the 1989 $150,000 dollar 102′ ladder truck… the cost…was for the plane…the motel (Blue Seas)… the food and and the less than 5 minute quick fix on the truck itself…( didn’t come with the 1989 manual?)… OOPS!….Many are wondering about the “Local News You Can Trust” Mc-Furth Times…and the full back page ad from the VFD Booster Funds… from a few issues back…seems the Editor  and “Official” Town /VFD  Photographer Marc Furth “photoshopped” the Lauderdale-By-The-Sea lettering…because while the “specialist” was doing a once over in El Prado last week all could clearly see the truck still wears the old engine company’s emblems!…OUCH!…

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WE DIDN’T KNOW THE DEPUTY CHIEF WAS A COMEDIAN ….

Who knew when the alarm goes out for a fire call in town…the “red faced” guy in the red command car…is not only the Deputy Chief…but the Chief comedian on scene?…We hear Deputy Chief McIntee arrived on scene at a fire call last Friday and told the owner with glee “You’ve go fire insurance, right!”…Who knew?…McIntee’s got another “hat” to add to his collection…the “comedian” hat!….

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COMPLAINT FORM?…..SURELY YOU JEST!…..

We just heard about the double duty job for VFD Fire Inspector Steve Paine…now the Town Fire Marshall…leaving those with a complaint about Fire Inspector (Paine) to go to Fire Marshall Paine! …Awkward to say the least…Now we hear the Town has no complaint forms for complaints about Town employees…so if a person wants to complain about Asst. Town Manager Olinzock…they need to contact Asst. Town Manager Olinzock!….No wonder the complaints are not getting through!…

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THEY SENT THEM OUT AGAIN …. ON A WILD GOOSE CHASE…..

We hear Broward County Code Enforcement was called out …yet again…to check out a situation that could have been answered in-house with a simple phone call to the owners…But, alas ….who were the owners… The Marchelos brothers…and per her longstanding “orders” from the Town Manager…. LBTS  Development Dirctor Bowman and staff cannot talk to them…thus the call to Broward to take charge……and waste County time for something that could have been answered ASAP!…Bets are being taken  for when Broward County tells this Town to take a hike!….

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HOW MANY MILES ON YOUR CAR ….TAXPAYER?…

The question being asked after yesterday’s post for the bids on the Town’s recently replaced pick-up  trucks a 2003 -40,000 and 2000-50,000 miles..is how many miles on the taxpayer’s cars?….. What’s it show…the Town takes care of it’s own…workers that is…..

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GOING OUT OF BUSINESS….REALLY?….

Last but not least…with all the T-Shirt shops going out of business in LBTS…you got to hand it to the T-Shirt business just a few stores up from Kilwins…the sign out in front…”Going Out FOR Business”….Genius …pure genius…BUT… Is there a Town ordinance against that?….Expect a Monday morning visit if there is!…

Keep your eyes and ears open…Readers…and thanks a whole lot!….

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop …. I Think She’s Got It? ………

September 26, 2009 by Barbara

ESTHER COLON AND “PROFESSOR” DODD……

“AND WILL BE  PUBLICLY OPENED AND THE BID AMOUNTS WILL BE READ ALOUD”…..

Dear Readers…Did Town Manager Esther Colon do her “Eliza Doolittle” and finally get it?…Did “Professor” Dodd finally return the Town to pre- July 29th, 2009 opening of the bids?…It certainly looks that way from the ad(s) in the Saturday Sept. 26, 2009 Sentinel Public Notices…BUT …while it was nice to see a “proper” size ad placed vs the ridiculous one inch variety we saw the Town use for the IT and Parking RFPs (prev. posts)…both….these two and a half inch ads were for “CASH FOR CLUNKERS”!… YIKES!…Two of the same ad were printed for selling the old municipal trucks the Town just replaced!…. One with 40,000 miles on it with a starting bid of $10,000 and the other with 50,000 miles, bid to start at $2,000…The header says…”Notice of Sale of Surplus PROPERY”…OOPS!… (not once but twice)…Double OOPS!…

Let’s hope this continues for the next RFPs and Bids…per the new change in the purchasing manual page 19 4 a…..(prev. post) Thank you, “Professor ” Dodd…

ONLINE AD…(only one appears online)….  9/26/09…

“TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA NOTICE OF SALE OF SURPLUS PROPERY BID 09-09-01

* Posted: 17 hrs ago
* Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
* Event Date:

Description:
TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA NOTICE OF SALE OF SURPLUS PROPERY BID 09-09-01 The Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea will be accepting sealed bids for the following vehicles: 1) 2003 Ford F-250 4×4 Super Duty Super Cap with approx 40,000 miles – minimum bid $10,000 2) 2000 F-150 4×4 with approx 50,000 miles – minimum bid $2,000 Vehicles are being sold in as-is condition and are without warranty. Arrangements for vehicle inspections can be made by contacting the Municipal Services Department Director Don Prince at 954-776-0576. Sealed bids will be accepted by the Town Clerk at Town Hall until 2:00 p.m. on October 6, 2009 and will be publicly opened and the bid amounts will be read aloud. Bidders are welcome to be present during the opening, or the winning bidder will be notified. September 26, 2009

South Florida Sun-Sentinel ad id: 13796563

Publication date: 9-26-2009

On the other hand…Not so fast to Ascot…”Eliza”… Although the Commission per a motion made by “Professor” Clottey asked that all jobs for Town employees be published in the Sentinel as well as put on the Town board…the Administration is clearly still playing the  “lack of fully spelled out direction” game…..They did put the ad in for a “Code Compliance Officer” in the Sentinel…BUT…for 1 day only! Sept. 13, 2009…One day…while it’s left on the Town board… What are the chances a perspective employee saw it on just one day?… Pretty slim!….Looks like the Manager..is in need of  a few more lessons……Perhaps from her “English Professor”?…..

Salary for the 30 hr. position $35,788- $44,735 …

more to come….

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September 26, 2009 by Barbara

MORE THAN JUST PHOTOS….. ….

SUBSTANTIVE LOCAL NEWS ……FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BE WELL INFORMED….

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