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Here’s The Scoop …. It’s A Sad Day In Lauderdale-By-The-Sea …. The Dais’ Table is Full ….Sewers On Private Property…An Apartment Building Round 2….A Parking Garage And so Much More….

March 15, 2016 by Barbara

LBTS Candidate Yann Brandt and family – 2016

Dear Readers…. I guess Sea Ranch Club was not as strong as it was in 2008 and will unfortunately bear the brunt of that loss as tonight candidate for commission Yann Brandt lost his race against his opponent Buz Oldaker who was heavily promoted and lobbied by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors Association… an association he belongs to as a licensed realtor …This was a huge omission in his biography he purposely enacted to keep voters in the dark…in this writer’s opinion… He was the weaker candidate by far as he went head to head with Yann showing his utter lack of knowledge about the town with no homework done during the campaign to bone up on the issues he was sorely lacking insight in to…. Yann was endorsed by the Sentinel who saw those differences and recommended by the Pelican where the editorial staff was split … He tried mightily once he saw the writing on the wall at the League of Women Voter’s Candidate Forum and the underbelly of what forces were behind his opponent to let the voters know and to convey the differences and assure voters that he would not go down the road it seems we are definitely going down after March 29th… with no brakes in sight ….We will now see votes that will go down…4-1  ( Mayor Sasser who won heartily tonight might still be the 1 opposed on the apartment building purchase)……but….more often than not…. votes will be 5-0 …..It’s a return to those days this writer saw a decade ago… the Old Guard votes are back….It’s a sad day in Lauderdale-By-The -Sea….

Shortly after Yann Brandt decided to run for Stuart Dodd’s seat Mayor Scot Sasser made the upsetting and surprising decision not to run as a slate in this election or to openly endorse his former co-campaign manager (2010) making it much more difficult for Yann as this truncated election began….This about- face was made after Scot initially agreed it made sense do both and then for reasons this writer found contrary to the Scot Sasser I knew chose not to …..  Then the Supervisor of Elections messed up the ballots including Dan Darnell’s name after he had withdrawn within the allotted time to do so….and it was Yann who made the first calls…to the SOE, the Town and the Town Clerk to get it all straightened out…. when it seemed no change was forthcoming….I made the decision to inform Sea Ranch Club resident and board member Dan Darnell his name was on the ballot as he was in the dark about the snafu … but as he thanked me for doing so and knowing I supported Yann …I was informed by fellow condo owners that he sent an email to support Yann’s opponent Buz ….which was his right…but he did it admitting in his email he knew nothing about either candidate that early in the race… A disservice to those early voters ….in my opinion….especially since the issue of the Palm Club sewers  settlement and where each candidate stood was not known at that time….a bone of contention in the Sea Ranch Condominiums who have long said ( 1st in 2007) a settlement to Palm Club for sewers on private property means SRC will ask for our lift ( for sewer) on private property to be paid for as well by the taxpayers….( I expect other condos to do the same!)….  He also later was shown endorsing Buz Oldaker in his mailer/ads…. The only remaining political action committee in town the aging CIC organized a last minute meeting with the candidates to ask them questions and then have their small group of members vote to endorse one…Their Chair Ken Evans called to ask Yann to ask him to participate even though Ken Evans the Broward Democratic State Committeeman had already openly endorsed Buz Oldaker as the Chair of the CIC online and was making phone calls for him….Yann asked Ken for a fair shake and went to the CIC to get one….The CIC did not comply….they ultimately endorsed Buz even though his stances on the issues ran counter to their core principles … They said as much in their endorsement last weekend … causing many former CIC members to comment on the strange content of that endorsement ….. Then you had an onslaught of attack emails to fellow realtors and businesses from that Realtors Association….asking for funds for their guy Buz and for their own association….. Vacation rentals will increase in town big time with continuing lack of enforcement and increasing numbers in neighborhoods with large imbalances as a result ….They are shown giving him $900 in total in Buz’s Candidate Treasury Report turned in to the Town Clerk on March 11th with one more treasury report to come in June which may exceed that amount….That’s influence paid for …just like the downtown businesses who have donated monies ….and are sure to come before him  and others on the dais who accepted those funds….in my opinion….  Phony charges were trumped up at the 11th hour by the obnoxious Bob Fleishman… the former chair of the defunct north end of town PAC Unite Our Town at that CIC meeting with the help of one of his former nemesis concerning the VFD …. Yann was a member who proudly served and was the last one out when they were locked out by some of the very supporters of Buz who were and are involved with that issue as they were and are with the Palm Club sewers….being paid for by taxpayers as a “settlement” which will be sold to us a a “public safety issue” ….just as it was in the past….. The false charge made was that Yann was dismissed from the VFD in 2008….He received a form letter along with many others once the VFD was no longer the Town’s provider and they operating from a storefront on Commercial Blvd. doing training in the hopes of returning to replace the BSO…… Talk about negative campaigning…. Then there was the outlandish Buz Oldaker ads and mailer stating his opponent Yann Brandt had gone”negative” and was attacking him stating in his (Yann’s) ads/mailer he did not say what he is on the video saying …Saying he (Buz) did not say what he said at each meeting …until he took cover  and had a meltdown at the CIC meeting ….Yann Brandt was not negative he was forthright in trying to do what opponents are supposed to do…inform the voters of the facts and the where the candidates stand on the issues as candidates and when they govern……I thought those differences were heard loud and clear when that Buz  Oldaker mailer came last weekend due to where so many of those mailers ended up in Sea Ranch Club….. in the mailroom trash!….

This election continued from start to finish to be an uphill battle with so much to lose …and with a loss of 157 votes …. and the biggest coming from the 120 votes from the north …Buz Oldaker won with 54%…. certainly not a mandate…but definitely much larger and much more impactful than we’ve seen since 2006 showing …in this writer’s opinion….there is still a big divide in our town…. and districts must be kept in place… In fact…we may need to further address the way we vote by in the future by having the south end of LBTS vote for their 2 commissioners and the north end of LBTS for their  2 commissioners retaining a town-wide vote for the mayor if we see a backslide of governing in the next 2-4 years…..We are not one town when it comes to what we pay for and how we pay for it….or who we vote for and why…..The south better wake up just like they did in 2006….and keep a sharp eye on what is on the town commission agendas…what is voted on and how it’s enacted….with or without the peoples input ….and if the commission truly represents ALL of the people in LBTS….It’s a sad day in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea….

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Here’s The Scoop … July 4, 2011 Photos In Lauderdale-By-The-Sea … Red, White & Blue … #1 …

July 4, 2011 by Barbara

PHOTOS JULY 4, 2011 ….IN LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA …

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Here’s The Scoop …. July 4, 2011 Photos In Lauderdale-By-The-Sea … Red, White & Blue … #2 …

July 4, 2011 by Barbara

PHOTOS JULY 4, 2011 IN LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA …

A special thanks to all those who chose to participate in this year’s event and those who provided the photos posted on this site ….A special thank you must be said to our Town’s three public safety providers … VFD/BSO/AMR for their quick response when faced with the tragedy they encountered this afternoon while preparing for their slated July 4th sea rescue demonstration … The BSO report put out tonight states that due to the timing of that July 4th demonstration more young lives were not lost today and for that we are all thankful…

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Here’s The Scoop … Further Updates On July 4th Tragedy In Lauderdale-By-The-Sea …

July 4, 2011 by Barbara


‘A 7-year-old boy, who has not been identified, apparently drowned in the ocean about 3:30 p.m. Monday during a holiday family gathering at El Prado Park on the 4500 block of North Ocean Drive, officials said. (Patrick Pointu, courtesy / July 4, 2011)

Sentinel…

‘A 7-year-old boy drowned while swimming on the beach at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Monday afternoon in the midst of a July 4 celebration.

The boy, Carrington Clarke of the Bahamas, apparently drowned about 3:30 p.m. during a family gathering at El Prado Park on the 4500 block of North Ocean Drive, officials said. Carrington and his brother had flown into Fort Lauderdale from the Bahamas Sunday to visit his uncle, Jameka Ferguson of Fort Lauderdale. Ferguson said the boy stays with him every summer.

The family went to the beach with friends Monday afternoon and had planned to watch the fireworks at night, Ferguson said.

The group included three adults and eight children. Around 3:27 p.m., Carrington and three other children attempted to swim to a sand bar about 50 yards from shore, Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dani Moschella said.

An 11-year-old girl made it, but when she turned around, she noticed the other three struggling in the water about half-way between the shoreline and the sand bar, Moschella said.

Adults jumped in to rescue the children, but 7-year-old Carrington slipped underwater, and the adults lost sight of him. About 10 to 15 minutes later, a BSO helicopter located him about 100 yards south of where he was last seen. A Lauderdale-by-the-Sea volunteer firefighter on a wave runner and lifeguards pulled him from the water. Paramedics performed CPR and transported Carrington to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:28 p.m.

The drowning happened just before a planned rescue demonstration, so lifeguards, volunteer firefighters and American Medical Response were on scene when a lifeguard noticed several children in distress in the water, Moschella said.

The Broward County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

The town was holding a Fourth of July celebration at the beach, featuring two giant waterslides from noon to 4 p.m. and a skim boarding competition from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., according to an event flyer.’

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fl-lauderdale-by-sea-drowning-20110704,0,5157913.story

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BSO website….

CHILD DROWNS DURING BEACH OUTING

BSO Case Number: LB11-07-00044
PIO Number: 11-7-3
Date: July 4, 2011
Time: 4:28 p.m. Jurisdiction: Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
Place of Occurrence: 4510 El Mar Drive, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

Victim(s):

  • Carrington Clarke, age 7, Nassau, Bahamas (DECEASED)

Suspect(s):

  • n/a

Description of Incident:

A 7-year-old boy was visiting Florida for just a day before he drowned in the Atlantic Ocean as family, friends, lifeguards and firefighters frantically searched the water for him.

Carrington Clarke, 7, had flown into Fort Lauderdale from the Bahamas yesterday with his cousin to visit his uncle, Jameka Ferguson of Fort Lauderdale. The three went with friends to the beach Monday afternoon. The group included three adults and eight children. Around 3:27 p.m., four of the children – ages 7, 11, 13 and 14 – attempted to swim to a sand bar about 50 yards from shore. An 11-year-old girl made it, but when she turned around, she noticed the other three struggling in the water about half-way between the shoreline and the sand bar. Adults jumped in to rescue the children, but 7-year-old Carrington slipped underwater, and the adults lost sight of him. About 10-15 minutes later, the BSO helicopter located him about 100 yards south of where he was last seen. A Lauderdale-by-the-See volunteer firefighter on a wave runner and lifeguards pulled him from the water. American Medical Response (AMR) workers performed CPR and transported Carrington to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:28 p.m.

Coincidentally, around the time of the incident, the city had planned a rescue demonstration that was to include a simulated drowning, so residents could witness how an ocean rescue might happen. Because of the demonstration, lifeguards, volunteer firefighters and AMR workers were already on scene.

The Broward County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

INVESTIGATORS: Homicide Det. L. Rivera, Sgt. Glassman, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
THIS REPORT BY: Dani Moschella/PIO 7/4/11 2010
http://www.sheriff.org/about_bso/admin/media/newsdetails.cfm?pk=3355&sType=M

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Here’s The Scoop … July 4th, 2011 In Lauderdale-By-The-Sea …

June 30, 2011 by Barbara

CELEBRATING OUR INDEPENDENCE !…..

PRINT OUT THE COUPON BELOW AND HEAD TO DOWNTOWN LAUDERDALE-BY-THE SEA! ….

LBTS-BSO IMPORTANT INFO FOR THOSE COMING TO TOWN …..


On Monday, July 4,2011, the Town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea will host it’s annual Independence Day Celebration parade along El Mar Drive. The parade will begin at approximately 10 AM and will last approximately one hour. El Mar Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic. There will be periodic road closures along SR A1A and Commercial Boulevard. Please seek alternate travel routes or expect delays.

If you have any questions, contact the BSO LBTS district office at (954) 491-3920.

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On Monday, July 4, 2011 the Town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea will host it’s annual Independence Day Celebration fireworks display in the area of Anglin’s Fishing Pier. The fireworks show will begin at approximately 9 PM and will last approximately one half hour.

Guests should remember that alcohol nor illegal fireworks are permitted on the beach.

There will be heavy traffic delays traveling westbound at the conclusion of the event. Motorists should use extreme caution and watch for pedestrians.

If you have any questions, contact the BSO LBTS district office at (954) 491-3920.
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50 YEARS OF SERVICE TO OUR TOWN….


‘The Volunteer Fire Department in conjunction with BSO, AMR and Town staff assisted in the organization of the upcoming Independence Day celebration of July 4th. The Volunteer Fire Department celebrates our 50 year anniversary and we are aiming to provide the town with a fun and safe
environment for the residents of the town.’

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Here’s The Scoop … Day 2 Back Home ….Thanksgiving In Lauderdale-By-The-Sea …Much To Give Thanks For This Year …

November 25, 2010 by Barbara

IT’S BEEN A FRUITFUL YEAR…IN LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA….

Dear Readers …Day 2 of awaking to sunshine…temperatures that don’t require a coat and ocean breezes…I could get use to this ….again!… Nice also to awake to many messages of welcome back as well…NICE!…And the ability for the BCbythesea hubby to go for a long bike ride that’s something he is truly savoring and very thankful for!…

We have much to give thanks for this year in our town…starting with 65% of LBTS voters in March …who led the way for a new Commission…made up of a group that gets along…and who are respectful of each other having the best interest of the town squarely in first place … as it should be…but not so for far too long … We have a new Town Manager who thankfully was ready to go back into government at the opportune time for us…She has shown us all what we were missing in just a matter of months…Customer service came to the forefront inside and outside of Town Hall…by not only opening up the long shut doors…but taking away the glass barrier between staff and customers ie…residents…and visitors alike…Next step…to take down those same barriers for businesses who want to set up shop downtown…and then present and future hoteliers and specialty shops as well…TM Connie Hoffmann brought right on board with her another candidate for Interim TM….Assistant TM Bud Bentley who quickly made all those who dreaded dealing with his predecessor thankful for the big …big change they encountered from the get-go… Acting Finance Director Doug Haag  came to town much the same way…enlisted ASAP by Ms. Hoffmann to comply with the direction given by the new Commission to get to the bottom of the payout of the former Town Manager and what was going on behind those closed doors with the finances of the town… He too proved to be such an asset …pun intended …We were most fortunate once again  when he too was able to jump right in full- time and take over as Acting Finance Director providing a transparency of the accounts that showed us the pluses…lots of money in our coffers…and the minuses…of where and how our money was being kept and used/not used … Mr. Haag’s expertise will be an important component as we address the future vision of this town as well as the present aging infrastructure… We  are told the atmosphere inside the ranks those who worked under the previous two administrations have shown they too are thankful ….in the aftermath…Hmmmm… We have seen our underutilized longtime PIO Steve D’Oliveira finally recognized by this TM … At the Roundtable last Monday night not only did the Commission set its sights on jumpstarting the downtown with the exemption process for restaurants…they also agreed #21 of the the top priorities should jump to #1…Government efficiency…which means Ms. Hoffmann can continue with her smart choices of what she and we need to provide just that!… That is indeed something this writer is thankful for… Commission Ethics are in place as well as a personal code of conduct…signed in good faith by all 5 Commissioners …A new way of doing the Town’s business …one Commission meeting /one Roundtable meeting per month has been enacted and seems to be conducive to our town ….. Annual permits are back…to ensure those weekly events we all enjoy so much do not fall way to politics as usual…Public Comments at the monthly Commission meetings have dwindled down and those who step up come with something to add …rather than to something to detract…albeit one lonely soul who heads up a dried-up old PAC who despite a continued “call to arms”…found no takers to comply…That too is something to be thankful for!…A change in special events taking place after the March Election showed all those with any trepidation …no one is irreplaceable and change can and did prove to be a good thing!… Changes in Town Hall led to changes in other services to our town as well…A big shakeup in the VFD leadership…We are watching closely in the hopes that it will mirror in its success that of the Commission and Administration….The BSO has proven once again something special and unique to our town…As the new TM stated early on in her stint as Interim TM…The LBTS-BSO is more like a Town Police Department…Chief Llerena and Lt. Cedeno are hands on in our town…They are in every neighborhood and on the beach…They have been on top of a clean -up in this town that we all should count our blessings for …especially when you read what goes on on either side of us in our neighboring communities… AMR is also now well established as an integral part of our public service providers ….People who sat on the sidelines are slowly coming back as they are witnessing that with the change has come a need and a desire for their knowledge and their input …We have one local in-town newspaper ByTheSeaFuture that gets out the coverage of all the news and events monthly due to the dedication of the publishers and editors knowing its importance to continue on…The Chamber of Commerce is now a partner once more with the Town…and with perhaps new members to come on their board as well as three Chamber members put their hat into the ring….. ….New members joined a few making a return to the Town’s advisory committees and boards …and while this writer may disagree from time to time…what we all agree on is they too want what is best for the town …. The Senior Center is now the Community Center and thankfully Armilio Bien-Aime can look ahead at continuing on with what he started without looking over his shoulder and his ardent and loyal attendees and volunteer teachers can do the same…Those who were thrown under the bus when changes came for garbage service under the former administration…now will for the most part see some relief…… The Pier Alleyway should be open soon… Valet Parking was done as a trial…and will continue we are told…adding to the growing options offered to those who will be coming to town…The west warehouse long ignored by the past administration and not brought to the prior Commission for direction is to be partially leased out and used as an asset …Business uses have been expanded …and signs are going in to direct parkers to the Bougainvilla-A1A parking lot…after being told it could not be done…Drainage problems are now being addressed …after being budgeted and put in order of importance …Town Topics is being delivered at home and is on shiny paper with no political leanings as well as being more timely and informative…with great photos to boot!…We now contract out with our recreation instructors and offer those who reside here as well as visit here to participate …More extensive changes may come with the January workshop on beachfront usage for recreation as well as commercial use offering concessions at the beach …and condos/hotels/Kite- surfers will be given advance notice on that meeting as well as a promise for a decision to come this time around.from the present Comm…..The Comm. kept the millage rate the same without reducing any services to Town…The VFD agreed to forgo annual increase as well as negotiate a better contract with the Town…We reduced the TAtty. budget as well as having the firm reduce its scheduled hourly rate increases FY 2011/12…something most of us taxpayer as well as Comms. did not know was put into the contract by the former TM…The TM and TAtty. will also work to control the costs and agreed to alert this Comm. in the event we are accelerating our usage or nearing the budgeted amount…The firm has also done away with some other costs that were passed on as well…The issue of a retainer/RFP will come back before the next budget…We now enjoy an Audit firm at a huge decrease in the annual cost…thanks to an audit committee appointed by the Comm….A look into expenditures made without Comm. approval in the prior year as well as any red flags that came from going over the previous books are also being addressed concerning the previous longtime hand-picked firm pushed for and unilaterally re-hired by former TM Colon… Employee Insurance and other insurances have started to be addressed and streamlined both in coverage and provider…The public safety swimming pool long a joke in its perceived community pool designation will be filled in…The Coral Reef Project is still a work in progress contractually…but at least the contract is known and this Comm. /Admin. know who is actually behind the “pet” project… Signs are back as well with the carved LBTS logo at the Comm.Blvd. entry in the median and on Town Hall…Add to that the MIA fish bike rack relegated to the west warehouse…being spruced up and brought back to enjoy…LETF funds are back where they belong…not all…but a good portion after a faulty use of them…in this writer’s opinion…As stated above banking service will undergo more changes than just getting interest on multiple accounts as this administration go out for RFP and healthy competition to provide that service to our town…Recycling is being “accelerated”…and the refuse contract with the county we were told we had no choice but to participate in…is not so…and alternatives to produce the best deal for us in the long run are being investigated…The “ruse” of the sewer rates dealt with for years by a chosen few …is now being progressing to make it fair and equitable to all…and to ensure no such act will happen again to impact us in the manner this one will…in the pocketbook!….The Town Manager not only left the annual TM Performance Review in her very amicable and fair contract…but was proactive in providing the goals to assess her on at a special meeting and monthly Rtable this month…She has also moved forward personally to get the year overdue revisions of the Town’s Master Plan on a path to accomplish what is required including an upcoming “series” of speakers and community meetings open to all…The performing arts came back and the first play went off without a hitch…and enjoyed a positive response from all those who attended and made it happen…Parking issues were addressed and streamlined as well with combining residential/beach parking as well as changing special spaces that will benefit all instead of a few political cronies…The issue of parking is a work in progress and being addressed by the P &Z  Board/Commission and Administration….as well as the business community and Chamber of Commerce ….It too will be something to thanks for when we can enjoy the “fruits” of an expanding downtown hospitality district… sure to come with all the changes…

Yep…much has been accomplished over the last year……So there is much to be grateful for and give thanks for as a Town this Thanksgiving…and it’s a given in this writer’s opinion…with the “thinking outside the box” creativity that aided in the accomplishments thus far……. continuing on at a record pace ….as we face even larger tasks ……. that next year we will be able to give many thanks once more…

Happy Thanksgiving from this writer happily residing in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea…

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Here’s The Scoop … Lauderdale-By-The-Sea November 15, 2010 Special Meeting & Workshop Meeting Agendas … Ordinance Amendment/ Strategic Priorites/ Town Manager Performance Goals For The Annual Performance Review …

November 14, 2010 by Barbara

AMENDING THE CANS ….

TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA

TOWN COMMISSION

SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING

MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2010

AT 7 PM IN JARVIS HALL

OOPS!…5PM!…

AGENDA BACKUP DOCUMENTS

1. CALL TO ORDER, MAYOR ROSEANN MINNET

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

3. ORDINANCES – PUBLIC COMMENTS

a. Ordinances 1st Reading

i. ORDINANCE 2010-19: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE BY-THE-SEA, FLORIDA, ADOPTING THE SECOND AMENDMENT TO THE SOLID WASTE, BULK WASTE, AND RECYCLING COLLECTION SERVICES AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWN AND CHOICE ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES OF BROWARD, INC.; PROVIDING FOR FUTURE AMENDMENTS TO BE ADOPTED BY RESOLUTION; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, CONFLICTS AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE

BC- basically the Town has finally gotten some relief for the owners of multi-family properties thanks to the ongoing negotiations of Comm. Sasser acting as liaison and the Town Administration/TAtty. who worked with Choice to find some agreeable middle ground to rectify the Colon Admins. poorly produced garbage RFP/contract…This writer posted long ago …(prev. posts)…when I was the only one attending the garbage pre-bid meeting who was not Town staff or a vendor/vendor counsel to hear first hand the new per unit rate that would be imposed on the consumers in our town…I posted then right after the meeting that all hell would break loose …. I informed them of that  kind of fallout at that meeting as well as talking to former Asst. TM Olinzock immediately after the meeting outside the Jarvis Hall front doors….I warned him as well once more this would not get a pass …He was disdainful, rude and could care less what would result from this action… He only saw what his boss did…more fees and revenue to the Town…I pushed on about this at the podium during public comments and in posting each time throughout the process as well as afterward.. Behind the scenes and off the record I was told by Choice that a remedy would be forthcoming after the initial distribution of the containers …I was told they were stuck …. if they did not deliver all per unit containers upfront they would be in breach of the contract… A special addition was placed in the contract as well and that too was acknowledged and posted … What I was not told and never thought to ask was…despite the removal of the containers…the charge per unit would remain intact!… Now at least until the next RFP goes out for garbage services next year…(we had and retain only a 3 yr. contract with Choice ) … this amendment allows for 50% of the units per multi-building charges (see below explanation)  and will offer some relief to a good many who had the town stick it to em’!….

BC- the scan of the explanation of the amendment to the Ord….pgs. 1 & 2 ….full backup on Town website…link below….

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MAKING THE PLAN ……..


OOPS!….MAKE THAT NOVEMBER 15, 2010 …WORKSHOP MEETING …
TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA

BC- This is the much wanted strategic planning meeting which will identify the most important items to address as well as who will be in charge of seeing them come to fruition …including a time frame for completion … The Town Manager has offered to aid in the process with a process she has used successfully as a consultant to see if there is consensus on the priorities from the Commissioners… It is called mulit0-voting …Ms. Hoffmann said she will explain the process further at the meeting and that she sent the Commissioners the priority lists below (scans) for them to be able to come to the meeting prepared with the top 45 items (out of the 90 listed which she acknowledged she did not believe it was possible to accomplish getting all 90 done by Oct. 2011) …That will facilitate in the first round of votes… She went on to add in her Nov. 12, 2010 mem0 contained in the backup on the Town’s website (see link below) … the lists will be collected after each round to aid the Town Clerk  because “it will be next to impossible for June to record so many individual votes.”…Ya think!…She will also check with the TAtty. for guidance on that before the meeting… Item B. on this workshop is the Town Manager’s suggestions FY 2010/2011 Performance Goals..which is to aid in the process of her performance review required to be done annually in her contract…Hmmm…this to is a far cry from what we endured in the past from former TM Colon and her posse who did everything possible to thwart the required review per her contract once this writer discovered it and brought it to the forefront in LBTS just as was happening in many of our neighboring municipalities …(prev. posts)… She has provided suggestions and given examples …(see scan below…also in backup on Town website…link below)… Readers should contact their Commissioners if they want to voice any suggestion and/or objections on either topic… I will add that while there is a long list much of what is listed is really components to items already listed…such as parking/ town website updates/ government efficiency ….This writer’s comments are included below each item and above the included scans of the backup provided by the Town…

TOWN COMMISSION

WORKSHOP MEETING

MONDAY, SEPT. 15, 2010

THE MEETING WILL START SHORLTY
AFTER THE 5 PM SPECIAL MEETING ENDS

AGENDA BACKUP DOCUMENTS

1. CALL TO ORDER, MAYOR ROSEANN MINNET

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

3. ITEMS OF DISCUSSION:

a. Strategic Priorities

BC- As I looked through the list it does not seem as overwhelming as it appears from the memo without looking through the charts… As stated above the TM included who would be responsible for the items and it appears that should not impede their ability to address the day-to-day operations …that is if the we have the right personnel employed…Readers already know this writer believes therein lies the problem…left over from the previous administration …That may be the hitch in the Town’s ability to move forward due to the required amount of time and input that will need to come from the Town Manager and Asst. Town Manager to cover those who are not fully qualified to accomplish these tasks on their own…

The #1 priority which has already begun to be addressed and implemented is item #36* Sewer Fund Issues ….(prev. posts)…the Comm. directed a one-shot increase thus far based on preliminary #s offered up in a report based on data used only for the purpose of offering up a possible 3- year implementation of increases to the consumer…as well as MIA info on how to include the four SRC/SRLN annexed in condos (1998) into a sewer agreement with either LBTS and/or Pompano Beach ….That is followed by item #45* Stormwater Projects….On page 11 is Strategic Planning/Master Plan & Priorities…(Some items are currently in process and will contain * to denote that)…beginning under this evening’s item is #80*… this will go hand-in-hand with item #49 the 5 Year CIP….#86* updating Master Plan which includes items #82 Preparation of Strategic Plan series of community meetings/#83 *Urban Planning Design …the speakers at those meetings already having one speaker “booked” in Jan…./#84 Economic Vitality …develop strategies to encourage & incentivize hotels & motels and commercial uses/ #85 Branding Plan the image we need to convey … using the Development Dept. & if Dir. Bowman is not replaced Asst. TM Bentley will surely be overseeing his work each step of the way/ TAtty./Town Planner and the boards/committees as well …items #1* Sign Code Revisions & #2* Parking Regulations to be addressed once again Wed. night, Nov. 17, 2010…item # 58 Code Enforcement Priorities seem to belong to the P & Z per the Comm. Direction …(prev. post)…as well to readdress…included with these  items will be the following at the upcoming meetings for both P & Z /MPSC and community meetings…items #50 Way Finding Signs /#93* Parking Operational Study/ #96* Parking Ordinance/#97 Parking-multi-space meters …#68 Benihana ROW Agreement …(as stated on chart …Asst. TM/TAtty needed for this item)……Also included to the above parking items should be these items…#89* Trial Valet Project …for updates and site remaining or being re-located…#90 Open Outlet to Alley from Pier Parking Lot*…which should be done already…no more discussion/action required …cannot be a 2-way use alleyway …#95* Wings Parking Lot…now in circuit court…requiring discussion on future plans as an entry to lot/parking garage…For the above meetings the next “tier” of listed items included on the list …and will  be addressed by the same staff/boards /community meetings..#41* A1A Landscape/Streetscape LAP Project Pine Island to Terra Mar… (OOPS!…scratch the “Island for Pine and add it to Terra Mar…It’s Pine Ave and Terra Mar Island!)…..The Scenic Hwy. Route designation should be an item that should be included in the signage discussion …pole/pylon signs ……and should include items #70 Town Bus Contract as well as item #94 Expanding Sun Trolley to LBTS …or alternatives ….Item #43* El Mar Streetscape Project…which needs to include item #8 Nuisance abatement Ordinance to aid the upkeep of the motels/hotels as well as the public safety element that the TM stated will be contained…Item #51 Neighborhood Improvement Policy/Program …which will include the following items #52* Terra Mar Entrance Project… #88* Imperial Lane Traffic Calming …#66 Regulation of Beach Recreational Uses ….Comm.will meet in Jan. before Reg. Comm. Mtg. to have workshop..then boards etc… get involved…this will include item #69 Expand Recreational & Cultural Programming…as well as #47 Public Bathroom Facilities Near Beach ….BC-PBs are not going away…

Another top priority item is listed as #9 Administrative Issues …The first collective items will be addressed by the TM/Asst. TM/ PIO D’Oliveira and consultants …those include the following…and I start with the most important component #21 Upgrade Staff Skills & Knowledge…It means clean house…then the other items will follow..#11 Personnel Policies…#20 Customer Service…#22 Revisions to Monthly Reports…#5 Annual Records Retention…#14 Master Contract List…. #12 Purchasing Policies… With Steve D’Oliveira and competent- non- technologically impaired personnel the next items can be accomplished in this fiscal year…#10* Outdated Technology…#13 Town Website Improvements …(The TM states the “brand needs to be incorporated…but that should not hold up alerts etc…)..also item # 65 Complaint or Inquiry System…#17 Granicus Renewal…and  #16 Ch. 78 Upgrades..BC-Please change the music …periodically!…

Acting Finance Director Doug Haag is currently and can continue to implement in FY2010/11 the following to ensure all the above items and more…item #29* Efficiency of Finance Operation …upgrade software & equipment/modernize practices etc…item #39 Improve Government Efficiency …maximize the utility of Town’s personnel resources & technology and blend them with outside contractors for improved efficiency and achievement of goals …..Included with this idea of outside use should be the following items …#54 Planning Contracts…Walter Keller/Keith & Schnars or ?….#55* Building Services …go outside of Broward County?…use our own/another Town /private company?…..RFP is being reviewed by TM… The next items are offshoots and we would assume they are included in being able to accomplish the day-to-day operations of the Town…#24 Current Year Budget vs. Actual Analysis..Budget Book…#28 Capital Assets Balances…#30 Investment of Cash…#31 Bid Banking Services* …#34 Employee Health-Related Ins.*…BC-BC- We now know the employees are well paid (prev. post)..and they should have to pay in to have health ins. just as the private sector does..#35 Other Insurance Costs*…#37 Annual Financial Audit & Preparation of Financial Report (CAFR)….#38 Preparation of the 2011/2012 Budget…

The Town Manager and the Commission will need to prepare along with the Finance Director the “hit” we will take and the negotiations with #74 BSO …..BC- we already know we will have an increase…and that communities who went through the expensive process to hire consultants and prepare to move away from BSO…in the end did not… We know that the biggest piece of the pie chart for our taxes is public safety and will remain so… We will be receiving the news of what the BSO wants as well as the County …and from what we can surmise at this point be prepared to do what we can to negotiate and carry on with BSO as out provider… #73* VFD will need to be watched by the TM as a non-voting member of the VFD…BC-Ms. Hoffmann/Comm. need to receive the year end Income/Expense Report for the VFD as well as each qtr. for this next fiscal year as this writer does…I will post about this in a future post…I believe we still pay too much for the VFD especially after looking at that year-end report…I also believe the VFD may be better off in the future as a Town Fire Dept. rather than a contracted vendor…depending on the performance this next year under new VFD Chief Paine…

Items that I categorize as “NO BIG DEAL” and can be done alongside the top priorities…some are already done and/ or in-process ….requiring normal operational time for the staff…. and as for the Commission with the right info & staff in place ….they should only need to read the comprehensive & reliable backup /have 1st & 2nd Reading /make a motion & 2nd & vote on the following items at their monthly Comm. Mtg. following discussion at their monthly RTable mtg. …..#6* Comp. Plan Updates: Greenhouse Gas & Schools /#7 Pain Clinic Ordinance/#18 Hurricane Contracts/#19* Street Sweeper Analysis …Contract or buy larger one…BC- didn’t we just purchase one not long ago?/#26* Chamber  of Commerce Agreement…BC- I still believe we need a Business Development Committee …Add to that item #63 Charter Review Board/#27* Fema Audit…reimbursement being done for past years/#32* Legal Cost …being monitored as requested by Comm/#33* Town Attorney Contract…revisit retainer..BC-RFP for new services…Note to TM/Comm. also this writer still does not like the Special Magistrate for LBTS being the TAtty. for Pompano Beach especially with the sewer situation we face!…/#46 Tennis Court Lights……retro fit for little $s or forget about it…/#48 Coral reef Project…seems to be back on track …and if it falls apart once more…You all know this writer’s stance…head north to Ft. Lauderdale and call it a day with this group../#56* Abandoned Property was implemented ..(prev. posts)/#57* Done as well- Town to take  over 2011 VFD fire inspection billing after “VFD has difficulty in following up on unpaid bills”..Hmmm… the annual VFD administrative salaries should have proved otherwise/#60* Done-Choice Environmental Negotiations…see above ordinance discussion/#61* Lease of Warehouse…RFP drafted and neighboring cities contacted for any interest in renting/#62 * Revisions to Special Events Policy drafting amendments for fees etc../#64* Investigation of Missing Halloween & Easter Items….BSO should report next meeting/#71* Accelerate Recycling…VM Dodd is liaison on this one…using consultant..Ms. Margolies?/#75 Public Emergency Notification System…/#76 * LETF Reimbursement … Done-voted down for the rest of the $ owed…in this writer’s and VM Dodd’s opinion as well as Mayor Minnet….(Prev. post)/#77 Identification of Public Safety…DONE!…Note to Admin. look at the survey that former TM Colon sent out ..(prev. post)…It was copied from Wilton Manors and contained this portion for VFD PR purposes/skewing the election purposes …DROP THE SURVEY!/#78 VFD Multi-Family Safety Drills & Fire Planning…Visits to condos..weren’t they all done in the first year according to then- Fire Inspector Paine and former Chief Perkins…acknowledged as so by the prev. 2-hats Comms?../#81 Town Manager performance* see below agenda item/ #91* Red Light Camera for Commercial …Report prepared..Readers know…this writer is opposed to the red light camera being implemented/#92 Bel Air Traffic Light Issue* Been there ..done that …County will not implement/#98 Paver Crosswalks on A1A and Commercial Blvd.* …resolve he maint. w/FDOT (who no longer allow pavers) or put in alternative (stamp concrete as will be used in new A1A Streetscape Project)….

Backup scan…pgs. 1-13…

b. Town Manager FY 2010/2011 Performance Goals

BC- Town Manager Hoffmann is self explanatory in what her goals and her review should encompass as well as putting forward the priorities asked for above in a well defined summary that numbers 31…This item really should precede the discussion above…in this writer’s opinion… and save a lot of time …and voting!…

Scans pg. 1-4…

The full backup …link.. http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/

The meeting is open to the public … It will be up to the Commission at the start of the meetings if any public comment will be allowed from either the public directly or through staff available in the hall…

The meeting will be shown on Comcast Ch. 78/ streamed live on Town website …and archived afterward….. http://lbts.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2

more to come….

Post Division

Here’s The Scoop … The November 9, 2010 Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Regular Commission Meeting … Perfectly Carved …

November 10, 2010 by Barbara

THE  SECOND SINGLE MONTHLY COMMISSION MEETING … NICELY SLICED….

Dear Readers … The second single Commission meeting went off without a hitch as far as timing…While they started late due to a tardy Comm. Clottey …the agenda itself was tackled as it was intended to be…limited in those areas where there was clear direction and consensus found at the previous Roundtable with relevant and for the most part coherent commentary and questioning on those items that needed to be fleshed out due to reconsideration such as the 2nd reading on Ord. 2010-15 for allowable businesses in town as well as the 40 year building safety inspection report and of course the Town sewer rate report both items under new business… On the latter I do still have issues with the choice of the consultant being used…She is a terrible presenter …very hard to follow …It would have been preferable in this writer’s opinion for the Town Manager to give the presentation…Ms. Hoffmann has the ability to explain in a much more  concise manner leaving no need for further clarification as she herself needed to interject as Ms. Margolies proceeded…  More on that below…

The meeting began late as stated above and as I watched the computer cut in and out while the Commission awaited Comm. Clottey…some updates on the situation came as it was explained by the Mayor Comm. Clottey was called and was seen in the parking lot…We are told there were approximately 53 people in Jarvis Hall …a number that included staff and vendors there to give their monthly reports…

The pledge was said and Town Chaplain Rev. George Hunsaker was back in town and back at the podium to offer the invocation…He began by asking all to remember the Veterans this Veteran’s day (Thur. 11/11/10)…asking also for a moment of silence …He went on to thank all that govern paid or unpaid and asked for them to have wisdom and vision right now and as we plan for an appropriate time and in appropriate manner..neighbors and enemies to understand a bond of community …to work together to make our town a better place…

Two presentations were made…both were proclamations ..The Mayor stated before she began these were outstanding presentations… This writer agrees with the first proclamation being so…the 2nd …not so much… The first was done by BSO Chief Llerena and the Mayor…declaring Nov. 30, 2010 Sgt. Doug Brown Day for retiring LBTS-BSO Sgt. Doug Brown who is retiring after 17 years serving LBTS both as an LBTS police officer and a BSO officer .. ..Sgt. Brown also serves the C.O.P. program in town and that too was recognized …There will be a retirement party for him in town at the Village Grill and Pub on Friday Nov. 19th..all are invited (prev. post)…He began serving in 1975…coming to LBTS in 1993 according to the proclamation…He received a standing ovation from the audience in the hall and the whole Commission descended from the dais to present him with the proclamation, shake his hand and have a photo op…The second one was a little over the top …It was the result of a 16 year old who was informed there was a conflict for the use of Jarvis Hall on a date that was approved by the Comm. for her sweet 16…The family changed the date of the party moving it back one week…At the previous Roundtable the Comm. asked that something special be done to show appreciation for the family understanding the required change …While a proclamation was brought up..I did not think it was really going to take place…But it was …It was read by the Mayor who was visibly moved and choked up as she read it…While it was certainly sweet and obviously personal for the family… this writer’s daughters would have been running from the hall rather than walking up the aisle to graciously accept it if it had been presented to them at that age…

Public comments…They began with resident and director of Performing Arts Vincent Ragusa came to thank all stating he was grateful for the opening and the success upon its return to Jarvis Hall ..He thanked the Mayor, Comm. Town Clerk, Don Prince and the maintenance crew who went out of there way to make him comfortable and make this experience a pleasure…They had a large turnout of approximately 255 who attended the plays ..taking them out of the red and into the black…He thanked all those financial donors and especially thanked his wife…he ended thanking all for the opportunity to come back… As expected from the e-mail sent by CIC board member Bob Roberts…(prev. post)…CIC-Chair Liliana Pomareda came to speak about the residential parking permit increase…She was clearly unprepared as she tried to read portions of the letter the CIC board sent to the Town Manager and the Commission …(prev. post)..She was disjointed and stumbled over her comments…She ran over her time…received no supportive response from the audience and had no other members join her to comment …We are told she exited the hall shortly after…THUD!… Business owner Spiro Marchelos came to speak briefly about certain code inequities he believes his businesses are enduring from code enforcement and asking for some fair procedures and a way to resolve the problem… Peanuts Wick came as expected to tout the Marie White Santa By The Sea event on Dec. 11, 2010 from 12pm-3pm at the Commercial Beach pavilion…He spoke of Marie White and being joined in the venture by the VFD …There will be a photo op with Santa and refreshments… He also spoke of the boxes for unwrapped toys that will be around town as in prior years and asked for the Comm. to waive the $100 permit fee …Ron Piersante came to thank all the volunteers 40 people who helped with the Halloween event…He included the Town Manager and Asst. TM as well as Don Prince and his crew..He thanked Ken Brenner and Wayne Dillistin as well as Teresa Sasser…

The public safety monthly reports were next…Chief Llerena came to the podium to read the deputy of the month as was the practice in the past…He will carry it on going forth…(see the agenda for the full content)… The Mayor thanked the BSO for the ride along she took and encouraged other Comms. to do a ride as well….The report was passed 5-0… The VFD was represented by former Comm. Silverstone standing in for an absent Chief Paine…He is presently the Sec. Treasurer of the VFD… The Mayor stated she met with Chief Paine and was pleased the VFD had stepped up its training and had come to an agreement on the contract …Comm. Sasser extended congratulations to  the employee of the quarter (who was not there)… as well as thanking her for her Halloween participation…The Vice mayor asked about reductions in the medical calls and about officers meeting the 20% calls required… He asked about the year end time-frame to ensure the target was met and monitored…Silverstone stated monthly business meetings were used to go after each member …We hear that the 20% is part of the VFD’s By-laws even though they took it out of the contract…Any change to their By-laws must be turned over to the Town…(This writer is still awaiting any changes as well per a PRR some weeks back)…Comm. Clottey asked Silverstone to answer and explain a conversation she said she had with Chief Paine where she wanted it explained to the residents how the procedures were changed in fighting fires after 9/11 …Silverstone responded since she had the conversation with Chief Paine he should respond… The vote to accept the report passed 5-0… Silverstone then stated he had a letter to read from Chief Paine…It was an apology for his response to to a question asked of him at the last Comm. meeting…and to state he has an open door policy … AMR was next and Chief Liddle was not in attendance either…The AMR employee who stood in was also unable to respond to Comm. Sasser’s question on the three calls that were above the average…He stated he would ask Liddle and get a response…The same occurred for the Mayor’s follow-up question on the AMR driver going against traffic…The report was passed 5-0…

The minutes were passed with no discussion…5-0…

The consent agenda had items taken out by Comm. Sasser and VM Dodd…the rest ..items a.-martial arts renewal/c.-July 4/Easter Chairs/f.-4 hardship permits Santa Barbara Inn/g.-TAtty. Services/l.-year end budget amendments 2009-10 passed with no discussion (those items on backup/prev. agenda post)..9b.- Comm Sasser had a question about sidewalk repair…the cost Don prince informed him along with the TM was $360 per lineal ft…and the non-for-profit was called in for 10 sections at a time…There is a $40,000 budget and usually $ is left over …passed 5-0…9e.- Comm. Sasser asked about the Coastal Partnership Grant and if it was tied in to the coral reef project we are now re-negotiating…TM Hoffmann answered it is…as well as for signage and our coral reefs…She explained that after today’s discussions with the coral reef group she hoped to have a revised contract …and there was little risk…If there was any departure from the agreement we have time to withdraw from the grant…This was in response to Comm. Sasser’s question concerning the statements made concerning the A1A project and the negative fallout that would come from turning down a grant…Comm. Vincent asked about the 2 year state requirements and going beyond if it was ok…The TM said it was… The grant passed 5-0 (we were told at the Rtable it was a formality as it already went out)… 9h/i/j were taken out to discuss by VM Dodd to address recycling use at each event and it being included in the event forms…Asst. TM Bentley came to address that it was already in the forms and spoke of the difference in where recepticals were required for the Taste of the Beach event vs New Year’s  Eve street events..He stated they would be on site and in an extended area…An evaluation by staff will follow the event for any changes required…TM Hoffmann added she and Don Prince were looking into the Town helping out …testing new bins…The Mayor added she provided pics of how Oakland park does it to the TM… It passed 5-0… Comm. Clottey pulled 9k.- the Marie White event to make a motion to return the $100 fee to Peanuts Wick…VM Dodd 2nd it with appreciation as well to Wick/ VFD…passed 5-0…

The 2nd Reading Ordinances brought forth the first extended discussion to remedy the Roundtable discussion last month that took away certain businesses being allowed… The TAtty. read the ord…Public comment brought forth Louis Marchelos who stated these are hard times and restricting business was not appropriate…He spoke of the pitfalls of a six week wait to find a business was now prohibited… A gentleman who apparently wanted to rent a store came up to voice being in that position alluded to by Marchelos … Another owner of stores in town came to state hard times should not result in relaxed ordinances..wanting to keep the town businesses “upbeat” (huh?)… The VM added he felt at the risk of repeating himself (rdtable)…high end consignment shops …not thrift shops should be allowed as well as electrical retail…but not wholesale electrical…Comm. Vincent said respectfully with Mr. Ciani  they need not relax our ordinances but he wanted Jeff Bowman to explain what was allowed before the changes were made…for the public (huh?)…Dev. Dir. Bowman answered that the business the gentleman wanted was not permitted from the beginning and the town did not know what the business was until it was in writing…They tried to work with the gentleman…The TAtty. addressed the cigar-tobacco that was stricken due to the desire of the Comm. not wanting head-shops in town…A statute allows cigar-tobacco shops to sell bongs etc…and the only way to not allow that is to not allow tobacco-cigar shops despite the fact we already have one… Comm Vincent said he was confused …stating we have one…Bowman answered yes we do…But the TAtty. stated it is non-conforming and can continue to operate…Comm. Vincent asked if there had been any complaints..the answer was no…The Mayor stated after further review and driving around she wanted to include dive shops…dance studios …already in town..and call the flooring/wallpaper/paint/electrical supply/lighting …home furnishing as well as consignments no thrift to allow those stricken to be allowed on second reading… Comm. Clottey had her button pressed but passed…Comm. Sasser stated the whole idea was to expand what was allowed and not have to vote on it as a Comm. …The Mayor added the process was mote involved than that with the Notice /P & Z …Comm. Sasser said they did expand it…substantially…The TAtty. agreed and added they also have a similar uses clause with the staff deeming something fits that criteria…allowing the Comm. to review it… Comm. Sasser asked for more info on the cigar-tobacco stating that stemmed from him and the Comm. NOT wanting head shops in town… The TAtty. explained the statute and why it was necessary at this time to strike cigar-tobacco shops …but it could be revisited later on Comm. Vincent asked if the present cigar shop could sell the paraphernalia …. The TAtty. said the statute would allow it… if the shop met the criteria to do so…The TM read the list of what was back in and the TAtty. asked if it applied to both business districts…the consensus was yes…passed 5-0…

The next 2nd Reading Ord. was 2010-17 to offer a last chance for relief to those who feel they are wronged before litigation…After it was read by The TAtty. Diane Boutin came to speak and was misinformed thinking it was tied into the parking requirements…The Tatty. clarified the ord. and informed Ms. Boutin of the upcoming parking req. coming to the P & Z on the 17th… No discussion from the Comm. it passed 5-0…

Resolutions…2010-37 was to get the grant for the Senior Center from the county…The TAtty. read it…No public or Comm. comment/discussion passed 5-0…Reso 2010-38..the infamous “Let’s Move campaign” to support Michelle Obama’s healthy towns for kids…No public/Comm. comment/discussion passed 4-1…Comm. Sasser voted no…Yeah…Comm. Sasser!… Reso 2010-39 was to deal with the signs notice of intent due to it going back tot the P & Z next week…no discussion from public/Comm. passed 5-0…Reso 2010-40 was the waiver of permit fees for temporary signs for certain non-for-profits…no public/comm discussion passed 5-0…

Comm. Clottey asked for a break before Comm. Comments at 8:30pm…

Comm. Comments began with Comm. Vincent who began by talking about Halloween thanking Comm & Mrs Sasser and the volunteers…He spoke of the mid-term elections being over and the winners…congratulating them ..He gave a positive review for the Performing Arts production and said all should mark their calendars for the next one…

Vice Mayor Dodd spoke about Hillsboro Inlet…stating he had nothing to report…it was running smoothly…He too spoke about the success of Halloween well attended and thanked those who put it on…He spoke briefly on the coral reef negotiations stating he had just been informed they may have finally come to agreement after four rounds and he was sufficiently optimistic …He stated he got a boost out of the TM report and how it shows an accurate account of what they have done and where we stand …He encouraged all to read it…

Mayor Minnet spoke of the Broward League offering meetings to Comms. on ethics ..ideas…communication…asking her fellow dais members to attend… She said she would be attending a Mayor’s Roundtable with School Supt. Notter…on the 15th… She thanked the liaisons again or all they have done and spoke of Halloween..the election…the plays …thanking all and speaking of what took place in succession in Jarvis hall… She too spoke of the Veterans and wished all a Happy Thanksgiving…

Comm. Clottey thanked Comm & Mrs. Sassr stating she could not attend due to being out of town..She also thanked Vincent Ragusa for bringing back the performing arts to Jarvis Hall (Hmmm)… She thanked the Veterans and then encouraged all once again to go to the Marie White Santa event..and give toys for the children …She then waxed on about the Broward NPO and the 2035 plan for pedestrian friendly towns…She spoke of the millions the “Feds” had given and will give to fund this …She said it was a part of the grant program we applied for ..for El Mar… Light rail…millions for public transportation funding …Not for this taxpayer…in year 2011 or 2035!..

Comm. Sasser … “I would like to thank the Commission for entrusting me with the appointment of Chair for the Halloween Event this year. This was my first such appointment and I learned a great deal. The first thing I learned is to put together a great committee and I was lucky enough to have volunteers like Marie Chiarello, Ken Brenner and Wayne Dillistin in charge of the marvelous decorations. Sunny Eckhardt provided all the signage. Ron Persante oversaw the distribution and volunteers. Bonnie Clark handled the cookies and juice for the kids. Bill Vitollo was in charge of the outside set up and decorations with Diana Kugler heading up the games for the kids out on the lawn. Christine Vincent handled all the tables for us, which turned out to be quite a job with the huge crowds we had. For our photo op we had Vincent and Connie Ragusa dressed as the Tin Man and Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the hard work from Town Staff as well. They helped with receiving donations, storing materials, accounting, letters to businesses, set-up, take-down and many other duties as assigned. We even had Bud and Connie working hard! Our businesses and town organizations stepped up to the plate with overwhelming support and donations providing the many tables for candy distribution. Though this list only scratches the surface of all the volunteers, the committee helped manage all the activities and they were the key to our success. The event was a resounding success and the children all enjoyed the games, candy and marvelous “Hollywood set” in Jarvis Hall. In addition, our boxes were overflowing with canned goods donated by participants to feed the hungry. I have a list of appreciation that was handed out that evening along with a letter of appreciation from Our Lady Queen of Heaven Roman Catholic Church, which distributed our canned goods to the Feeding South Florida Food Bank. I would like for these to be placed in the back-up and filed in the Halloween Event Folder for future reference.

As you all know by now this group started with nothing and worked night and day to produce an event like no one has ever seen. Once the news was out, we had donations pouring in. We had both residents and non-residents offering money, decorations and time to make sure this event was the very best it could be. Town residents, Bob Schuyler, personally made 6 coffins for the event and Martha Marchellos hand made and painted the beautiful backdrop for our “Go-Fish” game. All which were provided for the town’s use year after year. The outpouring was heartfelt and greatly appreciated. The generous donations that were given allowed us to stage this year’s event with a cost to the town of less than $1,600! This is a testament to our community’s ability to rally and unify for the benefit of our children.

For those of you who are wondering if I forgot…I did not…I could not have done any of this without the tireless dedication and help from my wonderful wife, Teresa. She spent countless hours helping in every capacity. We joked that our family felt abandoned in the weeks leading up to the event. My children are certainly glad the event is over and dad is not picking them up late or cooking. Teresa and the volunteers carefully inventoried all the decorations and non-perishables for this year’s event. They made sure to note what was borrowed, donated, made and retained by the town and where it is stored for future reference. Teresa, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

And with that I yield.”

Old Business consisted of one item…Choice Environmental and Comm. Sasser the liaison still updated all that he had learned so much in this process and stated on the 15th they would have a special meeting before their workshop at 5 pm to get the 1st reading of the ordinance going on the changes…It allows for multi-family to choose the number of carts …but cannot go below 50% of the units… there will be no charges for 2 time a year of cart changes…charge after that…one cart bulk per month..an increase in the renewal to 180 days…but no extension on the Choice 3 yr. contract… Comm. Clottey stated she was not sure this was the appropriate time but wanted yard waste to be picked up separately as discussed the last time this was addressed…Comm. Sasser stated Choice had been receptive in this process and staff should approach them…The Mayor reiterated it would be on the 15th The TM apologized that the backup for this item was MIA on the backup online and it was an oversight…It was put on today…

New business was to check calendars and set workshop on beach recreational/commercial usage..ie kite-surfing…skim-boarding lessons etc… The TM stated she set up the first visioning speaker for Jan 7th and 8th (Fri./Sat)…After some discussion it was agreed to have this meeting at 5 pm before the Comm. mtg…which will reverse in Jan…(Rdtable 2nd Tues/Comm. mtg. 4th Tues)… Residents..Condos need heads-up to attend…

Next up the 40 year building safety inspections…(full list on Town website/prev. agenda post)…Dev. Dir. Bowman acknowledged what was in the backup and stated a county building official was there to answer questions as well… The TM wanted to know if this could be done at the Town’s level after the Vice Mayor asked about the fines and control of them… Dir. Bowman and the building official stated that question was out for an answer but they believed the Town could take it over… The building official spoke of the 2 boards…the unsafe structures and code enforcement stating code had more “teeth” in getting compliance.. The VM asked about the motels in town being owned by one owner and in disrepair…and receiving complaints…The official stated they stated they would comply…Comm. Vincent was a little off in asking if the sq. footage was interior or included the overhang…the official stated it was occupied space…Comm. Vincent went on to ask about consumer protection and costs of the engineers required…The official stated there were none that was between the engineer and the building…He stated some engineers went overboard but they could do nothing about that … The Mayor stated she had spoken to the TM about having a nuisance & abatement ordinance…currently not on the books in town…Dir. Bowman concurred we do not have one and spoke of the unsafe structure board…and that he and the TM were looking at other municipalities…The TM said she had that on her list for Monday night’s meeting for the Town government to regulate persistent problems with properties/code/safety/public safety use etc…She also stated updates on this will come to the Comm. 2 times a year…

The Town Sewer Rates was the last item of new business…Unfortunately… as stated at the start of this post the Town Manager  chose to use consultant Kathy Margolies once again…(The specifics used for the power point are on the Town’s website …in the backup…the video of the meeting and on this site’s prev. agenda post)… The jest of the disjointed presentation was what we all knew…we are gonna have to pay significantly to catch up with the rate increases already passed on to the Town but not passed on to the consumers in the south end of town since 2008 as well as facing further expected increases set to come in Jan. and most likely with even more after that depending on what happens with Pompano Beach and the date to stop dumping in the ocean etc… After some clarifications from the TM …Comm. Clottey, Comm. Sasser, VM Dodd, the Mayor and to a certain extent Comm. Vincent made it clear there was consensus not to do a 2 or a 3 step increase to the consumers in the south (the north end pays Pompano directly and is excluded from this rate hike)…but to bite the bullet and deal with what was left in their lap by the prev. Administration and have consumers pay the increases as they come at the present and afterward… as stated in the Town’s yearly budget books through 2009/2010 is the Town’s practice for such increases received from Pompano Beach…

One hand giveth and one hand taketh away!… Right after Comm. Sasser stated they had some relief on per unit fees for garbage…those same multi-family will join the condos and pay per unit as the north does for their sewer under the new rates… All in the south will no longer get a 2000 gallon base pass …as is also the practice in place in the north…The large condos will get hit the hardest with the per unit and other charges not seen currently…

Here’s the big question still facing the Admin/Comm. concerning SRClub/SRLNorth buildings…Are they (we …this writer lives in SRC) living in “No Man’s Land” at the current time?… We found out this year that the Town never followed through with the directive given to have Pompano put us in the Town’s Master Sewer Agreement in 1998…Never went for a declaratory judgment to do so either … So basically we 4 buildings may not be under any agreement … The North has an agreement from the sewer agreement made for the septic being changed…The Town south of SRC/SRLNorth buildings have an amended agreement from 2008 updated… but still without these 1998 annexed in buildings… So where do we stand?…

The SRC/SRLNorth buildings asked at that time only to have the same rate as the Town they were annexing in to…That will now happen according to this meeting…but without being under the Master Sewer Agreement with Pompano…Will that fly?… Who owns the sewers outside of SRC/SRLNorth on A1A?…

Also, what’s the deal with Fort Lauderdale?…We were told we pay Ft. Lauderdale to do our billing because we were bad at it we were told…… Now according to the TM Ft. Lauderdale is refusing to include a notice of rate change in the bills as the TAtty. stated was a requirement?… How can they not?… Maybe Ft. Lauderdale realized on page 5 of the Sewer Agreement from Nov. 13, 2007 Pompano Beach stated they could take over  providing  the water for the south end of town …”13. The Town agrees that upon the expiration of its present Agreement with the City of Fort Lauderdale it will purchase water from the City of Pompano Beach if it determines such purchase will be economically advantageous to it and if it determines the quality of the water offered by the City is equal to or better than the water provided by the City of Fort Lauderdale.”… Is that even possible after we sold the water pipes to Fort Lauderdale the following year in 2008?… The same water that now includes a 25% surcharge from Ft. Lauderdale to pay for replacing the very pipes we sold them!… UGH!…

The Comm. will send the notices either in the sewer bill or by post card and set up public hearings in Dec. & Jan…to start the increases… The TM will send letters to the condos with the info and an offer to come ans speak to them as well…More numbers will be forthcoming as we move along…and get more real answers on what’s coming…

We will need to see the responses on all the above from the SRC/SRLNorth boards as well as the Town on if they intend to do what the prev. Admin. did not and get these buildings under the same sewer agreement with Pompano.. This writer also implores the TM to do the next presentations on this most important topic…and not use the same consultant…

The Town Manager stated due to time she would take questions on her report …Comm. Sasser thanked her for her updates and asked about the VFD not wanting to comply with the extra changes the Comm. asked for…oversight/20% response time/Fire Inspector chosen by Comm…The TM stated it was not so much a refusal as it was they were not overly receptive… She added on the fire inspector position Chief Paine is the only qualified member to do the job…He went on to inquire about the Fountainhead and the TM said there was talk with them about the keys ..the rest is in the backup…Imperial Lane was addressed after the county did not go for the changes wanted…The TM stated it would be addressed on the 15th…The TM stated she had not met with the Chamber due to time constraints and asked for the 1st qtr. payment authorization prior to that meeting …so as not to hold them up…The contract would be ironed out…It passed 5-0…

The TAtty. had two items…an update she said the Comm. received…(it was not in the backup online and should be)…on the County ethics and if they regulate the cities as well…It is their contention they do not as of yet…Also on the coral reef they are ironing out a few points and she should bring them something in Dec.

They adjourned at 9:56 pm…

They carved this second single monthly Comm.meeting out just fine!…Gobble…gobble…

Backup/ archived video on Town website… http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/

more to come…

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Here’s The Scoop … The Lauderdale-By-The-Sea November 9, 2010 Regular Commission Meeting Agenda … The Past Administration Left Us A November $urprise … Gobble … Gobble … Gulp! ….

November 7, 2010 by Barbara

THE MONTHLY TOWN COMMISSION MEETING …..

Dear Readers …as the Commission comes together this month for their second single Commission Meeting in this trial period to see if the Aventura model offered up by Weiss Serota works for LBTS…the agenda is somewhat daunting….. and we will need to see if the time required for most items can and will be  be used as it was intended …for most items in front of this Commission… The “GULP” is for the sewer rates and what we as residents will face over the next few years …It is a mess left over from the former Administration and Pompano Beach… More explanation will be under that agenda item NB 15c… A few other items will need some tinkering after the last Roundtable…such as the 2nd reading on businesses (prev. posts)…in this writer’s opinion… Some items have no backup attached such as the proclamations and OB item 14a. Choice Environmental Solid Waste Amendment (Commissioner Scot Sasser) …we hear that will be an update with further discussion taking place at the special meeting on Nov. 15th at 5 pm in Jarvis Hall..Following that meeting will be a strategic planning-priority-TM yearly performance review process meeting as was discussed at the last roundtable meeting…. As for the rest of the agenda …barring any in-depth inquiries concerning the monthly public safety reports ….public input and/or change of mind on an item…or additions made at the start of the meeting ..those should require little more than perhaps a summary of the Commissioners due diligence and decision to vote yea or nay or just a motion ..a 2nd and the vote… Tick…tick…tick…. Turkey timers are set and ready to go…

TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA

TOWN COMMISSION MEETING

TUESDAY, NOV. 9, 2010 AT 7 PM

JARVIS HALL

AGENDA BACKUP DOCUMENTS

1. CALL TO ORDER, MAYOR ROSEANN MINNET

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

3. INVOCATION – Reverend George Hunsaker

4. ADDITIONS, DELETIONS, DEFERRALS OF AGENDA ITEMS

5. PRESENTATIONS

a. Presentation of Proclamation (Chief Oscar Llerena).

b. Presentation of Proclamation (Mayor Roseann Minnet).

6. PUBLIC COMMENTS

7. PUBLIC SAFETY DISCUSSION

BC- It is hoped that Chief Llerena & Lt. Cedeno will come to the podium to update the notable arrests (see below) as well as the employee of the month…

a. BSO Monthly Report – October 2010 (Chief Oscar Llerena).

Backup… (Could not paste…scanned in…).. Pgs. 2/3 & 8…. full report on Town website …link below

b. VFD Monthly Report – October 2010 (Chief Steve Paine).

BC- The VFD we hear is still having some turmoil from within the department as well as from outside…This writer has been put on hold for the last qtr./yr. end Income/expense reports long overdue for a PRR as well as no update forthcoming on any by-law /SPO changes made under this new administration… There are 3 Battalion Chiefs in the dept. of 60…which includes 37 “in-town” members and 23 “out-of-town” members.. We are told the dept. increased its “in-town” distance to 3 miles outside of town limits … Some stirring also has come from officers vs. embers and preferential treatment extending to bunker gear …While we know the Town’s hands are tied on actions coming from within such as these if they are indeed happening…it smacks of the status quo we all thought left the building with the change in Chiefs!… Then Employee of the 4th Qtr. is FFI Cheryl Johnson …Chief Paine included a recall notification in the report as well as the usual roster/training /calls … Speaking of call Medical Calls dropped big time…there were 68 911 call/VFD dispatched 46/VFD not dispatched 22/Canceled by Chief or M12 27/ VFD assisted call 19…The Town Manager and Chief Paine responded and met with the Fountainhead on their complaint (prev. post)…there is conflicting data the VFD has that puts Fountainhead’s claims made in a letter questionable …That is addressed in the TM report 16a….

Backup pgs.2/3/20…full report on Town website …link below….

c. AMR Monthly Report – October 2010 (Operations Manager Brooke Liddle).

BC- AMR avg. response time 0:03:45 under 6 minutes 96% of the time …Should be a motion/2nd and vote…

8. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

BC- both…Should be a motion/2nd and vote…

a. September 20, 2010 Roundtable Meeting Minutes

BC- best part…pg. 9 when CIC member Comm. Clottey is recorded for stating she “was surprised with how the cost of a parking permit was in comparison to other cities”…That was before she brought up the raise in permits the last time and those that raised their dissatisfaction… See prev. post on CIC  Board sending letter to TM and Comm. on the increase…

b. October 12, 2010 Regular Commission Meeting Minutes

BC- There were no CIC members/ residents who came at public comments to complain of the increase in permit rates…

9. CONSENT AGENDA

a. Martial Arts Contract Renewal (Town Manager Connie Hoffmann)

BC- the backup explanation from the TM again informs the Comm. of the change in doing business with recreational instructors that are vendors to the Town…rather than pay the instructor $12,000 as was done by the prev. Admin…it is now a shared revenue venture with the instructor receiving 80% of the  registration fees from group  lessons…The instructor also provide 4 free martial arts classes to the public and will receive $80 per from the Town… Should be a motion/2nd and vote…

b. Use of Jarvis Hall for Holiday Party – Sunday, December 12, 2010 6:30 p.m. to 12:00 midnight (Municipal Services Director Don Prince).

BC-backup explanation from Don Prince states Mr. Anibal Annartone a resident of LBTS wants to use the hall for a party…recommendation is to allow it… Should be a motion/2nd and vote…

c. Ratification of appointment of Chairperson for the 4th of July and Easter Events (Town Clerk June White) (Commission Consensus at the October 26, 2010 Roundtable).

* Vice Mayor Stuart Dodd for the 4th of July Event
* Mayor Roseann Minnet for the Easter Event

BC-Explanation states there was consensus at the prev. Roundtable (prev. post).. VM Dodd has already been contacted by businesses with offers to assist… We are hopeful that this year the event will be geared to the Downtown area after the parade and before the fireworks…Keep it simple… VFD in charge of the parade as is customary…and the Chamber/Businesses and resident volunteers go to the square for food and music til the sun goes down and the fireworks go off without a hitch?…

For those keeping track Mayor Minnet was the Chair of July 4th this year and said she would do Easter next year ……Comm. Vincent and wife chaired Easter this year /Comm. Sasser  and wife just chaired Halloween …VM Dodd and Comm. Clottey last chaired July 4th together in 2008 … Should be a motion/2nd and vote…

d. Award of annual sidewalk maintenance contract with Three H Learning d/b/a Florida Youth Conservation Corp (Municipal Services Director Don Prince).

BC- the backup explanation /recommendation from Don Prince is to continue with the Town’s practice since 2007 to use this non-for-profit vendor to repair sidewalks in town…purchase order for $40,000 … Need a sidewalk repaired?….Make a request for it… should be a motion/2nd and vote…

e. Coastal Partnership grant application (Town Manager Connie Hoffmann).

BC- backup explanation/recommendation from the TM is to approve this grant application for $16,750 from the state to assist with the Coral Reef Project…if and when that happens ..It will cover monitoring.. signage etc…It was the consensus of the Comm. at Roundatble to go ahead with it..this is a formality due to timing and when it needed to go out… update on Atty. contact in TM report below…

f. Commission approval of four (4) hardship parking permits for Santa Barbara Inn (Town Clerk June White).

BC- backup same as for all the other prev. applicants…should be a motion/2nd vote…

g. Engagement of Town Attorney’s Services (Town Manager Connie Hoffmann) (Commission Consensus at the October 26, 2010 Roundtable).

BC-backup explanation/recommendation is to accept the engagement of Weiss Serota for the fiscal year …It was discussed at the last Roundtable…certain concessions were made by the firm and the TM agreed with the Town Atty. this was not the time to go out to look elsewhere…The Comm. agreed and it will go to RFP before next fiscal year…should be motion/2nd and vote… There was a safeguard asked for by Comm. Sasser for any update if we approach the full amount budgeted or projection we will go over that amount…

h. Chamber of Commerce Special Event Application for the Taste of the Beach proposed on February 23, 2011 (Assistant Town Manager Bud Bentley).

BC- backup explanation/recommendation from Asst. TM Bentley is for the same use of the El Prado parking lot used in the past by the Chamber… and the requirements for permits..signage etc…are met…should be a motion/2nd and vote

i. Athena By-The-Sea Special Event Application for a proposed New Year’s Eve event (Assistant Town Manager Bud Bentley).

BC- backup explanation/recommendation from Asst. TM Bentley is to approve after informing the Comm. of the other applications to follow this one for the same night New Year’s Eve..Same requirements need to be adhered to as in prior years…Should be a motion/2nd and vote…

j. Jazz on the Square Special Event – Proposed change in the event hours on December 31, 2010 and amended site plan. (Assistant Town Manager Bud Bentley).

BC-backup explanation/recommendation from Asst. TM Bentley is approval with all requirements being met as was done in prior years…Should be a motion/2nd and vote… Let the ball drop on 2010…and Welcome in 2011!

k. Special Event Application for the Marie White’s Santa Is Coming To Town event proposed on December 11th – Sponsored by the Lauderdale By-The Sea Volunteer Fire Department (Assistant Town Manager Bud Bentley).

BC-  Event is actually co-sponsored by Peanuts Wick and the VFD according to the backup … which means Peanuts will make his way to the podium to talk it up and talk of boxes for xmas gifts donations as well …Who will do the photos this go round?…Backup/recommendation from Asst. TM Bentley … is a go unless there are any health/safety violations found…we doubt there will be any…Should be a motion/2nd and vote…

l. Year-end budget amendments for FY2009-2010 (Acting Finance Director Doug Haag).

BC- according to the Finance Dir…the Comm. was never brought a required transaction to appropriate funds in 2009…Why are we not surprised.. The Comm. might want to comment but…Should be a motion/2nd and vote…and take this type of purposeful(?) action done by the prev. Admin. while discussing 15a. the sewer rates…

Backup pg. 1…scanned..

10. ORDINANCES – PUBLIC COMMENTS

1. Ordinances 1st Reading

2. Ordinances 2nd Reading

a. Ordinance 2010-15: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, FLORIDA, AMENDING ARTICLE V “ZONING” OF CHAPTER 30 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES BY AMENDING SECTIONS 30-261, “B-1-A DISTRICT – BUSINESS” AND 30-271, “B-1 DISTRICT – BUSINESS” TO REVISE THE USES PERMITTED IN THESE ZONING DISTRICTS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, CONFLICTS, CODIFICATION, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE Approved on first reading at the October 12, 2010 Commission meeting – Revised at the October 26, 2010 Roundtable.

BC- the Ordinance needs revisiting in this writer’s opinion…The P & Z and this Comm. originally wanted to expand the uses and allow for no long-term wait for new business to get up and running while going through the required process if it is not an “allowable” business…Somehow the Comm. went off course at their last Roundtable and made certain businesses no longer allowable…such as paint/wallpaper/flooring /electric supply/cigar/consignment shops /funeral homes..WHY?… These should be allowed…just zone them for west of A1A …No lengthy discussion needed just a repair to what their original intentions were…

b. Ordinance 2010-17: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN COMMISSION OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, FLORIDA, AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES BY AMENDING CHAPTER 30 “UNIFIED LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS” TO CREATE SECTION 30-22 “ZONING RELIEF PROCEDURES” TO ADDRESS POSSIBLE UNINTENDED VIOLATIONS OF FEDERAL AND STATE LAWS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS CODE OR ITS RELATED RULES, POLICIES, AND PROCEDURES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, CONFLICT, CODIFICATION, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE Approved on first reading at the October 12, 2010 Commission meeting.

BC- This was previously discussed and approved at 1st Reading..to allow a form of relief “safety clause” to avoid any legal action as a last resort on any zoning dispute …Should be a motion/2nd and vote…

11. RESOLUTION – “Public Comments”

a. Resolution 2010-37: A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE APPROPRIATE TOWN OFFICIALS TO EXECUTE A GRANT APPLICATION FOR FUNDS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANTS PROGRAM THROUGH BROWARD COUNTY FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2010/2011 PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

BC- backup explanation/recommendation is reso for getting the grant from Broward County for the Senior (now named Community) Center $29,209 w/ the Town portion being $57,216 already budgeted by the Town …Should be a motion/2nd and vote…Hopefully Comm. Clottey won’t feel the need to be clueless once more on this topic!…

b. Resolution 2010-38: RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, FLORIDA, IN SUPPORT OF THE FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA’S “LET’S MOVE CITIES AND TOWNS CAMPAIGN” THAT FOCUSES ON HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN ALL COMMUNITIES; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE (Commission consensus at the October 26, 2010 Roundtable).

BC- Readers know from past posts..benign or not…vote it down…Should be a motion/2nd and vote. …

c. Resolution 2010-39: RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, FLORIDA,PROVIDING FOR ISSUANCE OF A NOTICE OF INTENT CONCERNING PENDING LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS.

BC-backup/recommendation from Development Dir. Bowman addresses the recent recommendation from the Comm. to send the signage and parking requirements back to the P & Z to address the whole ordinance and not just what needed to be “cleaned up” …It is set for the P & Z to meet on this Wed. Nov. 17th at 6:30 pm in Jarvis Hall …The backup is online and will be posted with commentary on this site later in the week… Unfortunately once again the Dir. while providing the  TAtty’s view that this was to make it more legally defensible and P & Zs approval of the ordinance conveniently left off the the opposing vote by the Vice Chair of P & Z who was correct in his warning and analysis that more than “clean up” was done in the ordinance… which was spot on in this writer’s opinion…This reso should be approved… Should be a motion/2nd and vote… Hopefully businesses were given the heads up to attend the P & Z meeting to offer up public comment…

d. Resolution 2010-40: A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN COMMISSION OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, FLORIDA, PROVIDING FOR WAIVER OF TEMPORARY SIGN PERMIT FEES UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS.

BC- backup reso is to stop the fees for temporary signs for charitable or non-for-profit agencies….Should be a motion/2nd and vote…

12. QUASI JUDICIAL PUBLIC HEARINGS

13. COMMISSIONER COMMENTS

14. OLD BUSINESS

a. Choice Environmental Solid Waste Amendment (Commissioner Scot Sasser)

BC- as posted above..no backup…but Comm. Sasser and or TAtty/TM/Asst. TM will update with more coming on Nov. 15th and 22nd…

15. NEW BUSINESS

a. Schedule Workshop for Permitted use of recreational activities on the beach (tentative January 2011) (Town Clerk June White).

BC- backup explanation from the Town Clerk White indicates a workshop was asked for on this topic …it includes kite-surfing and other activities both as commercial and recreational use..We are told skim-boarding lessons have been in play for the past few years in-town…Hmmm… Need to check that out…VM Dodd asked for the Condo Managers and Boards to be made aware so they could attend …Calendars out…Should be a motion/2nd and vote…

b. Report on 40 year building safety inspections (Development Services Director Jeff Bowman).

BC- the backup shows that the question has been raised by several Comms. about the 40 year building inspections in town..This has arisen due to complaints received about accommodations at certain establishments thus putting the Chamber in a quite a quandary due to these buildings being members of the Chamber and advertisers as well… The 40 year inspection requirement appears to be the only way to enforce some resolution at least to the buildings…service complaints are a whole different story… The backup gives a review of the history of the inspection as well as where the local buildings that fall under this required inspection fall…(pun intended)… Further updating should be provided at the podium …This ongoing problem deserves its own workshop as part of the visioning process ….

Backup pgs 5-11/15 …scanned… full report on Town website ..link below…

c. Town Sewer Rates (Town Manager Connie Hoffmann).

BC- THE BIG GULP!!!!!…. Just as we were kept in the dark from the prior two Administrations on the renewal of the Audit Company for 3 years at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars(Colon Admin.)…Kept out of the loop about major structural/design changes concerning the Commercial Blvd. Beach Pavilion…(Colon Admin.)and the Sea Ranch Club sewers rate charges (Baldwin/Colon Admin.)… We were kept in the dark along with the previous Comm. concerning the 2008 Master Sewer Agreement with Pompano Beach (Colon Admin.)… Now we are left with how to deal with the whole shebang …In a nutshell we are going to be hit hard …The South end of Town and Sea Ranch Club as well as Sea Ranch North with a huge rate increase that hits large condos the most… In that 2008 Master Sewer Agreement it was known there would be a big increase …by those who knew what was in the agreement …According to the backup TM Hoffmann states that is when the Town began drawing down  on the fund balance to cover those costs… To add insult to injury according to that same agreement (the one we found out a few months ago did not include the annexed in areas)… it had another substantial increase in the rates coming in Jan!….Without the sewer rate increase we will be operating under a $400,000 deficit…with it $800,000….The Town Manager has put out an RFP to deal with this issue (RFP # 10/09/10) … and offers up to the Comm. a possible scenario over a 3 year period that would offset the $400,000 she clarified would not take effect until FY 2012/2013…

This Town Manager and the Commission need to make clear to all the residents that they must now rectify the mess left for them and make it clear that none of them were ever made aware of it until the former TM and her co-horts left Town… This one will not be settled tonight …and will put the CIC political agenda of outrage over an increase for an annual residential parking permit for $20-$30 where in belongs…in the toilet!…

The full 7 page backup scanned ….also on the Town website…link below…

16. TOWN MANAGER REPORT

BC- The TM report dealt with updates on the VFD Board and what they would additionally agree/not agree to as a result of further changes asked for from the Comm. (prev. post)…The VFD still wants no part of an oversight committee unless the other 2 public safety vendors are included… They are rather disingenuous in stating 3 members of the board are LBTS residents..Their own By-laws allow for a resident of LBTS to sit in on the board just as the TM…but that member is not to be a VFD member as well… (prev. post)…They also shot down the calls for them to put back the 20% response to fire calls taken out…The loudest proponent of that was Comm. Clottey…On this one this writer agrees with their stance…and wonders why Clottey went down this road in the first place… One eye-opener for this writer was on the fire inspector and the possibility that Chief Paine’s duties as Chief might give way to an outside inspector needing to be hired as he is the only member qualified…I cannot see that happening as it is the most lucrative component to his salary…and an amendment for allowing the Comm. to approve that person might be met with more consternation than anticipated at this time… I still believe that the TM should sit in on the board meetings…The TM should be getting the quarterly income/expense reports and should be watching the department to make a report back to the Comm. next year on whether the Town would be better off making the VFD the Town’s fire department as they were in the past with the Town hiring the Chief and Deputy Chief as well as the Fire Inspector… The Fountainhead letter is addressed as well as the discrepancy between the letter and the VFD data provided… Protocol was also addressed going forward on how the keys for buildings are handled as well as fire drills… Imperial Lane traffic calming plans are not going to fly from the County…They will only go along with a traffic study on the light… No change for a planter or a different type of light ….It falls back to the neighborhood …speed bumps at the Town’s expense…entry arms … that will need to come forth with some criteria for funding … TM Hoffmann who attended her first Halloween event thanked Comm. Sasser and his wife Teresa who chaired the event…as well as their “hard working committee”..She said it was “well organized and impressive”…and added this…” To avoid the problems of the past, Mrs. Sasser made a detailed inventory of the items the Town had paid for, which was verified by Municipal Services Director Don Prince, and all non-consumable items stored in Town facilities”….(update on investigation below under progress report)… TM Hoffmann writes she and Development Dir. Jeff Bowman went to Delray to meet with their Downtown  Development Authority Executive Director Marjorie Ferrer …MPSC member Sandra Booth was thanked for putting the meeting together…Readers may remember that Mrs. Booth brought Ms. Ferrer and a few others to the MPSC when she was Chair…Unfortunately the reception from that committee was the same dismal experience that Prof. Plater -Zyberk encountered…On a personal note I am thrilled for a re-visit with Ms. Ferrer who impressed this writer immensely when she offered us any and all assistance as we moved forward including all the pitfalls they encountered to prevent us from going down that path!… Minto redevelopment was addressed as well on a revised site plan for their remaining properties…no specifics were offered up…

In her progress reports..Coral Reef Project… last update they contacted Cry of the Water on 4/11 for “assistance” in moving forward…..were told that Atty. for their side would contact Town on 11/5…No word on that happening…Time to go to John Birch in F. Lauderdale for a look-see…on their coral reef method… SunTrust accounts can be terminated with notice per TAtty. and RFP is being prepared by staff…RFP for renting out north half of the warehouse on Dixie Hwy. is being reviewed by TM…. Halloween investigation…list of “significant” value items was turned over to the BSO on 11/3…Priorities/TM performance plan will be discussed at Nov. 15th meeting at 5 pm…as well as Choice changes to contract…Wings parking lot ..TAtty. filed breech of contract in county circuit court on Nov. 1st…Wings has 20 days to respond… Full report/progress on Town website backup agenda..link below…

17. TOWN ATTORNEY REPORT

BC- no backup provided…

18. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting will be televised on Comcast Ch. 78/ live-streaming on Town website and then archived… http://lbts.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2

Full backup for this agenda … http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/

more to come…

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Here’s The Scoop … The Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Oct. 12, 2010 Regular Commission Meeting … #2 … Needed A Little Editing …

October 14, 2010 by Barbara

GET OUT THE RED PEN …

Dear Readers … the red pen is needed to severely cut down on the unnecessary dais time spent in explaining what was just said on the dais for the “viewers out there” and for dais members to either ask pertinent questions  that have just arisen or pass …One of the reasons Atty. Weiss recommended the one Comm. Mtg/one Roundtable forum was to keep the endless discussion and the “competition” of Commissioners feeling the need to take multiple turns at the mike..(the meeting is archived online at the Town’s website )….He described exactly what happened last night…Hopefully, after the first roundtable on the 26th…this will be the last time this occurs…The new Town Manager should be having a meeting with all Commissioners prior to the meeting now that we have a TM that is easy to deal with for all five Commissioners and any lengthy questions should be asked beforehand of her or through her to department heads …vendors etc… Then the Commissioners should be succinct in summarizing in 3 minutes (occasionally longer) what led to their decision showing their constituents they have done their due diligence as well as the reasons for their vote on each item….The new explanations on each agenda cover page provided now by the Town as previously pointed out by a few of the dais members as well as this writer who now uses them for the agenda posts should aid in any interested parties knowing what is behind or what has led up to the item being voted on at each meeting … Future e-alerts will also aid in allowing the public to know what’s going on in advance of the meetings … Of course all backup and videos are now archived on the Town website and a specific agenda item can be retrieved quickly and easily ….The meetings with one break …(note to Comm. make it customary to take a break half way through)… should be over by 10 pm at the latest if the Weiss proposed way is adhered to…. which is easy to do …in this writer’s opinion…

OF NOTE:…before continuing on with the rest of the Commission Meeting …a follow-up on the VFD (prev. post)… After posting late Tues. night I realized a number of questionable statements made by the new Chief beyond what I posted …This writer was informed last year that former Chief Perkins had purchased a computer for his car..If so that should be available for Chief Paine…On the subject of the plans etc. for condos…all of that info was compiled prior to former Battalion Chief Pointu leaving in September of 2008…He sent VFD members out to collect all that was needed to fill in the holes left from what BSO turned over…In fact this writer received from a PRR at the start of the VFD’s return sheets that were compiled of this info and it had some codes that were not redacted…among them was the code for Paul Novak’s hotel …I contacted him to inform him.. The Fountainhead I am told had some violations that needed attention over the past few years…Who found those…Inspector Paine… The Fountainhead was home to the VFD benefactor that gave the VFD the purported half million intended for a fire house and then used for truck purchases… There must have been training done over the past 2 years there… I am told the information was printed out and in notebooks readily available… So the excuses used Tues. night are even more disturbing ….and the P.R. plans being touted…are not needed …in this writer’s opinion…if the new chief just does the job right ..follow the procedures … don’t make multi-offices positions for a chosen group  ….and be transparent in documentation of meetings…minutes,,,investigations and the like …the correct P.R. will come from doing just that….One last point …we hear that volunteers have no required training hours per state mandate not the 40 brought forth at this meeting …in discussing the increase to 70 in the new contract…. (see below)…

10. Ordinances …1st reading …the explanations/recommendations are contained in the agenda posted previously and on the Town’s website… 10a. was the zoning for businesses in town …Ord. 2010-15  was read by the TAtty. and then as is his usual style …Dir.of Development Jeff Bowman came to the podium and read the cover page …there was no public comment…and VM Dodd asked a question about height being contained in the ordinance…This opened the door to another round of the TAtty.’s “mantra” last seen at the Sept. P & Z meeting (prev. post) describing her role which was to make the ordinances “legally defensible” and to clean them up…and not go beyond that to change policy or existing code…Comm. Sasser wanted to address the recommendations that would be coming separately as was stated by the TAtty. and why…The TAtty. explained that Mr. Keller (Walter Keller Town’s consultant) had some recommendations that went beyond the scope of the notice of intent (published items in the paper at $300-600 a pop to publish in Sentinel as req.) … She stated it was better to go back to address those… This was also a hot topic at the Sept. P & Z…and would continue this evening…do you do the codes piecemeal or one-time to address content as well as clean-up?… Comm. Sasser asked if the Commission has not considered all these uses but passed it on 1st reading…could they go to the roundtable to discuss or make changes before the 2nd reading…The TAtty. replied they could or do it at this meeting…or individually before the 2nd reading …The TAtty. also asked to respond back and further explain the height clean-up to the VM after she found where text had been moved to rather than removed…Comm. Clottey asked why not make an ordinance that list exceptions rather than permitted businesses ….The Mayor stated she wanted to make sure there was a way for the Town Manager to have discretion to help a business not listed to get in process rather than that business being stuck for 6-8 mos. while an additional permissive business went through the channel to be included… The TAtty. stated exceptions as well as discretion could be implemented…another possibility as form based regulations…using similar uses …more  interpretation… The Mayor stated they should go with Comm. Sasser’s suggestion to go to roundtable for discussion before 2nd reading…it passed 5-0… 10b. Ord. 2010-17 …the signs …(see Sept. P & Z) was read by the TAtty. and she began this one after reading it by again stating the changes of “legal defensibility” …”a nice tool” in our “arsenal if we have a challenge”…She stated she worked with Bowman and spoke of the memo description of what was changed …She stated the P & Z had lengthy discussion on this… There was no public comment …and then just as I figured he would Comm. Vincent brought up page 14 line 556 ..No I did not think he would choose the “any part of the human body” to ask about …but that he would choose to ask about existing text…just as the P & Z had done…Of course this led to the TAtty. explaining the underline/strike-out were all that were being addressed …But Comm. Vincent then went on to talk about temporary signs such as open house signs requiring phone numbers/addressed on them and stating that it was cost prohibitive to require this…not the norm for such signs and mentioning his wife is a real estate agent and he would like to see this removed…The Mayor looked miffed and sounded it as she stated  it was existing as well…and “this is exactly what she did not want to happen”…

BC- Herein lies the problem..you cannot ask members of the boards or the dais to ignore what is between the underlined and strikeout portions of the codes…It’s the elephant in the room scenario…

The Mayor clearly of one mind while the rest of the dais was the other tried mightily to explain that to deal with the existing code of signage could take years …and stated the changes made were not substantive and asked do we need to move forward or step back and do the whole ordinance… Comm. Sasser stated he understood the position of the TAtty. but he did not necessarily agree with it..He asked who sets policy the Commission or the Staff …he wanted this sent back to the P & Z to deal with the whole ordinance …He stated we should “open the hood just once”…The Mayor stated she was looking for direction and the Vice Mayor agreed with Comm. Sasser and stated it was his point all along (to provide the boards with all the information and let them have at it)…VM Dodd then asked Development Director Bowman how many signs we had in town …”do we know?”…Jeff Bowman responded “no”… (This question was asked at the P & Z as well and the answer was not known)… The Vice mayor spoke of the Sea Lord and their signage reconstruction …he then stated let’s do it once and do it right…he wants the signs and to respect what came before us …stating the existing code needs to be addressed as well …to get it right… Comm. Clottey agree to send it back to P & Z to have a thorough look …The VM thought it might need to go to roundtable then P & Z …The Mayor said it needed to be a workshop with the businesses and it would need to be looked at line by line…it would be costly and asked the TAtty. to confer there would be need for notice of intent…The TAtty. concurred …stating it would call for a larger role for staff to play…focus groups and a planning..it could be quite elaborate and take a year and a half.. The Mayor stated it was done by a previous committee and not so easily tackled…that this would put a lot on staff at this time… Comm. Clottey asked about old signs being grandfathered in …The TAtty. did not know the details of the specific sign and as a point of order (which Clottey clearly did not want) VM Dodd said not under the current code…The TAtty. said they could approve this on 1st reading and then discuss it further at the roundtable as they were to do with the previous ordinance …continue the process and get input from staff or they could defer… The Town Manager stated the Oct. roundtable already had over 15 items and asked if it could go to the next roundtable (Nov.) The Mayor took that input to state at the next roundtable they would need to discuss the parameters of the roundtable itself… Comm. Sasser again stated he wanted it to go to P & Z and then to the Nov. roundtable..He stated P & Z was canceled this month (will meet in Nov.?)…He also stated “just because it’s hard doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it.”…He said the businesses and Mr. Keller could come to P & Z …The TAtty. stated she could work on the notice of intent while P & Z were working on it…Comm. Sasser was clearly pleased with her comment and it then passed 5-0 to go to P & Z… The Mayor still not happy about it asked the TAtty. to take some time during her TAtty. report  to address the notice of intent process and include the expensive costs involved..

BC- I must respectfully disagree with the Mayor…the NOI is racking up due to piecemeal ordinance changes of ordinance changes that die upon 2nd reading as so many have done …especially in the in her first term…This is the perfect time to address the whole ordinance for this and others that will tie in with the Master Plan revisions and the vision of the Town… The signage it would seem could be revised without a major overhaul just as the Master Plan itself…

10c. Ord. 2010-17 was an easy one …it is to offer  the Town legal defensibility when someone comes forth after exhausting all other options and is looking for relief..it is used in other cities and started with the fair housing act…it is the last line of defense for those seeking relief from the Town…There was no public comment and nos discussion..it passed 5-0…10.d. Ord. 2010-18 was not to be so easily passed …and again it was the Mayor who was on a different playing field of how she looked at this one …it dealt accessory sheds and storage buildings… The P & Z had made some changes such as no setback for non-permitted sheds (Rubbermaid) and that they needed to be removed for a warning and not a watch ..After the TAtty. read it…Dir. Bowman again read the cover page with the changes…and no public comment…Comm. Vincent thanked Dir. Bowman for “spearheading” this and offering “better clarity” of what can and cannot be done with such sheds…(this stemmed from the 101 Ocean storage problem ..in which they were allowed to use a movable Home Depot type shed to hold their outdoor items …long denied by the previous Admin…. Comm. Vincent aided in that process after being elected)… Comm. Sasser thanked staff for including the detailed P & Z meeting minutes to get the full context of their decisions… The Mayor was none too pleased and stated she had a real problem with this one …stating it was “opening up a Pandora’s Box ” …(BC-I thought that comment left the podium and headed north) ..and asked who would oversee the removal in an emergency …who would monitor …stating staff has enough problems as it stands…she did not want storage sheds anywhere and was “not pleased with it at all.”… The vote was 4-1 with mayor Minnet dissenting…

BC-Before they moved on Comm. Sasser stated that the mayor was clearly concerned and asked it they should discuss this at the roundtable as well as the others and put it on after that… The Mayor stated she would like to see what other coastal communities do with this….. No vote was needed …it was a directive… I must respectfully disagree with both Mayor Minnet and Comm. Sasser on this one..the ordinance and the re-visit… The non-permitted storage sheds are abundant throughout town and a necessity for homeowners in S. Fla. where most do not have enough storage and their garages are already used…I don’t not see any problem with having them out of sight and believe most will move them just as they do lawn furniture and the like if a storm comes …In any event this practice should not happen again…a difference of opinion is allowed and a 4-1 vote means the prevailing side should not be questioned after the fact in this manner… Once again it only adds to the fact the codes need to be done as Comm. Sasser and VM Dodd and Comm. Clottey stated once …as a whole…and thoroughly … Also the statement that staff is overwhelmed and has enough to do …that too I thought left the dais and went north… TM Hoffmann in her progress report as well as on the dais this evening will let the Commission know if it needs to be moved to allow other priorities first…

Ord. 2nd reading  2010-14 this was the one to allow a Fema to reimburse us for any clean-up done on private roads…The TAtty. read it…Dir. Bowman read the cover sheet …The TAtty. stated a change that had been included arising from Comm. Sasser’s inquiry upon 1st reading of the TM and who else could be the designee …The TAtty. looked at the charter and said in an emergency can be declared by the Commission and the Mayor may make that declaration through proclamation but it was only  two  lines..This ord. now allows for the TM/Asst. TM or designee … There was no public comment….Comm. Sasser thanked them and had a bunch of questions …Municipal Director Don Prince came to the podium to explain after the TM explained this is purely a service responsibility for debris ..and used the Palm Club and other municipalities as an example of why this was needed to get re-paid for Town services used….not the same as what the proclamation would be (no police or something with public safety etc)…This one too should have been settled before the dais …perhaps with that explanation sent to the the Commissioners after it was found and changed earlier than the Friday before the meeting… It passed 5-0

Resolutions….. 11a. Resolution 2010-13 was the first of two financial housekeeping ..it dealt with who would be the contact…no longer the Town Clerk …whew… …The TAtty. read it…no public comment…Int. Finance Dir. Doug Haag came to the podium and the Vice Mayor asked about the pools and if they were the same ones we thought we were out of per the prev. TM  (we are not) …Mr. Haag affirmed they were and stated the amount still in that was restricted in our getting our any funds out…He reiterated from a previous meeting with the TM adding as well that the funds are to be released annually over an extended time…hopefully…but there is no guarantee said Haag… it passed 5-0…Resolution 2010-34 was read by the TAtty. …This was to allow the Town Manager and Asst. TM or designee to use a credit card issued from the Town’s current bank to order items which is currently not done and was not done in the past…It left personnel to purchase…get taxed and get reimbursed by the Town …except for the tax they paid…There was no public comment …Comm. Vincent stated this had never been presented to the Town before.. Doug Haag stated it had not…common practice in towns and explained the above scenario of not using one…Comm. Vincent is doing way too much micro-managing by playing 20 questions on the use and dumbing down the procedure required for purchasing orders using his own business as an example …Come on…not necessary… Of course the procedures will be in place…Dir. Haag assured him of that…Comm. Sasser asked if they had vetted other banks and if there were fees attached…. Mr. Haag did not know…he and the TM stated SunTrust was to be used at present due to our banking being only there and using our account to pay it out of our account in full so there was no interest…A memo was sent the next day stating no fees…Mr Haag also said the credit card would be bundled in the banking search to get out of Sun Trust… VM Dodd joked about who gets the miles and Comm. Vincent again felt it necessary to add “for the viewers at home” how we will be saving the sales taxes …It passed 5-0

BC-Note to Comm. Vincent do not emulate Comm. Silverstone…emulate Comm. Clark..he never spoke unless it was necessary to make a salient point or question…the viewers at home do not need explanations of what they just heard on a rudimentary level…

11.c…Reso 2010-35…this was the new parking signs that will go up for the Bougainvilla/El Prado Parking lot on A1A… again it was done within 2 months after 2-3 years of stalled Town Administration non-action… The TAtty. read it…no public comment…Comm. Sasser who was the Commissioner who had asked when this came up to go back and ask again stated ” I can barely hold back my excitement” stating his prior statement made “it never hurts to ask again”…Feeling lucky he stated they should “take on the zip code again” …

BC- note to Comm. Sasser…That one is not so cut and dry… If the north can get the 33308…no problem…but if the only way to have one uniform zip code is for all to change theirs…the rest of the Town will be lining up in protest …

Comm. Vincent stated this would put the Bougainvilla parking lot on the map.. Comm. Clottey stated she personally heard DOT say no in the past after 2nding the motion made by Comm. Sasser …The Mayor thanked staff for pulling this together and Don Prince stated Int. Asst. TM Bud Bentley was instrumental in this happening…(DOT came out and saw what we wanted …imagine that)… passed 5-0 …

Resolution 2010-36 …this was the one dealing with amending the VFD contract…The original contract runs to 2013…It was read by the TAtty…There was one public comment by Bill Vitolo ..who stated that in the past BSO arrived at medical calls with 5 guys and AMR was turning up with 3 while the 2nd ambulance could be a 15 minute wait for 2 more guys… He wanted the VFD to not stop all medical call responses…He was also unhappy about taking out the 20% requirement of all members going on call for 70 hours of training instead…He felt the push back time from 7 min. to 9 min. should not allow any member from getting credit if their was a 10 minute response… He asked about the fire inspector who approved him the fire chief and manager it was not in the amended version…He said the command car should be allowed 35 miles outside of town (huh?) …and that the training only makes the fire department a fire school…

BC- The BSO still only had 2 paramedics and sent a truck ..AMR is sending 2 paramedics and an EMS …AMR can send backup in minutes as their record shows and can always call in the VFD to bethere in minutes as well if need be… Many AMR drivers on the 1st responding ambulance are also VFD officers…On the 20% of call…that was not ever enforced or happening  we are told… On the Fire Inspector ..in the contract from Sept. 25, 2008 Article 3 Employment Responsibility and Staffing ….3.2 “The VFD have at minimum one (1) Fire Chief, one (1) Deputy Fire Chief, one (1) Battalion Chief, one (1) Fire Administrator, one (1) Safety Officer,one (1) Fire Inspector, and one (1) Training Officer.”… Also, the Fire Inspector is hired and employed by the VFD because the VFD pays him from the funds received from the fire assessment….currently as he has been since 2008 new Fire Chief Steve Paine is the Fire Inspector…no longer the Fire Marshal we are told..he will pull down close to $100,000 in his dual jobs within the department…

BC- After a lull coming in response to the Mayor’s asking for the Commissions input…Comm. Sasser stated “heck, I’ll go”…He went through the amended contract dealing with the amount and stated the amount was different than stated…and we were not really saving any money with the breakdown of a portion going in the apparatus fund…The Town Manager responded we would see savings in year two …that this amended contract takes away the 4% increase from the original contract and gives to ability to negotiate from this $725,580 base in the future…Comm. Sasser was concerned their was no cap on the increase such as the 4%…The TM statd the control of the increase amount will come from the dais …Comm. Sasser asked about what happens if the VFD asked for 10-20% as an example…The TM responded that if the Town is not in agreement and it not settled by Spt. 1st of the year it reverts back to the $725,580… Comm. Sasser asked about the $187,315 apparatus fund and how it can be spent and the Town’s say in it…The TM stated it was required that the Town Comm. and VFD agree on the purchase…no agreement the monies will continue to be held by the Town until there is agreement… Comm. Sasser asked about leasing a new truck …The TM stated this agreement does not contemplate that …that would come out of our operating budget … Comm. Sasser asked if the VFD was to lease a truck now…(we are told a new one came to town a few weeks ago …prev. post…and the VFD wants to lease a new truck with benefactor $)…The TM stated that was VFD discussion but was not brought formally to the Town… Comm. Sasser asked about the legalities of using the fire inspector funds…The TM stated those funds can only be used by state law for fire inspections…such as billing etc… and that is how it will be used… (this was an ongoing question while the prev. administration split profits from prior fire inspections with the VFD)…Comm. Sasser went on to ask about the requirements for covering VFD pension audits and liability…The TM explained the requirements are required by the employer which we are…the costs are minimal and again stated Doug Haag had found and affirmed pension audits can be done every 2 yrs rather than annually… Comm. Sasser asked Chief Pain about the 70 hours training annually and why less than 2 weeks was enough…Paine stated statute requires 40 hrs ..and the VFD are exceeding that number (we are told as stated above …volunteer fire departments have no training hr. reqs.)…He also stated with so few fires in town they are not able to meet the 20% requirement in any event…He is spiking up the trainign standards… Comm. Vincent dumbed it down and stated they had lowered the base…removed the apparatus …prior they got the full amount and asked if they had to come to the Town prior to buy apparatus…The TM stated they could spend however they wanted to ..Comm. Vincent stated this no where in the contract and asked if any monies were left did they go back …the TM said no…He went on to ask a hypothetical about if a 5% increase would be entitled to the VFD with this $700,000 …The TM no entitled increase to the amount…  Comm. Clottey was in agreement with “the public speaker” and wanted the 20% response to calls…she wants them trained but they owe it to the Town to go out on calls… The TM responded it was 2 issues and it is in their by-laws and constitution for the 20% calls …Chief Paine concurred and added it is in the SOPs as well (standard operating procedures)…He added there was no lax time in responding…Comm. Clottey pressed on about the contract amendments being piecemealed (HUH?) …The TM stated this was a negotiation a compromise and thanked the VFD and its members …it was give and take…The VFD did not have to come to the table…they were cooperative …(Touche’) … Comm. Clottey stated she still had a problem with “taking out important things”…”it raises red flags”… The Vice Mayor stated the changes were excellent …”in a new era of working together” …adding the VFD would be quicker than the minimum requirements…Comm. Sasser said he wanted to reiterate what the Vice Mayor had stated and he understood what Comm. Clottey and the resident were concerned about and asked if that 20% could still be in the contract…The Mayor again asked the Chief if it was in his by-laws and Chief Paine stated it was NFPA standards and they were more restrictive than a volunteer fire department… The TM stated the nature of what is required to make these changes …the Chief…the VFD Board and the membership voting to adopt the changes… The Mayor thanked the Chief and the board and added this was among many such contracts that needed review by this new administration …thanking the Town Manager …She said she had concerns as well and listened to her colleagues…but they had been assured  the response was covered in the by-laws … She also brought up the oversight committee and stated Mr. Vitolo and others in town could be beneficial to the department…The VM had made the motion with a 2nd by Comm. Vincent …passes 5-0..

They took a break…

The Mayor afterward addressed the concerns of Comm. Clottey and asked the TM to go back to the VFD …Comm. Clottey said she wanted to make a motion to that “but I was cut off”… Clottey wanted the 20% in the agreement and Comm. Vincent 2nd it for discussion…He added the fire inspector…The TM was not sure about the fire inspector and stated she would look into it…(Why were the Comm./Residents not given the orig. contract in the backup…a look back at the VFD cat. a few years ago shows a post comparing the VFD contracts by Cherof and then by  Colon in 2008 and how much was removed) …The Vice Mayor was concerned and confused by Comm. Clottey’s desire asking if she wanted to rescind the resolution..and agree with the TM that entering into more negotiations brings more give and take…Comm. Clottey stated they passed the one and this was the next step to take…She did state the wording she used might be improved upon… The Mayor stated it would be to continue the 20% requirement and the fire inspector clarification …The Mayor wanted to add the oversight committee but Comm. Clottey stated that would be too controversial…she would only add Comm. Vincent’s clarification… Comm. Vincent asked if a motion was needed or direction ..the Mayor said she recommended it… it passed 5-0 … Afterward the VM asked that the discretion go to the TM and that it was not just limited to what was voted on in any further talks …The TM stated she was okay with what was done …would negotiate further and come back with any stumbling blocks that occur…

WANT TO LOOK AGAIN AT YOUR SOPs/By-LAWS/ CONSTITUTION & CONTRACT…CHIEF?…

BC- a look at the VFD- SOP HANDBOOK shows under training on pg. 68 recurring training for certain procedures 2 drills a month for FFs   / probationary shows a list of one training for each task…the fulfillment of each task equals credit toward training requirement…Article 8 of the By-laws in place that are in contained the SOP Handbook pg.87 show NO training hour requirements ..Also No hours for training contained in the membership section .. The questions that needs to be asked are …. How long are the 2 drills a month?…How many attend?….. And what was and is now considered a drill? …

ALSO OF INTEREST ….

Article 5 page 83 Section 7…does show that the TM “shall be an ex-officio member of the Department with no voting power”…AND…above that on pg 83 in Section 2 to Sec. 6 the VFD can appoint a Citizen Advisor as well … The Town needs a copy of the above that this writer received a few years back..ASAP!…

Commissioner Comments were very brief this evening… The Mayor congratulated the Pier on being in the paper …as she held it up and described a man from Boca Raton in LBTS and all he wants is Pompano …in jest…for the fish was a Pompano he had caught… She asked all to vote on Nov. 2nd …She thanked the Chamber for the Fish Fry the week prior …spoke of season and the Garden and Women’s Clubs now meeting for the new season encouraging viewers to join…and adding they do not need to be LBTS residents to do so… She thanked staff for the excellent backup…and how it allows for open and transparent government… Comm. Vincent took a pass… Comm. Sasser gave an update on Halloween…thanking all the volunteers..who met the previous Sat. morning and said anyone who wanted to join in to volunteer was welcome…it is going extremely well…businesses have received letters to participate again this year with a candy table…as well as organizations…Interested parties can contact the Town… The Vice Mayor complimented staff on the use of the agenda forms. “This dais now receives concise information on the direction staff want to go on each agenda item. The staff recommendation and the reasons for the agenda item. In the past this was left blank and it was up to the commission to decide why staff wanted to make any changes.” He said there hasn’t been an inlet meeting so there was nothing to report….and went on to state “I am meeting a local recycling contractor tomorrow to further understand how this town can improve on the way we deal with trash. For every ton of trash the town pays a premium to put it in a landfill. If that ton includes recyclables then the town is paying twice. We miss the credit for recycling tonnage and pay the premium to place recyclables in a land fill. At the next round table I will try to show people that we need to change the statistic from 25% recycling and 75% trash to read the other way around and we as a commission have the responsibility to provide the tools to make it happen.”…

There was no old business…New business was changing the dates for roundtables in Nov. and Dec…After looking at their calendars…the dates are now as follows…

Nov. Comm. Mtg.Nov. 9th/Rountable Nov. 22nd…both a 7 pm  & Dec. Comm. Mtg Dec. 7th/Roundtable Dec. 14th…

The next Comm. Mtg. post will be the remainder on the agenda TM /TAtty. report…The Chamber/The Reef etc….

archived video on Town website link … http://lbts.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2

more to come…


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