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Here’s The Scoop …7/ 29/08 …LBTS Commissioner Meeting #2 …. OPEN MIKE …. # % #*# ….

THE MIKE WAS OPEN …VICE MAYOR ….

Dear Readers… The mike was on and the Vice Mayor was caught…rattled…he was really rattled  nearing the end of day 2……saying “This is Bullshit…This is absolute bullshit…she’s [ this writer] starting to run the meetings!”…..

Before the overview of day 2…with  verbatim exchanges on certain items and comments to come in separate posts…Peggy Mohler fiancee’ of Comm. Silverstone  flew into the hall after hearing her business Aruba Beach Cafe’ singled out in the discussion on the Commercial Blvd. drainage problem. Comm. Dodd used the term “Aruba’s river” to relay the problem that would still be facing the town after the Commercial drainage work is completed as specified in the current RFP. The owner of construction company that built the pavilion spoke to the Comm. and singled out the runoff the restaurant has from their lot…adding that the current proposal the town is about proceed with will not successfully alleviate the problem without addressing a separate drainage solution for that runoff….Ms. Mohler came in quite angry and turned to this writer (who knew exactly why she was there) asking how she would be allowed to speak…at first I told her she could not…but then I said she could raise her hand and ask to be recognized and they could vote to allow it…It turned out they were still on the topic of drainage …for the whole town and she raised her hand saying it was the same topic and went to the podium…She lashed out..and spoke of it not being only Aruba…taking offense for the “Aruba’s river” remark…then in her angry state proceeded to make suggestions on how to deal with the problem (Looks like the wrong Fiancee’ is sitting on the dais!)…she said stems from the new pavilion …which she stated sits 11′ in the back…10′ in the front…with the street level being 8’…”Hello”…she said…as she proceeded with talk of assessing the businesses as they do in Fort Lauderdale…In her anger she turned and said this writer’s name and the Aruba’s river comment…I had not said anything about the comment and took umbridge  to it asking to defend myself…The Vice Mayor said I was out of order (Guess he only defends his “gang” from remarks from other residents)…and the Mayor did give me a warning…we took a break to “let the steam fall off our backs” said the Mayor…and McIntee with his open mike made the above Bullshit comments aimed at this resident!…Ms. Mohler had not realized she said my name in error and apologized…Upon returning to finish the meeting as we waited for the Town Manager it can be heard  from the audience as Ms. Mohler set the record straight that she was in error when she said my name…No apology from the Vice Mayor who was clearly insubordinate on the dais. Further exchanges from the VM will be posted later…more of his all too familiar rhetoric..It is definitely time to throw this guy out of office in March……out of the VFD ASAP…and out of town to start all over again somewhere his stale “David vs Goliath” stories might work one more time……unless they read this site!….

DAY 2 …LBTS Commission meeting…overview…

Commissioner Comments…Comm. Clottey came in late…had previously said she was forgoing her comments in order to save time (11 hours for this 2-day meeting) and allow for the Solar light presentation…She did have one comment though on Terra Mar and lift stations after she was contacted that her previous statement on the location of Terra Mar’s was incorrect…She checked it out…found it was by a private property and said in future the Comm. should insist the location be decided on save the problems found in Terra Mar and Bel Air do not occur again…

Comm. Silverstone …”Thank you, I made a promise to myself that you expect us to be accountable up here so what we do what we say what we write and so forth, but that , that accountability goes both ways. (HUH?) I wrote a list of everybody that spoke at public comments cause again there’s a lot of misinformation being spread out there for whatever reason which I think is really at the heart of the problems in this town. Um, but I’m not going to waste a lot of time going through this , but a couple of points”…He spoke of the “resident”  who came to talk of the fishing problem he encountered on the beach…saying “as an example of how it should work”…

BC-Comm. Silverstone did not know how it worked….with an e-mail to this writer…
— On Mon, 7/27/09, Soccersales> wrote:

From: Soccersales>
Subject: HELP HELP HELP from Chad Purcell Sea Ranch A ORDINANCE PROBLEM
To: barbarafcole
Date: Monday, July 27, 2009, 4:44 AM
Barbara,

I have been reading your posts and they are very informative! I have a problem and no one even gives me the time of day to be heard!

I am a 38 year single father to a great 5 year old son. I live in Coral Springs and my family owns a condo in Sea Ranch A. Everyone say parents should be more involved with kids and I agree whole heartily!

I go to our condo about 3 days a week and we snorkel play in the sand and recently have been helping the wildlife with watching the turtle nests.

HERE IS THE PROBLEM THAT DRIVES ME NUTS!
Twice now I have had BSO officers come down to me on the beach because my son and I were fishing at about 7 Pm. Not a sole on the beach. I would never even if it was the law fish with people in the water no matter what time.

The Ft. Lauderdale and Wildlife laws state
Fort Lauderdale Beach Rules and Regulations: Fishing or netting of fish is limited to the hours from 6pm until 8 am when on the beach and must conduct in a safe manner. All debris, bait, fish line and hooks, and other fishing equipment or tackle must be removed from the beach after fishing has been conducted.

Article 3 section 8-75
It shall be unlawful for any person to fish or surf cast from any part of the public beach between the hours of 9 am and 6pm. On any day except as follows.( WHICH IS SAYING YOU CAN FISH AFTER 6PM UNTIL 9AM)
1. Fishing and surf net shall be allowed on the sandy part of the beach located between NE 18th Street and NE 23rd street during any hours other then 9am through 4 pm Monday through Friday and 9am through 6pm on Saturday, Sunday and National holidays.

SO LIGHTHOUSE POINT IS SAYING NO, AND CALLING BSO ON ME????
I sit there do not bother anyone and spend memorable times with my son just as my father and grandfather did with me.
They say go to the pier,,, Well if you have been to a pier the language and stuff that goes on there are no place for a 5 year old!
They say go to a jetty,,, Hmmm no rails, long drop, strong currents, and jagged edges,, no thanks!

I called the mayor no call back twice, I called BSO wasn’t sure. Because here is the problem you are patrolled by BSO which would follow Ft. Lauderdale rules, which allows me to fish during those hours with my son.

I am shocked an embarrassed that someone actually gets upset seeing a father and son bonding and spending time teaching him about the finer things in life and about nature?

I NEED AN ANSWER AND WANT MY VOICE TO BE HEARD!

We are owners, and my research shows that I am allowed to fish with my son during those hours. Why would the Sea Ranch or the City not want special moments for families? I will not stopped after once again Police embarrassing me walking down on the beach ( not to mention scarring my son)

CAN I GET A VOICE IN THIS WEEKS MEETING I WANT TO BE HEARD??

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL ME ASAP AT THE NUMBERS LISTED BELOW.

Warmest Regard’s
Chad Purcell
Re: HELP HELP HELP from Chad Purcell Sea Ranch A ORDINANCE PROBLEM
Monday, July 27, 2009 6:41 AM

FROM: barbarafcole
TO: Soccersales

The meeting is at 7 pm tomorrow night. Public comments is early right after presentations. (#5). Speakers are taken in the order they sign up. You have 3 minutes to speak. It is likely they will not respond to you from the podium (they are not supposed to, but sometimes they do it anyhow) Each is on record saying they will put something on an agenda by request. You could ask them to do so in your speech. I am not sure if the rules are only town or county? It is timely though with Kite boarding to addressed on this agenda as well. There are no meetings in Aug. so even if there is a possibility to do something within the town codes. It would not happen until Sept. The contact #s are on the town website. Good luck. Personally I think fishing should be allowed. Comm. Dodd I believe also has that opinion. which he stated some time ago. But you should contact him yourself as well as the other commissioners. Let me know how it goes. BC

BC- Would Comm. Silverstone still stand by his “example”?…Hmmmm…..
Comm. Silverstone ” Our form of government dictates that we set policy up here, we don’t run the town in that sense we don’t really have any power up here what we do individually is come up with ideas so collectively we can set policy and move forward.” He went on about Mr. Purcell and said he would put it on the next agenda.

BC-This lack of fishing being allowed was previously discussed from the dais by Comm. Dodd and had no support from Comm. Silverstone…OOPS! ..He went the dove overboard and again spoke of Scott Gooding (a precursor to the hatchet job done by the Mc-Furth Times?)…
CS- ” There’s still alot of I think misinformation regarding the issue with Scott Gooding, Chief Gooding. To me it was a simple, simply it was a simple case of a boss, an employee the ability to get things done and the boss in this case , the Town Manager wishing for certain things to happen and being able to work with somebody and she has a job to do for whatever reason, I think she gave her reasons for what happened but she didn’t feel she felt it was best to have this person transferred out of here , get somebody else from the same organization that she could better work with.”
BC- The Colonel from BSO clearly stated TM Colon and Scott Gooding were “like this” as he held two fingers up tightly…adding she always spoke of “Scott and I”…Miss that one Jimmy-boy? YIKES!..
CS-” I think it’s that simple. That’s what happened. She runs the day to day operations of this town. She has to be the one who, who sets, who follows our policy to set in motion how to get things done around here and to deal with the day to day business operations of this town. To which I think she’s doing an outstanding job and at the end of the day it comes down to numbers, numbers don’t lie. There’s nobody that I know that knows municipalities regarding the number system as well as she does , so I think we’re very BLESSED to have her. So at the end of the day a fine job. But, I think whatever happened with that situation (He just said he said what happened?) I wish Chief Gooding the best and I think the Village Grille is having a celebration for him a um, a goodbye party this Friday evening and um it might be a good idea for everybody to attend who wishes to do so, I think that’s a nice Gesture by them.”
BC- My God…give this Comm. his MARCH-ing order…1 term…
Comm. Silvers tone then spoke of his “clock” the one he built with Marc Furth…the consensus from the audience…”tacky”…(pic below)…and also of his comments and “challenge in the Mc-Furth Times…..(see previous post)…

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Comm. Dodd..I was prepared at this year’s budget meeting and staff did a very good job of answering most of my questions.  I was asked very early in the meeting by the Town Manager whether I thought the Chamber should be put out to RFP.  I said I would take this away and come back with an answer later.  On consideration I decided that if the manager wanted to be really unpopular then please go ahead and put out the welcome center for an RFP. The going rate is $28,000 and a free building.  It must be specified in the RFP that all profits have to be plowed back into the enterprise since any contractor needs to be registered as a “Not for profit business”.   While pondering this issue I wondered how the town manager would feel if this commission put out the running of the town to an RFP since the capital budget is around 12 million that would be an RFP for $100.00 per minute of each working day.  I feel sure we could get some interesting responses.  I believe we should be going out for every RFP or bid over $15000, and advertising properly with all the  details on the internet and in the local paper.  It is a very competitive market and many companies are prepared to sharpen their pencils in an effort to keep their lucrative governmental contracts.  By the way – town manager , do you have an answer to my July 15th E-mail requesting when was the last time the town advertised an RFP on the internet or are you still researching it? I will keep today’s comments short since you will be hearing a lot of me on some topics later on but I just wanted to mention that I’m hopeful this town can raise it’s recycling totals when Broward transfers to “single stream” recycling.  It is free revenue for the town and by all accounts of trends from Miami Dade the recycled tonnage approximately doubles. Residents will probably be able to apply for a small wheelie bin into which all paper , aluminum cans, bottles and recyclable plastic – no need to separate and no excuses allowed in my book. Hopefully with the help of Choice, our two local papers, town topics and the internet everyone can start recycling as if we mean it. I get very disappointed when I drive around town on recycling day and observe how many of you residents “just can’t be bothered”.  This has to change as you will be throwing away the town’s revenue and that means your tax dollars if you don’t get the message. I’m looking forward to the break but I hope the commission next year will consider a single August meeting in order to reduce the burden on this agenda.  I already have it on my computer to remind me along with several other issues that in my opinion need adjusting when the political climate changes.Two, organizational issues one regarding public comments we agreed the public could speak on any subject whatsoever at public comments or reserve the right to address one specific topic later on the meeting’s agenda.Secondly The public speaker who addressed fishing struck me as the classic for the “round table conference” if we are in agreement to change the code then the dias can progress forward without wasting attorney or staff time – if we don’t agree the agreed to disagree and move on. Thirdly, we slipped up since we agreed any quasi Judicial hearings would take place on the night of the meeting to be fair to anyone who is paying attorney fees to be at the meeting. Apologies if that was you.Have a wonderful holiday everyone and we can but hope September brings some peace and harmony to this dais after all there is an election coming up in March.

Vice Mayor McIntee…”Ah, thank you the ah, Town’s going in a strong direction and it saddens me that there’s so many people that are trying to tear down  the administration. If you had grounds to tear the administration down I could possibly justify it.” He spoke of the budget …the 11% decrease compared to other towns and “double digit increases”…”It really says to me somebody’s doing really the right thing and the right job.”…He spoke again (a pre-election replay his last Comm. comments ) of the accomplishments…over the past 3 years…(avoiding the fact he rode in on those accomplishment coattails when he took his seat…they were already in progress)…Again with Oriana the P&Z…the property was “incringing” on town property …the million for beautification of El Mar……stating the building has  7 occupant….is in bankruptcy…he’s not trying to destroy the downtown…He helped the “brothers”…he’s not for 3 day events…..we’re a residential town…with a  “Mayberry feeling” …everyone likes the Pavilion…The VFD is back…5 pieces of fire equipment…and in conclusion he talked about  Marc Furth…”If an enemy called with a window…he’d [Marc] be there with a hammer” you gotta laugh…a little  “midnight tour ” vandalism humor don’t ya know…

Mayor Minnet-The Mayor spoke of Chen and Assoc. and rethinking the medians…saying the islands are beautiful in themselves…she was more inclined to make El Mar Drive more walking friendly acknowledging this might take things “backward”…but said “there was a need to look at everything in its fullest capacity”..that we tend to do things over in this town…She said she was going to be putting on a proclamation for Chief Gooding and wished everyone a happy summer…

We then moved on to finish the items on this long agenda…starting with the remaining Consent agenda items…

12b was the approval for $39,000.00 for the annual contract for Tele-Vac to do storm drain cleaning…It was curious that there were 3 bids done by Don Prince Director of Municipal works but not an RFP…and further curiosity came to to this writer when going to Town Hall on Mon. the 27th after seeing an RFP in the Sentinel for sewer line and storm drain maintenance and repair (09-07-06 …including bid opening date 8/27/09 included this time)…I picked up a copy of the published RFP to see the materials were identical to the Consent item to be approved…I asked Don Prince  who explained the consent was storm drain cleaning…piggybacked off of Sunrise and would be a stop-gap until we acquired a contract alone for both storm water and sewer…This was explained also at the meeting. Comm. Dodd asked a question for a resident who wanted to know who owns the sewers…Assist. Olinzock said the Town does in the south and Pompano Beach does in the north where new sewers were installed…passes 5-0

The Commission approved 12 c. and d. for 2 new trucks for the town fleet …total cost approx. $41,000.00…after some discussion from the Town Manager that 2 Comms. (did not say which 2) had directed her to buy the 2nd one this year instead of next rather than repair the transmission…(The Mayor kept the VM in line when he through out a figure of $5000 for the repair…it was in the backup $1700!)…passes 4-1 Mayor Minnet dissented

14  Quasi Judicial Public Hearings…

a. and b. were both for variances for Terra Mar resident Karen D’Uva …the crux of what transpired was we once again had no proper representation from a qualified Development Director and were left with BOA board members to continuously come to the podium…Assist. TM Olinzock was of no help at all…the Commission was informed by those BOA members and the owner that although she has always Terra Mar Drive as her address and has even had it recognized by Broward County when previous permitting was done…on paper it was not so…She was asking on the advice of the BOA for a variance to make that change…The change according to the backup code enforcement advised the change would now make her home non- conforming with the front encroaching on public property…Mrs D’Uva was again caught between a rock and a hard place due to this designation being the impetus for the BOA to agree to her variance for a side yard pool and to keep her shed (which was improperly put in long ago)…There is a long history with this applicant and the Town…when she was given substandard service from an inept department…followed up by disparaging remarks made at a commission meeting from the Town Manager and Director of Development without the applicant being in the hall to counter or defend herself…The Director  involved at the time resigned and Assist. Director was let go… the current department is even worse… all leading to further disarray and obstacles for the resident to go through…After spending hours waiting the first night…the Comm. apparently forgot their rule that  Quasi Judicial items would be addressed the date of the posted meeting and Mrs. D’Uva was forced to come back a second day…and then spent an 1 1/2 going through it…(having spent 2 hours earlier in the month in front of the BOA with her attorney)…. Even with Comm. approval for the change of designation for her front yard she was looking at yet again another variance to proceed….After much discussion the Comm. did vote to allow for the change…Then it was on to the 2nd hurdle (of this meeting for her) and it got dicey and personal with the Vice Mayor originally agreeable to her plight…turning on her after she spoke of the shed and the pool and the history that included the shed was illegal and a similar pool was approved in Bel Air …He sat forward and said he withdrew his motion and went after the applicant saying the town was going to have to investigate..(prev. posts …the shed led to “sweep” of sheds  throughout the town…and the pool in Bel Air it was found was approved by the Town by mistake …both came before the Commission)…He said she needed to follow the process….(Sure YOU want to say that VM?) ..suddenly Jimmy-boy followed suit…saying no hardship was found…HUH?…What hypocrites…these 2 had variances themselves…with the VM carport enclosure (never built) encroaching on the public property (his hardship…he had already bought  his supplies) and Comm. Silverstone  who owns a corner lot needed to fence in his wading pool and asked for fencing (wanting it higher then the allowed 4′)…no hardship……The Mayor was strict in her views in adhering to the code and the rules…she was adamant about not voting for any changes before the ordinances were changed first…and asked the Town Engineer’s position on non approval be read into the record…Comms. Dodd and Clottey sympathized with the resident and taking in to consideration each case…individually …that we are not a planned community and this should move ahead…The applicant said to please approve this…the staff had no comment and the vote was finally taken 3-2 it did not pass …The Mayor did not pass it for her stated reasons…BUT …for the VM and Comm. Silverstone to say no was totally hypocritical …not only because of their own situations (both passed by the Comms. 4-0 )…but because they are on record saying they MUST listen to and follow the advice of the boards…and the BOA board members…. CIC members handpicked by these 2 advised for this variance…OUCH!…

12c. This was for  101 North Ocean in need of  a variance to keep their dumpster enclosure chain link…it was originally approved in error of the town code requiring wood…T he owner said he spent alot for the enclosure…it’s sturdy and cleaner than wood…he offered to put slats in it to reduce the chain link exposure…The Town Engineers did not approve of it …the BOA did recommend approval….The VM said wood fostered “critters”…. Comm. Silverstone asked if there were any others with chain link in town…..the Assist. TM did not know …(there are)…The Mayor asked the Assist. TM  to read the code to which Comm. Silverstone said exasperatedly “No, not the entire code!”…Comm. Silverstone then said it was allowed to be built…Comm. Clottey offered up to let him keep it until he needs to replace it with the proper wood enclosure…that he should not be penalized…Comm. Dodd agreed and said the code should be changed …VM said on the condition it is replaced with a conforming fence he would vote for it…the roll was called…passes 4-1 Mayor Minnet dissenting…

15 Old Business…

a. Reduction of the right-of way performance bond for Minto…WOW!…The “2-hats” had their hypocritical hats on this meeting…big time…for all their talk about listening to staff …following staff….all the rhetoric about Town Manager’s duties and direction……and these 2 chose to vote to lower the performance  bond!…They had help (unfortunately) with Comm. Clottey and Dodd (who was not at the July 23rd meeting to hear the rep. assert a no vote would bring new sidewalks) …It passed 4-1..Mayor Minnet dissenting…What this means is that the sidewalks outside of the unfinished Minto properties will not be the 8′ pink sidewalks until Minto returns to complete the next 2 phases (2-5 yrs from now) leaving the Town to pay for them if the El Mar project proceeds to the north end before Minto comes back…

BC- Of note…Has anybody seen the fence sign for Minto on their construction fence facing the El Prado parking lot…interesting that Ms. Furth/ Code Enforcement/ Town Administration has not has been moot…add to that the sign pointing to the sale office trailer…And how long exactly can the sales trailer stay up? We were told trailers are not allowed and that there was a time frame for sales offices …( Villa Caprice was allowed 6 mos. when they wanted their across from the Holiday Inn)…It sure looks suspect……

b. custom banners…were approved 5-0…$731.50 DEPOSIT on art design…total $1463.00..for DESIGN ONLY…the cost if comparable to last years banners thousands!…

c. Comm. Dodd brought this back to allow the sea turtle monitors  to park closer to the beach near the portals…Comm. Clottey still clueless said she still didn’t think they should park there …they could drop off their equipment and park elsewhere….The Mayor reiterated (it was originally put on by her) that they only come in the early morning  hours …”2-Hats” joined together with the insane assertions there might be possible abuse …with the VM saying if there’s abuse “we pull everything!”…it passed 4-1 Comm. Clottey dissenting..

d. Parking permits and fees …will be addressed art the Sept. 10th round table…after it was required to explain to the VM the difference in procedures for a resolution rather than an ordinance…

BC- Perhaps the VM did not recall it was Comm. Dodd who insisted some time back to separate resolutions with fees from ordinances specifically to allow less constraints in changing the cost…OOPS!…

e. Kite surfing…..No one was there in the audience …so the VM withdrew it…no date deferred…so it’s status quo for kite surfing on the beach….YEA!…

f. was withdrawn it was a duplicate for the round table discussion ..item h.

g. Discussion on the Commercial drainage problem at the Beach Pavilion…Comm. Dodd brought this back because it was cut off at the prior meeting and he still had concerns over its effectiveness and the past actions of the Town Manager not bringing this item to the Commission to address…Assist. Manager Olinzock came to the podium completely adversarial and incredibly ineffective…..as he could not recall when the town became aware of the problem…and asserted the pavilion and the drainage were separate issues..HUH?….Olinzock also stated the extended time for Commercial as compared to the VM street was getting DEP permits…Assist. Olinzock also kept up the Town Administrative charade of being under the gun to complete the pavilion with the last grant (prev. post…it’s OCT. 2009!)…adding  administration takes direction from the dais…(hard to do when it is KEPT from the dais!)…Comm. Dodd relayed the Coastal Construction conversation stating the problems with Aruba’s runoff requiring a separate drainage runoff…the Town Manager spoke up about surrounding properties…and a memo addressing that issue given to the Comm. it included 2 alternatives …and true to her M.O. she decided to veer off and say the RFP was out BUT if Comm. Dodd wanted to not do the RFP and spend no money …she had no problem with it…(it’s really getting to be a tired old act TM)…The VM in la la land said he has been to the pavilion after an hour the water is gone …HUH?…it’s typical and then he brought up the pier being just as guilty of runoff as Aruba…they are trying to get it done… no action taken..RFPs are opened (and hopefully read out loud) Aug. 11,2009 2 pm….

h. The Round Table to discuss the criteria used for the Town Manager Review…after some discussion…that was shocking that the Town Manager does not know what is in her contract (only her 147 large / additions/ perks)…said she could review the Comm. as well…NOT SO…This writer made that mistake and incorrectly asserted it at the podium when first bringing this requirement of her contract to the dais…Comm. Silverstone repeated it…and now the Town Manager has done the same…

Pg. 6-  15.0

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After more talk of needing to discuss how to review he a round table is set Sept. 10,2009 5 pm…Jarvis Hall…public should be there!

16 New Business

a. Heroes award…the VM wants to give out medals for Heroes…at $60- $75 a pop…he brought them with passed them down…(the medals brought we  hear are the same as the ones handed out to VFD…and shown in the Mc-Furth Times)…Comm. Clottey was a hoot (for a change)…when she spoke of hearing an alternative of rings and wanted to look into it…she also felt the medals looked “tacky”…and that we’re a little town “not the military”…stating it was going too far…OUCH!…passes 5-0

b. Installation of drainage Bougainvilla from Commercial to Pine…Comm. Dodd wanted to know why we were going approve a study for $8450 dollars for a project that will cost $341,000 and is not in the budget…He expressed his opinion of not liking to do things “piecemeal” and wanting to use the “correct approach” with some planning…He relayed the TM’s assertions at his budget meeting with the staff that a full study would cost $80,000 …and said maybe instead of going around taking photos of garbage containers…photos of flooding could be taken ….Shaun Bamforth from Chen & Assoc came to the podium to express a need for a prioritized list…Town manager Colon said the $80,000 was a previous 1st study and it would now cost $98,000…She again brought up the storm assessment’s demise…the $243,000 …and again made reference to stopping Comm. Blvd. drainage repairs…which brought a motion for a warning to this writer for responding to her tactics…the motion failed 3-2 (thank you Comm. Clottey)…More discussion on the assessment…engineers and from Comm. Silverstone …re-institute the storm water fees……Comm. Clottey said we won’t be able to deduct it from our taxes…and said liked Comm. Dodds idea of priorities …and referred to the problem on the VM’s street and the kids affected…Shaun Bamforth spoke about approaching months where the problems we have now will dissipate adding he had spoken to the administration of doing aplan that would run $30-40,000 and it would cost less than the piecemeal we are now doing…Hmmm….fiscally irresponsible TM?….no vote…and then we had the “Aruba River” fallout …see above….

c. PIO Steve d’Oliveira asked for and received $4,755 to update software for channel 78…passes 5-0

d. Public speakers…”2-Hats” hypocrisy once more…these 2 guys were behind putting an end to resident/ non-resident after the longtime ban for their former friend John Thompson…It was something Comm. Clottey and Dodd ran on to rectify…and now it has come back again because the “Gang of 3” does not like being the minority on the receiving end…SHAME ON YOU!…passes 3-2 Mayor Minnet/ Comm. Dodd dissenting….

e. Comm Dodd wanted to see if another date could be added for citizens to have input…it could not…any resident with questions etc…must contact their Comm. who will then go to the TM…and get back to them…Of course the justification sheets are still not included on the backup…(will post soon on this site)…until Sept. 14th and 28th..

f. Discussion/action on extending the Village Grille and Athena special permits..(will post more on this one later) …in a nutshell…it was holding court for the “Gang of 4″…with an embarrassing “gotcha” for the Assist. TM…and only touching on the Town Manager changing a permit without direction or vote of the Comm. removing 1 part…adding something else…and on the dais interpreting it further…(what happened to following her own rules?)…Comm. Clottey opened “Pandora’s Box” with her suspicions that Athena was putting tables in front of other businesses…when in fact Athena owner Louis Marchelos said he owns the buildings…HIS tables are in front of…and the other tables belong to another business…leading to the VM talking illegalities and state liquor license problems…total spin…A glaring difference in the treatment for Dave Gadsby and Louis Marchelos from the majority on the dais…sad!..In the end ..the applicants will get a 60 day extension….and will be held to 3 month permits that need to be re-upped 60 days before!…that’s 2 times before March!…passes 5-0

g. The Audit…more Town Manager  nonsense…with the Manager ultimatums…her spin on the engagement letter her GAO budget presentation award …something 1265 municipalities  take part in and 90% get the award…pretty funny that the Manager said it’s based on “QUALIFICATIONS” in regards to Auditors…but not for public safety…ARGHHH….She got all testy…saying this is “Too personal” speaking of her integrity  …”I don’t cheat” ..BUT… in this writer’s opinion…giving Comm. outdated info while you possess the up to date figures…”INFORMING” them what you are going to do…then telling the Auditor the Comm. “ACCEPTED” the extended contract with only her signature for a 3 year $200,000.00 deal with a 10% increase per year …says something quite different…The VM chimed in ….going after Comm. Dodd….just a load of BULL#&*#….BUT in the end they will go out for an RFP for next year…passes 5-0…YEA!…

h. was withdrawn…storm water bond issue…will come back later…

The meeting ended with the Vice Mayor taking Comm. Dodd’s notes and asking the attorney if they were public record…DEJA VU…The VM has done it before with Atty. Abbott…and received the same answer both times…they are not public record…Perhaps the VM really is losing his mind?….

No Town Atty. report…adjourned…

more to come…..

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