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Here’s The Scoop …7/28/09 LBTS Commission Meeting #1 …. Roosters Coming Home ….

THE MC-ROOST…MARCH 2010…….

Dear Readers…experiencing some computer technical difficulties …. The Mc-Furth Gang of 4 on the dais was showing signs that all is not well in their floundering faction……Guess the Roosters are coming home to roost…and they can’t seem to cope with the ongoing slaughter ….Quite snappish…..and downright impish were they as the time stretched on and on and on…….They’re still on a slippery slope and they just can’t get a grip to stop them from the free fall coming round the bend next March!….

We started with the special hearing at 5 pm and dealt with the “2-Hats” favorite …the fire assessment…Oh, the moolah they have coming with the $130 fire assessment and 4% increase in their contract expected to arrive just in time to fill their coffers and allow for more gluttony when it comes the the Deputy Chief’s insatiable needs to acquire apparatus …..And boy did  Mike Burton from Burton and Assoc. put a little spring in his step….Mr. Burton quoted 2 cases …one was a Supreme Court case Lake County VS Water Oak Management Corp. 1997  which provided that just as Comm. Dodd reminded Mr. Burton of previous comments Mr. Burton made at a past fire assessment meeting…the fire department in responding to auto crash scenes was akin to responding to medical calls as “first responders” in only offering “basic” care and not transport…and were allowed to do so under fire assessment funds… There was a major fumble on the part of the Vice Mayor and the Town Manager when it came to discussing even more equipment and a purchasing plan…even though Mr Burton stressed the reserve funds ( equal to approx. a months savings) was not intended for equipment replacement…The Vice Mayor was in his favorite arena…the “Bash BSO Bigtop”…blame the boys from the BSO … when it comes to all the wrongs that wreaked havoc on the VFD…The Manager walked head long into her newest version of who owns what…There was a heated exchange “2-Hats” calling Comm. Dodd a liar….Comm. Clottey asking the VFD to give up the 4% increase…and in the end direction was given for maintaining the $130 fire assessment…(details to be posted )…

Next came the millage with 3 scenarios provided by the Town Manager  3.9990/ 4.4829/ 5.2076 …the consensus was to keep the 3.9990…with a 10.80% decrease for our municipality…The Mayor made a list of proposed areas to cut back on…direction was given…the sticky wicket seemed to be the Chamber and providing a 2.0-2.5% COLA (cost of living) for the 30 hr employees in town…(although no total price was provided…)…other cuts and specifics to be posted…

The meeting began with Rev George Hunsaker speaking of human nature…trying to get everything done…to wipe the slate clean…reminding all that relationships are more important than personal agendas…

The Wind presentation was withdrawn …a no- show…Mayor Minnet took off her item on the round table as Comm. Dodd had the same item on the agenda…Comm. Silverstone took off his Proclamation for Marc Furth saying he did it without asking and because of the “political environment”…a wet noodle to those not enamored by the Mc-Furth leader….

The Solar Lighting presentation was given by Gregory Perez from Sol Inc.  www.solarlighting.com (previous post )…who gave a powerpoint presentation and spoke of what they could offer…It really should have been put on hold until after the hiatus and maybe the response would have been more receptive…

Honeybees were given a day August 22, 2009 with a Mayoral proclamation and a brief  presentation by Dr. Gosser  http://www.parklandpatriot.com/index.php?sec=1062&id=2049&skip=150 concerning the perils and the benefits of the honeybees…bottom line don’t call the exterminator call a beekeeper…and consider bees in your backyard…

Chen & Assoc./ Ocampo & Assoc. were put on after the MPSC/Comms. asked them both to come up with some plans for the Oriana million and El Mar…surprise… surprise…they can both give us medians based on the AI student winners …and the cost including their percentage (anywhere from 20-27%  brought to light by Comm. Dodd) But later on in the 2 day meetings it became clear that some on the commission are changing their tune on the money being used for the center of the roadway….

Public comments…proved the public commentary is growing in participation from those who sat on the sidelines…but are now fully engaged and eyeing March 2010…detailed post to come…

Reports….Finance/Development/Municipal/ BSO/ AMR  no discussion 5-0….VFD …questions from Comm. Dodd….The Chief filling all in on his daily duties…standards of operation…some good (life jackets required on the fire boat)…some questionable (training at midnight at Europa…prev. post)……jaws of life training…trainers in-house and the Chief while happy and confident in his trainers (no interest in Comm. Clottey’s request for outside trainers as well)…BUT unable to name trainer #5…(#1-4…Joe Padden/Mark Conn/ J & JJr. McIntee)…and some even more questionable…a mass entry of “rookies” from the academy (what academy)…with a mass exodus of trained members being scooped up by professional departments (whose hiring in such large numbers?)….more on this to come…passes 5-0

Town Manager report…Choice garbage…angry residents…getting charged for more toters than they were before…Madam Manager is strictly by the book…( sometimes)…no exceptions (we hear when Waste was under contract exceptions were allowed)…Instead of looking to help…with exceptions…the Manager gave a powerpoint of garbage can faux pas…This writer wonders did Esther don her Floppy hat and Foster Grants going undercover ala her previous escapades to check out the local open container laws at our downtown bars?…The presentation was the talk of the town on Wed. with witty and wicked words of her being way off base…But did Readers pick up the  caveat to her solution…with the 1 cubic toter…requiring an enclosure…requiring a permit… requiring Cha-Ching fees!…

OF NOTE…3 suggestions…coming from readers…1- cancel service for certain units (put them on vacation)…2-…don’t pay or accept service the contract is with the Town not the homeowners…3-redo the contract to allow for the refuse amt. as is done for the condos…for multi-family duplexes etc…(no legal advise being offered…just passing on suggestions)..Choice was receptive…pun intended…caught in the middle and handling it quite well…

Tennis anyone?…Looks like 20+ tennis wannabees are LOVE-in it and ready to dive in to the swim program (no real diving allowed in the Mc-pool)..and then after a cool dip it seem it’s Kickin’on over to Tai Kwon Do…all budgeted to succeed…says the Manager

Last was the news that in order to replace the Town’s mature trees…we would have to insure to the tune of $80,000….but for that amount the dais said…show me the shorties…passes 5-0

The minutes were approved …1..2…3…5-0 no discussion…

Ordinances…1st reading 2009-26 amending water conservation- passes 5-0/ 2nd reading 2009-10 the ongoing chapter 30 Unified land devel. sec. 30-21…Finally (we hope ,we hope no hidden particulars not brought out to bite us in the end) we have a second reading completed…with non- conforming structures allowed to be rebuilt after more than 50% destroyed…to the same footprint and height or higher while keeping to the Town Charter ..(still queasy over it being put to the test)….Right of Ways can have Zeriscape…still have inequitable maintenance and watering depending on the neighborhood…and still not clear…if the Town plants it…they maintain it…but if the homeowner puts it in (zericape) it theirs to upkeep? Again any change…means a trip to development for permits and fees…We have beauty shops…mopeds…fencing…setbacks…and more …passes 5-0/ 2009-12 sidewalk cafes have removable and permanent barriers…allowed in private areas and public…showing it is possible to provide to all  equitably…passes 5-0/ Noise…passes 4-1 (Minnet dissenting) ….posting in depth later…

The clock struck 11…and a vote was taken to proceed…after the VM said he was heading out of town…OOPS!….Let the cat out of the bag VM…advertising your departure…who ya gonna blame this time?…Vote to extend went down 3-2 BFF Silverstone joined the VM to go long…while the others said 20 minutes and they were calling it a night…The VM was P.O.’d…he had plans and insinuated that 2 could play at this game…

Ordinance 2nd reading…2009-25 sanitary sewer disposal service …The VM made good on his stall tactic asking for the Town Atty. to explain…she passed it on the staff…Olinzock explained it was to add a size for service to Oriana…No extra tax to everybody as Comm. Clottey stated showing she skipped the backup…passes 5-0

Consent agenda …the Bel Air signs…subject to the Town Atty’s review..the VM made the motion…and Comm. Silverstone 2nd…a few residents spoke of its placement…the history…what it was replacing and all that entailed…the Mayor stood her ground and reiterated her stance…fiscal and inequitable to other town neighborhoods…Comm. Clottey reiterated the need and the unsightly entry left after the change from septic to sewers…Comm. Silverstone spoke of how the previous walls taken down were probably paid for by the people there so since they paid  it once…it should be done by the Town this time (huh?)…asking also for the Town seal to be included (it is)…The VM looking for any votes he can… spoke of grassroots project and the guys who spearheaded this…saying they bypassed the “channels” and saying “thank goodness they did” OUCH!….Comm. Dodd was unhappy about the $10,000 for a $20,000 job paid to Chen and Assoc…and it went to a vote passes 4-1 (Minnet dissented)…The audience was dumbfounded that Comm. Clottey and VM McIntee did not recuse themselves…they both live in the are benefitting from the signage…Also being asked… why would the VM recuse himself for the sewers in front of his house…but not for these signs?…Hmmmm….

The meeting was adjourned until 2:30 the next day…….

more to come….

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