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Here’s The Scoop … August 25, 2010 Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Regular Commission Meeting Round-Up …

WHIPPING RIGHT THROUGH IT …

Dear Readers…The new Commission and this new administration whipped right through jam-packed agenda in record time …in one hour and fifty-nine seconds…This agenda that included once again a myriad of minutes to approve (7) and inordinate number of new or amended Ordinances …both first (2) and second readings (4) …as well as Resolutions (3)…along with approval of some uber-important choices that impact the Town going forth…(the Annual Audit Services vendor and Town Manager along with direction on renegotiating with the Town Atty. and the VFD)….Some on the dais that had been undoubtedly unprepared in the previous few months appeared to have gotten the hint that although this writer may still disagree on the subject matter… and will state that fact…criticism will be on the topic not on the lack of being prepared …Same goes for the staff’s /contractors presentations… That being said this meeting and the previous meeting at 5 pm (prev. post) prove the Commission is ready in October to make the anticipated change to Adventura style model presented to them when they first came together by Town Atty. Richard Weiss…One Commission meeting and One Roundtable meeting each month…This writer’s preference Commission Meeting the 2nd Tues. of the month followed by the Roundtable the 4th Tues. of the month…

The meeting began a few minutes late due to the previous Budget Workshop running long …After the pledge there was a moment of reflection due to the Town Chaplain not being in attendance…With no presentations…up first was Public Comments….At first the mayor thought there were none… but there were although limited in number…

MPSC Co-Chair Edmund Malkoon came to the podium as “resident” and commended both the Commission and Town Manager stating he purposely left off the interim from her title (she had not yet been voted on) for the Budget Workshop meeting and trying to retain the 3.999 but stated if they could not get there the 4.09 was really commendable when other communities are really increasing theirs…He again addressed the desire of having the Town purchase the Demko House due to it being a historic structure…

BC- Ms. Demko came before the Commission a few years back offering the same… It was a approx. a million …It fell on deaf ears and should do the same now as the Commission was just told they were looking for $153,000+ to keep the millage down and we are faced with major infrastructure issues …Ms. Demko and her family should donate the house if they want it to stay protected…. in this writer’s opinion, otherwise take a pass…

Joyce Murray came to speak about the St Vincent DePaul “Walk A Mile In My Shoes” for the poor and needy on Sept. 25, 2010 from 7-10 am … https://www.svdpusa.net/pledgathon/public/index.php?action=pledgathon.addteam&campaignid=11 …..She stated the Community Church Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Community Church located on 4433 Bougainvilla Drive also had a Disability Awareness Fair from 9-noon the same day and recommended attending both events… Interested participants can call 954-943-9717 …

Diane Boutin came to speak about the previous budget meeting stating it was excellent and addressed as she has in the past the role the businesses and the residents play in big picture…

The Public Safety Reports were done as this was the sole meeting for August …

BSO was passed 5-0 with no discussion..

VFD was the first time up to the podium for newly elected Fire Chief Steve Paine (prev. posts) …The Mayor welcomed him and stated she knew he had been with the Town for a while and congratulated him on his new position …Vice Mayor Dodd  also gave his congratulations …and stated “Let me repeat myself publicly that I am 100% committed to having the most professional Volunteer Department serving the needs of the town. I have been patient with my requests for responsible cut backs which I’m happy to learn are no longer falling on deaf ears and I would like to thank the whole volunteer fire department for their dedication.” He added a question about the medical calls being marked cancelled and asked if that meant the VFD is still paying the staff but not adding the wear and tear on the vehicles?…Chief Paine answered that was correct…The VM also found a computer glitch with the times on pages 9-14 and Chief Paine will correct it…

Chief Paine went on to inform the VM and the Commission of some changed being made.. He said on Monday (8/29/10) there would be a conference call with Broward County to have the call cards adjusted and the software had been ordered to change the pagers…There is a station pager that will be reprogrammed and his pager, the Dep. Chief’s, one Batallion Chief and the Chief on-duty will be reprogrammed as well so that medical calls will come to them only…Then it will be up to the Chief on-duty’s decision to decide if the medical call needs to have VFD …as they will no longer go on those sick calls where as person was ill for 3 days since it is obvious the med unit (AMR) can take care of it…unless AMR needed assistance for an unusually large patient (as was done in the past …with a less than steller performance on the details from the dais from former Dep. Chief McIntee …prev. post)….. He went on to state a letter would go to AMR stating the VFD  would be automatically involved for certain criteria such as heart attack, strokes, drownings, respiratory failure and any child..He said it would be a trial and error with the software done after ordering overnight it should be up in the next month…He was congratulated by the VM…The report was passed 5-0

BC- This writer has heard a few additional questions that need answering…by the new Fire Chief… We heard the VFD went into Sea Ranch Plaza a few weeks back and did a drill without their consent, using their water and making the Mayor and SR Police furious…If true…How come?…. Second on the new medical calls… As the VM stated in the past the decision on VFD going on medical calls should fall under AMR to decide…Perhaps there was a disconnect in the exchange above or it was not stated correctly …but Chief Paine’s criteria takes much of what is still unnecessary med calls for VFD still in play… We also hear that a few nights ago only 5 VFD members showed up for a call and there was no backup truck that would have been available due to the no-shows…Again, if true what’s up within the department?… Are there some behind the scenes pre-negotiating for perks coming from the new Chief?… We hear he may be asking for a personal vehicle and other “leaders” want to follow suit… If this one is true…WOW!… Is this why Comm. Clottey (via Marc Furth?) declared the new lower $700,000 cost if the contract is renegotiated too high still without apparatus inclusion?…Hmmmm….

One person in the know suggests the following… Note to the new Administration…You may want to get the VFD consultant to take a look-see…. The Sunbiz.org site … http://sunbiz.org/ … has the department listed as LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, INC. ….The department until annexation we are told was the Town’s fire department which changed with the contracting in of BSO to becoming a contractor as well …The question now is…Should the Town once again take back the VFD and forgo it as a contracted vendor?… It would lead to the oversight needed to get this VFD in order under the Town’s direction…with a yearly budget and a say in how the leadership is decided as well as where the taxpayers money is spent beyond the apparatus now headed into a Town controlled account… It might bring back the VFD of old where calls were voluntary and not income boosters …It might also further address the Pension issue…that got a little better with the following info passed along by the new Acting Finance Director and Town Manager Hoffmann (see below) by finding out why for so few members we pay $10,000 for an actuarial analysis for any year… This writer recommends the consultant and the Administration seek out and confer with the many old-timers (VFD) who are still in town and most critical of the current 2008 resurrected VFD ….
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From: Finance Director
Sent: Monday, August 23, 2010 10:03 AM
To: Connie Hoffmann
Subject: VFD Board of Trustees Meeting – Thursday, August 19, 2010

Connie – I just wanted to give you a brief update re: I attended the above meeting last week. Three of the five members were present. The two not in attendance were the VFD representatives. The town’s request to have the actuarial report done ever two years was approved and the actuary from Gabriel Roeder Smith was there to support our request. Also, apparently this was the first time a representative from the town attended one of the board meetings.

FYI on another VFD topic. We received the payment from the state for the retirement plan in the amount of $73,507.15 and I notified Miguel and he picked it up this morning.

Doug Haag
Acting Finance Director
Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea

From: Connie Hoffmann
Sent: Fri 8/27/2010 7:23 PM
To: Birute Ann Clottey; Chris Vincent; Roseann Minnet; Scot Sasser; Stuart Dodd
Subject: FW: VFD Board of Trustees Meeting – Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wanted to let you know that Acting Finance Director Doug Haag found out that the Fire Pension Plan does not have to have an actuarial analysis done every year, we can go to every other year. The pension plan is a small one, yet the actuarial analysis was costing the Town $10,000 each year (paid by Fire Assessment Fees). So, as you can see from the email below, he asked the Pension Board to consider going to an every other year schedule and they approved it. So we’ll save $10k next year, then will have to budget for it again in the following fiscal year. Connie
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AMR was represented by a member and Comm. Clottey stated she went to the FLOCities conference and was informed that EMS is used as a substitute for primary physicians …The AMR medic responded he did not understand her question (welcome to the club) …Clottey went on to describe the use of Emergency Rooms for regular medical care and she wanted to know if EMS was used in the same capacity…The AMR medic stated no ..that was not the case …with the exception of tourists …(of course)… The report then was passed 5-0….

The 7 sets of minutes from June 23, 2010-July 28, 2010 were approved in two votes…5 passed 5-0  after VM Dodd pulled a. & f. and instructed the Town Clerk of the changes including this funny…The VM informed June White that on page 12 of the June 23, 2010 minutes she had the word moral and it’s actually morale …”It’s not talking about the morals of the Town, it’s talking about the morale!”… Afterward those minutes were also passed 5-0…

The Consent Agenda was also passed with two votes… The Mayor pulled items a. & d. …leaving b. (budget amendment for projected unemployment costs FY 2009-10 $16,517) and c. (Budget amendment for Esther Colon payout- $74,611) both put on by Acting Finance Director Haag passed with no discussion 5-0… The Mayor wanted to make it clear she did not approve  the Audit Company (Grau &Assoc.) chosen for one-year at the prior meeting…(prev. post)….Comm. Sasser had recused himself at the prior meeting and did so again…When they voted Town Clerk White could not count and stated it was 4-1 Mayor Minnet voted no…She needed to be corrected due to Comm. Sasser’s recusal…Ms. White still could not process the vote for a moment …ARGHHH…….Item d. was pulled by Mayor Minnet to address for the public it was discussed prior and the laptops being replaced would be going to the Community Center…and it was necessary to upgrade the Commission’s laptops to work with the new system…The Town Manager stated it was not only the laptops for the amount being asked for…The Mayor stated she was not sure she would have approved this expenditure until she learned they would not work with the new system…Vice Mayor Dodd stated he wanted to make two comments …First that it is very refreshing to see the agenda forms being used correctly with the  financial impact filled out for the very first time and secondly he thought it was great to use for the town’s pre-owned lap tops and he was sure the Community center will be able to make good use of them…. These items passed 5-0..

On to the Ordinances …Development Director Jeff Bowman was at the podium ( a surprise after hearing he was at a FEMA conference all week) …He spoke after the item was read by the Mayor and the TAtty… Ord. 2010-11 (1st reading) went in front of the P & Z  Jan. 26,2010 and June 16, 2010 …was tabled until the July meeting and was approved (prev. posts) … He stated it made the mortgagee responsible for “abandoned real property” and staff concurs… There was no public comment and no Comm. discussion..It passed 5-0… Ord. 2010-13 (1st reading) was to change the code to allow one Comm.Mtg/one Roundtable Mtg. by amending the prior ord. for 2 each month…The TAtty. added also the clause to allow for not holding a meeting as was done in August …Public comment was made by Diane Boutin who commended them and supported the new technology …No Comm. discussion …passes 5-0…

Ordinances 2nd readings… Ord. 2010-03 was to allow the Town Manager to update the departments…The TAtty. stated the history and the versions that were considered by the prior administration and the current one …excess wording was removed and the Commission will approve any changes that impact the budget…Also the Town Clerk will assist in election matters per Comm. Sasser’s request (Ms. White dropped the ball at the last election in any substantive assistance to candidates …(and the one before that in this writer’s opinion)…as well as being found the “culprit” ie the responsible ( or irresponsible) person for UOT not being properly registered with the state. as a PAC .(prev. posts) … after former VM Mcintee’s wife, Maureen while serving as Vice- Chair of the CIC filed a complaint against the opposing organization)…There was no public comment and no Comm. discussion…passed 5-0…Ord. 2010-10 was the amended Choice Environmental changes made after some successful negotiations on mixed-use and suspension of service made with the “players” Choice…Int. Asst. TM Bud Bentley…TAtty. Trevarthen and liaison Comm. Scot Sasser …Asst. TM Bentley did want one minor change made to remove the word “single” which would make it less restrictive and asked for Sept. 13th date to give Choice time to get ready for the changes…The Mayor thanked staff and Comm. Sasser for getting this done…There was no public comment…Good thing the Mayor thanked Comm. Sasser…because he was unable to make the motion or the 2nd…which should have been the case…OOPS!… passed 5-0….Ord. 2010-12 was the fire hydrants…Again Bowman read the backup only and stated staff recommends this…There was no public comment…One snafu came as Comm. Sasser asked about the header including automated sprinkler systems and why…The Int. TM stated it the sprinkler system was not included and the header was not in it and they needed to find out why… Comm. Sasser began to make a motion without the sprinkler system in the header …Ms. Hoffmann stated she was wrong it was included in line 30…and Mr. Bowman stated it was for above ground sprinkler heads …Due to the confusion it was deferred to Sept. 14th…

BC- another question…we hear the fire code already has this in place and a Reader wonders why it will be done on top of that?…

Ord. 2009-35 was the pools and fencing of them…it began in 2009 went to 2nd reading ..but had to go back after coming in front of the both prior and present Commissions and P &Z boards due to the lack of information from Mr. Bowman or the prior administration that the P & Z did not want the pools in the front yards of any properties but corner lots…thus version 2 was the P & Z’s approved version and the one now being recommended by staff and up for 2nd reading…(all were prev. posted)…There was no public comment or Comm. comment and it passed 5-0…

Resolutions…2010-20 was the Comprehensive Plan Amendments …It was again explained by the TAtty. (see prev. P & Z  board cat. June/July meetings)…Public comment was made by Diane Boutin who asked if it was something cities regularly went through with no impact on construction…purely administrative…The TAtty. explained in more depth the procedure …but added it would impact those in process …as well as future construction… No Comm. discussion passed 5-0…Resolution 2010-22 was the retirement benefits for the Int. TM due to State Statute …The TAtty explained the necessity and Ms. Hoffmann again stated they looked into not taking it…Acting Finance Director Haag concurred it was required …The Mayor asked if it could be negotiated and he stated not for the Town Manager position ..it was a legislative act…No discussion 5-0 …Resolution 2010-24 was the fire fees for less than 800 sq. ft.   …This was brought to the dais some time back from then-Comm. Dodd …and now there will be some relief from $144 to $75 for inspections…No public comment..No Comm. comment…passed 5-0….

Commissioner Comments…

Commissioner Clottey thanked the Town for the FLOCities conference she attended but stated she would not speak of that this evening and would use her time for the Artificial Reef Project…She read off a list of names of those who came forward to donate to Global Coral Reef Alliance  the vendor …(501(c)(3) non-profit organization)…(prev. post-Pompano Pelican article)…. Included in the names were former CIC Chair Bob Roberts for $6,000 in memory of his wife as well as Aruba, Ocean Reverie…Comm. Clottey and  the Int. Town Manager…($100 )…She said they donated to the vendor and would receive a tax deduction…

BC- Although Clottey stated she could not take the money herself…she did spearhead these donations and was asking people to contact her…While it may not be an ethics violation it is on its face disconcerting for her to be in this position after voting on this project and being in the position of voting on any re-negotiated contract due to the vendor presently being in breach of the current contract with the Town…Also it seems wrong for her to enlist and aid in the vendor going forth after three fellow dais members asked the Town to go back and renegotiate the contract as well as the Int.Town Manager /TAtty. questioning the permits…the Town’s liability for the project and the costs in the next 5 years for this research project…not to mention VM Dodd’s position that the vendor go ahead with the 1st buoy before building any others…as they now have stated they have done!…

The Mayor also stated she enjoyed the FLOCities conference and thanked staff and Buster Celestino for the newly installed Bocce Ball court (prev. post0..She spoke of the Trim Notices received and again stated it was advisable for taxpayers to see what other entities make up the costs…She recommended they contact those entities…She answered comments made earlier about the businesses vs. residents and the Chamber and stated information was required before committing taxpayer monies…

Commissioner Sasser … “Well, I agree with the Town Manager comments on her report that state it has been a very busy August. I am very grateful that we agreed to have this meeting rather than bypassing all the meetings this month. Updates, Halloween, we have made great strides with some great volunteers. I want to thank all of you who have worked thus far and thank you in advance for your efforts in the future. I want to give a quick shout out to Marie, Wayne, Ken, Bill and of course my wife Teresa who have worked very hard at creating from scratch the decorations for this years’ event. It is a daunting task when you start with nothing and I thank you very much. Choice, it has taken a while and August has been full of people vacationing but we finally have the data we need to make some determinations and propose solutions. I should have something for you by our next meeting, hopefully to accompany the Ordinance solution voted on tonight. Chamber of Commerce contract and funding request. After a couple of false starts we are moving forward with their vision and I have proposed their request to the Commissioners and staff tonight during our Workshop. Finally, We, as your Commission and Staff, seem to keep running across issues that have been long forgotten, ignored or plainly mismanaged. While we cannot sweep the past under the rug I, for one, want to personally assure you that my intentions are to get to the bottom of the issues while remaining fixed on moving forward. I will be searching for answers to these issues that are truthful, transparent, ethical and legal. You elected me to make the tough decisions that were the best for the town. Many of you told me often during my campaign, just be fair ,That is what I intend to do. While seeking our future we must sometimes be confronted with the past. I endeavor to confront the past and quickly move to solutions that get us on track for our future. I ask that you support the activity filled future of this sitting Commission and assist us with the same forward progression that I eagerly want to pursue. We have a wonderful town that we all want to preserve. In order to do this we must accept and agree on our plan, infrastructure, drainage, funding and, if we are honest with ourselves, change. Yes, sometimes change is needed to maintain and preserve that which we hold dear. All of this in a tough revenue season will bring about tough decisions. The Town Manager has proposed several public workshops to assist us in making some of these tough decisions. I urge you to participate. I urge you to keep an open mind to what is needed. I urge you to voice strongly your opinion. Finally, I urge you to, in the end, help move us forward in unity.”

Commissioner Vincent stated he too attended the FLOC conference, his first …that it was rewarding and interesting  and what it focused on …with the open roundtables…and discussion on revenue shortfalls and public comments… He spoke of finding in a budget meeting last month with staff a big mess-up with special events in the previous 2 years o8-09 of $125,000 & $140,000 …He stated it raised his concern due to it being half in the current year and next year being budgeted for $64,000 …While he was happy the cost was significantly less he wanted to know why…He asked Ms. Hoffmann to investigate the amended budgets and explain …He stated it was not $141,000 but was actually $47,000 and that there was a $93,000 overage in that General Account…He believed it could not be explained earlier when the budget review process started and that’s when they found it… He added this was just another one of the many things this Commission and staff is dealing with and thanked Hoffmann and Bentley …He also made a personal note of thanking all that volunteer and then made mention of BTSFuture Editor Mark Brown’s recent award from the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors …(see BTSFuture July edition)… http://www.uky.edu/CommInfoStudies/IRJCI/ISWNE2010.htm ….http://www.bytheseafuture.org/about.html

BC- I have sent a PRR for the information on Comm. Vincent’s comments concerning the special events in 08 & 09 due to no backup included and no further explanation from the dais at the meeting…

Vice Mayor Dodd stated “I attended the Florida League of cities this past week and found it a very informative series of lectures. All sorts of topics were available but the most comforting feeling came from the realization we are not alone sitting up here. All 410 cities that make up the league are facing similar budget problems, how to cut costs without cutting essential services. I am waiting for a reply from the league on another statewide issue,  how can municipalities bring pressure to bear on the FPL monopoly to start charging a realistic price per pole for LED lighting. FPL would like to be considered Green with Biomass power stations and solar arrays when it suits them. LED street lighting is so much more efficient yet there is not a separate price per pole or any incentive for a municipality to install a cost effective lighting fixture with a true payback under five years. The second topic I brought back from the league of cities is recycling.  I have taken steps to obtain a copy of an Ordinance from Madeira beach where they have just introduced a recycling ordinance to allow them to let me euphemistically call it “encourage people” to get with the program. Governor Christ signed into law that the state has to achieve 75% recycling by 2020. The first step is 40 % by 2012. Currently Broward recycles 25%, Palm Beach 33%. We get a rebate from the recycling plant based on our tonnage. We need to start now and stop through money out with the trash. I will bring this back at the next round table for further discussion.
Hillsboro Inlet took over their two new work boats which have finally arrived. They will be put into service immediately.
Apologies to staff for the extra workload of an August meeting but I personally think we should aggressively work towards one Commission meeting and one round table per month and possibly consider only one December meeting if the workload will allow us the time off.”

Old Business was to be on the qualifications for a search firm to be enlisted to help with the search and the choice of a new Town Manager…It was not needed as the Commission made their choice as previously posted to retain and negotiate an agreement with Int. TM Connie Hoffmann …

New Business dealt first with the Town Commission approval of processing Proposed Regulatory Charges… Dev. Dir. Bowman came to the podium and stated it was 2010-16 Chapter 30 in the Code of Ord. … It included the changing of zoning for the Pet Groomers in the business district …accessory buildings and signs …All had been addressed prior at meetings…Comm. Clottey for unforeseen reason wanted it deferred until season and the return of residents…HUH?… She was ready to bend on the pet grooming portion (after Dir.Bowman stated the pet groomer would be stopped from opening his business)…but not the rest…until it was made clear once again by TAtty. Trevarthern the process of going to the P & Z on 9/15/10 and then to 1st & 2nd reading for public comment 3 times …. Comm. Clottey should know the process after 2+ years on the dais…She then withdrew her motion seeing no backing from the other Commissioners…Comm. Vincent asked if the pet groomer still wanted to come in and reiterated his stance on being diligent and expedient to move forward to help business… Comm. Sasser wanted to know if there “was a better way to build a mousetrap” when dealing with zoning items by making them more inclusive and wide ranging rather than having to add individual additions…TAtty. Trevarthen stated she had long asked for this and that is what is happening now…A motion was made to approve it….passing 5-0…Diane Boutin made the only public comment supporting it and stating we already had a dog groomer next to LaSpada’s… TAtty. Trevarthen stated it was a non-conforming business…

BC- Sorry but the Peter Principal still applies to our current Director of Development…in this writer’s opinion, as evidenced each time he is at the podium …I am hoping n the future for a Dir. who will be as qualified and fully able to apprise the Commission at the mike as we have had in the past…especially with an abundance of changes that will take place over the next year +….

Up next was LETF fund approval for an ATV and other equipment…Questions of LBTS-BSO Chief Llerena came from the Vice Mayor on what funds were available in the LETF and the Chief spoke of the $70,000 to come back from the questionable use last year by the former administration for the BSO’s new space in the public safety building leaving them with over $100,000 Comm. Vincent saw the justification and joked he wanted a ride after hearing the Inrt. TM state her nephew took a ride in a golf cart over July 4ht… Comm. Sasser asked about the security cameras …a line item and the company…Chief Llerena said they could add the cameras and he would go through the proper channels of BSO legal affairs first…It passed 5-0

BC- We have heard the security cameras at the entries of the Town are not as up to par as they could be…This writer suggests …replace them with the ones that can zone in on license plates…and use the old ones in the downtown area…

The next NB item was to schedule a September Roundtable…after some calendar juggling…it was decided Sept. 20th at 5 pm…so that VM Dodd could make his Hillsboro meeting at 7:30 pm…Meetings will be Sept. 13th Budget Mtg. millage/Fire assessment /Sept 14th Reg. Comm. Mtg./Sept 20th/Sept. 21st MPSC updates on A1A FDOT project with drawings/ Sept. 22 P & Z… codes etc…/Sept. 27th final Budget Mtg…Agendas will be posted as well as posts after each meeting …All are open to the public…on Comcast Ch. 78/ on Town website live-streamed and archived…

The final item of NB was to have a member of the Commission appointed as a liaison for renegotiating the current Town Law firm Weiss, Serota to be on retainer…They are currently on an hourly basis ….left over from there Special Meeting in 2008 (prev. post)… After discussion from the Mayor and Comm. Clottey on a retainer vs. hourly comparison …the Int. TM stated she would do some comparisons…TAtty. Trevarthen reminded them the firm used prior to them was on retainer for a portion of the work they did with additional charges as well…

The Town Manager report dealt primarily with the Artificial Reef Project …(prev. post) …The total disconnect in what was directed and desired by the majority on the Commission and what the vendor with the aid of Clottey and some donations went forward to do… There was quite a divide up there between the Mayor/Comm. Sasser and VM Dodd vs. Comm. Clottey and Comm. Vincent… It ended with a vote of 3-2 to send a letter and a new contract to the vendor, Global Coral Reef Alliance for being in breach and the need to address the contract as well as the viability of the first buoy ….A more in depth post will follow on the exchange and some additional info…Although most on the dais stated they did not need to see the contract and letter before it went out from the Town…we have been told Comm. Sasser “The Contract Guy” quickly informed the Town he definitely wants to see them…We have also heard VM Dodd has further looked into solar buoys and has requested from the Town a test of the buoy ASAP!….

One last piece of business was the approval of the Community Theater agreement.. With no discussion the vote was 4-1 …Mayor Minnet voted no…She did so due to covering the liability insurance to be done by the Town… as represented by the Int. Tm… The backup does not show that as the reason for the monies… From agreement in backup …. http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/town/backup2010WORK.htm

“3.0 Services and Responsibilities of the Town
3.1 The Town agrees to provide funding for the term of this agreement in the
amount not to exceed ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1000) annually to
assist in the funding of the performances payable in three 3 increments
of THREE HUNDRED AND THIRTY THREE DOLLARS AND THIRTY
THREE CENTS ($333.33). Each payment will be made after the
performance series for each play is completed.”

“5.0 Liability Insurance
5.1 CPAC shall not commence work under this Agreement until it has
obtained all insurance required by the Town and evidence of such insurance has been
provided to and approved by the TOWN All subcontractors of CPAC must also
provide evidence of insurance to the Town before providing any services. No
subcontractors may provide any services hereunder unless approved in advance by
Town.
5.2 Certificates of insurance reflecting evidence of the required insurance listed
below shall be filed with the TOWN prior to the commencement of services
hereunder .These certificates shall contain a provision that coverage afforded under
these policies will not be canceled until at least thirty 30 days prior written notice has
been given to the TOWN Policies shall be issued by companies authorized to do.”

BC- as much ass I am a proponent of the Community Theater…I agree with the Mayor, and cannot see how the TAtty. in the final recommendation will go along with the Town covering taxpayer’s monies for liability insurance…as it will lead to a precedent that could come back to bite us as Ms. Minnet stated at the 5 pm Budget Meeting (prev. post.)…

The Town Atty. had no report…Hmmm… seems she should have…updates would be nice on BJ Harris etc…

They were adjourned ….

Link to Town website backup …. http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/town/backup2009.htm

more to come….

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