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Here’s The Scoop … May 26, 2010 LBTS Roundtable … #2 … Not Quite Loud & Clear …

A DUD?…

Dear Readers … The May 26, 2010 Roundtable was the the debut for the new ceiling microphone centered over the “round” table which was strategically placed in the front center of the hall to accommodate it… Unfortunately the debut was a dud for those of us listening on the internet after the first few minutes of the Mayor’s report on the Town Manager report were either muffled or backed up with a tunnel like noise… We hear it was just as bad or worse for the few who attended the meeting in Jarvis Hall even after Steve d’oliveira informed the Town Manager who instructed the Commission to use the hand held mikes once again…

A look online when looking for a photo to use produced the following…
“Ceiling Microphone – Why You Shouldn’t Use One
A ceiling microphone may seem like a perfect idea when it comes to designing a room that needs a microphone, such as a conference room. It may even seem like the only place to put a microphone because is won’t clutter the room, it stays out of sight, and it won’t spoil the overall design of the room itself. But experienced engineers that specialize in audio say that a microphone like this is the last thing you want to add to a room.
The reason you might ask? Well, because it is too far away from the source you want the microphone to pick up. It is also usually too close to undesired noises such as loudspeakers, air conditioning vents, or even buzzing lights. A microphone is sensitive when it comes to noise. It can pick anything up including moving air. A microphone on the ceiling is no exception to this, and cannot determine which sounds are desired and which are not. It will pick them all up.
There are alternatives to using ceiling microphones which will work much better instead. For example, a television anchor uses a microphone on their lapel. You can easily find alternatives to a ceiling mic to place in a room. You can always place a small microphone in the middle of a conference table which will not stick out or become an eye sore. You can also use sets of lapel microphone which shouldn’t bother anyone in using them. If you must use a microphone connected to the ceiling, try using one with a stand that will let it reach down to ear level so you can obtain the best sound quality possible.”

http://www.the-microphone-guide.com/

Back to business… After the Town Manager search item the Commission moved onto the LETF funds (prev. posts) and VM Dodd’s desire to straighten out the mistake he and this writer concur took place with the wrong use of the funds for the BSO’s new headquarters…Again, the Vice Mayor found the concern was of cost and the upcoming budget .. and impact taking those funds from the General Fund would have, while the consensus was next time LETF funds are used it will be done within the proper guidelines of use…The Town Manager directed Asst. TM Bentley who was listening elsewhere in Town Hall to bring the breakdown Muni. Dir. Don Prince had put together but was not in front of the Comms. at this point…The amount was 65,160 for the items VM Dodd wanted …but it had not been broken down …VM Dodd said he would have “peace of mind” if the Town paid for the holding cell and the other items could remain under the LETF funds…It will be broken down to find that cost and the Mayor said it would come back in July to be addressed…”Clueless” Cottey said she “had a little problem remembering history”…(Finally she was right on something!) and went on to totally prove her opening statement in her flawed recollection of the former Chief Gooding demanding the much more money (prev. post)…and that “two Chiefs” wanted the funds…..The Mayor and Vice Mayor chuckled as the Mayor stated “they didn’t remember it that way”… Old habits….and Kool-aid history for the remaining die-hard CIC member of the dais!…

Next up, VM Dodd’s mitigation of liens…The Vice Mayor stated this was a “pet project” of his and relayed the recommendation for it by out Special Magistrate who is also the Pompano Beach who has their own mitigation process …that program was sent to the Commission by a resident and the Mayor put it on this Roundtable to explore once more …It failed the last time around due to an “unresponsive staff” that countered the Special magistrate’s recommendation and who did not supply the Pompano Beach program or any other similar type programs as requested by Dodd…

Comm. Clottey revisited he previous suggestion to fix properties and attach a tax lien to them..don’t go soft” …She then spoke of some cities having a 10-15% foreclosure rate ..while we do not…

Comm. Vincent brought forth the point of leverage to mitigate and further went on to bring forth that while there is one extraordinary circumstance it is not costing the town and we are not giving up money after the Mayor followed up Clottey to explain that we are lucky in LBTS (today) with just a handful …she responded to Vincent that the reason to have a new policy was “community” …to try and work with properties….

Comm. Clottey said the problem was not the banks but the agents ..and again spoke of the program she wanted to institute to clean up the properties and then charge them…

The Mayor again stopped Clottey from going off topic..

Comm. Sasser asked the TAtty. about our ability to mitigate by the Town Manager to a certain point and then to the Commission if it exceed that amount..

VM Dodd reminded the Commission that the previous administration had informed the previous Comm. of going to the banks and being on top of this situation …something oother town did or could not do…

Comm. Clottey after hearing a proposal of repayment being 50% through the TM stated if it was her on the hook she would “bother the Town Manager” to get it from her…

Comm. Sasser then restated the 50% to include a dollar amount ..

As the group mulled over what that amount would be the VM stated it should be $15,000 which is the limit the TM can use without the Comm. and it should be 50% or $15,000 whichever is higher…

The Mayor said this will be on the June 8th agenda ..

The Int. TM made one final addition by stating a property owner with several properties in question should not be allowed to settle until all are in compliance…

BC- We hear the gentleman who brought this back via an e-mail with the Pompano plan (prev. post) also questioned if the house in question in the north end of town was not moved forward on by the former administration and Comm.majority for reasons that might have benefited one departed dais member on the sale of his home…Hmmm….

The Boat ordinance was also back due to a constituent e-mail and public comments…the mayor asked if there was any consensus for further discussion on the subject to change the ord….(a copy of the long-time ord. was provided in the backup showing the illegality of boats on the beach)… The only comment was from VM Dodd who spoke of the fishing on the beach ord. and how passing it now allowed for canoes and kayaks to be launched from the beach… he added boats should no be left on the beach..and reminded all the kite-surfing issue needed to be addressed as it was “withdrawn at the 11th hour” (by former VM McIntee …prev. post)…due to lack of a kite-surfing audience (on day 2 of a Comm. meeting) …when it came for the final decision … Com. Clottey chimed in there was a difference of opinion on the requirements from local kite-surfers and outsiders…The Mayor asked for it to be deferred to the Sept. Roundtable ..further reigning in the meeting …from going off topic…

BC- During the campaign the kite-surfing was a big issue in the condos and the condo residents made it clear they wanted action taken in season when they were around and they wanted prior notification to condos to participate in the process…

The Senior Center was put on by Comm. Sasser after questions were still arising over the use by participants who are not annual renters…but are seasonal or a guest or family member…

Comm. Clottey again called for a name change to the Community Center instead ..open to any age and stated there should be a nominal fee for those who do not reside here…HUH?…. Was that a “senior moment?”…. This was implemented during the debacle she and the former TM instigated  …

Town Clerk White stated the issue was people who claimed residency but could not prove it…then they were charged…

Comm. Vincent spoke of the leases that would be required for any length and asked about part time residents and those staying at hotels for an extended stay…He related a situation he was made aware via e-mail concerning an immediate family member residing in the family’s 2nd apartment for a time certain but the the residency was not in that person’s name…

The Mayor agreed that the center should be the Community Center..

Comm. Clottey after being told she was off topic twice prefaced her remarks by stating it would be off the subject and brought up the defunct (McIntee-VFD) swimming program by insisting the the program was never implemented due to it not having Red Cross certified instructors…She said the Town receive a lot of response for the lifeguard s but it “went down the tubes” due to there not being any with Red Cross certification..HUH?..

BC-How is that possible if her assertions of “a lot of responses” is factual?…Last we heard the former TM was recommending the pool be filled in (prev. post)… This writer agrees ..as previously posted it is a big bathtub unsuitable for classes to children ….

The Town Manager can draft the policy changes or additions and Comm. Sasser asked if there was any conflict to the contract with a name change as suggested by Clottey…The TAtty. was not concerned about the name but was concerned that some changes could be a conflict with the Broward County grant …if we want to continue with the grant (a question still needing some discussion)…Comm. Sasser who has already spent quite some time on the Senior Center contract (he found the dire consequences from Clottey/Colon were erroneous at best)…will look some more and then confer with the TAtty….

Vice mayor Dodd wants to bring single stream recycling changes (if possible under the current Choice contract) to town to give us a 30% increase in revenue by using a “wheely-bin” every 2 weeks rather than every week…. The Mayor was for it and staff who are already in discussions along with Comm. liaison Sasser will add it to the list…

Comm. Vincent asked the Vice Mayor about having 2 “wheely-bins” and if someone will mistake them with garbage..

VM Dodd answered they can be labeled or a different color such as green for “being green”…

BC- This writer’s only concern is resident reaction to losing recycling weekly…Last Dec. when the holiday schedule was botched by the Colon contract with Choice leaving many in town with a dropped week of recycling there were alot  of unhappy residents who did not want to be stuck with their recycling an extra week…

Red light Cameras…brought to the table by Vice mayor Dodd …who is convinced they save lives  and stated Chief Gooding had been in favor of them…Dodd spoke of is time on the corner of A1A and Commercial and the problems he observed…He did add the state takes the lion’s share offering nothing upfront…

Comm. Sasser asked if it was just at Commercial …

VM Dodd said we could piggy-back with Ft. Lauderdale to get them..

The Town Atty. touched on the litigation and the Mayor stated we could proceed after waiting to see what would come from pending litigation…

Comm. Clottey wants signs that state the cameras are there and spoke of people getting ticketed 2 times once by the camera and once by the police…HUH?….

Comm. Vincent said he was not “worried about the reputation of the town”…this is “all about public safety and revenue”…”Mainly for public safety and revenue”…

VM Dodd reiterated it is proven for public safety and people will slow down.”

The Mayor said FDOT needs to work on it..

Comm. Clottey said we have had people hit by cars there ..stating again we have no signage …followed by “If you’re behind another car and you don’t see the signage”…HUH?…

BC-No signage and the car behind the car can’t see it..Hmmm..because she said there was no signage!…

Comm. Vincent said we need signs to stop it , not revenue adding it would mostly be the tourists not the residents …

The Town Manager chimed in to state that City Managers have stated most of the tickets come from “rolling right hand turns , not speeding”…That adjustments needed to made with the red light camera companies …

Comm. Clottey inquired about the privacy issues …

The TAtty. answered about pending cases and the Mayor ended it with a consensus of the red light cameras and timer of the lights…

BC- Very disappointed in this consensus …The TM tried in her backup to point out the pitfalls as well as her brief comment…The previous Comm. had a red light camera company powerpoint presentation last year with a company brought in by former Chief Gooding..It was one of the few times I agreed with former VM McIntee …the bulk of the profits go to the company… Also, if the Comm. thinks they get an earful from angry visitor and residents who receive parking tickets…just wait til this gets up and running…Finally, I do not believe it will alleviate any danger at that intersection…That intersection needs to have a change in how traffic flows going east …big time… I sure hope some members have second thoughts on this decision…

The signal lights on A1A …Bel Air’s Civic Assoc. Board wants one..while Clottey kept mum about the e-mail from a Bel Air resident stated it was not desired by all and they want the Comm. to take a pass …It was the Mayor who brought it to the table…as VM Dodd informed Clottey to “be careful what you wish for” and relayed the downside of a traffic light as he deals with one at the end of Imperial …There was back and forth …talk of yet another traffic study …and a surprising wet noodle aimed at former Asst. TM JohnO by Clottey for putting her off when she repeatedly pressed him on it… and never followed through on it!…The other light is the pedestrian crossing light in front of Assumption Church and the emergency light left over from BSO’s use…Clottey insisted it was functioning as a signal light after stating she sat and watched it…The Mayor countered that it was not and that she had checked as well…The Town Manager said a traffic study should be done in season which we are beyond right now…The Mayor wanted to know the cost and get public input..

The Mayor brought back lifeguards and a lifeguard feasibility study offered up to her by  gentleman concerned about the lack of lifeguards in LBTS…The Mayor added it was not a priority this year ….

Comm. Clottey commented there were no drownings after the VFD implemented the Beach Rescue program…The Mayor agreed but added the gentleman who wanted to do the study had some issues with that as opposed to lifeguards ..

VM Dodd reiterated that the drownings happen away from the pier area behind hotels and condos…making it hard to justify having lifeguards by the pier ..

Comm. Clottey said most do not want lifeguards..

The Town Manager said our signage is new and is the most modern per the state..

The VM wanted to again speak of further safety options such as the life poles being outfitted with a second ring..(in process said the Mayor-per the VFD) and perhaps closer to the water in non-turtle nesting time…

The Mayor said the consensus was not at this time..

BC- Prev. posts show we had extensive talks with the Lifeguard Assoc. and a number of Lifeguards who came to Jarvis Hall to discuss this along with some very harsh words in a recent article in the Sentinel… This writer is for some lifeguards by the Pier only with signage stating it is a lifeguard area… precisely for tourism…outfit the professionals with ATV’s to pick up the slack and increase the response time to anything happening up and down the beach…The VFD is not on the beach daily…

E-mails were placed on the agenda by Comm. Vincent who directed his comments to the Mayor/VMayor who along with Comm. Clottey have had the misfortune to have dealt with this antiquated system over the last 2 years …The consensus was Comm. Vincent was not alone in his frustration and it is a top priority being looked into by the Town Manager and an I.T. company…

With that they adjourned ….

more to come….

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