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Here’s The Scoop …Scene And Heard Around Town ….

DON’T FORGET THE BRONZER ….

We hear LBTS’ own  “Death Panel ” of ONE …VFD Deputy Chief McIntee will call you D.O. A. if your color looks bad!… This “First Responder” did not check for vital signs when arriving on scene last May to an apparent suicide (prev. post)……and thus far has walked away unscathed with no suspension from the VFD Fire Chief or Town Manager Colon for possible negligence in his duty as a “First Responder”….. So what is the color of Teflon these day…RED?…

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CALLING FOR A “GENERAL MANAGER”…..

Well we can’t fire  the Town Manager without it costing $250,000…BUT … a local resident came up with a better way to payout the big bucks…Hire a “General Manager” to “oversee” the Town Manager and her staff!…

This writer is particularly keen on this suggestion today… especially after learning what the Town Manager and her staff have done this week after the Sept. 22, 2009 Commission meeting…

The Town Manager was all out of sorts after being caught for playing “dirty “politics…with a series of situations concerning residents…..such as the memo she sent about newly declared candidate  for Commissioner in 2010….Edmund Malkoon (we’re hearing raves about his candidacy for the race in the north end of town…..He’s called the ANTI-McIntee) questioning remarks he made at the prior meeting,. She said the remarks were unfounded after she had directed staff to check with BSO and the BSO said no report was found……Mr Malkoon, after hearing of the Manager’s actions (she did not bother to call him first)…went to the BSO and met with Chief Llerena the next day…the CAD report was found vindicating and verifying Mr. Malkoon’s claim……..The BSO sent a letter informing the Manager on the day after finding the report (9/16/09) which was purposely not distributed to the Commissioners to clear up the incident…After it was brought to her attention by Mr Malkoon this meeting…she looked rattled (by a single paper plate…prev. post)… and said she would write a report of the “facts” and “if” there was a letter from BSO (if?) she would distribute it… As of Friday…no report and no letter…Hmmmm….BUT…what she did  provide the Commission with memos…answering back to “conspiracies” of a resident and a Commissioner asking for the same information…(weeks apart)…and the resident making a follow-up public records request …including a piece of paper that was given to the Commissioner…therefore…implying they were in cahoots…WOW!… Instead of answering the follow-up PRR from the resident…they instead spent staff time…pursuing a possible exchange of a public record.. bad management… and what else was MIA…the final Town budget …to be finalized Monday night!…The Manager made some changes since the 14th…she added $32,000+ in salary for 2 employees to have a 40 hr. workweek and what else?…These Commissioners and taxpayers will not know until the 11th hour…….WWGMD ….WHAT WOULD a “General Manager” DO?….

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HE’ GOT A TICKET TO RIDE …….$$$$$$$

We hear the LBTS-VFD did indeed fly in their “specialist” for repairing the 1989 $150,000 dollar 102′ ladder truck… the cost…was for the plane…the motel (Blue Seas)… the food and and the less than 5 minute quick fix on the truck itself…( didn’t come with the 1989 manual?)… OOPS!….Many are wondering about the “Local News You Can Trust” Mc-Furth Times…and the full back page ad from the VFD Booster Funds… from a few issues back…seems the Editor  and “Official” Town /VFD  Photographer Marc Furth “photoshopped” the Lauderdale-By-The-Sea lettering…because while the “specialist” was doing a once over in El Prado last week all could clearly see the truck still wears the old engine company’s emblems!…OUCH!…

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WE DIDN’T KNOW THE DEPUTY CHIEF WAS A COMEDIAN ….

Who knew when the alarm goes out for a fire call in town…the “red faced” guy in the red command car…is not only the Deputy Chief…but the Chief comedian on scene?…We hear Deputy Chief McIntee arrived on scene at a fire call last Friday and told the owner with glee “You’ve go fire insurance, right!”…Who knew?…McIntee’s got another “hat” to add to his collection…the “comedian” hat!….

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COMPLAINT FORM?…..SURELY YOU JEST!…..

We just heard about the double duty job for VFD Fire Inspector Steve Paine…now the Town Fire Marshall…leaving those with a complaint about Fire Inspector (Paine) to go to Fire Marshall Paine! …Awkward to say the least…Now we hear the Town has no complaint forms for complaints about Town employees…so if a person wants to complain about Asst. Town Manager Olinzock…they need to contact Asst. Town Manager Olinzock!….No wonder the complaints are not getting through!…

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THEY SENT THEM OUT AGAIN …. ON A WILD GOOSE CHASE…..

We hear Broward County Code Enforcement was called out …yet again…to check out a situation that could have been answered in-house with a simple phone call to the owners…But, alas ….who were the owners… The Marchelos brothers…and per her longstanding “orders” from the Town Manager…. LBTS  Development Dirctor Bowman and staff cannot talk to them…thus the call to Broward to take charge……and waste County time for something that could have been answered ASAP!…Bets are being taken  for when Broward County tells this Town to take a hike!….

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HOW MANY MILES ON YOUR CAR ….TAXPAYER?…

The question being asked after yesterday’s post for the bids on the Town’s recently replaced pick-up  trucks a 2003 -40,000 and 2000-50,000 miles..is how many miles on the taxpayer’s cars?….. What’s it show…the Town takes care of it’s own…workers that is…..

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GOING OUT OF BUSINESS….REALLY?….

Last but not least…with all the T-Shirt shops going out of business in LBTS…you got to hand it to the T-Shirt business just a few stores up from Kilwins…the sign out in front…”Going Out FOR Business”….Genius …pure genius…BUT… Is there a Town ordinance against that?….Expect a Monday morning visit if there is!…

Keep your eyes and ears open…Readers…and thanks a whole lot!….

more to come….

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