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Here’s The Scoop … The Lauderdale- By- The- Sea September 27, 2010 Commission Meeting …. #1 …. Longtime CIC Member Drawing The Short Straw To Speak At Public Comments? …

SHORT STRAW? ….

Dear Readers .. seems to be limited time to post will become more and more the norm as Lilly grows and her world continues to expand  into the outside world …..Fall Baby & Me classes begin this week for ages 0-6 and that takes precedent over posting meetings etc… But, after last night’s approved final budget and 5-0 Commission vote to make Int. Town Manager Connie Hoffmann Town Manager with a 3 year term (see prev. post./Town website for contract/Resolution … .in the backup and to be archived in the minutes online for all to partake in its transparency…link below  )…. and the coming together of the Town under this new Commission and Administration ….the need to post should become less and less ….if we indeed got it right this time!….

The posts of last night’s meetings will be broken up as they used to be from time to time …

Below, as posted after last night’s meeting is the one and only public comment at the Reg. Comm. mtg. from longtime CIC member and Mc-Furth pal Tom Carr in his own words …This writer truly hopes that he was just unlucky enough to draw the short straw from the remaining die-hard stragglers left in the D.O.A.- CIC  circa 2010 at their meeting the night before….rather than doing so out of some sort of misguided attempt to step up to the plate for the group…. which would be even harder to comprehend …

Item 6.Public Comments ..

The Town Clerk called Tom Carr…

“Hi, Good evening Tom Carr Miramar Ave. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. I had a question, I guess perhaps to be answered best by the ah, Interim Town Manager. The ah, we had an annexation about eight years ago and because a lot of work that had to be done up there sewers and what have you, as I recall all the taxes were going to be going towards the improvements. Have they been ah, completely ah, paid for?”

BC- Mr. Carr stood waiting for an answer obviously not knowing procedurally the dais is not allowed to respond to public comments being made.”

Tom Carr- “Undergound wiring, the ah, sewers?”

BC- The Mayor interjected to try and make him aware of the inability to answer and to assure him that he would be responded to. Mr. Carr still unaware of her point, thinking she meant the Int. TM could not respond to him continued on…

Tom Carr- “Oh, sorry I can ask you I guess.”

BC- The Mayor again tried to inform him of the procedures in place.

Tom Carr- No, I was just wonderin whether the revenues from the town up north were now gonna start coming to the General Fund and takin care of townwide improvements? Second issue was ah, the ah, new contract ah, we’ve talked with a couple of the members here on the board. About a hundred and sixty thousand dollars a year. And I understand that’s the kind of money that was bein paid in this town to other former commissioners. So you may not find that weird. But I handled about thirty- some townships and those fellows were makin thirty-five to forty-five thousand dollars a year and if they got a fifty percent increase since I’ve left there in the range of sixty-seven sixty-eight thousand dollars. A real oddity. Mr Vincent explained to me that because expenses are so high living in Broward County that ah, it just has to be. And the other oddity I found was the forty-five sick day. I remember we ah, all started with six sick days a year and in my latter years of employment we got ah, to bank up to five days if we hadn’t used them. Of course as an exempt employee I got all the sick days I ever needed. But that didn’t come my first year on the job. So I hope you’re gonna explain this when we discuss the contract you are gonna discuss. You are gonna discuss the contract tonight I understand and perhaps get the ah, rest of the story about the ah, taxes from ah, north end, Bel Air and whatever the rest of that is called. It’ll be interesting to see if we’re gonna have a lot of extra money next year. Thank you.”

BC- Could it be this the opening political salvo from the CIC ?… I certainly think so after we witnessed more of the same coming from CIC member, Commissioner “Clueless” Clottey as she made her similar comments during the Town Manager Resolution…Her comments proved to be equally incoherent and just plain wrong on the facts and they too will be posted verbatim… Posting verbatim statements and commentary takes away any and all CIC charges of false/slanted statements being printed on this site…while holding the speakers and organizations responsible and accountable for their words and their actions …

Link to TM Hoffmann’s Resolution/Agreement …http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/town/backup2009.htm …..

more to come…

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