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Here’s The Scoop….LBTS Commission Meeting….#5…Finishing Up…

THE REST OF THE STORY….

As this writer sat down on the “Right” side of the hall…I turned to ask a former elected official if he ever remembered an agenda with no New Business….he and the gentleman to his left said no……

At public comments …we had one member of the audience who in recent days has been quite riled with Commissioner Dodd….and the matters that are front and center…oversight…VFD…and the Town Manager….he spoke of the need for the VFD fire engine to follow the ambulance…after Chief Perkins had changed the amount of time the VFD would continue the practice adding on another month…the resident’s  reason…so the firefighters could take down the front door…a call to a VFD member after the meeting…brought about this response….the need to break down the door …would be a very rare occurrence …probably known before the EMS went out on the call….this member reiterated what was told to this writer previously by a  VFD member …that the only reason BSO fire followed BSO EMS was to have the 3rd EMS or Paramedic at the scene…now fully covered by AMR-EMS responders on their own….

Another resident stood and called for the Vice Mayor and Commissioner Silverstone to step down from the Commission…asking about sunshine…wearing 2 “hats”….and questioning the Manager as the sole VFD oversight….

When he finished…the Vice Mayor declared it was a personal attack and asked the Mayor to take charge… when she responded she did not see it as such…he became indignant ….she replied that she “recognized his sensitivity ” which only “amped” him and his pal Comm. Silverstone to go after her…with McIntee saying she spent $1000 for a fest that became political…and telling her to tell the resident to “shut up”….NICE!….

This same resident was previously appointed by the Vice Mayor at the last Commission meeting to the Walk Around Committee…arriving at the hall …this resident informed me he had already resigned….

The final public comment came from a north side resident and former firefighter also present at the Saturday beach rescue…recounting his observations…from the front of the building…the arrival of the VFD trucks…their descent on the beach ….and what he saw as he followed them onto the beach…he concurred the previous public comments made by Mark Mitchell….

Commissioner Comments…

Commissioner Dodd began with a request for the Mayor to again put on the agenda for the next meeting an oversight committee…explaining the urgency due to the recent events…the inadequate inquiry….and the lack of timely information available to the residents…he took the time to counter the dreadful new Mc-publication of the BTSTimes….with “staff” writers…taking aim at him distorting his platform and accusing him of being developer friendly…ignoring his past efforts to responsibly have development that was both the height limits the voters voted for…and correct for the lots and the town…he had to take issue once again to the “scorched earth” tactics…that asking the hard questions…requiring answers of the VFD  in no way meant he was anti-VFD…again going over his platform…well known to all without their own retaliatory agendas….

Vice Mayor McIntee…gave his thanks…to Hero Mark Mitchell and then in his usual style…told Mitchell he did not have the whole story…going on to tell it the McIntee way…and leaving AMR to face the music…saying “mistakes may have been made by the VFD”…”but their hearts were in the right place”…HUH?….His ISO oversight is addressed in a previous post…(LBTS agenda #4)….he did get rather angry with this writer …as I laughed about his statement that an oversight committee could be entertained in 6 months to a year!…He told us we should all stand behind these guys…sleeping on couches 4-5 of them a night to protect this town…and in true McIntee dramatics…warned us all…”The Town will rise up”…if we are “selective of the VFD.”…not quite Al Jolson this time…….due to his being under the weather….obviously the effects of his ocean rescue attempt….

Mayor Minnet…welcomed new attendees…talked of Halloween…her appointment to the League of Cities Climate Change Task Force…the Nov. 10th parking workshop…5 pm..asking for calls from residents and businesses…again talked of her long held belief for oversight of all 3 public safety providers…

Comm. Clottey…gave a nod to the Town Manager for LBTS being financially strong in pensions for the employees and elected officials…another nod to Halloween…added her concerns about the VFD and the demoralizing effects on the members…the need to show support…she spoke of her instituting the rip tide info in all condos and hotels…adding a desire to have a link to a rip tide site from the Town website…she spoke of the discourse on the dais…and reminded all that she was for freedom of speech …voting down the originally overturned McIntee- introduced…ruling of not allowing people to call the Commission by name….finishing up with the tragic beach event…and saying the community needs to decide what they are willing to pay for…she ended with…”don’t look at the VFD and say they screwed up again.”…

Commissioner Silverstone…also thanked Hero Mark Mitchell…and went on to assist McIntee in putting the onus on AMR…not the VFD….he acknowledged that this was the very first time he actually wrote out his Commissioner comments…REALLY?…He really did not need to…. for much of it was a repeat of past comments he has made…the divide in town…the negative attacks…and not liking the accusations that he wears 2 “hats”…that he is “appalled” by the statement…that he wears…8…no 12…no 20 something hats…over his years of involvement in this town…with coaching…volunteering…and being in organizations…speaking of “hypocrites”…and “who does not want us to succeed”….”working for or against the town”…

BCbythesea…the 2 “hats”…Commissioner Silvertstone has to do with the Commission and the VFD…and where your primary responsibility lies…as seen with the resignation letter….most of your constituents think…your responsibility to the town comes first…and that together or independently…you and Vice Mayor McIntee should have taken that letter…upon receipt September 30,2008….directly to Town Manager Colon….to make sure that the town would be properly be served by the VFD as they took over the very next day….Oct.1,2008…

By choosing not to do that…to hide it…you wore 2 “hats”…and decided the VFD came first…and with that decision…. came the most disturbing “conflict of interest” seen….by many you represent….Do you get it now?….

Final business of the evening…was old business…returning to the electronic voting system….tabled by Comm. Silverstone pending investigating the cost to have it computerized…the cost $10 thousand dollars…this was brought to the dais …right after the election by Comm. Dodd…and before the vote…. in what brought back to light ….the “Chamber” on Commercial pronouncement made from the Vice Mayor….(previous post…scoops.)..that turned out to be from a faithful reader…repeated from McIntee as if it was his own verbatim…he did it again…only this time…he claimed he talked to some people…that initially he was against the voting system…….and then…. incredibly…. proceeded to give the benefits of having the system…in order to have independent commission votes…almost verbatim of the statements made by Comm. Clottey at the Oct. 14th Commission meeting….YIKES!…the system passed 3-2…Silverstone/Minnet dissenting…

The equity in Commissioner’s pay…was clarified by Comm. Clottey…and talk of it being something put into play for the next Mayor rather than the present one…in the end it was put to bed…for now….

The Town Attorney had nothing to report…and will be looking into the resolution for Broward to supply lifeguards for town beaches…a mix-up in direction delayed him moving forth….on the draft…

Adjourned…

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