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Here’s The Scoop … Concerned Citizens Of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Better Make It their Business To Be In Jarvis Hall On Monday Night April 25, 2011 At 6:30 PM …

April 22, 2011 by Barbara

IT’S TIME TO SPEAK OUT  …

Dear Readers … this writer was planning to to wait to post until Monday…but a look at the Town website yesterday showed that the Roundtable on the Community Input Session (aka resident/citizen input ) results discussed at the Roundtable April 12, 2011 which were supposed to take place on either April 25th or May 9th is now slated for Monday night at 6:30 pm…

“The Town Commission has scheduled a roundtable meeting for 6:30PM on April 25 to review the ideas suggested by residents at the Master Plan Community Input sessions.”

Not only do I find it completely insane to have this meeting the night after Easter and during Passover (the regular commission meeting was changed from Tues. April 26th to Wed. April 27th due to Passover) …But also due to the fact that in the backup provided online  (link below) the Commission is supposed to make decisions based on 35 people out of a town of 7000!… Come on!…

From page 3 of the backup…

“The goal of Monday night’s Roundtable discussion is for the Commission to discuss
whether they wish to make any changes or additions to the Master Plan based on the
input received at the Public Input sessions”

While I was in town I made it my business to attend two of the meetings and as I have told the Administration and several Commissioners among others…the voting was severely skewed by a few of those in attendance with definite ideas of what they want for the future of the town … I have to say once again that as a taxpayer and a voter I am very unhappy with how much time and money has gone into this process thus far only to have it come down to decisions being made based on 35 people and a Master Plan Steering Committee that has now been disbanded …

Once again this should have been a simple revision to the 2004 Master Plan at the present time with perhaps some of the consultants hired to give their input in certain areas with a moratorium put in place for the P & Z and MPSC whle those consultants were doing their reports….especially now that we know from Planner Cecelia Ward that certain codes and our Charter are not in sync (although I do believe some of this was known prior such as the heights in the business district) as well as the fact Ms. Ward stated at that April 12, 2011 Roundtable the following…”A Master Plan is not required. You do not have to do a Master Plan and if you do one you are not required to have certain components.You can basically put anything in to it that you want.”

I guarantee you, this is going to bring forth the opposing PAC factions and the municipal voters as it has in the past especially if decisions are made on Monday night at a meeting that was not publicly disclosed at the time of the previous meeting and based on the participation of 35 people from the community!..

Don’t believe me?… The CIC has been dormant on its website for months with its last meeting in Dec. 2010… As of last week they are dormant no more …

“• Next CIC Meeting – Annual General Meeting to elect Officers and Directors – Sunday, May 15th 2011, 7:00 pm at the Surf Club, 2 Palm Avenue.”

While I deeply respect this Town Manager … I do believe she has not been well informed of the history of this small town when things like this happen …

I believe this information should have been provided to the Commission for the April 27th Regular Commission meeting period! …

I believe until the U of Miami study is completed and turned over to the Town and the RMA 5 year financial report is completed at the beginning of June as well as any RFPs for projects such as undergrounding El Mar Drive…(Which I am told did not need a decision made on whether it should be 2 lanes or 1&1/2 lanes to cost out)  no new Master Plan should be decided upon. If a Master Plan is not required as Ms. Ward stated on April 12th…then we do not need to move ahead on the one we have in place quite yet…

I believe as Vice Mayor Dodd stated at the RMA April 5, 2011 Workshop and Comm. Sasser stated at the April 12, 2011 Special Meeting we need to have referendum items on the ballot at the March 2012 LBTS Municipal election to let the voters decide …. not 35 people and an advisory group …That will be the only way this or any commission could make decisions on the future of this town beginning in March 2012 …leaving months to do projects that were discussed prior to this Master Plan debacle by this Commission at last year’s budget time…drainage…infrastructure…sewers…storm sewers…residential street lighting …

If the meeting is still on for Monday night …concerned citizens of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea better make it their business to be there and speak out…and contact their Commissioners…
Mayor Roseann Minnet
Tel: 954-326-0594
[email protected]

Vice Mayor Stuart Dodd
Tel: 954-772-4121
[email protected]

Commissioner Birute Ann Clottey
Tel: 954-895-6595
[email protected]

Commissioner Scot Sasser
Tel: 954-254-1743
[email protected]

Commissioner Chris Vincent
Tel: 954-612-8606
[email protected]

http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/

http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/town/agendabackupminutesNEW.htm

more to come……….

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