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Here’s The Scoop …7/ 29/08 …LBTS Commissioner Meeting #2 …. OPEN MIKE …. # % #*# ….

August 1, 2009 by Barbara

THE MIKE WAS OPEN …VICE MAYOR ….

Dear Readers… The mike was on and the Vice Mayor was caught…rattled…he was really rattled  nearing the end of day 2……saying “This is Bullshit…This is absolute bullshit…she’s [ this writer] starting to run the meetings!”…..

Before the overview of day 2…with  verbatim exchanges on certain items and comments to come in separate posts…Peggy Mohler fiancee’ of Comm. Silverstone  flew into the hall after hearing her business Aruba Beach Cafe’ singled out in the discussion on the Commercial Blvd. drainage problem. Comm. Dodd used the term “Aruba’s river” to relay the problem that would still be facing the town after the Commercial drainage work is completed as specified in the current RFP. The owner of construction company that built the pavilion spoke to the Comm. and singled out the runoff the restaurant has from their lot…adding that the current proposal the town is about proceed with will not successfully alleviate the problem without addressing a separate drainage solution for that runoff….Ms. Mohler came in quite angry and turned to this writer (who knew exactly why she was there) asking how she would be allowed to speak…at first I told her she could not…but then I said she could raise her hand and ask to be recognized and they could vote to allow it…It turned out they were still on the topic of drainage …for the whole town and she raised her hand saying it was the same topic and went to the podium…She lashed out..and spoke of it not being only Aruba…taking offense for the “Aruba’s river” remark…then in her angry state proceeded to make suggestions on how to deal with the problem (Looks like the wrong Fiancee’ is sitting on the dais!)…she said stems from the new pavilion …which she stated sits 11′ in the back…10′ in the front…with the street level being 8’…”Hello”…she said…as she proceeded with talk of assessing the businesses as they do in Fort Lauderdale…In her anger she turned and said this writer’s name and the Aruba’s river comment…I had not said anything about the comment and took umbridge  to it asking to defend myself…The Vice Mayor said I was out of order (Guess he only defends his “gang” from remarks from other residents)…and the Mayor did give me a warning…we took a break to “let the steam fall off our backs” said the Mayor…and McIntee with his open mike made the above Bullshit comments aimed at this resident!…Ms. Mohler had not realized she said my name in error and apologized…Upon returning to finish the meeting as we waited for the Town Manager it can be heard  from the audience as Ms. Mohler set the record straight that she was in error when she said my name…No apology from the Vice Mayor who was clearly insubordinate on the dais. Further exchanges from the VM will be posted later…more of his all too familiar rhetoric..It is definitely time to throw this guy out of office in March……out of the VFD ASAP…and out of town to start all over again somewhere his stale “David vs Goliath” stories might work one more time……unless they read this site!….

DAY 2 …LBTS Commission meeting…overview…

Commissioner Comments…Comm. Clottey came in late…had previously said she was forgoing her comments in order to save time (11 hours for this 2-day meeting) and allow for the Solar light presentation…She did have one comment though on Terra Mar and lift stations after she was contacted that her previous statement on the location of Terra Mar’s was incorrect…She checked it out…found it was by a private property and said in future the Comm. should insist the location be decided on save the problems found in Terra Mar and Bel Air do not occur again…

Comm. Silverstone …”Thank you, I made a promise to myself that you expect us to be accountable up here so what we do what we say what we write and so forth, but that , that accountability goes both ways. (HUH?) I wrote a list of everybody that spoke at public comments cause again there’s a lot of misinformation being spread out there for whatever reason which I think is really at the heart of the problems in this town. Um, but I’m not going to waste a lot of time going through this , but a couple of points”…He spoke of the “resident”  who came to talk of the fishing problem he encountered on the beach…saying “as an example of how it should work”…

BC-Comm. Silverstone did not know how it worked….with an e-mail to this writer…
— On Mon, 7/27/09, Soccersales> wrote:

From: Soccersales>
Subject: HELP HELP HELP from Chad Purcell Sea Ranch A ORDINANCE PROBLEM
To: barbarafcole
Date: Monday, July 27, 2009, 4:44 AM
Barbara,

I have been reading your posts and they are very informative! I have a problem and no one even gives me the time of day to be heard!

I am a 38 year single father to a great 5 year old son. I live in Coral Springs and my family owns a condo in Sea Ranch A. Everyone say parents should be more involved with kids and I agree whole heartily!

I go to our condo about 3 days a week and we snorkel play in the sand and recently have been helping the wildlife with watching the turtle nests.

HERE IS THE PROBLEM THAT DRIVES ME NUTS!
Twice now I have had BSO officers come down to me on the beach because my son and I were fishing at about 7 Pm. Not a sole on the beach. I would never even if it was the law fish with people in the water no matter what time.

The Ft. Lauderdale and Wildlife laws state
Fort Lauderdale Beach Rules and Regulations: Fishing or netting of fish is limited to the hours from 6pm until 8 am when on the beach and must conduct in a safe manner. All debris, bait, fish line and hooks, and other fishing equipment or tackle must be removed from the beach after fishing has been conducted.

Article 3 section 8-75
It shall be unlawful for any person to fish or surf cast from any part of the public beach between the hours of 9 am and 6pm. On any day except as follows.( WHICH IS SAYING YOU CAN FISH AFTER 6PM UNTIL 9AM)
1. Fishing and surf net shall be allowed on the sandy part of the beach located between NE 18th Street and NE 23rd street during any hours other then 9am through 4 pm Monday through Friday and 9am through 6pm on Saturday, Sunday and National holidays.

SO LIGHTHOUSE POINT IS SAYING NO, AND CALLING BSO ON ME????
I sit there do not bother anyone and spend memorable times with my son just as my father and grandfather did with me.
They say go to the pier,,, Well if you have been to a pier the language and stuff that goes on there are no place for a 5 year old!
They say go to a jetty,,, Hmmm no rails, long drop, strong currents, and jagged edges,, no thanks!

I called the mayor no call back twice, I called BSO wasn’t sure. Because here is the problem you are patrolled by BSO which would follow Ft. Lauderdale rules, which allows me to fish during those hours with my son.

I am shocked an embarrassed that someone actually gets upset seeing a father and son bonding and spending time teaching him about the finer things in life and about nature?

I NEED AN ANSWER AND WANT MY VOICE TO BE HEARD!

We are owners, and my research shows that I am allowed to fish with my son during those hours. Why would the Sea Ranch or the City not want special moments for families? I will not stopped after once again Police embarrassing me walking down on the beach ( not to mention scarring my son)

CAN I GET A VOICE IN THIS WEEKS MEETING I WANT TO BE HEARD??

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL ME ASAP AT THE NUMBERS LISTED BELOW.

Warmest Regard’s
Chad Purcell
Re: HELP HELP HELP from Chad Purcell Sea Ranch A ORDINANCE PROBLEM
Monday, July 27, 2009 6:41 AM

FROM: barbarafcole
TO: Soccersales

The meeting is at 7 pm tomorrow night. Public comments is early right after presentations. (#5). Speakers are taken in the order they sign up. You have 3 minutes to speak. It is likely they will not respond to you from the podium (they are not supposed to, but sometimes they do it anyhow) Each is on record saying they will put something on an agenda by request. You could ask them to do so in your speech. I am not sure if the rules are only town or county? It is timely though with Kite boarding to addressed on this agenda as well. There are no meetings in Aug. so even if there is a possibility to do something within the town codes. It would not happen until Sept. The contact #s are on the town website. Good luck. Personally I think fishing should be allowed. Comm. Dodd I believe also has that opinion. which he stated some time ago. But you should contact him yourself as well as the other commissioners. Let me know how it goes. BC

BC- Would Comm. Silverstone still stand by his “example”?…Hmmmm…..
Comm. Silverstone ” Our form of government dictates that we set policy up here, we don’t run the town in that sense we don’t really have any power up here what we do individually is come up with ideas so collectively we can set policy and move forward.” He went on about Mr. Purcell and said he would put it on the next agenda.

BC-This lack of fishing being allowed was previously discussed from the dais by Comm. Dodd and had no support from Comm. Silverstone…OOPS! ..He went the dove overboard and again spoke of Scott Gooding (a precursor to the hatchet job done by the Mc-Furth Times?)…
CS- ” There’s still alot of I think misinformation regarding the issue with Scott Gooding, Chief Gooding. To me it was a simple, simply it was a simple case of a boss, an employee the ability to get things done and the boss in this case , the Town Manager wishing for certain things to happen and being able to work with somebody and she has a job to do for whatever reason, I think she gave her reasons for what happened but she didn’t feel she felt it was best to have this person transferred out of here , get somebody else from the same organization that she could better work with.”
BC- The Colonel from BSO clearly stated TM Colon and Scott Gooding were “like this” as he held two fingers up tightly…adding she always spoke of “Scott and I”…Miss that one Jimmy-boy? YIKES!..
CS-” I think it’s that simple. That’s what happened. She runs the day to day operations of this town. She has to be the one who, who sets, who follows our policy to set in motion how to get things done around here and to deal with the day to day business operations of this town. To which I think she’s doing an outstanding job and at the end of the day it comes down to numbers, numbers don’t lie. There’s nobody that I know that knows municipalities regarding the number system as well as she does , so I think we’re very BLESSED to have her. So at the end of the day a fine job. But, I think whatever happened with that situation (He just said he said what happened?) I wish Chief Gooding the best and I think the Village Grille is having a celebration for him a um, a goodbye party this Friday evening and um it might be a good idea for everybody to attend who wishes to do so, I think that’s a nice Gesture by them.”
BC- My God…give this Comm. his MARCH-ing order…1 term…
Comm. Silvers tone then spoke of his “clock” the one he built with Marc Furth…the consensus from the audience…”tacky”…(pic below)…and also of his comments and “challenge in the Mc-Furth Times…..(see previous post)…

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Comm. Dodd..I was prepared at this year’s budget meeting and staff did a very good job of answering most of my questions.  I was asked very early in the meeting by the Town Manager whether I thought the Chamber should be put out to RFP.  I said I would take this away and come back with an answer later.  On consideration I decided that if the manager wanted to be really unpopular then please go ahead and put out the welcome center for an RFP. The going rate is $28,000 and a free building.  It must be specified in the RFP that all profits have to be plowed back into the enterprise since any contractor needs to be registered as a “Not for profit business”.   While pondering this issue I wondered how the town manager would feel if this commission put out the running of the town to an RFP since the capital budget is around 12 million that would be an RFP for $100.00 per minute of each working day.  I feel sure we could get some interesting responses.  I believe we should be going out for every RFP or bid over $15000, and advertising properly with all the  details on the internet and in the local paper.  It is a very competitive market and many companies are prepared to sharpen their pencils in an effort to keep their lucrative governmental contracts.  By the way – town manager , do you have an answer to my July 15th E-mail requesting when was the last time the town advertised an RFP on the internet or are you still researching it? I will keep today’s comments short since you will be hearing a lot of me on some topics later on but I just wanted to mention that I’m hopeful this town can raise it’s recycling totals when Broward transfers to “single stream” recycling.  It is free revenue for the town and by all accounts of trends from Miami Dade the recycled tonnage approximately doubles. Residents will probably be able to apply for a small wheelie bin into which all paper , aluminum cans, bottles and recyclable plastic – no need to separate and no excuses allowed in my book. Hopefully with the help of Choice, our two local papers, town topics and the internet everyone can start recycling as if we mean it. I get very disappointed when I drive around town on recycling day and observe how many of you residents “just can’t be bothered”.  This has to change as you will be throwing away the town’s revenue and that means your tax dollars if you don’t get the message. I’m looking forward to the break but I hope the commission next year will consider a single August meeting in order to reduce the burden on this agenda.  I already have it on my computer to remind me along with several other issues that in my opinion need adjusting when the political climate changes.Two, organizational issues one regarding public comments we agreed the public could speak on any subject whatsoever at public comments or reserve the right to address one specific topic later on the meeting’s agenda.Secondly The public speaker who addressed fishing struck me as the classic for the “round table conference” if we are in agreement to change the code then the dias can progress forward without wasting attorney or staff time – if we don’t agree the agreed to disagree and move on. Thirdly, we slipped up since we agreed any quasi Judicial hearings would take place on the night of the meeting to be fair to anyone who is paying attorney fees to be at the meeting. Apologies if that was you.Have a wonderful holiday everyone and we can but hope September brings some peace and harmony to this dais after all there is an election coming up in March.

Vice Mayor McIntee…”Ah, thank you the ah, Town’s going in a strong direction and it saddens me that there’s so many people that are trying to tear down  the administration. If you had grounds to tear the administration down I could possibly justify it.” He spoke of the budget …the 11% decrease compared to other towns and “double digit increases”…”It really says to me somebody’s doing really the right thing and the right job.”…He spoke again (a pre-election replay his last Comm. comments ) of the accomplishments…over the past 3 years…(avoiding the fact he rode in on those accomplishment coattails when he took his seat…they were already in progress)…Again with Oriana the P&Z…the property was “incringing” on town property …the million for beautification of El Mar……stating the building has  7 occupant….is in bankruptcy…he’s not trying to destroy the downtown…He helped the “brothers”…he’s not for 3 day events…..we’re a residential town…with a  “Mayberry feeling” …everyone likes the Pavilion…The VFD is back…5 pieces of fire equipment…and in conclusion he talked about  Marc Furth…”If an enemy called with a window…he’d [Marc] be there with a hammer” you gotta laugh…a little  “midnight tour ” vandalism humor don’t ya know…

Mayor Minnet-The Mayor spoke of Chen and Assoc. and rethinking the medians…saying the islands are beautiful in themselves…she was more inclined to make El Mar Drive more walking friendly acknowledging this might take things “backward”…but said “there was a need to look at everything in its fullest capacity”..that we tend to do things over in this town…She said she was going to be putting on a proclamation for Chief Gooding and wished everyone a happy summer…

We then moved on to finish the items on this long agenda…starting with the remaining Consent agenda items…

12b was the approval for $39,000.00 for the annual contract for Tele-Vac to do storm drain cleaning…It was curious that there were 3 bids done by Don Prince Director of Municipal works but not an RFP…and further curiosity came to to this writer when going to Town Hall on Mon. the 27th after seeing an RFP in the Sentinel for sewer line and storm drain maintenance and repair (09-07-06 …including bid opening date 8/27/09 included this time)…I picked up a copy of the published RFP to see the materials were identical to the Consent item to be approved…I asked Don Prince  who explained the consent was storm drain cleaning…piggybacked off of Sunrise and would be a stop-gap until we acquired a contract alone for both storm water and sewer…This was explained also at the meeting. Comm. Dodd asked a question for a resident who wanted to know who owns the sewers…Assist. Olinzock said the Town does in the south and Pompano Beach does in the north where new sewers were installed…passes 5-0

The Commission approved 12 c. and d. for 2 new trucks for the town fleet …total cost approx. $41,000.00…after some discussion from the Town Manager that 2 Comms. (did not say which 2) had directed her to buy the 2nd one this year instead of next rather than repair the transmission…(The Mayor kept the VM in line when he through out a figure of $5000 for the repair…it was in the backup $1700!)…passes 4-1 Mayor Minnet dissented

14  Quasi Judicial Public Hearings…

a. and b. were both for variances for Terra Mar resident Karen D’Uva …the crux of what transpired was we once again had no proper representation from a qualified Development Director and were left with BOA board members to continuously come to the podium…Assist. TM Olinzock was of no help at all…the Commission was informed by those BOA members and the owner that although she has always Terra Mar Drive as her address and has even had it recognized by Broward County when previous permitting was done…on paper it was not so…She was asking on the advice of the BOA for a variance to make that change…The change according to the backup code enforcement advised the change would now make her home non- conforming with the front encroaching on public property…Mrs D’Uva was again caught between a rock and a hard place due to this designation being the impetus for the BOA to agree to her variance for a side yard pool and to keep her shed (which was improperly put in long ago)…There is a long history with this applicant and the Town…when she was given substandard service from an inept department…followed up by disparaging remarks made at a commission meeting from the Town Manager and Director of Development without the applicant being in the hall to counter or defend herself…The Director  involved at the time resigned and Assist. Director was let go… the current department is even worse… all leading to further disarray and obstacles for the resident to go through…After spending hours waiting the first night…the Comm. apparently forgot their rule that  Quasi Judicial items would be addressed the date of the posted meeting and Mrs. D’Uva was forced to come back a second day…and then spent an 1 1/2 going through it…(having spent 2 hours earlier in the month in front of the BOA with her attorney)…. Even with Comm. approval for the change of designation for her front yard she was looking at yet again another variance to proceed….After much discussion the Comm. did vote to allow for the change…Then it was on to the 2nd hurdle (of this meeting for her) and it got dicey and personal with the Vice Mayor originally agreeable to her plight…turning on her after she spoke of the shed and the pool and the history that included the shed was illegal and a similar pool was approved in Bel Air …He sat forward and said he withdrew his motion and went after the applicant saying the town was going to have to investigate..(prev. posts …the shed led to “sweep” of sheds  throughout the town…and the pool in Bel Air it was found was approved by the Town by mistake …both came before the Commission)…He said she needed to follow the process….(Sure YOU want to say that VM?) ..suddenly Jimmy-boy followed suit…saying no hardship was found…HUH?…What hypocrites…these 2 had variances themselves…with the VM carport enclosure (never built) encroaching on the public property (his hardship…he had already bought  his supplies) and Comm. Silverstone  who owns a corner lot needed to fence in his wading pool and asked for fencing (wanting it higher then the allowed 4′)…no hardship……The Mayor was strict in her views in adhering to the code and the rules…she was adamant about not voting for any changes before the ordinances were changed first…and asked the Town Engineer’s position on non approval be read into the record…Comms. Dodd and Clottey sympathized with the resident and taking in to consideration each case…individually …that we are not a planned community and this should move ahead…The applicant said to please approve this…the staff had no comment and the vote was finally taken 3-2 it did not pass …The Mayor did not pass it for her stated reasons…BUT …for the VM and Comm. Silverstone to say no was totally hypocritical …not only because of their own situations (both passed by the Comms. 4-0 )…but because they are on record saying they MUST listen to and follow the advice of the boards…and the BOA board members…. CIC members handpicked by these 2 advised for this variance…OUCH!…

12c. This was for  101 North Ocean in need of  a variance to keep their dumpster enclosure chain link…it was originally approved in error of the town code requiring wood…T he owner said he spent alot for the enclosure…it’s sturdy and cleaner than wood…he offered to put slats in it to reduce the chain link exposure…The Town Engineers did not approve of it …the BOA did recommend approval….The VM said wood fostered “critters”…. Comm. Silverstone asked if there were any others with chain link in town…..the Assist. TM did not know …(there are)…The Mayor asked the Assist. TM  to read the code to which Comm. Silverstone said exasperatedly “No, not the entire code!”…Comm. Silverstone then said it was allowed to be built…Comm. Clottey offered up to let him keep it until he needs to replace it with the proper wood enclosure…that he should not be penalized…Comm. Dodd agreed and said the code should be changed …VM said on the condition it is replaced with a conforming fence he would vote for it…the roll was called…passes 4-1 Mayor Minnet dissenting…

15 Old Business…

a. Reduction of the right-of way performance bond for Minto…WOW!…The “2-hats” had their hypocritical hats on this meeting…big time…for all their talk about listening to staff …following staff….all the rhetoric about Town Manager’s duties and direction……and these 2 chose to vote to lower the performance  bond!…They had help (unfortunately) with Comm. Clottey and Dodd (who was not at the July 23rd meeting to hear the rep. assert a no vote would bring new sidewalks) …It passed 4-1..Mayor Minnet dissenting…What this means is that the sidewalks outside of the unfinished Minto properties will not be the 8′ pink sidewalks until Minto returns to complete the next 2 phases (2-5 yrs from now) leaving the Town to pay for them if the El Mar project proceeds to the north end before Minto comes back…

BC- Of note…Has anybody seen the fence sign for Minto on their construction fence facing the El Prado parking lot…interesting that Ms. Furth/ Code Enforcement/ Town Administration has not has been moot…add to that the sign pointing to the sale office trailer…And how long exactly can the sales trailer stay up? We were told trailers are not allowed and that there was a time frame for sales offices …( Villa Caprice was allowed 6 mos. when they wanted their across from the Holiday Inn)…It sure looks suspect……

b. custom banners…were approved 5-0…$731.50 DEPOSIT on art design…total $1463.00..for DESIGN ONLY…the cost if comparable to last years banners thousands!…

c. Comm. Dodd brought this back to allow the sea turtle monitors  to park closer to the beach near the portals…Comm. Clottey still clueless said she still didn’t think they should park there …they could drop off their equipment and park elsewhere….The Mayor reiterated (it was originally put on by her) that they only come in the early morning  hours …”2-Hats” joined together with the insane assertions there might be possible abuse …with the VM saying if there’s abuse “we pull everything!”…it passed 4-1 Comm. Clottey dissenting..

d. Parking permits and fees …will be addressed art the Sept. 10th round table…after it was required to explain to the VM the difference in procedures for a resolution rather than an ordinance…

BC- Perhaps the VM did not recall it was Comm. Dodd who insisted some time back to separate resolutions with fees from ordinances specifically to allow less constraints in changing the cost…OOPS!…

e. Kite surfing…..No one was there in the audience …so the VM withdrew it…no date deferred…so it’s status quo for kite surfing on the beach….YEA!…

f. was withdrawn it was a duplicate for the round table discussion ..item h.

g. Discussion on the Commercial drainage problem at the Beach Pavilion…Comm. Dodd brought this back because it was cut off at the prior meeting and he still had concerns over its effectiveness and the past actions of the Town Manager not bringing this item to the Commission to address…Assist. Manager Olinzock came to the podium completely adversarial and incredibly ineffective…..as he could not recall when the town became aware of the problem…and asserted the pavilion and the drainage were separate issues..HUH?….Olinzock also stated the extended time for Commercial as compared to the VM street was getting DEP permits…Assist. Olinzock also kept up the Town Administrative charade of being under the gun to complete the pavilion with the last grant (prev. post…it’s OCT. 2009!)…adding  administration takes direction from the dais…(hard to do when it is KEPT from the dais!)…Comm. Dodd relayed the Coastal Construction conversation stating the problems with Aruba’s runoff requiring a separate drainage runoff…the Town Manager spoke up about surrounding properties…and a memo addressing that issue given to the Comm. it included 2 alternatives …and true to her M.O. she decided to veer off and say the RFP was out BUT if Comm. Dodd wanted to not do the RFP and spend no money …she had no problem with it…(it’s really getting to be a tired old act TM)…The VM in la la land said he has been to the pavilion after an hour the water is gone …HUH?…it’s typical and then he brought up the pier being just as guilty of runoff as Aruba…they are trying to get it done… no action taken..RFPs are opened (and hopefully read out loud) Aug. 11,2009 2 pm….

h. The Round Table to discuss the criteria used for the Town Manager Review…after some discussion…that was shocking that the Town Manager does not know what is in her contract (only her 147 large / additions/ perks)…said she could review the Comm. as well…NOT SO…This writer made that mistake and incorrectly asserted it at the podium when first bringing this requirement of her contract to the dais…Comm. Silverstone repeated it…and now the Town Manager has done the same…

Pg. 6-  15.0

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After more talk of needing to discuss how to review he a round table is set Sept. 10,2009 5 pm…Jarvis Hall…public should be there!

16 New Business

a. Heroes award…the VM wants to give out medals for Heroes…at $60- $75 a pop…he brought them with passed them down…(the medals brought we  hear are the same as the ones handed out to VFD…and shown in the Mc-Furth Times)…Comm. Clottey was a hoot (for a change)…when she spoke of hearing an alternative of rings and wanted to look into it…she also felt the medals looked “tacky”…and that we’re a little town “not the military”…stating it was going too far…OUCH!…passes 5-0

b. Installation of drainage Bougainvilla from Commercial to Pine…Comm. Dodd wanted to know why we were going approve a study for $8450 dollars for a project that will cost $341,000 and is not in the budget…He expressed his opinion of not liking to do things “piecemeal” and wanting to use the “correct approach” with some planning…He relayed the TM’s assertions at his budget meeting with the staff that a full study would cost $80,000 …and said maybe instead of going around taking photos of garbage containers…photos of flooding could be taken ….Shaun Bamforth from Chen & Assoc came to the podium to express a need for a prioritized list…Town manager Colon said the $80,000 was a previous 1st study and it would now cost $98,000…She again brought up the storm assessment’s demise…the $243,000 …and again made reference to stopping Comm. Blvd. drainage repairs…which brought a motion for a warning to this writer for responding to her tactics…the motion failed 3-2 (thank you Comm. Clottey)…More discussion on the assessment…engineers and from Comm. Silverstone …re-institute the storm water fees……Comm. Clottey said we won’t be able to deduct it from our taxes…and said liked Comm. Dodds idea of priorities …and referred to the problem on the VM’s street and the kids affected…Shaun Bamforth spoke about approaching months where the problems we have now will dissipate adding he had spoken to the administration of doing aplan that would run $30-40,000 and it would cost less than the piecemeal we are now doing…Hmmm….fiscally irresponsible TM?….no vote…and then we had the “Aruba River” fallout …see above….

c. PIO Steve d’Oliveira asked for and received $4,755 to update software for channel 78…passes 5-0

d. Public speakers…”2-Hats” hypocrisy once more…these 2 guys were behind putting an end to resident/ non-resident after the longtime ban for their former friend John Thompson…It was something Comm. Clottey and Dodd ran on to rectify…and now it has come back again because the “Gang of 3” does not like being the minority on the receiving end…SHAME ON YOU!…passes 3-2 Mayor Minnet/ Comm. Dodd dissenting….

e. Comm Dodd wanted to see if another date could be added for citizens to have input…it could not…any resident with questions etc…must contact their Comm. who will then go to the TM…and get back to them…Of course the justification sheets are still not included on the backup…(will post soon on this site)…until Sept. 14th and 28th..

f. Discussion/action on extending the Village Grille and Athena special permits..(will post more on this one later) …in a nutshell…it was holding court for the “Gang of 4″…with an embarrassing “gotcha” for the Assist. TM…and only touching on the Town Manager changing a permit without direction or vote of the Comm. removing 1 part…adding something else…and on the dais interpreting it further…(what happened to following her own rules?)…Comm. Clottey opened “Pandora’s Box” with her suspicions that Athena was putting tables in front of other businesses…when in fact Athena owner Louis Marchelos said he owns the buildings…HIS tables are in front of…and the other tables belong to another business…leading to the VM talking illegalities and state liquor license problems…total spin…A glaring difference in the treatment for Dave Gadsby and Louis Marchelos from the majority on the dais…sad!..In the end ..the applicants will get a 60 day extension….and will be held to 3 month permits that need to be re-upped 60 days before!…that’s 2 times before March!…passes 5-0

g. The Audit…more Town Manager  nonsense…with the Manager ultimatums…her spin on the engagement letter her GAO budget presentation award …something 1265 municipalities  take part in and 90% get the award…pretty funny that the Manager said it’s based on “QUALIFICATIONS” in regards to Auditors…but not for public safety…ARGHHH….She got all testy…saying this is “Too personal” speaking of her integrity  …”I don’t cheat” ..BUT… in this writer’s opinion…giving Comm. outdated info while you possess the up to date figures…”INFORMING” them what you are going to do…then telling the Auditor the Comm. “ACCEPTED” the extended contract with only her signature for a 3 year $200,000.00 deal with a 10% increase per year …says something quite different…The VM chimed in ….going after Comm. Dodd….just a load of BULL#&*#….BUT in the end they will go out for an RFP for next year…passes 5-0…YEA!…

h. was withdrawn…storm water bond issue…will come back later…

The meeting ended with the Vice Mayor taking Comm. Dodd’s notes and asking the attorney if they were public record…DEJA VU…The VM has done it before with Atty. Abbott…and received the same answer both times…they are not public record…Perhaps the VM really is losing his mind?….

No Town Atty. report…adjourned…

more to come…..

Post Division

Here’s The Scoop… It’s Not Goodbye Chief ….. IT’S GAME OVER ….

July 31, 2009 by Barbara

CHIEF SCOTT GOODING

Dear Readers… First the news…

‘LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA – There will be a new chief in town Monday when Capt. Oscar Llerena replaces Broward Sheriff’s Chief Scott Gooding, who was removed from office last month by Town Manager Esther Colon.

Gooding’s departure was protested at a raucous town meeting where more than 100 residents and business owners praised his leadership and demanded his reinstatement. They were unsuccessful.

Gooding’s removal came as a surprise, after Colon faulted the cost of his renovation plans for police office space. She had never complained about his performance or financial management and had reviewed the construction costs with his supervisors prior to removing him.

Colon chose the new leader from within the sheriff’s ranks but from outside the town’s 28-member force.

In 2004, Llerena was named in a widespread inquiry into improperly closed cases during former Sheriff Ken Jenne’s administration. Sheriff’s investigators recommended a three-day suspension for Llerena.

“Captain Llerena challenged the finding and the investigators’ recommendation was not sustained,” agency spokesman Jim Leljedal said. “He was never suspended.”

Colon declined to comment on her selection of Llerena, 37, who is on vacation and did not return messages seeking comment about his goals for the new job.

Llerena will work under a $2.9 million contract with the town that ends Sept. 30, 2011.

He joined the Broward Sheriff’s Office as a road patrol deputy in 1996 and has been a training officer and detective. An agency spokeswoman said Llerena’s most recent post was night watch commander.

Gooding will remain with the sheriff’s office as a field commander.’

IT’S NOT GOODBYE, CHIEF….

What a turnout…what a crowd…and what a way to say thank you to outgoing Chief Scott Gooding…for a job well done!

We gathered around as Village Grill owner Dave Gadsby (no relation)  stepped on the stage to explain why we had all come out this evening…saying a few words about Chief Scott Gooding…He then introduced BSO Sheriff Al  Lamberti who came to support the Chief ….The Sheriff spoke about the BSO and what they stand for…and how they stand together…saying it’s not about one person …it’s about the BSO department as a whole…He then brought Scott up to speak to the crowd….Scott  spoke about the LBTS department and of the people he worked with in his 5 1/2 years in town…His voice cracked a little as he said it was hard to move on when you weren’t ready to leave ….but added in his new position….this was not goodbye…he would be able to return anytime he wanted!….The crowd burst into applause!…He gave special thanks to close friends …. pointed out his sister ( and her date) and his neighbors from Pompano Beach who had joined him for this event…..and then said the drinks were free courtesy of Dave Gadsby!…(all in good fun)….Dave Gadsby came back to the mike and asked everyone to join in to sing “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow”….followed by more applause and shouts of support ……Also in attendance…former LBTS Chief Tyre, incoming Chief, Capt. Oscar Llerena  …. Lt. Angelo Cedeno…many of Chief Gooding’s LBTS-BSO staff…Mayor Minnet… Commissioner Dodd…and former Town Commissioners…

Walking around the square the  subject was the same no matter where you walked…no matter who you talked to…IT’S GAME OVER…for  McIntee/ Silverstone/ Colon and the Furths…They went to far …and there’s no turning back… there’s no letting up….. to see that come this March…they are marched right out of power!…

This writer has never seen anything like it…a town full of residents…business owners….BSO ….and VFD ….ALL saying the McIntee and Gang are toast…they crossed the line and they can NEVER  recover from this action….NEVER….

Some spoke and snickered about the “UNSPINNING ” the spin campaign latest edition of the Mc-Furth times…saying it was more the “UNRAVELING” the campaign in 2010…THEIRS…”WE SWEPT THEM IN….WE CAN SWEEP THEM OUT”….Bye Bye BROOMS……..

With the Deputy Chief safely out of town, leaks from the VFD were front and center on these downtown sidewalks …Word is there is no support for McIntee in the VFD ….they’re  just waiting …for Dec/Jan VFD elections…where this writer is told McIntee will not be  re-elected Deputy Chief…We hear his bad acts are out of control……It is only a matter of time……..We’ll supply a medal for that!…

As the hour turned late and the music died down we all were in agreement….The man we came to thank tonight made his mark, was appreciated and richly supported by a community that will honor him by making “sweeping changes” in March ….of that this writer has no doubt……lights out…GAME OVER….

Thank you Chief, see you around town!….

link to Sentinel….http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/lauderdale-by-the-sea/sfl-lauderdale-by-the-sea-new-police-chief-073109,0,3298688.story

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Here’s The Scoop …7/28/09 LBTS Commission Meeting #1 …. Roosters Coming Home ….

July 29, 2009 by Barbara

THE MC-ROOST…MARCH 2010…….

Dear Readers…experiencing some computer technical difficulties …. The Mc-Furth Gang of 4 on the dais was showing signs that all is not well in their floundering faction……Guess the Roosters are coming home to roost…and they can’t seem to cope with the ongoing slaughter ….Quite snappish…..and downright impish were they as the time stretched on and on and on…….They’re still on a slippery slope and they just can’t get a grip to stop them from the free fall coming round the bend next March!….

We started with the special hearing at 5 pm and dealt with the “2-Hats” favorite …the fire assessment…Oh, the moolah they have coming with the $130 fire assessment and 4% increase in their contract expected to arrive just in time to fill their coffers and allow for more gluttony when it comes the the Deputy Chief’s insatiable needs to acquire apparatus …..And boy did  Mike Burton from Burton and Assoc. put a little spring in his step….Mr. Burton quoted 2 cases …one was a Supreme Court case Lake County VS Water Oak Management Corp. 1997  which provided that just as Comm. Dodd reminded Mr. Burton of previous comments Mr. Burton made at a past fire assessment meeting…the fire department in responding to auto crash scenes was akin to responding to medical calls as “first responders” in only offering “basic” care and not transport…and were allowed to do so under fire assessment funds… There was a major fumble on the part of the Vice Mayor and the Town Manager when it came to discussing even more equipment and a purchasing plan…even though Mr Burton stressed the reserve funds ( equal to approx. a months savings) was not intended for equipment replacement…The Vice Mayor was in his favorite arena…the “Bash BSO Bigtop”…blame the boys from the BSO … when it comes to all the wrongs that wreaked havoc on the VFD…The Manager walked head long into her newest version of who owns what…There was a heated exchange “2-Hats” calling Comm. Dodd a liar….Comm. Clottey asking the VFD to give up the 4% increase…and in the end direction was given for maintaining the $130 fire assessment…(details to be posted )…

Next came the millage with 3 scenarios provided by the Town Manager  3.9990/ 4.4829/ 5.2076 …the consensus was to keep the 3.9990…with a 10.80% decrease for our municipality…The Mayor made a list of proposed areas to cut back on…direction was given…the sticky wicket seemed to be the Chamber and providing a 2.0-2.5% COLA (cost of living) for the 30 hr employees in town…(although no total price was provided…)…other cuts and specifics to be posted…

The meeting began with Rev George Hunsaker speaking of human nature…trying to get everything done…to wipe the slate clean…reminding all that relationships are more important than personal agendas…

The Wind presentation was withdrawn …a no- show…Mayor Minnet took off her item on the round table as Comm. Dodd had the same item on the agenda…Comm. Silverstone took off his Proclamation for Marc Furth saying he did it without asking and because of the “political environment”…a wet noodle to those not enamored by the Mc-Furth leader….

The Solar Lighting presentation was given by Gregory Perez from Sol Inc.  www.solarlighting.com (previous post )…who gave a powerpoint presentation and spoke of what they could offer…It really should have been put on hold until after the hiatus and maybe the response would have been more receptive…

Honeybees were given a day August 22, 2009 with a Mayoral proclamation and a brief  presentation by Dr. Gosser  http://www.parklandpatriot.com/index.php?sec=1062&id=2049&skip=150 concerning the perils and the benefits of the honeybees…bottom line don’t call the exterminator call a beekeeper…and consider bees in your backyard…

Chen & Assoc./ Ocampo & Assoc. were put on after the MPSC/Comms. asked them both to come up with some plans for the Oriana million and El Mar…surprise… surprise…they can both give us medians based on the AI student winners …and the cost including their percentage (anywhere from 20-27%  brought to light by Comm. Dodd) But later on in the 2 day meetings it became clear that some on the commission are changing their tune on the money being used for the center of the roadway….

Public comments…proved the public commentary is growing in participation from those who sat on the sidelines…but are now fully engaged and eyeing March 2010…detailed post to come…

Reports….Finance/Development/Municipal/ BSO/ AMR  no discussion 5-0….VFD …questions from Comm. Dodd….The Chief filling all in on his daily duties…standards of operation…some good (life jackets required on the fire boat)…some questionable (training at midnight at Europa…prev. post)……jaws of life training…trainers in-house and the Chief while happy and confident in his trainers (no interest in Comm. Clottey’s request for outside trainers as well)…BUT unable to name trainer #5…(#1-4…Joe Padden/Mark Conn/ J & JJr. McIntee)…and some even more questionable…a mass entry of “rookies” from the academy (what academy)…with a mass exodus of trained members being scooped up by professional departments (whose hiring in such large numbers?)….more on this to come…passes 5-0

Town Manager report…Choice garbage…angry residents…getting charged for more toters than they were before…Madam Manager is strictly by the book…( sometimes)…no exceptions (we hear when Waste was under contract exceptions were allowed)…Instead of looking to help…with exceptions…the Manager gave a powerpoint of garbage can faux pas…This writer wonders did Esther don her Floppy hat and Foster Grants going undercover ala her previous escapades to check out the local open container laws at our downtown bars?…The presentation was the talk of the town on Wed. with witty and wicked words of her being way off base…But did Readers pick up the  caveat to her solution…with the 1 cubic toter…requiring an enclosure…requiring a permit… requiring Cha-Ching fees!…

OF NOTE…3 suggestions…coming from readers…1- cancel service for certain units (put them on vacation)…2-…don’t pay or accept service the contract is with the Town not the homeowners…3-redo the contract to allow for the refuse amt. as is done for the condos…for multi-family duplexes etc…(no legal advise being offered…just passing on suggestions)..Choice was receptive…pun intended…caught in the middle and handling it quite well…

Tennis anyone?…Looks like 20+ tennis wannabees are LOVE-in it and ready to dive in to the swim program (no real diving allowed in the Mc-pool)..and then after a cool dip it seem it’s Kickin’on over to Tai Kwon Do…all budgeted to succeed…says the Manager

Last was the news that in order to replace the Town’s mature trees…we would have to insure to the tune of $80,000….but for that amount the dais said…show me the shorties…passes 5-0

The minutes were approved …1..2…3…5-0 no discussion…

Ordinances…1st reading 2009-26 amending water conservation- passes 5-0/ 2nd reading 2009-10 the ongoing chapter 30 Unified land devel. sec. 30-21…Finally (we hope ,we hope no hidden particulars not brought out to bite us in the end) we have a second reading completed…with non- conforming structures allowed to be rebuilt after more than 50% destroyed…to the same footprint and height or higher while keeping to the Town Charter ..(still queasy over it being put to the test)….Right of Ways can have Zeriscape…still have inequitable maintenance and watering depending on the neighborhood…and still not clear…if the Town plants it…they maintain it…but if the homeowner puts it in (zericape) it theirs to upkeep? Again any change…means a trip to development for permits and fees…We have beauty shops…mopeds…fencing…setbacks…and more …passes 5-0/ 2009-12 sidewalk cafes have removable and permanent barriers…allowed in private areas and public…showing it is possible to provide to all  equitably…passes 5-0/ Noise…passes 4-1 (Minnet dissenting) ….posting in depth later…

The clock struck 11…and a vote was taken to proceed…after the VM said he was heading out of town…OOPS!….Let the cat out of the bag VM…advertising your departure…who ya gonna blame this time?…Vote to extend went down 3-2 BFF Silverstone joined the VM to go long…while the others said 20 minutes and they were calling it a night…The VM was P.O.’d…he had plans and insinuated that 2 could play at this game…

Ordinance 2nd reading…2009-25 sanitary sewer disposal service …The VM made good on his stall tactic asking for the Town Atty. to explain…she passed it on the staff…Olinzock explained it was to add a size for service to Oriana…No extra tax to everybody as Comm. Clottey stated showing she skipped the backup…passes 5-0

Consent agenda …the Bel Air signs…subject to the Town Atty’s review..the VM made the motion…and Comm. Silverstone 2nd…a few residents spoke of its placement…the history…what it was replacing and all that entailed…the Mayor stood her ground and reiterated her stance…fiscal and inequitable to other town neighborhoods…Comm. Clottey reiterated the need and the unsightly entry left after the change from septic to sewers…Comm. Silverstone spoke of how the previous walls taken down were probably paid for by the people there so since they paid  it once…it should be done by the Town this time (huh?)…asking also for the Town seal to be included (it is)…The VM looking for any votes he can… spoke of grassroots project and the guys who spearheaded this…saying they bypassed the “channels” and saying “thank goodness they did” OUCH!….Comm. Dodd was unhappy about the $10,000 for a $20,000 job paid to Chen and Assoc…and it went to a vote passes 4-1 (Minnet dissented)…The audience was dumbfounded that Comm. Clottey and VM McIntee did not recuse themselves…they both live in the are benefitting from the signage…Also being asked… why would the VM recuse himself for the sewers in front of his house…but not for these signs?…Hmmmm….

The meeting was adjourned until 2:30 the next day…….

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Here’s The Scoop …. Act 2… 7/28/09 LBTS Commission Meeting… Matinee’ …. “Off With Their Heads” ….

July 29, 2009 by Barbara

ACT 2 COMMISSION MEETING TODAY 2:30 PM….

The Commission will go at it again…Jarvis Hall 2:30 pm…….

Commissioner Comments..

Consent Agenda …..

Quasi Judicial Hearing….

Old Business….

New Business…..

No Reservations required….open seating….

More to come….

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Here’s The Scoop … LBTS VFD …. SOME VFD INCIDENT REPORTS ARE “CRAP”…UPDATED….

July 28, 2009 by Barbara

“AHHHH……CALL IT TRAINING”… “UMMMM ….SAY THERE WERE 2 THERE”…

Dear Readers….as you all know this writer makes public records requests for certain VFD incident reports…You may also recall that previously posted were incident reports that were less than stellar…due to the lateness in their production….A comparison was shown that the Pompano Beach Fire Dept.has each apparatus that was on scene write up their own incident report within the report completed right after the incident…something we were told before the VFD took over would be the process followed by them as well…..Nope…didn’t happen…instead we get reports (that are legal documents in any court proceeding) that are usually done by one member …who may not have not even been on scene…but he takes the info from the Dep. Chief (McIntee) more often than not!…

The VFD was paying their members for both medical and beach patrol responses…per their income-expense reports…(until they were told it was a no-no)  for at least 9 months into the 1st year as our provider…..At the first meeting in July the Town Manager went along with what looked like a  “cover up” (in this writer’s opinion) from the dais calling  the medical calls the VFD goes on “training “…per the VFD Fire Chief…… But how many times can you call it training when in June alone they went on 58 of 64 medical calls with AMR?…Turns out they lucked out on the medical calls/training charade they cooked up…when Mike Burton of Burton and Assoc. informed them at the special hearing last night that under “first responder” status according to the Supreme Court they could continue to go and get paid from the fire assessment funds as long as they did not assist beyond “basic “care or transport…(The Beach Patrol though is to be paid from a separate account…more on that to come)….

The problem this writer still has is the same despite the heavy weight being lifted from their shoulders on the whether they can be paid for these call from the assessment…and that is the VFD told us repeatedly that there would be NO need to have firetrucks going on medical calls because AMR would be fully staffed in the way BSO was not …thus allowing us not to have a firetruck going along for that 3rd EMS responder…Instead the VFD  is going on almost all medical calls and we are continually faced with an unnecessarily large number of responders …leaving taxpayers to pay through the nose for those VFD members to standby…(Check out some of the yearly call #’s  for some members to 6/30/09…287/406/112/281/226/340/248/161/494/221/373/257/533/429( no pay McIntee)/729/184/289/247/415/268/187/195/111/122(no pay Silverstone)…..then multiply them each  by $10 for medical/ $25 for fire ) ….Furthermore the Chief’s assertions that AMR needs their help at all these calls diminishes AMR as our EMS provider in the eyes of those who are asked to put their trust in the services!…

These recent public requests made were from July 4th and July 10th, 2009…

The July 4th incident reports…show the following..(NOTE- VFD Incident reports were written 9 days later on 7/13/09)……

21:43:43 (After the July 4th fireworks…prev. post)…Incident Type 745- Alarm system sounded, no fire- unintentional (brought out 3 trucks/ 2 command cars/ 17 personnel right as crowds departing the beach) / CAD NARRATIVE …Incident Type FIRE ALARM …GENERAL FIRE…NO RESET INFO…4 STORY CBS ABC INVESTIGATING, ALARMS FLASHING, NOTHING SHOWING DP12/FC ADV 4/S CHECKING PERIMETER & INTERIOR…POSS MALICIOUS DP12 ADV ESTAB IT IS A FALSE ALARM …ORIANA SUITE

7/13/09 VFD Narrative…At 2143 hours on Saturday July 4,2009 we were dispatched to an alarm system sounding. Five units were assigned to this incident. Seventeen personnel responded. We arrived on scene at 2147 hours and cleared at 2240 hours. The incident occurred at 4318 EL MAR Dr. L-B-T-S in District 12A. The local station is 12. The general description of this property is multifamily dwelling. The primary task(s) performed by responding personnel was standby. No mutual/ automatic aid was given or received.

Upon arrival E12 and SQ 12 crew found that alarm panel read pull station. E12 and SQ12 Crews searched for pull station. Pull station manually pulled and on the north side of the garage. No smoke no flames.

BC- This was the 1st half of the embarrassing display that had residents and tourists shaking their heads…and openly laughing at the spectacle…not quite what the Deputy Chief desired from this response call…

21:53:02/Incident Type 118- Trash or Rubbish fire/ contained/ CAD NARRATIVE…COMMERCIAL STRUCTURE…CALLER ADVD ACROSS FROM THIS ADDRESS AST THE COSTA DE SOL APTS THERE IS APOSS FLAMES AND SMOKE COMING FROM A DUMPSTER ACROSS THE STREET…STILL….REC’D ADDITL CALL SAME 1043/ CALLER ADV PD 97DUMPSTER FIRE…CALLER ADVD THAT THE DUMPSTER IS NEXT TO THE BUILDING…COSTA DE SOL

7/13/09…VFD Narrative…At 2153 hours on Saturday July 4, 2009 we were dispatched to a contained trash or rubbish fire. Two units were assigned to this incident. Six personnel responded. We arrived on scene at 2157 hours and cleared at 2221 hours. The incident occurred at 4209 EL MAR Dr. Dr. L-B-T-S in District 12A. The local station is 12. The general description of this property is multfamily dwelling. The primary task(s) performed by responding personnel was standby. No mutual/ automatic aid was given or received.

Upon arrival E12 crew found the dumpster on fire, E12 crews used a 13/4 speedlay to extinguish the fire.

BC- What is wrong with this report is that this writer and countless others saw 2 trucks go to this fire along with command cars…all the trucks assigned to the Oriana alarm “hightailed” it over to this dumpster fire…taking a fast turn around the square (curbing)… looking like “Keystone Cops” which is what you heard them called from the crowds watching the equipment falling off one of the trucks and hoses left unattended  for many to trip over as they took off to the 2nd scene up the block!…Not quite what was written 9 days after the fact…OUCH!…

HURRY…HURRY…HURRY…Sign up for MIDNIGHT VFD TRAINING DRILLS IN YOUR CONDO TODAY!…

July 10th ….AND 11th 2009…(prev. post)…

BC- Previously this writer posted the leaks from VFD members concerning the “dressing down” of VFD Chief Perkins by his Deputy Chief McIntee…after it is said McIntee returned from dinner with family out of Town limits and returned to find an alarm still going off at the Europa Condominium where his “troops” had been earlier for a fire call…Not happy with the situation…Dep. Chief McIntee it is said dropped the Mrs. off at home and made a beeline to the station…giving the Chief and ” troops” hell…Dep. Chief McIntee then contacted BSO Dispatch to say they were going back and after being asked by Dis[patch if he wanted a 2nd call number he said he would be using the original call number to return …BUT as you will see from the VFD Narrative…the Dep. Chief  7 days later as “Officer in Charge/Reviewer called the after Midnight- 1AM return a “Training exercise”!……How can you use an existing fire call and turn it into a “training exercise”?….Hmmm….

7/10/09 …23:25:44 alarm/ 23:34:38 arrival (1st time)..1st clear time for Chief Perkins 23:59:38/ E12 clear time (1st time) 23:31:08/ E212 clear time (1st time) 23:59:38/ E12 (again pg. 2) clear time (2nd time?) 23:40:44 (HUH?)

7/11/09…E12  arrival time o0:30:54 …clear time 01:10:12/ E212 arrival time 00:30:54…clear time 01:09:32/ SQ12 arrival time 00:31:07…clear time 01:08:28/ C12 (Perkins) arrival time 00:34:57…clear time 01:10:15 / DP12 (McIntee)  arrival time 00:35:02…clear time 01:10:23

CAD NARRATIVE BUSN GENERAL ALARM FIRE ALMC12 ADV 12 STORY CBS STRUC NS ON A,B AND C SIDEC12 LIGHTING IN AREA AND IT SET OFF THE ALM AND RESET ALMEUROPA BUSN GENERAL ALC 12 UNABLE TO RESET ALM AND ALM COMPANY EN SEC ESTAB FIRE WATCH EUPOABUSN NAME 5 POWEROUTAGE MIGHTHAVESET IT OFF/SEC CHECKING NOW/EMP HUNG UP

7/17/09 VFD Narrative …At 2325 hours on Friday July 10,2009 we were dispatched to an alarm system sounding. Nine units were assigned to this incident. Nineteen personnel responded. We arrived on scene at 2334 hours and cleared at 0110 hours. The incident occurred at 1460 N Ocean Blvd L-B-T-S in District 12A. The local station is 12. The general description of this property is multifamily dwelling. The primary task(s) performed by responding personnel was investigation. No mutual/ automatic aid was given or received.

Upon arrival C12 discovered that alarm panel showed trouble on the 6th floor. E12. E212, SQ12 crews investigated the trouble and searched all floors. No flames or smoke found. alarm was reset at the panel (BC-?) After all tasks were completed all units RETURNED to Station.

UPON ARRIVAL TO STATION DP.12 (MCINTEE) REOPENED CALL AND DISPATCHED ALL UNITS TO THE SAME LOCATION FOR A TRAINING EXERCISE, ZONE FAMILIARIZATION AND TACTICAL TRAINING ON THIS LOCATION.

PAGE 5 OF THIS REPORT HAS THE DEP. CHIEF’S INITIALS….

BC- Sure looks like the “leaks” were accurate concerning the Deputy Chief’s actions at the station and with the 2nd run to Europa ….As for the Chief’s “missed opportunity” of using the situation as a “training” for a couple of “rookies” it sadly looks to have been orchestrated and really lame performance at the podium…..especially when the report shows that the VFD responders sent both times were not “rookies”……when compared to their June Report stats below…

MTD= Month To Date calls (JUNE)/ YTD = Year To Date (calls from Oct. 1st to June 30)…..

E12- 1st run-#090  Miko Angeles Captain FF1 (MTD calls/ 32 YTD  calls 287)/ #110 Gordon Chase FF1(MTD calls 39/YTD calls 406) / #128 Danilo Goyochea FF2 EMT-B(MTD calls 62/ YTD calls 340)/ #43 Jerome McIntee FF1/Pd. Trainer (not on Roster)

E212- 1st run-#004 Mark Conn FF1 (MTD calls 30/ YTD calls 281)/ #100 Brad Fabian FF1 (MTD calls 33/ YTD calls 226)/ #131 Christopher Maddock FF2 (MTD calls 31/ YTD calls 257)/ #089 Jonathan Michailiuk FF1 (MTD calls 33/ YTD calls 727)/ #091 Steven Muntean FF1 (MTD calls 20/ YTD calls 65)

C12 – 1st run-#81 Chief Perkins FF1 (MTD calls 19/ YTD calls 415)

E12- 2nd run- same as above minus Jerome McIntee Jr. replaced by #040 Pete Long LT.FF1 (MTD calls 20/ YTD calls 221)

E212- 2nd run- no names given

SQ12-  2nd run -(SQ 12 not on 1st run) #078 John Louvaris Battalion Chief FF1 (MTD calls 30/ YTD calls 373)/ Maddock (see above)/ Michailiuk (see above)/ #011 Ron McGirr Acting Captain FF1 (MTD calls 61/533)

C12-2nd run- Chief Perkins (see above)

DP12 – 2nd run (DP12 not on 1st run) #58 Jerry McIntee Dep. Chief FF1 (MTD calls 45/ YTD calls 429)

BC- Definitely not the “rookies” the Chief told the Commission were in need of the after midnight training at the condo….OUCH!…

Time to get their stories straight….write their reports accurately and right after the calls….and to get their act together…

It’s time to get rid of the Deputy Chief…

more to come……..

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Here’s The Scoop …. REMINDER ….. LBTS Fire Assess & Millage Rate/ Regular 2nd Commission Meeting Of The Month …..

July 28, 2009 by Barbara

TONIGHT SPECIAL HEARING  5 PM/ REGULAR COMMISSION  MEETING 7 PM…

5 PM SPECIAL HEARING

A. Resolution 2009-18 FIRE ASSESSMENT….

BURTON AND ASSOC. WILL BE  AT JARVIS HALL ….

B. Resolution 2009-19 MILLAGE RATE….

7 PM….. 2ND Commission Meeting for July…(last one until September)…

Jarvis Hall/ Public Welcome / Public Comments

use link below to also get the agendas/backup

Online ….. http://lbts.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2 / Comcast Channel 78

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Here’s The Scoop … 7/28/09 LBTS Agenda ….It’s A 2 Popcorn Box Event ….

July 26, 2009 by Barbara

BE PREPARED…..

7 PM -REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING….

1. CALL TO ORDER, MAYOR ROSEANN MINNET

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

3. INVOCATION – Reverend George Hunsaker

4. PRESENTATIONS

a. Presentation – Wind Energy (Commissioner Clottey)

BC- there is no cover page /or backup that shows Comm. Clottey’s involvement…On a personal note Comm. Clottey NEVER ran on or showed any interest in “green” …In fact it was she that thwarted the Mayor (who was into the “green” issues from the get-go) and resident Yann Brandt’s introduction of an advisory board on energy just like Ft. Lauderdale voted to have at their last Commission meeting…Furthermore  it is disturbing that with the bloated agenda we face due to no Aug. meetings…and the fact that it was Comm. Clottey who pushed the energy issues off until after the budget when it was on a prior agenda (not her items)…that she chose or it was chosen for her to put on 2 presentations!…The company coming… http://www.frombeginningtowind.net/

b. Presentation – Solar Lighting (Commissioner Clottey)

BC- same comments as above/see previous post…company coming…. http://www.solarlightingusa.com/

c. Presentation of proclamation proclaiming August 22, 2009 as Honeybee Awareness Day (Mayor Minnet)

BC- Honeybees…better proclamation then the New Bus. item from Comm. Silverstone for “Gang of 3 – Leader Marc Furth”…at the end of the agenda…This presentation includes a memo e-mail sent to the Mayor from Town Clerk White asking her if she wants to make the proclamation and the Mayor’s response….yes…

d. Presentation – El Mar Drive Streetscape – Chen & Associates, Ocampo & Associates

BC- Hopefully the companies will be informed of the specifics…the history and the “climate” of the town…as they present their plans for the El Mar Drive south end medians (and more) …per the request from the MPSC/Comm. meeting (prev. post)…on July 20th….That Oriana million is burning a hole in the pocket of the “gang”…This taxpayer would like it to be put on hold until after March 2010….

5. PUBLIC COMMENTS

BC- It could be a long line if everyone comes to address the items below and more….unless they take a pass to speak on the item as addressed (speaker’s choice)….

6. REPORTS

a. Finance and Budget Monthly Report – June 2009 (Manager Colon)

BC-Just a few interesting points…page 11- sewer maint. outfall rehab maint. Orig. Budget  $82,000/ YTD 36,930.97/ Curr MTH $2,800.00/ Enc. YTD $700.00/ Unenc.$44,369.03….Advertisements page 8 Orig. Budget $25,000.00/ YTD $4,538.23/ Curr. MTH.0/Enc. YTD. 0/ Unenc. YTD 20,461.77. …Advertisements  page 9 Orig. Budget $3500/ YTD $3500/ Curr. MTH 0/ Unenc. YTD 0….Weiss Serota…Curr. MTH 0

b. Development Services Monthly Report – June 2009 (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

BC- Visitors 520/informational calls received 605/ verbal warnings 20/notices of violation 123/ citations issued 2/ spec. master cases 16/ complaints invest. 8/ re-inspec. conducted 160/lien searches 13/ zoning reviews 29/ final inspections 18/ bus. tax license 2/ public records req. 4….27 failure to connect to sewers/ 16 cases to spec. magistrate/ 18 final zoning inspec./ 29 completed fire related permit inspec./ 22 fire related permit applications include resubmittals/ reviewed Broward County Bus. tax licenses , those w/out town bus. license were contacted and issued violation notices/ page 7…Staff processed ADSTAR AD for public notice variance (Hmmm)…can they teach Town Clerk to do the same?)….

c. Municipal Services Monthly Report – June 2009 (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

Bc- 123 calls/ 9 complaints …list of daily activities including the pavilion being kept clean…..Hmmmm

d. BSO Police Monthly Report – June 2009 (Lt. Angelo Cedeno)

BC- 2 Deputies transferred out…2 transferred in/ Dep. Eason Deputy of the month….

BSO june stats 2009

e. VFD Fire Monthly Report – June 2009 (Chief Perkins)

BC- 27 Reg. in-town members/ 36 Assoc. out of town members/ 27 Fire-Rescue call/ 58 medical call (AMR had 64)/ Training 8 fire-drill…watercraft 6/ Beach patrol …ATV 1 70 hrs & ATV 2 45.25 hrs…out of 115.25 hrs. 42 hrs were non-paid vol time. (pd. from where)/ station watch 42 combined members …1,115+ hrs/ Community serv. 5 # of FF 5…

vfd june response report 2009

(Note the town site does not allow for full printing of some sheets sorry for some cut offs…)…

f. AMR EMS Monthly Report – June 2009 (Operations Manager Liddle)

64 calls VFD went on 58 of them)…overall avg. response time 3:41

7. PUBLIC SAFETY DISCUSSION

8. TOWN MANAGER REPORT

a. Solid Waste Update

BC- The backup is the full Choice Environmental contract (also on the agenda New Bus. item i. Comm. Clottey)…This writer previously posted after the 1st contract meeting in Jarvis Hall in the RFP process that the Town was headed for a big fallout with the change in the contract that called for 1 toter for each residence (unit)…and despite trying to get the Administration  ( John Olinzock ) to realize the uproar it would cause…it fell on deaf ears…(surprise…surprise)….and the big fallout as predicted has come down on the town and the contractor (Choice) who is stuck abiding by the Town’s decision of “no exceptions” leaving residents with paying more rather than less and leaving them inundated with extra toters and nowhere to put them. This writer has been told that if Choice did not abide by the Town’s contract of 1 toter for each unit…it would be in breach of the new contract…as would any other company that bid on the RFP including Waste Management. Now in the aftermath the Town Commission must change the contract to allow owners to decide how many toters they require…as it was in the past!…Rackin’ up the reasons for a performance review of the Town Manager and her Assistant…YIKES!

b. Tennis Program

BC- no backup…but we know the program is budgeted for $12,000 next year and we hear it is a hit with kids…per the TM…

c. Swimming Program

BC- no backup…this too is budgeted for next year at $12,000…although the lifeguard position has not been filled …and the program has not begun…

d. Insurance on Town owned Tree

BC- no backup…but it is said it is to address replacing trees after a catastrophic event…

9. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

a. June 23, 2009 Regular Meeting Minutes

b. June 30, 2009 Special Meeting Minutes

c. July 14, 2009 Budget Workshop Minutes

10. ORDINANCES

1. Ordinances 1st Reading – “Public Comments”

a. Ordinance 2009-26: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE SEA AMENDING CHAPTER 20, ARTICLE VI, SECTIONS 20-121, 20-122, 20-125, AND 20-126 PROVIDING ADDITIONAL WATER CONSERVATION REGULATIONS; CREATING NEW SECTION 20-126 ENTITLED “WATER CONSERVATION”; RENUMBERING EXISTING SECTIONS 20-126 AND 20-127 AS SECTIONS 20-127 AND 20-128; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION IN ARTICLE VI OF CHAPTER 20 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES, SEVERABILITY, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE

2. Ordinances 2nd Reading – “PUBLIC HEARING”
a. Ordinance 2009-10: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY THE SEA, FLORIDA, AMENDING CHAPTER 30 “UNIFIED LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS,” ARTICLE I “IN GENERAL,” SECTION 30-21 “NON-CONFORMING USES AND STRUCTURES” TO AMEND REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTINUATION OF NON-CONFORMING USES AND STRUCTURES; AMENDING ARTICLE IV “SITE PLAN PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS,” SECTION 30-123 “APPLICATION FOR FINAL SITE PLAN APPROVAL” TO CLARIFY THE REQUIREMENTS FOR AN APPROVED SITE PLAN TO REMAIN EFFECTIVE; AMENDING ARTICLE V “ZONING,” DIVISION 2 “DISTRICTS,” SECTION 30-211“RS-5 DISTRICT—RESIDENCE” TO AMEND ROOF OVERHANG SETBACK REQUIREMENTS IN THE RS-5 DISTRICT; AMENDING ARTICLE V “ZONING,” DIVISION 2 “DISTRICTS,” SECTION 30-261 “B-1-A DISTRICT-BUSINESS” IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THAT BEAUTY SCHOOLS AND HAIR SALONS ARE PERMITTED USES IN THE B-1-A DISTRICT; AMENDING ARTICLE V “ZONING,” DIVISION 2 “DISTRICTS,” SECTION 30-271 “B-1 DISTRICT- BUSINESS” IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THAT COOKING SCHOOLS, CATERING BUSINESSES, MOTORIZED SCOOTER OR MOPED SALES AND RENTALS, AND BEAUTY SCHOOLS AND HAIR SALONS ARE PERMITTED USES IN THE B-1 DISTRICT; AMENDING ARTICLE V “ZONING,” DIVISION 2 “DISTRICTS,” SECTION 30-313 “GENERAL PROVISIONS” IN ORDER TO AMEND THE REQUIREMENTS FOR FENCES, WALLS, AND HEDGES AND TO PROVIDE DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS FOR DRIVEWAYS, SWALES, AND GENERATORS; FURTHER AMENDING ARTICLE VIII “SIGN REGULATIONS,” SECTION 30-507 “DEFINITIONS AND RESTRICTIONS BY SIGN TYPE,” TO AMEND THE DEFINITIONS OF “SIGN,” “INFORMATIONAL, DIRECTIONAL OR TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGN,” AND “REAL ESTATE SIGN”; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE Approved 1st reading April 14, 2009
BC- It looks like they finally got it mostly right…but a final verification should be asked from the dais of Atty. White…The catastrophic over 50% non- conforming building replacement looks to be in place for both residential and commercial/ the “zeriscape” is included although it looks like maintaining the ROW/swale is still up to certain owners (the town’s property…some town maintained-Seagrape …some owner maintained- Washingtonia ) still a double standard!…..Bikes..mopeds are in but unfortunately it looks like the shop that rents them on Commercial has already bit the dust…OUCH!…

b. Ordinance 2009-12: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY THE SEA, FLORIDA, AMENDING CHAPTER 17 “STREETS, SIDEWALKS, AND OTHER PUBLIC PLACES,” ARTICLE VI “SIDEWALK CAFÉS,” SECTION 17-89 “REQUIREMENTS OF A SIDEWALK CAFÉ PERMIT;” PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE Approved 1st reading July 14, 2009
BC- This is to cleanup the OOPS found by Comm. Dodd that showed the present sidewalk cafes (Aruba/Village Grille) did not meet the code that until this change was made required “removable barriers ” and as we all know theirs were permanent…

c. Ordinance 2009-14: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, FLORIDA, AMENDING CHAPTER 13 “NOISE” OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES TO PROVIDE FOR AMENDED NOISE REGULATIONS; AMENDING CHAPTER 17 “STREETS, SIDEWALKS AND OTHER PUBLIC PLACES,” ARTICLE VIII “SPECIAL EVENTS” TO AMEND THE REGULATIONS OF SPECIAL EVENT PERMITS TO PROVIDE GROUNDS FOR DENIAL OF A SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT FOR VIOLATION OF NOISE AND OTHER TOWN STANDARDS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, CODIFICATION, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE Approved 1st reading April 14, 2009 Deferred at the June 9, 2009 Commission meeting by Vice Mayor McIntee
BC-It still looks like trouble…Noise trouble…and code trouble…and fees galore…CHA CHING…The limited testing in the backup that shows the outdoor entertainment is over the allowable new levels…Will the “Gang of 3” pursue it or have the “leaders from Town Hall East” told them to “silence” this one as we head to election time?…Below the decibels and a few readings Fri/Sat. night…

noise ord.2009-14 #1

noise ord 2009-14 #2

noise #3 2009-14

d. Ordinance 2009-25: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE SEA AMENDING CHAPTER 20, ARTICLE II, SECTION 20-19 PROVIDING FOR RATES AND CHARGES OF TOWN SANITARY SEWAGE DISPOSAL SERVICE; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION AS ARTICLE II OF CHAPTER 20 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES, SEVERABILITY, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE Approved 1st reading July 14, 2009

11. COMMISSIONER COMMENTS

BC- Get ready…time for a time limit on Comm. Comments…the 13 minute VM electioneering is too long and too boring….and too..too predictable!…

12. CONSENT AGENDA

a. Commission approval of contract agreement for construction of Bel-Air monument signs to Coastal Contracting, Inc. in the amount of $19,900 (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

BC- The bids were previously posted…the Town is going for the lowest bid from Coastal Construction (Pavilion contractor)…approx. $20,000…for 2 signs…that’s plus the approx. $10,000 for Chen and Assoc…and of course for any change orders…

b. Commission approval for annual storm drain cleaning by TeleVac South as required by (NPDES) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System $39,000 (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

BC- This was done by RFP…but the RFP was done by the Director of Development and was not published in the Sentinel…It is a $39,000 contract that is not included on the RFP annual list provided by the Town Manager…Also we hear Tele-Vac has provided Don Prince with video of all sewers and they should be helpful with decisions for dealing with the flooding problems…

c. Commission approval for purchase of a new 2010 F150 4×4 $17,556 (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

BC- It’s good to be a government…the 2000 truck is in need of a $1700 repair…but why bother…buy new…keeping up the Town Fleet…and what a fleet we have bought this year…parking enforcement vehicles…etc…

d. Commission approval for purchase an F250 with a Utility Bed not to exceed $23,000 (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

Bc- This was originally supposed to be just a new bed cover for the existing truck…but the Town is going for the big 8 cylinder for the beach…$$$$…

13. RESOLUTION – “Public Comments”

14. QUASI JUDICIAL PUBLIC HEARINGS

a. Commission approval of re-designation of lot line front per request submitted by Karen D’Uva, property owner of 1658 W. Terra Mar Drive, to change the designated front yard per Town Code Chapter 30 from Seward Drive to West Terra Mar Drive (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

BC- The resident wants a variance for her shed and her pool and fencing…she has been down this road before…according to the backup…and met with roadblocks…This time she came to the BOA with reinforcements…her neighbors who spoke to support her requests…It was decided to ask again for a change of address and although it was repeatedly explained it could not be done at the BOA meeting due to no public notice…the BOA members (3) felt it was the way to proceed and turned it over to the Commission…thus allowing for the shed/pool and fencing… The backup cover has N/A as to staff input…just the code that provides that the change will make this property a non- conforming property as a  result…

b. Town Commission to approve variance request submitted by Karen D’Uva, property owner of 1658 W. Terra Mar Dr. (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

BC- continued from item a…..

c. Commission approval of a zoning variance regarding the dumpster enclosure for 101 Ocean Restaurant located at 101 Commercial Boulevard. The applicant is requesting exception to the Town’s Zoning Code, Chapter 30 to allow the existing chain link enclosure to remain – BOA approval with condition (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

BC- BOA approved…

15. OLD BUSINESS

a. Commission approval of reduction of right-of-way permit performance bond for Villas By The Sea Development, as requested by Minto Communities, LOLC (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock) (Deferred at the June 23, 2009 Commission meeting by Vice Mayor McIntee) Request to defer to July 28, 2009 Deferred at the July 14, 2009 Commission meeting

BC- This was deferred…the Minto properties want to lower the bond…put off the sidewalks…and have no time frame for finishing up their unfinished properties…When this was addressed previously the Town wanted to keep the status quo…the VM wanted to wheel and deal…the Minto Rep. indicated not lowering of the bond would most surely provide Minto the impetus to finish the sidewalks before the projects for it would be cheaper for them to replace them down the line when construction restarted…Of Note what’s with the missing windows on the east side oceanfront building…it looks like they ran out of money…OUCH!…

b. Discussion and/or action regarding location and quantity of custom banners (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock) Deferred at the July 14, 2009 Commission meeting

Bc- At the last meeting the Mayor was to get together with Olinzock to decide on locations…the backup shows 13…and it means we will be racking up the $$$$  for banners to a downtown that might be shut down if the noise ordinance gets the “Gang of 3” vote…OUCH!….(see the New. Bus. item # 16 B.Res.req. form)….

c. Discussion and/or action of FWC application for parking permits at the beach (Commissioner Dodd) Requested at the July 14, 2009 Commission meeting

BC- Comm. Dodd brought this back after it was turned away for incorrectly being put on as an item for reconsideration…Originally it was the Mayor’s item.. The DEP would again like the Town to understand the Bougainvilla parking is not conducive to their needs in the early hours of turtle monitoring…Give em’ a break…

d. Discussion and/or action of Beach and Residential Parking Permit Fees (Mayor Minnet) Requested at the July 14, 2009 Commission meeting

BC- The Mayor brought this back after it was turned down due to being put on under reconsideration…The Mayor will show the loss of money due to the piddly $20 annual sweetheart deal made for the “Gangs’ CIC chums”…

e. Discussion and/or action regarding Kite Surfing (Vice Mayor McIntee) This item was deferred at the April 28, 2009 Commission meeting to the July 28, 2009 Commission meeting by Vice Mayor McIntee

BC- They’re back…the backup contains an outline for rules and regulations…put forth from an LBTS Resident …(last meeting  on this  presentations were made by other s(prev. post)…personally this writer hope the Commission won’t weigh them down too much…. and put on killer fees…that limits the soaring sights that we condo watchers so enjoy…Look for many to come back for this one!….

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f. Discussion and/or action to reschedule the Round Table that cancelled on June 30, 2009 (Mayor Minnet)

BC- looks like the Mayor and Comm. Dodd are both trying to set a date certain to get the Manager reviewed…ASAP…(below item h)…

g. Discussion and/or action regarding pavilion drainage (Commissioner Dodd)

BC- Comm. Dodd wants to address the drainage issue…and all that entails….

h. Discussion and/or action concerning review of the Town Manager as required by the Charter. New date to be set by the Commission for the Round Table review (Commissioner Dodd)

BC- same subject as item as f. but with the “Gang” on hiatus for August…Good luck…

16. NEW BUSINESS

a. Discussion and/or action regarding Heroes awards (Requested at the May 27, 2009 Commission meeting by Vice Mayor McIntee)

BC- Pet project…no backup….. No need for the VM to apply!…

b. Discussion and/or action regarding the installation of drainage on Bougainvilla Drive from Pine Ave to Commercial Blvd (Assistant Town Manager Olinzock)

BC- This is a doozy….especially after the VM “sweetheart deal”debacle last meeting (prev. post)…it includes a Citizen req. form from a resident (7/2/09)…that’s a hoot…(see below)…an $$8450 Chen & Assoc. study…a June 20,2008 Citizen Contact Center Form for the News stand that was just done at the south end of Bougainvilla over 1 year later…(so why the study for Comm. to Pine?)…and a total that’s an eye opener…YIKES!….Can’t get that performance review fast enough for this taxpayer!….

citizen lassel

bougainvilla sewers

NOTE…TOTAL….$341,187…Bougainvilla …from Commercial to Pine…(picked up by Comm. Dodd…thanks!)…

c. Discussion and/or action regarding Government Channel 78 Software Signage Update – $4,755 (Manager Colon)

BC- upgrades per PIO d’Oliveira…who states in the backup the aging software “switcher” does not work 100% of the time…time to switch up…to the new stuff…how about better backup online…keep it around longer than just to the next meeting…

d. Discussion and/or action to have public speakers state their full address (Mayor Minnet)

BC- this came from Resident Frank Hermann who spoke at the 7/14/09 public comments incorrectly calling the speakers who came to address the termination of BSO Chief Gooding as “Carpetbaggers”…We worked hard to say it should not matter where a public speaker is from…it would be sad to go back to address etc…let it go…

e. Discussion and/or action to hold a budget meeting to allow citizen input before the meeting on September 14, 2009 by which time it will be too late (Commissioner Dodd)

BC- Many residents are now fully invested in the Town’s politics…policies…codes…ordinances…and the budget like never before…Gone are the days of only one person paying attention…The taxpayers want transparency such as the Justification pages of the 2009/10 budget online ( If the Town does not provide it…this site will in Aug.) and a meeting before the date of approval to have their say…Comm. Dodd heard the residents…and put this item on…

f. Discussion and/or action on extending the three months special events permits for Village Grille and Athena Restaurant known as Jazz on the Square and Elvis (Commissioner Dodd)

BC- OOPS!…the majority on the dais in their infinite wisdom (total sarcasm) reduced the 1 year permits to 3 month…BUT….now we face Aug….no meetings and the permits will run out!….Deal with it….give them the permits to carry on….don’t let Elvis leave the street….

g. Discussion and/or action regarding the audit company and the RFP’s (Commissioner Dodd)

BC- This backup is downright dirty…The Manager (as previously posted) only provided the Comm. with the 2005 engagement letter from longtime Auditor Rachlin to Manager Baldwin……not the 2008 letter NOW included in  this backup ( a public records request provided the 2005 WAS the only letter)…and it furthermore did not show the correct amt. for the 3 year contract…The Auditor was then provided a letter falsely stating the Comm. “ACCEPTED” the contract…when in fact the Comm. was “INFORMED” by the Manager that she was going to extend the contract worth just shy of $200,000 over 3 years!…The Manager cannot “INFORM” and must have vote of the Comm. for anything over $15,000….The Manager should have reminded the Comm. of the RFP time ( June) for a possible RFP for a new auditor (the 3 yr. agreement allows for termination by either party) It may not even be a valid contract due to the false statement made in the letter to Rachlin……Let’s see how she handles this one…Ready to watch the familiar melt down? Any other Town Manager would be outta here….for such actions…

h. Discussion and/or action on a storm water bond issue (Commissioner Dodd)

BC- The Manager brought this up at the last meeting after the VM drainage debacle… Piecemeal with the Engineer’s 2nd choice for dealing with this major townwide problem…or do it right?….

i. There seems to have been a dual billing system for garbage collection services. Most paid the correct amount, a few paid less. This has been causing problems since the Town switched to Choice and everyone now is expected to pay the amount set by their dwelling’s category. Switching these dwellings to the commercial rate or letting them have smaller totters would provide some financial relief to these residents who do not need large totters (Commissioner Clottey)

BC- HUH?…Clueless…again…Should be answered in the Manager’s report…

j. Discussion and/or action for a proclamation for Marc Furth (Commissioner Silverstone)

BC- Proclamation for what?….being the Leader of the Mc-Furth Gang?….Running “Town Hall East”….or just July 4th, 2009 …the most divisive- political July 4th many can recall?…Enough!….

17. TOWN ATTORNEY REPORT

18. ADJOURNMENT

more to come…after the fog lifts….

Post Division

Here’s The Scoop ….. 7/28/09 LBTS Agenda …. 5 PM Special Meeting ……. Oxygen Required ?….

July 26, 2009 by Barbara

OXYGEN MAY BE REQUIRED BUT NOT UNDER THE FIRE ASSESSMENT!……..

5 PM-SPECIAL MEETING….BUDGET…..

1. CALL TO ORDER, MAYOR ROSEANN MINNET

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

3. ITEMS OF DISCUSSION:

a. Resolution 2009-18: A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN COMMISSION OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, FLORIDA, RELATING TO THE PROVISION OF FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES, FACILITIES AND PROGRAMS IN THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, FLORIDA; DESCRIBING THE METHOD OF ASSESSING FIRE PROTECTION ASSESSED COSTS AGAINST ASSESSED PROPERTY LOCATED WITHIN THE TOWN’S GEOGRAPHICAL BOUNDARIES, KNOWN AS FIRE PROTECTION ASSESSMENT AREA – TOWNWIDE; ESTABLISHING THE ESTIMATED RATES FOR FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2009; DIRECTING THE PREPARATION OF AN ASSESSMENT ROLL FOR FIRE PROTECTION ASSESSMENT AREA – TOWNWIDE; AUTHORIZING A PUBLIC HEARING AND DIRECTING THE PROVISION OF NOTICE THEREOF; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE

BC-  Readers know by now this writer is at a loss as to why we need to maintain $130 fire assessment for a town this size with a VFD that has a membership of 63 members (not the 2009/2010 LBTS budget number of 82 FFs…steady at 60 + or – a few for months now) and we now know cannot be used for VFD medical calls or VFD Beach Patrol …

We are told that there is $35,000.00 in an interest bearing acct. that is not shown in the budget (justification pages…no line item) to pay for Beach Patrol … The VFD has shown in its reports and its income and expense acct. reports thus far that Beach Patrol and medical calls were being paid from the fire assessment..(the only town fund funding the VFD)…We are told the VFD  decided recently to pay the members from their neverending Booster Fund for the 2nd 6 mos. of their 1st contracted year. ( after hush-hush confirmation the fire dept. funds from the town were used incorrectly in the 1st 6 mos. for these calls) The Manager at the 7/14/09 budget meeting said the medical calls were for “training” per Chief Perkins…but some of these medical calls are “code 3” and are in their report as “medical calls -assist “…OOPS!….The decision of the VFD to use the Booster Fund does not “jibe” with this special acct. (from ad valorem ) the Manager said is in-wait for a “bill” from the VFD for Beach Patrol hours…It seems “suspect” in light of the past payments and no line item last year or in the new budget!…

Fort Lauderdale is going to pay approx. $135 for their large professional fire dept…..Davie is at $104 and Pompano Beach is raising there assessment to $108…again for large professional fire services……We are slated to pay a 4% increase for year 2 per the contract…the amt….$887.875.00 (total with Fire Marshall…ins./ pensions/consultants/audit services…$1,025.776,00)..We have no control or oversight …due to the VFD being a contracted private non- profit corporation….We have watched as the dept. continues to become “bloated” with trucks …now at 5……The Manager’s early on assertions that the town must own all equipment for any future change in fire service providers … went by the wayside after the VFD purchased truck # 2 for the year… again with the purchase of the Jet Ski and the new Dep. Chief Command vehicle (title belongs to the VFD)…and the recent purchase of the $100,000 + 102″ ladder truck…(let’s see if the VFD asks for town funds on this one. It might happen at the 7 pm reg. Comm.meeting to follow during the VFD report per Chief Perkins…The Manager …we hear… has has said no)….With the last truck…the reason given for the purchase is the ISO rating…but a look at the ISO report already gives us credit for the ladder truck (prev. post. “kinder,gentler ISO”)….We hear that in the 1990’s a previous VFD Chief chose to pass on the truck because it “wasn’t worth it” in terms of servicing the town…OUCH!…

So here we taxpayers are…watching as one professional town public safety provider was decimated in retaliation  for “fiscal irresponsibility” and another volunteer public safety provider again in year 2 will be “flush with funds” and allowed to continue to spend like “drunken sailors”…courtesy of a fire assessment that is too high and a hands off policy from the Town Manager!…

Drop the fire assessment cost!…

June 2009 VFD REPORT …

june vfd dept. rep.

b. Resolution 2009-19: A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN COMMISSION OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, FLORIDA, ADOPTING A PROPOSED MILLAGE RATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2009, AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2010; STATING THE PERCENTAGE AMOUNT OF THE PROPOSED RATE DOES NOT EXCEED THE ROLLED BACK RATE; ANNOUNCING THE DATE, TIME AND PLACE OF THE FIRST PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER THE PROPOSED MILLAGE RATE AND THE TENTATIVE BUDGET; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, CONFLICTS, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE

BC- It’s an election year…so this will be a fast the Commission will accept the proposed 4.4829 for the year in order to drop it at the Sept. 14th meeting (MONDAY..so it does not compete with Broward County’s Budget workshop) at 5:01 PM to 3.9990…It cannot be raised …thus the “reason” for the rate this evening…

res.2009-19 prop. mil.

4. ADJOURNMENT

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop ….. Putting Forth A Plan …..

July 25, 2009 by Barbara

ONE MAN’S PLAN….

Dear Readers…Master Plan Steering Committee member Bob Eckblad was kind enough to give this writer permission to post his plan for LBTS….He sent it out to the Mayor and Commissioners (see below) and had intended to bring it up at the July 20, 2009 MPSC/Comm. meeting…Unfortunately the meeting ended without him having the opportunity to do so.

Many of you may recall from the Sausage Series (see categories) that at one time during the campaign the M & Ms (McIntee/MacMillan) wanted then candidate Clottey to be pushed out for Bob to run in her place…This writer told candidate Clottey to not allow it to happen if she wanted to be Commissioner…(sorry readers)…but also informed her that potential candidate Eckblad had filled out his CIC questionnaire in order to receive consideration from the CIC to back him should he run…and that as Vice-Chair of the CIC at that time I felt it was correct to ask him to consider coming to the CIC for the members to  consider even after I had heard he was no longer sure he wanted to run. I told her as I told Mr. Eckblad his answers to the questionnaire were really well done and the only problem he would have was his stance on the 15 stories in the north end of town….adding that since that was a moot point at that time it still left the door open, for the CIC to back him if he so desired to pursue it. I also told candidate Clottey  as I told Mr. Eckblad that if he still had any interest in running  to go ahead and file as he could always pull his name at any time….Unfortunately Bob Eckblad chose to stay out of the race….After reading his plan I say to him…there’s always next time Mr. Eckblad….in 2010 or 2012

MR. ECKBLAD’S E-MAIL…………

‘Mayor, Commissioners: With elections coming along next March, and the composition of the Commission possibly changing, I think it’s time for this Commission to set aside some of the petty issues that occupy so much of your time, and put your own positive mark on the history of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.

In the last Master Plan Steering Committee meeting, I hear that Marc brought up the suggestion that the Town acquire some properties that are on the market or may be available for purchase at prices we may not see again.  Specifically, he was referring to properties along El Mar Drive that were purchased at inflated prices by the Oriana folks.  I believe the properties he was referring to were Block 15, Lots 13 thru 18, addresses 4329, 4333, 4337, 4341, and 4345 El Mar Drive, totaling 300 feet.  These are currently listed in the MLS for a total of $3,565,000, less than the price the Oriana folks paid and less than the mortgages thereon, commonly referred to as short sales.  This is an opportunity to put together a parcel of properties comprising more than ¾ of an acre that could be used for much needed parking.  If purchased at the asking prices with $565,000 down, a $3,000,000 loan over ten years at 6% would require only annual payments of approximately $400,000, an amount that certainly would not have a significant impact on any anyone’s property taxes.

My vision for this Town’s commercial areas is a more upscale destination than presently exists, more on the order of Las Olas.  I believe this can be attained with some wise investments and a little tweaking of our current zoning.  And I believe we would receive an excellent return on our investment via increased real estate and sales tax revenues, along with, of course parking fees.

In a previous e-mail to you last August and, again in one of our Master Plan Steering Committee meetings, I suggested the purchase of the marina property on Basin Drive and development along the lines of what was proposed in the Master Plan prepared by peter j. smith & company, inc. in January, 2004.  This would serve as not only an attraction in itself, but a destination for the Water Taxis that would bring customers and dollars to our businesses.

Also, I made a suggestion at one of our Master Plan Steering Committee meetings that we look into the possibility of re-zoning Block 30, which is bounded by A1A to the east, Bougainvilla to the west, Datura to the north, and the Town-owned park/Chamber of Commerce property to the south, from residential to commercial.  This might encourage a developer to develop the property into a multi-level, say, one over one or two over one, shopping mall, providing much needed parking on the ground level and professional offices, restaurants, shops, etc. on the upper floor/s.  Here again, this would bring customers and dollars to our businesses.

Instead of wasting money answering lawsuits from property owners in the annexed north beach area, return their zoning to pre-annexation codes and restore their property rights, and use the funds to make a progressive investment in the future of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.  To me, it’s called common sense.  And to those whose primary concern is their property values, a more upscale business district would certainly have a significant positive impact.

Regards, Bob Eckblad, Bel Air resident’

BC- May I add that if the “Gang of 3” under the leadership of  Marc and Cristie Furth from campaign headquarters (“Town Hall East”) pursue the March 2010 referendum item of 33″ townwide…The residents in the north end of town should either request from the Commission or obtain by petition that a referendum item be placed as well to return the 15 story height limit to the annexed north side of town….It was a close race…and many of those who did not understand the vote or voted just for McIntee (many ex-CIC members) would most likely overturn that vote …thereby putting to bed the Bert J. Harris lawsuits….

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop…LBTS 7/24/09 Agenda …. Solar lighting ….Right In Our Backyard …..

July 25, 2009 by Barbara

Unavailability of solar lighting….HMMMM…

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 10:10 AM From: “Rick Schuett” <> To: “barbarafcole” <>

Hello Barbara,

I read with great interest your most recent blog, in which the following statement was posted:

Comm. Clottey said she spoke to “Mr Sehl” and he said solar lighting was not yet available in the U.S….but it was something that we should think about …(audience members disagreed with the assertion of unavailability)…

I am President and CEO of SOL, Inc – the world’s largest manufacturer of outdoor commercial grade solar-powered lighting. We have been in business since 1990, and even more interestingly, are located basically in your back yard up here in Palm City, FL.

I would be more than happy to meet with any of the commissioners, the Mayor, the City Council members, or whomever you feel would be appropriate to speak to about this issue, and would welcome the opportunity to do so.

Best Regards,

Rick Schuett

President & CEO

SOL, Inc

www.solarlighting.com

Re: Some more info on solar lighting

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 11:10 AM
From:
“Barbara Cole”

To:
“Rick Schuett”

http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/contactus.html
They are looking for turtle friendly lighting. In bollards is what is being thought for redoing El Mar Drive. Let me know how it goes. BC
— On Tue, 7/21/09, Rick Schuett wrote:

From: Rick Schuett
Subject: RE: Some more info on solar lighting
To: “Barbara Cole” <>
Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 11:13 AM

We have a turtle-friendly solar-powered light that we can provide, in a bollard.

From: barbarafcole
To: Rick Schuett
Sent: Tue Jul 21 18:00:43 2009
Subject: Re: Some more info on solar lighting

I just heard one Commissioner is doing a solar light presentation at the July 28 Comm. Meeting at Jarvis Hall 7 pm.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 7:59 PM

From:

“Rick Schuett”

To:

“‘barbarafcole”

Yes, I spoke to the Commissioner who you quoted, we will have someone present at the meeting (I will be out of town on business).

Thanks for the opportunity..



Re: Lighting Solution

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 5:13 PM
From:
“OANI Sales Dept.”

To:
barbarafcole

Ms. Cole,

Referance to our solution not being available at this time by Comissioner Clottey at the Master Plan meeting is correct, we are not in a position to release further information at this time.

Thank you

Re: Lighting Solution

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 5:20 PM
From:
“Barbara Cole”

To:
“OANI Sales Dept.”

Thanks Jerry, but I have received info from other company that it does. BC

Fw: Information you requested from Sol Inc

Thursday, July 23, 2009 9:03 AM From: “Jerry Sehl”  To: “Barbara Cole”  Message contains attachments,  Just thought I would pass this along…   —– Original Message —– From: To Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2009 2:27 PM Subject: Information you requested from Sol Inc

Thank you for your interest. Because each of our systems is built depending upon the specific parameters of each project, we’ll need a little more information about your needs.  I would like to thank you in advance for taking a few minutes to answer the questions and send this back to us.  With this information, we’ll be able to size up an appropriate system for you.

Dear Readers…This writer wrote about the MPSC /Commission meeting and Comm. Clottey’s remarks fro “Mr. Sehl” of the unavailability of Solar lighting in the U.S. market…Once again a word search was done by a company from the BCbythesea post…and the above is what transpired…leading up to the July 28, 2009  presentation……The “presentation” agenda item put on by Comm. Clottey is to be made from  gentleman’s company that contacted this writer …..After my correspondence with the company I received an e-mail from the “Oani Sales Dept..”….that a simple Google showed was a company with a 954 phone number ….a Google of the phone number showed the “Sales Dept.” who was contacting me on behalf of Comm. Clottey was “Mr. Sehl”…So I responded back to “Jerry”……”Mr Sehl”AKA Jerry  then sent this writer a “heads up” from the very company I sent the Commissioners way!……I did respond  to him and say thanks …not wanting to cause another “interrogation” for whomever came to speak at the presentation from the “Detective” on the dais… But after seeing the ONLY presenter is the company that picked up the RFP from this site…it is “suspect”  on two fronts…1st…”Mr. Sehl” is not presenting (How many companies does he have anyway?…He is under Oani for this and Online Access Network for repayment for the TV and camera etc…for the July 4th raffle items)…and 2nd…the cutoff date for items from Comms. on agendas is supposed to have been Monday the 20th…..So either the rules were bent for Comm. Clottey or “Mr Sehl” backed out of his “presentation…Hmmmm… In the backup is what this writer thought…in black and white of the assertions made by Comm Clottey at the MPSC/Comm. meeting on the 20th….see below…(available on the Town site)…

7/28/09 Presentations 4 B.

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In conclusion….let’s see if the “Gang of 4” on the dais…shoots the messenger once more!….

And thanks Mr. Schuett for pursuing your word search…it may benefit our Town as we deal with our El Mar Drive project…Presentation item 4 D. by Chen and Assoc.

more to come….

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