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Update…Palm Club …More Questions…Answers…Jumping The Gun…

MORE PALM CLUB ….FROM THE TOWN MANAGER…

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From the questions to the Town Manager from Commissioner Dodd – 1/25/09…answered -1/28/09…memo (public record)…

Third- ‘I’m not sure why we are bending over backwards to help Palm Club when the last thing I heard was they were inundating the town staff with requests for information with regard to possible lawsuit against the town. If all threats of the lawsuit have been lifted please notify all commissioners. Can you please verify that these grants are available for this type of work on private property, as I would hate to be guilty of trying to obtain grant money for an ineligible project.’

Response  from the Town Manager: ‘ Second question referred to Town Attorney. Third question is unknown at this time since the Stimulus Package is introduced by President Obama’s transition team the week of inauguration. If an when our request for funding assistance is acknowledged, maybe then, and only then, will we know the specifications of funding.’

BC….the word coming from Town Hall for months …the massive amount of public records requests from Palm Club…2000 sheets of paper and counting……boxes …pre-litigation…and a “hold off” of more requests until they are paid up…so…at the same time…she should be getting grants?…

BC…The Town Manager should have sought the opinion of the Town Attorney prior to Comm. Dodd’s request…if she  did indeed go ahead with the application of funds per the Vice Mayor’s direction…and shouldn’t that direction upon receiving the  Town Attorney’s opinion  have come from the full commission rather than the Vice Mayor alone?

BC…this writer was told the “private property” would be “left out” of the request…HMMM.”details”…… a Google of what other projects are out there asking for these funds…a massive amount of competition……did not produce any other private properties ….

Sixth-‘ I would like clarification from the town attorney regarding any possible conflict between the town’s position on possible lawsuit over Palm Club and the possible support for the application for a grant for funding of sewers on a private estate. I believe it sends the wrong message since it could make them more determined to proceed with their lawsuit iff the town fails to secure any grant.’

Response from Town Manager: Question referred to the Town Attorney for response.’

BC…will update after a response from the Town Attorney…which should have been in place and presented to the Palm Club residents…the Town residents…before the Vice Mayor appeared at their Board meeting the morning of the 23rd to say “I have a surprise for you”….and before they trekked up to Jarvis Hall…for a “full court ‘P.R. stunt…with an assist from the Town Manager…

Chalk it up to “jumping the gun”….to re-election…with “pawns”….all around..a “Broom Boy” special…

more to come

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