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Budget Workshop#1….Commission Meeting 6/11/08

6/11/08…Commission meeting will resume …5 pm…6/12/08… Jarvis Hall

BCbythesea walked out when the Vice Mayor insisted on having the Town Attorney read the statements from the “investigation” that Mr. Abbott was directed to initiate…

Will be reviewing it ….and will give the specifics on parts of the budget/commission meeting….later

A few observations….

The budget workshop was dismal…confusing…and left more questions than answers….with the appearance that the Town Manager …is the only one who has all the pieces to this puzzle…holding them close to the vest and doling them out as she sees fit with no questions asked…… when……

the millage…. is still questionable…

the fire assessment…is still questionable…

the funds….get specifics….

the 2 debts with penalties…why penalties?…

did we pay penalties on the “Pool” funds …when removed?….

why a line of credit would cost anything up-front? ….

the ever changing “general fund”…with monies for this…but not for that….

boardwalks …yes…within reason…”easements”…are on the beach…going north to south…not access to the beach…as desired in the north…

BCbythesea… unless we can use a “temporary” boardwalk material…think hard for the return on these millions…

Finally…think infrastructure….just a few meetings ago it was sink-holes…sewers…lack of drainage…if you are going to invest in the GIS …Geographical Information System…put it to good use…

The gas port presentation … was a professional in-depth half hour followed up by some outrageous comments and tone from certain members of the dais…to the Project Manager from Suez….to the chagrin of this writer and others…in the minority…on this topic…

The Vice Mayor was certainly quick to offer up funds to the Bel Air …newly formed ‘Beautification Committee”…like a game …they’ll get $20 thousand from the $125 thousand allocated for Terra Mar….when it would be proper to put this on the next budget workshop….seeing if this amount will truly be available…after the bridge project is finished……as that project may run over the projected cost just as all other improvement projects have… in LBTS….

same goes for adding it on to the entryways…before they are completed…and who is deciding on the entryways…the Master Plan Steering Committee or the administration…as was the case with the Commercial Ave. entry “wall” … that is in the works?

On to the Managers Report….and the level of disbelief…just rose…RFPs to Sea Ranch Lakes… from the VFD/ AMR…

This time the Manager was right on the money…our money that is….and if our original agreements were going to be used once more for our neighboring community to “piggy-back” on our public safety services…..

There was talk of SRL “paying their fair share”… not the pittance they were charged by BSO…but still…the numbers need to be a whole lot better….for the town…not AMR or the VFD as a private entity…

Again, the Manager was on top of this one…with requiring that as soon as the town ambulance was sent into SRL…the Holy Cross back-up comes in to replace it…with a 3rd sent in to Holy Cross….with no chance for the LBTS residents to have any diminished response….

The Commissioners…and Vice Mayor were on board…although a question by the Vice Mayor to Chief Perkins throwing out an amount of $100 thousand dollars from SRL to the VFD…and asking where that money would go…Chief Perkins replied …it would go back into the fire dept…. left many scratching their heads…

BCbythesea…has been a VFD supporter from the get-go…but concern is rising…yes…to those out here between the north and the south….

we hear….$1.77 million for a public safety building….we hear ….the Town will buy the new fire truck and lease it to the VFD….we hear the Town will buy the “250 “(vehicle)…and lease it to the VFD….

right or wrong….the “savings” is shrinking in their minds….

The animosity…from the Mayor…and the Vice Mayor…brought “shades” of Parker/McIntee… with “gotchas”…known only to a few…

BCbythesea….there are accusations of text messages…on a “Blackberry” …being used to supplement…some governing from the dais….and notes with “talking points” used to deal with planned topics… a no-no says the Town Attorney…open to Sunshine…public knowledge…

and using the Town Attorney for private vendettas… flashbacks…….to the previous Mayor/ Town Counsel….

Let’s hope this recess brings some sanity back… some time to do the homework required to ask the important questions…and get the much needed answers…. for the constituents…who are at their wits end….

By the way…next up…at 5pm…Ordinance 1st reading….2008-13….was not re-published… that we are aware of…and should be tabled… unless it can be produced prior to the vote…

more to come…

will be watching the 2nd half from home………. hopefully not hitting the mute button!

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