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Commission Meeting 3/11/08

Commission Meeting 3/11/08…

Invocation…Rev. George Hunsaker…. We need to move onto new business and new needs….decision can be right for one time…timing is important….struggle with change….new decisions …..what is best for our community.

Presentations were made…proclamation…Amateur Radio Week…6/23-29th.

Seniors vs. Crime Project….started by former Governor Butterworth…training for seniors by the project…need a room,computer,telephone….tabled 5-0

Minutes approved with some corrections by the Mayor on the regular meeting…passes 5- 0

Public Comments….

Speakers….

#1- impressed with workshop…AMR…questions why no other Broward communities have signed on with them if they are indeed equal ….and.cost effective?Why are they not winning contracts?…are they bidding.?…why have they not been re- newed.?..will be interviewing and publishing it in the Futures paper.

#2- problem with the beach chair rental service provider behind a local resort and code enforcement…looking to resolve it…was added to next agenda by Comm. Dodd in commissioner comments.

#3- Announcement of Easter Festivities on 3/22/08

#4- Seagrape Drive problems…possible underground wiring asked due to repeated power outages…precedent used south Seagrape Drive lines were buried when their streets were done…..Washingtonia sidewalks…requested 4 ft. /one side/with greenery.

#5- request for sidewalk on Washingtonia…1 side …close to road…no curb….5 ft….speed bumps on Seagrape.

#6- corruption…will of the people…urged Commission to listen to the people…(certain commissioners should take heed …they look like those they used to chide for such dais behavior happening throughout the evening)… citizens are in charge…keep people informed…Washingtonia sidewalks…a history of what went wrong when placed on consent agenda…a call for an ombudsman.

#7- went over agenda items…setbacks…plaques…should be a tree bought instead… Lake Okeechobee…water shortage and charges to residents…lifeguards cost of service to high….access to beaches north end need easements checked…insurance for commissioners…League of cities ..keep present representation…Jazz on Circle…parking places should be payed for by LBTS/Chamber.

#8- Overlay Districts should not be repealed.

#9- Washingtonia sidewalks…one side…no need for big intrusion.

#10- Frank Herrmann…AMR…some afraid to buck BSO…political scare tactics… BSO will be a thorn in volunteers side for another 2 years.

#11- Attended workshop on EMS….far more complicated than resident thought…will lose financial advantage for bundling services with BSO loss…Comm. Clottey/Dodd campaigned for VFD/professional fire service…must do due diligence.

#12- questioned legal fee repayment to 2 residents for cost incurred …comm. cell phone and insurance proposed…an increase in benefits rather than salary.

#13- Had words for the Mayor…accolades for VFD.

#14- Tomato time…gardening tips…her garden veggies presented to dais.

#15- opposed multiple plaques…diversify invocations.

#16- questioned cost of $1oo to town employees as part of variance fee…when employees already paid salary…suggestions for signs on Bougainvilla…on Commercial/A1A… Washingtonia sidewalks…simple…do not duplicate Seagrape .

Alert…This and other suggestion …previous post should be addressed to help with “white Elephant” parking lot.

Commissioner Comments….

Mayor Minnet…. intensive workshop…obstacles…working together…listen to options…

attended opening of Tallahassee Legislature…Shoreline workshop…will go to Broward Days and report back…now have online a way to ask questions of the commission…and suggestion box in Town Hall.

Washingtonia sidewalks…received many emails…..will listen to concerns.

Who is writing the Mayors material?

Could someone please inform the Mayor how to pronounce Comm. Clotteys last name please…..it is Clottey…not CO-lottey….easy enough to pronounce.

Alert….Just who on the commission is going to address the Mayor thinking she is above the others on the dais…”representing” the commission and the town at Tallahassee function and the like…it should be presented on the dais and a decision should be made who will go where ahead of time.

Comm. Clottey … Brief due to the hour…beware of rumors…find out the facts….hold on and wait…thanked Chief Gooding for BSO tour/ Chamber for Craft Fair…..Washingtonia changes…duty to find solution… least impact on residents…”Minto” parking lot should be open…at least for cars to use as pass through …is hurting businesses.

Comm. Silverstone…NBCA meeting educational…large turnout…misled…a primer needed for how the town works….misrepresentations…sewers…promises broken….real problem annex agreement not done for whole town.

Comm. Dodd….workshop adjourned until 5 pm next commission meeting night….Congrats to Chamber…Taste of the Beach/Craft Fair….went to 911 center…put beach chair prob. on next agenda.

Vice Mayor McIntee….Seagrape Drive sidewalks…read letter from resident about sidewalks…BSO cost..of 1 ambulance vs. the 2 BSO will require if no BSO fire service.

Ordinances 1st reading…all passed 5-0….. will go on to 2nd reading and publication in newspaper…for people to address….check previous agenda post for details….

Consent Agenda….

passed without discussion….a/c/d/e/f/i/j/k…check previous agenda post for details….

b….approval of plaque for resident on portal…denied…alternative suggestion..a memorial tree…directed Town Manger to write policy..passes 5- 0

h….Jarvis Hall use by Sea Ranch Lakes Colonial Bank…denied for not being a LBTS business…new ordinance will be for only LBTS business have use of hall…passes 4- 1 (Mayor Minnet dissenting)

l….Award of contract for banners passes 5- o

Resolutions

a…2008-06: tabled 5-0 until water management provides informational materials

b….2008- 03: reducing base cost of variances…discussion of cost of town personal…a reduction with removal of that will be incremental charges…$350…passes 4-1

( Mayor Minnet dissenting)

Old Business

a…discussion and/or action Bougainvilla covered parking meters…Vice Mayor McIntee reported businesses happy with parking enforcement enforcing 2 hr. limits…questioned by Mayor…tabled 2 wks…passes 5- 0

b…lifeguard services…no motion…details previous agenda post…

c….changed 6/10 workshop to 6/11 2008…5 pm passes 5- 0

d…. parking permits for Nova…sea turtle staff…request redefined…from 5 spaces year round to 3 only in turtle season….passes 5- 0

New Business

a…renewal of post hurricane clean- up..same price as last year. …..passes 5- 0

b….. Change order for Seagrape Drive…Comm Dodd

Consent agenda blindly passed Washingtonia sidewalks without public knowing Washingtoina was part of header…Seagrape Drive streetscape change order…

request that streets be names in agenda header for public …public be informed ahead of time…stakes be put out for visual ….request one side of Washingtonia only…south side…no trees removed…simple sidewalk 1st choice…2nd choice least landscape footage… final approval one side..as Walter Keller drawing shows…removal of north side sidewalk from plans…accommodate parking for west side resident corner of Seagrape /Washingtonia….

Residents came up to speak…including this writer…all were for 1 side of the road…suggested referendum for future sidewalks needed….the need for alternatives given to commission BEFORE drawing up plans….public input….thanks to staff and commissioner who helped to address the problem.

Alert: This was another example of what brings neighbors together…before the vote all those in attendance agreed with a plan for the least impact to the neighborhood… no matter the constant interference from a certain resident who has made this the second such project she has injected herself into without regard for those who are involved and will be affected by the results of the project.

Again, a referendum is called for so this same person or others cannot inflict her adverse actions for a third time!

Thanks to the commissioners…but the job is not done…. the suggestions for the next project need to be written policy…a request for the soon to be ex- Town Planners billings…change orders etc… for this project must be made…and Washingtonia should not be started until Seagrape is finished!

c….legal fees incurred by dismissal of Board member…Comm. Dodd

This writer and Julio Omana were P&Z Board members accused of Sunshine Violation… and a SLAPP suit….since dropped…had no merit… were summarily voted off the Board by the old Commission without cause…under the “serve at the pleasure of the commission” ploy.

We were both at separate times on separate phone calls with the soon to be ex-Town attorney….who told us separately and independently that the town would not be defending us. He told us separately and independently it was our problem. He told us separately and independently that we better get representation before a date certain which would find us in trouble with the court. This was represented by the Attorney hired by Mr Omana and me last night at the podium.

The atty. was hired to represent us both…Comm. McIntee got involved and ex-Town Manager Baldwin informed him of an insurance policy the town might have to cover Board members.

It was a phone call from the League of Cities that informed me of them being contacted and their representation being available to us.

The Mayor was also not forthcoming if she had such knowledge to me or the P&Z Board when this very subject was addressed at a P&Z meeting by another member before we were thrown off.

This only re-enforces the reasons I had that she was not suitable for the Mayoral position, being accurate.

passes 4-1…(Mayor Minnet dissenting)

d….cell phone stipend… Vice Mayor McIntee

$50 a month…done in other municipalities…passes 3- 2 (Mayor Minnet/Comm. Clottey dissenting)

e….insurance for commissioners…Vice Mayor McIntee

single 100% coverage…$407 month…done in other municipalities…for town employees…passes 4-1 (Mayor Minnet dissenting)

f. multiple plaques in town.. Vice Mayor McIntee

direction to Town Manager…. see what county owns/what town owns

g. covered in 14c

h….appointment to League of cities….Comm. Dodd

Vice Mayor McIntee nominates Comm. Clottey…she accepts…passes 5- 0

i…..Invocation…Comm. Dodd

open to all recognized religions….Rev. George Hunsaker …Town Chaplain…passes 5- 0…will seek out others to join him in diversified invocations.

j….Jazz night…parking meters…Vice Mayor McIntee…

parking meters to be paid by Village Grille…Nov-May…$264 a month …passes 5- 0

k….nominate “Honorary” President to Sister Cities…Mayor Minnet

Dr. Most came forward to ask this be continued as in the past with a member of the commission…asked for Mayor Minnet..Comm. Clottey in discussions said she felt this an inappropriate position for the commission to take…asking about an “Honorary” President for Garden Club etc…as this would set a precedent …did not proceed.

Alert: this “Honorary” role would be a indicator of guaranteeing further taxpayer funds to go the th the league as in the past…a review of their annual report…in previous post….shows it was used to wine and dine visitors from our sister city.

This organization should only be funded by volunteered donations.

l….beach access for residents in NW section of LBTS…Comm. Clottey…

research for what type of access is available…Assist. to Town Manager…referred to a 1981 beach re-nourishment Army Corp of Engineers map showing 6 access points in Pompano Beach and 2 in LBTS. ….utility access does not give public access…condos responded negatively to sharing access voluntarily with LBTS neighbors across A1A….eminent domain brought up….platt drawings …property searches…to see if we can open access for our west of A1A residents.

Rest of Agenda to be addressed at next commission meeting Tues. 3/25/08 7 pm

Adjourned.

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