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Commission Meeting 7/22/08

Commission Meeting Overview….not covered in Scoops 1-7….7/22/08

3. Reverend George Hunsaker gave a lovely invocation concerning a divided house…establishing community….to think as a community….to discount those we disagree with…..rather than to listen to what they have to say…

5.Reports….

a/b/c…Finance/Development/Municipal…all passes 5-0…no discussion…

d. VFD…passes 5-0…with a lively discussion on whether Chief Perkins…Chief of the transitional fire service would be required to stay the whole evening…Vice Mayor McIntee wanted it to be OK for Perkins to depart…Mayor Minnet felt he should stay in good faith for the LBTS residents….The Town Manager informed the Mayor the correct person …was the current Fire Chief…who was not in attendance this evening…a motion was made anyway…and it passes 4-1…..Mayor Minnet dissenting…

BCbythesea…the Chief did not stay the whole evening….

e…see Scoop #2

f….see scoop #3

g……This  Bel Air Beautification Committee put together by neighbors…who were fed up with waiting …..for their  Bel Air civic assoc….to get on board…came once again with renderings for a way to beautify the entryways to their subdivision….

A little stir-up came when the Mayor asked about the “Homeowners Assoc.” being included in this process….and asking a member of that group to come forward to speak…PROBLEM is…there is not a Homeowner Assoc….in Bel Air…corrected by Comm. Clottey…a mini-courtroom battle took place between the two groups with the dissension…not coming from the residents…but from the elected officials…and the Wife of the Vice Mayor….a motion was finally made to let the Town Manager proceed with the costs….passes 4-1 Mayor Minnet dissenting…

h. Walk Around Committee…change of the Chair…now that Shirley Russotti……is now a member of the MPSC…Lisa Mitchell came forward to state this…and ask for members…as the committee is now down to 2 and the other member is gone until season….

6. Town Manager’s Report…

a. MPSC…although it was declared at the last commission meeting by the Vice Mayor…and agreed to by the others on the dais…that all members of the committee would now be full members…with a right to choose their own chair….it was again another …”who’s on first”…again discussed…. the roll was called …..passes 5-0…Mary Ann  Wardlaw…..can now sit at the table for good…….

b. Renewing engagement letter with auditors..

In addition…the Manager asked for reports from boards and committees be turned into staff before addressed at the meetings each month/ and a check was turned over to LBTS by BSO police….the monies from a seized car…..

7. Approval of the minutes

a. passes 5-0

b.passes 5-0 with correction made by the Mayor to include in these minutes…the statement from VFD Fire Chief Perkins that he , Battalion Chief Pointu and Vice Mayor McIntee  were at the SRLakes -VFD negotiations….

8. Public Comments….

1. a woman came to discuss the El Prado Park…and the problem with the trees taking to much usable space on either side….

BCbythesea…previously posted that the “buffer” for Minto properties on either side was too deep…

also discussed stop signs by the park going north…

2. a woman came to relay a story of incompetence from BSO Fire to a call for help concerning bees in her yard….and an inquiry to the Town paying for the service…she did say they apologized for their abrupt  behavior towards her….she also talked of her negative view on the doggy beach…

3. a woman came forward to extol her Bel Air neighbors and neighborhood….and give credit to those on the Beautification Committee who came o the podium earlier…

4. a gentleman came forward to blast the former Town Planner and all involved with the Seagrape Streetscape project….

5. a gentleman came to ask for the $35 thousand dollars the Chamber be given again this year…and to keep the location…

6. a gentleman came forward to give his usual humorous reading…on timely topics…

9 I Ordinance 1st Reading…

a…see scoop #4

II Ordinances 2nd Reading

a. see scoop #5

10. Commissioner Comments…

Comm. Dodd….gave an update on the Hillsboro Inlet ….their adopted millage rate…their new dredge…new jetty….the artificial reef project construction…and the FDEP grant of $500 thousand dollars….

asked to keep up with turtle light violators and a report in Sept. by staff…

Vice Mayor…took a “swipe” at Commissioner Dodd and his decision to ask for a leave from the CIC…see previous posts…again ….only giving a portion of the actual report from the Town Attorney …and later it was learned the Town Attorney did not have all the required info…to respond completely…a “message” was then put out…to stop the “attacks”…and the “familiar ” call “healing”…”stirring the pot”….talked of the public safety center…and again said the “town dropped the millage rate”…

BCbythesea…previous post…the Town has not yet dropped the millage rate…

he went on to talk of giving thanks to staff….

Mayor….Said she was not in receipt of the Town Attorney report on the CIC- Commissioner questions….talked of recently deceased LBTS resident Marie White….the Adopt A Street program progress….the Calypso LNG project updating its Coast Guard approval…previous post….gave accolades to the Futures paper winning awards…and clarifying her position on the Bel Air situation that arose earlier…ending with the call for both sides of town to come together….

Comm. Clottey…..talked of the “dog days of summer”…”sleeping dogs”….”tempered”…”time out”…. the budget meeting ….not supporting the dog beach in the center of town….the Chamber being more self sufficient…and questioned who the Chamber services….the businesses or the members….talked of going to businesses and getting input on the meter bags….complaints on the downtown noise from the Friday/Saturday weekly events….talked of the lovely mass for Marie White….extending her sympathies…wished all a wonderful August and Labor Day….

Comm. Silverstone…Talked of Marie White…her love for LBTS….about the millage rate….3.99…(again it is still set at 4.1012)….the passion…desires…of people…rumors….bad information….cure…common goal….the wall in Bel Air…would be a good common goal…

11. Consent Agenda…

a….liens/b….appoint Jim Silverstone/Cristie & Marc Furth…Halloween &Haunted House chairs & event coordinators……/f…7/4/08 expenditures/g…Imperial point infrastructure/h….Hibiscus lift station….passes 5-0…

c…Comm. Clottey chair… /Cristie Furth event coordinator…Easter 2009…passes 5-0…

d. ….Vice Mayor McIntee made the motion…and Comm. Silverstone seconded it to be co-chairs for the July 4, 2009 event….after the Town Attorney gave some disjointed advice concerning Sunshine…in response to Comm. Clottey and Dodd…recounting the trouble it posed for them …while offering up a change to one chair……the incumbents…saw no Sunshine problem….for them…passes 5-0….

BCbythesea… this event will be to launch their re-election …..some say…..who will run for Mayor and who will run for commission …any bets on McMayor….

e…..Commission approval for Athena to have wine and cheese events in their parking lot…at Fisherman’s Pier..originally asking for multiple days…extending throughout the year….leading to much discussion…apprehension on the part of the Commission to give Athena too much event time….leading to a “trial” of 2 events….

i….see scoop #6…

13.Old Business….

a…..pulled…Minto parking spaces…no reason given….

b. alternate for BOA…still no applicants…tabled until Sept.

c. Supporting the Broward County Commissioners/ South Florida Water Management District….approval Resolution…. creating a Broward County Water Resource Task Force…passes 5-0…

d. Doggy beach….put on by the Vice Mayor…for the Vice Mayor to withdraw his support….along with Comm. Silverstone….

Comm Dodd…took the opportunity to say while he too was inundated with negative responses…he still thinks there is still a place for a doggy beach….just not in the center of town….which was not his intention after seeing the impact….he offered up a way to see what the people want in the future…using the Town’s website for people to vote….make their ideas known…..OOPS our website is NOT interactive….leaving him to agree to Town Topics/Channel 78…so why is our website not interactive?…YIKES!….the doggy beach was voted out….4-1…Comm Dodd dissenting….

15. New Business

a…see scoop #3….tabled until Sept.

b. Chamber Christmas By the sea…tabled until Sept.

c. Halloween….REPEAT…already appointed….was he going for a twofer…self- appointing to chair another event?….

d. Appoint an alternate for P & Z….only one applicant…unknown to the Commission….they voted in Dennis Ritchie…passes 5-0….

BCbythesea…….from “LaSalle @ AOL”…a friend who contacted Dennis Ritchie  who was unaware he was appointed…he (Dennis) had been a past member of the the P &Z….only to be removed some years back…keeping the “service no longer required” letter from the Town…on his office wall…

“Lasalle” who ever you are….. loved the e-mail ending….. the “clincher”…Had Arnold the pig been in the running he probably would have been the selection!….

Welcome aboard Mr Ritchie…glad you didn’t have to “compete” with Arnold…..it might have gone the other way….of course …there may be room for Arnold on the September agenda….you just never know!….

adjourned until Sept……

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