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Commission Meeting…6/24/08

6/24/08

What was not covered in Scoops…#1-#11….categories…LBTS agenda/meeting & Scoops…

Invocation…Rev. Hunsaker returned to speak of discerning the betterment of all….”encourage us with thy wisdom”…

BCbythesea…nice to have the Town Chaplain back!….

Broward County Supervisor of Elections came to give a rundown on changes this year with the ballots…paper…returns…no additional time should hold up the results…and the media can back off the lack of a “paper trail” this time around…

A proclamation was …changed to a more low-key…”Thank You” to the USO recipient of the weekend in LBTS….in the future …the Mayor will offer it to the other recipients…when they are here …. off the dais..

Reports were made…all were passed….BSO police were commended for lowering the crime in town in 2007…as reported in the Sun-Sentinel… the Chief was asked about the 1st armed robbery in 2 years…in LBTS…at the former Clarion Hotel….last week…cameras will aid in this kind of apprehension …when installed in the coming weeks….

The Walk Around Committee Chair…Shirley Rusotti came to the podium for the 1st time…to ask for benches to be stripped…painted and cleaned….for “do not feed the bird” signs….and code enforcement to deal with illegal signs and signs improperly posted in town…..the benches are in the works and others will be done if they are within the budget…any items residents want addressed……call Shirley …954-205-8811….

The 1st part of the Town Manager Report was a little confusing….BCbythesea…thought from the agenda…we had cut back to 3 BSO Sergeants …but it seems we actually “earn more” by having 4 and working the “system” for when there is a vacancy?….. At least the Manager and the BSO Chief of understood….

The warehouse has been appraised…..$2.075 million….and $1.8 million…44 RFPs went out…waiting for bids….will then go on to marketing and selling…Holy Cross Hospital will be a month to month renter until sold…which will cover the property taxes…we own the building…no mortgage….

Town Attorney…items not covered in the Scoops….waiting to hear back from Oriana owners …per their Attorney Sue Delegal …to see if they are agreeable to amending the condition of the easement… also ….the million in escrow from Oriana is still with former Town Attorney Cherof as the agent….Mr Abbott was not concerned with this remaining the status quo…

Public Comments…

Not many to speak this evening…

Speaker 1……spoke of Truth, justice and the American way….the 1st Amendment …applauded the By The Sea Futures…and was still concerned about the back-up for if AMR went on strike…

Speaker 2…came as part of the 4th of July Committee to give residents the program of events for the day…and ask for participation and donations…

Speaker 3…Paul Novak…in Scoops…under Master Plan Steering Committee…

Speaker 4….came to give his regular …humorous repartee…

Speaker 5…took the opportunity to read the timely…”Old Glory Speaks”…for the 4th of July….

Unfortunately…there was a snafu…with the sign-up sheet not being out early enough… 2 speakers asked to still have an opportunity to speak….the Vice Mayor said no…although the dais should have been polled…

Ordinance 2nd reading …no required hook-up for Palm Club for sewers….was a slam-dunk…no one came forward to comment…no commission discussion…passes 4-1 Mayor Minnet dissenting…

Commissioner Comments….

Comm. Clottey…spoke o the 4th of July…gave the schedule…..asked for it to be a time “to build bridges”…”respect each other”…”talk to people”…asked for an update on the iguanas…John Olinzock responded the trapper will surveying the Town with him….spoke of AMR truck in Las Vegas…and addressed the AMR contingency plan if a strike occurs…with the Town Atty…doing some research…

Comm. Silverstone…also spoke of AMR strike scenario…responded the VFD paramedics would take over …spoke of “blue days” used by BSO…in place of a strike that would not be allowed by BSO…….and the unfortunate use of what he saw as fear-mongering….talked of the budget…thanked Shirley Rusotti…and gave Kudos to Marc Furth and the 4th of July committee…

Comm. Dodd…also spoke of the 4th…kids participation…the prizes…the Tues. 7/1/08…7:30 pm last meeting…for volunteers…acknowledged the VFD….the MPS Committee…and what monies have been saved by residents with the VFD/AMR…no sewers in Palm Club..

Vice Mayor…AMR…talked to their supervisors…they informed the Vice Mayor that replacements would be brought in immediately…the striking employees would be fired…and the supervisors themselves…all fully trained…would cover until their arrival….also the Town Manager could call on neighboring towns to step up….he then went into “his idea”…….of the Chamber moving into a storefront….which was posted on this site from a reader 3/5/08…. quite a “coincidence”…due to the fact BCbythesea…was informed afterwards during the break.. ….”they” do not read this “blog”….HMMM….also talked of the 4th….

Mayor….thanked Minto for the ribbon cutting ceremony that afternoon…followed by the luncheon….thanked those who participated in Ocean Walk clean-up….spoke of her role as leader in the Adopt-A-Street-Program….and the 4th of July event….

Consent Agenda….

We now are purchasing a lawn mower for $ 6,411.28/ a bucket truck for $51,565.00…approved parking permits…tabled the expensive LED dais lights…with Comm. Silverstone looking for a way to lower the cost with a company in California….Mayor Minnet…is pushing for fluorescent …which are cost effective…and “green”…4th of July expenditures …approved….

item f… POA to use Jarvis Hall….it probably cost more in the time it took up to discuss this…. than what it would cost to …GET RID OF THE USER FEES….the Manager all but begged for that direction…to eliminate them…they have never been used!….Also…. come on Commissioners…break away from the pack…and say…YES, STAFF SHOULD SET UP AND BREAK DOWN THE HALL….as it always has…. a deposit…maybe it should be required only if they are re-miss after using it 1 time….

BCbythesea…The POA gets $10 per member for dues…and the user fees amount will be more than all the dues collected for a 1 time use….plus…come on …you are going to ask these mostly senior residents to move and stack their chairs….re-address this one…

Old Business….

The Building Department was tabled by Comm. Dodd…although the Vice Mayor was all ready to vote it in….

BCbythesea…most do not want it this year….again…the Manager has warned …along with Broward County…a deep decline in permits…for the coming year…and most residents …say pass…

Underground wiring for Imperial/Coddrington…scratched….with the Manager saying she budgeted…0 dollars…for it!……

Boardwalks….tabled…..waiting for Town Attorney…response from Oriana…and again…most residents…say keep the “easements”…if no cost to the taxpayers…but again…pass….

New Business….Vice Mayor McIntee will be the voting delegate at the Tampa convention in Aug…for the Florida League of Cities…

The Broward Water Resource Task Force was explained by the Mayor…no vote taken….

The rest of the info….again…Scoops…#1-#11….

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