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Here’s The Scoop 3/23/10 LBTS Commission Meeting #2 … Out With The Old …

NO GUARD POLITICS ….

Dear Readers…. after a 10 minute break the new commission took their newly assigned seats on the dais  to address the rest of the agenda…already cut down with one swift motion at the start by soon to be appointed VM Dodd…(prev. post)… VM Dodd wanted to pull 12 C (baby shower for 80 and a request for fee parking…No one else spoke to pull any items until the Mayor stated she wanted to address them all …The Mayor asked that a Ordinance be put in place exempting Church’s from special fees so they will not have to come and ask each time and it will streamline the meetings…Asst. TM Olinzock was curt in his response to the Mayor saying they can look into it…It wouldn’t be the first time of the evening that JohnO was being “pissy”…passes 5-0/ Aruba’s Memorial Beach bash was next and boy what a difference a commission makes…even for the restaurant run by  former Comm. Silverstone’s soon-to-be bride… Com. Sasser asked why the Town wanted 3 detail officers when BSO said 2 would suffice…JohnO  was “pissy” in his response that it was that way the year before …(They did not have one last year)…Sasser asked for 2 to save the costs involved for Aruba…and after the Chief said 2 was correct and there would be BSO in the area…VM Dodd and the Mayor both wanted to make sure Aruba was set and the response they were getting from staff was alright…passes 5-0 with 2 police detail not 3/ Consent C. the 80 parking places along with the free use of Jarvis Hall for a baby shower…VM Dodd asked about the loss of prking revenue…added it up and it was DOA…no action taken…no freebies to park to attend….

Next was the Resolution for the new Vice Mayor…

13. RESOLUTION – “Public Comments”

a. Resolution 2010-04: A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-

BY-THE-SEA, FLORIDA, PROVIDING FOR THE APPOINTMENT

OF AS VICE-MAYOR; PROVIDING FOR

SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT; PROVIDING FOR AN

EFFECTIVE DATE.

Commissioner Sasser made the motion for Stuart Dodd and Commissioner Vincent made the second…the vote was taken 4-0 the newly appointed VM recused himself…(He needs to switch places with Comm. Sasser next meeting as is customary)…Yep, Comm Clottey actually voted for Dodd… perhaps her “eggshells” are kicking in?…This appointment will be deja vu for this writer and others who witnessed Stuart Dodd take over the Chair role of the CIC from former Chair McIntee…and building it up to its largest membership ever…and now Dodd is once more following McIntee …as the new VM…I have no doubt he will build that office up as well!…Congrats VM Dodd!…

UPDATE- An Avid Reader set the record straight…and jarred the correct recollection from this writer…new VM Dodd is already in the right seat…former VM McIntee was not… and it was he who should have changed seats…Never mind… pun intended….

The next Resolution was the PBS&J contract for the A1A FDOT project …resident Vito Chiarello was the only public speaker as he spoke of the need for public input…Comm. Sasser spoke first and addressed the issue asking for the about to be appointed new MPSC be a participant ahead of final decisions…He asked about additional costs and JohnO (Asst.TM) was again in his royal “pissy-ness mode” as he said extra meeting would cost us more …and he was having one large meeting …as he insinuated we should be happy we have that…and we should tank the staff…Hmmm…Comm.Sasser pointed out that with one large meeting …it would be harder to reach consensus…The time limit was discussed and JohnO said the meeting would be right after Easer…Comm.Vincent asked about the June deadline..JohnO said June 10or 15th…and JohnO was again in rare form….He said he would put this together at a time that would get the greatest attendance…The jeopardy question was asked by Comm.Vincent and JohnO said we could lose the construction of…The Mayor said she was disappointed as well …and she did not fare any better in responses from JohnO…He told her it is not a requirement of FDOT …Mayor Minnet brought forth the aerial photo clause that states if the 2007 photo is not deemed to be enough the Town will pick up the tab!…JohnO said they were hoping that would not happen ….but if it does yep, the Town will pay…cost?…JohnO could not say!…Comm. Clottey joined in on concerns of lack of participation from the residents…and spoke of access onto A1A with “right turns, left turns, all kinds of turns”…HUH?….Comm. Sasser again asked for MPSC and public meetings …A vote was taken 4-1 Mayor Minnet voted no…This one is still of concern…for the plain fact is as the Manager said from the start…we really have NO input…for our matching $600,000…it is a state road…so even though it’s called a “landscape project”…those individual landscapes of condominiums…who spent big $$$$ for may be a thing of the past!…

15A. the Imperial Lane arm or build-out was already deferred to the 1st Round Table (3/29/10 at 5 pm)…Ditto for 15B El Mar Drive …

Next up discussion on the boards…and VM Dodd directed  the Town Atty. to change the now being adhered to May 11th appointment date ordinance to be 1 month after the organizational meeting no matter when the election is… Comm. Sasser did try to address the “serves at the pleasure of the dais” elephant in the room question…and although the Town Atty. did say yes that is so (she dropped the ball at the Organizational meeting-prev.post)..it got lost and the new commission did not terminate the present boards…It should be done at the next meeting..on Apr. 13th…before those boards headed up by hostile members can be back on the dais before May 11th….. Comm. Vincent put forth that if a Commissioner’s appointee leaves that Commissioner reappoints that position…The Mayor said they can go forth with the strategy development … Comm. Clottey said she had a problem that 3  potential appointees were from the same business …one is the publisher…one is the spouse of an Editor and one is the business manager …She was speaking of Michael Arker/Adam Geesey and former Comm. Chuck Clark all from By The Sea Future the Town’s local paper and all applied for a position…Hmmm…While I agree (yes, I said I agree with her) that would be a problem…It is rather odd that she felt no such concern with the prior MPSC that contained Marc Furth Owner- Editor of the By The Sea Times and Maryann Wardlaw who wrote regularly for his paper and what about the number of members who were CIC board members on the BOA Thomas Carr (Chair)
Joseph Couriel (Vice Chair) George Crossman Carol Dickman…OOPS!… VM Dodd picked up from the procedure Comm. Sasser offered up and distributed at the Organizational meeting for appointing a member with no need for a second …Comm. Sasser added from his plan that the procedure start at his left with VM Dodd and work its way right…to come around and start over again…The Mayor reiterated the procedures and Town Clerk White came to the podium to ask that “timely minutes” be included as well (pretty amusing when you realize it is the Town’s development secretary that does the minutes for P & Z/BOA and not the members…so the arrows were pointed at MPSC…this after her minutes were not accepted and we found out the Grancius program we were supposed to have!)… VM Dodd made the motion and Comm. Sasser seconded it…passes-5-0…John Thompson would be proud…2 years after the fact!…

Time for the MPSC appointees and there were many more to choose from than the 5 we heard about on the 17th… VM Dodd began he appointed  former Comm. Wessels/ Comm. Sasser appointed John Panitas/Mayor Minnet appointed Paul Novak/ Comm. Vincent appointed Ken Kuglar/ Comm. Clottey appointed Marjorie Evans / VM Dodd appointed Robert Eckblad/ Comm. Sasser appointed Edmund Malkoon/ Mayor Minnet appointed Sandra Booth/ Commissioner Vincent appointed James Rogers…There was then some confusion about alternates…and Comm. Clottey named Marilyn Carr/ VM Dodd named former Comm.Clark but added that there was no need for alternates…After looking that she had erred in her asking for alternates the Mayor asked the Town Atty. how to proceed… The Town Town Atty. said it was up to the dais to decide to add alternates or not…The decision was made to keep no alternates as was the practice previously (despite Comm. Clottey’s wrong assertion that there were alternates last year)… With that all were voted in 5-0 … NICE!…

A Resolution was quickly passed 5-0 to avoid any further taxing districts that might come if a Broward Independent Fire District were in place…The parking item was moved to the Round Table….and it was on to Easter…The Mayor clarified it was a $3000 budget not the $1500 the Town tried to stick the new event committee with.. We also hear the Furths took all the decorations… and we wonder if the Town reimbursed for wood and paint and whatever else was used…does that not constitute it becomes the Town’s property?…. It reminds me of the those who win the big pot at the end of the raffle for a charitable cause…and knowing the prize is of no great benefit to themselves still takes it with them at the end of the night rather than generously turning it over to the event “kitty” to further benefit all…Did they do the same with Halloween and July 4th?…..Unless they took it off the CIC website the event for last year clearly shows a sign painted saying Easter… painted bags used for races…and of course the new bunny costume (which we hear appeared in bits and pieces ..head- first- literally!) … Remember folks, this is the “Gang” who said they were “doing it for the kids!”…..Hmmm…. Comm. Sasser cleared up the false statement made at the Organizational meeting by Comm. Clottey that a Comm. must chair these events…The Town Atty. said there was no Resolution etc…it just may have been the Commission custom…(Nope!) …Comm. Sasser then nominated Christine Vincent to chair Easter and give her a $3000 budget…VM Dodd in the hopes of preventing anymore “Greenfest” debacles made a motion for receipts to be turned into town…and procedures to be put in place to enact the process…

Town photographer was next and it Comm.Vincent who said he believed we do not need an official photog…that residents were available…VM Dodd gave a thanks to former photog Furth and asked a letter be sent…Comm. Clottey said at ceremonies it could be Steve D’Oliveira…and as mentioned before the Chamber could be contacted as well…said the TM…The Mayor also said no Town photog…Clottey wanted the letter to acknowledge the Furth expense in doing his job…that he was not compensated…(Hmmm…free parking) … and Mayor Minnet asked if Clottey wanted him reimbursed…Clottey said no…(He’s got the decorations)…

IT’S OVER…IT’S DONE….IT’S ABOUT TIME… VM Dodd put forth to stop the process of the Town going after Mayor Minnet for the Greenfest event…He accurately called it “reprehensible behavior”….and it  was used as a political football against her by the Mc-Furth “Gang” and Town Administration and staff… The Town Atty. deferred to the Town staff and sheepishly Asst. TM JohnO came forward to say “It is not yet on the calendar”…for the Special Magistrate… and the Town “needed direction”…He meant a different “direction” because it was clear they were going in the “direction” they were “directed” by the prior majority!… Comm. Clottey (eggshell walking) …said the issue was not the money it was the procedure… and with that the Mayor recused herself for a 4-0 vote …to put a fork in the former Vice Mayor’s trumped up charges!… Whoopeee!….

Senior Center contract…VM Dodd made a motion that the Town cover Town Topics ads for the Senior Center and stop charging the Director $400 each issue… The Town Atty. said it was ok to do with the contract…and it passed 5-0… VM Dodd also asked for a figures of attendance etc… over 3 months and the staff helping the Senior Center…it was a directive…Comm. Sasser had spent quite some time going through the contract as there was no action to be taken included and he brought forth some “key points” concerning the sections of low income and seniors…He spoke about the “subsections’ and asked the Town Atty. it the Town needs to meet the requirement “overall” or was it “limited”…A whopper of a response came from the Town Atty. She was not asked by staff to review the senor Center contract!…YIKES!… With all the fear-mongering from Clottey/Colon/Silverstone and the audit…the monies we (the Town) could be in trouble for due to their (unjust ) accusations toward the Director…and the staff NEVER asked the Town Atty. to review it!…UNBELIEVABLE…Add his to the long list of Esther Colon Town Manager!… The Town Manager spoke from her seat at the end of the dais…almost “Couriel” like with the mike and being inaudible …For the first time we saw her fall back to her MO…(as much as she could being way far away from the center seat)…She did her “recollections”…for Comm. …OOPS…for VM Dodd…(she could hardly bear to say it)….Comm. Sasser asked the Town Atty. to look into it …The Town Atty. said she will do the research… (looks like Comm. Sasser already did it for her)…..Comm. Sasser also wanted to make sure the new monies we were getting with the new fees a(a little over $1000,00) were going to the right place…The TM said it was to offset the General Fund….

VM Dodd wanted to check off another item on his list of items that were cast aside with the previous commission…the LETF funds and a letter to the Atty. General for an opinion on its use back when it was used for the new BSO quarters in the new Public Safety Complex…Comm. Dodd wanted him to do it on his own…Clottey went way off base talking about the chaining of prisoners to the floor and “violations of prisoners”…(it was not)…He asked again after a little back and forth with Comm. Clottey…Clottey said the letter needed to be correct the former BSO Chief Gooding was not fired he was “transferred”..(Tomato tomahto)…The Mayor made the motion and Comm. Vincent made the second…passes 3-2 Clottey/Sasser voted no…

Ocean Terrace needed minor site changes and the Comm.after VM Dodd questioned what “minor” meant agreed to let the staff present every quarter…it will be coming to the Round Table…and they need to reconsider letting THIS staff decide anything without their knowledge…

As they made a date for the Round Table..the Town Atty. brought up the required agenda and backup…but the first Round Table will include what was offered up this meeting…They first Round Table time was 7 pm on March 29th…to discuss the items deferred this evening… They were informed by the Town Clerk who was informed by resident Yann Brandt that the first night of Passover starts at sundown on the 29th…The chose to start at 5…They still most likely need to be done in 2 hours…leaving this to be a 2-day Round Table…any day after the 2nd day of Passover ….

The additional item for a letter of support for Aquazul was set aside as the Manager wanted time to look into it…the Resolution on retrofitting the sprinklers from 2010to 2019 was met with a very odd response from the TM that some are against the extension …HUH?…The Mayor said she would get those condos that support it to speak ….at the next meeting on Apr. 13th…Comm. Sasser said the word of the evening Round Table…all said Aye… Same for the 4th of July…

The Town Atty. in her report said there will be a shade session on Bert J. Harris and a time will be coordinated to convene the commission…

Asst. TM JohnO asked about the non-application received for Easter and parking for the event to be waived… (was he asleep during that agenda item?)…Comm. Vincent said he had all the information JohnO needed and they would meet after the meeting…

And with that …at t 10:40 pm the first Regular LBTS Commission meeting was adjourned!…. A job well done!…KUDOS!…

more to come….

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