Search and Categories

Here’s The Scoop … Before We Go To The “Moon” … Ask The People ….

ASK US BEFORE YOU START THE COUNT DOWN & TAKE OFF …..

Dear Readers… I always maintained that 65% of the voters voted for this new majority because they knew what they did not want ….. Again, I believe we had what we were looking for in place for the first 4-5 months after they won … I am not sure exactly when the divide came and the majority on the dais shifted but a few people tell me it was when the parking exemption idea was put forth and lobbying became fast and furious behind the scenes from inside of Town Hall and from those who thought it was time to pick up where they left off with the need for a parking garage to stop it…

With where we are now due to the full Master Plan redevelopment detour taken and with the next election most likely being moved up to January 2012 rather than in March we certainly expect that those we have long seen involved in town politics as well as a few newcomers are pondering a run for the three open seats on the dais… This Commission chose to go in this direction … The drainage downtown which many including this writer believed would begin breaking ground around this time was pushed back for possible undergrounding of the utilitie$ …The neighborhoods are not being improved with lighting and street repairs instead they received a universal neighborhood sign program with an allotted $30,000 per limit that was an unnecessary move at best…There is still a lack of streamlining the day- to- day running of this little town with less paid/pensioned Town employees  … Instead we have additional consultant$ added on for “projects” and work this staff is not qualified or unable to do we are told … It’s for these reasons I tend to think voters will vote the same way once again…for the opponents of most of those seeking re-election…knowing what they don’t want…

Below are excerpts from the Jan 20, 2010 City Council Meeting in Davie Florida …This writer found this quite by accident while looking into undergrounding projects and costs online …The agenda items jumped out at me due to the comments made by the Mayor and others about financing big ticket items up for redevelopment in LBTS and comments that a referendum in January was “very”, “too” “a little” to “a little bit premature”… depending on which Commissioner was speaking…(see prev. post below) …

My take is as it’s always been … Let the voters tell you if they are ready for any such major plans happening any time soon before spending alot of money on numerous consultants supplying more studies including whether it’s feasible to do… Cha ching!… If the voters vote it down …that’s not “sabotage” as the Mayor argued was a reason to not allow a vote given to the taxpayers …. That’s having your ducks in a row ….knowing what direction your constituents want you to go in…2 years later put another referendum on at the next municipal election and see if the time is correct and so on and so forth…This makes the priorities set at the start of each new Commission much easier to set….

One of the interesting participants in the Davie “plan” for the CRA purchase of Davie’s Town Hall property to lease back to the Town below…(yep,  a”plan”) was the attorney…Sue Delegal!… Avid Readers will recall that name from Oriana days as well as this writer’s ouster from the P & Z (prev. posts)… Another item on that same agenda shows the CRA in Davie also paid for undergrounding utilities…. Another interesting person involved was former Davie TM Gary Shimun who was ousted last year ala Colon style by the Commission and is currently a paid consultant hired by TM Hoffmann for our building permit fee schedule to the tune of $65 an hr. for one month’s work not to exceed $6,500 …. (see  Consultant/Professional Services list below)….

For this writer we have already put the proverbial cart before the rocket ship… and so far no one has been willing to scrub this launch from inside the control room… Without a referendum …it’s all systems go!….

………………..

Mayor Minnet- 5/10/11 speech excerpts on choosing to say no to referendums on the ballot for 2012- (prev. post) …

“Let’s look at history. If President Kennedy had asked the people in 1960 do you want to go to the moon? The majority would have said no. But Kennedy inspired a nation. I hope as Commissioners we can inspire our town to move forward and not shirking our duties as leaders do our due diligence by defining our goals and stand strong to the decisions that are made. I have always said you may not agree with my decision but you will know the reasons why and they will be fiscally responsible and fair. There is an order to follow and if order is not followed failure is not far behind. So maybe this is the real question. Are we saying, are you saying you don’t want change? Because these measures will truly sabotage any plan before us before it is even developed.”

” Parking garage, this Commission has already voted that this is a low priority so why are we even discussing it. And the hall complex, if this is even a viable idea it is a concept for future years and should be addressed in the capital improvement budget if necessary so we we can identify matching grants and partnerships. The Town is not again responsible for the entire revenue expenditure.”

BC- In the updated consultant/professional services contracts memo sent to the Commission as of April 30,2011

Accurate Land Surveyors El Mar Pine to Palm & Downtown $11,200 (no chg. from Feb)

Appraisers A1A parking lot property acquisition Meechan & Assoc. $1,500/New River Appraisal $1,700 Total $3,200

Linda Dosal Accounting additional $3,967.50 since Feb./total this fiscal yr. $6,642.50

Ydia Forester financial research no expenditure since Feb pd. $3,484.50 for capital asset replacement plan research

Helen Gray project management for capital project coordination pd. $5,650 since Feb. Total $8,350 at $50 an hr.

Harvey, Covington & Thomas LLC audit for VFD pension fund req. Town payment $5,500

Hughs & Hughs traffic engineering no expenses paid yet maximum $15,000 contract in place

Burton & Assoc. utility rates no expenditures as of April 30 $2,500 to review PBeach sewer rate/provision for addit. $2,500 if calculations not correct

City Comforts speaking fees & urban design advice David Sucher pd $2,500

Consul parking operations study pd $5,000 since Feb report/only payment made thus far negotiated $15,000

Pat Himelberger projects no addit. since Feb. pd $14,328 ($48 per hr.) /Just hired as 20-30 hr Asst. Municipal Dir. no salary revealed

JC Consulting planning services  Cecelia Ward $9,000 paid since Feb. /currently preparing detailed implementation plan Comm. requested

LDR2 landscape architecture $1,725 since Feb /hrly rate $75 total paid as of April 30, 2011 $5,475

Kathleen Margoles projects & research contract completed no addit. costs since Feb Total $11,248 ($48 per hr.) sewers/PBeach billing (found SRC billing error refund came to Town $82,000)

Redevelopment Management Associates (RMA) redevelopment consultants completed contract $15,000/ new contract $19,900 for development cost estimates & finance plan for Master Plan & economic development activities due in June

University of Miami (not on TM memo) Community Design Workshop $16,500

Gary Shimun no billing yet $65 per hr maximum $6,500 to research other city’s building fee structures and recommend a new building fee schedule to go out for building services contractors

Also an RFQ (Request for Qualifications) for a variety of professional services is due to go out the week of the 18th it will cover engineering services, traffic engineering services, landscape architecture & urban design, surveying,mapping,utility work and other related services…The RFQ is structured to give the Town the ability to compose a team of firms to do a complicated projects…

……………………

Excerpts of Agenda Town of Davie under former Davie TM Gary Shimun…

TOWN OF DAVIE
TOWN COUNCIL AGENDA REPORT
TO: Mayor and Council members
FROM/PHONE: Will Allen, Redevelopment Administrator
PREPARED BY: Will Allen
SUBJECT: Resolution
AFFECTED DISTRICT: District 2
ITEM REQUEST: Schedule for Council Meeting
TITLE OF AGENDA ITEM: CONTRACT – A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN OF
DAVIE, FLORIDA APPROVING A CONTRACT FOR PURCHASE AND SALE
BETWEEN THE TOWN OF DAVIE, FLORIDA AND THE DAVIE COMMUNITY
REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY FOR DAVIE TOWN HALL, AUTHORIZING THE
MAYOR TO ACKNOWLEDGE SAID APPROVAL BY AFFIXING HER
SIGNATURE TO SAID RESOLUTION, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE
DATE. (Tabled from January 6, 2010 meeting). $4.2 million
REPORT IN BRIEF: This is a contract between the Town of Davie and the Davie
Community Redevelopment Agency which sets out the terms of a sale of Town Hall by
the Town to the CRA. The contract sets out the terms and conditions of the sale by the
Town and the purchase by the CRA. The primary purchase of land is the 3.779 acre site
on which the existing Town Hall and a portion of the adjoining parking lot are now
located. The purchase price for this land and other rights-of-way to serve Town Hall and
a permanent easement for land to serve as a storm water retention area and park is $4.2
million. It should be noted that for future comparable prices the value of $1,825,000 is
being placed on the purchase of the 3.779 acre parcel. The funding for this purchase will
be encumbered by the CRA at the time of purchase. The purchase price is to be paid with
a $1 million payment at closing, another $1 million when the architectural design is
completed, and $2.2 million at the time the certificate of occupancy is granted. The CRA
will lease the existing Town Hall back to the Town while the construction of the new
Town Hall is being done at a rate of $1 per year. The Town will complete a new Town
Hall within three years. The new Town Hall will be primarily at least a three story
building and there are requirements for the style of the building and a requirement for
architectural features and for a public space The CRA will construct a parking garage
and redevelop the adjoing site. It is agreed the parking garage will be done concurrently
with the construction of the new Town Hall. The Town will grant all necessary
improvements to permit the installation of roads, and infrastructure such as storm sewers
and a storm water retention area. It should be noted that there was a joint meeting of the
Town Council and Davie Redevelopment Agency on June 11, 2009 to discuss this matter.
It should be noted that the plans were changed to provide a 150′ setback from Orange
Drive to the CRA redevelopment area and the parking garage was placed nearer to the
new Town Hall structure.
CONCURRENCES: The Davie CRA Board approved the Contract between the Town
of Davie and the Davie CRA at their meeting of October 12, 2009 and they authorized an
amendment on December 14, 2009.
FISCAL IMPACT: Yes
Has request been budgeted? Yes
If yes, expected cost: $4.2 million
Account name and number: Special Projects 010-0405-515-0502
RECOMMENDATION(S): Motion to approve resolution
Attachment(s): Resolution,
Contract For Purchase And Sale Between Town of Davie, Florida And Davie Community
Redevelopment Agency For Davie Town Hall
Minutes Of The Joint Meeting Between The Town Of Davie And The Davie CRA On
June 11, 2009
Minutes Of The October 12, 2009 CRA Meeting
………….
WHEREAS, the CRA has funds available to assist the TOWN in this
endeavor through the purchase of the Existing Town Hall Property described in
Exhibit “A” attached hereto with the intention and purpose to redevelop the
Existing Town Hall Property in the future consistent with the CRA’s Community
Redevelopment Plan for mixed use purposes, including commercial, retail and
residential uses, and attendant public and private parking; and
WHEREAS, the parties hereto desire to enter into this Contract to establish
the terms and conditions under which the CRA will purchase and the Town will
sell the property and easement described herein.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL OF
THE TOWN OF DAVIE, FLORIDA.
………………
EXHIBIT “A”
CONTRACT FOR PURCHASE AND SALE
BETWEEN
TOWN OF DAVIE, FLORIDA
AND
DAVIE COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
FOR DAVIE TOWN HALL
This CONTRACT (the “Contract”) is made this _____ day of
_____________, 200_, by and between the TOWN OF DAVIE, FLORIDA, a
municipal corporation organized under the laws of the State of Florida, whose
address is 6591 Orange Drive, Davie, Florida, 33314 (the “TOWN”) and the
DAVIE COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY, a public body corporate
and politic created pursuant to Chapter 163, Part III, Florida Statutes, whose
mailing address is 3921 S.W. 47th Avenue, Suite 1008, Davie, Florida 33314 (the
“CRA”).
R E C I T A L S:
WHEREAS, the TOWN desires to replace the existing Davie Town Hall
(“Existing Town Hall”) with a new Town Hall (“New Town Hall”) to be
constructed on land owned by the TOWN and currently serving as a parking lot
for the Existing Town Hall and Bergeron Rodeo Arena and located to the north
of the Existing Town Hall (“New Town Hall Site”); and
WHEREAS, the CRA is willing to purchase the property upon which the
Existing Town Hall is located together with a portion of the existing surface
parking lot comprising approximately 3.779 acres, as shown on Exhibit “A”
attached hereto (the “Existing Town Hall Property”); and
…………….
WHEREAS, the CRA has funds available to assist the TOWN in this
endeavor through the purchase of the Existing Town Hall Property described in
Exhibit “A” attached hereto with the intention and purpose to redevelop the
Existing Town Hall Property in the future consistent with the CRA’s Community
Redevelopment Plan for mixed use purposes, including commercial, retail and
residential uses, and attendant public and private parking; and
………….
The CRA shall approve the architectural design development
drawings which shall be consistent at all times with Exhibit “H” and the provisions
of this subparagraph C. The CRA recognizes that such drawings may be amended
from time to time during the design development phase for the New Town Hall;
however, the CRA shall have the right to review and comment at all stages upon
the design of the New Town Hall, including schematic design and design
development drawings, prior to their final approval by the TOWN, to ensure the
compatibility of the design of the New Town Hall with the vision of the CRA for
the community redevelopment area. To the extent possible, the TOWN agrees to
incorporate the recommendations of the CRA into the design of the New Town
Hall.
The TOWN shall appoint no less than two (2) representatives
recommended by the CRA to any committee to select or negotiate with design
professionals, bid specification committees or committees to select construction or
design/build contractors in connection with the development or construction of the
New Town Hall.
…………..
20. Agreement of the CRA. The CRA agrees to construct at CRA expense
a parking garage of up to 400 parking spaces. The parking garage will be owned
by the CRA; however, the CRA will provide parking spaces on a non exclusive
basis, and at such locations to be determined by the CRA in its sole discretion, to
the Town to provide parking for the New Town Hall. The number of spaces
allocated to the Town to provide parking for the New Town Hall shall be
determined in accordance with the requirements of the Town’s Code of Ordinances
in effect at the time of development of the New Town Hall. The CRA reserves the
right to assign parking spaces in the garage for the exclusive use of the
Redevelopment Project. The TOWN and the CRA shall agree upon an interim plan
for parking to serve the Existing Town Hall at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds during
the period of construction of the parking
……………..
29. Notices. All notices, request, consents, instructions, and
communications required or permitted under this Contract shall be in writing and
shall be (as elected by the person giving such notice) hand-delivered by messenger
or nationally recognized overnight courier service, or mailed (air mail if
international) by registered or certified mail (postage prepaid), return receipt
requested, and addressed to each party at their respective addresses as set forth
below or to such other addresses any party may designate by notice complying
with the terms of this Paragraph 28.
IF TO TOWN: Town of Davie, Florida
6591 Orange Drive
Davie, Florida 33314
Telephone No. (954) 797-1030
Attn: Town Administrator
Copy to: John Rayson, Esq., Town Attorney
2400 East Oakland Park Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33306
IF TO CRA: Davie Community Redevelopment Agency
Attn: Redevelopment Administrator
3921 S.W. 47th Avenue, Suite 1008
Davie, Florida 33314
Telephone No. (954) 797-2093
Copy to: Susan F. Delegal, Esq., CRA Attorney
Billing, Cochran, Lyles, Mauro & Ramsey, P.A.
SunTrust Tower, Sixth Floor
515 East Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Telephone No. (954) 764-7150
………………..
TOWN OF DAVIE
TOWN COUNCIL AGENDA REPORT
TO: Mayor and Councilmembers
FROM/PHONE: John Rayson, 954.566.8855
PREPARED BY: Lauren Rice
SUBJECT: Resolution
AFFECTED DISTRICT:
ITEM REQUEST: Schedule for Council Meeting
TITLE OF AGENDA ITEM: UTILITY EASEMENT – A RESOLUTION OF THE
TOWN OF DAVIE, FLORIDA GRANTING AN EASEMENT FROM THE TOWN OF
DAVIE TO COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS AND FLORIDA POWER &
LIGHT FOR THE INSTALLATION OF UNDERGROUND UTILITIES.
REPORT IN BRIEF: The Town of Davie proposes to grant Comcast and FPL a
facilities easement for a portion of property located at 4700 Davie Road in order to
install underground utilities. Nob Hill Partners, Inc. will pay for the lines to be installed
and the Davie CRA is reimbursing Nob Hill for the work.
PREVIOUS ACTIONS:
CONCURRENCES:
FISCAL IMPACT: not applicable
Has request been budgeted? n/a
If yes, expected cost: $
Account name and number:
If no, amount needed: $
Additional Comments:
RECOMMENDATION(S): Motion to approve resolution
Attachment(s): Resolution, Facilities Easement (Comcast), legal description, sketch,
Easement (FPL), legal description, sketch
RESOLUTION NO. __________
A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN OF DAVIE, FLORIDA GRANTING AN
EASEMENT FROM THE TOWN OF DAVIE TO COMCAST CABLE
COMMUNICATIONS AND FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT FOR THE
INSTALLATION OF UNDERGROUND UTILITIES.
WHEREAS, The Town of Davie owns property at 4700 Davie Road with
existing overhead utilities; and
WHEREAS, the Davie Community Redevelopment Agency feels that burying
these overhead lines will present a better view of the property and will make the area
safer; and
WHEREAS, the facilities easements are legally described in accordance with the
sketches and legal descriptions attached hereto; and
WHEREAS, granting the facilities easements will allow Comcast and FPL to
access the property and install underground utilities.
…………….

more to come….

Tags: , ,

Post Division