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Here’s The Scoop … July 20, 2010 LBTS-MPSC Meeting … Extending The Olive Branch …

BE CAREFUL OF THE PITS …

Dear Readers … The LBTS-MPSC met Tues. night and met with some successes and some not so much … Chair Paul Novak after taking the role (all members were present) stated he had a few comments and that member Sandra Booth had indicated she had some as well before they began.. He stated he was glad all the members were present and starting in a timely manner…He asked that become the norm and that timeliness continue during the meeting with a limit of 3 minutes per speaker and the meeting itself ending in an hour and a half (8:30pm) … Sandra Booth the longest member of the MPSC spoke on the time issue as well stating a 2 hour maximum with a 3 minute limit per speaker that could be enacted and adhered to with an assist by the the member to the speakers right keeping track and letting them know time is up…She stated it is a practice used in other municipalities successfully… She went on to discuss what a wonderful Commission we have and the committee appreciates when they are in attendance (an opening salvo to comments made at the prior meeting about the need for independence and not being influenced  by Commissioners speaking at their meetings made by Co-Chair Edmund Malkoon …this reared up again  at the end of the meeting with Malkoon digging himself into a deeper hole…see below…Thank you, Ms. Booth) … Ms. Booth spoke of the 2004 Master Plan and what ” a gift to the Town” it was…reminding all the Commission will be giving it over tom them in August or September to begin the revision process (We hear Comm. Sasser has put it on the net agenda to give that direction)…She spoke of the timelines and deadlines and breaking off into smaller groups which is allowable if publicly noticed to aid meeting both…She also brought up a subject near to this writer’s heart and posted many time before Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk  Dean of Architecture U of Miami …She came years ago and was summarily dismissed by the members of the committee at that time who in this writer’s opinion were too shortsighted what was sitting in front of them thanks to Sandra Booth …  http://arc.miami.edu/people/faculty/elizabeth-plater-zyberk …. Unfortunately Ms. Booth’s preamble also fell on deaf ears as the meeting moved forward to once again “piecemeal” projects in our town… Chair Paul Novak concurred with Ms. Booth and reminded all that Comm. Sasser alluded to it at the Roundtable ..(prev. post)… He then stated the Commission wanted the committee to address the bathrooms by the beach and location so he was moving it up on the agenda with the powerpoint presentation that was played at the July 14th Roundtable being played for them by Int. Asst. TM Bud Bentley and Dir. of Development Jeff Bowman…

Mr Bentley asked the members to state their names before speaking for a new contractor who will be doing the board minutes and those minutes will then be submitted to the committee for their approval… This writer contacted the PIO and he believes it is a contracted service for boards only…not a part of Granicus or to be used by the Commission…This writer would like to know the cost involved in making such a change and the benefit of doing so…I was all for the meetings being recorded and kept online rather than streamed and gone … and pushed for that for 3 years (the MPSC meetings being videoed and then brought back after the former TM stopped it were a result of this writer asking it be put on the agenda for the Comm. to vote on)…but this is a little over the top if  it’s at a high cost to taxpayers…The archived video would be sufficient with  the MPSC continuing to take the minutes on their own and Colleen from Development doing the P & Zs…

Bud Bentley and Jeff Bowman showed the committee the powerpoint which was done with narration recorded by PIO Steve D’Olveira… They narrowed down the four original locations to the two the Commission indicated they were leaning toward at the July 14th Roundtable …El Prado Park and the Pier Alleyway…in two locations …either in the alley near the exit from the Pier or nearer to the beach…They added a third site..the El Mar Parking lot.. …after it was suggested Mr. Bentley said…(Wayne Dillistin from Interior Digs was the 1st to propose it as shown in a text as the meeting was going on…prev. post)… The pre-fab units are compliant to all required conditions and the cost is $150,000 … Marjorie Evans asked it the police had been consulted for where the safest location was stating that  Pompano Beach “has alot of things going on that are not cool”…The response was only that the BSO wanted security such as good lighting…  Paul Novak asked about the cost per unit and/or per location …There was a disagreement between Ken Kuglar and Edmund Malkoon over the Commissions direction and whether it was limited to location only or included if the bathrooms should be put in this year… Ken said both…Edmund said location only… No one stepped forward to clarify …Paul decided they should go ahead and come up with two locations to give back to the Commission… Edmund began with his “research” and stated he went out took pictures and ended up at the El Mar Parking Lot after realizing the Pier alley was not allowed due to it being a utility easement…The Int. Asst. TM and Dir. Bowman did not address that statement…Malkoon also cited safety issues with the alley and turtle lighting…He also addressed the comments from Ken Kuglat concerning Comm. Sasser wanting a plan in place stating the alleys are in the 2004 Master Plan as being pedestrian walkways …He stated his preference was different than the one shown on the powerpoint (up front in the lot) He wanted the SW corner … Bob Eckblad thought El Prado Park was the logical choice for use and discounted storefronts and the alleyway… Ken Kuglar did not want any bathrooms on the east side of the road and spoke at length about the green area and the obstruction of views if put in El Prado Park ..(the suggested site was on the south side by the Minto Clubhouse)…He too brought up the utility easement problem with the alley by the Pier (no discussion about the long overdue access to exit from the Pier Parking Lot and how the bathroom in either alley location would impede that from happening)… He stated the majority of the traffic is around the pier…Full disclosure Mr. Kugler lives in Minto and though I don’t blame him for not wanting the bathrooms by his residence I do agree with the Reader who suggested Minto build some to blend in with their next oceanfront property and the Town needs to update the entry to the beach from there at the same time…There is alot of traffic to the beach there as well…Jim Rogers stated briefly the parking lot (El Mar) …John Panitsas went beyond the pale once again suggesting the portal Washingtonia…Pine…Datura and Palm…YIKES!…He did not think south Commercial was “suitable”…and not the parking lot .. due to crossing the street…Helene Wetherington asked if staff looked at the other locations…(NO!)…agreed with Kugler about obstructing views …like “Edmund’s location”…and added signage was needed …no pier…no storefront …and El Prado Park should “stay on the table”… Marjorie Evans…parking lot…Sandra Booth spoke of the need to be “five to ten year thinkers”and spoke of the Bougainvilla Parking Lot for when the town develops and extends into that portion of town…Paul Novak stated the “heaviest bathers are by the pier” and did not like the idea of “mothers dragging kids across the street”…He wanted between Oriana and the pier…Full disclosure Mr. Novak’s hotel is on the north side of the pier with an alley and for sure the pier owners and Oriana owners are gonna wonder why not on his side?… Ken Kugler wanted to know if bathrooms were a priority (we are hearing the answer this year is no!)…Helene suggested they write down their top two choices and inquired if it would be of benefit for more analysis ..”one more round”… Ken said to “go around the table”…This was the moment that we heard something new…Int. Asst. TM Bentley stated this choice would be the first location and there would be others… HUH?… Marjorie spoke of “Knockin’ the parking lot out”…Ken said the priority location is downtown and we currently have bathrooms behind Jarvis Hall…Bob asked about the El Prado Parking lot…and that was quickly jumped on for the location being viewed by Minto owners on the south side of the parking lot and eventually the north.. Paul stated the El Prado Park “johns” would be camouflaged..and while Ken agreed he held fast to his statement about that park being the “most open vista” in town…Paul said downtown first and see what happens with it..if the town grows Washingtonia..Pine Ave and develop west sometime down the road… John spoke of separating the downtown areas ..pedestrian malls and walkways…this was for the beach…and spoke of being “pioneers downtown”… Ken Kuglar added this was for special events and to assist the restaurants as well…

The vote Sandra- Bougainvilla Parking Lot/ Edmund- El Mar Parking Lot SW corner/ Bob- El Prado park/ Ken-El Mar Parking Lot/ Jim El Mar Parking Lot/ John- El Prado Park/ Helena- El Mar Parking Lot/ Marjorie- El Mar Parking Lot/ Paul- Alley-Oriana….5 fro El Mar Parking Lot …no discussion on which location in the lot…

Public comments…Diana Kugler (member Ken’s wife) spoke of the uses being to help the restaurants and special events/ Frank Herrman like Sandra Booths idea / Diane Boutin also like Sandra Booth’s Bougainvilla Parkin Lot location and spoke of the pitfalls of bathrooms and times they are open/Louis Marchelos spoke of the problems with the pier alley reiterating the turtle light and safety issues stating El Mar Parking Lot would accommodate walkers and special events…Full disclosure Mr Marchelos owns the Pier and restaurant and wants the alley reopened for traffic…

Back to the committee there was discussion over the alleyway by El Mar and the public input was addressed as well (thanks to Ken Kugler) …Some committee members took that to heart …and put that 2nd on their list…There was some brief discussion on the self cleaning…pay to enter models (prev. post)…and the decision was pre-fab…In the end it was El Mar Parking Lot (2 possible locations) and Bougainvilla…

After is was a real plus to this writer to hear Int. Asst. TM Bentley ask Paul Novak to add him onto the Aug. agenda for the committee to discuss the 5 year Capital Improvement Plan which will be discussed next week with the Commission….Could this mean he plans on staying in Town?… This writer has only heard positive feedback on Mr. Bentley!

Paul went to the El Mar project next and added it was “the neverending project”… It should be the “backburner projects” for reasons previously posted …anchoring properties that need some inspections…and a revised Master Plan…Unfortunately rather than cut it short and take heed to both Sandra Booth and Comm. Sasser…the committee went there again…John Panitsas spoke about the one-lane two-lanes and repeated much of wwhat he covered in the past assisted by his sketches…(prev. post/ online Town website in MPSC backup)… Ken Kugler offered an “olive branch” to his fellow members and spoke of a compromise with sketch 8 which offered a multi-purpose lane…(nothing new it was offered up by Comm. Silverstone and presented by Ocampo last year…Marjorie Evans said “I accept your olive branch”…Bob Eckblad stated that Ocampo offered it up last year with stamped asphalt 8ft. sidewalks and 10 ft. lanes…Edmund thanked John and spoke of his e-mail and stated he hoped they received it that day…(prev. post)…He then spoke about 2 lanes on A1A and repeated Ken Kuglar’s statement of El Mar being the “jewel of the Town”…Paul asked how you keep people  (in cars) off the multi-use lanes that color would not be enough…John stated temporary dividers could be used in the beginning until people got use to it…ARGH..More talk from John about backout parking and event parking going on to talk of building a garage on the Bougainvilla Parking Lot …(nothing new in LBTS…I think this is about where I came in …in 2005 and 2006!)… later on Diana Kugler and Frank Herrman wanted the multi-purpose lane to be the inside lane by the medians (shades of a median walkway) …due to backout parking…while others want it by the sidewalks.. and after some more discussion Paul stated he appreciated the “Olive branch” and thanked Ken …and the committee would send 6 items with a change to a multi-purpose lane to the Commission…

To that, this writer says …this is the “pits”!…While I am glad there can be compromise found in Town committees…I wish the committee would have taken a pass on both items until they receive and revise the Master Plan…They are continuing on with “piecemealing” Lauderdale-By-The-Sea with special pet projects…. How can you possible justify spending money on an experiment to stamp and color the street when you have not addressed the revision issue?…How can you do anything until you know what Minto is doing? …Readers will remember the road while Minto did the first tow phases …it was a torn up mess…And also at issue still…most members sitting at the table who are talking about the “dangers” of backout parking etc…have never walked El Mar Drive during peak walking times…This writer was a regular and knows plenty of others…..No one has been hit by a backout driver…and all have emphatically stated they will continue to walk in the street …as they always have…no matter what is done to it …

At public comments Vice Mayor Dodd came up to speak and stated he applauded the committee for the job they were doing and he wanted to give the reasons for why Commissioners attend their meetings…(due to Edmund Malkoon’s comments last meeting)….to see the consensus and implement it..He said there is no influence and while he thinks “going to one lane is political suicide he told them the solution you’re coming to is absolutely terrific”…Ken Kugler spoke up about the Commissioner issue stating he should have at the previous meeting where the suggestion was made Commissioners should not make comments and he would like to retract that although he did not make the comment…He did not see Commissioners input as being unduly influencing and the Commissioners are the decision makers …that committee members have the wherewithal to make up their own minds… Paul stated the Commissioners, Mayor and public are welcome and there is no influence put on the committee… Edmund Malkoon asked to address this due to the comments coming from him and stated he had his previous statements because he thought this would come up…

He stated…

I never said Commissioners were not welcome. While I support Commissioners to attend these meetings my concern and it still is and you can have a difference of opinion and that’s fine but these committees are supposed to remain independent and the real problem that I had it wasn’t even making comments. The real problem was to be given direction by a Commissioner without all of the Commissioners being present and voting on the issue. That was my main concern and if you say that the opinions don’t influence you just FYI what is the reason why you’re sitting there? It’s because you were appointed by Commissioners. So in the back of your head you’re gonna say let me, maybe let me show that I’m doing a good job and you could be, you put me here for the right reason and that could be reason enough. But you can have a difference of opinion and the whole purpose of these committees is we all have a say in that. Otherwise there’s no purpose in having a committee.

Ken Kugler wanted to respond and Paul said that was it after he spoke…Ken said we should not forget we serve at the pleasure of the Commission and that the Commission can agree or not agree with the committee on an issue …He went on to say he did not think any of the members lack the fortitude to resist the influence and he believed those that appointed them trusted them and ended with stating the Commissioners should be free to comment….(Thank you, Mr. Kugler)….

Paul said “case closed”…Hmmm…..

BC- not so fast…this writer received a rambling e-mail from Mr. Malkoon at 1:30 am …and he expressed his displeasure with some of my previous posts …

He began with expressing his disappointment  and anger over my writing about him saying my reporting was inaccurate and unfair to him and that I need to create division to interest readers or maybe I don’t like” a strong person who’s making  a name for himself”…He said that many have stopped reading my blog because of my “attacks” on him and Comm. Vincent and that the UOT criticized me at their last meeting…He said people had contacted me about my posts on him and Chris ..He did not like that I said the idea for El Mar Parking Lot came from Wayne…He said he never spoke to Wayne and that at the Roundtable he came up with Bougainvilla Parking Lot…( OK …that’s not El Mar Lot)…He said he looked around and arrived at the El Mar Lot this week and after he did Louis Marchelos called him with the same location and they had Bud Bentley come there Mon. night to see it…And anyhow, stated Edmund no one else came up with the SW corner… (And that proves what exactly?)… He went on to the e-mails I posted about stating he sent his to fellow members without going through Town and without a do not reply (this was addressed by Paul and Ken at the meeting as well …advising not to do it)..He stated that John Panitsas also sent e-mail directly to members…(I was informed yesterday John’s was through the Town)..He stated he sent the e-mail because two fellow members wanted more background…(how did he know that when one was not at the last MPSC meeting?)…He said do not respond or reply was not required He stated he was the only one who got the agendas and backup online (many laid the groundwork for this …long before the receptive new administration…and as stated above at what cost with a contracted minute taker?)…He went on to the Commissioner at MPSC comments and again stated he never said Commissioners are not welcome…(sure sounded like it)…He stated he will emphatically defend his opinion and stated that VM Dodd’s remarks were case in point that evening in his one lane political suicide comment..(he left out the kudos for the committees solution that followed that statement from the VM)…He went on to state my actions are going to “backfire” on me and I am “boxing myself in” the CIC will not support me and UOT is “growing wary” …He said the more I “attack” him and Chris the more people are fond of them and UOT will always support Chris because they chose him and he is not McIntee who people wanted out..He ended by saying I told him I would love to help in 2012 (not the exact exchange I remember) and he hoped I would change to be the person he knew”..

I responded to Mr. Malkoon yesterday morning after reading his e-mail…

You are certainly entitled to your opinions as am I.
I did try and talk to you and could not disagree more with you on your actions since being appointed.
I made it clear after the election I go back to writing on what each person does in their elected or appointed position
You are correct I did hear from a few UOT members and their take was they wish I would not have written about certain people but agree on the content of what was written.
As for 2012 I think you already realize I would never back you after what I have seen thus far.
The rest of what you wrote sounds very much like what I heard in the past from others who feel  NIMBY, politically speaking.
I will continue to write and people as always have the choice to read or not.
More to come”

Although Mr. Malkoon ended his first e-mail by stating it would be his last…it was not and he shot another one back about an hour after receiving my response…it too was rambling and disagreed with my reply…he also indicated that I could not post his e-mails…which means posting them not various overviews of the content.. as I have done…I sent him back another response  e-mail …

“Agree to disagree”

He sent back once more stating “yes”…

Dear Readers… again, nothing is new in LBTS…This e-mail was like a flashback to 2008 and e-mails I received from CIC members for posting my opinions and using their CIC backed Commissioner /Board member’s own words  to back them up… I will continue to write and as stated in my e-mail to Mr. Malkoon…you can read my blog or not..your choice…As for my readership…  there has been a steady uptick since the election…most likely I believe due to the fact that I do not stifle or sway my opinions no matter who the elected/appointed person is and which faction he or she came from…

more to come….

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