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Here’s The Scoop … Scene And Heard Around Town ….

SAD NEWS ……

Dear Readers… This writer and countless others in LBTS extend our deepest sympathies to Louis and Spiros Marchelos and their family on the loss of their father this past weekend ….

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MINTO PARK #2?….

We hear the fence is down at the Minto construction site across from Town Hall … To comply with the Town the area would need to be sodded … Perhaps the McIntee benches etc…could be brought out for use as it sits  empty until the tide turns for in town building once again …Readers may remember the very brief “park #1 ” Minto had where their sales trailer now sits …..It was  few years prior to the Mc-Furth Gang’s brief stint as the majority in LBTS… The Town Manager even used it as a major  accomplishment in her yearly budget book that year!… It was park for about 6 months and then those purchased benches went bye bye…Possibly to sit among the temporary road diversions used on Bougainvilla around the same time and  the temporary rubber speed bumps used on Seagrape north?…. In any event this “park #2” should be around much longer than the previous… Along with this fence removal and the sod … it is most unfortunate that the Town will be without the new sidewalks due to lack of direction and a bad vote taken last year on lowering the bond for Minto and giving them an out on proceeding with the wider sidewalks that were planned and required by Minto before that vote (prev. posts)… One other question that arises is the length of time Minto is allowed to keep their trailer sales office on the oceanfront property?… We were told often by the Town Manager and the previous majority that the impetus for the crappy hotel purchase was the violation of having trailers in LBTS!… The Development office trailer is scheduled to be removed this month …going to the Coast Guard…and the Development personal are making the move into the old BSO quarters …sans the chair and shackle/old holding cell…. we assume?….

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SHE TRIED….OR DID SHE?….

The Town Clerk, it is said,  per the Town Manager tried real hard to contact all the Commissioners about the lock change at Town Hall ..(prev. post)…Hmmm…. How hard did June White try?… These Commissioners are all readily available by cell phone…email and text and we hear that none of them received a message…for the heads up!… Perhaps someone should supply Ms. White with the proper contact information one month after the election?… The locks were changed on Friday afternoon …and while the Commissioners could pick up their fob for the backup with BSO…no one in Town Hall thought to include a key with it?…  Time for VM Dodd’s idea .. a keyless code entry along with no more memos…scanned e-mails ….making trips to Town Hall obsolete for daily information from the Town Administration!….

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THROWN A CURVE IN COLOR…

The backup is now on for the Commission meeting tomorrow night… http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/town/backup2009.htm …The snafu…we are old was making the change to color!…HUH? …Perhaps Windows 2000 which is what the Town is operating under was thrown a curve?… This is part and parcel to what is meeting these new Commissioners head on in their first month…As one Avid Reader remarked last week why would this current administration be in any hurry to come into the 21st century when it was operating with “Yahoos” who did not open their computers…and self professed their lack of even sending e-mails!… At budget time it was this Town Manager that spoke of “piecemealing” the purchases of new computers for the Town …one or two a year…. this year and going forth….It is this writer’s opinion that a Town Manager should be proactive and upfront with  the Commission and the taxpayers in presenting what is needed to run the town efficiently …. with the full cost to get it right and what the upfront costs will be vs the cost savings once the change has taken place …in staff time and flow of information… not to mention the drop in use of paper!….

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REMINDER ….

Tonight 6 pm ….Jarvis Hall Round Table Meeting ..open to public …(no public comments)..Ch. 78 Comcast / online http://lbts.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2

more to come….

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