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Here’s The Scoop … “Stemming” From A Question …… The LBTS Town Manager Performance Review … Monday Oct. 12, 2009 4 PM Jarvis Hall …

4 DOZEN THORNS …. HMMMMM………

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Dear Readers …..I didn’t know when this writer happened upon the Deerfield Advocate website such a long time ago and read about their Manager having a contract that required an annual Performance Review it would lead us to tomorrow afternoon at 4 pm in Jarvis Hall LBTS Town Manager Evaluation….I didn’t know  it would take a Public Records Request for her contract to see if she had it as a requirement as well because her staff and the commission did not know…I didn’t know that the simple act of having her yearly contractually required evaluation completed before the final adoption of the Town’s annual budget in September would produce so much time and effort put forth by the present majority to deflect from facts…I knew the Mc-Furth Gang would enlist their remaining  CIC members to “parade” to the podium with most speakers having no idea about the Manager but dutifully speaking the “talking points” they were told to address about her finance acumen……I didn’t know it would come to the dais…time after time……with no date certain…and no certainty of an evaluation ever coming to pass…(pun intended)…I didn’t know  it would take until the next fall to finally have the workshop…I didn’t know  the ball would be dropped when the Commission fumbled and did not make a motion for a date for the evaluation on dais that very day following the workshop…I didn’t know  there would  be an onslaught of comments on and off the dais by local newspaper in their editorials and opinions and posts on this site….I didn’t know the directives that were agreed to at the Sept. 10, 2009 workshop would fall  by the wayside as well ( Agreed to was the Lauderhill evaluation/Commissioners handing it in to Town within the week for distribution to each other/ the meeting with discussion on any cumulative rating on a topic of 3 or below/ public comments/ Comm. comments/ and at some point in time the Range Riders coming separate from the TM evaluation for help with the commissioners and future meetings, relations in the future)…I didn’t know  in their place would be a different version  from Commissioner Clottey on the dais implying the Range Riders would do the evaluation being “unbiased …I didn’tt know the FLOC Range Riders were retired Town and City Managers…..I didn’t know  Commissioner Clottey would try version #3 in her BTSTimes  Halloween Edition comments stating the Range Riders would not be evaluating the Manager but ” act as a consultant through the process”….I didn’t know  the Pompano Pelican would have information on its front page with the name of the FLOC Range Rider consultant, Richard Simmons from Orlando when some Commissioners still have not been informed of his participation….I didn’t know  the Town Clerk’s minutes (backup in the 10/13/09 commission meeting)…would  erroneously describe “consensus to not condemn the Town Manager for previous mistakes made, only to give direction for them not to occur in the future”…..I knew the CIC would send out a call to arms membership e-mail for their members to attend and defend the Town Manager from “attacks”….I knew Unite Our Town would send out 2 membership e-mails to ask for their members to attend and voice their concerns…I knew the BTSTimes would send out some “Flowery” newsflash  ….I knew the Times would “evaluate” the Manager giving her credit for the financial shape we find ourselves in today……. I knew the very CIC-Mc-Furth group who stood up for the VFD and heights and term limits would come out now  that the other shoe is about drop and say that their fellow residents and taxpayers …”intend to launch attacks against her during the public comment portion of the evaluation”…..I knew the BTSTimes “evaluation” would be half truths such as she “has often stated that she is willing to undergo an evaluation at any time”…. “a spotless record” …. “award- winning financial background”.. “completing major capital improvement projects”….”reduced from $25 million to $15 million”…””assisted the Commission in paying of $9 million in Town debt”…”does things by the book”….”her loyalty is to the law of the land and ethical government procedure”…”by treating everyone fairly”….”following the rules, and providing Town management that is solely in the best interest of the overall health of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea”……

I also knew…the full-truth…and it comes with lots and lots of thorns……4 dozen thorns ….

1.The Town Manager chose to ignore her contract required a performance review annually …..thus the “spotless record”…

2. The Town Manager chose to add to her own contract perks that never appeared in her predecessor’s contract as she stated over the past 2+ years…with $250,000+ if she is ever fired…

3. The Town Manager chose to not go out for re-bid with only one Law firm to choose from and to not go out for re-bid on a Special Magistrate…

4. The Town Manager chose to write ordinances and resolutions rather than go to the Town Attorneys…

5. The Town Manager chose to whittle down the cost of the Beach Pavilion…. to a paltry $150,000….

6. The Town Manager chose to not inform the Commission or the businesses of the extension of the Broward County Grant, thus allowing for construction to take place after season on the Beach Pavilion ….

7. The Town Manager chose to change the plans unilaterally on the Beach Pavilion, causing a problem with the permits and the final sign off and resulting in a Beach Pavilion unlike the pavilion voted on by the Town’s elected officials …wrought with ongoing problems structurally to the building and the surrounding area…severely impacting local businesses…

8. The Town Manager chose to not work with the Turtle people for turtle friendly lights to be installed in the El Prado parking lot…

9. The Town Manager chose to routinely hire unqualified employees lacking the experience and educational  requirements from within the ranks thus forgoing the process of hiring those truly qualified for department head positions…

10. The Town Manager chose to routinely keep information away from the Commission and from those who made Public Records Request in matters of finance …until the 11th hour of the 2009/2010 budget…

11. The Town Manager chose to routinely charge exorbitant fees for Public Records Requests…at random for certain people to stop the flow of information…

12. The Town Manager “chose” pre-payment penalty clauses for promissory notes that ended up costing the Town hundreds of thousands to pay back…last month…

13. The Town Manager chose to routinely informs contracted employees of the Town that the Commission wanted certain heavy-handed action taken, when knowing it is false …keeping both at arms length in the process…as seen with BSO per the Colonel at the Scott Gooding meeting/ The Senior Center RFP…

14. The Town Manager chose to routinely inflate the budget leaving funds for use in the last 3 months of the fiscal year…aka “sludge fund” …

15. The Town Manager chose to unilaterally uses the “at will” contracts to hire and then fire employees..as seen with the termination of Fire Marshal Alex Stevenson…

16. The Town Manager chose when to be “oversight” for the VFD and when to call them a “contracted” employee…

17. The Town Manager chose to buy 2 fire trucks espousing the Town’s need to own all public safety vehicles and then said we did not need to with the 3rd fire truck VFD purchased…..

18. The Town Manager chose to spearhead the purchase of the hotel next door without proper information on what would be allowed (sleeping quarters)…

19. The Town Manager chose to withhold the true renovation costs for the hotel from the Commission and residents…

20. The Town Manager chose to ignore the will of the people and fire the Police Chief… using faulty reasoning of “fiscal irresponsibility”…

21. The Town Manager chose to not inform the Commission of BSO’s prior to purchase response that the hotel was not suitable…

22. The Town Manager chose to lead the BSO on at a cost  to them for architects as she promised them all they asked for throughout the process…

23. The Town Manager chose to be the only Town Manager in the County to not attend a BSO meeting with Sheriff Lamberti…

24. The Town Manager chose to not return with ongoing information on the warehouse and the 90 day real estate sale “option” that ran out long ago…

25. The Town Manager chose not take any action pertaining to the VFD breaking its by-laws…when allowing for Vice Mayor McIntee to be an Officer…

26. The Town Manager chose to ignore “breaches” of the VFD contract with the VFD not having a Battalion Chief for a period of time/ not having an VFD Administrator for a year/ and in-town members not fulfilling the 20% response requirement  ….

27. The Town Manager chose to request and give a 2.5% increase to employees when the cost of living is 1.8%…

28. The Town Manager chose to pay 30 hr. employees the same as 40hr. employees in other municipalities…

29. The Town Manager chose to raise all new fees 5% after only 6 months….

30. The Town Manager chose to go after Town businesses…unfairly….enforcing codes that have been on the books  but not enforced…making them to jump through hoops to ask for Commission “resolutions” to retain their benches and outdoor decorations…depending on a selective Commission vote…

31. The Town Manager chose to lead the Town Engineers to single out the Pier Alleyway from the others….to not allow for egress…

32. The Town Manager won finance awards for “presentation” of the budgets…not the budgets…

33. The Town Manager chose to attend an introductory GFOA course in place of the Finance Director…

34. The Town Manager chose not to let her department heads and employees come to answer to Commissioners upon Commissioner’s requests at Commission meetings …

35. The Town Manager chose not to reply to a sitting Commissioner…

36. The Town Manger chose to continue to do “pay as you go” on improvements knowing we had the funds….

37. The Town Manager chose to “inform” the Commission of her 3 yr Rachlin Audit contract for $200,000+ then sending an engagement letter “informing” Rachlin the Commission approved it when they had not….

38. The Town Manager chose to inform the Commissioners at their pre-budget department meetings about possibly putting an RFP out for the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center…but did not inform at least 2 Commissioners of her intention to put an ITB (invitation to bid) for the Senior Center and her plans to combine it with the Recreation services…

39. The Town Manager chose to allow herself “her constitutional right to freedom of speech”…in disparaging a resident in a memo to the Commission…

40. The Town Manager chose to thwart the RFP/Bid process and put the Town of LBTS in a questionable position of “backroom” deals when “sealed proposals” are opened and taken away having not been read aloud…

41. The Town Manager chose not to evaluate the RFP/Bids for the Commissioners…thus  extending the process ..

42. The Town Manager chose to recommend certain vendors that will cost the town thousands while she purposely misstated the comparable bids…

43. The Town Manager chose to falsely state she does not “buy anything upfront” when addressing the Parking Citation RFP…

44. The Town Manager chose to not put out public notices in newspapers of a size and in detail for a fair response from residents for input…thus “using” the “rules” to skew the outcome…

45. The Town Manager chose materials that are ill-suited for LBTS procurement process..Garbage/IT/Parking Citation…

46. The Town Manager chose to make garbage per dwelling unit and not allow per need….

47. The Town Manager chose to send out a survey townwide without input from the Commission or the residents and businesses…based on Wilton Manors…taking credit for it and including misinformation on the town’s maximum height limit which may skew the 2010 referendum outcome…

48. The Town Manager chose to go out for a $3 million dollar Fire station …to house vehicles and allow the FFs to sleep somewhere…after failing to secure lodging in the $2 million dollar Public Safety Complex…..

I knew these were 48 reasons why this Performance Review needed to happen even if it took this long…..and I know these are 48 very important reasons why this Town Manager and all her “thorns”  will effect the outcome of the 2010 election……

more to  come….

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