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Here’s The Scoop … The November 9, 2010 Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Regular Commission Meeting … Perfectly Carved …

THE  SECOND SINGLE MONTHLY COMMISSION MEETING … NICELY SLICED….

Dear Readers … The second single Commission meeting went off without a hitch as far as timing…While they started late due to a tardy Comm. Clottey …the agenda itself was tackled as it was intended to be…limited in those areas where there was clear direction and consensus found at the previous Roundtable with relevant and for the most part coherent commentary and questioning on those items that needed to be fleshed out due to reconsideration such as the 2nd reading on Ord. 2010-15 for allowable businesses in town as well as the 40 year building safety inspection report and of course the Town sewer rate report both items under new business… On the latter I do still have issues with the choice of the consultant being used…She is a terrible presenter …very hard to follow …It would have been preferable in this writer’s opinion for the Town Manager to give the presentation…Ms. Hoffmann has the ability to explain in a much more  concise manner leaving no need for further clarification as she herself needed to interject as Ms. Margolies proceeded…  More on that below…

The meeting began late as stated above and as I watched the computer cut in and out while the Commission awaited Comm. Clottey…some updates on the situation came as it was explained by the Mayor Comm. Clottey was called and was seen in the parking lot…We are told there were approximately 53 people in Jarvis Hall …a number that included staff and vendors there to give their monthly reports…

The pledge was said and Town Chaplain Rev. George Hunsaker was back in town and back at the podium to offer the invocation…He began by asking all to remember the Veterans this Veteran’s day (Thur. 11/11/10)…asking also for a moment of silence …He went on to thank all that govern paid or unpaid and asked for them to have wisdom and vision right now and as we plan for an appropriate time and in appropriate manner..neighbors and enemies to understand a bond of community …to work together to make our town a better place…

Two presentations were made…both were proclamations ..The Mayor stated before she began these were outstanding presentations… This writer agrees with the first proclamation being so…the 2nd …not so much… The first was done by BSO Chief Llerena and the Mayor…declaring Nov. 30, 2010 Sgt. Doug Brown Day for retiring LBTS-BSO Sgt. Doug Brown who is retiring after 17 years serving LBTS both as an LBTS police officer and a BSO officer .. ..Sgt. Brown also serves the C.O.P. program in town and that too was recognized …There will be a retirement party for him in town at the Village Grill and Pub on Friday Nov. 19th..all are invited (prev. post)…He began serving in 1975…coming to LBTS in 1993 according to the proclamation…He received a standing ovation from the audience in the hall and the whole Commission descended from the dais to present him with the proclamation, shake his hand and have a photo op…The second one was a little over the top …It was the result of a 16 year old who was informed there was a conflict for the use of Jarvis Hall on a date that was approved by the Comm. for her sweet 16…The family changed the date of the party moving it back one week…At the previous Roundtable the Comm. asked that something special be done to show appreciation for the family understanding the required change …While a proclamation was brought up..I did not think it was really going to take place…But it was …It was read by the Mayor who was visibly moved and choked up as she read it…While it was certainly sweet and obviously personal for the family… this writer’s daughters would have been running from the hall rather than walking up the aisle to graciously accept it if it had been presented to them at that age…

Public comments…They began with resident and director of Performing Arts Vincent Ragusa came to thank all stating he was grateful for the opening and the success upon its return to Jarvis Hall ..He thanked the Mayor, Comm. Town Clerk, Don Prince and the maintenance crew who went out of there way to make him comfortable and make this experience a pleasure…They had a large turnout of approximately 255 who attended the plays ..taking them out of the red and into the black…He thanked all those financial donors and especially thanked his wife…he ended thanking all for the opportunity to come back… As expected from the e-mail sent by CIC board member Bob Roberts…(prev. post)…CIC-Chair Liliana Pomareda came to speak about the residential parking permit increase…She was clearly unprepared as she tried to read portions of the letter the CIC board sent to the Town Manager and the Commission …(prev. post)..She was disjointed and stumbled over her comments…She ran over her time…received no supportive response from the audience and had no other members join her to comment …We are told she exited the hall shortly after…THUD!… Business owner Spiro Marchelos came to speak briefly about certain code inequities he believes his businesses are enduring from code enforcement and asking for some fair procedures and a way to resolve the problem… Peanuts Wick came as expected to tout the Marie White Santa By The Sea event on Dec. 11, 2010 from 12pm-3pm at the Commercial Beach pavilion…He spoke of Marie White and being joined in the venture by the VFD …There will be a photo op with Santa and refreshments… He also spoke of the boxes for unwrapped toys that will be around town as in prior years and asked for the Comm. to waive the $100 permit fee …Ron Piersante came to thank all the volunteers 40 people who helped with the Halloween event…He included the Town Manager and Asst. TM as well as Don Prince and his crew..He thanked Ken Brenner and Wayne Dillistin as well as Teresa Sasser…

The public safety monthly reports were next…Chief Llerena came to the podium to read the deputy of the month as was the practice in the past…He will carry it on going forth…(see the agenda for the full content)… The Mayor thanked the BSO for the ride along she took and encouraged other Comms. to do a ride as well….The report was passed 5-0… The VFD was represented by former Comm. Silverstone standing in for an absent Chief Paine…He is presently the Sec. Treasurer of the VFD… The Mayor stated she met with Chief Paine and was pleased the VFD had stepped up its training and had come to an agreement on the contract …Comm. Sasser extended congratulations to  the employee of the quarter (who was not there)… as well as thanking her for her Halloween participation…The Vice mayor asked about reductions in the medical calls and about officers meeting the 20% calls required… He asked about the year end time-frame to ensure the target was met and monitored…Silverstone stated monthly business meetings were used to go after each member …We hear that the 20% is part of the VFD’s By-laws even though they took it out of the contract…Any change to their By-laws must be turned over to the Town…(This writer is still awaiting any changes as well per a PRR some weeks back)…Comm. Clottey asked Silverstone to answer and explain a conversation she said she had with Chief Paine where she wanted it explained to the residents how the procedures were changed in fighting fires after 9/11 …Silverstone responded since she had the conversation with Chief Paine he should respond… The vote to accept the report passed 5-0… Silverstone then stated he had a letter to read from Chief Paine…It was an apology for his response to to a question asked of him at the last Comm. meeting…and to state he has an open door policy … AMR was next and Chief Liddle was not in attendance either…The AMR employee who stood in was also unable to respond to Comm. Sasser’s question on the three calls that were above the average…He stated he would ask Liddle and get a response…The same occurred for the Mayor’s follow-up question on the AMR driver going against traffic…The report was passed 5-0…

The minutes were passed with no discussion…5-0…

The consent agenda had items taken out by Comm. Sasser and VM Dodd…the rest ..items a.-martial arts renewal/c.-July 4/Easter Chairs/f.-4 hardship permits Santa Barbara Inn/g.-TAtty. Services/l.-year end budget amendments 2009-10 passed with no discussion (those items on backup/prev. agenda post)..9b.- Comm Sasser had a question about sidewalk repair…the cost Don prince informed him along with the TM was $360 per lineal ft…and the non-for-profit was called in for 10 sections at a time…There is a $40,000 budget and usually $ is left over …passed 5-0…9e.- Comm. Sasser asked about the Coastal Partnership Grant and if it was tied in to the coral reef project we are now re-negotiating…TM Hoffmann answered it is…as well as for signage and our coral reefs…She explained that after today’s discussions with the coral reef group she hoped to have a revised contract …and there was little risk…If there was any departure from the agreement we have time to withdraw from the grant…This was in response to Comm. Sasser’s question concerning the statements made concerning the A1A project and the negative fallout that would come from turning down a grant…Comm. Vincent asked about the 2 year state requirements and going beyond if it was ok…The TM said it was… The grant passed 5-0 (we were told at the Rtable it was a formality as it already went out)… 9h/i/j were taken out to discuss by VM Dodd to address recycling use at each event and it being included in the event forms…Asst. TM Bentley came to address that it was already in the forms and spoke of the difference in where recepticals were required for the Taste of the Beach event vs New Year’s  Eve street events..He stated they would be on site and in an extended area…An evaluation by staff will follow the event for any changes required…TM Hoffmann added she and Don Prince were looking into the Town helping out …testing new bins…The Mayor added she provided pics of how Oakland park does it to the TM… It passed 5-0… Comm. Clottey pulled 9k.- the Marie White event to make a motion to return the $100 fee to Peanuts Wick…VM Dodd 2nd it with appreciation as well to Wick/ VFD…passed 5-0…

The 2nd Reading Ordinances brought forth the first extended discussion to remedy the Roundtable discussion last month that took away certain businesses being allowed… The TAtty. read the ord…Public comment brought forth Louis Marchelos who stated these are hard times and restricting business was not appropriate…He spoke of the pitfalls of a six week wait to find a business was now prohibited… A gentleman who apparently wanted to rent a store came up to voice being in that position alluded to by Marchelos … Another owner of stores in town came to state hard times should not result in relaxed ordinances..wanting to keep the town businesses “upbeat” (huh?)… The VM added he felt at the risk of repeating himself (rdtable)…high end consignment shops …not thrift shops should be allowed as well as electrical retail…but not wholesale electrical…Comm. Vincent said respectfully with Mr. Ciani  they need not relax our ordinances but he wanted Jeff Bowman to explain what was allowed before the changes were made…for the public (huh?)…Dev. Dir. Bowman answered that the business the gentleman wanted was not permitted from the beginning and the town did not know what the business was until it was in writing…They tried to work with the gentleman…The TAtty. addressed the cigar-tobacco that was stricken due to the desire of the Comm. not wanting head-shops in town…A statute allows cigar-tobacco shops to sell bongs etc…and the only way to not allow that is to not allow tobacco-cigar shops despite the fact we already have one… Comm Vincent said he was confused …stating we have one…Bowman answered yes we do…But the TAtty. stated it is non-conforming and can continue to operate…Comm. Vincent asked if there had been any complaints..the answer was no…The Mayor stated after further review and driving around she wanted to include dive shops…dance studios …already in town..and call the flooring/wallpaper/paint/electrical supply/lighting …home furnishing as well as consignments no thrift to allow those stricken to be allowed on second reading… Comm. Clottey had her button pressed but passed…Comm. Sasser stated the whole idea was to expand what was allowed and not have to vote on it as a Comm. …The Mayor added the process was mote involved than that with the Notice /P & Z …Comm. Sasser said they did expand it…substantially…The TAtty. agreed and added they also have a similar uses clause with the staff deeming something fits that criteria…allowing the Comm. to review it… Comm. Sasser asked for more info on the cigar-tobacco stating that stemmed from him and the Comm. NOT wanting head shops in town… The TAtty. explained the statute and why it was necessary at this time to strike cigar-tobacco shops …but it could be revisited later on Comm. Vincent asked if the present cigar shop could sell the paraphernalia …. The TAtty. said the statute would allow it… if the shop met the criteria to do so…The TM read the list of what was back in and the TAtty. asked if it applied to both business districts…the consensus was yes…passed 5-0…

The next 2nd Reading Ord. was 2010-17 to offer a last chance for relief to those who feel they are wronged before litigation…After it was read by The TAtty. Diane Boutin came to speak and was misinformed thinking it was tied into the parking requirements…The Tatty. clarified the ord. and informed Ms. Boutin of the upcoming parking req. coming to the P & Z on the 17th… No discussion from the Comm. it passed 5-0…

Resolutions…2010-37 was to get the grant for the Senior Center from the county…The TAtty. read it…No public or Comm. comment/discussion passed 5-0…Reso 2010-38..the infamous “Let’s Move campaign” to support Michelle Obama’s healthy towns for kids…No public/Comm. comment/discussion passed 4-1…Comm. Sasser voted no…Yeah…Comm. Sasser!… Reso 2010-39 was to deal with the signs notice of intent due to it going back tot the P & Z next week…no discussion from public/Comm. passed 5-0…Reso 2010-40 was the waiver of permit fees for temporary signs for certain non-for-profits…no public/comm discussion passed 5-0…

Comm. Clottey asked for a break before Comm. Comments at 8:30pm…

Comm. Comments began with Comm. Vincent who began by talking about Halloween thanking Comm & Mrs Sasser and the volunteers…He spoke of the mid-term elections being over and the winners…congratulating them ..He gave a positive review for the Performing Arts production and said all should mark their calendars for the next one…

Vice Mayor Dodd spoke about Hillsboro Inlet…stating he had nothing to report…it was running smoothly…He too spoke about the success of Halloween well attended and thanked those who put it on…He spoke briefly on the coral reef negotiations stating he had just been informed they may have finally come to agreement after four rounds and he was sufficiently optimistic …He stated he got a boost out of the TM report and how it shows an accurate account of what they have done and where we stand …He encouraged all to read it…

Mayor Minnet spoke of the Broward League offering meetings to Comms. on ethics ..ideas…communication…asking her fellow dais members to attend… She said she would be attending a Mayor’s Roundtable with School Supt. Notter…on the 15th… She thanked the liaisons again or all they have done and spoke of Halloween..the election…the plays …thanking all and speaking of what took place in succession in Jarvis hall… She too spoke of the Veterans and wished all a Happy Thanksgiving…

Comm. Clottey thanked Comm & Mrs. Sassr stating she could not attend due to being out of town..She also thanked Vincent Ragusa for bringing back the performing arts to Jarvis Hall (Hmmm)… She thanked the Veterans and then encouraged all once again to go to the Marie White Santa event..and give toys for the children …She then waxed on about the Broward NPO and the 2035 plan for pedestrian friendly towns…She spoke of the millions the “Feds” had given and will give to fund this …She said it was a part of the grant program we applied for ..for El Mar… Light rail…millions for public transportation funding …Not for this taxpayer…in year 2011 or 2035!..

Comm. Sasser … “I would like to thank the Commission for entrusting me with the appointment of Chair for the Halloween Event this year. This was my first such appointment and I learned a great deal. The first thing I learned is to put together a great committee and I was lucky enough to have volunteers like Marie Chiarello, Ken Brenner and Wayne Dillistin in charge of the marvelous decorations. Sunny Eckhardt provided all the signage. Ron Persante oversaw the distribution and volunteers. Bonnie Clark handled the cookies and juice for the kids. Bill Vitollo was in charge of the outside set up and decorations with Diana Kugler heading up the games for the kids out on the lawn. Christine Vincent handled all the tables for us, which turned out to be quite a job with the huge crowds we had. For our photo op we had Vincent and Connie Ragusa dressed as the Tin Man and Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the hard work from Town Staff as well. They helped with receiving donations, storing materials, accounting, letters to businesses, set-up, take-down and many other duties as assigned. We even had Bud and Connie working hard! Our businesses and town organizations stepped up to the plate with overwhelming support and donations providing the many tables for candy distribution. Though this list only scratches the surface of all the volunteers, the committee helped manage all the activities and they were the key to our success. The event was a resounding success and the children all enjoyed the games, candy and marvelous “Hollywood set” in Jarvis Hall. In addition, our boxes were overflowing with canned goods donated by participants to feed the hungry. I have a list of appreciation that was handed out that evening along with a letter of appreciation from Our Lady Queen of Heaven Roman Catholic Church, which distributed our canned goods to the Feeding South Florida Food Bank. I would like for these to be placed in the back-up and filed in the Halloween Event Folder for future reference.

As you all know by now this group started with nothing and worked night and day to produce an event like no one has ever seen. Once the news was out, we had donations pouring in. We had both residents and non-residents offering money, decorations and time to make sure this event was the very best it could be. Town residents, Bob Schuyler, personally made 6 coffins for the event and Martha Marchellos hand made and painted the beautiful backdrop for our “Go-Fish” game. All which were provided for the town’s use year after year. The outpouring was heartfelt and greatly appreciated. The generous donations that were given allowed us to stage this year’s event with a cost to the town of less than $1,600! This is a testament to our community’s ability to rally and unify for the benefit of our children.

For those of you who are wondering if I forgot…I did not…I could not have done any of this without the tireless dedication and help from my wonderful wife, Teresa. She spent countless hours helping in every capacity. We joked that our family felt abandoned in the weeks leading up to the event. My children are certainly glad the event is over and dad is not picking them up late or cooking. Teresa and the volunteers carefully inventoried all the decorations and non-perishables for this year’s event. They made sure to note what was borrowed, donated, made and retained by the town and where it is stored for future reference. Teresa, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

And with that I yield.”

Old Business consisted of one item…Choice Environmental and Comm. Sasser the liaison still updated all that he had learned so much in this process and stated on the 15th they would have a special meeting before their workshop at 5 pm to get the 1st reading of the ordinance going on the changes…It allows for multi-family to choose the number of carts …but cannot go below 50% of the units… there will be no charges for 2 time a year of cart changes…charge after that…one cart bulk per month..an increase in the renewal to 180 days…but no extension on the Choice 3 yr. contract… Comm. Clottey stated she was not sure this was the appropriate time but wanted yard waste to be picked up separately as discussed the last time this was addressed…Comm. Sasser stated Choice had been receptive in this process and staff should approach them…The Mayor reiterated it would be on the 15th The TM apologized that the backup for this item was MIA on the backup online and it was an oversight…It was put on today…

New business was to check calendars and set workshop on beach recreational/commercial usage..ie kite-surfing…skim-boarding lessons etc… The TM stated she set up the first visioning speaker for Jan 7th and 8th (Fri./Sat)…After some discussion it was agreed to have this meeting at 5 pm before the Comm. mtg…which will reverse in Jan…(Rdtable 2nd Tues/Comm. mtg. 4th Tues)… Residents..Condos need heads-up to attend…

Next up the 40 year building safety inspections…(full list on Town website/prev. agenda post)…Dev. Dir. Bowman acknowledged what was in the backup and stated a county building official was there to answer questions as well… The TM wanted to know if this could be done at the Town’s level after the Vice Mayor asked about the fines and control of them… Dir. Bowman and the building official stated that question was out for an answer but they believed the Town could take it over… The building official spoke of the 2 boards…the unsafe structures and code enforcement stating code had more “teeth” in getting compliance.. The VM asked about the motels in town being owned by one owner and in disrepair…and receiving complaints…The official stated they stated they would comply…Comm. Vincent was a little off in asking if the sq. footage was interior or included the overhang…the official stated it was occupied space…Comm. Vincent went on to ask about consumer protection and costs of the engineers required…The official stated there were none that was between the engineer and the building…He stated some engineers went overboard but they could do nothing about that … The Mayor stated she had spoken to the TM about having a nuisance & abatement ordinance…currently not on the books in town…Dir. Bowman concurred we do not have one and spoke of the unsafe structure board…and that he and the TM were looking at other municipalities…The TM said she had that on her list for Monday night’s meeting for the Town government to regulate persistent problems with properties/code/safety/public safety use etc…She also stated updates on this will come to the Comm. 2 times a year…

The Town Sewer Rates was the last item of new business…Unfortunately… as stated at the start of this post the Town Manager  chose to use consultant Kathy Margolies once again…(The specifics used for the power point are on the Town’s website …in the backup…the video of the meeting and on this site’s prev. agenda post)… The jest of the disjointed presentation was what we all knew…we are gonna have to pay significantly to catch up with the rate increases already passed on to the Town but not passed on to the consumers in the south end of town since 2008 as well as facing further expected increases set to come in Jan. and most likely with even more after that depending on what happens with Pompano Beach and the date to stop dumping in the ocean etc… After some clarifications from the TM …Comm. Clottey, Comm. Sasser, VM Dodd, the Mayor and to a certain extent Comm. Vincent made it clear there was consensus not to do a 2 or a 3 step increase to the consumers in the south (the north end pays Pompano directly and is excluded from this rate hike)…but to bite the bullet and deal with what was left in their lap by the prev. Administration and have consumers pay the increases as they come at the present and afterward… as stated in the Town’s yearly budget books through 2009/2010 is the Town’s practice for such increases received from Pompano Beach…

One hand giveth and one hand taketh away!… Right after Comm. Sasser stated they had some relief on per unit fees for garbage…those same multi-family will join the condos and pay per unit as the north does for their sewer under the new rates… All in the south will no longer get a 2000 gallon base pass …as is also the practice in place in the north…The large condos will get hit the hardest with the per unit and other charges not seen currently…

Here’s the big question still facing the Admin/Comm. concerning SRClub/SRLNorth buildings…Are they (we …this writer lives in SRC) living in “No Man’s Land” at the current time?… We found out this year that the Town never followed through with the directive given to have Pompano put us in the Town’s Master Sewer Agreement in 1998…Never went for a declaratory judgment to do so either … So basically we 4 buildings may not be under any agreement … The North has an agreement from the sewer agreement made for the septic being changed…The Town south of SRC/SRLNorth buildings have an amended agreement from 2008 updated… but still without these 1998 annexed in buildings… So where do we stand?…

The SRC/SRLNorth buildings asked at that time only to have the same rate as the Town they were annexing in to…That will now happen according to this meeting…but without being under the Master Sewer Agreement with Pompano…Will that fly?… Who owns the sewers outside of SRC/SRLNorth on A1A?…

Also, what’s the deal with Fort Lauderdale?…We were told we pay Ft. Lauderdale to do our billing because we were bad at it we were told…… Now according to the TM Ft. Lauderdale is refusing to include a notice of rate change in the bills as the TAtty. stated was a requirement?… How can they not?… Maybe Ft. Lauderdale realized on page 5 of the Sewer Agreement from Nov. 13, 2007 Pompano Beach stated they could take over  providing  the water for the south end of town …”13. The Town agrees that upon the expiration of its present Agreement with the City of Fort Lauderdale it will purchase water from the City of Pompano Beach if it determines such purchase will be economically advantageous to it and if it determines the quality of the water offered by the City is equal to or better than the water provided by the City of Fort Lauderdale.”… Is that even possible after we sold the water pipes to Fort Lauderdale the following year in 2008?… The same water that now includes a 25% surcharge from Ft. Lauderdale to pay for replacing the very pipes we sold them!… UGH!…

The Comm. will send the notices either in the sewer bill or by post card and set up public hearings in Dec. & Jan…to start the increases… The TM will send letters to the condos with the info and an offer to come ans speak to them as well…More numbers will be forthcoming as we move along…and get more real answers on what’s coming…

We will need to see the responses on all the above from the SRC/SRLNorth boards as well as the Town on if they intend to do what the prev. Admin. did not and get these buildings under the same sewer agreement with Pompano.. This writer also implores the TM to do the next presentations on this most important topic…and not use the same consultant…

The Town Manager stated due to time she would take questions on her report …Comm. Sasser thanked her for her updates and asked about the VFD not wanting to comply with the extra changes the Comm. asked for…oversight/20% response time/Fire Inspector chosen by Comm…The TM stated it was not so much a refusal as it was they were not overly receptive… She added on the fire inspector position Chief Paine is the only qualified member to do the job…He went on to inquire about the Fountainhead and the TM said there was talk with them about the keys ..the rest is in the backup…Imperial Lane was addressed after the county did not go for the changes wanted…The TM stated it would be addressed on the 15th…The TM stated she had not met with the Chamber due to time constraints and asked for the 1st qtr. payment authorization prior to that meeting …so as not to hold them up…The contract would be ironed out…It passed 5-0…

The TAtty. had two items…an update she said the Comm. received…(it was not in the backup online and should be)…on the County ethics and if they regulate the cities as well…It is their contention they do not as of yet…Also on the coral reef they are ironing out a few points and she should bring them something in Dec.

They adjourned at 9:56 pm…

They carved this second single monthly Comm.meeting out just fine!…Gobble…gobble…

Backup/ archived video on Town website… http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/

more to come…

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