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Here’s The Scoop … TOWN MANAGER COLON WILL BE “COUNTING ” HER “BEANS” TOMORROW NIGHT

AND SHE WASN’T WORTH A HILL OF ANY OF THEM  ……

Dear Readers… In the lead-up to tomorrow night’s special meeting…there is the previous post (scoops, scroll down) on this site…and the Sentinel …as well as opposing local LBTS-PAC organizations the CIC (biggest loser)…UOT (biggest winner)…Former Comm. Jim Silverstone (biggest loser) weighed in as well……(see below) …….

The Commissioners had their discussion at the Round Table meeting on Friday….and now it is time to act…With time constraints in place due to a regularly scheduled meeting of the Master Plan Steering Committee at 6:30pm  …this Special Meeting should be short and certainly most certainly sweet for those voters that made it clear in March …it is time for Town Manager Esther Colon to go…The pleasure will be served to all of us with a vote by this commission that assures us she no longer serves at their pleasure!…

Sentinel…4/19/10..
“Town Manager Esther Colon may be looking for a job after the commission meets Tuesday to discuss her contract.

Colon is known as an able budget manager. But she faced anger from residents after she fired popular Broward Sheriff’s Chief Scott Gooding last summer.

BC- that was perhaps the biggest wrath for Gooding’s dismissal…BUT… pick a post most any post and this was just one tip of the iceberg for all the blunders and bad actions we saw in the almost 3 year term of outgoing Town Manager Esther Colon…in this writer’s opinion…which was shared by a landslide number of voters in 2010!…

“I’m proud to be a bean counter,” Colon said at a recent town meeting. When she was promoted to town manager in 2007 after being finance director, Colon’s annual salary was $146,743.

The town did not release her current salary and Colon did not respond to a request for comment.

BC- $160 thou +…..

Her contract says she serves at the pleasure of the commission. It says if she is terminated, Colon is entitled to a year of severance pay and compensation for unused vacation and sick leave.”

BC-as Finance Director and Town Manager / 2 pensions…. and in her original contract she wanted 5 years severance …

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CIC DIRECTOR BOB ROBERTS …E-MAIL …To CIC Members 4/19/10…
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 20:22:52 -0400
From: Bob Roberts

ALERT! ALERT! ALERT!

There will be a Special Meeting of the LBTS Town Commission at 5:00pm on
Tuesday, April 20th with a single agenda item: “Discussion or Action
regarding the Town Manager’s contract”.

This came about as a result of a “Roundtable” meeting last Friday
evening where Dodd introduced a Discussion Item “2c. *Discussion and or
action regarding an RFP for a new Town Manager*.” Video of this lengthy
meeting is available on the LBTS Web Site. There was discussion as to
the motive behind the item; was it to fire the Town Manager, or perhaps
to renegotiate the manager’s contract. It was finally agreed that there
should be a special Commission meeting to discuss the matter and come to
a prompt conclusion. Thus the Tuesday evening Special Meeting.

A strong show of support for our excellent Town Manager Esther Colon at
the Tuesday evening meeting could help convince Commissioners Sasser and
Vincent that they should not follow Dodd’s apparently personal vendetta
against our award winning Town Manager. If you possibly can make it,
PLEASE ATTEND.

Bob Roberts, CIC Chair
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BOB ROBERTS… NOTE TO CIC  …AFTER THE MARCH ELECTION …
“The March 2010 election was a different story. The opposition “Old Guard” supporters managed to adopt the same positions advocated by the CIC and the candidates it endorsed, and to convince a majority of the voters that the CIC was the cause of the dissention in LBTS. All three of the well qualified CIC endorsed candidates lost to less qualified candidates selected and endorsed by the “Unite our Town” (UOT) organization. In hindsight the CIC was not sufficiently forceful in getting the word out and encouraging the residents to vote. ”
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UOT PRESIDENT BOB FLEISHMAN ….E-MAIL to UOT members ….4/!9/10
Town Meeting, Tuesday 4/20/10
Monday, April 19, 2010 6:58 PM
From:
“Bob Fleishman”
To:
[email protected]
Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Time: 5:00 PM
Place: Jarvis Hall

Dear Supporters:

Before the Master Planning and Steering Committee meeting at 6:30 PM, the Dais is having a Special Meeting for discussion/and or action on the Contract of Town Manager Esther Colon. This will be a very important meeting and we should be there as a group to support our Commissioners, Vice-Mayor and Mayor. The meeting is short, and will not to interfere with your dinner.

See you at 5:00 PM tomorrow afternoon.

Bob Fleishman,
Chairperson for Unite Our Town
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BOB FLEISHMAN…. NOTE TO UOT …AFTER MARCH ELECTION …
“Dear Supporters:

As the song goes, “It’s only just begun”. It is because of every last one of you, that we have truly succeeded to Unite Our Town.

Whether you contributed, whether you came and gave ideas at our meetings, whether you stood at the podium continually exercising “Freedom of Speech”, whether you held or attended Fundraisers, whether you created and sent out invitations, whether you set up tents, made calls, held signs or spread the word, whether you are our By the Sea Future newspaper, our petite Blogger or simply one who paid attention – – – – you have succeeded to catapult a truly dedicated Mayor (Roseann Minnet) and two Men (Commissioner Scot Sasser & Commissioner Christopher Vincent) into office. They’re now part of our Families and need us to continue to help them represent us, as we know they can and will.

Your Truly Humble Chairperson,
Bob Fleishman”
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FORMER COMM. JIM SILVERSTONE …SENTINEL ONLINE 4/19/10 …
“Former Commissioner Jim Silverstone, who was defeated in the March 9 election, said of Colon, “She wasn’t perfect. But her strong points were incredible.”

Silverstone credited Colon for the state of the town’s finances and for not having to raise property taxes for the past two years.

“She had a better fiscal background and work ethic of any official I’ve ever seen,” Silverstone said. The town has $1.6 million debt in its parking fund but is otherwise debt free. “Our tax rate is low and our services are as good as they’ve ever been.”

But personality conflicts are something else, Silverstone said, especially after two new commissioners, Chris Vincent and Scot Sasser, were elected in March. They campaigned as allies of Mayor Roseann Minnet and Vice Mayor Stuart Dodd, and their addition altered the political composition on the dais.

“I think it’s not uncommon for a new commission to come in and want someone new,” Silverstone said. “She seems to have conflicts with some commission members and you need to have the right chemistry. At the end of the day, you’ve got to be able to work together or you won’t get anything done.”

Silverstone said it would be a major advantage for the town to have Colon, a former Broward Sheriff’s Office executive, at the negotiating table as talks begin with BSO over its $3 million police services contract that expires in September 2011.”


http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/lauderdale-by-the-sea/fl-lauderdale-by-the-sea-city-manager-20100419,0,7052724.story

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FORMER COMM. JIM SILVERSTONE …NOTE TO CIC ….AFTER THE MARCH ELECTION …
“All of us can take pride in the above accomplishments, as we all were involved in one way or another. It is now time to support our new commission and to stay informed. An important fact is we had almost a 40% voter turn out. The average in Broward County was only 9%. We care and it showed.”
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ONE LAST BLUNDER ON THE WAY OUT…. The Town website has the Special Meeting for tomorrow night at 5 pm…as a “Discussion” only meeting…HUH?…We hear that was discovered and fixed today…It is “Discussion /and or Action”…and that action will be to terminate Town Manager Colon….we believe…unless the Commission is presented with a resignation letter from her as they sit down on the dais  tomorrow night in Jarvis Hall …

Readers can read about the outcome following the meeting…and after the MPSC meeting that meets at 6:30 in Jarvis as well with PBS&J and possibly FDOT along with the new members of the committee…also open to the public …on Comcast Ch. 78/ online Town website … http://lbts.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2

The By The Sea Future newspaper will be out this coming Friday, April 23, 2010…with more coverage of these two important meetings above … read all about it!….

more to come….

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