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Here’s The Scoop…1/13/09….LBTS Commission Meeting (Cont. 1/22/09)…Bully Pulpit….The Clean Up Makes It Worse….

BULLY PULPIT….THE CLEAN UP MAKES IT WORSE…

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You know  this is self explanatory…it’s when the Town “Bully” Vice Mayor …says things…things that are half-truths…inflammatory…out of context …knowing he has the “bully pulpit” and he does not have to worry about being countered or called on his blatant lies!…

Case in point his lame and totally wrong attempt to say the pavilion change was known…long ago and that this reporter “lied”….not so!…

In his “setup”…(who worked with town employee Steve d’Oliveira to get the video up for McIntee’s commissioner comments?)…was pitiful and further makes trouble for both him and the Town Manager in their quest to say nothing happened…

First the video…this writer has written we knew there would be no bathrooms due to time and money….( both of which it ended up we had…but were not informed of)…There is a difference between that and the Manager saying  to the commission on the dais……. …that no one wanted bathrooms…(previous post 12/3008 scoops post category)…

Second…. what this writer said…was we were shown a pavilion that had walls…and stubbing out for future bathrooms…included in all bids…

Third…. this Manager never once showed the new rendition of the pavilion to the commission or the residents at any meeting to say this was the pavilion we would be getting…and was that acceptable to the commission…giving the Commissioners the opportunity to accept..alter or deny the changes…

Interesting ….while this writer included the 7/8/08 consent agenda …that included the pavilion ….in my 12/22/08 post…scoops category…”pavilion’s path to poles”….

7/8/08-Consent Agenda….page 7….

11 e.- Award Contract to Coastal Construction and Development (Hollywood)…RFP 8/4/08…$370,810.00 Alternate 1B & 2A in amount of $8,750.00…Funds appropriated in account 300-519-160-500-620 with FDEP permit approval building permit issuance to proceed in 90 days…(Assistant to the Manager Olinzock)

In the substandard materials given to the commission on 12/29/08….the Town Manager and Staff DO NOT include 7/8/08….they refer back to the 3/25/08 workshop to try to justify the change….that was posted on this site ( scoops category 1/10/09)…and showed no discussion about having no walls…in fact the 3/25/08 workshop  showed the the pavilion we all thought we would get…with “plans” showing no walls….

ALERT:…What is interesting though…on July 8, 2008…the very same day that the Vice Mayor/Manager are trying to hang their hats on…this time…the Town received its go ahead…according to the permit from Broward County posted in Jarvis Hall…(previous scoops category 1/18/09)…but at that meeting…and in the materials provided to the commissioners after Comm. Dodd’s inquiry to when, where and who made this change to the pavilion…there is no inclusion of the plans that the FDEP approved…which they state must not change…there is no synopsis of the pre-conference meeting required before construction was allowed to begin…according to the posted permit…incorrectly posted in Town Hall and not on the site as it states it must be in bold print at the bottom…

The cost approved on July 8,2008…was for $370,810 dollars for the RFP…and in Dec. when the contractor went in for permits at Broward County…(previous scoops category post 12/23/08)…the cost stated to Broward was $300 thousand…a $70 thousand dollar difference…no explanation for the change…

After the July 8th meeting…once again…and  included in the material the Manager gave the commission…a drawing stating at the top… “September 11,2008……..design with bathrooms”…with the very same walled Forbes Pavilion we saw in the Aug/Sept 2008 Town Topics…Town Hall Lobby…on the construction site…and as late as mid Dec. from the construction company themselves…

So again, I never said there would be bathrooms….I knew very well the bathrooms would not be included …at this time…but we were told the plumbing would be there for the future…as it was bids on…(previous posts…scoops, public notices…with a recap…scoops category 1/6/09)…..

Whitewash ..and deception never work…the “clean-up” only makes it worse…making the hole deeper…harder to get out of….when you try to deflect from the facts!…

What is required…the plans submitted and accepted by Broward on July 8,2008…the pre conference minutes…report…from the staff that attended…a follow up with the architects…and the construction company on when they were aware of the final pavilion rendering….

Those undeniable facts will show us when the pavilion was changed and by whom….(which should have been easy to provide)…

Finally, this writer asked 3 members of the dais…after seeing the new rendition on the construction fence if they had seen it…along with the former Chair of the Master Plan Steering Committee…and heard a resounding no!…With the exception of Comm. Clottey…who saw it only after she went into the Manager and insisted on seeing it…none had seen or approved it…including Comm. Clottey…(who sat at the bidding meeting…and also heard no bathrooms right away…stubbing…walls)…

In conclusion…If by chance the video shown last night did indeed show the commission had in fact seen final pavilion rendering and approved it…this writer would have been the first one to go to the podium and say thank you very much for clearing that up….

But alas…that was not to be!…

more to come….

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