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Here’s The Scoop…1/27/09…LBTS Commission Meeting…Remain In your Seats…

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN TAKE A SEAT…….

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As Jarvis Hall filled up and boy did it fill up…the extra chairs were brought out…filling the back end  all the way to the door…included in tonight’s audience “flashes from the past”…past Commissioners …past Candidates…past Commissioner’s wives…Newspapers…local…all 3 were in house…and the “Ordinance people” the people with a cause that made them mobilize…to come and speak…a culmination of their pre-Commission…e-mails…calls to Commissioners and petition gathering…with a video made to boot…They were here for fire inspections…..tennis courts…(outsiders stay on your side of the bridge)….boat owners…and the swale impacted….to overturn…change or table their particular thorn in their side…

We started with the pledge…the Invocation…with Rev. Hunsaker…fresh off his post-cockroach encounter of last Thursday once again asked for mutual respect and understanding…of the issues …while ignoring the personalities…Amen…

Presentations brought the pre-amble…to those sitting on “pins and needles” in their respective sections…aware that this was where it began…Would the gavel drop?…Were the warnings  to follow?….Deputies on your mark…get ready…go?….

As expected the Town received the excellence in Finance award…(any wall space left?)…with the Vice Mayor directing “traffic”…waving the Mayor over to receive the award…and saying the Manager should be there too…the audience discreetly said HMMM…”he’s a control freak”….

Mark Mitchell was next for his Hero Award…presented by the Mayor…He was humble and charming including all the various public safety departments…in his acceptance speech…

The Ordinances began…(and so did the campaigning…Broom Boys are in full campaign mode)…2nd reading for Fire fees was moved up to deal with Ordinance 2009-02 (previous  posts…agenda/meetings category)…..

What it came down to was this…a letter…a poorly written letter was sent out to the condos…causing an uproar ….with e-mails…calls and confusion over what category condos are operating under commercial or residential…Was the annual VFD fire inspection a duplication of annual inspections done at present…and why it was needed when in the past many claim BSO allowed certification from companies …this one was not clear…according to the Fire Inspector Chief Paine…there is talk in Tallahassee to change it… (Perhaps Chief Paine could offer Chief Perkins some lessons in proper behavior towards the dais…bringing the VFD Chief back to his senses with his own decorum… noticeably lacking when compared to Chief Paine…AMR Operation Manager Liddle…and BSO)….

BC…many concurred as we observed the Vice Mayor still talking…directing the Mayor…only to go on and lead the Fire Chief…who showed up utterly unprepared…and in need of new Deputy Chief McIntee to take charge…and take charge he did…going on to do the same with Chief Paine…leading the Chief in describing what he does and his discoveries while doing the beginning of the town wide inspections…that have started in the south end at the Fountainhead…all went smoothly according to Paine as he described the  problems found needing attention…Chief Paine was quite impressive…in his first appearance at the podium….

The residents came forward…addressed the above changes…asking for the ordinance to be tabled…

Commissioner Dodd finally got the point of EMS missing from the header dealt with…..which will most likely end up as its own separate ordinance…and offered up an alternative to tabling…accepting the ordinance…and then changing the resolution…the Town Attorney concurred that would work….

The Town Attorney said it could be tabled without incurring extra advertising cost…if a date certain was decided…after Commissioner Clottey  had made a motion to table……which failed 3-2…then went on to enact the Dodd suggestion…passes 4-1 Mayor Minnet dissenting…..

BC…when the Mayor wanted to 2nd Comm. Clottey’s motion she handed the gavel to the Vice Mayor…who failed miserably in his attempt to run the meeting…in the mere moments he held that gavel..it came down…he was “really bad” said a member of the audience…while others kept the date…to use …if he should decide to run for Mayor……YIKES!…

BC…..time to work on VFD P.R…..and letter writing…

Ordinance 2009-05…Tennis Anyone….this were the group that won the” get your elected officials to notice award”…with the inclusion of a video…with music sent to each….

They were new…they were sitting up in front…they had speakers that were clever…funny..charming and easy on the eyes…they stood to show their numbers…offered an increase that on paper looked like WOW!…(according to Commissioner Silverstone)…and walked away with the “keys to their kingdom”…their sanctum…the down tennis court would be free of any “outside influences”…”infidels leaving behind their sweat!”….They won’t have to share…

The Vice Mayor didn’t listen to Ms Boutin who spoke of the 7000 residents who pay to maintain the courts…and the non-residents who might  go from the courts to the businesses…he said he didn’t give “2 hoots about someone buying a soda”…acknowledging a resident as a “great organizer”…he declared…(before the others had their say)…”this is a done deal…nobody’s gonna vote for it…no sunshine violation….the audience just cringed….

BC…the Dec. Financial report shows…Recreation…operating expenditures for the year…$284,318.00…YTD…$22,685.43…for the month of Dec….$4,949.90…,,with the beach expenditures…shown separately at …$184,088.00… YTD…$40,960.14….with Dec. expense being…$13,559.23….

Commissioners did go along with it…as the Vice Mayor said they would…but that was not enough…he was on a “crass” roll…talking of opening up “Pandoras box”…saying he was “flatly against sharing…the audience snickered with “tell us something we don’t know”…delight…..while keeping our decorum….This one ended with an attempt by Commissioner Dodd to handle this ordinance the same way as the Fire fees separating out ordinance and resolution…but it was not to be…the attorney informed him the Manager was not a fan…of the separation…and Dodd did not insist or direct otherwise…

The Vice Mayor continued to interrupt…he just could not be quiet…and finally it was decided to do a draft on 1st reading with changes…no non-residents…and a $100 fee..(an increase from the proposed $53…,,passes 5-o…

BC….match point….(for those tennis readers…)….

Reports….Approved without question ….the Financial…and Development…(what about the $31 thousand dollar audit?…What about the warehouse…the 90 days was up on the real estate agreement…who is deciding where we go now?)…passes 5-0…

Municipal works… just some housekeeping with their summary per Comm. Dodd…passes 5-0….

BSO…the Vice Mayor speaking of a burglary in Bel Air…the chance it is like the ones in Pompano…and asking for “slingers” in the area from the police…when the Mayor added all neighborhoods should be included the Vice Mayor said it would bring unnecessary alarm…but the BSO LT. disagreed siding with the Mayor…gulp!…passes 5-0…

VFD…The ATV mystery is the topic of interest tonight…what happened to the town owned equipment…the stories going around don’t jibe…

We hear it’s a broken axle…happening on the beach…when it was stuck…and it was “floored”…requiring a repair…asked about the incident …before the meeting the Manager was unaware…the Chief told her it was “routine maintenance”….HMMMM…Commissioner Dodd asked the Chief who now reported it just died on the beach…it was the gear shift  the “yoke”…(in the audience some said the changing story was the “yoke”…)…..Commissioner Dodd asked if it was under warranty…the Chief said no…more answers of “I’m not sure”…they will need to pay for it…who is they?…

Onto the question of SOPs…guidelines…asked by both Comm. Dodd and Clottey….to which Chief Perkins answered they are a “living document”…and they may change them..not so fast….

It is this writer’s understanding that if the VFD changes their SOPs…Bylaws..Constitution…say perhaps deleting  Article 2 …section 9…”No officer may be an elected official in town”…may make the contract with the Town is null and void…and  a requirement to be renegotiated……..

Medical calls will continue per votes…and any bad behavior that might have been against those SOPs…by a certain “2-hat” Deputy Chief…observed…are “excused”….dress code for the Chief was discussed…Getting insubordinate with the Commissioner the Chief was wrong in his assumption that the shorts and flip flops from the prior meeting was cleared up….although there is hope that Comm. Dodd got through to the Chief about the medical call being too specific possibly violating Hipaa…(we’ll see)….going down hill  fast…the Chief’s answer about the status of Ocean Rescue Scot Fowler did not ring  true…and when asked about his dress requirement at a  fire…he was downright cocky…showing a behavior many inside and outside the VFD have privately acknowledged…as of late….passes 5-0

BC…Time for the Chief to act as the SOPs demand when addressing a Commissioner…and why no questions on the VFD response time change…per the report…Engine 12…Nov-0:05:40/Dec- 0:07:38….

AMR…The Vice Mayor touted their response times though….Commissioner Dodd asked about new equipment…and Brook Liddle filled him in…

The AMR-LBTS Commission Medical Review Committee…. has begun…on 1/6/09 Vice Mayor McIntee sat in and heard all about all the medical calls…

BC…this writer hopes AMR is still on call (pun intended) with my family’s request…no information on us…if anything should happen should be given…at these meetings…to keep with the Hipaa laws…previous post…

Also AMR now has the Hypothermia  apparatus…(previous post)…to help with hear problems…and as a followup…(previous post) to this writers contact with AMR…community programs…from CPR …youth…seniors and on are in the works….passes 5-0…

Town Manager Report..(.see previous post…”snookered” ..scoops agenda/meeting category)…also spoke of the Reef Habitat project…and the rebids for the VFD “awning”…with the lowest bid provided to the Manager being the one she will go with…Jones Awning….

Public Comments… comments ranged from  being a “Banana Republic”…the VFD …a response to the Vice Mayors Commissioner Comments by this writer…and the pavilion….2 gentleman who addressed the Vice Mayor as Vice Mayor…bully…and Jerry that were INCORRECTLY…shut down and turned away…names were reinstated…and there was no profanity  threat…the audience was quietly squirming…with “not again”….also INCORRECT…Peanuts not being allowed to speak on an item of business at that time…that was instituted way back when…even though his comments were on a removed already approved Pier access…(Peanuts is running…quite a few in the audience said )….and while we are at it…the time limit for Ordinances…are longer than 3 minutes…and the dais should let the speaker …who has not finished know…they can have their comments entered into the record…remaining comments were on the pier sign …the Vice Mayor’s code enforcement acts…and backup problems on El Mar…being more than Aruba valet parking with ideas offered to return to 2 lanes…and cutting back the median…along with using the Pelican Hopper for employees o get from cars parked to work…

Ordinance 1st Reading…2009-06….swales…was tabled…Feb 24th…after it was found not to include the paved swales previously discussed …etc…passes 5-0

Ordinance 2009-07…needs to go Planning and Zoning…will return in April…passes 5-0

2009-08…DA BOATS….The Town Attorney found out more than the year of annexation needed to be fixed…the Town went with the “pre-Beverly” “grandfathering in” …motioned and voted on by the Vice Mayor…After a return of the “Boat People”…to have their say…inform the incorrect ordinance…and ask for all to be included…it was so…with the boat owners in possession of boats as of Jan 2009…in Bel Air and Terra Mar…will keep them…there and only there…they can not pass it on..change homes…a one shot deal that will eventually lead to no boats…per Comm. Dodd with the Vice Mayor going along (Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing )…passes 4-1..Comm. Clottey dissenting…

BC…will the next set of “Boat People” be those across from the condos?…They live in the north but were not included in this ordinance…OOPS!….

2009-09…Cover the inoperable boats with the addition of a “tarp” and “awning” something decent for those 90 days…ever the man who leaves you scratching your head…Commissioner Silverstone added his comments all boats shouldn’t be unsightly even during repair…HUH?.,…passes 5-0…

BC after this round of ordinances…the new rules will apply…a month between 1st and 2nd reading…per Comm. Clottey at last weeks round table…all agreed…the Administration will enact…

Ordinances 2nd Reading…

2009-01…parking meters…fees etc…passes 4-1…Silverstone dissenting…February 1st…the bags come off…

BC…what about the residential parking places…tacked on late in the evening …at the previous meeting?….

2009-03…Fire alarms…with public comment about confusion of charges for condos…commercial vs residential….unit vs common areas…with Chief Perkins speaking of approx. 20 a month..at a cost of $300 per…

BC…why not forget going on the medical calls…and use the false alarms for “training” instead?….

The Town Attorney said some work needed to be done…it was tabled until 2/24…passes 5-0…

2009-04…Campaign Finance Restrictions”…new …including a $300 limit (less than the state’s $500)…and despite his assertions of “cheaters”…Commissioner Silverstone should look to his CIC pals…for it was they who advised it is LEGAL…and it was enacted at their request…and done by many…including his BFF for the new Commissioners beside him…each family member can give the allowable limit…and also gave to a PAC..as we did with the CIC…..passes 5-0….

Consent Agenda..

a/d/f passed 5-0 no discussion….d. Wings has 6 apartments…and only needs 1.5 parking places as apartment vs condo…HMMM….

b/c THE TABLES….Aruba…and Athena…Aruba was approved first…and playing his “familiar game”…the Vice Mayor threw Athena a”bone”…passed their tables after “messing with them big time”…”Boys” it ain’t over yet…be prepared…passes 5-0

e…after brief inquiry …and a request for an RFP at the next meeting by Comm. Dodd…a 90 day Waste Management extension was passed …5-0…

The rest of the meeting…today 4 pm…Jarvis Hall..channel 78  on Comcast/ online…

Starting with Commissioner Comments….

NO ONE WAS ESCORTED OUT…..

overview to come…

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