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Here’s The Scoop….#2

7/8/08….. Commission meeting

TOUCHE’?………

BCbythesea…has been asked …was that a “slam” from the Town Manager…to this writer after answering Comm. Clottey’s New Business agenda item 15j last evening… concerning “rumor control” about the purchase and renovation of the motel?…….

Was it due to the inquiry about her credentials…the LBTS Charter requirement of a graduate degree to be Town Manager….and the educational and professional requirements of her staff…previously posted?….

Do not know….but…

The “rumors”…came from elsewhere to the Commissioner….they were stated as” fact” from a “party” to the motel’s occupancy…. what would be done to the building…and who would be doing the “renovations”…

Perhaps the Manager was not aware of that?….

In any event the Manager’s remark was out of line….she should reserve her opinions from the dais in any negative way concerning any resident in the Town she works for…. for we have every right to question…both the Commission and the Administration…

As a long time government employee in this town…she surely knows …this goes with the job ….

That being said….freedom of speech …to ask those questions….will continue….here….

Still asking the question….about those degrees and the qualifications….it matters….

LBTS must either follow the Charter and the requirements in the job descriptions advertised by the Town… …or change them….

BCbythesea….in asking these questions…..LBTS learned quite a lot ….we did not know….

Just how the Manager plans to “juggle” all the “pieces” of this purchase puzzle….

1. The money for the motel is coming from a $4 million dollar loan LBTS took out 3 years ago….

2. There is $2.6 million left and the money is “designated” for a building…

3. Nothing will be done to the motel until after the warehouse is sold…

BCbythesea….agenda item 15L……The warehouse was discussed…it had 3 appraisals…from $1.850 million…to $2.4 million…John Olinzock…used the LBTS Visitors Guide to obtain bids from real estate agents…heard back from 4…including local companies ..EarthRise…Shirley Russotti…with a 6% commission…which would be $111 thousand dollars….and By The Sea Realty…with a 5% commission…which comes in at $92,500 dollars…

The Vice Mayor jumped in to go with the lowest bidder….which he thought was his pals at BTS Realty….

The Mayor could hardly contain her “gotcha” moment….due to the other bidder…a company that deals with municipalities …that truly was the lowest bidder….Advanced Asset Management…at a cost of $18,750 dollars….

The Vice Mayor…. had no choice but to stick with his “lowest bidder” motion….passes…5-0

4. The Public Safety Center will house VFD/BSO police/AMR

5. The Development Trailer will be removed…it is a non- conforming…illegal structure…not allowed by LBTS in our code…(which the Town was fully aware of the code…. when it was installed years ago)…

6. The BSO current police office…has no holding cell…..

BCbythesea….so where exactly do they hold the criminals?…….

7. Our records are being stored across the Intercoastal in Fort Lauderdale….and will be brought back …going into the present police office….(no holding cell required!)

8. The Development office will go into the VFD fire location….

9. The 4 VFD fire trucks/AMR ambulance will be where the existing 2 trailers are….and a garage will need to be built to house them….(where do those funds come from?)….

10. The renovating will be “green”….and cost effective……

BCbythesea…anything built “green” usually means it costs more…..

11. After the warehouse is sold…the Commission will be asked to put that money back in the fund to repay the loan used to purchase the property…paying down that loan….

BCbythesea…or not?…..(could they vote to use it for a new garage?)

12. The VFD has a cap of 100….which has been been attained this week…

BCbythesea…there is now a waiting list…we heard this many times before …and now again at 100…100 VFD how does that work?…

13. The residents in town and Town employees….who want to volunteer….. “trump”……. out of town volunteers…moving to the top of the list…becoming “active”….

14. Only 4 volunteers will be “bunking’ at the new Public Safety building….per the Vice Mayor….

15. It will be a step up for “professionals” in this town…said the Manager….

None of the above would have been forthcoming……..without the questions… being asked….

more to come……….

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