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Here’s The Scoop…#3…Commission Meeting…10/14/08…BAG THE BAGS….

“BAG THE BAGS”……….

From the 2008-2009 LBTS Budget…MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS….brought to you by our Town Manager…

Parking meter hoods were purchased for use when meters fees are waived which indicate the Town is offering complimentary parking….

BCbythesea…… MAJOR EYESORE….take a look at these fading blue meter covers…and this Major Acomplishment goes THUD…not only on the lost revenue front….on the waste of the taxpayer’s money front….from the looks of this purchase….it’s right up there with the “pulling the wool over our eyes”previous year’s… LBTS Major Accomplishment of fixing up the Minto Park…with benches and more….for a park that remained a park for scant amount of months before becoming Minto’s sales office…….another “pet project” of the Vice Mayor…with a helpful “assist” from the Town Manager…thank you very much…OUCH!…

Let’s see we are supposed to follow the Town Manager…she is the “professional” and “it’s her call”….so we hear from Commissioner Silverstone and Vice Mayor McIntee….brought up again at this very Commission meeting…

Then why would McIntee not want to follow along on this big ticket item…bag the bags…admit defeat….and get the revenue back….the budget shows …it’s required!….

PARKING REVENUE IMPROVEMENT FUND…2008-2009 Budget…

Total Resources allocated….$552,543.00

For the following….Business District Meters/Commercial Blvd. Meters/El Mar Surface Parking Lot/Bougainvilla Surface Parking Lot/Parking Permits/Parking Fines…

which includes….

Total Debt Service……$177,139,139….( debt principal/interest)

Total Personnel Services…..$106,799.00….(salaries/overtime salaries/fica/retirement/group ins…..)

Total Operating Expense….$92,960.00….(prof. Consultants/worker comp-prof.testing/contractual services/communications/elec service/equip. rental/parking meter maint./parking lot maint/gen liability ins./workmans comp ins./equip. maintenance/vehicle maint./fuel/service maint.contract/contingency/printing & binding/office supplies/uniforms/parking meter parts-supplies/training/operating supplies/depreciation)

Total Capital Outlay….$10,000.00….(machinery & equipment)

PARKING ENFORCEMENT….2008-2009 Budget…

Positions….

1 Supervisor

1 Enforcement Officer

1 Office specialist part time….

Total Parking Enforcement Department……$186.042.00

which includes

Personnel Services…..$134.200.00…(salaries/overtime salaries/fica/retirement/group ins)

Other Services………..$46,842.00….(prof. consultants/w/c prof tests/contractual services/communication services/equip. rental & lease/equip. maint./vehicle maint./fuel/sev. maint. contract/printing & binding/postage/office supplies/computer expense/building maint./uniforms/ training/operating supplies)

Capital outlay….$5,000.00

The Vice Mayor has tabled the bags coming off repeatedly…it was his “baby” after all….with stories of loss of business with business owners crying on his shoulder…. although they never seem to show up at the podium to make their presence known to back up his assertions….his story…..HMMM…..

If the topic is not the VFD..McIntee just doesn’t get it…….he could not understand the Town Hall parking idea proposed by Commissioner Dodd…who was merely asking that the common practice used for some years by the Senior Center…where participants go into the center…sign in and receive a pass to put in their car to park for free while attending their class….be used by Town Hall and the Development office for parking to do Town business free of charge …for residents and local business…with all others paying the meters…painlessly and fairly raising the revenue annually….for the parking in this particular lot…a great compromise….a great idea….

The Vice Mayor wasn’t finished grandstanding for the evening…as he tried to push the parking workshop finally agreed upon by the Commission…. off until January…

Commissioner Dodd dug in his heels…asking for it to be ASAP ….informing the Vice Mayor that the January delay would end up costing the town upwards of another $25 thousand…in revenue….for the Town….

The Vice Mayor on a roll ….repeated his call for unhappy business owners not to call him…but to call Commissioner Dodd…..to which Commissioner Dodd replied….it would be far more productive for the business owners to attend the workshop…scheduled for Monday Nov. 10,2008…at 5 pm…that response produced loud applause from the Jarvis Hall attendees…TOUCHE’

Final Note…….No calls have been received..by Commissioner Dodd…..just a thumbs up…from residents tired of the ugly blue bags…and the ugly dais antics….from the man to his right on the dais….YIKES!…

more to come…

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