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Here’s The Scoop…#5.. 2/3/09…Commission Round Table…In This Corner…

IN THIS CORNER……..

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The Commission members came from their separate corners ….seeing only 4 corners in the “boxing ring”…faithful readers can figure out which “2” came together …and met in Jarvis Hall to “hash it out”……all  “armed” with their own “agendas”…on 2/3/09

Comm. Dodd came to get the items of concern from the ATV, VFD protocol, height limits and the Pavilion off the dais and out in the open to discuss what the “problems” were with the status quo in the Town’s Administration…and the VFD…to find consensus…and correction…to put an end to derelict acts….

Comm. Silverstone came he said…to offer “help”….by way of accusing Comm. Dodd of being unfit for remaining a Commissioner…and proceeded to insert his foot in his mouth with his ideas of “freedom of Speech”….

Vice Mayor McIntee came to “play” with his BFF and turn the spotlight on anyone but himself…his suspect acts…by throwing yet another “pal” VFD member Ron McGirr under the bus…to avert once more the evidence that he plays hard and fast with the rules…whether ATVs, the Town Manager…and everything in between…take your choice…the list is very long…

Comm. Clottey came to have her say, look for moving forward, admitting a mistake was made, holding her own  and wanting definitive answers from the Town Attorney…

Mayor Minnet…did double duty…as defender of freedom of speech…..and  the referee….asking for respect…looking for fairness…offering up what freedom of speech entails and the court’s rulings …how to be more effective as a dais…and to set a course…that did actually  lead to a few “rounds” of decisions made….

They spoke about the marathon meetings…and how to curtail them, while still allowing for input from residents…..

The result, if there are too many codes and ordinances on an agenda…they will cut the time of the speakers at the podium fro 3 minutes to 2…

BC…This writer is of the opinion…cut down the number of codes and ordinances on the agenda…first…

They gave a “reprieve” to those who come to the podium to speak…( come back Bob Fleishman…Louis/Spiro Marchellos AKA “The Athena Boys”)…..They can address the Commission by name…they can respond immediately after any remarks made by a Commissioner taking away the “bully pulpit”…The public can speak on any item during the meeting, but not address it at both public comments and the item, with the exception of ordinances….and the Town Attorney will address the public before public comments…possibly on the 10th…about what is  and is not a personal attack….Then if a Commissioner feels they have been attacked…the Commission may vote on it…before the Commissioner may respond…

The Commission will now make sure that there is no doubt…(at least 3 Commission members…guess which 3)…the Town staff MUST come back with the FINAL project before going ahead and implementing it…it will be signed off on…seeing no more of what transpired in the past….THANK YOU!…

The Town Attorney will look into what is public record for a “contractor”…after Comm. Clottey “threw a bone” reflecting on a discussion she had with the speaker at the Jan.30th FLOCities conflict seminar, implying the VFD may not need to reveal certain information…

BC- The Town Attorney may want to check out the Town-VFD 2008 contract that requires the information, in order for the contract to remain. If the VFD does not provide it, how can the Town know they are honoring the criteria to remain in service….such as how many members in service…on the trucks…certified…etc….they meet a special “contractor” status…with how they are not totally independent of the town…per that contract…

Comm. Clottey also brought forth this idea of no person with a business that could profit from a contract with the Town should be allowed on advisory boards in their own field…,which is carrying on the Yann  Brandt discussion for the new Green Advisory Board suggested by the Mayor at the last Commission meeting……the Town Attorney will again be giving his opinion……

BC- I strongly disagree with this being seen as a “conflict”…an easy remedy would be to require a board member to refrain from bidding on LBTS projects while on the board with a 1 year moratorium after they complete their service to the Town being in place before they could be reinstated as a vendor…

We saw the last time around, how difficult it is to get board members…and have witnessed how substandard it is when board members are ill equipped to be appointed to certain positions…therefore to cut out professionals with the expertise in areas that are sorely needed to advise the Commission…smacks of ‘fear of competition” in 2010…

They chose to have these round table discussions once a month…anymore the Vice Mayor said would cause burn out…perfect choice of words for the VFD Deputy Chief…who is running all over Town 24-7 “putting out fires”…mostly of his own making!….No date for the next one was set…

BC- we hear the joke going around the department …the  Vice Mayor doesn’t know know where the switch is on his VFD vehicle for the flashing yellow lights…thus the fact that he drives around with them on at all times…nothing seen by lesser “ego” public safety officials…

The parting subject arose from Comm. Dodd speaking of the height limits…the grade…and the confusion of where the height can really begin….resulting with the Vice Mayor’s usual M. O.  of “cutting to the chase” stating it was easy…that he believes we should go with the Bob Eckblad “plan” …

Bob Eckblad at the end of the January 26th 2009 MPSC meeting  discussed looking into Vero Beach.and Atlantic Beach…in Florida…..( link below)…and other towns with 35 ft. height limits…he did not go into detail at that meeting…

http://www.covb.org/

http://www.ci.atlantic-beach.fl.us/

BC-To once again jump the gun, and go on limited information….would rack up another act of incompetent leadership….and haven’t we had enough of that?….

A little over an hour later…they all wallked away…for the most part right back to the corners from whence they came…….with the “2”…still firmly “planted” in one corner BFFs forever…

more to come…..

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