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Here’s The Scoop…6/9/09 …LBTS Commission Meeting…#7…Roundup…

June 9, 2009 Regular Commission Meeting….

The meeting started late due to the first shade session for the commissioners , administration and 3 Weiss, Serota Attys. to discuss the Bert J. Harris lawsuits…

3. The Invocation…Town Chaplain George Hunsaker

” Let us be in an attitude of prayer. Almighty God as we gather to conduct the business of the town of this community we’re mindful that we call this place a little paradise. But yet you know that paradise is more than beauty, paradise requires that we learn to live in harmony not learn to agree with one another but to live in harmony in which we respect each other. Now almighty God we ask that you empower those who lead us this evening to conduct the business of our town in a manner that demonstrates our desire to live in harmony. Let us conduct the business in such a way that we respect the rights of one another. Amen.”

4. Presentation…previous post…6/9/09 Comm. Mting.

5. Public Comments…previous post…6/9/09 Comm. Mting.

7. Public Safety Discussion….previous post…6/9/09 Comm. Mting.

8. Town Manager Report…The Manager had no comments…

9. Approval of the minutes…no discussion May 12/15/09 passes 5-0

10. Ordinances

1. 1st Reading…none

2. 2nd Reading

a. 2009-14 Noise Ord. was “deferred to a date certain” …once again by VM McIntee…Next time on agenda…July 28,2009..passed 5-0…

BC- Depending on who you listen to…it is purposely on at the end of July to make sure the hall will be quiet due to late summer …or if true Comm. Clottey is said to have spoken at a CIC meeting telling them it will go nowhere…HMMM…

b. 2009-24 Amending the tie limit on Beach Parking Permits…

Public comments….Rev. Hunsaker said the commission should not approve this ordinance…3 hours was a legitimate limit…and cited a lack of parking/ Diane Boutin said the 3 hour limit was more than adequate  and to maintain enforcement/ This writer said it was a “sweetheart deal; for a chosen few” along with the $20 annual fee approved…and asked the commission to not approve this and readress the $20 at a later date…

The Vice Mayor said the vast majority uses 3 hours and was for extending it, and said this and the $20 was to thank our citizens  and if it was abused they could change it/ Comm. Dodd said the $20 was hardly worth the printing and asked the Town manager a ballpark figure of what it would generate 9 The Tm will need to provide him the answer0 He also called attention to the employee annual rate of $300 and said he was dead against this ordinance/ The mayor said these were 15-20 spaces renamed from residential to beach parking and were available previously for $16 annually…that those spots were always for residents historically..passed 3-2 Comm. Dodd/ Mayor Minnet dissenting…

11. Commissioner Comments….previous post…6/9/09 Comm. Mting.

12. Consent Agenda…approval of execution of Amended  Interlocal Agreement for Public School Facility Planning…no discussion passes 5-0

13. Resolution

a. Resolution 2009-15 “Building Citizenship In The Community”…no discussion…passes 5-0

14. Quasi Judicial Hearing

a. Bradly Terra Mar Variance…Staff recommended it be tabled until July 28, 2009…Town Atty. reminded them to “defer” it so no re-advertising would be required…passes 5-0

15. Old Business

a. Pier Sign…VM McIntee pulled it at the start of the meeting…

BC-no “deferred to a date certain”…HMMM….. Does this mean the Marchelos brothers can resume contact with the Town and those Commissioners willing to speak to them?…Stay tuned!….

b. The banners…again discussion on how to choose them…where to put them and the number required…it was decided to get some artwork done…and go from there..

BC- The real problem……The number being discussed for purchasing is anywhere from 28-35 new banners……The backup provided by the Assist. Town manager (prev. post agenda) shows the one-sided municipal parking banners…at a cost of approx. $368 dollars for 2!…If these banners are 2 sided the price is higher…but nevertheless the cost of 28-35 one sided would be….$10,304.00- $12,840.00…plus the setups for each design…Readers will remember that last year the Town paid approx. $12,000 for the present banners ….The Town needs to go out to bid…..

TIMEOUT…FOR SOME MANUFACTURED “CONCERN”…(interference)….

BC- For some outlandish…ridiculous reason the Vice mayor thought he needed to have a vote of the commission to “excuse” Comm. Dodd!… Comm. Dodd in his Comm. comments said he would not be at the next comm. meeting…The Town Atty. said it could be handled informally…Not enough for the “concerned” VM…who brought up incorrect past references to previous commission absences…a motion was made (to appease and move on)…passes 4-1 (Dodd abstained)…The Town Atty. looked it up and it said a commissioner could not miss 4 consecutive meetings…which had absolutely no bearing on Comm. Dodd’s situation…YIKES!…

c. Beauty shops added to Ord. 2009-10…

BC- some discussion on the lack of beauty shops being in Chapter 30 of the land -use ordinance which will be back yet again for 2nd reading on July 14,2009…passes 5-0….

Some discussion after the fact…Why was this added…We hear the former BTSTimes headquarters / BTSTimes Realty building is set to be rented for a beauty shop for the former owner of Gary Lewis Salon……Many wondered about that and who put this on…Comm. Silverstone…(although it was previously brought up without specifically asking for beauty shops by Comm. Clottey when this item was up for 2nd reading last month)……We also hear that beauty shops were left off of the ordinance townwide despite the many that have long been in existence!…OOPS!…

16. New Business…

a. Landscape agreement for FDOT A1A ..

The Assist. Town Manager said this was for $58,000 for designs…and then the manager spoke about matching funds  for this project that has “been on the books” for 2 years…(see budget post)….passes 5-0

b. Citizen’s Advisory Board..

Comm. Dodd was the sole ally for the Mayor saying he was 100% behind it with the many problems we have and the wide range of talent to help available in the community/ Comm. Clottey 2nd it for discussion only…then said while advisory boards are a good idea in general each one has a specific function and she was concerned that this did not…she felt it was “another barrier” …to put it on the referendum/ Comm. Silverstone said this was the same issue as the budget committee and reiterated the sunshine laws that would effect it…we have boards for “pacific” (specific) reasons…He also took the opportunity to counter Yann Brandt again about the availability of the budget being online…(again Comm. Silverstone is wrong…the last year annual budget is on…and the current monthly finance report that Mr, Brandt was referring to is only on for 2 weeks)/ VM McIntee was with Frank Hermann on this…saying it was not used when they ran as a platform (HUH?)..”too broad a stroke”…it would be overseeing the Manager (and that’s the VM’s job!) and the Town employees/ The Mayor said she did indeed include oversight in her platform when running (Frank didn’t vote for her, so he must have missed it)…and spoke of the Town Hall meetings with a commissioner each month/ Comm. Clottey said she was for the and “hopefully it won’t be the same people that come” ..(We can always count on Comm. Clottey for head- shaking commentary these days)/ more discussion on Town Hall meetings ensued…A vote was called for…Comm. Clottey withdrew her 2nd…The Mayor passed the gavel to the Vice Mayor who once again proved howtotally  inept he is with the gavel (He was better with a gun we suppose?) and being the Chair…it  ultimately failed a predictable 3-2 (Mayor Minnet /Comm. Dodd for …the “Gang of 3” against)…

c. Moving of funds from one account to another…

BC- Comm. Dodd tabled it due to no backup provided by the Town…

d. Discussion for delegate to go represent the Town for the Scenic Hwy….

BC- after discussion on costs…no takers on the dais…and Diane Boutin politely declining…Assist. TM Olinzock said a teleconferencing would take place (prev. post sister site) and he would attend…

e. Stop the styrofoam being used at our town businesses …with a letter…(prev. post public comments)…some discussion…and then the commission broke their own rules and allowed the resident who asked this to be put on by Comm. Clottey to speak again when she was none too pleased with their discussion and action of only sending out a letter…Yann Brandt was allowed to speak as well and he spoke again about the  previously failed attempt to form an Environmental Sustainability Committee  ( per Comm. Clottey)…. Letter to be sent…passes 5-0

BC-This  resident’s 15 minutes are up…for special treatment…that is…

f. Discussion for a Broward League of Cities meeting…in out town…coat $400..per new Town Rep.-Comm. Clottey…passes 5-0…

BC- the VM tried to add the League of Cities expense for commissioners to attend in Orlando in August…The Mayor said she had it on the next agenda…but Roberts Rules be damned (fitting at the end of this “decorum”- driven [drivel] meeting and who was disregarding the rules)…

17. Town Attorney Report

The TA found the section in th Charter on missed meetings..section.6.6 …(see above)…

Adjourned…

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