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LBTS Agenda…10/28/08…Something’s Missing…Something Found…

THE AGENDA IS BARE!…

NO NEW BUSINESS…NOTHING…NADA….ZIP…YIKES!…

We have…the Reports….public comments….a few permits…events and parking under consent agenda….to revisit the tabled voting system….and the tabled “equity in Commissioner’s salaries”….FINITO!….WOW!…

Given this head-scratching….situation….this writer decided to take a longer look at the reports….the background material….here we go…..

5….REPORTS…

a. Finance and Budget Monthly Report…September 2008…..Manager Colon….

1st question…why Manager Colon?…We have a Finance Director..Kaola King listed on the Town site….

BCbythesea…when in Town Hall…doing this background search…this writer heard she was in finance dept. on that day…why?….

In the finance report…was the the list of Funds…with the “unencumbered balances” for each….which usually means…uncommitted…and here is what the numbers revealed…

GENERAL FUND…………………………$4,612,219.78

SPECIAL REVENUE FUND…………………..$72,357.71

SEWER ENTERPRISE FUND………………….$27,359.13

STORMWATER UTILITY FUND……………$207,312.60

WATER SYSTEM FUND………………………$820,262.56

PARKING IMPROVEMENT FUND………….$116,370.00

AND….

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND…………$5,067,894.43

WHAT…$5 MILLION+ DOLLARS…”UNENCUMBERED” IN THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND?….

NOTE:…this writer is no finance afficionado …but that’s what the balance number showed…so why are we repeatedly being told from the dais…”we have no money for Capital Improvements”…”we need to build up our Capital Improvement funds”?….

Why if this is correct did we go ahead and try to make the run-down hotel next door into a public safety center…if we do indeed have these funds after the $2 million dollar purchase….and will return to the beginning Capital Improvement Fund balance listed…$7,046,745…or close to it after the sale of the warehouse…rather than put a referendum to the voters to build a new Town Hall Complex…as Wilton Manors is doing for $7 million….while housing the private corporation new public safety providers in the existing trailer in the meantime…or in some temporary off-site accommodations as BSO had been doing for months?…

When it comes to oversight..of the VFD/AMR…they are private corporations…and the Manager does not want to get involved with the VFD internal problems…because they are separate entities…even though her role as Manager and as sole Oversight Authority…allows and in this writer’s opinion …demands she do so….especially since she felt we “owed” them this new housing…HMMM…

An interesting Public Comments…from the citizen Jerry McIntee…in 2005…

‘Jerome McIntee, 1612 Southeast 21 Street, referenced the proposed resolution in
support of the Volunteers and indicated that the Volunteers were well on their way to
meeting the Town’s requirements. He indicated that the Commission had voiced
concern regarding the loss of $1 million for the construction of a new fire station;
however, he indicated that the Volunteers had, in just two weeks, collected almost
$100,000 for a building fund to construct the new fire station. Mr. McIntee stated that he
had no objections to naming the new fire station after the Anglin family and emphasized
that the cost would be paid without taxpayer dollars’
BCbythesea…some further inquiry is required…of the FUNDS….especially the Capital Improvement Fund…the new McIntee Public Safety Complex…we hear is still in trouble complying with the requirements to make it into a government building…and a independent VFD  Oversight Committee…to do what the Manager will not!…
d. Broward Sheriff’s Office Monthly Report…September 2008….Chief Gooding
…………………………2007-YTD………………..2008-YTD……………………………….
Auto theft……………………..14…………………………..14
Burglary Bus…………………….5…………………………….3
Burglary Conveyance……….27……………………………27
Burglary Residence………….13……………………………35…………YIKES!…………….ALERT!…
Burglary Structure…………….1………………………………6
Forcible sex…………………….2………………………………1
Homicide………………………..0………………………………0
Theft grand…………………….25…………………………….28
Theft petit………………………27……………………………..29
TOTALS………………………….114…………………………..146
BCbythesea…many residents have commented that the BSO police presence seems to be less visible since the BSO lost the fire/EMS contract…and the rise in residential burglaries…causes further fears…of a change in service …needs addressing…from the dais…
e. Volunteer Fire Department Monthly Report….September 2008………Chief Perkins
September 2008…Members…Active-Regular Memebers…are in-town/Associate members…out of town
………………………………………Active ……………………..Associate
……………………………………………40………………………………37
FF1 certified…………………………..11………………………………..0
FF2 certified……………………………16………………………………35
Trainee FF1 class……………………..11………………………………..1
Trainee need State Test……………….2………………………………..0
Total……………………………………….40……………………………….36 + 1 photographer….(Marc Furth)…
BCbythesea…this is how the photographer is listed…as he is an essential part of the VFD condo drills…trailing with numerous photo-ops..previous post….which should now be front and center in Furth’s new role…BTSTimes photographer….HMMM………
EMT certified………………………………12………………………………25
Paramedic certified……………………….3………………………………..8
Incidents…9/24-9/30 2008…….
Fire-2……………hours-4.15
Medical-14…….hours-45.35
Total-16………..hours-49.5
Drills-8…total hours-421.00
FF1 class-11….total hours-485.25
TOTAL…(as reported)…17?….total hours-906.25
Beach patrol…..
ATV1……..17 members….total hours-93.5
ATV2………15 members.. total hours-70.5…includes training hours
TOTAL…….32………………total hours-164……………no charge to town is noted….for patrols…
Station watch…associate members only-13……total hours-120.5
Activity Report List-Drills
9/1…6000 N Ocean….Hi-Rise….3 hrs…11 FF
9/4…4629 Poinciana By The Sea….Hi-Rise……21/2 hrs….23 FF
9/11..4050 N Ocean……2 hrs….16FF
9/15…El Prado/El Mar….3 hrs….23 FF
9/18…Town………21/2 hrs…..10 FF
9/22…Fountainhead ………….3 hrs…..25 FF
9/25….El Prado parking lot…..3 hrs…19 FF
9/29…Station 12…..21/2 hrs…..32FF
BCbythesea…the report number of FF trainees at drills do not seem to be as “inflated” as the Vice Mayor/VFD TRAINING OFFICER has informed the residents….HMMM…..
Meeting
9/8/08….monthly business….2 hrs…16 FF
Fire Rescue….
9/24…Fire station alarm testing…29 minutes….8 FF
9/30….6ooo N Ocean…Fire alarm…cancelled per BSO…2 minutes…8 FF
Medical..
9/25-9/28…fire station alarm system testing…20 minutes each…
9/25 5- FF/9/25 5 -FF/9/26 10-FF/9/27 6-FF/9/27 27-FF/9/27 14-FF/9/28 5-FF
COMMAND STAFF…September…
Angeles…Lt./V. Pres.
Conn….Safety Officer/Director
Hopping…Acting Captain/Pres.
Long…Acting Lt.
Louvaris…Captain
McGirr…Acting Captain/Director
MCINTEE…TRAINING OFFICER
Padden(Kevin)…Captain
Patterson …Lt.
Perkins…Fire Chief….
The regular members list is lacking certain members….and shows both some startling missing members who are still members and shows that although on this report the further resignations and firing of members not acknowledged as in previous reports..4 more have resigned and 2 have been fired between 9/16 and 9/30 2008…
Total number of members leaving…. to 9/30…resignations/fired…30….
BCbythesea…with an empty agenda…the Commission has an abundance of time to review the reports…ask the hard questions…and get the answers all residents deserve….
more to come…….

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