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Master Plan Steering Committee…#3….

Master Plan Steering Comm. 7/21/08

At the beginning of the evening’s meeting…this writer was dismayed to see that once again…the MPSC was not to be televised…even though…it was decided to return to the televising of this committee…some months ago..

Last month’s meeting was aired….on channel 78….

Those that invited the guest speaker on recycling could not have been aware of what she had in store for the audience and the committee…

The guest Casey Eckles was the Fort Lauderdale Recycling Program Coordinator for 8 years until she retired 2 weeks ago….to work in Hollywood with children and as part of a non- profit organization called Trash to Treasure...www.trash2treasurefl.org

First came the intros…and then came a brief 2 minute kid’s video…with a singing “Wombat”….

followed by ….”The Story of Stuff” by Annie Leonard…of the Funders Workshop for Sustainable Production”……

www.storyofstuff.com

www.sustainabilityfunders.org

in partnership with the Tides Foundation….

www.tides.org

Drummond Pike is the Founder /CEO…..

For 20 minutes…..

This “recycling film”….was a political statement….in this writer’s humble opinion….

The “evil” government..who is supposed to “take care of us”….

The far more “evil” corporations”…that are out to destroy us all….

“we are a materials economy”…”Where it comes from….where it goes”….”a linear system…a finite planet….that can’t work….limits….incomplete diagram”….

We are using too much stuff….consumerism is our downfall….and it was orchestrated by the Eisenhower administration….

“The golden arrow of consumption”….a key phrase….

The big …bad U.S.A….and how we pollute and dis-avow all others on our planet….believing THEY don’t count because THEY are NOT consumers!…..

We need a change in our leaders….a change from the current administration….our government…..

and recycling….Ahhh…just a touch …”on topic” at the tail end..

For this writer…most disturbing.. it should have been “previewed” ahead of time…….

Maybe next time…it will be made standard practice to do so ……….

After the video…is when some substance that might have a positive impact on LBTS was addressed with questions and answers about Waste Management…and alternatives…competition…. that might benefit the town….

Paul Novak presented the speaker with items to thank her from the Chamber… a T-shirt/hat…and visitor’s guide…..

Other items of interest not covered in the previous posts….Scoops 1 & 2 MPSC…..

More confusion over who is an alternate…if there are still alternates and who wants to be or not be an alternate….

This writer informed MaryAnn Wardlaw…upon her arrival…as she sat down in the audience….she was made a full member…that it was decided on the dais at the last commission meeting…

The Mayor & Comm. Dodd who were in attendance explained Ms Wardlaw desired to remain an alternate…and it was to be clarified at the commission meeting tonight….

Later when the committee inquired as to her preference…Ms Wardlaw stated the confusion…but decided to become a full member….and literally took her seat at the table…. so now there are ….

9 full MPSC members…a Chair/ a Vice Chair & a Secretary….at last!…..

Unfortunately there was once again a repeat on topics….including the “gateways”….which this writer had informed the smaller MPSC…at a previous meeting…..were already in the works…….. with one on Commercial Blvd. …a “wall” chosen by the Town Manager…that was approved by the new commission…early on….

Comm. Clottey spoke to the Town Manager after the meeting….and was informed that the remaining entry- ways….were to be decided after the Commercial Blvd. installation….sometime in Oct.

The discussion …..yet again…about the …gateways….as a project for this committee….were a waste of time…including repeating …advertising…..in Town Topics/on TV….and getting the students from the Art Institute involved….again….unless….

A commissioner….brings it up…and makes a motion that changes the previous vote…..

The MPSC will now meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month…. note also: new time 7 p. m……starting with next month’s meeting Tues. Aug. 19th…to accommodate Comm. Dodd…and his Hillsboro meeting conflict….

BCbythesea…this was agreed upon BEFORE Marc Furth’s statement that commissioners should not come to speak to the committee…..independently….

Will the change remain?…

Will the commissioners continue to come and speak to the committee?….

We will see….

A inquiry to have the Town attorney come and explain Sunshine will be made….

A possibility of meeting more often than once a month may occur…

The Vice Chair…asked all to bring 1 idea to the next meeting on the “greening” of LBTS….

A group photo was taken of the 9 new board members……..

adjourned….

Master Steering will be addressed this evening at the regular commission meeting….

more to come…

Each member was asked

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