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Here’s The Scoop … What Does $177.19 Buy Ya? ….

August 13, 2009 by Barbara

MATERIAL GOODS VS BACKUP MATERIAL…HMMMMMM….

Price: $177.19
Manufacturer: MEK
Part No.: 1848612932

Metal: 14K YELLOW GOLD
Weight: 3.97g
Solid
Casted

Polished

$177.19

OR….
Friday, July 3, 2009 11:24 AM

[email protected]
PIO d’Oliveira:
4 Public Records Requests
1) A copy of the RFP for the parking -process services published ?…
2) A copy of the Manager’s resume with work experience /academic information given to the Town when she became Finance Director and/or updated since.
3) When available a copy of the invoices, costs,Town Staff hours and cost, all donations individual,contractors, business and organizations, and where proceeds are going to from the 4th of July event, with the final cost to the taxpayers.
4) I previously requested from Town Clerk White the cost to the Town for 3 Weiss, Serota Attys. at the Shade session., again when available from the monthly billing from the firm.
Thank You, Barbara Cole

From: Steve D’Olivera
Subject: Public Records Request
To: “Barbara Cole”
Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 10:37 AM
Hi:

The Town Clerk’s office asked me to let you know that your PRR is complete. This is the one requesting information about the 4th of July and the shade session. The total is $127.19 with a breakdown below.

109 pages x $0.15 = $16.35
7 hours 25 minutes of staff time = $ 160.84

$160.84
+ $16.35
$177.19
– $50.00 Deposit
$127.19

Steve

public records req

Dear Readers …Hopefully the “hiccups” in transition to the new server will allow for a few posts to make it through… Here goes…

For $177.19 this writer collected from Town Hall the above 5 weeks later for #1-3 … and  over 2 months for #4….The answer to the #4 came via e-mail (below)….
The Town Clerk asked me to get this info to you, so I am forwarding it.

steve


Steve d’Oliveira
Public Information Officer
Town of Lauderale-By-The-Sea

Tel: 954-776-3611
Cell: 954-275-2801

————– Forwarded Message: ————–
From: “June White”
To: “STEVE d’OLIVEIRA”
Subject: Response to PRR
Date: Wed, 05 Aug 2009 18:56:41 +0000
Steve,

Please respond to Barbara Cole’s original request on June 8, 2009 at 9:29 AM regarding an accounting of what we pay the Town Law firm for the Shade Session on 6/9/09. That request came directly to me so you probably don’t have a copy.

Thanks

****

Barbara:

As per your public records request dated June 8, 2009 at 9:29 AM

You requested “what we are paying out for the Town Law firm for the shade session on 6/9/09 …. There will be 3 attorneys…. I want to know if we are paying each an hourly wage” to attend. That shade session was conducted in the lawsuit of The Palm Yacht & Beach Club, Inc. v. Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea , Florida . While three attorneys attended the shade session, the Town was only billed for the attendance of two of the attorneys, at the Town’s billing rate of $204.75 per hour for 1.2 hours each, for a total of $491.40.

June White, Town Clerk
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea
4501 N. Ocean Drive
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308
Phone: 954-776-0576
Fax: 954-776-1857

So the above response meant the Town Clerk needed to check the invoice from the Town Attorney…time requirement for doing this?

On August 11,2009 this writer went to Town Hall to collect items #1-3 and see just what the e-mail from PIO D’Oiveira could cost $177.19?…

I sat down in the conference room with Office Specialist/Assist. Town Clerk Nikki Smith… she brought to the table my paperwork….109 pages…

#1
1) A copy of the RFP for the parking -process services published ?…

RFP for the Parking Citation  Processing Service…51 pages…that included the RFP/Cash Distribution Report/ Meter Location Maps …

I asked for a copy of the RFP which was already available…staff time required?

#2

2) A copy of the Manager’s resume with work experience /academic information given to the Town when she became Finance Director and/or updated since.

I received a one page copy of the Town Manager’s Resume..(To be posted)…staff time required ?…

#3

3) When available a copy of the invoices, costs,Town Staff hours and cost, all donations individual,contractors, business and organizations, and where proceeds are going to from the 4th of July event, with the final cost to the taxpayers.

I received 57 pages …including page1- a copy of the expenditure recap dated 7/24/9 – previously provided to the Commission/ 50 pages including invoices which shows..Aruba Beach Cafe’ as Bill To/Ship To…with the Town paying US Foods directly on the expenditure sheet/ submissions for reimbursement from Marc and Cristie Furth/ submission for reimbursement from VM McIntee for volunteer pizzas/most purchases and agreements with vendors made by Marc  and Cristie Furth/ the following fun one…

TOWN HALL EAST….INDEED!!!!!

4 recpt

5 pages of donations-previously provided to the Commission…staff time required?/and 1 page with the total cost for staff from Municipal Services Kelli Dwyer to Nikki …

july 4, 2009 staff hours

A one line memo..staff time required?…. For item #3..it should have all been contained in one July 4, 2009 “folder”…so again…I ask staff time required?…

My 4 requests took 5 weeks to 2 months…and …again…

“The Town Clerk’s office asked me to let you know that your PRR is complete. This is the one requesting information about the 4th of July and the shade session. The total is $127.19 with a breakdown below.”

109 pages x $0.15 = $16.35
7 hours 25 minutes of staff time = $ 160.84

$160.84
+ $16.35
$177.19
– $50.00 Deposit
$127.19

The only reasonable conclusion in this writer’s opinion as to time and cost…to make it as difficult and expensive as possible and STOP the flow of public records requests…BUT sorry “GANG” that will not happen….deep pockets that are equal to a deep curiosity to how this Town runs!….

More to come….

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Here’s The Scoop…2009…It’s Not Too Late…To Get It Right…

December 30, 2008 by Barbara

IT’S NOT TOO LATE…TO GET IT RIGHT……

Ahhh…the feeling of  hope…the dawn of the new year just around the corner…within your reach…all the signs are there…the newspaper/magazine…media driven countdowns…the flashbacks…the best/worst lists…highlights…low points…..funny observations…poignant stories of meaty life altering experiences…with the obligatory vows of resolutions…both personal and commercial….where no matter what your age…as we face this year’s 12th month…..31st day… you are free to afford  yourself to give in to flights of fancy…possibilities…of better times to come…after this old year has finally  been put to bed……… It’s this kind of universal…year-end  “frame of mind”  that makes us all get out of bed in the morning….and put one foot in front of the other without benefit of Prozac…

So, now fully immersed in this “Zen” frame of mind……pre-countdown to New Years Eve…and that glittery silver ball…coming down as the clock strikes 12…. standing in a crowd…in Time Square or Pelican Square….right here in LBTS….( 5 PM- 2 AM)….there will be that glimmer hope…… the outside chance…to realize the way things ought to be…in 2009…

A town where points of view are welcomed… history is important…and consensus is the name of the game…

Where a round table is used regularly to clear the air… cut down on the Commission meeting times…opening up the communication…with dialog and respect…enacting what works for the “best” commissions around…

In which the Government is run accordingly…with Commissioners on top ….fully prepared to give direction……and the Town Manager is respectfully alongside the Town Attorney just beneath….with her top-notch personnel fully qualified…offering transparency …….accountability……public access….without question…

Where oversight is looked upon as a  positive “checks and balances” procedure…to assure the very best…in public safety…that makes referendums for lifetime contracts an unnecessary act…..

With new Master Plans…Comprehensive Plans…that are a compilation of what was done before…resulting from a room full of those residents who already put in their 2 cents…standing alongside the concerned citizens who want to put their toe in…for the very first time…coming up with a way to move forward…with the best they have to offer…for “planned” development…that does us all proud…

No more land/ building  acquisitions…done without a vote of the people…

Working with the residents…to come up with ways to find some middle ground with their property…respecting their way of life and what is “required”  in the town  code….no “gotchas”…people first….should be the motto…yep….people first…

Working with the business/ hotel & motel owners …….along with the Chamber of Commerce……welcoming open communication for what they bring to this town…for making LBTS what it is …a tourist destination…in order to keep it ever thus…

New blood….new ideas….new people getting involved…not beholden to one faction or the other…stepping forward…taking a seat in the hall…for the workshops…the meetings……all the while doing their homework and getting prepared to throw their hat in the ring…for the open Commission seats….. coming in March 2010….

A dream…perhaps….

High hopes…for sure….

Possible…you bet….

In this last year…(Jan. 30th is the BCbythesea 1 year mark)…much has been covered….and in the coming new year…..the posting will continue …

What will be the scope…what will be the feel…depends solely on……the actions/ non-actions/ reactions….of our elected officials…….our town administration…and the “players”….

Some definite improvements on this site…due to “growing pains”…which will allow me to extend coverage/points of interest…..outside of the Town limits……

So, while this writer is “at the mercy” of my “Tech Guy”…hopefully it will not be much longer…and will be well worth the wait…

A big  thanks to the faithful readers I see most everyday…. and those from far and wide….(an added bonus of the internet that’s so amazing to behold and participate in…….an unexpected “perk”)……

Happy New Year…..Faithful Readers……

In 2009….more to come….

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