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Here’s The Scoop … “Hurdles” ….

December 7, 2010 by Barbara

LIFE “HURDLES” ….

Dear Readers … Life is all about the “hurdles” …dealing with what “hurdles” come your way and getting over them rather than going around them…under them or … God forbid…letting them stop you in your tracks…… Hurdles” can come at any time…at any height …and in any number …. If you’re lucky …… they are standard issue “hurdles” …. spaced far apart …… offering us time to “warm-up” in order to be able to jump over them with little effort while taking it all in stride……Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for us to figure out there are a rare number of “hurdlers” who are able to stay on that course throughout their lives …..Most of us…from time to time encounter “hurdles” created by others that are placed in our path …way too high…way too close together ….and in numbers we are sure can only be cruel joke on us at best!…. The only certainty about life’s “hurdles” is that you never see the last one until your life is over….unless…. that too becomes a “hurdle” leading to yet more “hurdles”…be they up or be they down…Hmmm…….

POLITICAL “HURDLES” ….

As I looked at the agenda for tonight’s LBTS Reg. Commission Meeting at 7 pm … http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/ …. I see that it appears a “hurdle” has been placed in it… under Old Business …item 14…

“14. OLD BUSINESS

a. Parking Requirement Modifications (Town Manager Connie Hoffmann & Assistant Town Manager Bud Bentley) – Requested at the November 22, 2010 Roundtable meeting”

This was not what the majority at the Roundtable on Nov. 22, 2010 directed the staff to present on this agenda…(prev post) ….  It appears this is a deja vu type “hurdle” with staff and/or the Town Atty. going in a direction of their own choosing from the limited backup supplied… sad to say!… The direction given was to eliminate the parking requirements for restaurant “types” and offer a jumpstart for hospitality to come to LBTS as long ago included in the Goodkin Feasibility Study to offset the major loss of hospitality we were faced with in 2005 from the loss of hotels that are now condos/townhomes and the many motel/hotels that are currently not up to snuff in order to offer sustained tourist business coming our way…(prev. posts) …. To take the direction given for action to be taken (1st reading ordinance)  changing it from exempting parking requirements for “restaurant types” to an item under old business offering a “Parking Requirement Modification” is a “hurdle” that requires immediate action from the Commission and a check of the “rule book” … Thus far there have been no valid reasons offered by staff as to why a parking requirement exemption should not be implemented to the fullest extent …in an expedient manner…

One Avid Reader sent the following to this writer… “Governing should not be about the worries created by the success of action but rather about the failures that happen from doing nothing. ” … Inspirational words to govern by tonight …in this writer’s opinion….

It is hoped the majority on the dais will nip this staff inaction in the bud in order to carry out the “out-of -the-box” forward thinking plan they had in mind …Vice Mayor Dodd has already put forth an item on the Dec. 14th Roundtable to remove the Notice of Intent Resolution which was approved on Nov. 9, 2010 in a 5-0 vote without discussion …(see archived backup on website/minutes on this agenda)…. It has already proven to be just another added layer to the length of getting business done …

Of note…. in the archived backup it was to be on this evening’s agenda after it was passed…It was not…That is until today (online agenda states “Amended Dec. 6, 2010) ….after VM Dodd alerted Town  ….It is being used to stop the parking exemption 1st reading from going forth before January…Case-in-point for why it was a misstep to pass it…and it should now be removed tonight…as they deal with item 11. Reso 2010-39…That action should then lead to action on the exemption…

Also on the agenda is a presentation of the Proposed Interlocal Agreement for Solid Waste Disposal…with a Rep from the Broward County Resource Recovery Board coming to get us on board….Comm. Sasser is the Commission liaison on this one and has met with staff to discuss this prior to tonight’s meeting…/ No Public Safety monthly reports…BC-Hmmm… on hold til end of January…doubling up a few months in the process most likely…/ Consent Agenda includes ….A1A FDOT extension of contract services with Post Buckley & Multi-spaced Parking Pay Stations../ Ord. 1st Reading for the Sewer Increase …to get 2nd Reading in Jan. and to be up and running by Feb…. No specifics beyond what we were already advised in backup …VM Dodd previously put SRC on the next Roundtable on Dec. 14th to discuss/2nd Readings are accessory buildings & Choice Waste changes/As stated above the agenda was “amended” to add item 11 Reso. 2010-39 NOI ../ Old Bus. as discussed above “Parking Requirement Modifications” which includes the staff recommended “parking suspension program” for 2 yrs with a reso for an extension rather than a flat out parking exemption for restaurant types The backup has no grandfathering or specifics included in it … & The proposed Interlocal Agreement …/ The El Dorado ( a BJHarris claimant ) wants a change in the code for cement walls and Comm. Vincent put it on for them…./ TM Report is short this time …No finalization on the Coral Reef contract as of this report Friday…BC- Time to go to Fort Lauderdale…. and cut our losses…/ Fiscal Year-End Budget-To- Actual Report /TM Progress report is an old one as the TM warned in her report …But it’s from August and it’s s cut off …come-on…BC-Time to get the Government Efficiency in full gear…starting with a new Town Clerk …the backbone of government efficiency or lack thereof!…/ No backup for TAtty…

The agenda for tonight is currently available on the Town website as well as the backup information provided to the Commission…(link above) …PIO Steve D’Oliveira is actively re-working the site to include more and more transparency as well as community events ….(Still awaiting Granicus fix to allow the small video livestreaming to be  converted to full computer screen size)….

Unite Our Town Chair Ray Wolowicz has stepped it up to offer to his long list of UOT supporters an e-mailed copy of tonight’s agenda as well as reminder of tonight’s meeting…He also sent out e-mails for the upcoming LBTS Vision “Series” beginning January 7 & 8th as well as reminders of the Menorah lighting last Sunday …and the Chamber’s Christmas-By-The-Sea event tomorrow night … (To get on the UOT e-mail list and become a supporter of UOT  just e-mail Ray at… “Ray Wolowicz” <[email protected]> ) …

ByTheSeaFuture is actively out and about covering the Town meetings and events which will continue to appear in print every month ….So there are plenty sources available to those who want to keep up on what’s happening in our town…

In other political “hurdles” we hear the shrinking CIC-PAC is still stumbling around in the dust …Chair Liliana Pomareda demanded once again in an e-mail for an answer from the Commission for the cost increase for the residential parking permits…Vice Mayor Dodd responded and informed Chair Pomareda once more it was called for and it was not mandatory to obtain a permit…Pomareda responded she represents “hundreds” of CIC members and threatened a protest to come… VM Dodd …we are told …. responded and asked Pomareda to produce her “Active” paid-up CIC membership list to verify her claim…BC- If and when that list is produced…this writer will make the time to check out the member’s”active-paid-up” status …and post it…Pomareda’s claims run counter to what previous CIC members have long told this writer…They have not re-upped …they receive e-mails/ requests to do so …but have no intention of walking through those CIC Palm Ave. Surf & Yacht Private Club doors again…OUCH!…Of note we are informed sales for residential parking permits are ahead of where they were last year at the same time …..DOUBLE OUCH!…

2012 “HURDLES” …JUST AROUND THE BEND ….

Time and distance are the biggest “hurdles” being faced right now by both this writer and this current Commission/Administration/Boards …

For this writer … it is as I knew it would be once I took on the role of primary caretaker for my granddaughter Lilly now almost 8 months old as her mom has now increased her research/lecturing out -of-town travel ….My best intentions of going back and forth each month will not be possible now faced with this new itinerary received upon my return last week …It now appears to extend well into 2012…. It’s a “hurdle” that calls for even more big time changes in posting on my site …. as witnessed over the last week …Thanks to my “teammates” referenced above ….the change will not leave readers without the schedule or more importantly the results….they are looking for to keep themselves well informed ….

For the current Commission/Administration/Boards …..2012 is only a few “hurdles” away as they face another municipal election….They have to know they must be on the cutting edge when it comes to the “hurdles” placed before them as we approach 2011 in order to be proactive and to produce positive real change that can be definitively acted on rather than to be relegated to longtime government inaction …thus never even getting to the “starting line”…  “Governing should not be about the worries created by the success of action but rather about the failures that happen from doing nothing. “…. This writer is looking forward to a record breaking year!……..

The meeting is at 7 pm in Jarvis Hall..Public Comment is welcome after signing up… It can be seen on Comcast Ch.78/ Livestream & archived on the Town website …. http://lbts.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2

more to come….

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