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Here’s The Scoop …That Was Then And This Is Now … LBTS New Commission Organizational Meeting …

March 17, 2010 by Barbara

ROUND AND ROUND THEY GO … WHERE THEY STOP … NOBODY KNOWS?….

Dear Readers at 5 pm tonight the new LBTS Commission will have their Organizational Meeting… This writer decided to reach back 2 years and see what occurred at the Feb. 19, 2008 Organizational meeting for a reference to what occurred and to perhaps keep at bay those few stragglers of revisionist history who might be ready to cry foul with what is brought to the table this evening…

Let’s start with the Agendas…as comparison…

“Town Of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Special Organizational Meeting Agenda

Jarvis Hall

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

5:00 PM

1. Call To Order Mayor Roseann Minnet

2. Pledge Of Allegiance To The Flag

3. Discussion Item

a. Discussion and/or action concerning Town Commission Protocols and Procedures for Conducting Town Business

b. Resolution 2008-04: A Resolution providing for the appointment of Vice Mayor

c. Resolution 2008-05: A Resolution providing for the appointment of Mayor Pro Tem. 4. Adjournment”

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“Town Of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea

Special Organizational Meeting Agenda

Jarvis Hall

5:00 PM

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

1. Call To Order, Mayor

2. Pledge Of Allegiance To The Flag

3. Discussion Item

a. Discussion and/or action concerning Town Commission Protocols and Procedures for Conducting Town Business

4. Adjournment”

BC- We are told the Town Attorney took the Vice Mayor off the Org. Meeting as it was improper and should be done at the 1st Commission Meeting on March 23, 2010…

The Minutes from the Feb. 19, 2008 Special Organizational Meeting

1. Call To Order, Mayor Roseann Minnet

“Mayor Minnet called the meeting to order at 5:00 pm. Mayor Roseann Minnet, Commissioner Birute Ann Clottey, Commissioner Stuart Dodd, Commissioner Jerry McIntee , and Commissioner Jim Silverstone were present. Also present were Town Manager Esther Colon, Town Attorney Mike Cirullo (sitting in for T.Atty. Jim Cherof), and Town Clerk June White.

2. Pledge Of Allegiance To The Flag

3. Discussion Item

a. Discussion and/or action concerning Town Commission Protocols and Procedures for Conducting Town Business

Commission Clottey questioned the order in which items were placed on the agenda. Manager Colon advised that agenda items were placed in the order they were received.

Commissioner McIntee made a motion to move the Town Attorney’s seating position to the far right of the Dais. Commissioner Silverstone seconded the motion. In a roll call vote, the motion carried 4-1. Mayor Minnet voted no.”

BC- Readers will remember this too was a “done deal” made at a “pre-organizational” meeting (McIntee/no Silverstone ) prior to being sworn in on Feb 12, 2008 ……This writer was present at that meeting…

“Commissioner Dodd made a motion to begin the “clock” immediately after the person gives their name. Commissioner McIntee seconded the motion. In a roll call vote, the motion carried 5-0.

Commissioner Dodd made a motion that public comments should be open to all whether they area business owner or they reside in the Town and that they may reserve the right to speak on a particular item on the agenda later if they so choose. Commissioner Silverstone seconded the motion.

Commissioner Clottey made a friendly amendment to hear all the Public Comments at the same time. Commissioner Dodd agreed. Commissioner McIntee was concerned that if 60 people signed up for Public Comments that would be 180 minutes allocated for Public comments. He felt there should be structure. Commissioner Dodd felt that Public Comments could be handled in a friendly manner so that if one person had already addressed an issue someone else would not repeat it. The Commission agreed. In a roll call vote, the motion carried 5-0″

BC- How naive they were…unfortunately…BUT how could they have known of the Town Manager “sweeps” in codes…and the “Hot Topic” that would arise over the next 2 years?…The allowing business and out of LBTS speakers was also discussed at the “Pre- Organizational meeting” (McIntee/ not Silverstone in attendance) of the new majority to right the wrong we felt was done in not allowing CIC Founder John Thompson to speak at the podium …Later on the Mc-Furth “Gang” would try and stop it when they felt threatened by another Pompano Beach resident who came to speak…(prev. posts)…

“Commissioner Dodd made a motion to allow the Mayor to vote last but necessarily speak last. Commissioner Silverstone In a roll call vote, the motion carried 5-0.”

BC- also discussed at the “Pre- organizational meeting”(McIntee/ no Silverstone)…to stop Mayor Minnet from doing what  former Mayor Parker did…having the last word…

“Commissioner Dodd  made a motion to allow the Mayor to make motions, as long as the gavel is passed to the Vice Mayor and the Mayor takes the position of Commissioner. Commissioner Silverstone seconded the motion.

Attorney Cirullo agreed as long as the Mayor passed the gavel to either the Vice Mayor or the Mayor Pro Tem, the Mayor could make a motion. He agreed with Mayor Minnet that the Town Charter took precedence over Roberts Rules of Order. In a roll call vote, the motion carried 5-0”

BC- also discussed at the “Pre- organizational meeting” (McIntee/ no Silverstone) to “stick it” to the new Mayor/ Comm. Dodd tried unsuccessfully to rectify his motion over the last year…

“Commissioner Dodd requested votes be taken electronically rather than through roll call. Town Manager Colon agreed to do that. He also directed Manager Colon to obtain telephone numbers from citizens during Public Comments in order to follow up on their issues. Manager Colon advised that staff obtained the numbers already. Commissioner Dodd asked whether a motion was required for stamping agenda items. Manager Colon said that was practice.”

BC- Really?… I do not recall seeing any stamping on any back-up including the infamous “Golden” Town Manager contract that 2 past commissioners stated they did not see!..

“Commissioner Dodd asked whether this would be the appropriate time to re-establish the Boards. Vice Mayor McIntee believed Manager Colon would need direction in the form of a motion advising their terms were expiring. Manager Colon said she would need time to obtain applications. She asked that appointments be made at the second meeting in March. Discussion followed regarding the way members are selected into the Board and Committee.”

BC-OOPS- McIntee was not yet the VM….more on the Boards to come in future post…

“Commissioner Clottey wanted a motion to establish a procedure that would allow each Commissioner and the Mayor the privilege to appoint a person to a Board. She said the way it is now, the Commission voted for the applicant. Attorney Cirullo believed that may be a Charter issue. He said ultimately the Commission had to vote on the nominee as a whole. Commissioner Clottey requested Attorney Cirullo to look into that.Commissioner McIntee made a motion for the Town Manager to send letters thanking current Board members for their service and advising them that their services have been finalized and the Commission was seeking new people to serve on the Boards and that the Boards would remain in tact until new members were appointed. Commissioner Dodd seconded the motion. In a roll call vote, the motion carried 5-0”

BC- Never did hear of a report back…the 2008-10 LBTS  Board/Committee members were sent their letter of “thanks” on Feb 5, 2010…Before the Org. meeting …OOPS!..

“Commissioner Dodd made a motion to suspend Rule 5 indefinitely, giving the Commission a second bite of the apple. Commissioner Silvertone seconded the motion. In a roll call vote, the motion carried 5-0.”

BC- Again done in the pre- org. meeting (McIntee/no Silverstone) to stop the previous actions of the previous Commission…turned out this one flew out of the window real early on! …Quack, quack…

“Commissioner McIntee made a motion to clearly advise public speakers that the use of personal names would not be tolerated. Mayor Minnet extended that to include the Commission. Mayor Minnet clarified that would include personal attacks. Commissioner Silverstone seconded the motion. In a roll call vote, the motion carried 5-0”

BC- This was ridiculous from the moment it was brought forth and  it remained contentious until the day it was re-addressed…(sort of) depending on who was speaking to whom…on and off the podium!…

“Vice Mayor McIntee suggested Manager Colon award the firefighter of the month, officer of the month, and employee of the month awards on a quarterly basis rather than monthly, as there was not that much activity. There were no objections.”

BC- OOPS…McIntee was not yet appointed VM!…

“b. Resolution 2008-04 A Resolution providing for the appointment of Vice Mayor

Commissioner Silverstone made a motion to adopt Resolution 2008-04 naming Jerry McIntee as Vice Mayor, Commissioner Dodd seconded the motion.

Commissioner McIntee wanted to pass it to Commissioner Silverstone after one year. Attorney Cirullo advised the Commission would have to go by the Charter. Commissioner McIntee accepted the nomination. In a roll call vote, the motion carried 5-0”

BC- Readers will remember from the Sausage Series it was very contentious at the pre-org. meeting (McIntee/no Silverstone) when John Thompson and I expressed the opinion as was expressed individually to the newly elected Commissioners as well as sitting Comm. Silverstone that McIntee should NOT be the Vice Mayor…Somehow McIntee was informed and hit the roof…We were “promised” by the man who ran for re-election Comm. Silverstone once Jerry got the VM position we would “see a kindler and gentler Jerry!”… and we all know how that worked out!…For both the nominator and the nominee!…By the way did we ever hear back about the 2 year rule for Vice Mayor…or did McIntee forget his “offer”?….OUCH!…

The remainder item was Mayor Pro Tem a position not required and the Commission rightly decided to forgo the selection in 2008.

“Commissioner Silverstone made a motion to permit the public to advise whether the Commission missed anything. Commissioner Dodd seconded the motion.”

BC- Right out of the “Gate” was Freedom of Speech…after McIntee motion passed…

“Frank Herman asked if he were to compliment someone would he be allowed to use that persons name.

L. Peanuts Wick felt the Commission should reconsider their motion to address disrespectful remarks

Barbara Cole believed the motion should be directed to derogatory use.

Arthur Franczak was concerned with the possibility of infringing on freedom of speech.

4. Adjournment

Vice Mayor McIntee made a motion to adjourn. With no further business before the Commission, Mayor Minnet adjourned the meeting at 6:06 pm”

The 2010 Commission meets tonight as stated aboveat 5 pm in Jarvis Hall…There will most likely be an new  4-1 majority vote to come in this g0-round of the Organizational Meeting……We should see new ideas as well as replacing and disbanding old procedures and protocols made in 2008/2009!…

The public is welcome and may be asked to speak as was done in 2008/ Comcast Ch. 78/ Town website online- http://lbts.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2 (hopefully as it now states … “Currently there are no upcoming events.”…OOPS!…

more to come…

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