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Here’s The Scoop .. 1/12/10 LBTS Commission Meeting … #1 … No Swan Song …

January 13, 2010 by Barbara

JUST A BUNCH OF “LAME DUCKS” TAKING A DIVE …

Dear Readers  ….the first meeting of the new year was anything but a swan song (prev. post) for “Lame Duck” commissioner Jim Silverstone running for Dist. 1 and outgoing one-term Vice Mayor McIntee… They rallied the same old tired minions from their last minute Sunday night endorsement CIC meeting with a follow-up e-mail sent out from their Chairman Bob Roberts yesterday (prev. post)…The e-mail said they would encounter “The opposition is loud, raucous, and organized. I know it’s unpleasant”..But what transpired were the boos and the jeers from the CIC members and a warning from the Mayor…OOPS!… The room was crowded due to the many who came to voice their concerns over the Senior Center fiasco that has been going on for weeks…leaving many Senior Center participants out in the cold…

The room was not nearly as cold as we had been warned it would be due to the large crowd so that was a plus….Rev. Hunsaker gave the invocation…and Commissioner Clottey was given an excused absence after due to leaving the shade session due to illness…….After a rather lengthy presentation from the League of Women Voters on Amendment 4 which, in this writer’s opinion crossed the line of LOWV impartiality which the presenter alluded to herself…we began with a short presentation from POA announcing and presenting the awards for holiday decoration winners…Mayor Minnet introduced the new VFD to a standing ovation…the first to rise from their seats to show support…those who opposed the prior leadership led by the former Deputy Chief !…What a sight…Chief Perkins introduced the new Deputy Chief Joe Padden and again the applause were deafening…Dep. Chief Padden introduced the new officers…and the applause continued…Being more than kind considering what he {McIntee} had done over the last weeks with inquiries by way of the Town Manager…the VFD did acknowledge the former Dep. Chief ….Public comments began and Commissioner Dodd informed all of the agreed upon rules of no politicking at the podium ( Silverstone/ McIntee made that rule when certain candidates came forward months ago)…. John Oughten, and Beverly Kennedy threw their hat in the ring at the podium …Candidates Scot Sasser and Chris Vincent did not…  The many speakers were mostly addressing the Senior Center as expected (post to come from those speakers and the Senior Center )…Despite that warning from the Commissioner and the reminder of the dais rules…speaker # 10, new Candidate Marjorie Evans tried to do just that…learning the hard way…after she said she checked with the “City Clerk”, our Town Clerk is never to be used as a reliable source… Marjorie Evans was not the woman  pictured in the previous post…OOPS!… And before she took to the podium, those from her own neighborhood could not pick her out of the crowd…When she rose, they still had no clue it was her…

Dist. 1 Candidate  Marjorie Evans ” Hi, my name is Marjorie Evans I live at 1941 S.E. 18th Street and I’ve lived in um,um Bel Air for 40 years. I am here today to support ah, ordinance 2-oh -oh -9 dash 36. I have a very strong belief that our community needs to open up more cultural events, events for children and various things that would want, make people want to come her. I raised tow boys here. One of them is thirty…..nine and the other one is thirty seven at this point. And both of them come back to this neighborhood. They still have friends here and um, I’m really looking forward to seeing the town turn around and become um, much friendlier. Um, I am, I did call today to the clerk to see if I could announce my candidacy and I was told that this was proper at this meeting. Um, I have been working for the government…” The Mayor stopped Mrs. Evans to explain the rules…Mrs. Evans responded ” Alright, well I did call. I was afraid of that but let me know, tell you that I did call the City Clerk “(Note to Cand. Evans in LBTS we have a “Town” Clerk not a “City” Clerk). “I told her that I wanted to come and announce my candidacy and she said that was legal, so I’m sorry.” (She turned to the audience) “I apologize, I apologize”  She went to her seat…there was some audience response…The Mayor said if she did it everyone could and Mrs Evans replied “They’re all here to do it”…The Mayor said she did not know that to be correct…Comm. Silverstone incorrectly tried to claim it had been done before by all the candidates …Mrs Evans came back to the podium and said “I apologize, I am very sorry that I came. But I still do support the ordinance, thank you.”…After public comments newly qualified Dist. 1 Candidate, making what we hear was her very first visit EVER to Jarvis Hall, left the hall and did not come back for the rest of the commission meeting…YIKES!….

Her opponent in Dist. 1, Scot Sasser spoke next…”First let me welcome you all back from the holiday season. I trust your time away was enjoyable and safe. I would like to thank all of those involved in making our town celebrations memorable and top notch. The Christmas Celebration, the Menorah Lighting, Marie White’s Christmas and the New Year Celebration were enjoyed by everyone. Let me also congratulate the new Line Officers of the VFD. I wish you success and safety.

As we transition into 2010 I would like to impress on the Commission to hold true to those values that we are reminded of through the holidays and hold dear in our own personal lives. In doing so I would respectfully ask that you reconsider the directives that have been set forth toward our Senior Center. We seem to have teetered off course and possibly affected those that we intended to benefit from the Senior Center altogether. Sometimes when we try to define, set or follow rules the final product does not meet the initial goal. I understand that there may be set rules governing the participation of the Senior Center that are in place due to funds the town receives through Broward County. I would ask that you reconsider what our overall goal is for the Senior Center, take into account the accomplishments of Mr. Bien-Aime over the years and find a way to reinstate those people that have now been turned away. I am sure that, should this commission deem it necessary, that a creative solution could be found to get us back to assisting our town seniors through inclusion rather than exclusion. Thank you”

Candidate Sasser remained in Jarvis hall with his wife until the meeting was adjourned as did Candidate Chris Vincent….

Newly qualified Mayoral Candidate Joe Couriel spoke along with Dist. 2 Candidate Chris Vincent (posts to come to compare to their opponents incumbents Mayor Minnet and Comm. Silverstone’s commissioner comments)…Other public comments to be posted as well..as previously stated after public comments ended a break was called and the room pretty much emptied out…

Upon the return was the Nov. monthly reports…with very few questions asked…and 4-0 votes…No McIntee going after the VFD (for now)…AMR Operations Manager Liddle explaining that Holy Cross now has a comprehensive stroke center…..Comm. Dodd asked BSO Chief Llerena to explain the charges for stealing signs (petit theft, trespassing) and the Chief spoke of the success BSO had in catching a transient burglars…adding the problems with unlocked vehicles and giving a big thanks to residents who contacted police about situation (hear that Comm. Clottey?)…Comm. Silverstone thanked Lt. Angelo (that would be Lt. Cedeno, Jimmy-boy!…OOPS!)…Town Manager report came next…the Senior Center an her pure whitewash story…throwing Director Bien-Aime under the bus…and being rude to the Mayor…(to be posted )…Approval of the minutes…all in one vote (more on what they approved to come, it’s another OOPS!)….Ordinance 1st reading the theaters…with Jimmy…laying some golden “Norm Crosby’s”…to come in all their glory….Commissioner Comments…to come as well….The Consent agenda…yep, it’s coming in a separate post……due to the sudden Atty. coming forward…who was ill advised by her clients before she opened up this hornets nest…(Fri-Sat night events) and gave Silverstone’s opponent another election time “gift”…(there were many such “gifts” from Jimmy this evening…(Like the energizer bunny…they keep coming and coming and coming!)…Items on the consent agenda were all approved with the exception of the 2nd qtr. of Jazz on the square …for now….The Resolution to amend the 2008/2009 budget passed 4-0….Old Business-Hillsboro Inlet appointment was deferred due to Clueless Clottey being ill…until Jan 26th…Census had one taker… again deferred until the 26th….Solid waste – to post…..New Business- hardship permits passed 4-0….March 9th commission meeting will be March 4th (not June White’s Mar. 8th) with swearing in on special meeting March 15th to swear in…Coast  Guard will get the trailer…and will find funds to move it…4-0…BSO change of hours is not supported by the TM and was deferred until 1/26…Art in public places – letter sent to show interest with no $ amt. and Asst. TM Olinzock to check with Pompano and Hollywood what they are going to pay if anything…4-0…no discussion on Broward County application for Grant Funds under Energy Efficiency and Conservation…4-0….endorse resolution support Nat. Guard…4-0…Senior Center- post to come…Monthly RFP/Bank statement updates …2-2 Silverstone/ Mcintee  vote no!…Thanks, Jimmy- boy for another golden egg you laid!…(Was Jimmy-boy asleep in Sept.?)…Riparian rights…VM did not know what they were…Manager against any change- post to come….Mayor Minnet’s  request for a “property flip”…The Truth Deflector” mighty Moe, was on overtime at her computer as the VM’s “reveal” was a  dug up a property the Mayor sold out of the town in 2004 BEFORE she was even the Mayor!…LAME DUCK McIntee!…….$5000 for the Chamber…YEP, Jimmy blundered again- post to come….Imperial Lane entry way “arm” deferred due to Clottey’ being ill…No Atty report…adjourned…

One last note…Moe Mcintee the “excuse” for the Vice Mayor not running…due to ill health we were told……was in rare form tonight in the back of the room…As one resident left she called him a “jerk”…he responded and told all it was she who spoke first…Moe being Moe denied it…(sorta like the cockroach all over again)…VM McIntee on the dais said the man went after his wife and when this writer said the VM was not there he jumped at me…Yep…you all know how it goes….if they look like Mc-ducks…if they walk like Mc-ducks…they must be Mc-ducks….Mc-quack, Mc-quack, Mc-quack…..4 more meetings to go….

more to come……

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