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Here’s The Scoop … May 11, 2010 LBTS Commission Meeting … Almost Jumped Them All …

May 11, 2010 by Barbara

7 PM STARTING LINE – 9:30 PM  FINISH LINE …

Dear Readers…They almost made a record last night in Jarvis Hall…The May 11, 2010 Commission meeting could very well have ended an hour earlier…After such a great start ..with only 4 speakers followed by an Ordinance and two Resolutions and appointing two boards ..Commissioner comments…their pace began to slow and their leaps began to disintegrate as they listened to the Town Clerk once again screw up a calendar…and have the gall to go back and forth with the new TM as she gave bad and faulty information…as she stupidly spoke of “it always being done this way” …(under Colon)….in dealing with the scheduling of the upcoming budget meetings in May, June, July and September…Bad as that was…it was a real let-down when a good half hour was added on to the meeting as the Commission dealt with “Newbie” Chair of the CIC Liliana Pomareda’s item addition to new business put on by Comm.Clottey (the CIC’s last standing conduit to the Commission) and her desire to “buck the system” by getting her “neighborhood block party” fast tracked and having the $100 fee waived…

BC- Note to Commission…like food dropping on the floor..(5 seconds for food)….a 5 minute rule on all newly added agenda items…If there’s no easy fix or fast determination without comments…push it off to the next Round Table or next Regular Comm. meeting…period!…

In the end it turned out that the staff was in the dark stating they had not seen the application…which the “newbie” said she e-mailed last week and also handed to the Town Clerk as she made her public comments…and that as all who have put the deposit in for Jarvis Hall etc…know…the $100 must be included in the process…Ms. Pomareda stated she did not include it …(which implied  that she was a little too sure she would not have to pay it)…Staff came forward after Clottey’s ill-fated attempts to give her new CIC Chair a free pass including yet again interjecting her own experiences with a lack of neighborhood block parties due to the rigid permits required …to say that they have never had a permit for a block party …(Hmmm…put this in the Clottey…lots of phone calls file)…and that a resident can say it’s a party for one thing and it can turn out to be something quite different…Ms. Pomareda did say in her comments it was 8 houses…they wanted to close down the road for the kids to ride in the street and then added anybody who wanted to come was invited …so the numbers of attendees could have jumped with the offer made at the podium….. Case and point to the staff’s assertions…The most amusing comments do go to Comms. Sasser and Vincent as we ended this bogged down conundrum.. Comm Sasser said “We don’t want to put up any roadblocks” and “I ‘d like to pave the way” when discussing the process…Comm. Vincent who sits next to Clottey on the dais must have been still in a “Joe Couriel” frame of mind after Clottey tried repeatedly to appoint the CIC- V-Chair and losing Mayoral candidate for P&Z/BOA despite the fact he had not submitted his name (the others wouldn’t go along) he he said without the permit process we would have “Mardi Gras in the streets because we’re a party town!”…

With that barrier in place now ….the pace continued on rather unevenly to include at the end of the agenda the August meeting desired by the Vice Mayor in case they are already bogged down in July…and to keep from being bogged down even more in September when dealing with the budget…If they had no need they could forgo it..They agreed on the 4th Tues. Aug. 24th…but Clottey wanted it the following week the 31st because she would be gone…Problem was the Mayor is gone on the 31st.. Hmmm… Clottey…or the Mayor…The suggestion to Clottey was “that’s what excused absences are for”…Mayor wins…Aug. 24th!..OUCH!…

BC-Note to Clottey..Archived Agendas on Town website show in 2004 there was an Aug.meeting on the 1oth..OOPS!…

Not done yet there was a question of one of the 2 items that was removed at the beginning of the meeting having to do with the shed for 101 Ocean…seems this item and the other for an extension for a condo were not properly notified by the Development Dept…as they were Quasi Judicial matters…It was decided that the TAtty. would see if there was a legal way to get notice for it to be addressed at the next meeting rather than the 1st on in June… The Town Manager was to give a progress report and stated at this time she would prepare a list of 10-15 items and keep adding to it …asking for further clarifications…The Commission passed the Resolution for procedures earlier..in that Reso it stated the following excerpt for the TM Report…

F ix. Town Manager Report. “This section of the agenda shall be utilized by the Town Manager for reports and additional items for Commission direction or action. The Town Manager shall produce a written progress report for all major pending events in town and an updated version shall be provided as backup for the Town manager Report at each regular Commission meeting. The Manager may show an item as complete when he or she deems it so, in a separate section at the bottom of the progress report. Upon approval of the report by the Town Commission, the completed item may be removed from the next progress report.”

The verbage of “events” needed to be discussed as to intent…and after some back and forth with a little history of what was M.I.A. from the former Manager …with examples…it was hopefully clear to Ms. Hoffman that a progress sheet was required to keep the Commission mindful of what was on the back burner throughout the year…such as RFPs …properties…projects…and the like… Comm Clottey ever the “nails on the chalkboard” in her commentary did not fail again to make many ask …dare we hope for an early resignation…as she asked about an audit…(no direction was given for an audit…just Clottey calling for one to prove her pals Colon/Olinzock were “framed” and deserving of an apology…ahhh..”Clueless”)… She was answered with the same assumption by the TM that she received no direction…Clottey said she had called the TM …stating we need an audit to either”apologize ” or “go after somebody”…because otherwise the “name calling will continue”…”It needs to come out”…..We wholeheartedly agree!…The Manager said she was doing the contractual request inquiry into the payout and had questions to give to the TAtty. and will give an opinion at the regular Comm. meeting with a detailed severance report…Comm. Sasser pointed out that there are many types of audits and many types of expenses associated with audits…VM Dodd couldn’t resist pointing out Clottey’s “strange comments” about apologizing  and name calling and said let the Town Manager go forward …the Mayor concurred…The Town Atty. had no report… Did Clottey get high-fives afterward at the Taco bell?…

Just to round up the fast moving portion of the agenda…Rev. Hunsaker spoke of a vision of the future being apparent now and asked the Commission to be aware of all the people…The BSO had a presenter come about a program designed to help and bring awareness to the growing prescription abuse problems…In public comments “Newbie” CIC Chair Pomareda was 1st…see above…and added she was happy with the new signage for parking at the Municipal Park…Daniel Halpert added a few comments to his prior comments about town government and what real Totalitarianism is …Vincent Ragusa spoke of a steller employee in Town who helped him and his response of thanks …Linda Ritchie the Pres. of the POA came to speak of Comm. Clottey’s statements at a Round Table meeting to keep POA off the government channel and assured Clottey and the audience that the POA was not political and of her right to support and vote for her candidate of choice separate from her role as Pres. of POA..No questions for Public Safety Discussion…The minutes passed for the Round Table/Comm. meeting…5-0….The Consent Agenda consisted of the canvas covers for the lights in El Prado parking lot…shown by Muni. Dir. Prince…and after a few questions regarding the gage of the material…if it was the same as Ft. Lauderdale..(it is) …it was passed 5-0 (as prev. posted FWC will return to see if it is working as allowable)… Also passed 5-0 was the last minute addition for the Vollyball Tournament event for Cerebral Palsy on June 5 and 6th…The Ord. 2010-05 for boards passed 5-0 no pub. comment..no discussion…The Reso 2010-07 passed 5-0 for procedures at Comm. Meetings…no pub comment ..only Comm. comment was from Clottey saying no inclusion for Chamber’s monthly report…The Mayor said it was covered under presentations…

BC- what was missing was the assurance at the end that a majority vote was needed to change the Reso…and not a 4/5ths…as there was concern about that when it was discovered this would be in a resolution..

Reso 2010-10 passed 5-0 no pub. comment and only Comm. comment was Comm. Sasser verifying the amt changed for the TM in her bi-weekly payments…to keep it at the agreed upon $10,000 a month compensation…

Comm. Comments …Comm. Sasser spoke of the Senior Center was stated he was correct in his prior dais comments that the contract with the County never in any breach as asserted by certain dais members …and the center had passed it regular Broward County Audit with flying colors…He added he was still looking into the non-annual resident use and that he also now has the Choice contracts and would be meeting with the TM/ Asst. TM Wed. to discuss the situation as the liaison for the Commission…

Comm. Clottey…spoke about the 12 million for the stormwater sewer project and said it was worked on piecemeal in the past…She wants a referendum on it and spoke of the fixed incomes of some constituents..She is the only one left on the dais who still acts in the manner of those that were ousted…by answering back a public commenter…She answered back Mrs. Ritchie…She also answered back Comm.Sasser by saying “red flags” were there for the Senior Center (they were not!)…She still wants it called the Community Center…

The Mayor spoke of the Garden Club party she attended  and countered Comm. Clottey’s assertions of the piecemeal approach by stating it was not always pay as you go when we had an assessment…She was pleased the signage at the Tennis (Municipal Park) was working out…She thought the POA should be televised and that other groups should be allowed as well… She spoke of the July 4th festivities …she is the Chair…It will be a 3 day event including the businesses/Chamber/ VFD and the Pier …Fri. Jazz on the Square..SatBeach Clean-up/ Town Businesses Scavenger Hunt/ Sat. night Athena-101 / Sun. 11:15 parade…VFD doing the after event…at the fire station/Municipal park …food…water slide..pony rides/ Fireworks off the Pier at 9 pm…

Comm. Vincent stated Chen and Associates gave a great presentation and spoke of maintaining properties and the responsibilities . ..He said this is what happens when a town is not proactive in maintaining its infrastructure..He welcomed TM Hoffman and Asst. TM Bentley…

VM Dodd spoke of representing LBTS as he attended a BSO function to honor the fallen Heroes the Friday before…He stated there was no Hillsboro meeting so there was no update on it…and again thanked the Town Manager for showing us what we have not experienced before in an administration…

The boards were up next …. and the Mayor had changed the order at the start of the meeting…P&Z was first.. There was some discussion on where to begin Clottey thought she started because they ended with her…WRONG!…That was the previous Commission…after she unsuccessfully searched the new Reso…the TAtty. read from Comm. Sasser’s plan..which was not entered into the Reso…(why not?)..It was supposed to start each time with the member at the farthest left (VM Dodd)…But they threw Clottey a bone and let her start …leaving her with 2 votes to pick a member and an alternate (UGH!)…

Appointees…

Clottey- Peanuts Wick (No brainer…but he will not be the Chair/VChair…no way)..

Dodd-Alfred “Buzz” Oldaker

Sasser – Yann Brabdt

Mayor – George Hunsaker

Vincent-  Ben Freeny

Clottey- Alternate …She tried for Joe Couriel…he was not on the list and the others said only those on the list..so she went for Eric Yankwitt

Dodd- John Oughten

BOA… Now meets the 1st Wed. of each Mo. at 6:30 starting in June…

Dodd- Arthur Franzcak (He had name in for P&Z or other board )

Sasser- Ray Wolowicz (He had name in…but a mixup kept it off the backup- per TClerk)

Mayor- Henry Overton

Vincent- Helen Swinghammer (CIC Board member-was Vincent turning the other cheek?)

Clottey- Again wanted Couriel..she must have been startled by Vincent choosing her CIC gal…and try as she might she was not getting any Couriel traction…she was told others in the audience had applied and she chose to snub them and pass!..

Dodd- Verenice Rapaport

Sasser -Cecil Hanes

Dennis Ritchie had removed his name prior per the TClerk..

They all passed 5-0..Tonight they are all expected to attend along with the Commission/MPSC the Sunshine Workshop at 7 pm Jarvis Hall..open to public….televised/online Town website…

On to the Chamber roof and after some discussion and the Town Manager entering into the discussion it was decided to let the staff get a more detailed inquiry for staff with the requirements for tile (as desired by the Chamber) and a long warranty…and come back with quotes to compare apples to apples and get it on before too long…passed 5-0

On to the meetings for May-Sept…will post when they are shored up…as it stands right now…May 25th.. 5pm fire assess/capital Assets Wkshop…before 7 pm Comm. meeting/ if needed will continue wkshop at 5 pm May 26th before Round Table/ June 8th 5pm  budget/ June 23rd BSO budget at Round Table/ July 13th TM budget 5pm/ Sept. 13 & 27th budget at 7 pm (thanks to VM Dodd who had to forcefully remind the TClerk of the 5:01pm rules …that mean not before 5:01…allowing for a 7 pm meeting to allow the taxpayers to participate …prev. posts last years budget wkshops)…

more to come…

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