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Here’s The Scoop …. Following the LITTLE Letter(s) of the LAW ….

September 1, 2009 by Barbara

“THUMBING” YOUR NOSE AT THE TAXPAYERS …..

Dear Readers…an update to the post concerning the purchase of the Public Safety Complex in May 2008…and the required LBTS Purchasing Manual 30 day published notice prior to Commission approval  (see below)

5. “ANY AGREEMENT BY LBTS TO PURCHASE REAL PROPERTY SHALL BE SUBMITTED TO THE TOWN COMMISSION FOR APPROVAL AT A PUBLIC MEETING AFTER THIRTY (30) DAYS PUBLIC NOTICE. NOTICE OF THE PROPOSED PURCHASE OF REAL PROPERTY SHALL BE PUBLISHED ONCE A WEEK FOR AT LEAST TWO (2) WEEKS IN A NEWSPAPER OF GENERAL CIRCULATION IN LBTS”

On a positive note….the Town was uncharacteristically quick to respond compared to past PRRs and also charged appropriately 15 cents for the copy of the page scanned below…

ad for pub. safety building

The ad for public notice was indeed published….although just like the recent Parking Citation Processing RFP (prev. post) it was about the size of a thumb!…Its actual size is  shown above on the PRR  picked up today…I verified the size with the Town Clerk and Office Specialist Nikki Smith… No wonder nobody, including me recalled seeing it!….

I checked the Public Notices category for April/May 2008 and found a post for April 27, 2008 …but not the one above….I checked May 11, 2008 and did not find a post …just a post for May 12, 2008…..So this writer missed the itty bitty notice…big time!….

” The Town is considering the purchase of property located at 4513 N. Ocean Drive, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Fl. 33308. The legal description being (Lauderdale-By-The-Sea 6-2B Lot 28,29 Block 24)” The wording, may be legally sufficient, does not offer the taxpayers notice they can come forward to object the purchase……and of course no such ability to do so was mentioned from the Town Manager in her presentation to the Town ….SHAME!…

more to come….

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