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Here’s The Scoop …. Scene And Heard Around Town …

March 25, 2010 by Barbara

EYES STILL WIDE OPEN …..

Dear Readers ….Here’s what’s going on around town…

Today…..
Jarvis Hall
4501 Ocean Drive (SR A1A)
Lauderdale by-the-Sea, Florida 33308
(Just north of Commercial Boulevard)
Free Parking for this Event Only
Friday, March 26, 2010 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Enjoy the beauty and history of Broward SR A1A
Learn about the Florida Scenic Highways Program
Share some refreshments with your neighbors along the corridor
See how you can get involved in the future of SR A1A

For more information contact either Beth Kuttner, at 954-357-6648, or Gladys Leeks at 954-357-6659.
The State Road A1A corridor from the Broward/Palm Beach county line to the Broward/Miami‐Dade county line was
officially designated as a Florida Scenic Highway by the Florida Department of Transportation on July 20, 2009.

We hear Ken Keechl will be there as well as our Commissioners and the Mayor… Photo ops…for sure!…

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We heard yesterday….. former Mayoral candidate Joe Couriel has a sign in his yard to sell his house….

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We heard over the last 2 days….. He and his neighbor Liliana Pomerada have contacted the Spanish press to continue on with their election fear-mongering of “slurs” being made …We are told the Mayor was contacted and referred them to the LBTS BSO Police Chief for the information on investigation from both sides of these unfounded and unsubstantiated claims … It is not known if the reporter contacted Chief Llerena…BUT…. what is known is the reporter told one person in town whom he contacted that the story has been submitted, on a deadline Thursday morning and will run in the paper on Saturday… What is sad is that this will perpetuate the same false statements that the Couriel campaign used in their failed attempt to win the election…It did not fly then and to keep it up and continue to paint LBTS as a racist town will only further dig a hole for the soon to be departing Couriel and CIC “Newbie” Pomerada…who has made one major blunder after another… Apparently they have not read the words of former Comm. Silverstone…” It is now time to support our new commission and to stay informed. An important fact is we had almost a 40% voter turn out. The average in Broward County was only 9%. We care and it showed.”… Instead they have chosen to further give the Town a “black eye” and sully our name in what can only be some sick sort of payback for their big time loss at the polls!…Shame on them!…Shame on the reporter if he ran with a one-side story!…and Shame on anyone else who went along with this and supported it!..Did the Town Manager get in the mix?….

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We heard the Town Clerk blew it again when it comes to Jewish Holidays and having Town meetings…She is 3 for 3 …in 2008/2009 and now 2010!… She scheduled the Round Table meeting on March 29th… Yes, the Commission went along with it and moving it from 7pm to 5pm after some dais discussion….BUT…It took VM Dodd calling Pepi Dunay …(prev. posts)….of the Jewish Federation to inform the Town that was still not acceptable!…So, the meeting is canceled on the 29th…unless they can convene early in the day… For right now that seems unlikely…and then we  run into Passover until Thursday …along with scheduling conflicts of the Commission and the holiday…Good Friday…and of course the simple fact that 4 of the Commissioners work full time during the day and Clottey who says she works at night…(Online night school?)… We hear an e-mail was sent to the Commissioners to try and find a time and date….with a reminder that says do not” reply to all” from the Town Clerk as it would be a Sunshine violation…Well at least it was e-mail and not a memo…Stay tuned!…

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What was up with the VFD Chief and the sliding card he spoke about at the 3/23/10 commission meeting for keeping medical call (first responder) payouts to members down?….Word is it is for keeping the record straight on who shows up and gets paid for those calls…BUT…we hear there are a lot of downsides to this method…lost cards and members showing up without them… The alternative we hear would be a fingerprint program that ties into the computer and prevents “buddy”punching in… such as this one from Staples for around $400….
“Lathem Touchstation TS100 Biometric Time and Attendance System

TouchStation is the perfect solution for any office environment.TouchStation is a state-of-the-art biometric system that uses fingerprint technology to instantly identify employees and eliminate costly buddy punching. Designed for small businesses with up to 50 employees and is expandable to 150 (requires additional TS100 fingerprint terminals). Lathem’s TouchStation time and attendance system automatically calculates total worked hours including overtime. Employees punch in and out at theterminal with the touch of a finger. A large display and internal beeper provide employees instant feedback of their in/out status.

* Handles up to 50 employees (Upgradable to 150)
* Calculates multiple weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly, and monthly payrolls
* Large LED light bar provides employees with instant good (green) or bad (red) punch indication
* Internal beeper provides audible indication of good or bad punches
* Automatically calculates total worked hours including overtime
* Manage Sick, Vacation, Personal and Other time off

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional,Windows XP Home Edition, Available USB port (USB 1.1 compliant), 300 Mhz Intel Pentium processor (Pentium II 900 MHz recommended, 128 MB of RAM (256 MB recommended), 200 MB of free hard diskspace (500 MB of free hard disk space recommended), 256 Color 800×600 or higher resolution display, 4x or faster CD-ROM, Internet Explorer 5.0 or Higher”

With their new (Jan. 2010) full time Administrative member Chavez this one should have been easy to obtain…or so this writer thought…until I took a quick link to the VFD website to obtain Chavez’s correct title…BUT….found the VFD website is lacking any such update….It still shows Mcintee as Dep. Chief and all the old positions held prior to Jan 2010!…OOPS!… http://www.lbtsfire.com/Command%20Staff.html

More news heard  about the VFD…We heard this one in 3 different versions…They sold one firetruck…They are going to sell one firetruck….They are selling one firetruck and want to buy another one!….No word if it is the same firetruck they were going to give to Haiti ….BUT…why did this not come in front of the commission in the VFD report on Tuesday?…. We also heard 2 versions on this one as well…they sold the fire boat…or they are selling the fire boat… as they get rid of all the former Mayor/Dep. Chief Mcintee’s apparatus purchases!… Is this why the Chief was so vague and sidestepped the Mayor’s question on the 0 hours of water drills?

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We heard Commissioner Clottey made an inquiry to the Town on a Citizen Contact Center Form on March 23, 201o “Citizen name Birute Clottey” “Issue Imperial lane Who has a Business Tax Receipt on Imperial lane for business and dock rental” “Action Requested” “List From Jeff”…(That would be Development Director Jeff Bowman)…The list was included and it contained who “Citizen Birute Clottey” was looking for …VM Dodd who does indeed have a Bus. Tax Receipt for home/dock…along with all the others on that street (5 of Dodd’s neighbors)… BUT…the Commissioners received a “cover sheet” from Town Manager Colon to “Commissioner Birute Clottey” with the info on the very same day “Citizen Birute Clottey” made the form out!… WOW!… First of all was she asking as a “Citizen” or as a “Commissioner”?… Second…”Citizen/Commissioner Clottey” must have not “recalled” that we went down this path the year before when someone in the Development office leaked that then-Comm. Dodd had come in to get a dock license and clear up the confusion a multitude of LBTS businesses had when having both Broward County and LBTS occupational Licenses ….This is a throw back to McIntee …and it happened on the day of the first Regular Commission Meeting of the new commission!…YIKES!… Talk about beating a dead horse…Has any “Citizen” checked out if Prof. Clottey has her Business Tax Receipt for teaching at night from home?… Hmmmm ….

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We heard that while Town Clerk White was directed at the March 17th organizational meeting this new commission required a more detailed minutes including the public comments…and the minutes for Feb 23 and March 4th were not accepted on March 23rd…(prev. posts)…Rather than get them the way she was directed…The Town Clerk’s office did a survey instead!… Who directed that?….Does it really matter?… It would have been more constructive to follow through on the Edmund Malkoon e-mail (prev. post) and get Granicus on the line to get the minutes correct!… No more surveys by Town staff without a commission directive to do so….

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WANT TO JOIN IN ON THE EASTER BY THE SEA EVENT?
Next meeting: Saturday March 27th 10:00 AM – Jarvis Hall …ALL ARE WELCOME…

EVENT CHAIR: CHRISTINE VINCENT….Budget $3,000 …. and a fully received full Bunny Costume …. are now in place…

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more to come….

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