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Here’s The Scoop…….COMMAND CAR TITLES …. NEPOTISM … FAVORTISM ….TOWING THE LINE …. OR YOU’RE TOAST …. IN THE MCINTEE- VFD….

July 11, 2009 by Barbara

COMMAND CAR GRAVEYARD……

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009 10:32 AM

From:”Cheryl Louvaris” <[email protected]>

Mrs. Cole,
We received your reply, in response to your question regarding the

command car, it will be returned to the town as soon as the new command

car is in service.

Ex. Secretary Louvaris

BC- Looks like the old VFD Command Car will be returned stripped down…not as it was when they got it…Hmmm.

TRAVELING IN BOSS HOG STYLE….DEPUTY CHIEF “2-HATS’ ON DUTY!….

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Parked in front of VM/Dep Chief McIntee Residence 1612 SE 21st Ave…No wonder he wants the drainage fixed 1st!…Keep that baby dry!

To: [email protected]
Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 3:35 PM
Mrs. Cole,
The new command car title is under the VFD.
Sincerely,
Chief Robert Perkins

BC- Now weren’t we told that the Town needed to own all the vehicles by the Town Manager?…

Agreement By And Between The Town of LBTS And LBTS-VFD, INC.  9/25/08

Page 4- Article 4 Fire Protection Vehicles and Equipment

4.1 Equipment: The VFD SHALL, under a separate agreement, LEASE from the TOWN four (4) fire protection vehicles which SHALL include: two (2) Engines; one (1) Engine/Arial Device; and ONE (1) COMMAND VEHICLE, as well as all necessary apparatus for the sum of ten ($10.00) per year. Additional equipment may be leased, under separate leased agreement.

BC- The Chief (Perkins) owns his car…So the Command car is the Dep Chief’s car…and the title needs to be in the name of the Town…otherwise it appears the VFD is in breach of their agreement ….OOPS!…

KISSING HIS RING….

We hear all is not well within the LBTS-VFD….Nepotism…favoritism….and keeping the troops in line…..while trying to throw the detractors out on their ear…

It is said that Dep. Chief McIntee has his son come in as a training officer for FF1 classes for which he is paid…

It is said that his son is going on fire calls and being compensated…BUT ….his son is not an active VFD member…He was briefly on the roster…but… not included on it in the last few months…He could not be a member due to the fact (we are informed) that any member who is gone for 6 months or longer must be voted back in…and must respond to 20% of fire calls required by each member each month…YIKES!…

Now ….we hear that to keep certain members loyal to  Dep. Chief McIntee…. is giving perks…..such as lots of time on the Jet Ski…with lights flashing…the ATVs …again with lights flashing…(We hear the new lights suck the juice from the ATVs batteries)…and rides on the Intracoastal in the newly painted fire boat (the one without a pumper)…He even went so far as to put his “handpicked” special Captain’s name on the Hurricane trailer…( seen in the July 4th parade) which we also hear brought forward some snickers from within and outside of the department…for being too wacky to comprehend…

We hear that previously the department hired an outside certified and licensed contractor to do hose testing…and that contractor would hire some VFD members to help out…BUT..we hear the VFD decided to do it in-house this time……with McIntee (it is said) going behind closed doors…and handpicking his favorites…those who tow the line…usurping seniority for loyalty …including his son as one of those to make $200 and up!…It pays  (pun intended)…to kiss the Mc-ring…and turn a blind eye to the ongoing antics of the Dep. Chief!

If true…. we hear that although the drumbeat of discontent is growing louder from those within the department..the Dep. Chief  is actively trying to smear a fellow longtime and honored member of the department to head off any challenge to his position in January and that of his “chosen” Chief…Chief Perkins….BUT …we hear that member is not alone…that he has plenty of company…..who are being badmouthed due to balking at the latest schemes…enacted by the Dep. Chief…OUCH!…

Last night this writer heard from many in town that the VFD-Chief…Chief Perkins has been quite vocal about trying to keep the peace within the department…and also that the Chief has heard from a growing number of residents…to replace the Dep, Chief…BUT…will the Chief and the department listen?…They must be starting to realize…the Commission….and the Townspeople will support the members…just not this illegally appointed (per the VFD by-laws) Deputy Chief…….

It’s no leap of faith for them…..It’s a sure thing…the VFD is safe…the “2-Hats”…are not…next January and next March…

Keep those leaks coming members……the voters are paying attention!…

more to come…

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Here’s The Scoop…Thank You LBTS Staff And Public Information Officer Steve d’Oliveira

April 7, 2009 by Barbara

Dear Readers…We are now fortunate to have all the backup materials online!…

The backup for March 24,2009 is available now…and the new backup should be on Friday afternoon!…

Each backup will remain until the next agenda comes out….

This is a great service to residents of LBTS….KUDOS!…

online ….check out agendas…backup….

http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/town/backup2009.htm

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Here’s The Scoop…The Classifieds/OOPS…Town Website…

December 27, 2008 by Barbara

12/27/08 Sentinel Classifieds…

TOWN OF LAUDERDALE- BY-THE-SEA

PARKING ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

30 HRS WEEKLY/$465.20 to $585.24 Wkly. Requirements, job description and applications are available at Town Hall 4501 Ocean Drive LBTS Fl. 33308 (954-776-0576)

BCbythesea…was told that the Town Manager when finally asked a long unanswered question concerning… where does she advertise for personnel…answered the Sentinel…(previous posts)…after hearing this response…this writer has checked the classifieds…and found consistently over the last weeks……that the ONLY government positions included in the paper were for non- department head positions……just as the Town used in this case for  a paid employee who serve under a department head……..

So we now know we have a resignation from the parking department…and we still do not know where the Town Manager places her ads for Town Department head personnel..still requires an answer……

TOWN WEBSITE…12/27/08….OOPS!….

HELP WANTED…

TOWN EMPLOYMENT

When applying with the Town, all candidates must complete an Employment Application Form and agree to undergo a drug test if selected for the position.

Job Openings

There are no current job openings at this time.

http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/town/employment.htm

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop…#2…Commission Meeting 10/14/08….Not So Fast Madam Manager

October 15, 2008 by Barbara

NEVER MIND THE CHAIN OF COMMAND….

So who is in charge…the Commissioners…or the Town Manager…this writer asks once again…previous posts…

She answers to the Commission…not the other way around…REALLY!…

For her to shake her head…throw in her two cents concerning a Commissioner’s actions…on and off the dais…responding that certain items are “a non issue for me”….when it was her actions that brought it to the forefront to begin with…whether it was the decision to stop the televising of the Master Plan Steering Committee……agreed to….for her cost concerns… but never voted on by any Commission to allow her to reverse the 2006 4-1 Commission vote initiating the action……..that is …until she was backed into a corner with the paperwork…..

Further confusion came when the Commission voted to resume the televising…despite the facts presented above…….McIntee and Silverstone voted no…FLIP-FLOPPERS…since they voted for it in 2006!…

BCbythesea…maybe they do not want it shown…in order to continue to delay any progress on the Overlay District repeals…and following the vote of the residents for 3 0ver 1…(more on this to come)…

Last night Ms Colon had to finally fess up……to admit that the Commission had indeed voted for a base variance fee in a Resolution of $350 dollars for both residential and commercial properties…previous posts…but only after she had it put in front her …for the 3rd or 4th time…from this writer at the podium and Comm. Dodd on the dais…….

She alone decided to insert a $900 charge for a commercial property …which was the previous fee charged before this Resolution was passed…. …without pushing her to respond and acknowledge the Resolution…this Commission …would have voted…. to overturn that equal base rate ….in her new ordinance…without knowing it….YIKES!…A repeat of the flags..entryways and who knows what else decided on by her unilaterally…without a full Commission vote…previous posts…

Surprisingly….in another FLIP-FLOP….the Vice Mayor…and Commissioner Silverstone voted against the simple fee for both types of properties that they voted for…in the Resolution…..stranger yet when you factor in the variance refund…Silverstone received…and he voted for in another new ordinance….and the upcoming discussion on holding down the increase this year on the leases for sidewalk cafes….including his Fiancee’s establishment…which he probably should have recused himself from voting on……

McIntee changed his vote after seeing it passed….an example of what Commissioner Clottey brought up in her backing for an electronic voting system….

Speaking of the cafes…did they realize that in the passing of those consent agenda items…e- Village Grille…..f- Aruba……and g- 101 Ocean……they also passed the decisions on renewal and removal from the Commission to the Manager?….Including a 90 day action to renew before the expiration date…and wonder why it was not brought up about the annual permit…for Aruba being $150 VS the other two at $225?….Did “standardizing” the language make the permit fee the same for all three?…

An earlier attempt by Commissioner Dodd to make all fees for applications equitable as well was turned down by….curiously by Commissioner Clottey… this writer called her on it..being caught off guard ….due to her stance on not wanting to charge for staff time…in this process for those in town…as a benefit to those living in this town…I would have thought commercial would have been included in her assertions…

By passing Ordinance 2008-23&24….the decisions and re-designating the personnel charged with making recommendations…to the Development Head…seems a little risky…considering the new head of Development Jeff Bowman was not present last evening… why. not?…..he should have been …as was the standard practice of previous LBTS Development Directors….

Final note: When Commissioner Silverstone says…”We have a a Professional Town Manager….leave it up to her”…it speaks volumes …why there is a problem with the proper way this Town government is supposed to be run….he is wrong….

FROM THE TOWN WEBSITE….

“The Town operates under a Commission-Manager form of government. The Commission represents all of the citizens of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and is responsible for setting policies not designated by Florida law or the Town Charter. The Commission also adopts ordinances and resolutions on key matters, adopts the budget and establishes the tax rate and other various fees.”

more to come….

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