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Here’s The Scoop … Too Many Things Up Your Sleeve Madam Manager? …. UPDATED ….

August 13, 2009 by Barbara

CAN’T KEEP TRACK? ….

Dear Readers ….. Such work is it to keep so many acts of incomprehension all under control ….the Town Manager and her staff surely must find themselves in a tither! ….It must be “udderly ” (a nod to Jimmy-boy) exhausting to embark on such escapades in this house of cards….Alas, why didn’t the VM think of the above followup invention to his “Mc-Jon extrication blanket”  http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-120419485.html ….. (prev. Mar. post)….

This writer previously posted on August 11th the 2nd RFP refusal to “read aloud” the prices of the bidders at a published sealed bid opening per the newspaper, online and included in the bid packages….It was done up until July 29th ,2009 (1st post on the sudden change in procedure ) when this writer attended an opening of a bid and the bidders did not. As posted I was shocked and asked if the bids would be read and was told “no” by both the Assist. TM  and the Town Clerk…From there I went to the continuation Commission meeting and spoke to the Mayor, the PIO, and Comm. Dodd who then spoke to Assist. TM Olinzock and the Town Atty…. The Town Atty. could not give him any input on the fly (she was just getting situated for the meeting) and the Assist. TM gave him the nonsense that has become the latest example of why the Town registered voters must come out and vote in March!…

Comm. Dodd decided after the 1st RFP and the less than satisfactory explanation he received prior to the Wed. afternoon meeting to send an e-mail in to the Town…

Aug. 1, 2009-He addressed RFP 09-06-02 and that it was brought to his attention “the staff slit open the sealed bids and stacked them in a pile”…TRUE!…”they refused to read the information and stated they were going to tabulate the results and the information would be available through a public information request”…TRUE!…He went on to add “Luckily there were no representatives from the companies who submitted the bids but the process was being watched by a concerned resident.”…TRUE!…

Commissioner Dodd wrote he had a question for the Town Atty….

“Our own purchasing manual page 19 section D 4a states”

“per Florida statute section 119.07 (1)(m) sealed bids/ proposals are exempt from public records until the earlier of 10 days following bid/proposal opening or town’s notice of intent decision. Per the Florida statute section 286.011 bid openings and any related bid/RFP evaluation /selection committee meetings are open to the public and require advanced public notice”

“What staff did in my opinion was firstly discourteous, rude and probably in contravention to the Florida statute 286.011. In my opinion it could open town staff to all sorts of allegation.”…TRUE!….”The evaluating of the stack of opened bids by town staff constitutes a selection process. As such if staff continues to refuse to read the bids at a the public opening it would require staff to post an advanced notice of when they intend to evaluate the bids so that either a concerned resident or a bidder could attend. For staff to disappear with a stack of opened bids without publicly divulging any of the content is not in my opinion “government in the sunshine.”

He went on to say before he put it on the agenda to “change the wording  of the purchasing procedures (which states in 4.a “shall be publicly opened in the presence of witnesses at the place and time designated in the RFP”)..he wanted the Town Atty’s opinion on the following …”Are staff within their rights to open sealed bids, not read the contents, stack them in a pile, take them into a back room, evaluate behind  closed doors and only divulge the bid winner when requested through a public information request because that is what happened to date.”.

He received a memo from Assist. TM Olinzock…

Aug. 6, 2009- “There is no legal requirement to read the content of bids at a bid opening: what is required is to open bids in public, and that was done for RFP 09-06-02.

The proposals received are exempt from release as public records until ten days following the opening, as you note.

All proposals are in the process of being verified by staff for responsiveness and checked for mathematical accuracy because there have been instances in the past where proposers or bidders have not properly calculated the amounts shown.

Town Staff is not evaluating or ranking the proposals because such a ranking process was not identified as part of this RFP. All evaluation and selection is to be done by the Commission.

When this RFP is placed on the agenda of the Town Commission meeting, Town Staff will provide the Town Commission a cover memo or matrix SUMMARIZING  THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THE PROPOSALS, FOR THE EASE OF THE COMMISSION IN THEIR REVIEW AND POSSIBLE AWARD OF THIS RFP.

With this additional information regarding RFP 09-06-02, please let me know if you still request an opinion of the Town Attorney and, if so wither contact her directly or specify what question you would like me to ask her on your behalf.”

BC- TOMATO…TOMAHTO…EVALUATE….SUMMARIZE FOR THE EASE OF THE COMMISSION…YIKES!…

Comm. Dodd sent back the following e-mail ..

Aug. 7, 2009- “In response to your Memorandum dated August  6th regarding RFP Opening bid procedure

Please forward to the town attorney

1) My original E-mail request

2) Your Memorandum answer

3) This e-mail

I would like the attorney to read in full my question and the town staff’s answer.  I believe no other municipality would interpret the “opening of sealed bids” in this secretive fashion.

I would like a legal opinion regarding the town’s actions since the whole RFP process and sealed bids is to remove any opportunity of tampering, impropriety or dishonesty.  The actions of the town staff of piling the bids, not reading them, taking them away and “summarizing in a matrix” is semantics since it is “a form of evaluation” and offers the opportunity of tampering. Any handling, putting in order, checking for responsiveness should be open to the public if we are to be seen to operate “in the sunshine”.

I will be happy to put an item on the agenda to require town staff to read the bids aloud ( summarizing if necessary as was done at the RFP for trash collection) stating there has been no checking for responsiveness or mathematical accuracy if this will help resolve the issue.

I look forward to the attorney’s answer.

Stuart Dodd”

BC- As previously posted ….(scroll down)….on Aug 11.2009…Comm. Dodd and I attended yet another RFP …at which time 14 bidders…and Comm. Dodd were privy to what this writer encountered on July 29, 2009 as referenced in the above e-mail exchanges…Comm. Dodd was quite surprised  that the Town Manager would  direct the Assist. TM to inform the outraged bidders they could contact the Town Atty. for her opinion, when he e-mailed in for just that the previous Friday at closing of business …After the meeting Comm. Dodd sent the following e-mail…

Aug 11, 2009- “At today’s RFP opening you offered a copy of the town attorney’s opinion on the RFP process to one of the contractors present. Presumably this is the response to my e-mail dated 7th August.

As a commissioner – I happen to believe the town attorney’s response to my e-mail should have been given to the Mayor and all the commissioners before being offered to a contractor.

It would have been a common courtesy to say to me you have only just received it and I have a copy for you if you would also like one.”

Please put a copy in my mailbox at your earliest convenience

Stuart Dodd”

Commissioner Dodd was informed that the Town Atty. is out of the office this week and he was contacted by former TA Abbott…Comm. Dodd went  to Town Hall and while he was there found out from the Town Manager that he had not received the all the information Assist. Olinzock had with the memo on Aug. 6th…The Town Manager directed her staff to supply the Town Atty’s opinion …but the staff could not locate it all until late in the day and he did not pick it up until today…

The 4 pages he received (public record) included an e-mail from Assist. TM Olinzock to the Town Atty…where he he [ Olinzock] informs her that a Commissioner [Dodd] is “requesting” her [TA] to respond…Olinzock attached Comm. Dodd’s e-mail and the purchasing manual section (see above, prev. post) and the referenced statutes..

Assist. Olinzock …added “for the record”…that Comm. Dodd was not at the July 29,09 opening …TRUE!…the opening time (2 pm) when it ended (2:15)…TRUE!…Olinzock stated “Staff did not refuse to read information.”…FALSE!…(Semantics again!…I did not ask  them TO read it, I asked  “You are NOT going to read them?…Olinzock and Town Clerk White said “NO”.)…He stated that “staff informed the  resident present (this writer) that a proposal would be verified for responsiveness, and agenda item would be prepared for presentation to the Commission at the next meeting”….TRUE….”(just like the solid waste agreement RFP).”…FALSE!…The solid waste agreement was read aloud at the sealed bid opening and Comm. Dodd was in attendance that day!…OOPS!…He went to add what he (Olinzock) would “offer” as a response to Comm. Dodd…He (Olinzock) would “clarify the process taking place in conjunction with the opening of proposals for RFP 09-060-2. All proposals are being verified for responsiveness and checked for mathematical accuracy. Town Staff is not providing ranking of the proposals as a ranking process was not identified in the RFP. Town Staff will provide the Town Commission a cover report or matrix to format for the ease of the Commission in their decision making review and possible award. Please let me know if you still request a review with the Town Attorney.”

On Aug. 5th after 5 pm TA Trevarthen sent a response…

Aug. 5, 2009- For some reason it appears that the TA thought Comm. Dodd received “incorrect” information…

BC- perhaps because the TA received incorrect information from Assist. Olinzock?….

The TA went on to give an response with a “proviso” the the firm had not yet reviewed or seen the RFP in question and they “might need to do so if there were any specific question posed” to them…She  stated that she had already advised the Assist. TM there was “no general legal obligation to read aloud specific information at the opening OTHER THAN ANY OBLIGATION THAT THE TOWN VOLUNTARILY ASSUMES THAT OBLIGATION (THROUGH A CODE PROVISION OR OTHER LOCALLY ADOPTED RULE.)

BC- It is this writer’s opinion that the TA was done a great disservice by not being supplied with the RFP advertisement that was included in the bids package, placed online, on the Town Hall board  and most likely in the paper…that UNLIKE the purchasing manual (4.a…see above)..states in paragraph 3 that bids will be received in Town Hall” until 2:00 pm” on the day stated in the RFP “AT WHICH TIME THEY WILL BE PUBLICLY OPENED AND READ ALOUD, SHORTLY THEREAFTER.”….As one reader responded after hearing of the Town’s new way of handling sealed bids…”read aloud” does not mean to choose what to read aloud such as just the name of the company and perhaps the company location…it means “read aloud” which could only mean everything!…As it was done at every sealed bid opening attended by this writer over the last year and a half…(prev. posted)…until 7/29/09…

TA- went onto say if the Commissioner [Dodd] still wanted a legal opinion they would be happy to provide it. The TA then went on to “revise” the Assist. TM response to “reflect my understanding of the situation” after she spoke with Olinzock…adding if it was wrong he should not “hesitate” to correct her…

BC- Assist. Olinzock’s 8/6/09 memo was exactly as the TA wrote it…

Also included in the material given to Comm. Dodd was a response back to the Town Atty. and Assist. TM Olinzock from Town Manager Colon…a few hours later on Aug. 5th
…saying the response from the TA was  “PERFECT”…and that her administration would be providing a “recommendation” to the Commission after a “REVIEW” with staff…

BC- TOMATO…TOMAHTO…..EVALUATION…. RECOMMENDATION …AFTER REVIEW”… So how do you make a recommendation without evaluating?…Hmmmm…

HELP WANTED…. LBTS TOWN MANAGER …EXPERIENCED…QUALIFIED…AND SLEEVELESS!….. “PERFECT”…..

UPDATE- A look online at the Town website revealed that RFP 09-07-04 for the Sewer Line  and Storm Maintenance  & Repair is MIA!…This RFP is open for bid until 2:00 pm August 27,2009 at which time it “will be publicly opened and read aloud, shortly thereafter”…(according to the ad, the bid package, the  notice on the Town Hall board)…OR WILL IT?…

BC- 14 days before and it’s not on the website…just another day in LBTS…folks…just another day!….

more to come…….

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Here’s The Scoop …. You Gotta Laugh …..

August 11, 2009 by Barbara

TOWN MANAGER COLON ….

Dear Readers…The topic du jour…in this down time of August…Town Manager Colon…..her contract…… her qualifications and her removal of Chief Scott Gooding…

While still waiting to see if and when her elusive resume’ will  be ready for pickup from Town Hall …a Google search to see any inkling of what might be contained in it brought forth nada…nothing…zilch…just the old standards ..the GFOA awards for Budget Presentations…mostly contained in old copies of minutes or Town Topics…(no wonder the administration wants to hold onto this old relic regularly relegated to circular despite the ridiculous claims from the VM that it is still viable with the “seniors” )…all finance…no educational/ BSO/Management info….But when Googling her predecessor…Robert Baldwin, who we now know had very different contract than she now enjoys…what popped up…his 30 years experience as a manager with the proper educational/experience qualifications contained in the Town Charter…….His 30 year”milestone” was  listed on the Florida City and County Management Assoc website…..a website for Managers…who knew?..

While our Town Manager chose to leave her Finance Director here as she [Colon] went solo to a beginner/intermediate training workshop in Chicago…this writer wonders why she did not join the FCCMA organization? Lack of qualification perhaps?…The FCCMA has a Manager In Transition program….and a look from April 2007 shows all those who joined and the LBTS Town Manager did not…Hmmmm…..

Too bad …..because she missed out on their annual conference in  St. Augustine in May….and one important topic on the agenda “WORKING WITH YOUR POLICE CHIEF FOR SUCCESS IN CHALLENGING TIMES”

You gotta laugh!….HA..ha…ha…

more to come….

You gotta laugh…..

fccma.org

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Here’s The Scoop ….Cash For Colon …….

August 10, 2009 by Barbara

Dear Readers …. After reading the lifetime contract the Town Manager received without the knowledge of at least 2 former Commissioners …. it will really be something to see if we the taxpayers are truly being watched out for at the upcoming Commission round table meeting on Sept. 10, 2009 … Will the Commission look into whether this is a legally binding  contract or whether it was voted on under false pretenses…just as the $200,000 3 year audit was in 2008 (prev. post) …. How will the “2-Hats” answer to whether they knew what was contained? …If they knew, shame on them for allowing such a contract to award a lifetime of employment including a clause that provides for all legal expenses for the Manager being paid for by the taxpayers if she wants to fight her termination! ….If they didn’t know even more shame on them  if they choose turn a blind eye to “justification” (just one of them) for terminating the Manager…Remember these are the same guys that asked for a hourly contract for the Town law firm and shortened the contract for waste provider services…both of which they said were enacted so the Town did not find itself stuck with either one for inferior service!…

Recently the Manager spoke of quality and qualifications on the dais when addressing Comm. Dodd about the 2008 audit and the audit firm…This writer found it rather amusing that she would justify the audit company in such a manner that she herself does not address or follow…We have heard from the “Gang of 6” the Town Manager section concerning her duties…but they have chosen to overlook (from the get-go) the section concerning her appointment (previously posted on this site and below)….Wonder why?…Take a look!…

Sec. 5.3. Town Manager–Appointment, qualifications and compensation.
The Town Commission shall appoint a Town Manager who shall be the administrative head of the municipal government under the direction and supervision of the Town Commission. The Town Manager shall hold office at the pleasure of the Town Commission. The Town Manager shall receive such compensation as determined by the Town Commission through the adoption of an appropriate resolution. The Town Manager shall be appointed by resolution approving an employment contract between the Town and the Town Manager. The Town Manager SHALL BE APPOINTED SOLELY ON THE BASIS OF EDUCATION  AND EXPERIENCE in the accepted competencies and practices of local public management including, a GRADUATE DEGREE with a concentration in public administration, public affairs, public policy, or public finance and TWO (2) YEARS’ EXPERIENCE  AS AN APPOINTED CITY MANAGER or county manager, or FOUR (4) YEARS’ EXPERIENCE AS AN ASSISTANT or DEPUTY CITY MANAGER  or ASSISTANT or deputy county manager. http://www.municode.com/resources/gateway.asp?pid=14431&sid=9

This writer has been unsuccessful in getting  a copy of the Manager’s resume despite putting in 2 public records requests…(the latest request was over 1 month ago)….I found this rather disturbing and even more so if you listened the the Manager at her last dais diatribe over her position when she cleverly phrased her contract’s contents…..authoritatively announced its legally  binding effect…and inserted that she has been an “assistant Town Manager” for so long she could hardly remember…(before and after Assistant Town Clerk Laura Ward )…But we have no verification that added up to the required 4 years along with the educational requirements that the Charter says are the SOLE BASIS for the appointment!…

For a woman who is often touting everything is black or white, she follows the code…what happens when it comes to herself and her department heads qualifications?…Hmmmm…..

Lately we have seen a woman ramping up her role…and her form of rule…No doubt it is due in large part for being one of the few who was armed with full knowledge she was sitting on a contract that allowed for her to act in the manner she has…. defying the Citizen- Commissioner- Town Manager type of government we have in this Town….She has made it  all personal lashing out ultimatums and diverting away from the points needing to be addressed….Many insiders say it is also difficult within her administration much the same as we have seen with residents…taxpayers….media  and certain Commissioners….She plays with semantics with such zeal it’s like a sport and has produced anything but a transparent town government…with unanswered public records requests…charging extra staff hour time for requests which severely curtails those who would ask for information…..unilaterally deciding when to use the proper consultants…whether the Town Atty. or engineers…Nothing it is said from those inside is done without her knowledge and she expends much paid by the taxpayer staff time trying to distort and thwart information in order to cover her tracks (in my opinion)…such as the pavilion… and recently with the Baldwin compensation…and the RFP bids being opened but not read ……

We are constantly reminded of her financial acumen and how this qualifies her the utmost to be Town Manager…BUT that is not what the charter says…..That too is questionable since we have had the same handpicked auditors for so long…and we had no forensic audit which many of the current Commission ran on and promised to the voters… so what do we really know?  We know that the Town Manager went to the GFOA training workshop alone last week leaving the LBTS Finance Director here…thus not letting her department head learn what she did. Did her previous boss TM Baldwin do this?…(Can’t imagine that was the case)….Public requests for penalties clauses that might be attached to some of our present and prior loans have been ignored….along with where certain monies are being kept….Our infrastructure is falling apart and ideas that counter her chosen piecemeal method are summarily dismissed… Departments are seriously devoid of qualified directors following in her footsteps. …. and here we are in the last few months of the 2009 budget year with lots of leftover revenue…that can be used in any manner she desires…no questions asked and a guaranteed “Gang of 3” pass on the dais…and last but not least we hear she has said she wants to be fired…and walk away with up to approx. $250,000 in compensation from a contract that was anything BUT the same of her predecessor’s!…

So as we face the onslaught of calls for “CASH FOR CLUNKERS”…should we follow suit and call for “CASH FOR COLON”?…

Too much you say?…

Well, there’s always the LEMON LAW!…

more to come….

Scroll down or check the scoops cat. for the Colon contract/ online BTSFuture …http://www.bytheseafuture.org/

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Here’s The Scoop … What Do Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor and LBTS Town Manager Colon Have In Common? …

August 7, 2009 by Barbara

A LIFETIME CONTRACT!……

THEN- COMMISSIONER MCINTEE …APRIL 24, 2007 COMMISSION MEETING …

12 G. Old Business…page 26 (minutes.)….

‘ Commissioner McIntee asked to withdraw his previous for acting [manager], and wanted to amend it to PERMANENT TOWN MANAGER’….

‘Attorney Cherof stated that “THERE IS NO SUCH POSITION AS PERMANENT TOWN MANAGER, ONLY TOWN MANAGER.’

BC- Little did they know…OR…. did they know that ‘Acting Town Manger Colon’ would indeed become “PERMANENT TOWN MANAGER COLON”!…

Dear Readers as promised below are the scans of the Town Manager’s contract…7 pages that will show exactly what Ms. Colon added to her contract…which was previously posted (scoops cat. July 16,2009 It’s Fiction) and is below the fold in a 2 page story and editorial by Editor Mark Brown in this weeks edition of the BTSFuture newspaper…(online soon…hard copies available throughout the town)…

The minutes from which the above statements are included are available online…April 24,2007 ( pgs. 25-27) / May 22,2007 (pg. 19) http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/town/arc-meetings.htm

The “Cliff Notes” are …in April 2007 “Acting” TM Colon was asked again if she wanted the TM due to TM Baldwin’s assertion he would not withdraw his resignation…the Comm. was going to start a search if she declined…Comm. McIntee wanted Colon appointed TM  and the town owned car returned ASAP…discussion followed…Comm. Clark asked if Colon was “agreeable to be “acting TM”…and suddenly she went for the brass (GOLD) ring…and said she “was tired of siting second fiddle to everyone either  she’s the Town Manager or she’s going back to Finance.” (Wish we could do a do-over!)….Mayor Parker double checked her “willingness”…and Colon stated ” she is willing to take the position with the same contract that Robert Baldwin had with the exception that she will not work on a day to day basis.”…Motions were made…Colon stated her desire for a “decent staff”…McIntee made his “permanent” motion…the all withdrew their motions to start again …Silverstone/ Yanni made the new motions..McIntee still wanted the car…the motion passed 5-0… May 22,2007…Comm. Silverstone brought up the new TM contract and “stated the Esther took over Robert Baldwin’s old contract”…specifically talking of the 10 wks Baldwin had in his agreement that Esther took out…Comm. McIntee also spoke of Esther removing the 10 wks. Baldwin had in his agreement… “She,[Colon]  he [McIntee] stated that she GAVE the Commission a very nice gesture without asking for it, SHE REMOVED OTHER THINGS AS WELL ON HER OWN.”…(Nothing about how Colon really took the town to town with her additions to her new contract.)…She must have been grinning inside like a Cheshire cat!…

The Contract….pages 1-7…

page 1…include 3.0 that provides for ” the Town Manager’s term of employment is therefore NOT FOR A FIXED TERM.”..

colon employ agrmt page 1

page 2…contains 5.1.1 “three hundred and sixty-five (365) days of severance pay, less customary withholding”…5.1.2 unreimbursed expenses/5.1.3 accrued and unused vacation leave/ 5.1.4 accrued and unused sick leave….

colon emply agrmt pag 2

page 3… includes 5.1.5 accrued compensatory time accrued prior to being  TM/ and if she either leaves by mutual agreement/disability or death/ resignation…(we have heard from sources close to the administration the TM WANTS to be fired…page 2 explains 365 reasons why!)…

colon employ agrmnt page 3

page 4 contains…the further compensation for time as Finance Director accrued (8.1.4)/ 9.0 Automobile … late model..unmarked business/ personal unrestricted/10.0 vacation sick leave insurance etc./ 10.4 retirement trust

colon employ agrmnt page 4

page 5 includes…a second trust paid into by the town/ her travel expense…(13.0 Indemnification title…explanation on pg. 6)

colon employ agrmnt page 5

page 6 includes 13.1 “town shall defend , save harmless and indemnify TOWN MANAGER against any tort, professional liability claim or demand or other legal action, whether groundless or otherwise, arising out of an alleged act or omission occurring in the performance of TOWN MANAGER’S duties as TOWN MANAGER. Town shall either compromise and settle an claim or suit or pay the amount of any settlement or judgment rendered thereon, if not compromised and settled….(meaning the TM has the Town by the Brass balls if we tried to fire her and not pay! …ALLEGED ACT OR OMISSIONS…YIKES!..)/ 15.0 Performance Evaluations (prev. post)/ hours of work…

colon employ agrmnt page 6

page 7 is the final page…it includes 17.0 BINDING EFFECT…and is the page that raises the most questions…due to the signatures contained…TM Colon…who obviously KNEW what was in the contract and how it differed greatly from her predecessor (see below)/Former Mayor Oliver Parker…who is quoted in the BTS Futures “I knew what was in there.”..”he felt one year’s severance was excessive , but decided not to fight it.” saying he wanted 6 months Colon wanted a year…and further stating the Commission had no problem with the rest…BUT Comm. Clark and Yanni say they never saw the revised contract and voted on what is contained in the minutes/video from April 24,2007/ Former Town Atty. Cherof is also a signer and curiously is signed under “Approved as to Form”…..He did not return Editor Brown’s calls…Mayor Parker says Cherof worked with Colon on the “major changes” to her contract…and Colon on the dais last month asserted he was involved…Readers probably know this writer has issues with the former TA…due to behavior on the dais when recounting our interaction regarding a Slapp suit (dismissed) against myself and another P&Z board member…but,  it is quite disconcerting if true that he assisted and did not advise the full commission of all changes made…For a partner in a law firm once called “the Monarchs of Municipalities” in a long ago news story…it just seems implausible he would allow this to be voted on and approved without full disclosure to the Commission and the residents!…

colon employ agrmnt page 7 signers

Former Town Manager Robert (Bob) Baldwin’s…letters of stating his agreement with the Town…

DECEMBER 28, 2001….which includes his “week to week basis”/ “obviating the need for the severance provision or notice requirements in the contract”/ “I continue to serve at our mutual desire/”neither contracted severance nor notice requirements”

bob baldwin 2001 employ agree

June 14,2009…letter EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT…includes To Commission..(including McIntee & Silverstone)/ ” hired on a week to week basis and that I only was required to give five days notice if I needed to resign. Though not discussed, presumably, I was not entitled to the severance pay provision of the contract if the Commission decided my services were no longer needed.”…

bob baldwin 2006 employ agree

Dear Readers after the above was written up on this site..(July 16,2009)…..I believe Comm. Silverstone decided to set the record straight…either because he too was in the dark ( along with Comms. Clark and Yanni….or he was assisting (in this writer’s opinion) in a cover up…by asking for a copy of former Manager Baldwin’s severance package…assured it would show big bucks…

THE MEMOS SILVERSTONE REQ./ ADMINISTRATION RESPONSE…

July 22,2009… which includes on page 1 it was to Comm. Silverstone/ page 2 a lump sum of $150,989.06… Of note this writer was informed by a reader of the anonymous blog that the day this was received by the Commissioners it appeared on the “portal” blog as proof that Baldwin got the same…But, I knew the numbers did not add up …

baldwin req. silverstone

bob baldwin #1

Commissioner Dodd was not going to let it slide…and he asked for the “breakdown”….page 1 his e-mail/ page 2 & 3 memo back with breakdown…that showed the final payment was just as Former Manager Baldwin is said to have asserted ..Payment for unused holiday/sick leave over his long years of service and for work done when coming back into town during his consulting time in Lake Worth (he was not compensated for his Lake Worth time)…….It is said Former Manager Baldwin was quite taken aback at his being “pulled back in” to the politics of LBTS via the assertions made from the dais by Commission members and the Town Manager…and one friend of his has told this writer…he called the Manager and let her have it….WOW!….

COMM. DODD REQ./MEMOS WITH THE BREAKDOWN…

baldwin req 31 dodd

baldwin brkdown req. dodd

bob baldwin #2

There you have it…hope your zooms were working and this will make all residents…taxpayers and voters interested in the future of this town show up en’ masse to the September 10, 2009 Commission Round Table where the Commission will discuss the Town Manager Performance Review….

This writer thinks the Commission should ask the Town Attorney if this contract is really binding or if due to at least 2 former Commissions now on the record stating it was not the contract they approved of and they would not have approved it with full disclosure it is in fact null and void thereby voiding the severance and the indemnity clauses…..in a final TOUCHE’ TO TOWN MANAGER COLON….

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop … Time To Abandon Ship …..

August 7, 2009 by Barbara

JUSTIFICATION IS HERE …….. GET OUT THE LIFE JACKETS….

7/29/09 VICE MAYOR MCINTEE’S COMMISSIONER COMMENTS….

” AH, THANK YOU. AH THE TOWN’S GOING IN A PRETTY, PRETTY STRONG DIRECTION AND IT SADDENS ME THAT THERE’S SO MANY PEOPLE THAT ARE TRYING TO TEAR DOWN THE ADMINISTRATION. IF YOU HAD GROUNDS TO TEAR THE ADMINISTRATION DOWN, I COULD POSSIBLY JUSTIFY IT.”…

Dear Readers …Much to come today…and over the week to come…. It started with this writer looking into whether the Town Manager kept a Performance Review clause in her 2007 contract….and morphed into a full out cover up… … We all heard the “spin”…of what the Manager took out of the previous Town Manager’s contract……kudos were given all around…what a gal!….BUT what she put in it…and how it went down…puts her “grounds” for dismissal of “fiscal irresponsibility” used to “reassign” BSO Chief Gooding look like the ultimate lesson in hypocrisy!….In a previous post  (see scoops cat. on July 16th, 2009…”It’s fiction”) I wrote about the astonishing differences between the the Colon contract and that of her mentor and predecessor Baldwin…Today in the BY THE SEA FUTURE paper there is more!

Folks…Run out and get a copy….and then get the zoom ready on your PCs, Macs, Blackberrys and Ipods…because the scans will be posted of the Colon/LBTS May 2007 contract…the Baldwin 2001/2006 letters reaffirming his agreements with the Town….Recent Town Hall memos that show  (in this writer’s opinion) an attempt by at least one up for re-election Commissioner to join the administration in a “cover up” of  their longtime dais sideshow assertions of the contract (as recent as last month)…..and the memo that had one Commissioner not taking the “bait” and getting further confirmation of the ruse!…Add to that the investigative reporting done by Editor Mark Brown…..which took this miscarriage of justice beyond the paper trail to the participants…and who was left in the dark…. who knew….who countered the recent “cover-up”…and who would not respond…YIKES!….This too will be “fleshed out” on this site…

Then it’s time to ask the Vice Mayor….Did he know?…If he did and remained mum…. he would then be complicit  in the 2007 Town Manager’s LIFETIME contract containing full severance for being fired……a double pension plan   …. and indemnity clause that covers her legal fees to fight for what some say is approx. $250,000.00 to get her out… (and SHE  did it without benefit of a townwide referendum ala the VFD Mc-plan)…..If Vice Mayor McIntee did not know…is this enough for him to “possibly justify”…why “so many people that are trying to tear down the administration”…Looks like we have “grounds”…but thanks to the Town Manager…”who abides by the law”…stating she has a “BINDING”  agreement with the town sit will cost us big time…what a gal!…

Talk about “fiscal irresponsibility”…with Town Manager Esther Colon in charge…we were taken in hook, line and sinker!…

Time to abandon ship?….

more to come….

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