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Updates…8/12/08

WARNING….CAUTION……THINK BEFORE YOU LEAP…..STOP….. WALK AWAY……HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH

Looks like everyone is interested in the MacMillan/CIC e-mails…and the latest BTSTimes call for writers…. They do not want to “walk a mile in this writer’s shoes”…. thankful to be forewarned of the “minefield” that awaits if they take that “leap of faith” …entering the “world” of the M & Ms & Fs….and the BTSTimes….

They now know….. if the M & Ms & Fs can throw Commissioner Stuart Dodd……John Thompson… long time founding member of the CAC-CIC/their own BTSTimes “Person of the Year”…and the #1 BTSTimes investigative reporter along with this writer……”under the bus”….with their “Scorched Earth” tactics….what are the odds for anyone who walks through the door….any bets?….

BCbythesea…Happy to help…wish I had been warned!…..

IS THE GOVERNOR LISTENING?….

Last night a room full of opponents and a few proponents along with some candidates such as Senator Atwater…candidate for Ft. Lauderdale Mayor Seiller…Sheriff Lamberti…and we assume Mayor Minnet….along with the Futures paper….came together in Galt Ocean Mile…as covered on channel 10 news last night …and in the Sentinel today….for what might be the last public “rally”…before the Governor makes his move…in late Fall or early winter….

The odds he will veto….will likely tie-in with the 2008 election….so prepare for a postponement until the race is safely over….

WHO SHOULD BE THE PROPERTY APPRAISER?….

The Dems are having their primary…which was kept to declared Democratic voters only thanks to Lori Parrish’s “bravado ” of having her “friend” qualify as write-in candidate…which assure that no Republicans or Independents can participate in the primary……..

Scary stuff…the Broward Property Appraiser …only has a high school degree for a job that certainly requires much more….

Her opponent…Sara Truni…has her college degree and also something much more important….she has worked in the Property Appraisers office since 1989….moving up…to become the property appraisers executive assistant for 10 years….

BCbythesea…best reason…she states she is not a micro-manager…she believes in assigning tasks to qualified people and letting them do their jobs…HMMM…our LBTS Town Manager.. could do well to follow suit….

Would really be something to see a primary election upset…….are the voters …..who can expect “rolling” property assessment increases from Parrish…listening?…..

A 4 DAY WORK WEEK….

The city of Margate is the latest to consider having their Town government become a 4 day/10 hour day facility…to lower costs….

LBTS might want to take a look …for the future?….

This writer is inclined to believe it may add not only to lower costs…but a Town staff that might actually all be working on the same hours and days….

Right now with the 20-30 hour staff positions…varying in hours..and days on and off…many find a visit to Town Hall is lacking the staff they are in need of…and the micro-managing by the Town Manager to make up for this staggered work hours situation….

BCbythesea…some thoughts….

The Town Manger should stop her “Baldwin” hours…and arrive at the same time as staff….

The 4 day…10 hours…could be a major boon to those who cannot get there during regular business hours….besides the cost savings…

Advertise online in government data bases…for the most qualified employees …holding the educational and work experience requirements…that would attract the many…looking for such positions in this job market environment…when other municipalities are downsizing….

With a new 5 year plan …needing to be addressed after the budget for LBTS….it is imperative that Town Staff is up to snuff…and the revolving door exits of the recent sub-standard hires…does not continue…

BRING BACK PAUL NOVAK’S FPL ALTERNATIVE PLAN…….

A while back Chamber President Paul Novak stepped up to the podium to ask the previous commission to allow the town to join other municipalities in their quest to go around FPL and find a way to bury their utilities…he walked away with nothing….

BCbythesea… previously posted to bring this issue back…

In the Saturday Miami Herald…business section….

CITIES WANTING TO BURY LINES JOIN AGAINST FPL

“an alliance of municipalities that want to bury their utility lines underground have lodged a complaint against FPL claiming the utility is trying to impose overhead costs and other expenses on local governments, even though the governments plan to do most of the conversion themselves.”

“The complaint filed Monday with the Florida Public Service Commission by the Municpal Underground Utilities Consortium and Palm Beach, Jupiter Inlet Colony and Coconut Creek claims the charges FPL is trying to impose are “unjust,unreasonable and unduly discriminatory.”

“The group want PSC to conduct a formal proceeding to determine how much local governments should contribute to the cost of converting overhead utility lines to undergound lines.”

BCbythesea….LBTS could have been included in this complaint…with a commission that took action and actually listened to Paul Novak…and joined…..YIKES!…

BURGLARIES ON THE RISE….

There have been a rash of burglaries recently in our area….along the coast…….where the burglars are targeting homes…and walking away with cash and jewelry…leaving the “big ticket” items behind….computers and flat screen T.Vs…..

The “police blotters”…seem to be mute…on reporting them…..residents should not…

Be alert…watch your neighborhood…… lock your doors…use your alarm systems….and try to change your habits….

It has been said that these burglars just may be “scouting” to see what their “targets” do…when they leave and when they return…giving the burglars the opportune “window” to succeed….counting on the homeowners “schedules”….

4TH OF JULY NUMBERS…..

BCbythese…hears that this years 4th of July event came in just shy of $100 less than last year!….

That means the costs…approximately $90 thousand +….

We did get a $8 thousand + credit for the firework duds……

The donation numbers were down….by a lot……

YOU CAN PARTICIPATE….YOU CAN BE HEARD….

Commissioner Dodd….implemented the start of what should be a new avenue for resident input into the LBTS commission process…on important agenda items….

He instituted the survey of the Doggy Beach….for resident feedback….not to undermine its recent overturned vote…but to put out a “wider net”…for an array of resident responses…pro and con….to be in Town Topics/Channel 78…

He originally wanted it to be interactive on the Town website….but we do not have the software to do that…WHY NOT?…

Following this one….. could include more important items…such as the residents input of next year’s 4th of July…and if the residents want to put on once again an event that costs the town $90 thousand + or more next year…or cut it down as other municipalities are doing….

Any major purchases such as the “McIntee” Public Safety Complex…purchase over a million…could also benefit from such input….although this writer would prefer a Referendum to be required for future large acquisitions…by our Town ….

Past acts such as the BSO/VFD contract….annexation could surely have benefited by the Dodd survey…

Much comes from being an Independent Commissioner….out from behind the shadow of McIntee…it seems….

KUDOS…Commissioner Dodd….

Residents…here is your chance to participate and be heard….

more to come…..

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