Friday, October 31, 2014

Notes of Commission Meeting of October 27

On October 27, the City Commission held a regular commission meeting, and the following are notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):

RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-09-224:   APPROVING THE GUIDELINES FOR THE FIRST TIME OFFENDER ADULT NON-VIOLENT MISDEMEANOR DIVERSION PROGRAM (“MDP”); PROVIDING DETAILS AND PARAMETERS OF THE PROGRAM; PROVIDING THAT THE PROGRAM CAN BE DISCONTINUED AT THE CITY’S DISCRETION; (REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER HAYWARD J. BENSON, JR.).

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-10-236:  APPROVING THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN BROWARD COUNTY AND THE LAUDERHILL COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY (“CRA”) FOR A $128,250.00 REIMBURSEMENT GRANT AWARDED TO THE CRA ON BEHALF OF LALLOS ROTI AWARDED AND PAID BY BROWARD COUNTY.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-10-237:  APPROVING THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN BROWARD COUNTY AND THE LAUDERHILL COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY (“CRA”) FOR A $150,000.00 REIMBURSEMENT GRANT AWARDED TO THE CRA ON BEHALF OF THE VILLAGE CENTER AWARDED AND PAID BY BROWARD COUNTY.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-10-247:  EXPRESSING ITS SUPPORT FOR THE EQUAL PAY ACT OF 1963, THE LILLY LEDBETTER FAIR PAY ACT OF 2009, THE NATIONAL EQUAL PAY ENFORCEMENT TASK FORCE CREATED IN 2014 AND OTHER CONTINUED EFFORTS FOR ENSURING PARITY IN PAY FOR WOMEN AND URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO PASS LEGISLATION THAT WOULD HELP ACHIEVE THE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE LAWS AND INITIATIVES LISTED ABOVE AS FOR OTHER PURPOSES (REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER M. MARGARET BATES).  Passed 4 to 1 with Commissioner Berger voting NO.  To see the discussion on why Commissioner Berger voted NO, go to:  http://www.browardbeat.com/lauderhill-commissioner-belittles-idea-women-get-less-pay-for-same-work/

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-10-245:  GRANTING TO THE OWNER, SG VENTURES I, A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER WITH CONDITIONS TO ALLOW  DAY-TIME AND WEEKEND CHILDCARE AND PRE-SCHOOL USES WITH TRANSPORTATION SERVICES  AT 5328 - 5336 NORTH UNIVERSITY DRIVE, LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

West Ken Lark HOA Annual Reunion

Hosted by the West Ken Lark Homeowners’ Association
(tentatively) Saturday, November 8, 2014 (time tba)

West Ken Lark Park

Thursday, October 23, 2014

School District To Host Annual “Conversation With The District”

With the new school year off to a great start, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) announces the annual Conversation with the District series of town hall-style meetings aimed at gaining input and feedback from parents, students and community members.

This year, the Conversation with the District continues the discussions regarding how the District will prepare today’s students to be successful in tomorrow’s world. Among the topics of discussion will be the upcoming $800 million General Obligation Bond Referendum that will be on the November 4th ballot.

The public is invited to take part in the Conversation with the District events. There is no fee to attend and parking is available at each location. Registration for speakers begins at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 6:30 p.m.:
 
The meeting nearest Lauderhill is:
*  Monday, October 27, Piper High School, 8000 NW 44th Street, Sunrise, 33351

Monday, October 20, 2014

Notes of the Commission Meeting of September 29

On September 29 the City Commission met in Regular Session.  The following are notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):

PUBLIC HEARINGS - SECOND READING

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-09-147:   SETTING AND ADOPTING THE 2014-2015 PROPERTY TAX LEVY FOR THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AT THE OPERATING MILLAGE RATE OF 7.3698 PER ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,000); SETTING AND ADOPTING THE 2014-2015 VOTED DEBT SERVICE MILLAGE AT A RATE OF 1.2804 PER ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,000).

RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-09-228:   APPROVING THE WAIVER OF COMPETITIVE BIDDING; APPROVING THE PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT FROM
SUPERIOR PARK SYSTEMS, INC. AT JACKIE GLEASON PARK IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $74,710.75.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-09-230:   OPPOSING THE CLOSURE OF PLANTATION GENERAL HOSPITAL; PROVIDING THAT PLANTATION GENERAL HOSPITAL HAS OPERATED IN THE
SAME LOCATION SINCE 1966; PROVIDING THAT AMONG OTHER ESSENTIAL MEDICAL CARE SERVICES, PLANATION GENERAL HOSPITAL PROVIDES NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE , PEDIATRIC CARE, HIGH RISK MATERNITY AND PERINATAL SERVICES AND SERVES AS A SAFETY NET HOSPITAL TO PROVIDE HOSPITAL CARE FOR LOW INCOME INDIVIDUALS IN CENTRAL BROWARD COUNTY; PROVIDING THAT THE PROMPT DELIVERY OF CRITICAL MEDICAL CARE TO EXPECTANT MOTHERS, INFANTS AND CHILDREN WILL BE DENIED IF PLANTATION GENERAL HOSPITAL CLOSES; (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN).  Fails on a 2 to 3 vote.  Mayor Kaplan and Commissioner Thurston voting yes, Commissioner Benson, Berger and Bates voting no.

QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS, FIRST READING

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-09-231:   GRANTING TO JOY’S ROTI DELIGHTS, LLC A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER WITH CONDITIONS TO ALLOW WITHIN THE COMMUNITY COMMERCIAL (CC) ZONING DISTRICT A RESTAURANT BAR, OUTDOOR SEATING, INDOOR LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND EXTENDED HOURS OF OPERATION ON A ±45 ACRE UNPLATTED PARCEL, MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE FORMER BB&T BANK BUILDING LOCATED AT 1205 N.W. 40TH AVENUE, LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Consolidation of E911 Dispatch System is Complete on October 1st – New Non-Emergency Number Also Takes Effect

 
The year-long project to consolidate the county’s E911 Regional Dispatch System will be complete on October 1st. In 2002, Broward County voters approved a charter amendment calling for a countywide emergency dispatch system that would coordinate response for life-threatening emergencies, regardless of where in Broward County the call originates.
After extensive research, analysis and an inclusive community input process, including a board comprised of city managers and administrators, fire, police and law enforcement representatives; municipal leadership representing 87 percent of Broward County residents agreed that the County should operate a countywide dispatch system to improve public safety response and address the challenges of a decentralized system.
Effective October 1, 2014, all municipalities in Broward County are part of the regional consolidated system, except Plantation and Coral Springs, who elected to continue to operate their own systems. The E911 Regional Consolidated Dispatch System is managed by Broward County Commission’s Office of Communications Technology and operated by the Broward Sheriff's Office. Under the new system, also beginning October 1st, all residents, except those living in Plantation and Coral Springs, will call a new 954-764-HELP number for Non-Emergency Police or Fire Services. Residents should continue to call 911 when they need immediate assistance to save a life, report a fire and/or stop a crime.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Greater Fort Lauderdale National College Fair - Free National College Fair, October 21, 2014

The Greater Fort Lauderdale National College Fair will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, from 9 a.m. to noon and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and hosted by the Southern Association for College Admissions Counseling (SACAC) and Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), this event is free and open to the public.

As the process of applying to and selecting a college becomes more and more competitive and complex, students and parents need all the help and information they can get. The Greater Fort Lauderdale National College Fair will provide valuable resources for students and parents attempting to navigate the college admission process.

The college fair will give students and parents an opportunity to meet one-on-one with admission representatives from a wide range of national and international, public and private, two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Participants will learn about admission requirements, financial aid, course offerings and campus environment, as well as other information pertinent to the college selection process. At the fair’s counseling center, students and parents can discuss their individual needs with college experts. Students with special needs will be able to learn about programs and services at colleges and universities for students with disabilities.

Evening workshops designed to make the college transition a little easier will cover such topics as Financial Aid and Deferred Action Act, Scholarship Quest and Bright Futures Scholarships, Value of Advanced Placement Exams, Highly Competitive Colleges, Preparing Your NCAA Student Athlete, and Fundamental Career Planning for High School Students. Workshops will be conducted in English and Spanish. Interpreters will also be available.

“The resources and opportunities that the National College Fairs provide for students and their families are invaluable,” said Greg Ferguson, NACAC Director of National College Fairs Programs and Services. “Admission professionals have been delighted by the caliber of students attending our programs.”

Now in its 42nd year, the National College Fair program annually helps more than 675,000 students and families nationwide explore their options for higher education, making it one of the most visible college recruitment tools in the country.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Halloween Safety Day

Hosted by the Lauderhill Police Department
Friday, October 24, 2014 (times TBA)

Sadkin Community Center/Wolk Park

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Annual Parkway Reunion II

Hosted by the Pride of Parkway, Inc.
Saturday, October 18, 2014 (9 am – 5 pm)

St George Park

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce International Business Trade Expo

Hosted by LRCC and Commissioner Ken Thurston
VIP RECEPTION Wednesday, October 15, 2014 (6 pm)   
Thursday, October 16, 2014 (9 am – 9 pm)

Broward Center of the Performing Arts

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Community Leaders Breakfast

“Best Practices Leader Forum”
For Condo/HOA Presidents and Property Managers
Hosted by Vice Mayor M. Margaret Bates
Thursday, October 16, 2014 (9:30 am)

City Hall Multi-Purpose Rooms

Friday, September 26, 2014

Notes of the Commission Meeting of September 15, 2014

On September 15, the City Commission held its Regular Commission Meeting and in addition it was the first reading of all Budget Matters for the fiscal year 2014-15.  The following are notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):

PUBLIC HEARINGS - FIRST READING :

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-09-147: SETTING AND ADOPTING THE 2014-2015 PROPERTY TAX LEVY FOR THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AT THE OPERATING MILLAGE RATE OF $7.3698 PER ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,000); SETTING AND ADOPTING THE 2014-2015 VOTED DEBT SERVICE MILLAGE AT A RATE OF 1.2804 PER ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,000).

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-09-148:  MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 2014 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2015, BASED ON THE BUDGET ESTIMATE OF EXPENDITURES AND REVENUES THAT EQUAL $103,181,965.00; ADOPTING THE OPERATING BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2015.


RESOLUTION NO. 14R-09-203:  APPROVING THE TENTATIVE PROPERTY TAX LEVY FOR THE HABITAT SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT AT THE PROPOSED MILLAGE RATE OF 2.0 MILLS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 2014 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 ADOPTING THE PROPOSED NON-AD VALOREM SPECIAL ASSESSMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $250.00 PER PARCEL OF LAND PER YEAR FOR THE HABITAT SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 2014 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2015.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-09-204:  APPROVING THE TENTATIVE BUDGET AS APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015 FOR THE HABITAT SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT WHICH SHALL BE INCORPORATED INTO THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015.


RESOLUTION NO. 14R-09-205:  APPROVING THE TENTATIVE PROPERTY TAX LEVY FOR THE MANORS OF INVERRARY SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT AT THE PROPOSED MILLAGE RATE OF ZERO (0.0) MILLS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 2014 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2015; ADOPTING THE NON-AD VALOREM SPECIAL ASSESSMENT OF $300.00 FOR ALL MASTER ASSOCIATION PARCELS PER YEAR PLUS AN ADDITIONAL ASSESSMENT OF $200.00 ONLY TO THE CONDO 1 CATEGORY PARCELS, FOR A TOTAL ASSESSMENT OF $500.00 ONLY TO THE CONDO I CATEGORY PARCELS FOR THE MANORS OF INVERRARYSAFE NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 2014 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2015.


RESOLUTION NO. 14R-09-207: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL APPROVING THE TENTATIVE PROPERTY TAX LEVY FOR THE ISLES OF INVERRARY SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT AT THE PROPOSED MILLAGE RATE OF 2.0 MILLS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 2014 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2015; ADOPTING THE PROPOSED NON-AD VALOREM SPECIAL ASSESSMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $500.00 PER PARCEL OF LAND PER YEAR FOR THE ISLES OF INVERRARY SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 2014 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2015.


RESOLUTION NO. 14R-09-209:   APPROVING THE TENTATIVE PROPERTY TAX LEVY FOR THE WINDERMERE/TREE GARDENS SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT AT THE PROPOSED MILLAGE RATE OF 2.0 MILLS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 2014 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2015; ADOPTING THE PROPOSED NON-AD VALOREM SPECIAL ASSESSMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $500.00 PER PARCEL OF LAND PER YEAR FOR THE WINDERMERE/TREE GARDENS SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 2014 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2015.


ORDINANCE NO: 14O-09-149:   AMENDING SECTION 2-134, DEFINITIONS; RENUMBERING SECTION 2-137.1, COMPETITIVE BIDDING REQUIRED; CREATING SECTION 2-137.2 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (COMPEITITVE SEALED PROPOSALS);
RENUMBERING 2-138.1, PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACT; CREATING 2-138.2, DESIGN-BUILD PROJECTS; AMENDING SECTION 2-139, FORMAL CONTRACT PROCEDURE; ADDING MINIMUM COMPENSATION PROVISION; AMENDING SECTION 2-140, OPEN MARKET PROCEDURE; AMENDED SECTION 2-141, EXCEPTION TO BID REQUIREMENTS; AMENDING SECTION 2-143, SURPLUS STOCK; AMENDING SECTION 2-144, COOPERATIVE PURCHASING; AMENDING SECTION 2-145, WAIVER OF FORMAL BIDDING/PROCUREMENT PROCEDURE; AMENDING SECTION 2-146 CHANGE ORDERS.  The Ordinance now introduces a Minimum Wage Requirement of $10.10/hour for all employees of Contractors and Sub-Contractors.  Passed 4 to 1, with Commissioner Berger voting against since he is against a Minimum Wage.


ORDINANCE NO. 14O-09-153:  GARBAGE, REFUSE AND TRASH, AMENDING THE RATE SCHEDULE EFFECTICE OCTOBER 1, 2014.


ORDINANCE NO. 14O-09-154:  AMENDING WATER AND SEWER SERVICE, ARTICLE IV, DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENGINEERING SERVICES RULES, REGULATIONS, AND RATES; AMENDING SECTION 21-47, SCHEDULE OF RATES AND CHARGES, TABLE 7, STORMWATER MINIMUM CHARGES/AVAILABILITY RATES TO INCREASE THE RATES BASED UPON THE JUNE 2014 CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR INFLATION; PROVIDING THAT THE NEW RATE STRUCTURE SHALL BE EFFECTIVE COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 2014.


ORDINANCE NO. 14O-09-155:  AMENDING THE   WATER AND SEWER SERVICE, SCHEDULE OF RATES AND CHARGES, TO APPROVE AMENDENTS TO THE WATER AND SEWER AVAILABILITY RATES BASED UPON THE JUNE 2014 CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR INFLATION; PROVIDING THAT SAID RATES AND CHARGES ARE NECESSARY TO COVER THE COSTS OF PROVIDING SAID SERVICES; PROVIDING FOR THE NEW RATE STRUCTURE TO COMMENCE ON OCTOBER 1, 2014.

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-09-156:  AMENDING  SECTION 2-23, PUBLIC RECORDS TO MODIFY LIEN SEARCH FEES.


ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - SECOND READING: 

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-08-137:   PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF NOT EXCEEDING $2,075,000 CITY OF LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA TAX-EXEMPT STORMWATER UTILITY REVENUE BOND, SERIES 2014 AS ADDITIONAL BONDS UNDER ORDINANCE NO. 04O-04-124, FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCING, TOGETHER WITH OTHER LEGALLY AVAILABLE FUNDS OF THE CITY, THE ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION AND EQUIPPING OF ADDITIONS, EXTENSIONS, RENOVATIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS TO THE CITY’S STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UTILITY AND PAYING COSTS OF ISSUANCE OF THE SERIES 2014 BOND; DIRECTING THE APPLICATION OF THE PROCEEDS OF THE SERIES 2014 BOND.


ORDINANCE NO. 14O-08-138:  PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF NOT EXCEEDING $2,075,000 CITY OF LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT REVENUE BOND, SERIES 2014 AS ADDITIONAL BONDS UNDER ORDINANCE NO. 13O-05-121 ENACTED ON JUNE 10, 2003, AS AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME, FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCING, TOGETHER WITH OTHER LEGALLY AVAILABLE FUNDS OF THE CITY, THE ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION AND EQUIPPING OF PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS IN THE CITY’S CURRENT ADOPTED FIVE-YEAR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN AND PAYING COSTS OF ISSUANCE OF THE SERIES 2014 BOND;  DIRECTING THE APPLICATION OF THE PROCEEDS OF THE SERIES 2014 BOND; APPOINTING THE CITY AS THE INITIAL PAYING AGENT AND BOND REGISTRAR FOR THE SERIES 2014 BOND.


RESOLUTIONS: 

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-09-212:  PROVIDING THAT THE ACCESS ROAD BEHIND CITY HALL SHALL BE NAMED “CITY HALL PLACE” SO THAT THE ROAD HAS A NAME FOR IDENTIFICATION AND TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PURPOSES.


RESOLUTION NO. 14R-09-213:  APPROVING THE DEFINITION OF MAJOR AND MINOR OBJECT ACCOUNTS FOR FINANCE AND BUDGET PURPOSES.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-09-215:  APPROVING THE CONTRACT WITH PREFERRED GOVERNMENTAL INSURANCE TRUST IN THE AMOUNT OF $896,886.00 TO PROVIDE THROUGH AN INSURANCE BROKER, PUBLIC RISK INSURANCE AGENCY, PROTECTED SELF-INSURANCE BLANKET COVERAGE ABOVE THE CITY’S SELF-INSURED RETENTION TO PROTECT THE CITY IN THE PURSUIT OF FIRST AND THIRD PARTY CLAIMS REGARDING: GENERAL LIABILITY, PROPERTY, AUTO LIABILITY AND PHYSICAL DAMAGE, WORKERS’ COMPENSATION, BOILER AND MACHINERY, ERRORS & OMISSIONS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, INLAND MARINE, EMPLOYERS LIABILITY AND SEXUAL MISCONDUCT FOR THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR THE COVERAGE PERIOD BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2014 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2015.


RESOLUTION NO. 14R-09-218:  APPROVING THE AWARD OF BID TO SPORT SURFACES LLC. IN RESPONSE TO BID P2014-043 TO SUPPLY AND INSTALL WINDSCREENS AT VARIOUS CITY FACILITES;  PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $37,563.00 FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 305-351-6353.


RESOLUTION NO. 14R-09-219:  SUPPORTING THE 2015 JCC MACCABI GAMES & ARTSFEST WHICH SHALL BE HOSTED BY THE DAVID POSNACK JCC AND WILL TAKE PLACE AUGUST 9-14, 2015 AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT BROWARD COUNTY;   (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN).






RESOLUTION NO. 14R-09-225:  APPROVING THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN BROWARD COUNTY TRANSIT AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL TO PROVIDE COMMUNITY BUS SHUTTLE SERVICES TO THE RESIDENTS; PROVIDING FOR THE LEASE OF VEHICLES AND FUNDING FOR ROUTES #1 THROUGH #5; PROVIDING FOR A TERM COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 2014 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 WITH TWO (2) OPTIONS TO RENEW FOR A ONE (1) YEAR TERM.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-09-226: APPROVING THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN BROWARD COUNTY TRANSIT AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR COMMUNITY BUS SHUTTLE SERVICES TO PROVIDE THE LEASE OF TWO (2) VEHICLES TO ASSIST WITH ROUTES #6 AND #7; PROVIDING FOR A TERM COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 2014 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 WITH TWO (2) OPTIONS TO RENEW FOR A ONE (1) YEAR TERM




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Speak Up Broward to Host Televised eTownHall Meetings

The Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (Broward MPO) outreach initiative, Speak Up Broward, will host four televised eTownHall meetings to continue the dialogue regarding Broward’s transportation future and encourage participation in its online survey. These Let’s Talk Transportation eTownHall events will be held on  Thursday, October 2; Thursday, October 9; and Wednesday, October 15 from 7-8pm.

The Broward MPO will host this eTownHall series via BECON TV (WBEC Channel 19 for Comcast users and Channel 63 for AT&T, dish Network and Direct TV users) and it will be streamed at www.SpeakUpBroward.org where you can participate in our online chat room. Jade Alexander, iconic South Florida radio and TV host, will moderate the live meetings, which will feature a panel of transportation leaders and government officials. 

During the live events participants can call 1-877-353-4701 to join the discussion or via Twitter by using the hashtag “#SpeakUpBroward”. The Broward MPO will provide an opportunity to view and participate in these events from its offices, but there is limited capacity. For more details, call (954) 641- 8141.

Broward residents are also encouraged to take Speak Up Broward’s online survey to provide their opinions on the future of Broward’s transportation system. The online survey will be available beginning September 12. For more information, visit www.SpeakUpBroward.org.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Notes of the Commission Meeting of August 25

On August 25, the City Commission met in Regular Session and the following are notes of interest (all items passed unaminously unless otherwise indicated):

PROCLAMATIONS:

A PROCLAMATION PROCLAIMING AUGUST 25, 2014 AS TIKKITRESS LATRELL DEARY JOHNSON DAY IN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL.

ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - FIRST READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-08-135: TO AMEND THE RATE SCHEDULE OF FEES CHARGED BY REPUBLIC SERVICES OF FLORIDA, LIMITED PARTNERSHIP D/B/A ALL SERVICE REFUSE FOR DISPOSAL SERVICE CHARGES FOR THE TERM COMMENCING JULY 3, 2014.

RESOLUTIONS:

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-08-166: APPROVING THE DONATION OF FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,750.02 FROM THE STATE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRUST FUND (LETF) TO SPONSOR SIX (6) CHILDREN TO ATTEND A ONE WEEK DRUG EDUCATION FOR YOUTH (DEFY) OVERNIGHT SUMMER CAMP HOSTED BY THE COALITION FOR A SAFE AND DRUG FREE COMMUNITY, WHICH SUPPORTS CRIME PREVENTION PROGRAMS IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE GUIDELINES; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 120-683-9935.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-08-167: APPROVING PAYMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $5,000.00 TO WOMEN IN DISTRESS OF BROWARD COUNTY, INC., REPRESENTING THE CITY'S CONTINUED SUPPORT AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE 001-101-8111.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-08-168: APPROVING THE PURCHASE OF TWENTY-THREE (23) FORD ESP WARRANTIES THAT WILL EXTEND THE WARRANTY COVERAGE ON NEW POLICE VEHICLES TO 72-MONTHS OR 125,000 MILES AT A TOTAL COST OF $79,165.00; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGE CODE NUMBER 305-311-6512.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-08-179: APPROVING THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN BROWARD COUNTY AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR DESIGNATION OF SUB-RECIPIENT AND DISBURSEMENT “HOME” PROGRAM MINOR HOME REPAIR/WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014; PROVIDING FOR FUNDING IN THE AMOUNT OF $78,449.00 FOR THE “HOME” PROGRAM.

RESOLUTION 14R-08-181: APPROVING THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD) SUBRECIPIENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND THE LAUDERHILL HOUSING AUTHORITY (LHA); PROVIDING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM GUIDELINES AND STIPULATIONS.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-08-182: APPROVING THE APPOINTMENT OF GARY L. BROWN, ESQ. AT THE LAW FIRM OF ARNSTEIN & LEHR LLP TO BE RETAINED AS CONSTRUCTION COUNSEL IN CONNECTION WITH THE LAUDERHILL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (PAC)/LIBRARY PROJECT.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-08-186: APPROVING THE DONATION OF FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $750.00 AS RECOMMENDED BY THE LAUDERHILL EDUCATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD TO LAUDERHILL PAUL TURNER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO SUPPORT AN UNFUNDED PROGRAM TO REPLACE AND ADD INSTRUMENTS FOR THE AFTERSCHOOL ORCHESTRAL PROGRAM.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Public Hearing to be Held September 23rd on Proposed Bus Service Adjustments and Increases to Bus Fares and Passes

The Broward County Commission will hold a public meeting at 2PM on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at the Broward County Governmental Center, Room 422, 115 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, to receive public comments on Broward County Transit (BCT) proposed bus service adjustments and bus fares and pass increases.

If approved, the proposed increase to bus fares and passes would become effective over two, fiscal year periods: October 1, 2014 and October 1, 2015. The proposed bus service adjustments will become effective October 13, 2014 for the 595 Express Bus Service, and in January 2015 for the US 1 Breeze Limited-Stop service.

Following is a description of the proposed fare and pass increases:

The regular, one-way cash fare will increase from $1.75 to $2 and the reduced, one-way cash fare will increase from $.85 to $1 in October 2015. The regular, All-Day pass will increase from $4 to $5 and the reduced, All-Day pass will increase from $3 to $4 in October 2015.

The 7-Day and 10-Ride passes will increase from $16 to $18 in October 2014 and to $20 in October 2015. The 31-Day Adult pass will increase from $58 to $65 in October 2014 and to $70 in October 2015. The 31-Day Reduced pass will increase from $29 to $35 in October 2014 and to $40 in October 2015. The 31-Day Reduced College Student pass will increase from $40 to $50 in October 2014.

The Premium Express one-way cash fare will increase from $2.35 to $2.65 in October 2014 and the Premium Express reduced one-way cash fare will increase from $1.15 to $1.30. The Premium Express 31-Day bus pass will increase from $85 to $95 in October 2014. The Premium Express 10-Ride bus pass will increase from $23.50 to $26.50 in October 2014. There are no proposed increases to the Premium Express cash and bus passes in October 2015.

All current bus passes will continue to work through their expiration date. BCT’s transfer fee structures to and from Miami-Dade, Palm Tran and Tri-Rail transit systems will remain the same.

Below is a brief description of the proposed service adjustments, effective October 13, 2014:


595 Express Sunrise (BB&T Center) to downtown Miami/Brickell
• Service improved from 30 to every 15 minutes at select travel times due to ridership demand
• Route will deviate to downtown Miami/Brickell; morning buses will access the Brickell

Metrorail Station via Southwest 2nd Avenue.
• Service along South Miami Avenue will be provided during afternoon and evening hours only
• Sawgrass Mills Mall bus stop will be discontinued

595 Express –Sunrise (BB&T Center) to Fort Lauderdale
• Trips during morning peak travel hours reduced from 6 to 3 trips
• Trips during afternoon peak travel hours reduced from 7 to 3 trips
• Westbound reverse trips will be discontinued
• Fort Lauderdale Tri-Rail Station and Sawgrass Mills Mall bus stops will be discontinued


595 Express – Westgate Square to Miami Civic Center
• Service improved from 30 to every 15 minutes at select travel times due to ridership demand
• Griffin Road Tri-Rail Station bus stop will be discontinued
• New, Davie Park-and-Ride location added at State Road 84 and Davie Road Extension; 108 commuter parking spaces will be available
• Civic Center/Health District afternoon routing revised to same as the morning peak hour routing


Below is a brief description of the proposed service adjustment, effective in January 2015:

US 1 “Breeze” Limited-Stop
• Service will be discontinued north of Broward Boulevard due to low ridership
• Service will be improved south of Broward Boulevard all-day from 30 to every 20 minutes

Community meetings will be held to allow bus passengers to review and comment on the proposed service changes on Wednesday, September 10, 6PM, Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, Pompano Beach; Saturday, September 13, 2PM, Imperial Point Branch Library, Fort Lauderdale; Monday, September 15 , 6:30PM, Hallandale Beach Branch Library, Hallandale; Wednesday, September 17, 6PM, Main Library, Fort Lauderdale and Thursday, September 18, 6PM, Lauderhill Mall, Lauderhill.


Persons with disabilities who require special accommodations to participate in the public hearing or community meetings should call 954-357-8355 or 954-357-8302 (TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the meetings.

For more information, including details on the proposed bus fare and service changes, call the BCT Customer Service Center at 954-357-8400 or visit Broward.org/BCT.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

"Let's Talk Transit" Community Meetings Continue

Broward County Transit (BCT) continues to update the community on recent transit improvements and to gather public input on current and future service improvements at its ‘Let’s Talk Transit’ community meeting series.

Since June 2014, meetings have been held throughout the county at various locations, including county libraries, community centers, residential locations and business/civic clubs. A PowerPoint presentation of updates on service improvements accomplished over the last few years is presented at each meeting followed with a question-and-answer segment for audience feedback.

The  meeting in Lauderhill is: 

• Thursday, September 18th
Lauderhill Mall – Inside, South Entrance
1267 North State Road 7,
Lauderhill, 6 to 7:30PM
Bus Routes 18, 19, 36, 40, 81, 441 Breeze

The Let’s Talk Transit meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, call 954-357-6786 or visit
Broward.org/BCT and click on ‘Let’s Talk Transit’.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

First Move Scholastic Chess Curriculum for All 2nd and 3rd Graders

In 2014/15, BCPS is launching the First Move scholastic chess curriculum in all second and third grade classrooms.  This is the nation’s largest scholastic chess curriculum initiative in history, and will benefit over 34,000 students across the District.  

The First Move scholastic chess curriculum helps to increase students’ critical thinking, problem-solving and social skills, while students are having fun learning to play the game. In addition, studies have shown playing chess increases students’ math skills, reading aptitude and overall academic achievement.  

First Move was successfully piloted during the 2013/14 school year at three schools located in the city of Sunrise, with the encouragement and support of the city of Sunrise and its mayor.  The Sunrise City Commission and the Broward League of Cities also passed resolutions supporting the inclusion of scholastic chess in all Broward County public schools.  

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Single Family Home Housing Development Ground Breaking

Lauderhill Housing Authority

 Wednesday, August 27, 2014 (10 am)
Corner of NW 55 Avenue & NW 19 Street

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Countdown to the 2014/15 School Year Students Head Back to Class on August 18, 2014

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is excited to welcome students back to class on Monday, August 18, 2014, for the 2014/15 school year.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

FREE Back To School Immunizations & Community Resource Fair

By the Florida Department of Health in Broward County

The public is invited to join the Florida Department of Health in Broward County and community partners at a Back To School Community Resource Fair.  The Community Resource Fair and School immunizations will take place inside the Lauderhill Mall, located at 1299E NW 40th Avenue -  Lauderhill, FL, 33313. Free Immunizations will be available for school age children (Kindergarten through High School).

JOIN THE FUN ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 16 – 10:00AM-3:00PM
COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR
Family entertainment, face painting, school supplies, fresh produce distributed by Feeding South Florida and Lauderhill Mall shop discounts. Enrollment assistance will be available for Florida KidCare (Health insurance for children), WIC (Women, Infants & Children nutrition program) and free & reduced school lunch program.  Free bicycle helmets for the first 150 children vaccinated!

FREE BACK TO SCHOOL IMMUNIZATIONS:

IMMUNIZATIONS will be offered on the following dates and times:
INSIDE THE LAUDERHILL MALL
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
August 12, 13, 15, 18 & 19    -      9:00am to 3:00pm
Thursday     August 14   -   9:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday, August 16 – 10:00am to 3:00pm
School physicals and religious exemptions will not be provided at this location.  For information on school physicals and religious exemptions call (954) 467-4705.

Florida requires certain vaccines to be administered before children may enroll and attend childcare and school. For information on immunization schedules visit:  www.immunizeflorida.com,  www.browardchd.org  or call (954) 467-4705.

In order to be vaccinated, each child must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Parent or legal guardian should remember to bring the child’s immunization records.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Safety Awareness Day featuring Smart Water

Lauderhill Housing Authority

Saturday, August 23, 2014 (10 am – 2 pm)

Windermere Community Center

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Mayor's Goals For the Next 12 Months

Over the next 12 months, Mayor Kaplan has set many personal goals in the City of Lauderhill which are all in different stages of development.  The following is a partial list:

1)  7th Season of Jazz Picnic in the Park - December through April
2)  3rd Season of Tribute Concerts (Beatles and Journey) - February and March
3)  Anti-Bully Project with Lauderhill 6-12 School
4)  Kids of Character Pizza Party with Royal Palm Elementary and adding another school - December and May
5)  Science in the Classroom Program with Dupont, to be held at all Lauderhill Elementary Schools - 1st Qtr 2015
6)  Expanding Interest Free Energy Loans to Commercial Properties - 2014
7)  Passing legislation requiring Contractors with the city to pay a Minimum Wage of $10.10 to their Employees - 2014
8)  Regional Chess Tournament for under 18 years of age - March
9)  Completion of "Guide to the City of Lauderhill" and distribution - December/January
10)  Completion of Early Childhood Programs Brochure for Parents to teach their children from birth to 5 years of age, in conjunction with Vroom and the Bezos Family Foundation - 2014
11)  Design and prepare to distribute a new Tell the Mayor Survey specifically on Economic Development, use of Social Media, and use of recreational facilities - Results in March
12)  Release the 2015 Lauderhill College Essay Scholarship and raise $1000 to fund it - November through February
13)  Launch the Lauderhill Mobile App
14)  Launch the Economic Development LoopLink to allow users to search commercial properties in Lauderhill through the City’s website


Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Notes of the Commission Meeting of July 14

On July 14, the City Commission met in a Regular meeting and the following are notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):

ORDINANCES - PUBLIC HEARINGS - SECOND READING

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-05-120: TO ADD COMMUNITY GARDEN, HOME GARDEN AND HORTICULTURE (REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER KEN THURSTON).

ORDINANCE NO: 14O-06-130: CREATING A TIER SYSTEM REGARDING THE CITY’S LOCAL VENDOR PREFERENCE POLICY (REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER HAYWARD J. BENSON, JR.). 

RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-07-155:  APPROVING THE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER (SRO) AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SCHOOL BOARD OF BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA REGARDING THE ASSIGNMENTS AT THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS; PROVIDING FOR THE ASSIGNMENT OF TWO (2) SROS AT THE TWO (2) PARTICIPATING MIDDLE SCHOOLS FOR TWO (2) MONTHS; PROVIDING FOR THE ASSIGNMENT OF TWO (2) ADDITIONAL SROS AT THE PARTICIPATING ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS FOR A PERIOD OF TWO (2) MONTHS; PROVIDING FOR A TERM COMMENCING AUGUST 18, 2014 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2014.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-07-156:  APPROVING THE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER (SRO) AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SCHOOL BOARD OF BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA REGARDING THE ASSIGNMENTS AT THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS; PROVIDING FOR THE ASSIGNMENT OF TWO (2) SROS AT THE TWO (2) PARTICIPATING MIDDLE SCHOOLS FOR TEN (10) MONTHS; PROVIDING FOR THE ASSIGNMENT OF TWO (2) ADDITIONAL SROS AT THE PARTICIPATING ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS FOR A PERIOD OF SEVEN (7) MONTHS; PROVIDING FOR A TERM COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 2014 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2015.


QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS, FIRST READING

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-07-139:  GRANTING TO EAGLES NEST COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOLS, INC. A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER WITH CONDITIONS TO ALLOW WITHIN THE LIGHT INDUSTRIAL (IL) ZONING DISTRICT A CHARTER PRIMARY SCHOOL WITH TRANSPORTATION SERVICES, WITH BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE PROGRAMS, AND THE ABILITY TO SHARE SPACE WITH ANOTHER CHARTER SCHOOL KNOWN AS 3698 NW 15TH STREET, LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA.


RESOLUTION NO. 14R-07-140:  GRANTING TO ISUCCESS ACADEMIES OF SOUTHEAST FLORIDA, INC., DBA, IGENERATION EMPOWERMENT ACADEMY OF DAVIE, A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER WITH CONDITIONS TO ALLOW WITHIN THE LIGHT INDUSTRIAL (IL) ZONING DISTRICT A CHARTER SECONDARY (HIGH) SCHOOL WITH TRANSPORTATION SERVICES AND THE ABILITY TO SHARE SPACE WITH ANOTHER CHARTER SCHOOL  KNOWN AS 3698 NW 15TH STREET, LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA.  Failed on a 3-2 vote (Special Exceptions require a super majority).   Commissioner Benson and Mayor Kaplan voting against.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Lauderhill Police Department is Reaccredited

The Commission on Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation recently notified the City of Lauderhill Police Department that they have met the required standards and has be reaccredited for another 3 year period.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Lauderhill Web Site received "2014 Hermes Gold Winner Award"

The City of Lauderhill has received the “2014 Hermes Gold Winner Award” for Overall Government Website Design from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP).

Hermes Creative Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. This international organization consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, media production, and website professionals. The Association oversees awards and recognition programs, provides judges and sets standards for excellence.

The Hermes Creative Award competition is highly respected in the industry and has grown to one of the largest of its kind in the world. A look at the winners varies from individual communicators to media conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies.

The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) began in 1995 as a means to honor outstanding achievement and service to communication professionals. As part of its mission, AMCP fosters and supports the efforts of marketing and communication professionals who contribute their unique talents to public service and charitable organizations. (www.amcpros.com/)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Notes of the Commission Meeting of June 30

On June 30, the City Commission met in a Regular meeting and the following are notes of interest (Commission Ken Thurston was absent).  All items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated:

ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - FIRST READING

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-05-120:  TO ADD COMMUNITY GARDEN, HOME GARDEN AND HORTICULTURE (REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER KEN THURSTON).
ORDINANCE NO: 14O-06-130:  CREATING A TIER SYSTEM REGARDING THE CITY’S LOCAL VENDOR PREFERENCE POLICY (REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER HAYWARD J. BENSON, JR.).  Passed 3-1 with Commissioner Berger Voted Against.
RESOLUTIONS
RESOLUTION NO. 14R-06-109:  PROVIDING THAT ALL CITY EMPLOYEES SHALL BE PAID AT LEAST THE MINIMUM WAGE OF $10.10 PER HOUR; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF OCTOBER 1, 2014 (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN).
RESOLUTION NO. 14R-06-129:  APPROVING THE SUBRECIPIENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SOUTH FLORIDA REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (SFRTA) AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR THE SECTION 5316 JOB ACCESS REVERSE COMMUTE (JARC) GRANT FUNDING FOR OPERATING COSTS IN
THE AMOUNT OF $247,328.00; REQUIRING A CITY MATCH IN THE AMOUNT OF $247,328.00.
RESOLUTION NO. 14R-06-130:  APPROVING THE FACILITIES MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND PROFESSIONAL FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, INC. TO PROVIDE CONSULTANT AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR THE LAUDERHILL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER; PROVIDING TERMS AND CONDITIONS; PROVIDING FOR A THREE (3) YEAR TERM WITH THE OPTION FOR ONE (1) TWO-YEAR EXTENSION; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 460-914-03150.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-06-132:  APPROVING THE RANKING OF FIRMS AS RECOMMENDED BY THE EVALUATION COMMITTEE FOR RFP #2014-026 FOR COMMUNITY TRANSPORTATION BUS SERVICE; AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO NEGOTIATE A CONTRACT WITH THE SELECTED FIRM(S); PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $754,295.00 FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 001-718-3150.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-06-136:  REVOKING AND RESCINDING ORDINANCE NO. 13O-09-151; ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THE SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF MAJORITY VOTES NECESSARY TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE WEST INVERRARY SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT (SND) WERE NOT RECEIVED; PROVIDING THAT THE WEST INVERRARY SND WILL NOT BE ESTABLISHED AND THAT NO ANNUAL ASSESSMENTS WILL BE IMPOSED FOR THE SND ON THE ANNUAL TAX BILL.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-06-138:  NAMING THE PASSIVE PARK TO BE LOCATED ON N.W. 31st AVENUE AND N.W. 16th STREET THE JAMES D. BRADLEY JR. PASSIVE PARK IN HIS HONOR (REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER HAYWARD J. BENSON, JR.).

Friday, July 18, 2014

Drainage and Sidewalk Installation along Northwest 19 Street in Lauderhill

Construction period is July 21 to August 7 -

A new drainage system and sidewalk along the south side of NW 19th Street in front of the Continental Apartments in Lauderhill, from July 21 through August 7, barring unforeseen conditions or weather delays.  The project involves the installation of new catch basins, drainage pipe and sidewalk.

The public should be aware of the following:

  • Flaggers will be stationed on each side of the project boundaries to direct east and westbound traffic on NW 19th Street when necessary.
  • Access to the west side of the apartment complex will be limited for a short time.
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times using the existing sidewalks on the north side of NW 19th Street.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Lauderhill Officials Say Goodbye to Temporary Fire House & Break Ground on a New Permanent Fire Station

The addition of Fire Station #110 in 2006 followed the City of Lauderhill’s annexation of the St. George, West Ken Lark and Broward Estates Communities. The City’s Fire Department has been operating out of a temporary facility located at 3120 NW 12 Place since that time.
 
On Thursday, July 17th at 10 am, the City’s Officials along with the Fire Department Staff and the residents of the City of Lauderhill will break ground for a new state of the art Fire Station to be located at the same address as the temporary facility.
 
The new 16,600 square foot permanent facility was designed and will be built to meet the LEED Silver standards. The LEED Silver criterion meets the City’s ordinance requiring all newly constructed City buildings to be environmentally friendly.
 
Fire Station #110 will include three fire truck bays, the living quarters for fire rescue staff, a kitchen, a dayroom, an exercise room, separate restroom/shower facilities for both male and females, offices, storage rooms, a stand-by emergency generator, a police sub-station, and a medical triage room on the first floor.
 
The second floor will include a multi-purpose room and serve as the City’s back-up Emergency Operations Center - as Fire Station #57 serves as the primary. The parking lot will eventually be located where the temporary facility is currently located and will include an above the ground diesel fueling station. Finally, an emergency traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Northwest 12th Place and Northwest 31st Avenue to safely allow the emergency trucks to enter onto NW 31st Avenue.
 
The transition from the temporary building into the new one will be seamless and Fire Station #110’s service will not be interrupted.
 
West Architecture and Design is the architect and builder of the new Fire Station.
 
Please join us at the Ground Breaking Ceremony on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 10 am. If you have any questions, please call us at 954-730-3000.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Lauderhill Has an Election for Commissioner in November

Though Mayor Richard Kaplan had no opposition in the Mayor's race in November, and was therefore automatically elected to another term, 4 people have registered to run for Commissioner Seat 4.  Therefore the City of Lauderhill will be holding an election for that seat.

The Candidates are (in alphabetical order as shown on the ballot):

VOTE FOR ONE
Hayward J Benson, Jr. (incumbent)
William Cossio
Denise D. Grant
Kelvin G. Haynes

Saturday, July 05, 2014

The City of Lauderhill’s Finance Department Receives the Highly Coveted, Distinguished Budget Award… Again

The City of Lauderhill’s Finance Department has been awarded the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Awardfor the Fiscal Year Budget of 2014. 

The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting. The Association is a professional association that serves 18,000 finance government professionals in North America.  

The GFOA explains that in order to receive this prestigious award the municipality had to, “… satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation…. [in] how well the budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device.”

“The City of Lauderhill is no stranger to be honored by the GFOA. Most recently, we have received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for our budget in the fiscal years 2010, 2011, 2013 and now 2014! We should all be proud of the fantastic work our Finance Department is doing. This is the highest honor a government can receive for its budget preparation and presentation and gives confidence to our residents that the City is properly handling taxpayer dollars,” explains Mayor Richard J. Kaplan.


The City of Lauderhill Mayor and Commissioners will publicly thank the Finance Department under the auspices of the Assistant City Manager and Finance Director Kennie Hobbs, Jr. at the Commission Meeting on Monday, June 30, 2014. (5581 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill, FL 33313)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mayor Kaplan Unopposed

With the Qualifying Period ending, and no one filing to run against Mayor Richard Kaplan, the Mayor won re-election to his seat in the City of Lauderhill, his fifth as Mayor..

This was the Mayor's ninth election in Lauderhill, and the third unopposed.  The term extends his service to November, 2018.

He is looking forward to continuing with his work in the City.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Free Teen Pastel Drawing Workshop

Inviting all teens (12-16) to our FREE Pastel Drawing Workshop this Saturday, June 21, 12 - 4pm at the Lauderhill Arts Center, 5450 NW 19th St. Lauderhill, FL 33313. 

 
Come on out and have some fun, make new friends and explore your creative side.

A light lunch will be provided.

 
For more information and to register call 305-213-9253 or respond to corinnewakeland@hotmail.com.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Rock Island Rd & NW 44th St Mast Arm Conversion Project To Begin

Construction will begin soon on the Rock Island Rd. & NW 44th St Mast Arm Conversion Project.

Project Overview:

Reconstruction of Rock Island Road & NW 44th St Intersection to include:

 Upgrading existing traffic signals to mast arms at Rock Island Rd. & NW 44th St.
 Reconstructing curb & gutter, sidewalks, ADA upgrades, and roadway.

Project Schedule:

Start construction work: June 18, 2014
End construction work: November 2014

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Lauderhill Broncos Football Registraion

Open to children 6 to 13
Registration Kick-off BBQ, Saturday June 28 from 11 am to 2 pm
Residents $85/Non-Residents $100
 
Call 954-791-1035
or
email:
 
 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Notes of the Commission Meeting of June 9, 2014

On June 9, the City Commission held a regular commission meeting and the following are notes of interests (all items passed unaminously unless otherwise indicated):

ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - FIRST READING
ORDINANCE NO. 14O-05-120: AMENDING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS (LDR) AND PERTAINING TO COMMUNITY GARDENS;  TO ADD COMMUNITY GARDEN, HOME GARDEN AND HORTICULTURE;  USES ALLOWED IN RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS, TO ALLOW COMMUNITY GARDENS AS A PERMITTED USE IN THE RESIDENTIAL MULTI-FAMILY AT 18 DWELLING UNITS PER GROSS ACRE (RM-18) ZONING DISTRICT AND TO ALLOW HOME GARDENS AS AN ACCESSORY USE IN ALL RESIDENTIAL ZONING DISTRICTS;  TO ALLOW COMMUNITY GARDENS IN THE COMMUNITY FACILITY (CF) ZONING DISTRICT (REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER KEN THURSTON). Tabled to the Workshop of June 16 and to be placed, following the Workshop on the June 30th Agenda.

RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-06-107: APPROVING THE EXPENDITURE OF ADDITIONAL FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $150,000.00 FOR SOUTHERN UNDERGROUND INDUSTRIES, INC. TO CONTINUE VALVE REPLACEMENT WITHIN THE CITY’S WATER AND SEWER INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE REMAINDER OF FISCAL YEAR 2014.
 
RESOLUTION NO. 14R-06-111:   AUTHORIZING AND APPROVING THE TD BANK N.A. EVENT SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT FOR THE AWARD OF GRANT FUNDS TO THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL IN THE AMOUNT OF $5,000.00 FOR THE 2015 JAZZ PICNIC IN THE PARK SERIES; PROVIDING THAT NO MATCHING FUNDS ARE REQUIRED; (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN).

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-06-116:   APPROVING THE WAIVER OF COMPETITIVE BIDDING; APPROVING THE PURCHASE OF SIXTY-FIVE (65) GALLON AND EIGHTEEN (18) GALLON RECYCLING CARTS FROM REHRIG PACIFIC COMPANY FOR USE BY RESIDENTS BASED UPON THE BIDS SOLICITED BY THE CITY OF DEERFIELD BEACH (RFP#2011-12/18); PROVIDING THAT RESOURCE RECOVERY BOARD GRANT FUNDS SHALL BE USED TO PURCHASE THE RECYCLING CARTS; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $500,000.00 FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 401-921-4315.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-06-118:  APPROVING THE AWARD OF BID TO JMW CONSTRUCTION, INC. IN THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF $320,000.00 FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PASSIVE PARK AT THE CORNER OF N.W. 16TH STREET AND N.W. 31ST AVENUE WITHIN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL; AUTHORIZING THE DIRECT PURCHASE OF GRASS, MULCH AND MATERIALS IN THE AMOUNT OF $60,000.00; PROVIDING FOR PARTIAL PAYMENT USING GRANT FUNDS INCLUDING $225,000.00 IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) FUNDS, $75,000.00 IN BROWARD COUNTY GRANT FUNDS, AND $80,000.00 FROM THE TREE FUND.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-06-120:   INDICATING THE OFFICIAL INTENT OF THE CITY TO ISSUE TAX-EXEMPT BONDS TO FINANCE CERTAIN COSTS OF ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, EQUIPPING AND INSTALLATION OF VARIOUS PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS DETAILED IN THE CITY’S FIVE-YEAR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN AS ADOPTED FROM TIME TO TIME, AND WHICH INCLUDES COSTS RELATED TO COMPLETION OF THE PERFORMING ARTS/CULTURAL CENTER IN THE CITY, AND TO USE A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS OF SUCH BONDS TO REIMBURSE EXPENDITURES PAID OR INCURRED PRIOR TO THE DATE OF ISSUANCE THEREOF.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-06-121:  INDICATING THE OFFICIAL INTENT OF THE CITY TO ISSUE TAX-EXEMPT BONDS TO FINANCE CERTAIN COSTS OF ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, EQUIPPING AND INSTALLATION OF VARIOUS IMPROVEMENTS TO THE CITY’S WATER AND SEWER SYSTEM.

Monday, June 09, 2014

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN BROWARD COUNTY ADVISES EVERYONE TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS DURING CURRENT AIR QUALITY CONDITIONS

People with respiratory ailments, pregnant women, infants, children and the elderly are at greater risk
 
-- Health officials at the Florida Department of Health in Broward County are advising everyone to take precautions during this period of increased air pollution levels due to wildfires.  Infants, children, pregnant women, older adults, and people with chronic diseases such as as asthma are at greater risk from breaking in smoke from wildfires.

Smoke from wildfires may cause coughing, a scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, shortness of breath, ches pains, headaches, stinging eyes and a runny nose.

Problems can begin a very short time after breathing in smoke and without warning.

DOH-Broward offers these recommendations:
   
Limit outdoor activities and remain in an air-conditioned environment, if possible.


If you do not have an air conditioner and if smoke is likely to get inside your house, leave the area until the smoke is completely gone.

Avoid activities that put extra demands on your lungs and heart. These include exercising or physical chores, both outdoors and indoors.

Make sure you take all your medications according to your doctor’s instructions.

Dust masks, bandanas, or other cloths (even if wet) will not protect you from smoke.

Contact your healthcare provider if you are concerned or your health gets worse.

For additional information on Broward County’s air quality forecast, contact Broward County Air Quality Division at (954) 519-1260 or visit

www.broward.org/air.