Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Notes of the Commission Meeting of 1/30/06

On Jan. 30, the Commission did hear and respond to the following items of interest:

1) Creation of a Public Arts Committee. Appointments to be made at a future Commission Meeting. Anyone interested, with a background in the arts, is urged to apply by sending their resume to the City Clerk (call 954-714-5566 for more information);

2) Removal of the overlay district for Cannon Point. The present uses will be grandfathered in, but in the future, no additional ACLF's, nursing homes, or other similar uses will be permitted. This was to address the issues caused by property owners/operators in the area who have failed to maintain and protect their clients;

3) Final passage of providing the additional homestead exemption to those over 65, making less than a specific amount of income. The exemption will be for an additional $25,000 from the value of the taxable property;

4) Approved an interlocal agreement with Ft. Lauderdale and Dania Beach to create an enterprise zone;

5) Approval of the creation of the Central Lauderhill CRA Redevelopment Plan (a future article will be written on this);

6) Approval of a bid in excess of $3 million to provide for construction of the concrete walls in West Lauderhill, and the Homes of Inverrary area. This is for the majority of the walls, but not all of them. Construction to begin shortly, and completion is expected to be this year;

7) Notice given of official intent to issue tax exempt bonds to pay for construction, equipping and installation of improvements to the city's water and sewer system;

8) Approved contract for new lighting at Veterans Park;

9) Approved grant application and receipt of grant funds for development of Ilene Lieberman Park;

10) Approved resolutions allowing the future construction of the Central Broward Regional Park (additional approvals will subsequently be required);

11) Approval for an Agreement with Broward County for the #6 Free Community Shuttle Bus, to provide service to the Lauderhill Industrial Park, West Ken Lark, Swap Shop, St. George, Broward Estates, Plantation General Hospital, Carishoca, and the new Central Broward Regional Park/Cultural Arts Facility/Library. Service to start February or March;

12) Discussion concerning the setting of Pre-budget Workshops for this year, to include an extra workshop for the newly annexed areas;

13) Submittal to the City Manager a request for funds from the Capital Improvement Bond of less than $16,000, for improvements to the Inverrary Waterfall area. The expenditure is within the guidelines of the bond, and is expected to be approved.

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