Sunday, December 26, 2010

Notes of the CRA and Regular Commission Meetings of December 13

On December 13, the City Commission held two meetings, a CRA and Regular Commission Meeting. The following are notes of interest from those meetings (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):

CRA MEETING:

1) LAUDERHILL BUSINESS COUPON BOOK AND PROMOTIONAL CARD
--- LAUDERHILL PREFERRED CARD - Approved proceeding with the program
--- CHAMBER GO LOCAL CARD - Approved proceeding with the program

2) TREE PRESERVATION PROGRAM FUNDS - All funds are obligated for city facilities and programs. No extra funds are available to move into new programs.

3) REDEVELOPMENT CAPITAL PROGRAM - Proceeding

4) MEETING CALENDAR FOR 2011 - Approved

5) NEW BUSINESS - None


REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING:

VII. PRESENTATIONS:

A. PERFORMANCE BY PIPER HIGH CHORUS
B. PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES AND GIFT CARDS TO THE WINNERS OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLORING CONTEST


ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS ----- FIRST READING:

1. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-12-173: AMENDING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS (LDR) AND PERTAINING TO PAIN MANAGEMENT CLINICS; AMENDING LDR SCHEDULE A., LAND USE CLASSIFICATIONS, BY ADDING A LAND USE AND DEFINITION FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT CLINIC AND PROHIBITING SUCH USE; AMENDING LDR ARTICLE I. PART 1.0., SECTION 1.5., DEFINITIONS, GENERAL, BY DEFINING HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER; REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 10O-03-113, WHICH IMPOSED A NINE (9) MONTH MORATORIUM ON PAIN MANAGEMENT CLINICS.

2. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-12-174: AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES, SEXUAL OFFENDERS AND SEXUAL PREDATORS, SECTION 14-120 TO ADOPT A 2500 FEET RESIDENCE DISTANCE PROHIBITION FOR SEXUAL OFFENDERS AND SEXUAL PREDATORS; MODIFYING THE DEFINITIONS FOR THE APPLICATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF SAID SECTIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN).

3. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-12-175: PROVIDING FOR THE CREATION OF CITY OF LAUDERHILL’S QUALIFYING IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AS AUTHORIZED BY FLORIDA STATUTE CHAPTER 163.08; PROVIDING THAT THE QUALIFYING IMPROVEMENTS PROGRAM SHALL BE VOLUNTARY AT ALL TIMES; PROVIDING FOR THE FINANCING OF QUALIFYING IMPROVEMENTS; PROVIDING FOR THE IMPOSITION OF NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTS TO FINANCE THE QUALIFYING IMPROVEMENTS (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN).

4. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-12-176: AMENDING SECTION 21-47, SCHEDULE OF RATES AND CHARGES, TO APPROVE NEW WATER AND SEWER CONSERVATION BASED RATES BASED UPON AN INDEPENDENT THIRD PARTY STUDY BY BLACK AND VEATCH; PROVIDING THAT SAID RATES AND CHARGES ARE NECESSARY TO COVER THE COSTS OF PROVIDING SAID SERVICES AND ARE IMPLEMENTED AS PART OF A WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAM TO PROMOTE THE EFFICIENT USE OF WATER RESOURCES; PROVIDING FOR THE NEW RATE STRUCTURE TO COMMENCE JANUARY 1, 2011


RESOLUTIONS
ADMINISTRATION


ITEM TABLED ON NOVEMBER 29, 2010. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-11-217: APPROVING THE NEW INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT PROVIDING FOR THE RESOURCE RECOVERY SYSTEM IN BROWARD COUNTY AND FOR THE BROWARD SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL DISTRICT; PROVIDING FOR A TERM TO COMMENCE AUGUST 4, 2011 FOR A PERIOD OF TEN (10) YEARS WITH ONE (1) TEN YEAR RENEWAL OPTION; PROVIDING FOR THE DISTRICT TO BE AN INDEPENDENT DISTRICT; PROVIDING FOR REPRESENTATION OF EACH SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL CONTRACT COMMUNITY ON THE RESOURCE RECOVERY BOARD. Was removed from Agenda due to action of Broward County Commission.

6. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-12-243: APPROVING THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE OPERATING AND LEASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN BROWARD COUNTY AND CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR THE LEASE OF REAL PROPERTY FOR DESIGN, DEVELOPMENT, CONSTRUCTION, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF A CULTURAL CENTER AND LIBRARY IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT TO THE CENTRAL BROWARD REGIONAL PARK. Removed from Agenda.

7. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-12-244: DECLARING THE INTENT TO USE THE UNIFORM METHOD FOR COLLECTING NON-AD VALOREM SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS LEVIED WITHIN THE INCORPORATED AREA OF THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CREATION OF AND MAINTENANCE OF THE HABITAT SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT; PROVIDING FOR ANNUAL BILLING ON THE TAX BILL; STATING A NEED FOR SUCH LEVY TO COVER THE ACTUAL COSTS FOR SERVICES; PROVIDING FOR NOTICE OF HEARING.

8. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-12-245: DECLARING THE INTENT TO USE THE UNIFORM METHOD FOR COLLECTING NON-AD VALOREM SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS LEVIED WITHIN THE INCORPORATED AREA OF THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CREATION OF AND MAINTENANCE OF THE ISLES OF INVERRARY SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT; PROVIDING FOR ANNUAL BILLING ON THE TAX BILL; STATING A NEED FOR SUCH LEVY TO COVER THE ACTUAL COSTS FOR SERVICES.

9. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-12-246: DECLARING THE INTENT TO USE THE UNIFORM METHOD FOR COLLECTING NON-AD VALOREM SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS LEVIED WITHIN THE INCORPORATED AREA OF THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CREATION OF AND MAINTENANCE OF THE MANORS OF INVERRARY SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT; PROVIDING FOR ANNUAL BILLING ON THE TAX BILL; STATING A NEED FOR SUCH LEVY TO COVER THE ACTUAL COSTS FOR SERVICES.

10. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-12-247: DECLARING THE INTENT TO USE THE UNIFORM METHOD FOR COLLECTING NON-AD VALOREM SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS LEVIED WITHIN THE INCORPORATED AREA OF THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CREATION OF AND MAINTENANCE OF THE SIENNA GREENS SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT; PROVIDING FOR ANNUAL BILLING ON THE TAX BILL; STATING A NEED FOR SUCH LEVY TO COVER THE ACTUAL COSTS FOR SERVICES.

11. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-12-248: APPROVING THE AWARD OF BID TO _____________________________ TO PROVIDE SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES FOR THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL PURSUANT TO BID #2010-025; AUTHORIZING CITY MANAGER TO NEGOTIATE THE SPECIFIC TERMS OF THE FRANCHISE AGREEMENT TO PROVIDE SUCH SERVICES. Removed from Agenda to address Protest of Bid. Instead the Commission added Resolutions 10R-12-262 and 10R-12-263 to extend the present garbage contracts for an additional 6 months.


COMMISSION

12. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-12-250: SUPPORTING AN AMENDMENT TO FLORIDA STATUTES, SECTION 101.657 TO MODIFY THE REQUIREMENTS REGARDING THE DAYS AND HOURS APPLICABLE FOR EARLY VOTING REGARDING FLORIDA ELECTIONS; SUPPORTING THE ELIMINATION OF THE FIRST WEEK OF EARLY VOTING; SUPPORTING AN ADDITIONAL FIVE (5) HOURS OF EARLY VOTING ON A SUNDAY PRIOR TO THE ACTUAL ELECTION VOTING DAY; SUPPORTING THE FINANCIAL SAVINGS OF REDUCING UNNECESSARY EXTENDED EARLY VOTING DAYS AND HOURS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE
DATE (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN). Passed 4-1 with Commissioner Benson voting against.

12A. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-12-259: NAMING, AT THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS REQUEST, THE PARK LOCATED AT NW 47TH AVENUE, TO BE NAMED "WALTER M. 'WALLY' ELFERS PARK" IN HIS HONOR.


DEES

13. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-12-251: AWARDING THE BID TO AMERICAN BUILDING ENGINEERS, INC. IN THE AMOUNT OF $40,890.00 FOR THE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF SILICONE/POLYURETHANE
FOAM ROOF SYSTEM AT THE UPPER ROOF OF THE HERBERT SADKIN SENIOR CENTER; AUTHORIZING PAYMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $40,890.00 FROM THE APPROPRIATE BUDGET CODE NUMBER. Passed 4-0 with Commissioner Thurston off the Dias and absent.


P&Z

14. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-12-252: GRANTING TO THE CIRCLE ONE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC. AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD GRANT AN ADDITIONAL TWO (2) YEAR EXTENSION OF THE EXPIRATION DATE OF THE SITE PLAN MODIFICATION DEVELOPMENT ORDER FOR A 6.4369 SITE LOCATED ON A PORTION OF TRACT A, PIEDRA DEL SOL, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 82, PAGE 39 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA, MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE CIRCLE ONE CONDOMINIUM, GENERALLY LOCATED ON THE WEST SIDE OF N.W. 56TH AVENUE AND N.W. 25TH STREET, LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA.


POLICE

15. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-12-253: APPROVING THE DONATION OF FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,000.00 FROM THE STATE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRUST FUND (LETF) TO THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL MLK TASKFORCE 2011; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 120-683-9935.

17. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-12-254: APPROVING THE DONATION OF FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $800.00 FROM THE STATE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRUST FUND (LETF) TO THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL “CATCH A KID DOING GOOD” PROGRAM FOR USE IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE GUIDELINES; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 120-683-9935.

16. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-12-256: APPROVING THE EXPENDITURE OF FUNDS FROM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT FEDERAL FORFEITURE FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $440,000.00 TO BE UTILIZED TO FUND ADDITIONAL POLICE DEPARTMENT TRAINING COSTS, OVERTIME COSTS AND UTILITIES EXPENSES FOR THE POLICE BUILDING DURING FISCAL YEAR 2010-2011; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 110-683-9936.


QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS:
QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS, FIRST READING:


17. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-12-257: GRANTING A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER TO HORACE BROWN INVESTMENT’S INC., SUBJECT TO CONDITIONS, TO ALLOW WITHIN THE GENERAL COMMERCIAL (CG) ZONING DISTRICT THE EXPANSION OF AN EXISTING 1,200 SQUARE FOOT BAR INTO A 2,400 SQUARE FOOT BAR WITH LIVE INDOOR ENTERTAINMENT ON A ±6.36 ACRE SITE LOCATED AT 5562 WEST OAKLAND PARK BLVD., MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE TIP TOP PUB. Failed 1-4, with Commissioner Berger being the only one to vote in favor. Issues concerning continued complaints from the existing facility (about 1 a month) were expressed, and the additional concern that expansion would just add to the complaints.

18. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-12-258: GRANTING A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER TO MCDONALD’S CORPORATION D/B/A MCDONALD’S CORPORATION, SUBJECT TO CONDITIONS, TO ALLOW WITHIN THE GENERAL COMMERCIAL (CG) ZONING DISTRICT OUTDOOR SEATING AND EXTENDED DRIVE-THROUGH LANE HOURS OF OPERATION IN CONJUNCTION WITH AN EXISTING FREESTANDING RESTAURANT MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 1140 N.W. 40TH AVENUE, LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA.

NEW BUSINESS

SET DATE FOR COMMISSION RETREAT - Tuesday, February 8, 2011 beginning at 9 am at Lauderhill City Hall.

Friday, December 24, 2010

P.A.C.E. Comes to Lauderhill

The City Commission has approved on first reading, 5-0, to allow for P.A.C.E. legislation as authorized by the Florida Legislature, for commercial properties only.

P.A.C.E. stands for Property Assessment Clean Energy, and provides for a method for property owners in borrowing funds to make improvements that relate to energy efficiency. The legislation would authorize the City of Lauderhill to arrange for and provide funding which would be secured by the property through a special assessment. Funding can come from any source and in other places has been through private lenders.

The energy efficiency improvements can include such items as energy efficient air conditioners and insulation among other possibilities. It would assist commercial properties to obtain much needed capital to make infrastructure modifications. Funding that they may not be able to get through convention loans.

The properties could include residential properties, but at this time Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the primary lenders for residential properties, has objected to such applications. So for now it is only being applied to commercial properties.

If approved on second reading in January, then Mayor Richard Kaplan, the sponsor of the legislation, will proceed to seek available sources to fund the loans along with seeking properties owners interested in pursuing these loans.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sexual Offender/Predator Laws are Updated

The City of Lauderhill is updating its laws pertaining to Sexual Offenders and Predators to come into compliance with new laws of the State of Florida. First reading passed 5-0.

Previously the city provided a 1000' distance requirement between certain facilities and the residency of qualified Sexual Offenders and Predators. The definition of the facilities has been modified, and the distance requirement has been increased to 2500'. It is expected that the new legislation should eliminate virtually all property in Lauderhill for Sexual Offenders/Predators to qualify to live.

The effective date is expected to be in January, and the legislation is sponsored by Mayor Richard J Kaplan (who also wrote the original city ordinance).

Friday, December 17, 2010

Lauderhill Visits Sister City in Trinidad

This week Mayor Richard J Kaplan will be leading a Lauderhill delegation, along with County Commissioner Dale Holness, to visit Trinidad and specifically Lauderhill's Sister City, Chaguanas.

Approximately 20 members will be in the delegation, including several Lauderhill business persons. The purpose of the trip is to establish international business trade and art/cultural exchanges. These programs fit directly into Lauderhill International Business Incubator Program, and Lauderhill Arts Incubator Program.

Meetings have been arranged with the Prime Minister, The Minister of Sports and Minister of Culture and Tourism (among several other Ministers), the Trinidadian-American Chamber of Commerce, Chaguanas Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturers Association.

Mayor Kaplan is not using taxpayer dollars for his travel, but is bring material about Lauderhill to share.

For more information from a Trinidad newspaper see:
http://guardian.co.tt/news/general/2010/12/06/chaguanas-mayor-joins-city-lauderhill

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Broward County residents with income at or below 15% of the poverty level may qualify for a once yearly energy bill payment.

Call the Community Action Agency to schedule an appointment, 954-497-1350, or visit one of the Family Success Centers. The closest one to Lauderhill is in the World Executive Building, 3500 N. State Road 7, Suite 351, Lauderdale Lakes, 954-497-1340.

On-line applications are available at www.broward.org/family and clink COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Notes of the Commission Meeting of November 29

On November 29, the City Commission held its Regular City Commission Meeting, and the following items of interest were discussed and voted upon (all items were passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated:

ELECTION OF VICE MAYOR - Commissioner Howard Berger, to serve one year until November 2011.

RESOLUTIONS
ADMINISTRATION


1. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-11-217: APPROVING THE NEW INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT PROVIDING FOR THE RESOURCE RECOVERY SYSTEM IN BROWARD COUNTY AND FOR THE BROWARD SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL DISTRICT; PROVIDING FOR A TERM TO COMMENCE AUGUST 4, 2011 FOR A PERIOD OF TEN (10) YEARS WITH ONE (1) TEN YEAR RENEWAL OPTION; PROVIDING FOR THE DISTRICT TO BE AN INDEPENDENT DISTRICT; PROVIDING FOR REPRESENTATION OF EACH SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL CONTRACT COMMUNITY ON THE RESOURCE RECOVERY BOARD. Tabled until the December 13 meeting for more information.

2. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-11-219: APPROVING THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN BROWARD COUNTY AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL IN AN AMOUNT UP TO $22,500.00 PROVIDING FOR DISBURSEMENT FROM THE BROWARD COUNTY TREE PRESERVATION FUND; PROVIDING THAT BROWARD COUNTY WILL PAY GRANT DOLLARS REPRESENTING HALF THE COST OF THE INSTALLATION OF TREES FOR THE PROJECT ON THE PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY ALONG N.W. 44TH STREET; PROVIDING FOR THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL TO PROVIDE MATCHING FUNDS IN AN AMOUNT UP TO $22,500.00.

COMMISSION

3. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-11-221: APPOINTING RUBY LOBBAN BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN AND APPOINTING NORBERT C. WILLIAMS BY COMMISSIONER M. MARGARET BATES AS MEMBERS OF THE EDUCATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD; APPROVING AND APPOINTING THE BOARD’S SELECTION OF PATRICIA A. TAYLOR AS THE FIRST ALTERNATE AND PAULA WOODBURN AS SECOND ALTERNATE TO THE BOARD FOR THE TWO YEAR TERMS EXPIRING NOVEMBER 2012.

4. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-11-222: APPOINTING JULIETTE PEDLAR BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN; APPOINTING KIMBERLY COWARD BY COMMISSIONER HAYWARD J. BENSON, JR.; APPROVING AND APPOINTING THE BOARD’S SELECTION OF JANICE CARTER ALL TO THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD.

5. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-11-224: APPOINTING GAILA ANDERSON BY COMMISSIONER HAYWARD J. BENSON, JR. AND APPOINTING DORIS JACOBIS BY COMMISSIONER KENNETH THURSTON, BOTH AS MEMBERS OF THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD; PROVIDING FOR TWO (2) YEAR TERMS.

6. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-11-226: APPROVING THE APPOINTMENT OF JOEL LESHINSKY TO SEAT 5 FOR A NEW 4 YEAR TERM, AND DOROTHY RICH TO SEAT 4 FOR THE REMAINING 2 YEAR TERM BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN AS APPROVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION AS A WHOLE TO THE LAUDERHILL HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD PURSUANT TO FLORIDA STATUTES, CHAPTER 421.
Passed 4-1 with Commissioner Benson voting against.

7. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-11-228: APPOINTING HENRY ROBINSON BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN AND APPOINTING JACOB GREENE BY COMMISSIONER HAYWARD J. BENSON, JR. BOTH TO THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL NUISANCE ABATEMENT BOARD FOR A TWO (2) YEAR TERM.

8. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-11-229: APPROVING THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE EDUCATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD TO DISBURSE FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,000.00 TO THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF BROWARD COUNTY TO SUSTAIN AND IMPLEMENT THE “THUMBODY” PROGRAM AND TO FURTHER PROMOTE COMPETENCIES FOR FAMILIES; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 001-101-8126.

9. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-11-230: ACCEPTING THE CERTIFIED RESULTS OF THE NOVEMBER 2, 2010 CITY OF LAUDERHILL GENERAL ELECTION FROM THE BROWARD COUNTY CANVASSING BOARD, BROWARD COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OFFICE.

FIRE

10. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-11-236: APPROVING THE WAIVER OF COMPETITIVE BIDDING; APPROVING THE AGREEMENT WITH HALLMARK FIRE APPARATUS FOR THE LEASE/PURCHASE OF A 2011
HORTON, CUSTOM RESCUE TRANSPORT VEHICLE ON A 2011 INTERNATIONAL 4300 LP CHASSIS IN THE AMOUNT OF $218,155.00 BASED UPON THE AWARD OF CONTRACT BY THE FLORIDA SHERIFF’S ASSOCIATION CONTRACT (#10-09-0907); PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM THE APPROPRIATE BUDGET CODE NUMBER.

11. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-11-237: APPROVING THE WAIVER OF COMPETITIVE BIDDING; APPROVING THE AGREEMENT WITH HALLMARK FIRE APPARATUS FOR THE LEASE/PURCHASE OF A 2011
EMERGENCY ONE, CUSTOM RESCUE PUMPER ON A TYPHOON CHASSIS IN THE AMOUNT OF $390,150.00 BASED UPON THE AWARD OF CONTRACT BY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA.

12. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-11-238: AWARDING THE BID TO PLANTATION FORD IN THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF $48,776.88 FOR THE PURCHASE OF ONE FIRE PREVENTION VEHICLE AND ONE SUPPORT VEHICLE FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT CONSISTING OF ONE FORD F250 AND ONE HYBRID ESCAPE; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 305-311-6613.

13. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-11-239: OF THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL ACCEPTING THE FEDERAL GRANT AWARD (EMW-2009-FO-04824) IN THE AMOUNT OF $66,000.00 FOR FIRE STATION EXHAUST VENTILATION SYSTEMS THROUGH THE ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS GRANT PROGRAM; PROVIDING FOR FEDERAL FUNDING IN THE AMOUNT OF $66,000.00 (70%) AND FOR THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL TO PROVIDE MATCHING FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $16,000.00 (30%).

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Drug Bust of Pain Clinic

At approximately 9:30am, members of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Florida Department of Health, Broward Drug Task Force and the Lauderhill Police Department, executed a records/forensic search warrant at the Quality Pain Management Clinic located at 4522 Inverrary Blvd.

Upon entering 13 people were inside waiting for treatment and having drugs dispensed. All were taken outside and four were immediately arrested by DEA for possessing illegal drugs.

Inside all cameras, files and computers were seized for further investigation. The doctor was not on scene and is being sought by DEA.

At 1 PM, all agencies were still present conducting interviews and holding those who showed up since the warrant.

Santa Delivery


Sunday, December 05, 2010

Donations Needed for Annual Food and Toy Drive

The City of Lauderhill Invites You to Participate in our Annual Food and Toy Drive for Lauderhill Residents in Need.

The Fire-Rescue Department is teaming up with the Parks and Leisure Services Department in their effort to help Lauderhill residents in need during the 2010 Holiday Season. Starting Monday, November 29th, 2010, we will be collecting food and toys at all of the Lauderhill Fire Stations.

If you would like to help, we will be accepting new / unwrapped toys and NON-PERISHABLE food items until Friday, December 17th, 2010. If you would like to make a donation, please make checks payable to "Lauderhill We Care Fund."

You may drop off your donations or check to any of our Fire Stations:

Station #57 (Headquarters – 1980 NW 56 Ave.)
Station #30 (1181 NW 41 Terrace)
Station #73 (7801 NW 50 Street)
Station #110 (3120 NW 12 Place)

If you would like to make a donation and cannot get to one of our Fire Stations, please call Fire-Rescue Headquarters at (954) 730-2950, and arrangements can be made to have your donations picked up.

The City of Lauderhill wishes you and your family a safe and healthy holiday season!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Encore Performing Arts Center Performs "Musicville High"

On Saturday, December 18 at 4 pm, at the Dillard Center for the Arts, 2501 NW 11st Street, Ft. Lauderdale, Encore Performing Arts Center will be performing "Musicville High." It is a story triumph filled with endless laughter.

Tickets are $15, and groups rates are available. To order tickets call 954-309-5665, or email at encorepac@gmail.com

Encore Performing Arts Center, Inc., is a non-profit children's theatre company committed to providing a safe environment and creative outlet for South Florida's youth. More information is available at www.encorepac.com.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

2nd ANNUAL U.S. CRICKET OPEN



Twenty (20) team from England, India, Caribbean and the USA will be converging on beautiful South Florida to complete for the T20 Championship Trophy and $30,000.00 in prize monies. Much like the format of major US golf and tennis opens, the US Cricket Open will be a fun-filled three day extravaganza (entertainment, cheerleaders, food) that will be the richest and largest T20 cricket tournament to be played in South Florida.

ADMISSION ---- FREE

2010 U.S. CRICKET OPEN SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida

Brian Piccolo Park, Cooper City, Florida

DECEMBER 3, 2010 – FRIDAY :

CENTRAL BROWARD REGIONAL PARK

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM -- Opening Ceremonies – Central Broward Regional Park
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM -- Morning matches
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM -- Afternoon matches
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM -- Evening matches

BRIAN PICCOLO PARK- NORTH/SOUTH
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM -- Morning matches
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM -- Afternoon matches

DECEMBER 4, 2010 – SATURDAY:

CENTRAL BROWARD REGIONAL PARK
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM -- Morning matches
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM -- Afternoon matches
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM -- Evening matches

BRIAN PICCOLO PARK- NORTH/SOUTH
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM -- Morning matches
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM -- Afternoon matches

DECEMBER 5 2010 – SUNDAY:

CENTRAL BROWARD REGIONAL PARK
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM -- Semi-Final Matches
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM -- Half-Time Musical Festival
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM -- U.S. Cricket Open Championship - Finals
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM -- Championship Trophy Presentation

Saturday, November 27, 2010

BROWARD COUNTY FAIR OPENS THIS WEEK!

Broward County Fair’s 35th Year!

November 24 - December 5, 2010

The All New Broward County Fair will feature midway rides, the Flying Wallendas thrill show, Kazoobie Kazoo Show, contests and entertainment on two stages, a sports bar tent, a green market, and student, agriculture and animal exhibits.

LOCATED AT THE APPLEBEE’S ENTRANCE ON PINES BOULEVARD AT 103RD AVENUE.
10300 Pines Boulevard
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
(Just West of Pembroke Pines City Hall)

General admission (which excludes rides) is $10 for ages 12 and older, $5 for ages 3 to 11, and free for ages 2 and younger. For details on fair offerings, including money-saving specials, visit www.BrowardFair.org or call 954-922-2224.

Free General Parking and $5.00 Preferred Parking

Area by the front gate is a drop off/pick up zone for parents,
and will accommodate a 15 minute waiting period.
Entrance is with all other traffic at 103rd avenue entrance.
We will have Pembroke Pines police presence until 1/2 hour after closing each night.

Stage Schedule Highlights:

Wed, Nov. 24 (5 p.m.-midnight)

Xpelled (6 p.m.)
School of Rock (9 p.m.)
Leave it 2 us (9 p.m.)

Sat., Nov. 27 (noon-midnight) - Country Night

Amber Leigh (country music) (8 p.m. & 10 p.m.)
Sun., Nov. 28 (noon-11 p.m.)

Roll the Stones tribute band (6:30 p.m.)
White Noise (8:30 p.m.)

Tues., Nov. 30 (5-11 p.m.)

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band (7 p.m. & 9 p.m.)
Wed., Dec. 1 (5-11 p.m.)

Peter Betan (acoustic guitarist) (5 p.m.)
True Blue Classic Rock (6:30 p.m.)
Blues Brothers Soul Band (8:30 p.m.)

Thurs., Dec. 2 (5-11 p.m.)

Roots Shakedown (8:30 p.m.)

Fri., Dec. 3 (3 p.m.-midnight)

Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton (5 p.m. & 9 p.m.)

Sat., Dec. 4 (noon-midnight)

Classic Rock Therapy (1 p.m.)
Lu White and The Hot Rods (3 p.m.)
Hep Cat Boo Daddies (8 p.m.)

Sun., Dec. 5 (noon-10 p.m.)

Latin Night - (Latin-theme entertainment TBA)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

2010 Lauderhill State of The City Speech on Comcast

On Comcast Channel 78, the 2010 State of the City Speech, given by Mayor Richard J Kaplan, will be broadcasted each day at 1 PM and 7 PM, until Dec. 1.

A written copy of the Speech will be placed on the Lauderhill Web Site for reading, www.lauderhill-fl.gov.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Happy Thanksgiving Prayer


We Give Thanks

We give thanks for the pleasure Of gathering together for this occasion.

We give thanks for this food Prepared by loving hands.

We give thanks for life, The freedom to enjoy it all And all other blessings.

As we partake of this food, We pray for health and strength And give thanks for friends and family gathered here today.

Amen

From my family and myself, we wish all a Happy Thanksgiving.
Go Lions.

Mayor Richard J Kaplan

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sadkin Community Center Senior Daily Events

Monday through Thursday each week there are events schedule for Seniors at the Sadkin Community Center. The center is located at 1176 NW 42nd Way, in Lauderhill, and Most events are Free.

Monday - Thursday, 9-11 am, Coffee & Tea Time
Monday - Thursday, 9 - 12:30 pm, Dominoes
Tuesdays, 10 - 10:30 am, Exercise Class
Monday - Thursday, 11:45 - 12:15 pm, Lunch Program (Donations Excepted)
Monday - Thursday, 9 - 12:30 pm, Nautilus
By Appointment Only - 9:30 - Noon, by Appointment Only (800-963-5337), S.H.I.N.E. (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders)
Thursday, 10 - 10:45 am, Yoga Class
Monday - Thursday, 9 - 12:30 pm, Socialization
Mondays, 10:15 - 11:15 am, Water Aerobics
Thursdays, 11 - 12:30 pm, Arts & Crafts Class

You must have a senior program membership ID card to participate, and adults must be 55 years or older. The membership card is $5/year for residents and $25/year for non-residents. For more information call 954-321-2450 for these and other programs offered by not listed.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Volunteer Opportunity - Florida Ombudsman

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program advocates for residents in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult family care homes. Volunteers are needed to improve the quality of life and secure residents’ rights for this frail population. Training is provided.

If interested, please contact a local office at 1-888-831-0404 or visit us on our website: http://ombudsman.myflorida.com for additional information.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Explore Adoption

Explore Adoption mission is to find families for Florida's Kids. Childnet is working to find parents to adopt children. On any given day, about 850 Florida children are looking for a family to love them, and a permanent place to call home.

Adopting a children through the public adoption system costs little or nothing. The children often receive a monthly subsidy, and if so, are eligible to receive health care through the Medicaid program until age 18. They are also eligible for free tuition at any state university, community college or vocational school in Florida.

The Florida Adoption Information Center will put you in touch with people in your area who will help you begin the adoption process. Call 800-96-ADOPT or www.adoptflorida.org. Your local adoption recruiter is Childnet, Lanecia Radcliff, 954-336-3448, LRadcliff@childnet.us.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The City of Lauderhill Is Proud to Announce the Ground Breaking for the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center

The City of Lauderhill Officials will be breaking ground for Lauderhill’s State of the Art Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, at 10 AM.

The address to the facility is 3800 Lauderhill Avenue of the Arts (NW 11 Place), Lauderhill, FL 33313. This is located on the Northeast corner of the 441 and Sunrise Boulevard – very close to the entrance of the Central Broward Regional Park.

The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center will include a 1200-seat theatre equipped with stage, dressing rooms and state of the art sound and lighting equipment, a 10,000 square foot library with computer labs, meeting and banquet rooms, outdoor plazas, public art, and a full catering kitchen. It will provide a modern venue for performances, classes, meetings, social gatherings and more.

Join the team who has designed and will build our community’s cultural jewel – at the Ground Breaking:

- Architects Westlake, Reed, and Leslosky
- Designer Cecil Hayes - founder of Cecil's Designers Unlimited
- Public Artist Alison Sky
- Builders D. Stephenson Construction, Inc.

Construction should be complete in 2012.

If you plan to attend, please call Katia at 954-730-3000, or email her at klolagne@lauderhill-fl.gov.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Police Blotter - Arrests

Two weeks ago three males entered the Star 7 store with handguns, located at 2992 NW 55 Av. and forcibly took $500 from the cash register, the clerk's wallet and cell phone and fled in a waiting Mercury Marquis. Officer Gonzalez spotted the vehicle getting on the Turnpike heading south. He stopped the vehicle and the four occupants were detained. After obtaining a search warrant for the vehicle, all four were arrested for robbery, two handguns and all property was returned. The vehicle was a rental from Miami.

A arrest warrant was obtained for two people who had called Dominos for a delivery and robbed the delivery person. Both were arrested from the central district.

Around the same time, a male wearing a mask pointed a handgun at a victim in the parking lot of Brampton Court and took her 2000 Mercury Marquis. Sgt. Pulitano located the vehicle on Sunrise Blvd. and the Turnpike entrance. A brief foot pursuit ensued and the suspect was taken into custody.

All seven charged with robbery and one additionally charged with auto theft.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Lauderhill Organizations Open the Lauderhill International Trade Incubator & Genesis I Art Gallery!

The City of Lauderhill, Lauderhill Sister Cities International, and the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce have opened the Lauderhill International Trade Incubator & Genesis I Art Gallery on October 22, 2010. Located at 1713 NW 38th Ave, Lauderhill, the International Trade Incubator (ITI) will nurture and grow small businesses in the City of Lauderhill that would like to participate in import/export trade.

Over the course of the next two (2) years, the occupants of the ITI will work with a team of advisors from the City of Lauderhill, the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development, Enterprise Florida, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, the Small Business Development Center and the Minority Business Enterprise Center.

Adjacent to the International Trade Incubator is the Genesis I Art Gallery. The Gallery will feature the work of six (6) visual artists from the Lauderhill Arts Center located in Central Lauderhill. The public is invited to tour the new Genesis I Art Gallery.

The artists participating are Karl “Jerry” Craig, Liliana Gerardi, Cristina Keller, Louis Louissaint, Vaughn Tucker and Corinne Wakeland. These dynamic individuals represent different media, methods and styles. Their paintings cover a wide range of expressions from realistic landscapes, portraiture, still life, and figurative to exciting abstracts. Each of the artists migrated to the U.S. from various countries adding to the cultural richness and diversity of their works.

For more information, please contact Elijah Wooten at 954-730-3041 or visit www.lauderhillCRA.com.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Bates and Thurston Win

On November 2, the voters decided to return Commissioner Margaret Bates to Seat 3, and to elect Commissioner-Elect Ken Thurston to the open Seat 2. Both are 2 year terms. In 2012, Seat 1, 2, and 3 will be up for election.

Swearing in for the City Commission, including for the Re-election of Mayor Richard J Kaplan, and Commissioner Hayward Benson to Seat 4, both for 4 year terms, will be on Tuesday November 16, 12 noon, at City Hall. All are invited.

Monday, November 01, 2010

eLauderhill News Endorsements for November 2nd Election

In the Nov. 2 General Elections, voters will be faced with a very long ballot. A quick summation is below. For more details, see the article published on October 16.

US Senate - Charlie Crist - NPA
Florida Governor - Alex Sink - Dem
Attorney General - Dan Gelber - Dem
Commissioner of Agriculture - Scott Maddox - Dem
State Senator District 32 - Jeremy Ring - Dem
State Representative District 96 - Ari Porth - Dem
County Court Judge Group 1 - John D. Fry
County Court Judge Group 26 - F.J. McLawrence
Lauderhill City Commission Seat 2 - Joel Leshinsky
Lauderhill City Commission Seat 3 - M. Margaret Bates

FLORIDA CONSTITUTION AMENDMENTS

Amendment #1 - Repeal of Public Campaign Financing requirements - NO.
Amendment #2 - Homestead ad valorem tax credit for deployed military personnel -YES
Amendment #4 - Referenda required for adoption and amendment of local government comprehensive land use plans - NO.
Amendment #5 - Standards for Legislature to follow in legislative redistricting -YES
Amendment #6 - Standards for Legislature to follow in congressional redistricting - YES
Amendment #8 - Revision of the class size requirements for public schools - YES
Referendum - A Non Binding Referendum calling for an Amendment to the US Constitution to require a balanced federal budget without raising taxes - NO.

BROWARD COUNTY CHARTER REFERENDUMS:

#1 Charter Review Commission and Management and Efficiency Study Commission should meet every 10 years instead of 6 years - No.
#2 County Ethics Code shall control over Municipal Ethic Codes - No.
#3 Broward County Constitituional Officers to be subject to the Broward County Code of Ethics - Yes.
#4 Establish a Charter Officer of Inspector General to investigate county and municipal misconduct and gross mismangement - Yes.
#5 To send direction to the Legislature that Broward County Residents want the County to be able to show on the tax bill the share of property taxes that is attributable to Constitutional Officers - Yes.

YMCA Financial Boot Camp to Start

Friday, October 29, 2010

Celebrate Arbor Day and Lauderhill Becoming a "Playful City USA"

On Monday, November 1, the City of Lauderhill Invites You to Celebrate Arbor Day, Becoming a “Playful City USA,” and the Opening of the New Park on NW 47 Avenue.

The Arbor Day and “Playful City USA” Celebration will take place at 10 am; and the Ribbon Cutting / Grand Opening for the NW 47 Avenue Park at 11 am.

The historic site of Lauderhill’s First City Hall (1080 NW 47th Avenue) is about to re-open to the community - but this time as a brand new park! The old City Hall building from Lauderhill’s inception built in 1959 was demolished after Hurricane Wilma damaged it beyond repair. At the request of United Homeowner President, Walton Hunter, the Lauderhill Commission eagerly welcomed the idea to build a community park in the neighborhood.

With community input, the park’s architect Barranco Gonzalez, Inc. designed a passive park which features a playground area, a decorative fountain, gazebo, colorful outdoor benches and tables. There is also a walking trail and small amphitheater to be adorned with public art. “Public art - is yet again - being placed in one of our parks. As the Chair of the Public Art Board and a Commissioner of the City, I couldn’t be prouder to build a beautiful new park in my own community,” states Commissioner M. Margaret Bates. Phase II of this new park will include a community room.

At 10 am on Monday, November 1st, join Lauderhill’s youth as they acknowledge and celebrate Arbor Day and Lauderhill’s new “Playful City USA” designation as they plant several trees and plants in the park’s garden before jumping on the brand new playground equipment! This hands-on planting project allows Lauderhill students to partake in making the City clean and green while acknowledging Arbor Day! As a newly designated “Playful City USA,” it is important that the youth who live in the area feel a sense of pride and ownership for their park and feel encouraged to play in it often.

At 11 am, join the Mayor, City Commission, and United Lauderhill Homeowners’ Association and celebrate Arbor Day, Playful City USA, and the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the NW 47 Avenue Park. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information call 954-730-3000.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

FDOT Settles Lawsuit on Peeling Light Poles

Florida Department of Transportation has agreed to a settlement with Defendants on the defective peeling light poles that were installed throughout Broward County. The poles have been an issue for residents everywhere, including Lauderhill, and were unsightly.

The Settlement calls for the subcontractor to repaint and repair most of the poles, and some will be replaced. Work is expected to begin early next year.

While the location of the poles are throughout Lauderhill and Broward County, it is noted that many of them within Lauderhill (but not all) are on 55th Ave., 56th Ave., 68th Ave., Atrium, Inverrary, Rock Island, University Drive, and Oakland Park Blvd.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Notes of the CRA, Special Workshop and Commission Meeting of October 25

On October 25, the City Commission held a regular CRA and regular Commission Meeting, the last of the legislative session before the elections. The following are notes of interest (all items passed below unanimously unless otherwise indicated):

CRA MEETING:

1) EXTEND INTERNATIONAL TRADE INCUBATOR LEASE

ITEM#1: RESOLUTION NO. 10R-10-04: AUTHORIZING THE COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE AN EXTENSION OF THE LEASE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS INCUBATOR AT 1711-1717 N.W. 38TH AVENUE; PROVIDING FOR AN EXTENSION THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 AT THE SAME MONTHLY RATE; PROVIDING TERMS AND CONDITIONS; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS.

2) SISTER CITIES CHAGUANAS VISIT - Planned for the end of November

3) FINANCING OPTIONS AND PROJECTS ON SR 7

4) NEW BUSINESS


SPECIAL COMMISSION WORKSHOP

The only item was a report on the expenditure of NSP Funds by the City. The following are notes from that report:

Lauderhill received $4.293 M which is required to be obligated by 9/4/10. We obligated 100% by 8/28/10. 25% or $1.073 M was required for low income. We exceed this and provided for low income 35% or $1.469 M.

Lauderhill has 48 months to expend or 3/3/13 the $4.293 M. By 10/22/10 we have expended 58%, which is one of the highest rates nationwide.

Down payment and closing costs assistance has 17 recipients, and 11 so far have closed for $786,812.

The City purchased 28 properties, 5 sold, 6 are under contract, 4 schedule to close by end of October. Financing option provided by Lauderhill Housing Authority in the amount of $552,000.

Program impediments primarily is the resale of condominiums purchased since condominiums are not approving the sale from the city to new residents. The problem is their income restrictions. If we cannot sell the units, we could rent them.

To our knowledge, we have been advised that Lauderhill is one of the most successful cities in the US in complying with this program, and we have received an additional $1.5 M to expend under this program. Only a few cities even comes close to matching our compliance with this federal program.


REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING:


VII. PRESENTATIONS:

A. ANNUAL REPORT PRESENTATION TO COMMISSION ON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ACTIVITIES BY JOHN BECKFORD.

B. MPO PRESENTATION ON CENTRAL EAST WEST CORRIDOR -- LOCALLY PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE STUDY. No Rail will go through Lauderhill. A Rapid Bus or BRT will go through a section, but more emphasis will be placed towards I-595 between Sawgrass Mills, downtown Ft. Lauderdale, and the airport. Other transit modes will be placed on Broward Blvd., Sunrise Blvd., Oakland Park Blvd., Commercial Blvd. and 441.


ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS --- SECOND READING:

1. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-09-164: PROCLAMATIONS; PROVIDING WHEREAS AND THEREFORE CLAUSES TO BE INCLUDED IN ALL PROCLAMATIONS TO INCLUDE ALL COMMISSIONERS NAMES AUTOMATICALLY WHENEVER THE MAYOR ISSUES A PROCLAMATION(REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER HAYWARD J. BENSON).

2. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-09-167: CREATING ARTICLE III, AUTOMATED TRAFFIC INFRACTION DETECTORS; CREATING PROVISIONS RELATIVE TO “THE MARK WANDALL TRAFFIC SAFETY ACT” TO PROVIDE FOR THE CREATION OF THE UNMANNED CAMERA MONITORING SYSTEM FOR ENFORCEMENT OF RED LIGHT SIGNAL VIOLATIONS.

RESOLUTIONS
ADMINISTRATION


3. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-10-210: APPROVING THE JOINT PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN BROWARD COUNTY AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF INSTALLATION COSTS FOR ENTRANCE FEATURES IN CONNECTION WITH WEST KEN LARK SOUTH, BID PACKAGE 4 OF NORTH CENTRAL COUNTY NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM; PROVIDING THAT BROWARD COUNTY WILL PAY THE CITY A MAXIMUM UP TO $26,000.00 AS REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE INSTALLATION OF THE ENTRANCE FEATURE.

4. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-10-211: APPROVING THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE MASTER RECREATION LEASE AGREEMENT REGARDING WEST KEN LARK COMMUNITY PARK; REMOVING THE USE OF ROYAL PALM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, CASTLE HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AND LAUDERHILL PAUL TURNER ELEMENTARY; ADDING THE USE OF THE WINGATE OAKS CENTER KNOWN AS WEST KEN LARK COMMUNITY PARK; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION BY CITY MANAGER.


COMMISSION

5. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-10-215: A RESOLUTION ADVOCATING FOR THE LAUDERHILL REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUPPORTING THE COLE BROS. CIRCUS LAUDERHILL TO BENEFIT FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES OF LAUDERHILL RUNNING NOVEMBER 17TH THROUGH NOVEMBER 21ST. TO BE LOCATED AAT THE CORNER OF 441 AND SUNRISE BLVD.

6. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-10-217: AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ISSUE A LETTER OF INTENT TO ESTABLISH A SISTER CITY RELATIONSHIP WITH FIUGGI, ITALY; PROVIDING THAT THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND FIUGGI, ITALY WILL COOPERATE TO DEVELOP BUSINESS, ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL EXCHANGES FOR THE MUTUAL BENEFIT OF THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND FIUGGI, ITALY.


DEES

7. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-10-218: APPROVING AND ACCEPTING VARIOUS EASEMENT AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND PROPERTY OWNERS ALONG PINE ISLAND ROAD REGARDING THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS RELATIVE TO THE EASEMENT AREA FOR ASSESS TO THE SOUND AND SECURITY WALL TO MAINTAIN IT.


POLICE

8. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-10-220: APPROVING THE EXPENDITURE OF FUNDS FROM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT FEDERAL FORFEITURE FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,000.00 TO DONATE TO THE WINNERS OF THE LAUDERHILL COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY CONTEST TO BE USED TOWARDS TUITION, ROOM, BOARD AND/OR BOOKS FOR THE 2010-11 SCHOOL YEAR; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 110-683-9936; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN).

9. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-10-224: APPROVING THE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SCHOOL BOARD OF BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA REGARDING THE ASSIGNMENTS AT LAUDERHILL MIDDLE AND PARKWAY MIDDLE.


QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS:
QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS, FIRST READING:


10. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-10-225: GRANTING TO WAIL ENTERPRISES, INC. D/B/A HOOK’S FISH STEAK LEMONADE A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER, SUBJECT TO CONDITIONS, TO ALLOW A SINGLE DRIVE-THROUGH LANE IN CONJUNCTION WITH A FREE-STANDING RESTAURANT ON A ± 6.544 ACRE SITE IN THE GENERAL COMMERCIAL (CG) ZONING DISTRICT LOCATED ON A PORTION OF TRACT “A”, C & U SHOPPING CENTER, MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 7468 COMMERCIAL BOULEVARD, LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA. Passed 4-0-1, with Mayor Kaplan abstaining due to a conflict of interest.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Lauderhill Police Department’s Halloween Safety Day Event

The Lauderhill Police Department will host their 2nd Annual Halloween Safety Day Event to provide safety tips for kids and their parents. Bring your kids out to meet our Police Officers, Firefighters, Police Explorers, and our Citizens on Patrol Volunteers. This event is FREE, but all attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods to support our upcoming Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Who:----Presented by the Lauderhill Police Department
Where:--Sadkin Community Center – 1176 NW 42 Way
When:---Friday, October 29, 4 pm – 8:30 pm
What:---Police and Fire Demonstrations
-----------Child Seat Belt Safety Inspections
-----------Car Seat Give-A-Ways
-----------Free Child I.D. Cards
-----------Free Halloween Safety Bags and Candy
-----------Haunted House
-----------Prizes, Food, and Games
-----------Entertainment

This event is geared for parents and children 13 years old and under. Please stop by and learn about the programs and assistance the City of Lauderhill’s Police Department has to offer.

For more information please call (954)717-1558 or (954)717-4626.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Early Voting Begins


Early voting for the November elections begins today. Voting can be done at several centers around the county from today through October 31, but not on Sundays.

The Early Voting Precincts in Lauderhill, or adjacent to the city are at the Lauderhill Mall and at the Tamarac Library on Commercial Blvd.

If you are unable to Early Vote or Absentee, then you can vote at your regular precinct on Tuesday, November 2 from 7 am to 7 pm.

As a reminder, eLauderhill News has recommended to elect Joel Leshinsky for Lauderhill Commission Seat 2 and re-elect M. Margaret Bates for Lauderhill Commission Seat 3.

For more information from the Supervisor of Elections go to http://www.browardsoe.org/.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

eLauderhill News Recommends . . Candidates, Florida Constitution Amendments & Broward Charter Changes

In the Nov. 2 General Elections, voters will be faced with a very long ballot. Early voting begins Oct. 18.

Rather than give a detail of every race, and recommendation, eLauderhill News is providing recommendations only in the following races (those running against a write-in are not included since it is commonly accepted that the named candidate has already won):

US Senate - Charlie Crist - NPA
Florida Governor - Alex Sink - Dem
Attorney General - Dan Gelber - Dem
Commissioner of Agriculture - Scott Maddox - Dem
State Senator District 32 - Jeremy Ring - Dem
State Representative District 96 - Ari Porth Dem
County Court Judge Group 1 - John D. Fry
County Court Judge Group 26 - F.J. McLawrence
Lauderhill City Commission Seat 2 - Joel Leshinsky
Lauderhill City Commission Seat 3 - M. Margaret Bates

FLORIDA CONSTITUTION AMENDMENTS


Amendment #1 - Repeal of Public Campaign Financing requirements - NO.

Amendment #2 - Homestead ad valorem tax credit for deployed military personnel -YES

Amendment #4 - Referenda required for adoption and amendment of local government comprehensive land use plans - NO. In Broward County alone it would virtual stop all future land use changes even when wanted by the public, and it is feared the public would pay for the ballot initiatives in their city and county-wide.

Amendment #5 - Standards for Legislature to follow in legislative redistricting -YES

Amendment #6 - Standards for Legislature to follow in congressional redistricting - YES

Amendment #8 - Revision of the class size requirements for public schools - YES

Referendum - A Non Binding Referendum calling for an Amendment to the US Constitution to require a balanced federal budget without raising taxes - NO. Not because we don't agree with the concept, on the contrary. However, the language on the ballot is not the same as the explanation, and therefore is believed misleading.

BROWARD COUNTY CHARTER REFERENDUMS:

#1 Charter Review Commission and Management and Efficiency Study Commission should meet every 10 years instead of 6 years - NO. Though it costs more, the public needs to be able to make changes to their government through such procedures more often.

#2 County Ethics Code shall control over Municipal Ethic Codes - No. Not because there shouldn't be a Municipal Ethic Code, but that the Charter Review Commission made changes that were written specifically for the County, and not Municipalities. Instead the same independent board of residents should create such a Code and not the County Commissioners who were resistant to create a code of their own.

#3 Broward County Constitituional Officers to be subject to the Broward County Code of Ethics - Yes.

#4 Establish a Charter Officer of Inspector General to investigate county and municipal misconduct and gross mismangement - Yes. However it should have been a Constitutional Officer.

#5 To send direction to the Legislature that Broward County Residents want the County to be able to show on the tax bill the share of property taxes that is attributable to Constitutional Officers - Yes.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Candidates for Lauderhill City Commission Meet at Environ

On October 27, beginning at 6:30 PM, the Candidates for Lauderhill City Commission, Seat 2 and 3, will be presented to the public. The meeting will take place at the Environ Cultural Center and is open to the Public. The Public may ask questions of the candidates. The ECC will be conducting this Meeting.

Also, anyone with an Absentee Ballot may bring it to the Meeting. The ECC is collecting absentee ballots up until Oct. 29 at 3 PM. Then they will hand deliver the ballots to the Supervisor of Elections Office.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Lauderhill Holds Florida Housing Help Workshop


The Florida Department of Financial Services will host a Housing Help Workshop designed to educate and assist families facing foreclosure. The workshop will include opportunities to meet personally with mortgage lenders, HUD-certified housing counselors, Lauderhill Housing Authority, legal assistance, credit counseling services,and many other foreclosure assistance programs. Also receive information on home weatherization programs and tips for reducing home insurance premiums.

Saturday, October 16, 2010 • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion at 10:30 a.m.

City Hall Multipurpose Room
5581 W. Oakland Park Blvd, Lauderhill, FL 33313

For more information, contact Commissioner Bates’ Office
(954) 777-2044 or (954) 730-3000

Sponsored by Commissioner M. Margaret Bates and Mayor Richard J. Kaplan

PLEASE BRING THESE ITEMS IF AVAILABLE:

􀀵 Driver’s license or picture ID and Social Security Card
􀀵 Recent paycheck stubs
􀀵 Recent bank statements
􀀵 Recent mortgage statement
􀀵 Hardship letter explaining delinquency of mortgage payment


Saturday, October 09, 2010

If Abbott and Costello Were Alive Today

You have to be old enough to remember Abbott and Costello, and too old to REALLY understand computers, to fully appreciate this. For those of us who sometimes get flustered by our computers, please read on....

If Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were alive today, their infamous sketch, 'Who's on First?' might have turned out something like this:

COSTELLO CALLS TO BUY A COMPUTER FROM ABBOTT

ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?

COSTELLO: Thanks I'm setting up an office in my den and I'm thinking about buying a computer.

ABBOTT: Mac?

COSTELLO: No, the name's Lou.

ABBOTT: Your computer?

COSTELLO: I don't own a computer. I want to buy one.

ABBOTT: Mac?

COSTELLO: I told you, my name's Lou.

ABBOTT: What about Windows?

COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here?

ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?

COSTELLO: I don't know. What will I see when I look at the windows?

ABBOTT: Wallpaper.

COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.

ABBOTT: Software for Windows?

COSTELLO: No.. On the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals, track expenses and run my business. What do you have?

ABBOTT: Office.

COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?

ABBOTT: I just did.

COSTELLO: You just did what?

ABBOTT: Recommend something.

COSTELLO: You recommended something?

ABBOTT: Yes.

COSTELLO: For my office?

ABBOTT: Yes.

COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office?

ABBOTT: Office.

COSTELLO: Yes, for my office!

ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows.

COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, let's just say I'm sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?

ABBOTT: Word.

COSTELLO: What word?

ABBOTT: Word in Office.

COSTELLO: The only word in office is office.

ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.

COSTELLO: Which word in office for windows?

ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue 'W'.

COSTELLO: I'm going to click your blue 'w' if you don't start with some straight answers. What about financial bookkeeping? You have anything I can track my money with?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: That's right. What do you have?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?

ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer.

COSTELLO: What's bundled with my computer?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer?

ABBOTT: Yes. No extra charge.

COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?

ABBOTT: One copy.

COSTELLO: Isn't it illegal to copy money?

ABBOTT: Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.

COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money?

ABBOTT: Why not? THEY OWN IT!

(A few days later)

ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?

COSTELLO: How do I turn my computer off?

ABBOTT: Click on 'START'..............

Sunday, October 03, 2010

BCT Cost of Bus Fares and Passes Increases Effective October 1, 2010

At the September 14 public hearing, the Broward County Commission voted to increase the cost of bus fares and passes. Click here for new fare rates. All current bus passes will continue to work through their expiration date.

Broward County Transit’s transfer fee structures to and from Miami-Dade, Palm Tran and Tri-Rail transit systems will remain the same.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Lauderhill Press Release on Transfer of County Facilities in Annexed Areas

POSTED BY THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL, AND REPRINTED HERE:

The City of Lauderhill Would Like to Update Residents Regarding the Transfer of Water/Sewer Services as Well as the Title of Fire Station #14 from Broward County to the City of Lauderhill.

The City of Lauderhill is still waiting for Broward County to transfer the water/sewer services for the recently annexed areas of West Ken Lark, St. George and Broward Estates. Consequently, the City still has no title or access to the existing Fire Station #14 located within the corporate limits of the City of Lauderhill, and is still operating its Fire Rescue Department out of a temporary triple-wide trailer Fire Station constructed on NW 31 Avenue.

It has been and still is the City’s position that the use of taxpayer’s funds to build the temporary Fire Station was prompted by the County’s failure to act in good faith. The dollars spent on the Station could have been utilized for other projects in the City of Lauderhill – especially the proposed projects in the areas near 441.

Additionally, the City continues to pursue transfer of the water and sewer infrastructure in our annexed areas of West Ken Lark, St. George and Broward Estates so all of our citizen’s can receive the same services.

The frustration expressed by residents is mounting because of the continued position of Broward County to withhold the assets that they rightfully own as residents and taxpayers of the City of Lauderhill. We ask that you share your concerns with your County Commissioners and ask them to relinquish these assets to the City of Lauderhill immediately.

Commissioner Ilene Lieberman – District #1
954-357-7001 ilieberman@broward.org

Commissioner Albert C. Jones – District #9
954-357-7009 acjones@broward.org

Broward County Governmental Building – 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

Notes of the Commission Meeting of Sept. 27

On September 27, the City Commission met and the following are items of interest discussed (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):

ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS ----- FIRST READING:

1. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-09-165: AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHAPTER 9, FIRE PROTECTION, PREVENTION, AND LIFE SAFETY, ARTICLE IV, EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, SECTION 9-61, USER FEES, TO UPDATE THE CURRENT FEE STRUCTURE; AMENDING SECTION 9-62, DEFINITIONS, TO ADJUST MILEAGE CALCULATION AND TO PROVIDE A DEFINITION FOR “TREATMENT WITHOUT TRANSPORT.

2. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-09-167: CREATING ARTICLE III, AUTOMATED TRAFFIC INFRACTION DETECTORS; CREATING PROVISIONS RELATIVE TO “THE MARK WANDALL TRAFFIC SAFETY ACT” TO PROVIDE FOR THE CREATION OF THE UNMANNED CAMERA MONITORING SYSTEM FOR ENFORCEMENT OF RED LIGHT SIGNAL VIOLATIONS; PROVIDING ALL SUBSECTIONS. Passed 4-1, with Commissioner Berger voting against.


ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS --- SECOND READING:

3. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-09-154: FOR THE ISSUANCE OF ITS $6,565,000 CITY OF LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA HALF-CENT SALES TAX REVENUE REFUNDING BONDS, SERIES 2010 AS REFUNDING BONDS UNDER ORDINANCE NO. 96-110 ENACTED ON APRIL 29, 1996 THE PROCEEDS OF WHICH WILL BE APPLIED, TOGETHER WITH OTHER LEGALLY AVAILABLE FUNDS OF THE CITY, TO REFUND, ON A CURRENT BASIS, THE CITY’S HALF-CENT SALES TAX REVENUE BONDS, SERIES 2009 OUTSTANDING ON THE DATE OF REFUNDING AND PAY COSTS OF ISSUANCE OF THE SERIES 2010 BONDS; PROVIDING FOR THE TERMS OF SUCH SERIES 2010 BONDS; DETERMINING CERTAIN DETAILS OF THE SERIES 2010 BONDS; AWARDING THE SALE OF THE SERIES 2010 BONDS TO JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. PURSUANT TO A NEGOTIATED SALE.

4. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-09-155: AUTHORIZING INDEBTEDNESS IN THE FORM OF A LOAN IN THE AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF $10,000,000 FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCING, INCLUDING THROUGH REIMBURSEMENT, THE COST OF ACQUIRING, CONSTRUCTING, IMPROVING, EQUIPPING, REPAIRING AND RENOVATING VARIOUS PUBLIC FACILITIES, ALL AS SHALL BE SET FORTH IN THE CITY’S ADOPTED FIVE-YEAR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FROM TIME TO TIME; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION AND DELIVERY, OF A LOAN AGREEMENT WITH SUNTRUST BANK AND THE EXECUTION AND DELIVERY OF A PROMISSORY NOTE IN CONNECTION THEREWITH; PLEDGING THE REVENUES RECEIVED BY THE CITY FROM THE LEVY AND COLLECTION OF THE CITY’S WATER SERVICE UTILITY TAX TO PAYMENT OF THE AMOUNTS DUE UNDER THE LOAN AGREEMENT AND PROMISSORY NOTE; AWARDING THE LOAN TO SUNTRUST BANK PURSUANT TO A NEGOTIATED SALE.

5. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-09-156: APPROVING A SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION IN THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF $1,170,000.00 TO BALANCE THE FISCAL YEAR 2010 BUDGET.

6. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-09-157: AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES CHAPTER 21, WATER AND SEWER SERVICE, TO INCREASE WATER AND WASTEWATER SERVICE RATES WITH SAID INCREASE NECESSARY TO COVER THE COSTS OF PROVIDING SAID SERVICES TO THE RESIDENTS OF THE CITY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AUTOMATIC RATE ADJUSTMENT CONSISTENT WITH THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX; PROVIDING FOR THE NEW RATE STRUCTURE TO COMMENCE OCTOBER 1, 2010.

7. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-09-158: AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHAPTER 3, ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, SECTION 3-4, HOURS DURING WHICH SALES ARE PROHIBITED; PROVIDING THAT ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE SALES FOR CONSUMPTION OFF PREMISES IS PROHIBITED EVERYDAY FROM 2:00 A.M. TO 7:00 A.M.; (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN). Withdrawn to comply with correct Local Planning Agency procedure, so a new first reading will be on September 29.

8. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-09-159: AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES, APPENDIX G - FRANCHISES, ARTICLE III, GARBAGE, REFUSE AND TRASH; APPROVING THE AMENDMENT TO THE SCHEDULE OF RATES, FEES AND CHARGES PURSUANT TO THE FRANCHISE AGREEMENTS WITH WASTE MANAGEMENT, INC. AND INCORPORATING THEM INTO THE CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF OCTOBER 1, 2010.

9. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-09-160: AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES, APPENDIX G - FRANCHISES, ARTICLE III, GARBAGE, REFUSE AND TRASH; APPROVING THE AMENDMENT TO THE SCHEDULE OF RATES, FEES AND CHARGES PURSUANT TO THE FRANCHISE AGREEMENTS WITH ALL SERVICE REFUSE, INC. AND INCORPORATING THEM INTO THE CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF OCTOBER 1, 2010.


RESOLUTIONS
COMMISSION


10. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-09-200: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL ENCOURAGING THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO ACT PROMPTLY TO SPEND THE STIMULUS FUNDS IN ORDER TO STIMULATE THE FLORIDA ECONOMY; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE (REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER HOWARD BERGER).

11. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-09-201: APPOINTING MARIE SEGRE’ TO SERVE ON THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL’S ART, CULTURAL, TOURISM BOARD (ACT) BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN FOR THE TERM EXPIRING NOVEMBER 2014; APPROVING THE BOARD APPOINTMENT OF LYNNETTE HOUSTY TO SERVE AS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD FOR THE TERM EXPIRING JUNE 2012.

12. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-09-202: APPROVING THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES' APPOINTMENT OF MARC CELETTI TO SERVE AS A MEMBER OF THE FIRE PENSION BOARD FOR A TERM OF TWO (2) YEARS TO EXPIRE AUGUST 2012.


DEES

13. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-09-203: AWARDING THE BID TO SUPERIOR LANDSCAPING & LAWN SERVICES, INC. IN THE AMOUNT OF $169,510.00 FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF LANDSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS AND IRRIGATION IN THE MEDIAN OF SUNRISE BOULEVARD FROM STATE ROAD 7 THROUGH N.W. 31ST AVENUE; APPLYING THE $150,000.00 BROWARD BEAUTIFUL STATE THOROUGHFARE BEAUTIFICATION GRANT TOWARD THE COST; AUTHORIZING PAYMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $19,510.00 FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 305-351-06365.


POLICE

14. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-09-206: APPROVING THE EXPENDITURE OF FEDERAL FORFEITURE FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $5,151.00 AND INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $10,999.00 TO PURCHASE A REPLACEMENT POLICE MOTORCYCLE FROM BRUCE ROSSMEYER HARLEY-DAVIDSON, BASED UPON THE LOW QUOTE; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 110-683-9936 AND INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT FUNDS.


QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS:
QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS, FIRST READING:


15. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-09-207: GRANTING TO OKS - COMMERCIAL & U, LLC A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER, SUBJECT TO CONDITIONS, TO ALLOW A SINGLE DRIVE THROUGH LANE AND 18 DRIVE-IN CAR STALLS IN CONJUNCTION WITH A FREESTANDING RESTAURANT BUILDING ON A ± 2.0 NET ACRE SITE IN THE GENERAL COMMERCIAL (CG) ZONING DISTRICT.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tropical Depression 16 (a/k/a Tropical Storm Nicole) Approaches - Update #3

UPDATE #3 FROM BROWARD COUNTY:

The Tropical Storm Warning for Broward County has been discontinued; however, a Flood Watch continues to be in effect until 8 p.m. this evening, according to the National Weather Service. Inland flooding from heavy rains remains a primary concern for emergency officials. The Broward County Emergency Operations Center is continuously monitoring Tropical Storm Nicole and is coordinating communication with all 31 cities in Broward.

At this time there are no reports of significant flooding that impact commerce or transportation. The business operations at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport are running normally. Some airlines have reported minor flight delays. Travelers can check flight status for the airlines servicing the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport at www.broward.org/airport. Businesses at Port Everglades are continuing as normal today, under the requirements established by the U.S. Coast Guard for severe weather. Cruise passengers should check with their cruise lines for possible schedule changes.

Residents are cautioned to use care when traveling and to continue to monitor local radio and television news reports for updates. Residents can call the Broward County Call Center at 954-831-4000 or 3-1-1, follow Broward County at Twitter.com/ReadyBroward or subscribe to the County's Hurricane Update eMail System by visiting www.broward.org/hurricane.


OLDER POSTS FROM BROWARD COUNTY:

As Tropical Depression 16 has approached South Florida, Broward County has been placed under a Tropical Storm Warning and Flood Watch by the National Weather Service. The Flood Watch is effective as of 4:00 p.m. today. Broward County Emergency Management Division is actively monitoring the situation and will issue advisories as conditions warrant.

A Tropical Storm Warning means there is a potential for tropical storm conditions within 36 hours. A Flood Watch means that the potential exists for significant flooding affecting property.

The anticipated impact of this system is expected to be torrential rainfall and the potential for significant flooding, with the possibility of tropical storm force winds over parts of the area. Residents should prepare for the potential of significant flooding tonight and Wednesday. Be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live, but especially if you live in a low-lying area or near water.

Before the Storm Safety Tips

•Secure or bring inside all lawn furniture and other outside objects that could become a projectile in high winds.
•Secure loose items that could impede water drainage (such as trash receptacles). Clear catch basins, drain covers and swale areas of debris.
•As winds increase, remember that vehicles in tow and high-profile vehicles such as trucks, vans, SUVs, or when towing a trailer, are more prone to being pushed or flipped by high wind gusts.
•Contact your cruise line or airline if you have questions about your travel plans.

Residents are urged to stay tuned to television and radio to keep up-to-date with advisories on Tropical Storm Nicole. To stay informed, residents can follow Broward County at Twitter.com/ReadyBroward.

For information on preparedness, visit www.broward.org/hurricane. Residents can also visit the newly launched all hazards preparedness initiative http://www.readysouthflorida.org/. The Web site provides tips on how to develop an emergency plan for the home and business, create an emergency kit and be informed during a disaster. It is available in English, Spanish and Creole.

FROM THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL:

We are currently under a Tropical Storm Warning which means we will be feeling Tropical Storm effects within the next 36 hours. (For which we are 12 hours into)

Cuyler and Herb Johnson have been coordinating with SFWMD officials regarding canal levels. We will need to continue to monitor throughout the day and evening for any changes. All of our pump stations and flood control infrastructure has been inspected and tested as of this morning.

Current forecast model tracks put the Tropical Storm Center along the coast at the Broward Co./Palm Bch Co. line at 8:00 PM Wednesday evening.

Summary From Broward Emergency Management Agency regarding NOAA Conference Call this morning:

· As of 4:00 AM this morning, the NWS issued a FLOOD WATCH for Broward, Miami-Dade, Collier and mainland Monroe. The FLOOD WATCH is in effect from 4:00 PM this afternoon until 2:00 PM Wednesday.

· Tropical development likely south of Florida today. Possible transition to "hybrid" system as it passes near South Florida late tomorrow or early Thursday.

· Regardless of what type of system impacts our area, the main threat for South Florida continues to be torrential rainfall and potential for significant flooding.

· Rainfall Forecasts: Model forecasts and human-adjusted forecasts suggest 2-day average rainfall amounts of 3-5 inches over eastern parts of South Florida from 8:00 AM Tuesday to 8:00 AM Thursday, with 2-3 inches over western parts.

· This type of weather pattern favors development of heavy rain bands which could produce even higher rainfall values.

· The Broward EOC is at a Level 3 which means that EMD is actively monitoring and assessing the situation.

Impacts

· Flooding: Significant flooding entering structures is possible, especially in historically flood-prone areas.

· Timing: Tuesday evening through Wednesday night.

· Present indications are that the SE Florida metro areas may be more likely to see greatest flood potential.

· A FLOOD WATCH means that the potential exists for significant flooding affecting property.

· Tornado threat may be higher than normal, but right now is not a primary concern for NWS.

· Wind: Potential for Tropical Storm force winds Wednesday afternoon/evening over parts of area.

At this time, Public Schools in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties are schedule to be open. Schools will continue to monitor and update. In Broward County, you should check with http://www.browardschools.com/ for the most current information.

We will continue to monitor very closely any forecast changes. Broward Emergency Operation Center has not taken any actions as of yet except to coordinate NOAA conference calls. Updates from the City will be sent out through this system as warranted.

Update: Flooding conditions throughout the night, and thankfully, the city did not have any significant problems to report. However, the forecast still call for heavy rain and wind up to 40 mph until tomorrow afternoon. 4-8 inches of rain is expected. No cancellations of any events are anticipated.

The Lauderhill Cultural Trust is Launched


Lauderhill has launched a new web site for the Lauderhill Cultural Trust. The Lauderhill Cultural Trust, Inc. is a not for profit 501c3 corporation formed in 2008 in order to raise funds to support the arts and cultural programming at Lauderhill's new Performing Arts Center and throughout the community. The Trust supports and encourages the development of a broad range of performing arts, music, literature, dance, comedy and film.

On its web site you can find information about cultural events and organizations within the community. You can also make tax deductible donations.

For more information go to http://www.lct-arts.org/.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

City Commission Candidates Debate

On Wedneday, September 29, the League of Women Voters will be holding a City Commission Candidates Debates at Lauderhill City Hall - Commission Chambers. Candidates for Seat 2 and 3 will be asked questions. The public is encouraged to attend, and we are trying to arrange Comcast to broadcast it live, with additional rebroadcasts throughout the month. Broadcasts, if arranged should be on Channel 12 or 78.

The Debate starts at 7 PM, and only the Moderator will ask the questions.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

County and Cities Awarded $27 Million to Stabilize Neighborhoods Hard-hit by Foreclosure

More than $27 million has been award to the county and cities in Broward County to assist communities struggling to reverse the effects of the foreclosure crisis. Here is the breakdown by county and city:

• Broward County $5,457,553
• Coral Springs $1,657,845
• Davie $1,171,166
• Deerfield Beach $1,183,897
• Fort Lauderdale $2,145,921
• Hollywood $2,433,001
• Lauderhill $1,500,609
• Margate $1,148,877
• Miramar $2,321,827
• Pembroke Pines $2,330,542
• Plantation $1,216,427
• Pompano Beach $1,500,572
• Sunrise $1,775,162
• Tamarac $1,427,857

The grants represent a third round of funding through HUD's Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) and will provide targeted emergency assistance to state and local governments to acquire, redevelop or demolish foreclosed properties.

"The key is to be smart with what we do with the rest of this money," said HUD Secretary Sims. "We want to protect America's communities and neighborhoods from the blight and abandonment that can occur with foreclosed properties."

A total of $1 billion dollars will be distributed nationwide. The state of Florida will receive an estimated $208 million, the largest award given to any single state in the country.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Notes of the CRA and Commission Meeting of September 13

On September 13, the City Commission met for a CRA Meeting and Regular Commission Meeting, and the following items of interest were discussed (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):


CRA MEETING:

1) Passed Budget

2) Restaurant Survey - Proposed preparing program to promote restaurants in Lauderhill. Including expediting the process for banners and promotion, web site, outside dining and entertainment, coupon book, and others. Consensus was to move forward on developing the program.

3) International Incubator Grand Opening - Looking at Oct. 22 in conjunction with the Arts Incubator opening.

4) School Board Impact Fees - Info given on mitigation agreements to pay impact fees for facilities that are no longer needed. May be a legal challenge on those fees.

5) Meeting of Oct. 11 and the meeting in November is cancelled. A meeting of the CRA is scheduled for Oct. 25 at 3 PM


REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING

PUBLIC HEARINGS ----- FIRST READING:

1. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-09-185: ADOPTING THE TENTATIVE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 2010 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2011, BASED ON THE BUDGET ESTIMATE OF EXPENDITURES AND REVENUES THAT EQUAL $116,456,632.00; APPROVING THE TENTATIVE OPERATING BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2011.

2. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-09-186: ADOPTING THE TENTATIVE PROPERTY TAX LEVY FOR THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AT THE PROPOSED OPERATING MILLAGE RATE OF $5.9574 PER ONE THOUSAND DOLLAR ($1,000) ASSESSMENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 2010 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2011; ADOPTING THE TENTATIVE VOTED DEBT SERVICE MILLAGE AT A RATE OF $1.2380 PER ONE THOUSAND DOLLAR ($1,000) ASSESSMENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 2010 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 (which keeps ad valorem property taxes to the same rate as the prior year).

3. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-09-152: MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 2010 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2011, BASED ON THE BUDGET ESTIMATE OF EXPENDITURES AND REVENUES THAT EQUAL $116,456,632.00; ADOPTING THE OPERATING BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2011.

4. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-09-153: SETTING AND ADOPTING THE 2010-2011 PROPERTY TAX LEVY FOR THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AT THE OPERATING MILLAGE RATE OF $5.9574 PER ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,000); SETTING AND ADOPTING THE 2010-2011 VOTED DEBT SERVICE MILLAGE AT A RATE OF $1.2380 PER ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,000)(which keeps ad valorem property taxes to the same rate as the prior year).

5. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-09-187: ADOPTING THE TENTATIVE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011 FOR THE WINDERMERE/TREE GARDENS SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT AREA WHICH SHALL BE INCORPORATED INTO THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011.

6. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-09-188: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION ADOPTING THE TENTATIVE PROPERTY TAX LEVY FOR THE WINDERMERE/TREE GARDENS SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT AT THE PROPOSED MILLAGE RATE OF 2.0 MILS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 2010 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2011; ADOPTING THE PROPOSED NON-AD VALOREM SPECIAL ASSESSMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $192.00 PER PARCEL OF LAND PER YEAR FOR THE WINDERMERE/TREE GARDENS SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 2010 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2011.


ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS ----- FIRST READING:

7. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-09-154: FOR THE ISSUANCE OF ITS $6,565,000 CITY OF LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA HALF-CENT SALES TAX REVENUE REFUNDING BONDS, SERIES 2010 AS REFUNDING BONDS UNDER ORDINANCE NO. 96-110 ENACTED ON APRIL 29, 1996 THE PROCEEDS OF WHICH WILL BE APPLIED, TOGETHER WITH OTHER LEGALLY AVAILABLE FUNDS OF THE CITY, TO REFUND, ON A CURRENT BASIS, THE CITY’S HALF-CENT SALES TAX REVENUE BONDS, SERIES 2009 OUTSTANDING ON THE DATE OF REFUNDING AND PAY COSTS OF ISSUANCE OF THE SERIES 2010 BONDS; PROVIDING FOR THE TERMS OF SUCH SERIES 2010 BONDS; DETERMINING CERTAIN DETAILS OF THE SERIES 2010 BONDS; AWARDING THE SALE OF THE SERIES 2010 BONDS TO JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. PURSUANT TO A NEGOTIATED SALE; APPOINTING A PAYING AGENT AND REGISTRAR FOR THE SERIES 2010 BONDS; AUTHORIZING THE PROPER OFFICIALS OF THE CITY TO DO ALL OTHER THINGS DEEMED NECESSARY OR ADVISABLE IN CONNECTION WITH THE ISSUANCE OF THE SERIES 2010 BONDS; PROVIDING FOR CERTAIN OTHER MATTERS IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERIES 2010 BONDS.

8. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-09-155: AUTHORIZING INDEBTEDNESS IN THE FORM OF A LOAN IN THE AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF $10,000,000 FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCING, INCLUDING THROUGH REIMBURSEMENT, THE COST OF ACQUIRING, CONSTRUCTING, IMPROVING, EQUIPPING, REPAIRING AND RENOVATING VARIOUS PUBLIC FACILITIES, ALL AS SHALL BE SET FORTH IN THE CITY’S APOPTED FIVE-YEAR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FROM TIME TO TIME; APPROVING A FORM, AND AUTHORIZING EXECUTION AND DELIVERY, OF A LOAN AGREEMENT WITH SUNTRUST BANK AND THE EXECUTION AND DELIVERY OF A PROMISSORY NOTE IN CONNECTION THEREWITH; PLEDGING THE REVENUES RECEIVED BY THE CITY FROM THE LEVY AND COLLECTION OF THE CITY’S WATER SERVICE UTILITY TAX TO PAYMENT OF THE AMOUNTS DUE UNDER THE LOAN AGREEMENT AND PROMISSORY NOTE; AWARDING THE LOAN TO SUNTRUST BANK PURSUANT TO A NEGOTIATED SALE; AUTHORIZING THE PROPER OFFICIALS OF THE CITY TO DO ALL OTHER THINGS DEEMED NECESSARY OR ADVISABLE IN CONNECTION WITH SAID LOAN, AS MORE FULLY SET FORTH HEREIN.

9. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-09-156: APPROVING A SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION IN THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF $1,170,000.00 TO BALANCE THE FISCAL YEAR 2010 BUDGET; PROVIDING VARIOUS BUDGET CODE NUMBERS.

10. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-09-157: TO INCREASE WATER AND WASTEWATER SERVICE RATES BASED UPON A FEE STUDY PERFORMED, WITH SAID INCREASE NECESSARY TO COVER THE COSTS OF PROVIDING SAID SERVICES TO THE RESIDENTS OF THE CITY IN ACCORDANCE WITH FINANCIAL FORECASTS AND THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX; PROVIDING FOR THE NEW RATE STRUCTURE TO COMMENCE OCTOBER 1, 2010.

11. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-09-158: AMENDING THE HOURS DURING WHICH SALES ARE PROHIBITED; PROVIDING THAT ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE SALES FOR CONSUMPTION OFF PREMISES IS PROHIBITED EVERYDAY FROM 2:00 A.M. TO 7:00 A.M. (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN).

12. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-09-159: APPROVING THE AMENDMENT TO THE SCHEDULE OF RATES, FEES AND CHARGES PURSUANT TO THE FRANCHISE AGREEMENTS WITH WASTE MANAGEMENT, INC. AND INCORPORATING THEM INTO THE CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF OCTOBER 1, 2010.

13. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-09-160: APPROVING THE AMENDMENT TO THE SCHEDULE OF RATES, FEES AND CHARGES PURSUANT TO THE FRANCHISE AGREEMENTS WITH ALL SERVICE REFUSE, INC. AND INCORPORATING THEM INTO THE CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF OCTOBER 1, 2010.


ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS --- SECOND READING:

14. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-08-145: AMENDING THE CORPORATE BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL TO INCLUDE THE NEWLY ANNEXED AREAS AT THE NORTHWEST AND SOUTHWEST CORNERS OF SUNRISE BOULEVARD AND N.W. 31ST AVENUE EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 15, 2010.


RESOLUTIONS
ADMINISTRATION


15. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-09-189: APPROVING THE CONSTRUCTION SERVICES AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND D. STEPHENSON CONSTRUCTION, INC. UNDER CONSTRUCTION MANAGER AT RISK FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS/CULTURAL CENTER AND THE LAUDERHILL MALL LIBRARY IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED THE GUARANTEED MAXIMUM PRICE (GMP) OF $13,423,389.00 IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONSTRUCTION PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS PREPARED BY WESTLAKE REED LESKOSKY ARCHITECT/ENGINEER. Passed 4 - 0 - 1 with Commissioner Benson Abstaining due to a conflict.


COMMISSION

16. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-09-190: NAMING THE MULTIPURPOSE ROOM AT THE NEW CITY HALL IN HONOR OF SOL SIEGLER (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN).


P&Z

17. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-09-194: RESCINDING AND REPLACING RESOLUTION 07R-08-193; ADOPTING A NEW RESIDENTIAL COLOR PALETTE CONSISTENT WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS, SECTION 6.11, PAINT STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS, PARAGRAPH 6.11.3.B.


POLICE

18. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-09-195: APPROVING THE DONATION OF FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,000.00 FROM THE STATE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRUST FUND (LETF) TO LEARNING FOR SUCCESS, INC. TO HELP FUND THE “KIDS AND THE POWER OF WORK (KAPOW) PROGRAM” TO BE PRESENTED TO ROYAL PALM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND PAUL TURNER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE GUIDELINES; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 120-683-9935.

19. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-09-196: APPROVING THE DONATION OF FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,000.00 FROM THE STATE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRUST FUND (LETF) TO SPORTS ADVANCING KIDS EDUCATION (S.A.K.E.) TO SUPPORT DRUG TREATMENT, DRUG EDUCATION OR DRUG PREVENTION, CRIME PREVENTION, SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD, OR SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER PROGRAMS IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE GUIDELINES; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 120-683-9935.

20. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-09-197: APPROVING AND ACCEPTING THE FISCAL YEAR 2010-2011 VICTIMS OF CRIME ACT (VOCA) GRANT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE STATE OF FLORIDA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL; PROVIDING FOR THE CITY TO RECEIVE GRANT FUNDING IN THE AMOUNT OF $46,140.00 AND AUTHORIZING THE CITY TO PROVIDE INKIND MATCHING FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $11,535.00.


NEW BUSINESS

A. SET THE WINDERMERE BOARD OF DIRECTORS SPECIAL MEETING IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE 5.01 PM. SPECIAL MEETINGS ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2010.


ADDITIONAL NOTES:

1) A Candidates Debate Night for Commission Seat 2 and 3 is being planned at Lauderhill City Hall at end of September. It will be conducted by the League of Women Voters. more information will follow.

2) Green Fair and Expo to be held Oct 14th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Inverrary Vacation Resort.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Quit Smoking Now

Free 6‐week Quit Smoking Now Program

September Groups in Broward County:

Broward General Medical Center
1600 S. Andrews Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
Start Date: September 16, 2010‐‐Meets every Thursday for 6 weeks from September 16 – October 21, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
To register or for more information, contact:
Leslie Feldman/Cara Perrin: 954‐355‐4861, cperrin@browardhealth.org

University Hospital
7201 N. University Drive
Tamarac, Florida 33321
Start Date: September 16, 2010
Meets Thursdays except for Week 5: September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 13 (Wednesday), 21, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
To register or for more information, contact:
Grace DeRose, QSN Facilitator, 954‐383‐9156

The Pride Center at Equality Park
2040 N. Dixie Highway, Room 206
Wilton Manors, Florida
Start Date: September 22, 2010—Meets every Wednesday for 6 weeks from September 22 – October 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
To register or for more information, call 954‐848‐5345 or email QuitSmokingNow@ThePrideCenterFlorida.org

Nova Southeastern University
Main Campus, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Individual and Group Cessation Programs Available
Group Start Date: September 29, 2010—Group meets every Wednesday for 6 weeks from September 29 – November 3, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
To register or for more information, call 954‐262‐5860

Friday, September 10, 2010

Lauderhill Named a KaBOOM City!!!


Congratulations! KaBOOM! has announced that Lauderhill has been selected as a 2010 Playful City USA community!

Lauderhill is one of 118 communities across 35 states to be recognized for their expressed commitment and willingness to take action for play.

The City of Lauderhill is very excited to celebrate their inclusion in such a large cohort of cities committed to play in 2010, the 4th year of the program. The City is joining a network that is facing the challenging national landscape of city budget shortfalls and the very real threat of the childhood obesity epidemic, while also joining with cross-sector leaders from philanthropy, nonprofits, and the White House that are all currently focused on getting kids active through play.

For more information about KaBOOM: http://kaboom.org/

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

City Elections Underway

Now that the Qualifying Period has ended, the following elections for City Commission Seats will proceed:

Mayor - Seat 5

Mayor Richard J. Kaplan - wins unopposed

City Commission - Seat 2

McKinley D. Hudson
Joel Leshinsky - ENDORSED BY MAYOR RICHARD J KAPLAN
Ken Thurston


City Commission - Seat 3

Commissioner Margaret Bates - ENDORSED BY MAYOR RICHARD J KAPLAN
Richard Campbell
Mae Smith


City Commission - Seat 4

Commission Hayward Benson - wins unopposed



Election day is November 2, and Early Voting begins October 19.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

The LRCC Business Institute Presents How to Grow Your Business in a Recovering Economy

September 15, 2010
Lauderhill City Hall
5581 W Oakland Park Blvd, Lauderhill
9:45am - 2:30pm

The Entrepreneurial Spirit
Morning session 10:15am - 12 noon
includes a panel discussion

Start Marketing-No Excuses
Afternoon session 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Includes a panel discussion

Registration Fee - FREE for LRCC Members
$25 non-members

Presenters:

Running a Thriving Business
Eli Mordechai Owner and CEO Estrada Furniture

Owning a Successful Franchise
Susan Meister - Owner and CEO -Signs By Tomorrow

Best Practices in Business
Heather Clarke- President MCBentley Accounting

Internet Marketing on a Budget
Michael Paim

Socializing on the Net
Joan Cartwright

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Notes of the Commission Meeting of August 30

On August 30, the City Commission held its Regular Commission Meeting. The following are notes of interest from that meeting (unless otherwise indicated, all votes were unanimous):


VI. PROCLAMATIONS:

A. A PROCLAMATION DECLARING THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 20 -- 24, 2010, AS “CHOOSE PEACE – STOP VIOLENCE WEEK”, AND SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 AS “STAND UP FOR PEACE ACROSS BROWARD COUNTY” DAY.

VII. PRESENTATIONS:

A. PRESENTATION ON LAUDERHILL TEEN CENTRAL (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN).


ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS ----- FIRST READING:

1. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-08-145: AMENDING THE CORPORATE BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL TO INCLUDE THE NEWLY ANNEXED AREAS AT THE NORTHWEST AND SOUTHWEST CORNERS OF SUNRISE BOULEVARD AND N.W. 31ST AVENUE EFFECTIVE SEPTEMPBER 15, 2010; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE (REQUESTED BY CITY COMMISSION).


ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS --- SECOND READING:

2. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-07-140: PROVIDING A PROCEDURE FOR FILLING A VACANCY IN CANDIDACY IN THE EVENT OF WITHDRAWAL, DEATH OR REMOVAL OF CANDIDATES (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN).

3. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-07-141: CORRECTING A CLERICAL ERROR TO BE CONSISTENT WITH CURRENT PROVISIONS AND TO CLARIFY IN THE EVENT OF AN EXTRAORDINARY VACANCY THAT A SPECIAL ELECTION WOULD BE CALLED BY ORDINANCE(REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN).

4. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-07-142: TO AMEND THE BUILDING PERMIT FEE SCHEDULE AND ADJUST THE ANNUAL FIRE INSPECTION FEES.

5. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-07-143: TO PROVIDE A BUILDING RECORDS SEARCH FEE APPLYING TO BUILDING PERMIT SEARCHES, PERMIT HISTORY AND BUILDING CODE VIOLATION REQUEST SEARCHES.

6. ORDINANCE NO. 10O-07-144: TO PROVIDE AN ARCHIVING FEE ON EACH PERMIT TO OFFSET THE COST OF MICROFILMING AND SCANNING COMPLETED BUILDING PERMITS AND PLANS.


RESOLUTIONS
ADMINISTRATION


7. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-08-183: APPROVING THE EXPENDITURE OF $37,028 TO BE APPLIED TO THE JUNIOR FLORIDA CARIBBEAN GAMES, MEMORIAL WEEKEND 2011, AT DILLARD HIGH SCHOOL


COMMISSION

8. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-08-155: REGARDING THE GRADUATION RATES OF BLACK MALES FROM BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS; REQUESTING THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD OF BROWARD COUNTY TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO IMPROVE THE GRADUATION RATE OF BLACK MALES; REQUESTING THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD OF BROWARD COUNTY RESEARCH AND ADOPT BEST PRACTICES OF OTHER SCHOOL BOARD JURISDICTIONS(REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER HAYWARD J. BENSON, JR.).

9. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-08-156: SUPPORTING THE EFFORTS OF THE LAUDERHILL REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE REGARDING THE COMMERCIAL PROPERTY ENERGY WATER AUDIT PROGRAM WHICH WILL PROVIDE FREE ENERGY AUDITS TO ALL LAUDERHILL BUSINESSES; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN).


DEES

10. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-08-157: APPROVING THE AWARD OF BID TO JMW CONSTRUCTION, INC. IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,400,000.00 FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN AQUATICS FACILITY AT JOHN MULLIN PARK PER PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 305-361-06540.


FINANCE

11. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-08-158: APPROVING THE STATE HOUSING INITIATIVES PARTNERSHIP (SHIP) ANNUAL REPORT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011.


FIRE

12. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-08-159: RELATING TO THE PROVISION OF FIRE RESCUE SERVICES, FACILITIES AND PROGRAMS IN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA; DECLARING THE FIRE RESCUE ASSESSED COST FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011; DECLARING THE ESTIMATED FIRE RESCUE ASSESSMENT RATE SCHEDULE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011; REIMPOSING THE UNIFORM METHOD FOR COLLECTING NON-AD VALOREM SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS LEVIED WITHIN THE INCORPORATED AREA OF THE CITY FOR THE COST OF PROVIDING FIRE RESCUE SERVICES; DIRECTING THE PREPARATION OF AN ASSESSMENT ROLL; AUTHORIZING A PUBLIC HEARING AND DIRECTING THE PROVISION OF NOTICE THEREOF. ACTUALLY THE FIRE RESCUE FEE WAS REDUCED FROM $261 TO $250 ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES.


PALS

13. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-08-165: DECLARING THE EXISTENCE OF SURPLUS OBSOLETE FURNITURE AND OTHER ITEMS STORED IN THE GYMNASIUM AT THE SADKIN COMMUNITY CENTER AND AUTHORIZING THEIR DISPOSAL FOR SALE IN ACCORDANCE WITH CITY OF LAUDERHILL CODE OF ORDINANCES.

14. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-08-166: APPROVING THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS, INC. FOR THE OPERATION OF THE AFTER SCHOOL, SUMMER CAMP, AND OUT-OF-SCHOOL CARE PROGRAMS; APPROVING THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE AGREEMENT REGARDING THE FLAT RATE FEE FOR JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST 2010 RELATIVE TO THE SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM ONLY.


PLANNING & REDEVELOPMENT

15. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-08-167: GRANTING THE CITY MANAGER THE ABILITY TO WAIVE OR REDUCE LOCAL BUSINESS TAX RECEIPT AND/OR CERTIFICATE OF USE FEES FOR BUSINESSES LOCATED IN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL’S INTERNATIONAL TRADE INCUBATOR.


POLICE

16. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-08-168: APPROVING THE WAIVER OF COMPETITIVE BIDDING; APPROVING THE EXPENDITURE OF FEDERAL FORFEITURE FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $15,954.35 TO PURCHASE RADIO EQUIPMENT TO BE INSTALLED IN THE POLICE/FIRE COMMAND POST VEHICLE FROM MOTOROLA, INC.; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 110-683-9936.

17. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-08-169: APPROVING THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND THE INVERRARY 441 APARTMENTS FOR LOCAL TRAFFIC CONTROL AND PUBLIC SAFETY IN THE AREA KNOWN AS THE INVERRARY 441 APARTMENTS.


QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS:
QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS, FIRST READING:


18. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-08-170: GRANTING A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER TO BLU LAGOON’S RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR, INC., SUBJECT TO CONDITIONS, TO ALLOW A ± 4,720 SQUARE FOOT RESTAURANT BAR AND BANQUET HALL IN THE GENERAL COMMERCIAL (CG) ZONING DISTRICT ON AN APPROXIMATE ± 2.01 ACRE SITE LOCATED ON PARCEL A, BON-VALE PLAZA, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 92, PAGE 16 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA AND MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS BON-VALE PLAZA LOCATED AT 7529-7531 WEST OAKLAND PARK BOULEVARD, LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA. REQUEST WAS MADE TO OPERATE UNTIL 2 AM ON WEEKENDS AND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT. STAFF RECOMMENDED AGAINST IT. RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY HOUSING IS 84' AWAY FROM THE BACK OF THE BUILDING. COMMISSION APPROVED SUBJECT TO ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS AND PERIODIC REVIEW. THE SPECIAL EXCEPTION CAN BE REVOKED IF THE RESTRICTIONS ARE VIOLATED.

19. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-08-171: GRANTING A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER TO DONNA’S RESTAURANT AND COCKTAIL LOUNGE, INC., SUBJECT TO CONDITIONS, TO ALLOW A ± 3,701 SQUARE FOOT RESTAURANT BAR IN THE GENERAL COMMERCIAL (CG) ZONING DISTRICT ON AN APPROXIMATE ± 3.61 ACRE SITE LOCATED ON LOTS 1 THROUGH 5 INCLUSIVE, BLOCK 3, BOULEVARD SHOPPES NO. 1, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 106, PAGE 45 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA AND MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS BOULEVARD SHOPPES LOCATED AT 5432-5434 NORTH UNIVERSITY DRIVE, LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA. COMMISSION APPROVED SUBJECT TO ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS AND PERIODIC REVIEW. THE SPECIAL EXCEPTION CAN BE REVOKED IF THE RESTRICTIONS ARE VIOLATED.

20. RESOLUTION NO. 10R-08-172: GRANTING A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER TO TOBOLSKI, LLC, SUBJECT TO CONDITIONS, TO ALLOW A ± 5,796 SQUARE FOOT BANQUET HALL IN THE GENERAL COMMERCIAL (CG) ZONING DISTRICT ON AN APPROXIMATE ± 1.50 ACRE SITE LOCATED ON A PORTION OF PARCEL A, 31ST AVENUE COMMERCIAL PLAT, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 123, PAGE 10 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA AND MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 1451 N.W. 31ST AVENUE, LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA. COMMISSION APPROVED SUBJECT TO ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS AND PERIODIC REVIEW. THE SPECIAL EXCEPTION CAN BE REVOKED IF THE RESTRICTIONS ARE VIOLATED.


NEW BUSINESS

A. SET THE FOLLOWING SPECIAL COMMISSION MEETINGS ON SEPTEMBER 13, 2010

i. Fire 5.00 pm
ii. Garbage Fee 5.15 pm
iii. Safe Neighborhood 5.30 pm
iv. Storm water 5.45 pm
v. Windemere Safe Neighborhood District

B. The Oct. 11, 2010 Commission Meeting is cancelled due to the Columbus Day Holiday.