Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sad Announcement of the Passing of Anne Elfers

Anne Elfers, wife of Former Commissioner Wally Elfers passed away on Monday, August 25, 2015. Anne and Wally were in an auto accident in June, and while Wally survived, Anne died of complications from the accident.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Update on TS Erika #2

As of Sunday morning, TS Erika appears to be substantially weakening and moving west. It may be downgraded to a Tropical Wave or Depression.  Projections show it going over Cuba and then maybe heading north into the Gulf where it could strengthen again.  Some projections show it heading WNW from there or North towards Tallahassee.

At this time no State of Emergency has been declared in the City of Lauderhill.  Expectations are mild winds, rain and the potential for flooding.

A discussion occurred between the City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk and Mayor about proceeding with the Monday City Commission Meeting and holding an Emergency Meeting today to discuss it with the City Commission.  Given the downgrading and direction of the storm, it was felt that no Emergency Meeting is necessary at this time and we can proceed with the meeting on Monday as planned.

However, if the storm should drastically change in the next 24 - 36 hours, then any decisions are subject to change.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Update on Tropical Storm Erika and Lauderhill Meetings

TS Erika has been a bit of an erratic storm and projections over the last 48 hours have her going from a Tropical Storm to as a Class 1 or 2 Hurricane, and as far down as a Tropical Wave.  The direction started towards South Florida, moved east off coast between Florida and the Bahamas, and now moving west, possibly towards the Keyes.

The one thing predictable about this storm is that it is not predictable.  By Sunday a lot more will be known, but that may not leave much time to prepare.  Depending upon the situation, at worse, make sure you have set aside Sunday to complete preparation if you haven't already, including putting up shutters if needed.  Right now the biggest concern is flooding, but that may quickly change.

As to the closing of governmental buildings, schools, cancelling meetings and the like, no decisions have been made.  The City of Lauderhill staff will be discussing tomorrow whether to go forward with the Monday Night City Commission Meeting.  Depending upon the discussion the City Commission may be acting upon it and an announcement will be put out if there are any changes.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hurricane Preparedness Needed Now - TS Erika

While Tropical Storm Erika is far out to sea, recent projections show that South Florida is presently within the cone but may weaken.  At this time, at its present course and speed, it is possible for our area to start feeling the effects of wind and rain on late Saturday, and come to our shores very late Sunday/early Monday.  It is too soon to know precisely if this storm will develop into a serious concern for us and fortunately the storm has not increased its strength yet.

The City of Lauderhill is beginning its pre-storm plans and is closely monitoring the situation.

Now is a good time, if you haven't already, to take action and be prepared for any storm that may be coming into our area during this Hurricane Season.

The recommendation is in the next day or so it would be wise to make sure that any loose exterior landscaping, or loose objects that could fly, be disposed of/secured. Also, if there are drains in the area, that they be inspected so that they are not clogged. 

You may also wish to look over your emergency plans to make sure that you will be prepared in the event Erika or any other storm this season does approach our area and strengthens, i.e., food, water, batteries, etc. It is easier to plan ahead, then to wait until everyone else is trying to do the same thing at the same time. 

The best course of action is to be prepared. Also, if you are doing any work around your house, you need to be careful about it. Don't hurt yourself, and get help if you need it to avoid injuries. 

We are hoping that the storm stays far away from us and/or disappears, but it is a prudent idea to always be ready.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NEWS RELEASE City of Lauderhill Welcomes Lauderhill PD Veteran Constance Stanley as Acting Police Chief

The City of Lauderhill would like to congratulate Constance Stanley as Lauderhill’s new Acting Police Chief. Chief Stanley has been in law enforcement for over 24 years, serving 21 of those years right here in the City of Lauderhill.

Having come up through the ranks in Lauderhill, Stanley has served in the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, the Professional Standards Unit, Traffic Division, Victim Services Unit, Crisis Intervention Unit, Crime Prevention Unit, Canine Unit, and has been the Public Information Officer for the department. Her most recent promotion was to Major in February 2013. Her impressive resume includes an Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice as well as a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Southern Police Institute’s Command Officer’s Development Course, and the Senior Management Institute at the Kennedy School of Government. Stanley is very active in several Professional Organizations to include the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officers, the Police Executive Research Forum, the American Society of Public Administrators, and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators.
Chief Stanley is also a proud Mother of one, and as she will tell you an even prouder Grandmother of two.
The City of Lauderhill would also like to wish outgoing Police Chief Andrew Smalling best wishes on his new endeavors after four years of serving the City of Lauderhill. Smalling will remain with the City of Lauderhill as a consultant in order to assist Chief Stanley’s transition in her new role.  The City of Lauderhill wishes Chief Smalling and his family much success as they begin the next chapter of their lives.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Housing Resource Fair

August 29, 2015 at 12 noon at the Lauderhill Mall
The Housing Hub and its support partners provide a day of information and resources guiding you down their yellow brick road of assistance to your new home.

Monday, August 03, 2015

ICC Suspends USACA

Recently the International Cricket Council (ICC) suspended again the United States of America Cricket Association (USACA), who was the cricket association administering cricket in the US and sanctioned all international and national games.  The suspension was due to the failure of USACA to comply with numerous provisions of the ICC Constitution, among other reasons.

At this time the ICC has assumed the authority to sanction all future games until such time as they determine if USACA or some other organization may be granted this authority.  USACA still manages cricket in the US though this is unclear as to what this means.

In the meantime previous attempts by organizations who were unable to obtain sanctioning authority from  USACA are now working towards this goal from the ICC.

It has already been announced that the Caribbean Premiere League (CPL) is planning to hold games in Lauderhill in 2016.  Also efforts to bring international games involving the WICB and other international teams are being sought.

In all of these situations, plans are very early and nothing has been set, sanctioned or confirmed.