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July 2012 The Official Newsletter of Southwest Ranches M e s s a g e F r o m T h e M ay o r : Congratulations to Vice Mayor Doug McKay and Council Member Freddy Fisikelli for their election to the Town Council for another four-year term. The Town of Southwest Ranches is fortunate to have such hard-working and dedicated public officials who work tirelessly representing the Town’s interest. Council Members Steve Breitkreuz and Gary Jablonski are part of that team, and I am very fortunate to be surrounded by such class and commitment. The next few months and the ensuing issues will test the mettle of the council “…the ensuing issues and administration. Between the budget, a new fire and EMS contract with Davie, planned road closures, the recent ICE decision and potential legal will test the ramifications, my campaign to be re-elected as your Mayor, and other to be determined and not yet planned issues, it is important to have a nucleus of mettle of the council leaders who are intelligent and reasonable, to deal with what comes our way. We have that team in place and I am honored and privileged to lead the way and administration.”. with their consent and support. Someone once told me that success is a journey and not a destination. I am looking forward to that journey! Contents: It is an honor and pleasure to serve you!! Mayor’s Message Front Cover Jeff Council Member Breitkreuz pg 2 Council Member Fisikelli pg 2 Alligator Information pg 2 It’s Summer: SWR Staff News & Updates Around the Town Jean Watson Reception pg 3 pg 4-9 pg 4-5 Wave! West Broward High Gets an A+ pg 4 Broward County Public Schools SMaRT Virtual Learning pg 5 SWR Citizen Advisory Boardsº pg 6-7 Call for Email Updates pg 8 SWR Town Procurement pg 8 Yard Waste Recycling Info pg 8 Bulk Trash Pickup Schedule pg 9 July/Aug ‘12 Calendar of Events pg 10 In Touch-Town Contact Numbers pg 11 BSO District 9 Employee of the Quarter Award Back Cover Crave! Be Brave! Council Members Council recently from Surfside in Miami- Dade County. He has tremendous The first time I ran for office, I did so because this is the place where my experience and is a great addition to wife and I decided to spend the rest Member Steve our staff. He comes in during budget season and so he is already very of our life with the people we know the best. It has worked out great; we Breitkreuz hard at work pulling everything together. have been very happy enjoying this type of life style in our Town. In the past I am also very pleased to welcome As everyone most know by now, month, there Andrew (Andy) Berns as our new the detention center will not be built has been a Town Administrator. Andy comes to in our Town and it might be for the flurry of activity at Town Hall. us from the City of Tamarac where best. I have always said that the As an organization we have been he had the opportunity to work way things work out it is for a good going through significant changes. with a wide range of departments. reason. We sure could have used the Our current Town Financial His focus was in the area of capital proposed income, something our Administrator is retiring and so projects and getting things done, Town is short of, but, we will make we had the need to find someone which is exactly what we need. out OK. We always have, so let’s see to step into those shoes. Also, He has been a resident of Broward what has to be done to make our we had a needed to replace our County since he was a teen and Town a place to be proud to live in. previous Town Administrator as understands the special place that There are some important issues well. So with all these changes we are preserving here in Southwest we must address. We need to find a it has been difficult to see how Ranches. Andy is a great listener funding source so we can continue things have continued to progress and he truly enjoys his interaction paving our roads. but they have. with the residents of our Town and so I am very happy to have him There are two new members to First I want to express my thanks aboard. our Town of Southwest Ranches to Jean Watson. She has been with family: Andy Berns our new Town our Town, handling the Financials Thank-you Jean and Stan. Welcome Administrator and Martin Sherwood for five years. She walked into a Marty and Andy. We are building our new Town Financial Administrator. very difficult situation where the a great team and it is a pleasure to They have a big job ahead of them books frankly were in disarray. work along side all of you as we trying to figure how we are going So, Jean had to build the process serve the Town of Southwest to get the money to finance our five from the ground up, which she did Ranches. year capital projects but I am sure exceptionally well. Jean, you did an they will get it done. I want to thank outstanding job and the Town will Jean Watson, for her service as our forever be in your debt. Council Town Financial Administrator and congratulate her on her retirement. At the Town Administrator’s position, we have had a series of unanticipated Member Freddy Again, thank you for the privilege to continue to serve you. events, starting with the untimely passing of our Town Administrator, Charlie Lynn. However, most recently, Fisikelli Stan Morris has stepped in and kept This is the the Town moving forward as we most difficult completed our search for a new Town newsletter I have Administrator. To you also Stan, written, because I wish you a very sincere thank-you I don’t know what to say about the for all you have done. events in June. It started with our So, in thanking those who have filing for election for the council. been essential to our success in the When no one signed up to run past, we also get to welcome those against me; I was really humbled who are now taking over these to think the people of our Town responsibilities going forward. trust me that much. The reason I We recently hired Martin (Marty) decided to run again, was there are With the increased rain you may happen Sherwood as our new Financial important things to be done that upon one of these critters who were here long Administrator. He comes to us most we have not yet completed. I will do before Southwest Ranches existed. Keep in everything in my power to live up mind that in Florida, all wildlife is protected to that faith you have in me. by anti-cruelty laws. For removal of alligators, call the state Nuisance Alligator Program at 866-392-4286. 2 2 N e w s & U p d at e s oN soUthwest RaNches staff MeMbeRs Welcome to Southwest Ranches…… 10 Year Anniversary Our new Town Administrator, Andy Berns and Congratulations to Town Staff, Town Financial Administrator, Martin D. Sherwood December Lauretano-Haines and Lee Rickles Andy Berns Andy Berns served as the In 2012 December Lauretano-Haines, Community & Economic Affairs Parks, Recreation, Open Space Officer for the City of Tamarac Coordinator and Lee Rickles, where he was responsible for General Services Coordinator, community outreach, economic are both celebrating 10 years of development, and public continuous service as Staff at the information. Before joining Town of Southwest Ranches. Tamarac in 2005, Andy had a lengthy career in the private In addition to their specialized sector with experience in the Martin D. Sherwood departmental tasks, this creative Fortune 500 world. After the Martin “Marty” Sherwood comes duo has instituted many policies corporate world, Andy had to the Town with over twenty and programs to further our Town entrepreneurial success in both years of experience as a Certified motto: “Preserving our Rural franchise and start up businesses. Public Accountant and Certified Lifestyle,” including: This experience had served him Government Finance Officer. well in meeting the needs of Most recently Martin was Director Tree City USA and Growth Awards Tamarac’s business community. of Finance at the Town of Surfside, Dark Sky Ordinance Florida in Dade County and prior Barn Watchers – Equine Long committed to community to that he served the City of Neighborhood Watch service, highlights include Aventura as Controller. Certified Wildlife Habitat Andy serving as the Centennial Certifications for Town Parks President of the Rotary Club of During his career, he has Town Wide Ultimate Garage Sale Fort Lauderdale North as well served both the corporate and Country Roads Arts and as the founding president of government sector. Martin Crafts Festival Tamarac’s Kiwanis Club. received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bentley College, …..and many more! Andy received his Bachelor of Waltham, MA and his Masters in Science in Management Science Business Administration (MBA) – Wishing December and Lee from Kean University. He returned Accounting from the University a happy 10th Anniversary! to school in 2007 at the Florida of Miami. Atlantic University, earning his Masters of Public Administration Martin and his family reside in in 2009; thus proving an old dog Weston. His wife Pam is a teacher can learn new tricks. at Gator Run Elementary, their son is a junior at Georgia Tech Andy and his wife, Melissa and is currently on a summer Bio Rapkin, are adjusting to life as Medical Engineering internship at empty-nesters as son Dylan completed his freshman year Texas A&M. ºTheir daughter is an avid water polo player at Cypress Happy 10th! at Boston University. Bay where she is a junior. 3 A reception was held before the June, 21 Town Council Meeting to bid Town Financial Administrator Jean Watson, best wishes on her retirement. Jean received a beautiful bouquet, an official proclamation and the key to the Town from the Mayor and Council. “Happy Trails To You Jean!” A+ Education N e w s Go o d work! Congratulations to West Broward High (WBH) School In Four Years World Class! Nelson Mandela said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” “Students, staff, parents and community, you are changing the world. Thank you!!!” Daniel Traeger, Principal West Broward High School • Top 8% of all High Schools in America (Newsweek) • Top 100 High Schools In American (College Board) • Top 8% of all Florida High Schools (Florida Department of Education) • Winner Community Involvement Award (Broward County) • Winner Partnership of the Year (Broward County) • EOC Biology (Tied for 1st Place in District) • EOC Algebra (2nd highest in District) • EOC Geometry (3rd highest in District) • Writing (3rd highest in District) • Reading 9th Grade (4th highest in District) • Reading 10th Grade (4th highest in District) 4 Jean Watson and her Family are recognized by Mayor and Council. Schools and Education Advisory Board (SEAB) Update Stay SMaRT during the summer! Broward County Public Schools Virtual SMaRT (Summer Math and Reading Tutorials) Program: Who is eligible for SMaRT? Students currently enrolled in Broward County public What do the students have to do? elementary Schools K-5 and middle school 6-8, are When a student logs in, the current tab will display eligible for this program. a list of assignments. The student will click GO beside the title to access the assignment. How do Students access the program? Students can access the program from any computer What are the dates of the program? with Internet access. Navigate to BEEP Student Portal The program will be available from May 28 and select the Destinations button from the Student through July 20, 2012. Time on task data will be Portal home page. Students type their 10 digit student ID sent to principals in September. number in the username field and your school’s four digit school location number (3331) in the password field. This announcement was placed at the request of Students will receive assignments related to their Silver Trail Middle School, 18300 Sheridan Street, current grade level reading and math standards and a Pembroke Pines, FL 33331; telephone (754) 323-4300. preview of next year’s reading and math standards. Please direct any inquiries to the school. 5 SouthweSt RancheS citizen adviSoRy BoaRdS Way 2 Southwest Ranches Comprehensive Plan Advisory Board Go! Comprehensive Plan Advisory Board This Board provides input into the development of the Comprehensive Plan and makes recommendations to the Town Council. The Comprehensive Plan addresses Future Land Use, Housing, Transportation, Recreation and Open Space, Conservation, Utilities, Public School Facilities, Intergovernmental Coordination, and Capital Improvements. Members: Newell Hollingsworth, Chairperson Ken Cimetta Expertise, Guidance & Direction Bob Hartmann George Morris from Talented Townsfolk David Charlip Council Liaison: Steve Breitkreuz Our Town Council has a close working relationship with Staff Liaison: Emily McCord the Citizen Advisory Boards in our Town. Each board was developed to bring citizen expertise to a particular Drainage and Infrastructure Advisory Board area. Annually the Advisory Boards sunset in December This Board provides input to the Town Council and members are appointed or re-appointed in January. concerning the development of policies and In future months specific articles on each advisory board, procedures concerning filling, excavating, and their members and accomplishments or goals will clearing of lands, reviewing and prioritizing appear in the Southwest Rancher. There are currently six drainage and infrastructure needs, and developing advisory boards. By learning more about these talented a comprehensive tertiary drainage plan. individuals, and their valuable input, it is the hope that more residents with professional expertise will become Members: involved and submit their name for future consideration. Robert Hartmann, Chairperson John Monroe, Vice Chair and Recording Secretary Bryon Houghtaling Town of Southwest Ranches Advisory Boards David Longstaff Comprehensive Plan Advisory Board Mary Gay Chaples Drainage and Infrastructure Vince Falleta Recreation, Forestry and Natural Resources John Eastman Advisory Board Comprehensive Plan Bob Busch Rural Public Arts and Design Council Liaison: Freddy Fisikelli Schools and Education Staff Liaison: Willie Nabong, Town Ordinance and Code Advisory Board P.E., Town Engineer 6 Recreation, Forestry and Natural Resources Schools and Education Advisory Board Advisory Board The Schools and Education Advisory Board follows Originally established as the “Friends of Parks the meetings of the Broward County School Board and Advisory Board,” in December 2003, The Town’s the happenings in the local schools to provide input Recreation, Forestry and Natural Resources Advisory to the Council concerning matters effecting the Board (RFNRAB) is one of the Town’s longest education of its residents. continuously-running Advisory Boards. The RFNRAB provides input into plans, acquisition funding, Members: design, regulation of parks, input into multipurpose Melissa Gleissner, Chairperson trails, matters of forestry and natural resources, Kathy Sullivan,Vice-Chairperson including tree canopy and recreational spaces Christine Brownlow, Secretary Michelle Hurst Members: Rosina Marrapodi Mary Gay Chaples, Chairperson Lesley Thiele Aster Knight, Vice-Chairperson Council Liaison: Doug McKay Chris Brownlow, Secretary Staff Liaison: Danielle Miller Eileen Dunn Debra Goff-Rose Town Ordinance and Code Advisory Board (TOCA) JoAnn Hagen The Purpose and Objective of the Town Ordinance and Manny Hagen Code Advisory Board (TOCA) is: from time to time, Marie Nix at the sole discretion of the Town Council, the Board Lesley Thiele is requested to review particular Ordinances and Codes Council Liaison: Gary Jablonski that may require modifications. Most recently the Staff Liaison: December Lauretano-Haines Board has worked diligently on Film Permits and the Farm Designations. Rural Public Arts and design Advisory Board This Board is the Town’s oldest advisory board. Members: It was originally established to facilitate receiving Holly Hugdahl, Chairperson Design Arts Funding through the County for Rural George Morris, Vice-Chairperson Identification Design. The Board oversees creating Rich Hagen, Secretary a sense of place and branding for the Town. Michel Mercure Newell Hollingsworth Members: Council Liaison: Gary Jablonski Ken Cimetta Chairperson Staff Liaison: Juanita Romance Joan Boyd, Vice-Chairperson Jan Pushkar, Secretary Eileen Dunn Manny Hagen Council Liaison: Doug McKay Staff Liaison: Lee Rickles 7 Stay In Touch with Town Emails Have you changed your email address? Would you like to be part of the Town Email list? Recent town-wide emails have resulted in returns and unknown addresses. Receive up to the minute information on time sensitive issues affecting the Town of Southwest Ranches. Please take a moment to update our list or add your name to be in the know! Thank you! Name: (Please Print) Email: (Please Print) Signature: Submit to Lee Rickles at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (954) 434-1490 with your information. Please note that Florida has a broad public records law. All correspondence via email may be subject to disclosure. Your signature denotes your approval to receive Town Emails. Town of Southwest Ranches Procurement At time of publication there were no bid solicitations. The Town publishes this monthly solicitation of bids as a service to our residents. These are current at the time of newsletter publication. All inquiries should be directed to Juanita Romance, Deputy Town Clerk, at email@example.com or (954) 343-7477. Check the Town of Southwest Ranches website www.southwestranches.org for additional information or updates. 8 Code Corner Town of Southwest Ranches Waste Collection Map and Schedule Area 3 Area 2 Area 1 Wednesday & Saturday Tuesday & Friday Monday & Thursday Month Area 3 (Wednesday Only) Area 2 (Tuesday Only) Area 1 (Monday Only) July-12 7/11/12 & 7/25/12 7/10/12 & 7/24/12 7/09/12 & 7/23/12 Aug-12 8/8/12 & 8/22/12 8/7/12 & 8/21/12 8/6/12 & 8/20/12 9 Calendars * Scheduled meetings at time of publication. Items subject to change. S M T W T F S 1 Aster Knight 2 3 4 5 6 7 Parks Foundation July Town Hall 7 – 8 pm Country Estates Homeowners Meeting Code Hearing Independence Day Town Hall 8 pm Town Hall 9 am Town Hall Closed 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rec. Forestry, Drainage & Schools & Education Natural Resources Infrastructure Advisory Board Advisory Board Advisory Board Town Council Town Hall 7 pm Town Hall 7 pm Town Hall 7-9 pm Meeting AREA 1 BULK AREA 2 BULK AREA 3 BULK Town Hall 7 pm 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rural Public Arts Town Ordinance & and Design Comprehensive Plan Code Advisory Board Advisory Board Advisory Board Town Hall 7 pm Town Hall 7 pm Town Hall 7 – 9 pm 22 23 24 25 Setting TRIM 26 27 28 Rolling Oaks Sunshine Ranches and Assessment Rates Civic Assn Homeowners Assn Town Council Town Hall 7 pm Town Hall 6:30 pm Meeting AREA 1 BULK AREA 2 BULK AREA 3 BULK Town Hall 7 pm 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 August 5 Aster Knight Parks Foundation 6 7 8 9 10 11 Town Hall 7 – 8 pm Country Estates Code Hearing Homeowners Meeting Town Hall Town Council Town Hall 8 pm 9 am Meeting AREA 1 BULK AREA 2 BULK AREA 3 BULK Town Hall 7 pm 12 Town Ordinance & Code Advisory Board 13 14 15 16 17 18 Town Hall 7 pm Rec. Forestry, Schools & Education Natural Resources Comprehensive Plan Advisory Board Advisory Board Advisory Board Town Hall 7 pm Town Hall 7 pm Town Hall 7 – 9 pm 19 20 Budget Workshop Town Hall 7 pm 21 22 23 24 25 Rural Public Arts & Design Advisory Board Meeting Town Council Town Hall 7 pm Meeting AREA 1 BULK AREA 2 BULK AREA 3 BULK Town Hall 7 pm 26 27 28 29 30 31 Rolling Oaks Sunshine Ranches Civic Assn. Homeowners Assn. Residential Bulk may be placed in the Town Hall 7 pm Town Hall 6:30 pm Swale the Saturday before your scheduled Bulk Collection Day. (Ord 2008-07) 10 In Touch Town Hall: 13400 Griffin Road / Southwest Ranches, FL 33330 • Phone: (954) 434-0008 • Fax: (954) 434-1490 Town Hall Office Hours: Monday - Friday / 8:30 am - 5:00 pm • Town Website: www.southwestranches.org Town Council Group E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone / E-Mail List: Elected Officials Mayor Jeff Nelson (954) 343-7472 email@example.com Vice Mayor Doug McKay (954) 343-7462 firstname.lastname@example.org Council Member Steve Breitkreuz (954) 343-7447 email@example.com Council Member Freddy Fisikelli (954) 343-7461 firstname.lastname@example.org Council Member Gary Jablonski (954) 343-7456 email@example.com Town Staff Andy Berns, Town Administrator (954) 434-0008 firstname.lastname@example.org Town Financial Administrator, Martin Sherwood, CPA, CGFO (954) 434-0008 email@example.com Town Attorney, Keith Poliakoff (954) 434-0008 Town Engineer, Willie Nabong, PE (954) 343-7444 firstname.lastname@example.org Town Clerk, Erika Gonzalez – Santamaria, CMC (954) 343-7450 email@example.com Deputy Town Clerk, Juanita Romance (954) 343-7477 firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant to Town Administrator, Cheryl Williams (954) 343-7476 email@example.com Assistant Town Financial Administrator, Peter Brill (954) 343-7442 firstname.lastname@example.org General Services Coordinator, Lee Rickles (954) 343-7441 email@example.com Community Services Liaison, Emily McCord (954) 343-7453 firstname.lastname@example.org Parks, Recreation, Open Space Coordinator, December Lauretano-Haines, CPRP (954) 343-7452 email@example.com Customer Service Specialist, Jane Feary (954) 343-7440 firstname.lastname@example.org Administrative Specialist, Susan Kutz (954) 434-0008 email@example.com Administrative Specialist, Danielle Miller (954) 343-7474 firstname.lastname@example.org Planning, Zoning, Permitting & Occupational Licenses Building Department/Permitting M-F 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Lisa Reices (954) 888-9882/Fax: (954) 888-9860 email@example.com Building Director, Dave Tringo (954) 888-9882/Cell: (954) 605-0127 firstname.lastname@example.org Planning and Zoning M-F M-F 9:00 am – 5:00 pm The Mellgren Planning Group (954) 475-3070 ext 803 Code Compliance: Code Compliance Official, Stan Morris (954) 343-7440 email@example.com Code Compliance Officer, Robert Solera (954) 343-7440 firstname.lastname@example.org Police/Fire/Rescue Services Emergency 911 Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) Law Enforcement District 9 (954) 680-0010 Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue Station 112 (954) 680-0020 Southwest Ranches Volunteer Fire Rescue (954) 343-7466 Traffic and Roadway Services (To Report Signs Down - Pot Holes) Pot Holes and Signs: Emily McCord (954) 343-7453 email@example.com Paving: Willie Nabong, PE (954) 343-7444 firstname.lastname@example.org Waste/Bulk/Recycling Services (Residential & Commercial) Waste Management, Inc. (954) 974-7500 Water Districts - Canals (Permits) Central Broward Water Control District (954) 432-5110 www.centralbrowardwcd.org East of SW 148 (Volunteer) Avenue South Broward Drainage District (954) 680-3337 www.sbdd.org West of SW 148 (Volunteer) Avenue Well and Septic Broward County Health Department (954) 467-4705 11 Town of Southwest Ranches prsrt std us postage 13400 Griffin Road paid S. FL Facility Southwest Ranches, FL 33330 Permit #622 Printed on Recycled Paper Time Sensitive Material!!! The Official Newsletter of Southwest Ranches Deputy Chris Bradley receives the BSO District 9 EMPLOYEE OF THE QUARTER AWARD from Commander Wally Haywood. Congratulation’s Deputy Bradley!
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