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					MINUTES PARKLAND CITY COMMISSION MEETING
APRIL 2, 2008

7:00 P.M.

I

CALL TO ORDER PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

7:02 p.m.

Mayor Udine invited Michael Hunschofsky to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. ROLL CALL Present: Vice Mayor Jared E. Moskowitz Commissioner David Rosenof Commissioner Mark Weissman Commissioner Jay D. Smith Mayor Michael Udine Also Present: Caryn Gardner-Young, City Manager Andrew Maurodis, City Attorney Sharon Cruz, Attorney Roberta Moore, Planning & Zoning Director Jim Berkman, Public Works Director Brian Archer, Environmental Resources Director Paul O’Connell, BSO Police Chief Mark Curran, CSFD Fire Chief Sandra Couzzo, City Clerk II APPROVAL OF MINUTES February 20, 2008 Regular City Commission Meeting Minutes

MOTION made by Commissioner Rosenof to approve the February 20, 2008, Regular City Commission Meeting Minutes. Seconded by Commissioner Smith.

PARKLAND CITY COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES APRIL 2, 2008 PAGE 2 MOTION passed unanimously. III PUBLIC INPUT

Robert Mayersohn, 6742 N.W. 80th Manor, stated that this date was “World Autism Awareness Day.” He noted that one out of 150 children was diagnosed with autism, and he asked that individuals consider financial support of this cause. There were no further comments or questions, and Mayor Udine closed to the public. IV COMMENTS BY MAYOR AND COMMISSION

Comments made by Mayor Udine: • Noted the opening of Pine Island Road between Trails End and Nob Hill Road. He had again sent a letter to Broward County Traffic, a copy of which had been placed on the dais, reiterating the City’s need for traffic control at the intersection of Pine Island Road and Trails End and requesting another test for either a four-way stop or a traffic signal. He had received numerous e-mails from residents about the intersection, which he had sent to the City Manager for forwarding. Vice Mayor Moskowitz suggested that the e-mails, addressed to both the Commission and staff, should be forwarded to the County Commission. • The Education Advisory Board is seeking logos and different types of announcements for their anti-bullying campaign; Library Director Suzi Hayes is the staff contact. The City was working with the Broward County School Board to combine resources and lead on the issue. He thanked Christine Hunschofsky and the EAB for their efforts. • Anticipated a League of Cities’ Board of Directors meeting in the coming week, and one topic will be the high foreclosure rate occurring in all cities. He noted this agenda included one issue regarding a sale. He asked that the City Manager include discussion on what possible actions the City might take on code enforcement and other liens in short sales and foreclosures at the next workshop. • April 19th is Earth Day and the City’s Environmental Fair will take place that day. He acknowledged the work of Environmental Resources Director Brian Archer, and he noted that Waste Management and other groups would be present. V PROCLAMATIONS AND SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS

Mayor Udine asked the Commission to join him at the podium. 2. PROCLAMATION: NATIONAL PUBLIC WORKS WEEK

Mayor Udine read the proclamation declaring the week of May 18th through 24th as “National Public Works Week” in the City. The proclamation was accepted by Public Works Director Jim Berkman.

PARKLAND CITY COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES APRIL 2, 2008 PAGE 3 City Manager Caryn Gardner-Young noted that Mr. Berkman had accepted the proclamation in behalf of the American Public Works Association, and it would be displayed at their offices. 1. PROCLAMATION: ARTHRITIS AWARENESS MONTH

Mayor Udine read the proclamation designating the month of May 2008 as “Arthritis Awareness Month” in the City. Accepting the proclamation were Gail Michaels and Tina Grushka in behalf of the Arthritis Foundation. Ms. Michaels stated that the third Arthritis Walk in the City would be held on April 13th at Pine Trails Park. She thanked the City and its staff, as well as many organizations, for their strong support. She noted it was a Broward-wide event, and she encouraged participation. VI APPROVAL OF AGENDA

City Manager Caryn Gardner-Young noted that the petitioner for Parkland Terraces had asked that their item be tabled to the April 16th meeting. MOTION made by Commissioner Weissman to approve the Agenda. Commissioner Smith. MOTION passed unanimously. Seconded by

REGULAR AGENDA
1. REQUEST FOR MITIGATION OF CODE ENFORCEMENT FINES

Environmental Resources Director Brian Archer explained the process for a mitigation of fine request, based on Resolution No. 2004-32, and he gave background information regarding this violation and the $250 per day fine which had been imposed. At a Special Master hearing held the preceding week, the Special Master had recommended a reduction in the fine to $11,500, plus recording fees. Mark Bucci was present in behalf of Greentree Servicing, the current owner of the property, having taken title through Sutton Funding, the lender which had foreclosed. While they appreciated the reduction in the fine, he requested a further reduction in that his client had no involvement with the violation. He noted that, within seven days of their notification, the pool had been cleaned and reinspected. He asked that the fine be reduced to correspond to the seven days of their notice until the violation was cured. Mayor Udine questioned whether the property had a contract pending. While he answered affirmatively, Mr. Bucci expressed concern that it may fall through because of this lien. They had worked diligently to get the property sold; the buyer was out-of-town and had flown in twice for a closing that had not taken place due to the lien. He confirmed that the property had been

PARKLAND CITY COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES APRIL 2, 2008 PAGE 4 foreclosed, and that the pool had fallen into its state because a pool service company had not been paid. City Manager Caryn Gardner-Young stated staff’s position that the pool violation was a serious health/safety issue. While it was recommended that the full amount should be imposed, staff had calculated that out-of-pocket costs were $5,000, and she suggested that a reduction should not be less than the City’s costs. Commissioner Weissman recommended that the fine be further reduced to $5,000, plus seven days at $250 per day and the $35.50 recording fees, for a total amount of $6,785.50. Commissioner Rosenof questioned the basis for the Special Master’s reduction. Mr. Archer recalled discussion between the Special Master and the realtor about the timing of the actual Notice of Violation. Mr. Archer explained that the original property owner had received notice. However, with the change in ownership, the notice had not been received by the new owner in a timely manner, and the 66-day fine was reduced by 20 days. The Commissioner asked why the bank holding the original mortgage had not been held responsible for the fine. Mr. Archer stated that the former owner had been cited for the violation, and it was not until the beginning of March that the City was made aware of the foreclosure. Notice had been based upon the records of the Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office. Vice Mayor Moskowitz stated that his first reaction would be not to reduce the fine because he assumed the lien had been recorded; there should have been notice at the time of foreclosure. Mr. Bucci clarified they were the successor interest to the foreclosing lender, Sutton. At taking title from Sutton, the Greentree search had uncovered the lien. Vice Mayor Moskowitz believed that the fines should stand out of principle, but the reality was that the City should not hinder the foreclosure process and the resale of these units. He believed that Mr. Bucci’s suggestion was that they should be held accountable for the seven days only. He asked if the property closing would be affected should the City decide to recoup its costs of $5,000 plus the recording fees, and Mr. Bucci responded with his belief that the transaction would close with these costs. The Vice Mayor suggested that the City be willing to accept the $5,000 plus the recording fees. Mayor Udine felt that liens and foreclosures would be a continuing issue – not just for the City, but nationwide. While he also felt that the full fine should stand, he believed these were unusual times and the City should not stand in the way of property sales. He noted that foreclosures affected neighboring market values, perhaps even for miles. The Mayor stated that the ultimate goal would be to get these homes reoccupied by productive owners – maintaining their property, paying taxes, and paying association fees. He commented that the City’s philosophy has always been that code enforcement was not to make money; properties were cited to bring them into compliance with the City’s Code.

PARKLAND CITY COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES APRIL 2, 2008 PAGE 5 Mayor Udine agreed with Commissioner Weissman’s recommendation: that the fine be reduced to the City’s costs, plus the seven days and recording fees. While he had no problem with the Vice Mayor’s suggestion, he believed there should be some recovery over and above the City’s costs. Vice Mayor Moskowitz added, for public knowledge, these exceptions were made because of foreclosures. Mayor Udine restated that these types of situations and the City’s response would be discussed in greater detail at the workshop. For the record, he noted that none of the City’s actions in these foreclosure actions should be considered as precedent for the future. City Attorney Andrew Maurodis commented that decisions would be made on a case-by-case basis. MOTION made by Commissioner Weissman that the City further reduce the fine to $6785.50. Seconded by Commissioner Smith. ROLL CALL VOTE: Vice Mayor Moskowitz Commissioner Rosenof Commissioner Weissman Commissioner Smith Mayor Udine MOTION passed unanimously. Mayor Udine asked that Mr. Archer advise the Commission about the property sale so that they would be aware that the City’s actions had resulted in a successful closing. 2. PRESENTATION: WASTE MANAGEMENT SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Public Works Director Jim Berkman advised that Waste Management representatives were in attendance to present their plan to market single-stream recycling to the community. Waste Management representative Tony Spadaccia gave an overview of the first-ever automated cart collection for single-stream recycling in Broward County. Pamphlets and flyers had been mailed to residents. He introduced Jimmy Veach from Waste Management and Savannah Whaley, Senior Vice President with the public relations firm Pierce & Grant. Providing further details about their pamphlet, Mr. Spadaccia noted that it contained information about materials collected with examples, basic questions and answers, important dates to remember, and a color-coded map about recycling days. Single-stream recycling would kick off on Earth Day, April 22nd; it would make recycling easier and more convenient for the public and business alike and would set the standard for others to follow.

PARKLAND CITY COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES APRIL 2, 2008 PAGE 6 Ms. Whaley added that the pamphlets were aimed at individual households. She anticipated mass communications, which she believed would be of great interest to the media for the Earth Day tie-in, the “green” cause, and as the first in Broward County. They anticipated up to 30 percent more in recyclable collections. There would be a ribbon-cutting press announcement at City Hall, along with television, radio, and print communications. Mayor Udine asked that the important dates be e-mailed to residents via the e-mail blasts. While he felt that some confusion would be inevitable, the City should make sure to keep getting the word out to residents. Commissioner Weissman asked that Mr. Spadaccia address the issue of the cost increase to residents, which he understood had been attributed by the Waste Management offices to the single-stream recycling and the six bulk pick-ups. Mr. Spadaccia explained that the rate adjustment had been due to the substantial increase in fuel costs, equipment costs, and the costs of disposal at the landfill, which had not been addressed in years. He assured that he would meet with his staff to clarify these points. Commissioner Rosenof questioned the disparity that plastic bags were not included in the recycling, as most bags were stamped as #3 or #4 recyclable. Mr. Spadaccia responded that it was not the material; the bags literally jammed the system. Mayor Udine thanked Waste Management. He hoped that they would continue to work with staff in the notification of residents. Mr. Spadaccia, in turn, complimented City staff. Vice Mayor Moskowitz asked regarding entire neighborhoods being affected by the changes, and he suggested that the homeowners’ associations may be able to help share the information. Ms. Gardner-Young stated that the change in recycling dates would affect just small areas of Meadow Run and Grand Cypress, affecting approximately 2,000 residents, and Waste Management had sent specific notices to them. 3. RESOLUTION NO. 2008-29: COMMENTS: PARKLAND COMMONS NORTH MASTER SIGN PLAN CAB

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF PARKLAND, FLORIDA, FOR COMMUNITY APPEARANCE BOARD APPROVAL OF THE MASTER SIGN PLAN FOR PARKLAND COMMONS NORTH LOCATED AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF UNIVERSITY DRIVE AND TRAILS END. CASE NUMBER 04-CAB-08. (quasi-judicial)

City Manager Caryn Gardner-Young read the title of Resolution No. 2008-29.

PARKLAND CITY COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES APRIL 2, 2008 PAGE 7 Planning and Zoning Director Roberta Moore spoke regarding the request for Community Appearance Board approval of the Master Sign Plan for the Parkland Commons North project. She noted that the request included only wall signs, and she reviewed the proposed sign criteria contained in the staff report. The sign plan conformed to all of the requirements set forth in Chapter 15 of the Code of Ordinances. A monument sign was not part of this request, and the applicant would be responsible should it be desired in the future. The Planning and Zoning Board recommended approval at its March 13th meeting, and staff recommended approval with conditions. For the record, Mayor Udine noted that Dodie Keith Lazowick had waived quasi-judicial proceedings for the petitioner. MOTION made by Vice Mayor Moskowitz to approve Resolution No. 2008-29, Parkland Commons North Master Sign Plan CAB. Seconded by Commissioner Weissman. Mayor Udine opened to the public. There were no comments or questions, and the Mayor closed to the public. ROLL CALL VOTE: Vice Mayor Moskowitz Commissioner Rosenof Commissioner Weissman Commissioner Smith Mayor Udine MOTION passed unanimously. 4. RESOLUTION NO. 2008-23: COMMENTS: NRNS ACQUISITIONS VARIANCE (HUNTERS RUN) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF PARKLAND, FLORIDA, GRANTING PETITION OF NRNS ACQUISITIONS FROM SECTION 22-24 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES TO REDUCE THE EASTERN BUILDING SETBACKS FOR THE WOOD HORSE STABLES BY 40 FEET, TACK ROOM BY 39 FEET, PADDOCK BY 39 FEET AND WOOD STALLS BY 35 FEET, AS MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE; CASE NO. 05-V-07 (quasi-judicial)

City Manager Caryn Gardner-Young read the title of Resolution No. 2008-23.

PARKLAND CITY COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES APRIL 2, 2008 PAGE 8 Commissioner Weissman stated that he had a conflict of interest in this matter and would recuse himself. He had filed a Form 8B regarding the conflict. For the record, Mayor Udine noted that City Attorney Andrew Maurodis had also stepped down from the dais because the item was a Ranches issue. Attorney Sharon Cruz would act in the City’s behalf. Planning and Zoning Director Roberta Moore reviewed the request for setback changes. She explained that the owners had purchased the property within the past two years. Based on aerials obtained from the Property Appraiser’s Office, it appeared that the structures had been in existence for at least 10 years. While the Planning and Zoning Board had recommended approval at its February 21st meeting, staff recommended denial of the application because all necessary standards for granting a variance had not been satisfied. Applicant Howard Dvorkin, of 7809 Galleon Court, waived quasi-judicial. Mayor Udine commented that the Planning and Zoning Board minutes indicated that there had been a very detailed analysis of this situation. MOTION made by Vice Mayor Moskowitz to approve Resolution No. 2008-23, NRNS Acquisitions Variance (Hunters Run), granting the variance. Seconded by Commissioner Smith. Commissioner Rosenof noted this was the second case since his election that setbacks were not included on a survey used to close a property. Easements should be shown. Mr. Dvorkin commented that he was the fourth owner of the property, and the structures had been in existence for over 20 years. Commissioner Rosenof added that the easements and encroachments would have been obvious on a survey, and new owners should be aware of the setbacks. Mayor Udine opened to the public. There were no comments or questions, and the Mayor closed to the public. Mayor Udine agreed with Commissioner Rosenof, and he believed Planning and Zoning was correct in its analysis. He commented that the applicant had made tremendous improvements to the property and that it looked far better since his ownership. ROLL CALL VOTE: Vice Mayor Moskowitz Commissioner Rosenof Commissioner Weissman Commissioner Smith Mayor Udine Yes Yes Abstain Yes Yes

PARKLAND CITY COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES APRIL 2, 2008 PAGE 9 MOTION passed on a 4-0 vote. 5. RESOLUTION NO. 2008- 28: COMMENTS: PARKLAND TERRACES SIGN CAB

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF PARKLAND, FLORIDA, FOR COMMUNITY APPEARANCE BOARD APPROVAL FOR THE MODIFICATION TO THE EXISTING SIGNAGE FOR THE PARKLAND TERRACES COMMUNITY, CASE NUMBER 03-CAB-08. (quasi-judicial)

Mayor Udine noted that Commissioner Weissman also had a conflict with this item. MOTION made by Vice Mayor Moskowitz to table Resolution No. 2008-28, Parkland Terraces Sign CAB, to the April 16th meeting. Seconded by Commissioner Rosenof. ROLL CALL VOTE: Vice Mayor Moskowitz Commissioner Rosenof Commissioner Weissman Commissioner Smith Mayor Udine Yes Yes Abstain Yes Yes

MOTION passed on a 4-0 vote. 6. ORDINANCE NO. 2008-09: COMMENTS: INVASIVE EXOTIC PLANT SPECIES REMOVAL

SECOND READING OF AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF PARKLAND, FLORIDA, RELATING TO CHAPTER 9 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES ENTITLED “LANDSCAPING AND VEGETATION” BY AMENDING SECTION 9-2 ENTITLED “DEFINITIONS”, SECTION 9-21 ENTITLED “GENERAL REQUIREMENTS”, AND 9-31.1 ENTITLED “HOLMBERG ROAD LANDSCAPING THEME”, SECTION 9-51 ENTITLED “PROHIBITION EXEMPTIONS” TO AMEND THE EXOTIC/INVASIVE PLANT LIST; CONTAINING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; AND CONTAINING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (first reading 3/5/08)

City Manager Caryn Gardner-Young read the second reading of Ordinance No. 2008-09.

PARKLAND CITY COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES APRIL 2, 2008 PAGE 10 Environmental Resources Director Brian Archer noted that Version A in the agenda packet was the original version, and staff had created Version B to add language that properties adding 50 percent or more to the square footage of a structure would also be required to remove exotic invasive species. He stated that this would be addressed through the landscape permit process. Due to some additional comments received, Mr. Archer indicated that staff would like additional language included in subsection (i) that, with interior modifications requiring that the building be brought to the standards of the Florida Building Code, the property owner would also be required to remove invasive exotics from the property. Vice Mayor Moskowitz gave an example of ADA compliance. Commissioner Rosenof explained that whatever trigger mandated bringing a structure to current Code would also trigger the exotic invasive Ordinance. The Ordinance would mirror the Florida Building Code and any update to it. The Vice Mayor believed that the requirement remained ambiguous. Building Official Peg Bertolami added that there was currently no threshold that triggers an entire building be brought to Code compliance. She suggested that it is a theoretical paragraph that would accommodate future modifications of the Building Code, and she gave example. There was further discussion. MOTION made by Commissioner Smith to approve the second reading of Ordinance No. 200809, Invasive Exotic Plant Species Removal, Version B with the modifications discussed. Seconded by Commissioner Rosenof. Mayor Udine opened to the public. There were no comments or questions, and the Mayor closed to the public. ROLL CALL VOTE: Vice Mayor Moskowitz Yes* Commissioner Rosenof Yes Commissioner Weissman Yes Commissioner Smith Yes Mayor Udine Yes * With reservations as to the second part regarding the Florida Building Code. MOTION passed unanimously. 7. ORDINANCE NO. 2008-08: COMMENTS: COMMERCIAL RECYCLING CODE AMENDMENT

SECOND READING OF AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY

PARKLAND CITY COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES APRIL 2, 2008 PAGE 11 COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF PARKLAND, FLORIDA, RELATING TO CHAPTER 7 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES ENTITLED “GARBAGE AND REFUSE” ADDING SECTION 7-51 ENTITLED “MANDATORY COMMERCIAL RECYCLING”; PROVIDING A CONFLICTS CLAUSE AND A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (first reading 3/5/08) City Manager Caryn Gardner-Young read the second reading of Ordinance No. 2008-08. She noted that the only requested change had been the addition of a 30-day effective date to provide commercial entities the opportunity to enter the requirements with their company. Staff recommended approval as presented. Mayor Udine opened to the public. There were no comments or questions, and the Mayor closed to the public. MOTION made by Vice Mayor Moskowitz to approve the second reading of Ordinance No. 2008-08, Commercial Recycling Code Amendment. Seconded by Commissioner Weissman. ROLL CALL VOTE: Vice Mayor Moskowitz Commissioner Rosenof Commissioner Weissman Commissioner Smith Mayor Udine MOTION passed unanimously. 8. ORDINANCE NO. 2008-10: COMMENTS: ROOF MAINTENANCE CODE AMENDMENT Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

SECOND READING OF AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF PARKLAND, FLORIDA, RELATING TO ARTICLE V. OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES ENTITLED “PROPERTY MAINTENANCE” BY ADDING SECTION 4-63 ENTITLED “GENERAL ROOF MAINTENANCE”; PROVIDING FOR A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (first reading 3/5/08)

City Manager Caryn Gardner-Young read the second reading of Ordinance No. 2008-10.

PARKLAND CITY COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES APRIL 2, 2008 PAGE 12 Environmental Resources Director Brian Archer indicated that, from the first to second reading, language had been added to address loose debris on the property in subsections 8 and 9. Staff recommended approval. Mayor Udine commented that this subject had been discussed at workshop and first reading. Its intent was to help with compliance in emergency situations. Mayor Udine opened to the public. Robert Mayersohn, 6742 N.W. 80th Manor, commented that the Ordinance would be used as back-up for homeowners’ associations as well. He felt that the use of “timely manner” should be clarified with a timeframe. Additionally, he suggested that the City might in the future consider a maximum timeframe for the use of tarps following an event. There were no further comments or questions, and the Mayor closed to the public. MOTION made by Commissioner Weissman to approve the second reading of Ordinance No. 2008-10, Roof Maintenance Code Amendment. Seconded by Commissioner Rosenof. Mayor Udine stated that he understood Mr. Mayersohn’s critique of the word “timely”; in the case of a hurricane, it could mean just hours. Commissioner Rosenof noted that the Florida Building Code would take over when a hurricane warning was issued. He also offered his belief that the tarps were an issue for the homeowners’ associations and not a City ordinance. The Mayor suggested this Ordinance could help with improperly installed tarps. ROLL CALL VOTE: Vice Mayor Moskowitz Commissioner Rosenof Commissioner Weissman Commissioner Smith Mayor Udine MOTION passed unanimously. 9. ORDINANCE NO. 2008-11: COMMENTS: WATER RESTRICTIONS VIOLATION ENFORCEMENT Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

SECOND READING OF AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF PARKLAND, FLORIDA, PROVIDING FOR ENFORCEMENT OF VIOLATIONS RELATED TO WATER RESTRICTIONS, PROVIDING FOR ENFORCEMENT BEFORE THE SPECIAL MASTER, PROVIDING FOR PROCEDURES AND IMPOSITION OF PENALTIES; PROVIDING FOR

PARKLAND CITY COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES APRIL 2, 2008 PAGE 13 SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN THE CITY CODE, PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (first reading 3/5/08) City Manager Caryn Gardner-Young read the second reading of Ordinance No. 2008-11. She explained that it would implement the utilization of the Special Master process, saving City funds and making the hearings more convenient at City Hall. Staff had advised BSO about this change in enforcement. She noted that the City had already issued over 60 warnings regarding water violations. City Attorney Andrew Maurodis stated that he must correct the Ordinance to read Section 11-86 through Section 11-96. Mayor Udine opened to the public. There were no comments or questions, and the Mayor closed to the public. MOTION made by Commissioner Smith to approve the second reading of Ordinance No. 200811, Water Restrictions Violation Enforcement, as amended. Seconded by Commissioner Weissman. Mayor Udine commented that he was in favor. However, he noted that it was an “unfunded mandate,” dictated by the South Florida Water Management District, in that the City became responsible for enforcement. While there would be the same result, the Special Master process would be most cost effective for the City. ROLL CALL VOTE: Vice Mayor Moskowitz Commissioner Rosenof Commissioner Weissman Commissioner Smith Mayor Udine MOTION passed unanimously. VII COMMENTS BY THE CITY MANAGER Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

City Manager Caryn Gardner-Young advised that the last Green Market for this season would be April 13th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The next concert – a performance by a Parkland resident jazz pianist – would be held at the Amphitheater on April 12th. Ms. Gardner-Young congratulated City Attorney Andy Maurodis, who had been chosen as one of the Top Government Attorneys by his peers in Florida Trends magazine’s legal elite.

PARKLAND CITY COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES APRIL 2, 2008 PAGE 14 Ms. Gardner-Young also announced that the Finance Department had been recognized with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the current fiscal year from the Government Finance Officers’ Association. It is the City’s first such award and the highest form of recognition in government budgeting. Ms. Gardner-Young noted that she had placed on the dais the Commission meeting calendar, and she spoke regarding some changes. Mayor Udine asked that the July 16th meeting be moved one week earlier to July 9th, noting that only the first August meeting would then be missed. MOTION made by Vice Mayor Moskowitz to change the July 16th meeting to July 9th. Seconded by Commissioner Smith. MOTION passed unanimously. Mayor Udine asked that the modified calendar be posted on the City’s web site. Ms. Gardner-Young offered that the City had been receiving communications regarding the legislation under consideration in Tallahassee, and one issue is the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights (TABOR). There has been a request through the City Managers’ Association to send a letter to the Tax Commission; she had thus far seen letters from Coral Springs and Tamarac expressing their concern. The bill would limit the City Commission’s ability to increase revenues without a supermajority vote of the Commission as well as voter approval. She asked the Commission’s permission to send a letter expressing the City’s concern with this legislation. Mayor Udine believed that the City should be on record via a letter sent from the City Manager’s Office, and he suggested that it should revolve around the legislation’s violation of home rule authority. Mayor Udine noted that the legislation was at the Tax Commission level, but he anticipated that the House would pass the bill. He commented that the City had been fiscally responsible – lowering the millage rate for the past two years. Vice Mayor Moskowitz suggested that the City should contact its representatives about their positions. Mayor Udine offered his understanding that the City’s State Senator had proposed a bill that would require the electronic posting of expenditures over $5,000. Ms. Gardner-Young believed that Representative Kiar was also in favor of this bill. Mayor Udine commented that the Florida League of Cities has suggested that communications received by cities from taxpayers about these issues should be automatically forwarded to the appropriate senators and representatives. Vice Mayor Moskowitz believed it very simple: instead of Tallahassee slashing its budget, they have chosen to slash those of the cities. He viewed it as a shifting of blame.

PARKLAND CITY COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES APRIL 2, 2008 PAGE 15 Mayor Udine commented that the impact on schools, should these bills pass, would be outrageous. He also felt that, with inclusion on the ballot, voters would pass the bills. As more and more revenue caps are adopted, services will decrease; any “fat” has already been cut. He reiterated his belief that the letter should be sent. Vice Mayor Moskowitz noted that Tallahassee should not treat cities as equals. The City’s budget was very different than that of Miami, for example, where a $600 million stadium would be built. He believed that the size of the city mattered considerably. There was Commission consensus that the letter should be sent. VIII COMMENTS BY THE CITY ATTORNEY None. IX ADJOURNMENT

MOTION made by Commissioner Smith to adjourn the meeting at 8:26 p.m. Seconded by Commissioner Weissman. MOTION passed unanimously. ATTEST:

SANDRA COUZZO, C.M.C. City Clerk sm


				
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