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REGULAR CITY COMMISSION MEETING

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									               REGULAR CITY COMMISSION MEETING
                       TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2009
                7:00 P.M. - COMMISSION CHAMBERS
1. CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Gary Resnick called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. The Invocation was given
by Father Peter Lambert, St. Clement Catholic Church. Commissioner Green led the
Pledge of Allegiance.

2. ROLL CALL

Deputy Clerk Patricia Staples called the roll. Present were Commissioner Ted Galatis,
Commissioner Tom Green, Commissioner Scott Newton, Vice Mayor Justin Flippen and
Mayor Gary Resnick. Also present were City Manager Joseph Gallegos, City Attorney
Kerry Ezrol and City Clerk Angela Scott.

3. INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Vice Mayor Flippen welcomed all residents and guests. He thanked them for attending
the meeting and participating in their city government. Vice Mayor Flippen then
recognized Former Commissioner Diane Cline and Former Commissioner Julie Carson.

Mayor Resnick announced the Friends of the Wilton Manors Library was hosting a
“Philanthopizza Day” tomorrow night at the California Pizza Kitchen, and that 20% of
your check, throughout day, would benefit the Wilton Manors Youth Group.

4. PRESENTATIONS

“Kidnapped” Event, Patti Moskol of Kids In Distress

Ms. Moskol provided an overview of the “Kidnapped” fundraiser. She noted that $50,000
was raised in less than 45 days and thanked Mayor Resnick, Vice Mayor Justin Flippen,
Leisure Services Director Patrick Cann, Leisure Services Administrative Coordinator
Chris Cooper, Chief Rick Perez, and Former Commissioner Julie Carson for their
participation, energy and enthusiasm. She presented a plaque to Chief Perez, for raising
$5,350 as the top fundraiser. Ms. Moskol then invited those participants to a “Thank You
Reception” at Galanga scheduled for August 25th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.




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Review Proposed Drainage Revisions to the City Hall/Police Station Site Plan

(please carefully review for accuracy)

Ms. Azita Behmardi, civil engineer for Abaco Engineering, explained that the new City
Hall/Police Station was being constructed on what was a parking lot, which was
originally developed as part of the Hagen Park project. She further noted that the
Broward County EPD did not include the boundaries of the parking lot. She stated that
since the City was not pleased with the aesthetics, it would be modified once the building
permit was issued. Ms. Behmardi suggested using the Rothe site for the proposed
drainage. City Manager Gallegos noted that this issue would need to be addressed in
order to receive the Certificate of Occupancy for the new City Hall/Police Station and
that the contractor was bearing the cost.

5. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC

Paul Kuta, 500 N.W. 28th Street, spoke against the City negotiating a contract with
Gables Residential in response to the RFP for a public/private partnership real estate
project on 2.3 acres of city-owned land. A copy of his verbatim comments is attached to
these final minutes.

Diane Cline, 2325 N.E. 19th Avenue, requested Resolution 3424 (appointing members to
the Community Affairs Advisory Board) be moved to the beginning of the agenda.

Tim Flaherty, 805 N.E. 29th Drive, spoke against leasing City property to a private
developer. He urged the Commission not to enter into a public/private partnership.

Constance Ruppender, 308 N.E. 20th Street, spoke against the negotiations for a
public/private partnership.

Virginia Flaherty, 805 N.E. 29th Drive, urged the Commission not to rush into negotiating
with a developer for a public/private partnership.

Mayor Resnick closed comments at this time.

Change of Order to Agenda

Vice Mayor Flippen moved to discuss Item 11. Unfinished Business b. Authorization of
Staff to Negotiate an Agreement with the Selected Public/Private Partnership RFP
Responder at this time. Commissioner Galatis seconded the motion, which was
unanimously approved by a roll call vote.

City Manager Gallegos noted that the City had a Cone of Silence ordinance which meant
until a responder was selected from an RFP process, the Commission and Staff could not
communicate with the responders. He further noted that the Staff was not pleased with
the proposal that was presented under the auspices of the RFP. City Manager Gallegos
explained that if a proposer was selected, the process was very long due to negotiations,
iterations in what was proposed, public hearings, developers’ agreements, etc.

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Commissioner Newton expressed that he was not pleased with that the Public was not
thoroughly informed and not pleased with the two (2) proposals received. He said he
spoke to City Manager Gallegos about obtaining a bond for parking on the site of the old
City Hall and using the funds from the paid parking to pay back the bond. Vice Mayor
Flippen noted that residents wanted more parking and suggested a workshop for Public
input and to include the Business community. Commission Galatis noted that the issue of
a public/private partnership had been discussed since the mid 1990s and suggested the
City Manager talk to the developers to gather more information. Commission Green
noted that the City needed more parking and suggested looking into constructing a
parking garage with open and green space. He voiced against a public/private partnership
and recommended rejecting the RFP and declining both proposals. Mayor Resnick voiced
rejection for both proposals and the RFP. Commissioner Green moved to reject both
proposals and cancel the RFP. Vice Mayor Flippen seconded the motion, which was
unanimously approved by a roll call vote.

6. CONSENT AGENDA

Vice Mayor Flippen moved to approve the items on the Consent Agenda as listed below.
Commissioner Green seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved by a roll
call vote.

Invoices Submitted By:

Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol, P.A.
       Statement No. 1-dated 7/7/09----------------------$     411.00
       Statement No. 168-dated 7/8/09-------------------$      415.00
       Statement No. 169-dated 7/15/09----------------- $       20.00
       Statement No. 7-dated 7/6/09----------------------$     629.26
       Statement No. 167-dated 7/6/09-------------------$       30.00
       Statement No. 170 dated 7/20/09------------------$      135.00

URS
       Invoice No. 3949921-dated 6/23/09--------------$15,501.75

Minutes:

      5/12/09 – Regular Meeting

Resolution No. 3429

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF WILTON MANORS,
FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE EXPENDITURE OF $10,172.90 FROM THE LAW
ENFORCEMENT FORFEITURE TRUST FUND #650 TO REIMBURSE THE GENERAL FUND
#001, PURSUANT TO SECTION 932.701.705 ET. SEQ., FLORIDA STATUTES; PROVIDING
FOR CONFLICTS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE
DATE.




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Resolution No. 3433:

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF WILTON MANORS,
FLORIDA, CREATING A COMPLETE COUNT 2010 CENSUS COMMITTEE; PROVIDING
FOR CONFLICTS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE
DATE.

(End Consent Agenda)

Items Removed from the Consent Agenda for Discussion

Resolution No. 3430:

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF WILTON MANORS,
FLORIDA, APPROVING AND AUTHORIZING THE PROPER CITY OFFICIALS OF THE
CITY OF WILTON MANORS TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH BROWARD
COUNTY FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF PROJECTS PURSUANT TO THE ENHANCED
MARINE LAW ENFORCEMENT GRANT, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2009/2010;
PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING AN
EFFECTIVE DATE.

Commissioner Green requested this item be removed from the Consent Agenda.
Commissioner Newton moved to approve Resolution No. 3430. Vice Mayor Flippen
seconded the motion. City Manager Gallegos explained that this request was an
authorization to receive $17,136.00 in grant funds provided by Broward County through
the Marine Law Enforcement Grant for augmenting marine patrol around the Island.
Following some brief questions answered by Captain Dorris Sebert, the motion was
approved by a unanimous roll call vote.

Resolution No. 3431:

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF WILTON MANORS,
FLORIDA, APPROVING AND AUTHORIZING THE PROPER CITY OFFICIALS OF THE
CITY OF WILTON MANORS TO EXECUTE THE AGREEMENT WITH LMK PIPE
RENEWAL, LLC, TO INSPECT AND LINE LATERAL SEWER PIPES, NOT TO EXCEED
$600,000.00; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND
PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Mayor Resnick requested this item be removed from the Consent Agenda. Vice Mayor
Flippen moved to approve Resolution No. 3431. Commissioner Green seconded the
motion. City Manager Gallegos explained that this was the last element of the $5 million
utility system bond and that it was a very aggressive project to seal the City’s sewer lines.
In response to Mayor Resnick’s request for possibly using these funds to purchase a new
lift station, Public Services Director Dave Archacki noted that a $300,000+ state grant
was tied to the project for inflow and infiltration, which could not be used for anything
but repairs. The motion was approved by a unanimous roll call vote.




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Resolution No. 3434:

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF WILTON MANORS,
FLORIDA, APPROVING AND AUTHORIZING THE PROPER CITY OFFICIALS OF THE
CITY OF WILTON MANORS TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH SUN-UP
ENTERPRISES, INC., FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE HIGHLAND ESTATES ROADWAY
AND DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS; PROVIDING FOR
SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Mayor Resnick requested this item be removed from the Consent Agenda. Commissioner
Newton moved to approve Resolution No. 3434. Vice Mayor Flippen seconded the
motion. City Manager Gallegos explained that this resolution was Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG) expenditure and being used to resurface the streets,
sidewalks and storm drainage of Highland Estates. In response to Mayor Resnick’s
suggestion to postpone this item, Grants/Special Projects Coordinator Wayne Sheppard
explained that there was a tight timeframe due to delays of re-bidding. He concluded that
at the pre-construction meeting, the company would be evaluated for any problems.

Vice Mayor Flippen offered a friendly amendment to Commissioner Newton that the
item be approved provided the City independently determined it was not the company in
question that was brought forward. Commissioner Newton accepted the friendly
amendment, and the motion was approved by a unanimous roll call vote.

RESOLUTION NO. 3435:

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF WILTON MANORS,
FLORIDA, APPROVING AND AUTHORIZING THE PROPER CITY OFFICIALS OF THE
CITY OF WILTON MANORS TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH VIC’S GENERAL
SERVICES, INC., FOR THE DESIGN/BUILD OF ESTATE STYLE FENCING AT ISLAND
CITY PARK PRESERVE; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS; PROVIDING FOR
SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Commissioner Green requested this item be removed from the Consent Agenda.
Commissioner Green moved to approve Resolution No. 3435. Vice Mayor Flippen
seconded the motion. City Manager Gallegos explained that this resolution was the
second of two (2) Community Development Block Grants for the amount of $20,769.60
to be used for estate-style fencing at the Island City Park Preserve. The motion was
approved by a unanimous roll call vote.

7. PROCLAMATIONS

Nonprofit Organization Week

Mayor Resnick read the proclamation.

8. PUBLIC HEARINGS - None




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9. ORDINANCES

Ordinance No. 951 (1st Reading):

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF WILTON MANORS,
FLORIDA AMENDING THE UNIFIED LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS (ULDRS),
PART 3, “DEVELOPMENT REVIEW PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS”, ARTICLE
60, “REQUIRED PERMITS AND APPROVALS” TO REQUIRE BONDS AS A CONDITION
OF ISSUANCE OF A BUILDING PERMIT”; AMENDING ARTICLE 65 OF THE ENTITLED
“GENERAL APPLICATION PROCEDURES” TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES FOR
SECURING PERFORMANCE BONDS; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; PROVIDING
FOR CONFLICTS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN
EFFECTIVE DATE.

City Clerk Scott read the caption. City Manager Gallegos provided an overview and
noted that this item was referred to the Planning and Zoning Board (P&Z), and it
recommended the modification to Section 4 of the code. Commissioner Green moved to
adopt Ordinance 951 on 1st Reading. Vice Mayor Flippen seconded the motion.
Commissioner Green thanked P&Z and the Staff for fast-tracking this issue because it
was important to several people in the community, including himself. He also thanked
Residents Constance Ruppender and Kevin Knorr. In response to Commissioner Galatis’
clarification regarding the calculation of the cost per square feet and any impact of permit
fees received, Community Services Acting Director Peter Dokuchitz explained that each
floor would be considered and cost would be established before the second reading. City
Manager Gallegos noted that the Staff did not feel that there would be an impact to
permit fees. Mayor Resnick requested the Business Community be notified for input. City
Attorney Ezrol suggested directing a specific date for 2nd Reading.

Commissioner Galatis expressed concern for the ramifications of the ordinance regarding
the future development of the City, that there was no methodology of holding bonds and
cashiers’ checks and would vote against it on first reading. In response to Mayor
Resnick’s request for clarification about the concern for not waiving any other rights or
remedies by imposing a bond or letter of credit, City Attorney Ezrol stated that it was just
one more tool to have available and that it could be included as a modification to Section
4. In response to Mayor Resnick’s question about how the $100 administration fee was
established, Community Services Acting Director Dokuchitz noted that it was taken as an
average of permit fees. Mayor Resnick requested an estimate of developer costs based on
10,000, 20,000, etc. square foot projects before the second reading and also requested the
cost for a letter of credit. The motion was approved by a majority roll call vote with
Commissioner Galatis voting in the negative. Vice Mayor Flippen moved to schedule the
2nd Reading of Ordinance 951 on September 14th. Commissioner Newton seconded the
motion, which was approved by a majority roll call vote with Commissioner Galatis
voting in the negative.

Ordinance No. 952 (1st Reading):

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF WILTON MANORS,
FLORIDA AMENDING THE UNIFIED LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS (ULDRS),
ARTICLE 30, WILTON DRIVE ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT SPECIAL OVERLAY
DISTRICT; SECTION 030-060(A), (E), (F) and (G) “OFF-STREET PARKING
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REQUIREMENTS”;     AMENDING SECTION 030-060(J)(7)(f) and (i) “OFF-STREET
PARKING REQUIREMENTS”; SECTION 030-061(B) 6, 9 and 14 “PAYMENT IN LIEU OF
PARKING”; SECTION 030-070(M) “SITE DESIGN PROVISIONS”; AND SECTION 030-
080(A) “BUILDING PLACEMENT”; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; PROVIDING FOR
CONFLICTS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE
DATE.

City Clerk Scott read the caption. City Manager Gallegos provided an overview and
noted that the issues were addressed in conjunction with P&Z. He added that this
ordinance included the following four (4) changes to the Wilton Drive Arts &
Entertainment Special Overlay District: 1) Parking was now based on gross building area
as opposed to net building area. 2) Outdoor dining and sidewalk cafés was now required
to provide off-street parking: 3 spaces per 1,000 square foot. 3) Landscaped interior
islands were now placed every 12 spaces as opposed to every 10 spaces. 4) Developers
were now required a setback of 10 feet adjacent to existing sidewalk along Wilton Drive
as opposed to 5 feet. Commissioner Green moved to adopt Ordinance 952 on 1st
Reading. Commissioner Newton seconded the motion.

Mayor Resnick requested an impact map of Wilton Drive showing the different setbacks.
Following discussion, the motion was approved by a unanimous roll call vote. Vice
Mayor Flippen moved to direct Staff to have P&Z consider the following: 1) changing
the pedestrian area from 10 feet to 15 feet. 2) the impact of the west side of Wilton Drive
and for future development. The motion was approved by a unanimous roll call vote.

Commissioner Green expressed concern for a couple of locations where, under the
commercial zoning, a bar could be established. He noted that some of the buildings were
backed directly up to residential neighborhoods and homes. He asked that the
Commission consider a required footage for separating a residence from the building.
There were no objections noted to send this issue to P & Z for consideration.

11. RESOLUTIONS

Resolution No. 3427:

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF WILTON MANORS,
FLORIDA, PROVIDING THAT THE MANE OF “SLASH PINE” PARK BE CHANGED TO
“M.E. DEPALMA” PARK; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS; PROVIDING FOR
SEVERABILITY; AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

City Clerk Scott read the caption. City Manager Gallegos noted that the Commission had
previously expressed honoring an outstanding citizen by changing the name of Slash Pine
Park to “M.E. DePalma” Park. He further noted that this item was added on to the
agenda. Vice Mayor Flippen moved to approve Resolution No. 3427. Commissioner
Newton seconded the motion, which was approved by a unanimous roll call vote. Mrs.
DePalma was present to receive the honor and thanked the City.




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RESOLUTION NO. 3432:

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF WILTON MANORS,
FLORIDA APPOINTING FOUR (4) MEMBERS TO THE COMMUNITY AFFAIRS
ADVISORY BOARD AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

City Clerk Scott read the caption. The following candidates made application and/or
spoke at the meeting:

      Gregory Dudzek, 3024 NE 2nd Terrace, expressed interest in being appointed and
       provided his overall background.
      Steve Frazier, 351 NE 19th Place – not present.
      Jayne Herrington, 2216 NE 2nd Avenue – not present.
      Bill Richardson, 99 Almar Drive, express interest in being re-appointed as a
       permanent member and provided his overall background.
      Debra Rochlin, 2008 Coral Gardens Drive – not present.
      Skip Stadnick, 632 NW 29th Street, expressed interesting in being re-appointed
       and provided his overall background.

Mayor Resnick thanked those who had volunteered on the various boards and noted there
would be more opportunities for appointments. i.e. Complete Count Census Committee.
Ranking sheets were provided by each Commissioner and were attached to these minutes.
Commissioner Galatis moved to appoint Skip Stadnick, Bill Richardson, Jayne
Herrington and Gregory Dudzek to Community Affairs Advisory Board. Vice Mayor
Flippen seconded the motion, which was approved by a unanimous roll call vote

City Attorney’s Report - no addition to written report.

12. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Standard Parking Agreement for Valet Parking

Mayor Resnick requested that this item be placed on the agenda for discussion. He noted
receiving calls from residents that Standard Parking (SP) was using City property
(Tropics Restaurant) for their valet service, which under contract, it was only authorized
to use the Ft. Lauderdale High School and Gay & Lesbian Community Center (GLCC)
properties.

Jorge Alarcon, SP senior manager, explained that the company started using the GLCC
parking lot and was not receiving any business until they lowered the rates from $10.00
to $7.00. He further explained that he had received approval from the City Manager to
move to Tropics and had been successful ever since. He spoke of the activity of the
GLCC parking lot only covering SP’s expenses. Mayor Resnick expressed residents’
concerns about offering a valet service at the GLCC and charging $10.00 and having to
park their own cars. He also expressed the most recent concern of valet attendants
offering to park vehicles up front for $20.00.



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Commissioner Green suggested waiting for the winter business activity and then
addressing fee sharing at that time. Mayor Resnick noted that there was no place for
employee parking and did not agree with SP using the parking spots on the street. Mr.
Alarcon noted that there was not enough activity at this time to generate revenue and that
SP would lose money if the entire Tropics parking lot was not fully utilized. City
Manager Gallegos noted that he granted permission to SP, on a temporary basis, in order
to continue providing the service to residents. He added that if the Commission wanted to
continue until September, then the contract would need to be amended. Asst. Finance
Director Bob Mays noted that a previous amendment had been made to the contract
authorizing the City Manager to approve an alternate parking area for Standard Parking.

Vice Mayor Flippen clarified that the following items were in consensus by the
Commission:

      To not include the use of street parking
      To allow use of the Tropics parking lot and to charge no more than $7.00 for valet
       parking and self-parking.

After further discussion, the Commission, by consensus, directed the Staff to work with
SP on amending the agreement.

13. REPORTS FROM BOARDS AND ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS

City Manager’s Report

      Ability to pay utility bills was now online.

      Requested use of the budgeted line item of $36,000 to hire a lobbyist for article
       and press release publication.

   Vice Mayor Flippen moved to authorize the City Manager to spend no more than
   $5,000 to hire a lobbyist to help communicate to the Public. Commissioner Newton
   seconded the motion, which was approved by a unanimous roll call vote.

14. NEW BUSINESS

Placement of Presentations on City Commission Meeting Agenda - None

15. REPORTS FROM ELECTED OFFICIALS

Commissioner Green reported the following:
   Reminded everyone of the first meeting of the Broward County Government
    Efficiency Study Committee was taking place next week. He asked that any
    comments be forwarded to him directly.
   Thanked the Staff on the information for the Budget Workshop and Resident Paul
    Kuta for attended the previous meeting.
   Stated he was happy to live in a city that had an M.E. DePalma Park.

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Commissioner Galatis reported the following:
   Reported the Sexual Offender Task Force provided a preliminary draft report to
    Broward County Commission asking the Governor and the Florida Legislature to
    create a solution for the problem of inundated neighborhoods, offenders living
    under bridges, cities being sued, etc.
   Attended the Grand Opening of the Richardson Historic Park & Nature Preserve.
   Stated that M.E. DePalma Park was a great park and that he was proud of it.

Commissioner Newton reported the following:
   Attended the Grand Opening of the Richardson Historic Park & Nature Preserve.
    Thanked Jack Seiler for work with the legislature to acquire funding for the
    purchase of the property.
   Noted that two (2) Crosswalks were being constructed on Main Street and
    thanked FDOT and Broward County.

Vice Mayor Flippen reported the following:
    Thanked the Staff for making the Grand Opening of the Richardson Historic Park
      & Nature Preserve a great event and that he appreciated presenting the invocation.
    Thanked the City Manager and IT Manager for placing the NatureScape, a
      Certified Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, on the
      main page of the City’s website.
    Announced next Tuesday evening was National Night Out and encouraged
      community to attend.
    Requested a photo be taken annually of the City Commission for historical
      purposes.
    Thanked the Staff in addressing any important matters directly with him.

Mayor Resnick reported the following:
   Explained that two (2) budget public workshops with the City Commission had
     and thanked the Staff and residents for their input and work on the Budget.
   Attended a City of Sunrise City Commission meeting discussion about increasing
     water rates 40% – 60% in order to cover infrastructure and other associated costs
     for providing water services, its millage rate, garbage fees, and other fees.
   Reported that the Broward League of Cities created an Economic Committee and
     met for the first time. He added that it was considering strategies to reduce
     various costs, specifically focusing on the Co-Op Program.
   Reported that the other committee of the Economic Committee was the Housing
     Rehabilitation Neighborhood Improvement Committee. He further reported that
     the City, through Broward County, was entitled to over $560,000 in federal funds
     for the purchase of foreclosed homes. He added that bids were advertised bids and
     contractors were already obtained, but it had been a slow process. He thanked
     Assistant to the City Manager Henderson for participating on that committee and
     noted that Broward County was proposing to take a percentage of the funds.
   Noted discussion at previous City Commission Meeting regarding the City of Ft.
     Lauderdale proposal to increase water rates by 37%. He further reported that the
     City Manager and Staff met with the City of Ft. Lauderdale Staff in a series of
     quick meetings due to the fact that Ft. Lauderdale had a deadline to pass a water
     rate by the previous week. He thanked the Staff for negotiating an increase of
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       20% and noted that the City of Oakland Park consultant created a study report on
       water rates and concluded that Ft. Lauderdale’s rate study was defective and not
       supportable under the law or under their usage history. He concluded that he
       received a commitment from Ft. Lauderdale’s City Manager to evaluate the entire
       rate structure and revise the City’s agreement.
      Announced Broward County lowering their tax rate, the Broward County School
       Board was raising theirs and the North Broward Hospital District was lowering
       theirs.
      Commended the Staff and the Leisure Services Department for the Grand
       Opening of the Richardson Historic Park & Nature Preserve.

16. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 9:50 p.m.


                        These minutes were approved by the
                  City Commission on Tuesday, January 12, 2010.


__________________________________                     _________________________
Janice M. Moore, Clerk Consultant                      Date Signed


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