Saturday, October 22, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
"Time is not irrelevant as it relates to construction of the casino building." - Susan Stanton The Mayor is apologizing for the lateness of getting this agenda item to the city. She is happy there sounds like there is support from the dais.
Commissioner Mulvehill is declaring entities that have contributed to her campaign that are before the Commission tonight - so too, Mayor Waterman, Commissioners Golden and McVoy. This is apparently in letter form. Commissioner Maxwell had none.
The 2013 build-out date including in the back-up is reported to be a typo. It should be 2012.
I believe Susan Squires called in and pointed out there might be a problem with equal time, given that we are in the height of election season. She asked if any of the other candidates had been approached. There was some hemming and hawing. The producer of the show said that a lady named Pam had called them a few days ago, but nothing had been set up. He said that this is a show for the Mayor of Lake Worth so that whoever is Mayor can be a part of it. The one caller I heard before Susan commented on the election, said Rachel was doing a great job and that he would be voting for her. Folks, this is electioneering.
I called and used my first name to identify myself. I was put on hold and the Mayor took the call on air. I asked about the audio in the Commission Chambers and she responded that she knew people were having trouble with it last night. I told her that it is important since many people rely on it if they can't get to city hall due to family obligations or other issues, but are still able to listen on their computer.
I pointed out that the meeting tonight which deals with the casino building tenant leases is confusing. The back-up material says that the casino work will be done and the tenants can move in November 2013 - when the business plan from August 2010 has the grand opening as Fall of 2012. I pointed out that the 2012 date is being used in Commissioner Golden's literature who also happens to be running for re-election this year.
Ads during the show were about a non-profit disabled veterans agency. There is a dollar or in-kind cost to this sort of show. How is that being accounted for?
So, I guess this is designed to prevent the sort of situations like we have with our Mayor's present living arrangement.
The fire assessment was approved by a 3-2 vote, with Mayor Rachel Waterman and Commissioner Scott Maxwell casting the dissenting votes.
The assessment is expected to raise $1.4 million to cover most of the $1.8 million cost of firefighter pensions.
Waterman voted against the levy because she wanted to reduce the amount of the assessment to $42 per dwelling unit.
Maxwell said the city should find the money elsewhere in the budget instead of levying an assessment.
Click title for link to Palm Beach Post article.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Click here for link to the Neighborhood Association Presidents Council page where you can submit questions for next Monday night. The deadline for submitting questions is tomorrow October 19th.