Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Registration Window For 2015 BCPS Summer Voluntary Prekindergarten Program is Now Open

Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) program from June through August 2015. The Summer VPK program is available to children that will be 5-years-old on or before September 1, 2015, and who did not use their VPK Certificate of Eligibility during the 2014/15 school year.

Under the instruction of District certified teachers, Summer VPK classes operate Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., beginning Tuesday, June 9, 2015, through Wednesday, August 5, 2015. Students will receive free breakfast, lunch and a snack.  

To participate in the BCPS 2015 Summer VPK program, parents/guardians must apply for, receive and present a VPK Certificate of Eligibility to their selected school. To receive a Certificate of Eligibility, visit https://vpkcp.floridaearlylearning.com. Parents/Guardians also need to provide required documents such as, proof of age (child’s birth certificate, passport, military dependent card or immunization record) and proof of residency (driver’s license, utility bill or pay stub).

To enroll students in the BCPS 2015 Summer VPK Program, parents/guardians must bring their VPK Certificate of Eligibility to one of the three participating schools listed below.


Liberty Elementary School
2450 Banks Road
Margate, FL 33063
754-322-6750
Mirror Lake Elementary School
1200 NW 72ndAvenue
Plantation, FL 33313
754-322-7100
Sea Castle Elementary School
9600 Miramar Boulevard
Miramar, FL 33025
754-323-7250

For more information about the District’s VPK Program, contact one of the schools listed above or the District’s Head Start/Early Intervention Department at, 754-321-1954.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

2015/16 School Choice Late Applications Accepted Beginning May 1, 2015

Parents and guardians interested in submitting a 2015/16 School Choice late application for magnet and reassignment seats still available following the original application window earlier this year, can do so starting this Friday, May 1, 2015.  Seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

Beginning May 1, 2015, parents and guardians can view a list of schools with seats available, download/print the paper application and get answers to frequently asked questions, by visiting browardschools.com and clicking on the School Choice - It’s Easy as 1,2,3 icon.   

Applications will also be available at the first floor security desk in the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center. Applications may be submitted by mail or in person.

Mail completed applications to:
Attn: Demographics & Student Assignments
School Board of Broward County, Florida
600 SE Third Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Hand-deliver~completed applications to:
Security Desk - 1st Floor
Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center
Attn: Demographics & Student Assignments
School Board of Broward County, Florida
600 SE Third Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

For more information, contact the Demographics and Student Assignments Department at 754-321-2480.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ms. Linda Dimeo's 8th Grade Class at Parkway Middle School Wins Contest

CONGRATULATIONS
to PARKWAY MIDDLE SCHOOL - Ms. Linda Dimeo’s 8th Grade class, for the
City of Lauderhill’s Educational Advisory Board Black History poster Contest:
FIRST PLACE for Lauderhill’s Middle schools.
A winner was chosen on April 29th 2015.
The prizes to Ms. Dimeo and her participating class will be presented at the school’s end of the year awards ceremony by the
EAB Chairman.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Notes of the Commission Meeting of May 11

On May 11, the City Commission held its regular meeting and the following are notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):

PROCLAMATIONS / COMMENDATIONS:

A. A PROCLAMATION PROCLAIMING STUART GREENBLATT DAY IN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL, FOR HIS MANY YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE CITY AND TO THE LAUDERHILL PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD.

B. A PROCLAMATION HONORING LAUDERHILL 6-12 AND THE GREEN CITY GARDENING GROUP FOR RECEIVING THE GOLDEN SHOVEL AWARD.


ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - FIRST READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-05-117:  PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF NOT EXCEEDING $25,000,000 CITY OF LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA GENERAL OBLIGATION REFUNDING BONDS, SERIES 2015 FOR THE PURPOSE OF ACCOMPLISHING THE CURRENT REFUNDING OF THE CITY’S OUTSTANDING GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, SERIES 2005 PREVIOUSLY APPROVED PURSUANT TO A BOND REFERENDUM HELD IN THE CITY AND PAYING COSTS OF ISSUANCE OF SUCH BONDS; PLEDGING THE CITY’S FULL FAITH, CREDIT AND TAXING POWER TO THE PAYMENT OF SUCH BONDS.  The estimated savings to be about $4.5 million.  The bonds will be available to the general public to purchase like the original GO Bonds were.

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-05-118:  AMENDING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS AND PERTAINING TO EDUCATION, BY CREATING A NEW SECTION 5.48., EDUCATION, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY, CHARTER AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS AND ADDING SUBSECTIONS ON APPLICATION FILING REQUIREMENTS, SITE REQUIREMENTS, PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT REQUIREMENTS, OTHER REQUIREMENTS, EXEMPTION, AND EXISTING SCHOOLS IMPLEMENTATION, (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN).

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-05-119: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL, CHAPTER 12, BUSINESS REGULATIONS, ARTICLE II, CERTIFICATE OF USE AND LOCAL BUSINESS TAX RECEIPT, CREATING SECTION 12-59, DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT FEE.


RESOLUTIONS:

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-05-92:   AUTHORIZING AND APPROVING THE BROWARD REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAM GRANT APPLICATION IN THE AMOUNT OF $1 MILLION TO BE USED FOR PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS SUCH AS PARKING, LANDSCAPING, PUBLIC ART, OUTDOOR SEATING AND WALKWAYS ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE OLD K-MART SITE ON THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SUNRISE BOULEVARD AND STATE ROAD 7; FINDING THAT SUCH IMPROVEMENTS WOULD BE A BENEFICIAL USE OF PUBLIC DOLLARS IN SUPPORT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND THAT THE SITE WOULD HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY; AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE ANY NECESSARY DOCUMENTS; PROVIDING TERMS AND CONDITIONS; PROVIDING THAT NO MATCHING FUNDS ARE REQUIRED.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-05-93:   WAIVING COMPETITIVE BIDDING; AUTHORIZING THE PIGGY BACK OF THE FLORIDA SHERIFF'S ASSOCIATION AND FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES BID AWARD (14-22-0904) FOR THE PURCHASE OF UP TO FOUR (4) 2016 FORD FUSION VEHICLES FROM ALAN JAY FLEET SALES FOR USE BY THE NEW MOBILE TEAM DIVISION; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $110,832.00 FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 305-311-6117.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-05-94:  RESCINDING AND REPLACING RESOLUTION NO. 15R-04-89; APPROVING THE NON-EXCLUSIVE REVOCABLE PARKING LICENSE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND THE INVERRARY ASSOCIATION, INC. TO ALLOW ACCESS FOR THE PARKING OF TWO AXLE PASSENGER VEHICLES BY THE INVERRARY ASSOCIATION ON THE PROPERTY KNOWN AS THE LAUDERHILL CITY HALL ANNEX LOCATED  AT 3300 INVERRARY BOULEVARD, LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-05-95:  APPROVING THE 2015 AMENDMENT TO THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN BROWARD COUNTY AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL PROVIDING FOR THE DIVISION AND DISTRIBUTION OF THE PROCEEDS OF THE “ORIGINAL” LOCAL OPTION GAS TAX IMPOSED BY THE BROWARD COUNTY LOCAL OPTION GAS TAX ORDINANCE; PROVIDING FOR CITIES TO RECEIVE A PERCENTAGE OF THE PROCEEDS OF THE SIX CENTS OF GAS TAX.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-05-96:   APPROVING THE 2015 AMENDMENT TO THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN BROWARD COUNTY AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR THE DIVISION AND DISTRIBUTION OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THE BROWARD COUNTY FIFTH CENT ADDITIONAL LOCAL OPTION GAS TAX ON MOTOR FUEL FOR TRANSIT.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-05-97:   APPROVING THE 2015 AMENDMENT TO THE "ADDITIONAL" LOCAL OPTION GAS TAX INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN BROWARD COUNTY AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR MOTOR FUEL PROVIDING FOR DIVISION AND DISTRIBUTION OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THE BROWARD COUNTY ADDITIONAL LOCAL OPTION OF THREE CENTS OF GAS TAX ON MOTOR FUEL ORDINANCE.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-05-102:  AUTHORIZING PARTICIPATION IN THE BANK’S COMMUNITY INVESTMENT SERVICES PROGRAMS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING; AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF AND APPROVING THE ACCESS FORM FOR SPONSOR WEB SYSTEM ACCESS AND TERMS AND CONDITIONS.


QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS, FIRST READING:

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-04-90:   GRANTING TO VC LAUDERDALE, INC., D/B/A VEGAS CABARET A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER TO ALLOW EXTENDED HOURS OF OPERATION TO 4 AM ASSOCIATED WITH A BAR AND ADULT ENTERTAINMENT KNOWN AS VEGAS CABARET, 5426 - 5428 NORTH UNIVERSITY DRIVE, LAUDERHILL.   Failed 5-0.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

CASA / UNIFEST PRESENT SOCCER AND NETBALL SPORTS EXTRAVAGANZA

CASA / UNIFEST joint annual soccer knock out final for the Hazelle Rogers challenge trophy.
Venue: Lauderhill Sports Complex 7500 West Oakland Park Blvd, Lauderhill Fl 33319.
When: May 16th, 2015

Activities: 

5:00 PM          Dominoes
Soccer Game – Master’s League Defending Champion Lauderhill Lions versus United FC
                        Netball
         
6:30PM           Soccer game – Links United of Orlando versus Lauderhill Juniors
8:30 PM          Feature Game Plantation FC versus Oakland Stars
                        (this promises to be a very exciting game - Oakland Stars who is undefeated in both leagues, met earlier this season with Plantation and played to an exciting 3 / 3 draw)
Admission:      FREE
                        Food and Refreshment on sale. Family Fun day and entertainment

Monday, May 11, 2015

Miami Dolphins Post Draft Report

So another NFL Draft has come and gone.  Now everyone is grading how each team did.  The funny thing is that if you look to past years grades given by "Professionals," it is amazing how off they can be.

Take for instance last year's Dolphin pick of JaWuan James.  He was considered a 2nd round pick as well as Dolphins 2nd round pick of Jarvis Landry.  Both are now considered 1st round quality and James is among the best picks of the 1st round.

Teddy Bridgewater was a 2nd round projected pick and both Blake Bortles and Johnny Mazeil was considered to be a much better 1st round projected picks.  Right now Bridgewater is excelling, Manzeil is borderline bust (but still with some hope) and Bortles is just holding his own.

Then the top draft pick in 2014 was Jadeveon Clowney, who while still may turn out excellent, was injured most of last year.  And don't get me started on the 3rd pick of the draft 2013 of Dion Jordan.

But from this draft, given what has happened, what would you have done at the Dolphin picks when they came up?  Well I would have picked a little differently.

The first round pick of DeVante Parker was a consensus right pick.

The trading down of the second round was also the right move.  But instead of picking Jordan Phillips, which was a gutsy and potentially excellent choice, it is also an incredibly risky choice which could be a major bust, and the Dolphins really don't need that kind of risk for now from the second round.

A much better selection would have been Jake Fisher who could play OG and OT, which the team really needs.  Honestly I didn't think he would be available by this pick and was a borderline 1st round possibility, early second at worse.

If they had picked Jake Fisher (which was much safer and he will be immediately a starter), then the pick of Jamil Douglas would not have been necessary in the fourth round.  My choice would have been Jake Ryan to fill the linebacker need. NOTE:  I am glad they picked up Mike Hull as a UFA (and was surprised he wasn't drafted).

In the fifth round I have no qualms with the selections since they fit the Dolphins needs, but then I might have taken a huge risk on the last pick and not selected Tony Lippett.  I would have selected La'el Collins.

If the investigation clears him, then the Dolphins would have been sitting pretty and addressed every team need.  If it didn't, then we lost a 5th round pick and not everyone makes the team.  That would have been worth it.  Especially now that everyone is trying to sign him as a UFA, and the Dolphins are competing to sign him.  And we could have had him for the taking.   We still might get him, but it's going to be a lot harder than it should have been.

So that's my take on it for what it is worth.  Next up, Rookie Camp, and Training Camp.  Should be fun.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Bank on Lauderhill - Free Financial Fair at Lauderhill 6-12 School, May 14 at 7 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Contact: Bill Mills, Bank On Florida Director
           Bill@FloridaProsperityPartnership.org, 321-209-4377

            Leslie Johnson, City of Lauderhill
           ljohnson@Lauderhill-fl.gov, 954-739-0100
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Mayor Kaplan Announces Launch of Bank On Lauderhill
Program Aimed at Improving Financial Futures for Half of Lauderhill’s Residents

Lauderhill, Fla. (May 8, 2015) – Lauderhill Mayor Richard J. Kaplan, in collaboration with local nonprofits, financial institutions, and Florida Prosperity Partnership, will be announcing the launch of Bank On Lauderhill, a public-private partnership among the area’s regional financial institutions and community-based organizations aimed at increasing the financial stability of the “unbanked” and “underbanked.”

This announcement will happen at a special Bank On Lauderhill Financial Fair being held at Lauderhill 6-12,  1901 NW 49th Ave., Lauderhill, on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 7 p.m.  This free event invites everyone in the community to come in and speak with representatives from banks, credit unions and non-profit/social services agencies to assist them to begin or advance their financial planning.

Over half of Lauderhill residents are either unbanked (no checking or savings account) or underbanked (have an account, but frequently use alternative financial services, like check-cashing stores). It’s estimated that a full-time worker without a bank account spends $40,000 over the course of a lifetime just to cash paychecks.  In Lauderhill, 18.4% of households don’t have bank accounts – surpassing the national average of 7.7%. Likewise, 31.9% are underbanked – topping the national average of 20.0 percent. This equates to over 12,000 households in the city.

A few reasons that people cite for not having a bank account include minimum balance requirements, difficulties with an account in the past, lack of appropriate identification, and feeling they don’t have enough money or don’t write enough checks. Bank On Florida has worked to reduce or eliminate those barriers. Participating financial institutions will offer accounts with no or low minimum balance, no or low monthly maintenance fee, and free basic online services. Most partners will make a reasonable effort to open an account even if an individual has had difficulties with an account in the past, such as unpaid overdraft fees. Several partners will also accept alternative forms of identification.

Mayor Kaplan stated, “It is extremely important that our residents are able to develop and maintain a banking relationship to help them handle their financial affairs.  Without it, our residents will have a difficult time trying to grow their savings and properly provide for the financial future.”
  
Bank On Lauderhill was modeled after the Bank On Florida blueprint created by Florida Prosperity Partnership. The Bank On program, originally started in San Francisco, has spread throughout the country and is based on a collaborative effort with local communities and their financial institutions, local governments, and community-based and nonprofit organizations, like the United Way of Broward County.

“A successful relationship starts when a financially educated client is able to choose from a variety of checking and savings account options,” said Bill Mills, Bank On Florida Director and Florida Prosperity Partnership Vice President. “This initiative provides families with reliable choices being offered by banks and credit unions that care about the communities in which they operate.”

For a media kit of Bank On Lauderhill materials, visit http://lauderhill-fl.gov/economic-development/bank-on-lauderhill  or for more information on Bank On Lauderhill, visit http://www.BankOnLauderhill.com.
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About Florida Prosperity Partnership
The Florida Prosperity Partnership (FPP) is a statewide collaboration dedicated to improving the financial stability for low-to-moderate income Floridians. Established in the fall of 2008, the FPP includes over 500 partner organizations from all sectors of Florida. For more information, please contact Bill Mills, Vice President at 321-209-4377.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Notes of the Commission Meeting of April 27

On April 27, the City Commission met and the following are notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):

ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - FIRST READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-04-114:  PROVIDING THAT THE CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD SHALL PERFORM EX OFFICIO THE DUTIES OF THE NUISANCE ABATEMENT BOARD.

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-04-115: AMENDING SECTION 21-47, SCHEDULE OF RATES AND CHARGES, TABLE 4, WATER SYSTEM MINIMUM CHARGE/AVAILABILITY CHARGE; TABLE 5, WATER SYSTEM VOLUMETRIC RATE AND TABLE 6, SEWER RATES AVAILABILITY CHARGE AND VOLUMETRIC RATE TABLE; PROVIDING THAT THE NEW RATE STRUCTURE SHALL BE EFFECTIVE COMMENCING JUNE 1, 2015.

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-04-116:  AMENDING THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHAPTER 2, ADMINISTRATION, ARTICLE VII, CHARTER REVIEW BOARD, SECTION 2-211, COMPOSITION AND APPOINTMENTS.  This provides that two year appointments to the Charter Board so that their work can begin will move from 2018 to 2016, and occur every 10 years thereafter.

ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - SECOND READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-04-111:   APPROVING THE SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND WE FLORIDA FINANCIAL FOR WE FLORIDA FINANCIAL TO PURCHASE THE VACANT PARCEL OF LAND LOCATED AT 6279 WEST OAKLAND PARK BOULEVARD, LAUDERHILL SUBJECT TO DEED RESTRICTIONS FOR THE PURCHASE PRICE OF $850,000.00.

RESOLUTIONS:

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-04-84:   AUTHORIZING THE DISPOSAL OF OBSOLETE, DAMAGED, INOPERABLE AND SURPLUS EQUIPMENT IN THE MOST COST EFFECTIVE AND FAVORABLE MANNER.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-04-86:  APPROVING THE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER (SRO) AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SCHOOL BOARD OF BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA REGARDING THE ASSIGNMENTS AT THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS; PROVIDING FOR THE ASSIGNMENT OF TWO (2) SROS AT THE TWO (2) PARTICIPATING MIDDLE SCHOOLS FOR TEN (10) MONTHS; PROVIDING FOR THE ASSIGNMENT OF TWO (2) ADDITIONAL SROS AT THE PARTICIPATING ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS FOR A PERIOD OF SEVEN (7) MONTHS; PROVIDING FOR A TERM COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 2015 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2016.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-04-87:   APPROVING THE EXPENDITURE IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,500.00 FOR THE SPORTS ADVANCING KIDS EDUCATION (S.A.K.E.) AWARD RECIPIENT GIFTS TO THE WINNERS; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 001-713-5710.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-04-89:  APPROVING THE NON-EXCLUSIVE REVOCABLE PARKING LICENSE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND THE INVERRARY ASSOCIATION, INC. TO ALLOW ACCESS FOR THE PARKING OF TWO AXLE PASSENGER VEHICLES BY MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC DURING MEETINGS AND OTHER EVENTS HELD BY THE CITY ON THE PROPERTY KNOWN AS THE LAUDERHILL CITY HALL ANNEX LOCATED AT 3300 INVERRARY BOULEVARD, LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA.

QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS, FIRST READING:

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-04-90:  GRANTING TO VC LAUDERDALE, INC., D/B/A VEGAS CABARET A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER TO ALLOW   EXTENDED HOURS OF OPERATION ASSOCIATED WITH A BAR AND ADULT ENTERTAINMENT ESTABLISHMENT  KNOWN AS VEGAS CABARET, 5426 - 5428 NORTH UNIVERSITY DRIVE, LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA. (Tabled at request of Applicant and re-set for May 11)

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Lauderhill 6-12 Wins Award

Lauderhill 6-12 has WON Florida Farm to School Golden Shovel Award for the Best New School Garden in the State of Florida. 

The award recognizes extraordinary school garden projects developed during or sustained throughout the school year.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Parkway Middle Annual Art Fair

Parkway Middle Annual Art Fair is taking place next Thursday evening, April 30th at 6:30 pm in the theatre.  All are invited and the event is free.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Arrest in Homicide at McDonalds on Oakland Park Blvd.


C i t y  o f  L a u d e r h i l l
Lauderhill Police Department
6279 West Oakland Park Blvd, Lauderhill, Florida 33313
Telephone (954) 497-4700
 Police Department


RELEASE # LPDPIO2015-04-03 (A)
Date: April 25, 2015

Contact: Major Rick Rocco
Public Information Officer
(954) 497-4705 Office
(954) 279-9784 - Mobile

SUBJECT: Homicide Arrest
WHO: Khambrel Grant, DOB: 12/16/93 (ARRESTEE)        Victim:  Javaris Domineck
WHAT: Homicide
WHEN: Arrest Date: April 26, 2015      Incident Date: April 24, 2015 approximately 7:00 PM
WHERE:  Arrest Location: US 441 / W. Oakland Park Blvd, Lauderdale Lakes 
              Incident location: 5510 W. Oakland Park Blvd, Lauderhill, FL 33313

SUMMARY: The Lauderhill Police Departments Criminal Investigations Division has made an arrest in the homicide of Javaris Domineck. Domineck was shot and killed on Friday, April 24, 2015 at around 7PM at 5510 W. Oakland Park Blvd, Lauderhill, FL.

Detectives identified Khambrel Grant as the suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest.  Grant was located and arrested at US 441 and W. Oakland Park Blvd on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at approximately 5:00PM by Lauderhill PD detectives. Grant is being charged with second degree murder.

Anyone with information on the shooting please contact Detective Chad Williams at 954 497 4700, or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954 493 TIPS (8477), or by texting anonymously to TIPS 411, enter “LPD” and the information.

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Final 2015 Dolphin Draft Review - Update #5

When talk about the draft began certain positions were identified as of great need to the Dolphins.  Today those needs are almost the same as when they begin but at the same time they have crafted the draft to their philosophy of being in the position of drafting the best player available.

That said, the Dolphins still need more draft picks, so personally I believe they will be trading down.  Possibly in the 1st round, but also possibly in the 2nd round.  Though they could draft up, I certainly hope not because the talent is quite even and if you look at how teams are constructed, a good part of the roster comes from rounds 2 through 4.  Also, the Dolphins have had a poor history on early 1st round draft picks, particularly when they trade up.  Overall, usually their best talent also comes after the 1st round.

The major area they have vastly improved in is at DT with the acquisition of Suh.  In other areas, Offensive Line, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Cornerback, they have added a few free agents to help hold the line and possibly make some upgrades.  However, they still don't have the talent to really say they have solidified those positions long term.  Plus they still haven't addressed the Linebacker spot, particularly with the issues related to Dion Jordan and getting a bruising Running Back that can get short yard gains in tough situations.

What they do have is now the ability to draft what they want when their selection comes up.  Flexibility is a key advantage to this draft that has a lot of very good deep talent.  It also shows that while the Dolphins want to do well this year, they really are working on a 3 year plan.  This is only year two and it will take at least one more year for the team to fully develop to its full potential through the draft.

Nevertheless, what will the Dolphins be looking for from this draft?  In no particular order, a #1 Wide Receiver, an Inside Linebacker, probably an Outside Linebacker, one to two Guards (possibly one that can also play Tackle), as stated before a strong Running Back to take advantage of short yard situations, and a top line Cornerback.  Don't be surprised in the 6th or 7th round, but more likely as being undrafted, a Kicker, and at some point a Defensive End (because of Jordan).

So what is likely?  In the first round, whether they trade back or not, I think they will be looking at WR like Parker if they stay at 14 and he is still available.  Though not my preference, they could be looking at a RB like Gurley.  CB like Waynes is also possible.  If you are looking at OT/OG then Collins may be available.

Now if you trade down lower into the 1st round and pick up another 2nd round selection, you could have a choice between, OT/OG Collins (still may be available), Humphries or Erving; WR Agholor, Perriman or Dorsett; RB Gordon; ILB Kendricks; or CB Collins.  Not necessarily bad choices.  Then in the 2nd round you can pick up a lot of talent from any of the remaining positions other than what was pick in the 1st Round.  There is a lot of quality CB's, ILB/OLB's, OT/OG's and WR's that could help the team.  Having two choices among them would be a huge help.

Even in the 3rd round (if a the Dolphins obtain a pick there) there is a lot of quality Offensive Lineman left and could be some very good CB's too.  Looking as far as the 5th round there is a lot of potential talent.  I personally like Mike Hull there at ILB if one hasn't previously been selected.

Overall, this appears to be a very deep draft and a lot of potential talent especially in the later rounds.  The key is that you can't get any of it if you don't have a pick.  So that is why I believe the Dolphins should be looking at trying to do.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The City of Lauderhill is Set to Host the 4th Annual Jammin’ in the Park and Art Fest Featuring 1980’s Rappers, the Sugarhill Gang and Gigolo Tony

The City of Lauderhill and Commissioner M. Margaret Bates will host the 4th Annual Jammin’ in the Park and Art Fest in conjunction with the 7th Annual Throw Back Celebrity Golf Weekend on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Ilene Lieberman Botanical Gardens.

This year’s throwback concert will feature the sounds of 1980’s rap group, the Sugarhill Gang who will perform their 1980’s hits, Rappers Delight, Apache and 8thWonder.  Opening for the Sugarhill Gang will be South Florida’s 1980’s rapping phenom the “Smurf Rock” rapper,Gigolo Tony, and soulful Motown hits from the Old Skool Gang, all girl group Siloet and Ms.  “NAMPHUYO” Aisha Wright McCray.  Legendary DJ, Chico the Virgo, will host the evening along with DJ Big Man Kelly from the Rick Party in the Afternoon Show who will be spinning on the turntables.

For the past four year’s the City of Lauderhill has partnered with the Annual Throwback Celebrity Golf Weekend hosted by WPGA Paula Tucker and the greatLawrence Taylor of the Fore Life Organization to bring this magnificent event to the City of Lauderhill, which gives local businesses and vendors an opportunity to showcase their skills and products to the South Florida Community.

The 4th Annual Jammin’ in the Park and Art Fest

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ilene Lieberman Botanical Gardens

3801 Inverrary Blvd., Lauderhill, FL 33319

4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

This is a free event sponsored and funded in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council, Phil Smith Chevrolet, WE Florida Financial, Fore Life, Lauderhill Arts Center, Westside Gazette, Caribbean National Weekly, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Visitors & Convention Bureau and the Inverrary Association, Inc.

There will be an Art Show and Sale by the Lauderhill Art Center Artists – selling contemporary and affordable art. Parking is FREE – Food trucks will be on site – Bring your beach chairs and take it back to the old school at Jammin’ in the Park Art Fest.
For information about the 4th Annual Jammin’ in the Park and Art Fest, call (954) 730-3000.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Lauderhill LIVE! a free concert for all ages

Experience Juggernaut, a powerful force that can’t be stopped. These talented artists from Encore Performing Arts Center have teamed up with the Lauderhill Mall to present Lauderhill LIVE! A Free Concert for All Ages. Join us on this musical journey from old school to new school. The fun starts at 3 pm. Live music, contests, raffles, prizes, and free popcorn and cotton candy. Free for the entire family.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015

Time: 3 pm

Location: Lauderhill Mall 1267 NW 40th Avenue Lauderhill, FL 33313

Contact: Georgette “Gigi” Belton Event Contact: 954-309-5665

Friday, April 17, 2015

Notes of the Regular Commission Meeting of April 13

On Monday, April 13, the City Commission met in regular session and the following are notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):

ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - FIRST READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-04-108:   APPROVING THE SIX MONTH BUDGET REVIEW OF REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE AMENDMENTS; APPROVING A SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION; REFLECTING ADJUSTMENTS TO VARIOUS REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNTS.

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-04-109:  AMENDING THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL CODE OF ORDINANCES CHAPTER 9, FIRE PROTECTION, PREVENTION AND LIFE SAFETY, ARTICLE IV, EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, SECTION 9-61, USER FEES TO UPDATE THE MEDICAL SERVICES TRANSPORT FEES.

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-04-110:  AMENDING THE CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES CHAPTER 4, ANIMALS AND FOWL, ARTICLE III, PET SHOPS AND COMMERCIAL KENNELS; AMENDING THE REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE SALE OF DOGS AND CATS; AMENDING SECTION 4-31, DEFINITIONS; AMENDING SECTION 4-41, PET SHOPS; CREATING SECTION 4-41.5, CERTIFICATE OF SOURCE OF DOGS AND CATS.

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-04-111:   APPROVING THE SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND WE FLORIDA FINANCIAL FOR WE FLORIDA FINANCIAL TO PURCHASE THE VACANT PARCEL OF LAND LOCATED AT 6279 WEST OAKLAND PARK BOULEVARD, LAUDERHILL SUBJECT TO DEED RESTRICTIONS FOR THE PURCHASE PRICE OF $850,000.00.

RESOLUTIONS:

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-04-80:  SUPPORTING THE CARIBBEAN VILLAGE HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR TO BE HELD ON JUNE 14, 2015; PROVIDING THAT THE CITY WILL PROVIDE IN-KIND SERVICES TO BE DETERMINED BY THE CITY MANAGER IN EXCHANGE FOR THE CITY BEING RECOGNIZED AND LISTED AS A SPONSOR OF THE EVENT.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-04-81:  APPROVING THE SEVENTH AMENDMENT TO THE LEASE CONTRACT BETWEEN BROWARD COUNTY AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR THE ONE (1) YEAR EXTENSION OF THE LAUDERHILL MALL LEASE.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-04-82:   ACCEPTING THE PROPOSAL OF JMW CONSTRUCTION, INC. IN THE AMOUNT OF $172,000.00 FOR REFURBISHMENT OF THE MEDITATION PARK FOUNTAIN AND POND AT INVERRARY; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 450-925-6225.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-04-83:   AUTHORIZING THE SETTLEMENT OF THE LITIGATION STYLED CITY OF SUNRISE, ET. AL. VS. BROWARD COUNTY; AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE A SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WITH BROWARD COUNTY; AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE A SETTLEMENT PROCEEDS DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH THE SETTLING MUNICIPALITIES.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Red Cross Continues Campaign to Reduce Home Fire Deaths and Injuries in Lauderhill

The American Red Cross continued its Home Fire Preparedness Campaign in Lauderhill and across the country.  The campaign aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires by as much as 25% over the next five years. The campaign focuses on increasing the use of smoke alarms in neighborhoods with high numbers of home fires.  Red Cross volunteers with help from Lauderhill Fire-Rescue and the Lauderhill Police Department canvassed an estimated 200 homes installing 48 smoke alarms and changed 15 smoke alarm batteries.

WHAT:     Red Cross volunteers with the help from Lauderhill Fire-Rescue and the Lauderhill Police Department canvassed an estimated 200 homes in Lauderhill installing 48 smoke alarms as part of Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.

WHERE:   Lauderhill
·         NW 42nd Avenue
·         NW 42nd Terrace
·         NW 43rd Avenue
·         NW 43rd Terrace
·         NW 44th Avenue
·         NW 44th Terrace
·         NW 46th Avenue
·         NW 47th Avenue
·         NW 26th Street
·         NW 27th Street
·         NW 25th Place

WHY:      The Red Cross is asking every household in America to take two simple steps that can save lives: check or install smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Mayor's Report Card and Upcoming Goals

Every once in awhile it is important to look at what you planned, evaluate if you succeeded and what you are looking forward to in the future. As Mayor, I have done this periodically, the most recent time before being in January.  Therefore now, 3 months later, is a good time to update and reflect.

1)  7th Season of Jazz Picnic in the Park - December through April
     The season started in December and ends tomorrow.  We have had a lot of success and already we are looking at next season.  As usual 5 Jazz Concerts will be planned for the 8th Season, running on the 2nd Sunday from December to April.  More info at www.lauderhilljazz.com

2)  3rd Season of Tribute Concerts (Beatles and Journey) - February and March
     These concerts were highly successful.  Again we are looking on our 4th Season with expanding it to 3 concerts.  We are looking at Tributes to the Beatles, and possibly such other groups as the Eagles, Elton John, Fleetwood Mack or Motown as possibilities.  The concerts are going to move to permanently scheduled Saturday nights.   Some options are the 1st Saturday of each month from March through May, or the 4th or last Saturday of February to April.   More info will be posted at www.lauderhilljazz.com

3)  Posting our Concert Season on Facebook
      We now have a Facebook Page for Lauderhill Jazz Picnic and Tribute Concerts as well as a Mayor's Aide page which you can like or friend.  The most updated information on our concerts are posted there.

4)  Kids of Character Pizza Party with Royal Palm Elementary and adding another school - December and May
     The December Party took place in Royal Palm Elementary and Paul Turner Elementary.  Also, the other Commissioners have adopted other elementary schools in Lauderhill to duplicate this program.  We are now planning the next parties in May.

5)  Regional Chess Tournament for under 18 years of age - March
     While a Regional Chess Tournament is not taking place, we have had the Mayor's Chess Challenge been played in many cities.  Also, Lauderhill hosted in March a Chess Challenge.  Approximately 20 challengers played against the Florida State Champion at the Lauderhill Cultural Museum.  The results, the Champion one all of the games but one which was a draw.  

6)  Completion of "Guide to the City of Lauderhill" and distribution - December/January
     This has taken longer than expected since we wanted to be as thorough as possible.  Now in our 11th Revisions we believe the guide is finished and we are seeking bids to have copies published.  We hope to have this available in May. 

7)  Completion of Early Childhood Programs Brochure for Parents to teach their children from birth to 5 years of age, in conjunction with Vroom and the Bezos Family Foundation - 2014
     This program was launched and the brochures are being distributed to parents throughout the area.

8)  Design and prepare to distribute a new Tell the Mayor Survey specifically on Economic Development, use of Social Media, and use of recreational facilities - Results in March
     Due to time constraints this survey has not been worked on very much.  At this point we are not looking to move forward on it.

9)  Launch the Lauderhill Mobile App
     Though attempts to launch a Mobile App were tried, the city is still working on it.  It is funded in the budget.

10)  Launch the Economic Development LoopLink to allow users to search commercial properties in Lauderhill through the City’s website.
      This is funded in the budget and is now available on the city's web site.

11)  Launch Bank on Lauderhill as part of the Bank on Florida Program
      This is a new program to deal with un-banked and under-banked residents.  In Lauderhill alone it is estimated that almost 50% of the population fall into these categories.  This means that instead of using banks, our residents are using much more expensive alternative financial companies such as Check Cashing Stores, Pay Day Stores and Pawn Shops to handle their business affairs.  The program involves Banks, Credit Unions and Non-Profit Agencies getting together and helping provide residents with very low costs accounts at traditional financial institutions.  Soft opening of this program is starting in April and a Public Announcement with Financial Fair is planned for May.  Information will be posted on the city's web site.

12)  Create new regulations concerning Charter and Private Schools
     Presently the city has a 6 month moratorium concerning new Charter and Private Schools, to give the city time to create regulations to help protect our students and assure them the education that they are expecting.  State laws severely prevent the School Board from handling much of this responsibility so it now falls onto cities to see to the Health, Safety and Welfare, often through our zoning laws, to accomplish this.  New ordinances are expected to be in front of the Commission in May/June.

13)  Redesign of Evaluation Forms for Charter Officers and Contracted Attorneys
     New forms are being created to better address how we evaluate personnel of the city.  It is expected to be ready for use this summer when evaluations occur.  It is also being expanded to Contracted Attorneys working for the Safe Neighborhood District and Code Enforcement Board.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Jazz Picnic in the Park - Last Concert of the Season

The last jazz concert of the 7th season is being performed April 12, starting at 10:30 am.  This free event is performed at the Lieberman Botanical Garden's Amphitheatre on Inverrary Blvd., next to the Inverrary Hotel.

An old favorite band, Jazz Survivors, will be performing.

Bring your blankets, chairs and picnic baskets and enjoy the sun and sounds of Jazz.  For more information go to www.lauderhilljazz.com.

Next season's schedule of Jazz and Tribute concerts is starting to be worked on and updates will be posted on the lauderhilljazz web site.  Also you can like or friend us on Facebook at Lauderhill Jazz Picnic in the Park or Mayor's Aide pages.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Notes of the Commission Meeting of March 30

On March 30, the City Commission held its Regular Commission Meeting.  The following are notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):

RESOLUTIONS:

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-03-56:  AUTHORIZING THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND THE BROWARD CULTURAL COUNCIL FOR THE CULTURAL TOURISM PROGRAM GRANT; PROVIDING FOR GRANT FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $20,300.00; WITH THE CITY PROVIDING MATCHING FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $20,300.00 FROM THE APPROPRIATE BUDGET CODE NUMBER.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-03-58:   APPROVING THE DONATION OF FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,000.00 FROM THE STATE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRUST FUND (LETF) TO SUPPORT THE LAUDERHILL 6-12 STEM-MED 2015 TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP CAMP FOR CODING AND GAME DEVELOPMENT; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 120-683-9935.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-03-71:   APPROVING THE LETTER OF INTENT FROM CENTRE-LINE REAL ESTATE SERVICES, LLC. AS AGENT FOR WE FLORIDA FINANCIAL F/K/A CITY COUNTY CREDIT UNION TO THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL TO PURCHASE THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 6279 W. OAKLAND PARK BOULEVARD, LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA, FROM THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR THE PURCHASE PRICE OF $850,000.00.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-03-72:   RESCINDING AND REPLACING RESOLUTION 15R-03-50; APPROVING THE LOCAL AGENCY PROGRAM AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE N.W. 35TH AVENUE CORRIDOR FROM N.W. 1ST STREET TO N.W. 5TH PLACE INCLUDING A MULITPURPOSE PATH EXPANSION AND PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE IMPROVEMENTS, TO INSTALL LANDSCAPING, IRRIGATION AND OTHER SCENIC AMENITIES AND TO PROVIDE FOR BICYCLE LAND STRIPING ALONG N.W. 1ST STREET AND N.W. 36TH AVENUE, PROVIDING THAT THE CITY WILL RECEIVE $577,102.00 IN GRANT FUNDS FOR THIS PURPOSE; PROVIDING THAT THE TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF THE PROJECT IS $698,566.00.



Monday, March 30, 2015

Dolphin Draft 2015 - Update #4

Now that I have gone through a lot of discussion on needs and potential draft picks, now comes the time where some creative decisions are going to have to be made.

One of the biggest problems the Dolphin has is that it has too many holes to file and not enough draft picks to do it with.  There is just so much that free agency will bring you, and unless something really unique comes up, the Dolphins should wait until after the draft to consider them.  The second and possibly third tier of free agents will develop and if you can't plug the hole from the draft, then you look at what is left from free agents.

Already the Dolphins have either said, or implied that #1 they are looking to create more draft picks and #2 that they have several free agents in mind but are not in a rush to sign any of them.

So how can the Dolphins create more draft picks?  You trade down.

The most valuable pick is of course first rounders.  The Dolphins have the 14th pick which is valued at 1100 points on the commonly used Trade Value Chart.  While the 14th pick will get you a top value, they don't always work out.  If you can get someone from the bottom of the 1st round that will do just as well (if not better), then trading down to get more picks makes sense.

The trick is what do you get for a 14th pick?  That depends upon what you are looking to get.  If you could trade down and pick up 500 points, that would be equivalent to about a 2nd round 23rd pick and a 3rd round 24th pick.  The problem is you need someone to dance with and they have to have the cards to give you that value.

One example, among many, is looking at the New Orleans Saints.  They have the 31st pick in the first round.  That pick is worth a difference of 500 value points .  But then, what could they give up?  You start with their pick in the 2nd round, the 12th pick, which is worth 460 points and that's pretty close, so it could work.   A lot will depend upon if there is someone they really want at 14 that they won't get at 31st.

Another example, with trading for Green Bay at their 30th pick in the 1st round.  The difference in value is 480.  If they also gave their 30th picks in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th round (not sure they would ever go with that, but maybe a 5th rounder instead of a 4th rounder), that would equal 455.  Still short of full value, but it would be worth it for 3 extra picks in the draft.

I am sure the Dolphins are looking at all sorts of possibilities, and I think that a 1st round trade is highly likely.  So stay tuned and we'll see where this goes.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

DOLPHIN DRAFT 2015 -- UPDATE #3

As free agency has been taking place, so has the shaping of the team.  Early on I summarized potential draft pick positions, being:

High Draft Pick Areas – OG/OT, NT/DT
Mid to High Draft Pick Areas – LB, CB, S
Mid to Late Draft Pick Areas – TE, WR
Late Draft Pick/Undrafted Areas – K

Now it looks more like this due to Free Agency:

High Draft Pick Areas (1-3) – WR, OG
Mid Draft Pick Areas (4-5) – LB, CB, S
Late Draft Pick Areas (6-7) – RB
Late Draft Pick (7)/Undrafted Areas – K, P

They did this first by letting go several wide receivers, a TE, offensive and defensive linemen and a LB.  They have also re-secured several players, QB, RB, OL, S, CB and DB.  In the process they signed a massive NT,  and serviceable starters at C/OG, TE and WR.

Dependent upon another players being let go or signed, the needs of the team are changing (I understand they are looking at another Free Agency WR).  At this time the team needs are a bit different:

NT - Because of the signing of Suh everything has changed on the defensive line and the draft.  It is doubtful that another player will be drafted for the line, especially early on.  It is time some of the young DL's on the roster are tested to see if they can develop or not. If not, they are gone.

OG - Early on I said the team needed to sign at least one good veteran OG as well as a high draft pick.  Well they did sign a veteran but one veteran is not enough to solidify the offensive line by itself.  Another starting OG is still needed badly.  There are several really good OG's that will be available in the 2nd and 3rd round (maybe the 4th but that is pressing it), but seeing the Dolphins don't have a 3rd round pick, it is going to have to be in the 2nd round.  My favorites would be Irving, Jackson or Matias.  If they wait until the 4th round, there is a small chance that Marpet or Poutasi might be there.  I wouldn't wait.

CB - The Dolphins re-signed Delmas (who is injured) and they have some young prospects that this may be the year they succeed or they are gone.  Another CB in the draft may be desired, but then see S below.

LB - No doubt, we need an ILB.  Preferably one that can also be an OLB.  The 5th round is where it will have to be taken from and there should be several good value choices available.  I would be looking for Jones, Dawson, Hull or Ryan and possibly Spraight.

TE - Though Clay is gone, they signed a Free Agent TE with Sims, and Lynch as backup.   I don't know if anyone worthy will be left for the 5th or 6th round, so it may be best to look at bringing in some undrafted players and try them out.

S - This is a position of need and even better if it could be a FS that could play some CB as well.  The Dolphins could use either of their 4th or one of their 5th round draft picks for someone like Grant, Eskridge, Drummond or Sample.

WR - This is where it gets interesting.  The Dolphins essentially traded a 3rd round draft pick for a veteran WR.  However, they lost 3 veteran WR's and they still need a show stopper.  So my belief is that if the Dolphins can select in the 1st round either Cooper, White or Parker (which is projected to be available) they go with it. 

RB - The Dolphins need a strong big back to push in short yard situations.  Johnson and Cobb would be great, but I doubt they will be available beyond the 3rd round.  Brown, D. and Crockett may be available in the 6th or 7th round.

At this point it seems the Dolphins are cleaning house of a lot of expensive average players, moving towards seeing if their youth can carry the load and developing a team from the inside rather than through Free Agency. Most successful teams work this way, so while it might take another year for the team to really excel, in the long run it should be far more sustainable and beneficial. 



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Notes of Commission Regular Workshop of March 16

On March 16, the Commission held its monthly workshop, and the following are notes of interest:

EVALUATION FORMS OF CHARTERED OFFICERS AND SND ATTORNEY (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD KAPLAN) - The Commission is working on updating and improving the annual evaluation forms used by the city.

REVIEW OF CHARTER AND PRIVATE SCHOOL REGULATIONS (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD KAPLAN). - A draft of the new Charter and Private School Regulations (for which there is presently a moratorium on such facilities until June) were reviewed by the Commission.  Beyond what the new draft provides, several suggestions were given to address concerns on ingress/egress to the facility, providing safety concerns before and after school, and using standardize facility safety regulations of the State.  A new draft will be prepared and submitted to the Local Planning Agency.   Once the LPA reviews, approves, approves with modifications, or give other guidance, it will be presented to the Commission for further discussion and voting.  A new ordinance is expected to be in place no later than June.  Several members of the public expressed support about the proposal as well as Commissioners.

DISCUSSION OF INCENTIVES / INITIATIVES TO BE OFFERED TO HELP SECURE THE PROPOSED JAMAICAN CULTURAL AND RESOURCE CENTER (REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER HOWARD BERGER). - No specific proposals were proposed but a request to inquire with the organizers of the Center of what their needs are in a facility.  Then staff is to see whether we have available property within the city to meet those criteria.  If we don't have any property that satisfies their needs, then no further direction is provided.

DISCUSSION ON RESTRICTING CHILDREN PLAYING IN THE STREETS AFTER DARK (REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER HOWARD BERGER). - After discussion, it was expressed that there are sufficient State and City laws that address this situation and no additional proposals for new laws were pursued further.

DISCUSS C51 RESERVOIR (REQUESTED BY CITY MANAGER CHARLES FARANDA).  - This is being looked at as a less expensive alternative to building an expensive water treatment plant to increase the City's capacity.  A study will have to be conducted as to whether the reservoir would actually succeed in increasing the water flow to Lauderhill to be able to draw on it.

DISCUSS FUNDING CITY CENTERS/PAC (REQUESTED BY CITY MANAGER CHARLES FARANDA).  - A presentation was made to show how the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center will be financially supported since it is projected to initially run at a loss once opened.  As part of the presentation, revenues will also be raised to assist in creating a downtown business district (441), midtown business district (Oakland Park Blvd.) and uptown business district (Commercial and University Drive).

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Notes of the Commission Meeting of March 9, 2015

The Commission met on March 9 at a Regular Commission Meeting, and the following are notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS:

CITY OF LAUDERHILL’S FIRST ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH - 12 HONOREES FROM THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL: WOMEN OF DISTINCTION.


RESOLUTIONS:

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-03-49:  APPOINTING VARIOUS MEMBERS TO SERVE ON THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL YOUTH COUNCIL.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-03-50:   APPROVING THE LOCAL AGENCY PROGRAM AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE N.W. 35TH AVENUE CORRIDOR FROM N.W. 1ST STREET TO N.W. 5TH PLACE INCLUDING A MULTIPURPOSE PATH EXPANSION AND PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE IMPROVEMENTS, TO INSTALL LANDSCAPING, IRRIGATION AND OTHER SCENIC AMENITIES AND TO PROVIDE FOR BICYCLE LAND STRIPING ALONG N.W. 1ST  STREET AND N.. 36TH AVENUE; PROVIDING THAT THE CITY WILL RECEIVE $583,390.00 IN GRANT FUNDS FOR THIS PURPOSE; PROVIDING THAT THE TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF THE PROJECT IS $698,566.00.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-03-51:  APPROVING THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH BROWARD COUNTY FOR THE DISBURSEMENT OF HOME PROGRAM FUNDS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013-2014 PROVIDING FOR FUNDS FOR THE RECONSTRUCTION OF SINGLE FAMILY HOUSING UNITS.


QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS:

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-03-54:  GRANTING TO GREAT AMERICAN TRUCKING, INC. DOING BUSINESS AS SELECT FOODS A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER WITH CONDITIONS TO ALLOW IN THE LIGHT INDUSTRIAL (IL) ZONING DISTRICT FOOD PROCESSING ON A 2.8862 ACRE, KNOWN AS 3628, 3630, 3632 AND 3634 NW 16TH STREET, LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA.