Monday, July 28, 2014

Lauderhill Police Department is Reaccredited

The Commission on Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation recently notified the City of Lauderhill Police Department that they have met the required standards and has be reaccredited for another 3 year period.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Lauderhill Web Site received "2014 Hermes Gold Winner Award"

The City of Lauderhill has received the “2014 Hermes Gold Winner Award” for Overall Government Website Design from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP).

Hermes Creative Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. This international organization consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, media production, and website professionals. The Association oversees awards and recognition programs, provides judges and sets standards for excellence.

The Hermes Creative Award competition is highly respected in the industry and has grown to one of the largest of its kind in the world. A look at the winners varies from individual communicators to media conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies.

The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) began in 1995 as a means to honor outstanding achievement and service to communication professionals. As part of its mission, AMCP fosters and supports the efforts of marketing and communication professionals who contribute their unique talents to public service and charitable organizations. (www.amcpros.com/)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Notes of the Commission Meeting of June 30

On June 30, the City Commission met in a Regular meeting and the following are notes of interest (Commission Ken Thurston was absent).  All items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated:

ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - FIRST READING

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-05-120:  TO ADD COMMUNITY GARDEN, HOME GARDEN AND HORTICULTURE (REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER KEN THURSTON).
ORDINANCE NO: 14O-06-130:  CREATING A TIER SYSTEM REGARDING THE CITY’S LOCAL VENDOR PREFERENCE POLICY (REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER HAYWARD J. BENSON, JR.).  Passed 3-1 with Commissioner Berger Voted Against.
RESOLUTIONS
RESOLUTION NO. 14R-06-109:  PROVIDING THAT ALL CITY EMPLOYEES SHALL BE PAID AT LEAST THE MINIMUM WAGE OF $10.10 PER HOUR; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF OCTOBER 1, 2014 (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN).
RESOLUTION NO. 14R-06-129:  APPROVING THE SUBRECIPIENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SOUTH FLORIDA REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (SFRTA) AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR THE SECTION 5316 JOB ACCESS REVERSE COMMUTE (JARC) GRANT FUNDING FOR OPERATING COSTS IN
THE AMOUNT OF $247,328.00; REQUIRING A CITY MATCH IN THE AMOUNT OF $247,328.00.
RESOLUTION NO. 14R-06-130:  APPROVING THE FACILITIES MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND PROFESSIONAL FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, INC. TO PROVIDE CONSULTANT AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR THE LAUDERHILL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER; PROVIDING TERMS AND CONDITIONS; PROVIDING FOR A THREE (3) YEAR TERM WITH THE OPTION FOR ONE (1) TWO-YEAR EXTENSION; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 460-914-03150.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-06-132:  APPROVING THE RANKING OF FIRMS AS RECOMMENDED BY THE EVALUATION COMMITTEE FOR RFP #2014-026 FOR COMMUNITY TRANSPORTATION BUS SERVICE; AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO NEGOTIATE A CONTRACT WITH THE SELECTED FIRM(S); PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $754,295.00 FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 001-718-3150.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-06-136:  REVOKING AND RESCINDING ORDINANCE NO. 13O-09-151; ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THE SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF MAJORITY VOTES NECESSARY TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE WEST INVERRARY SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT (SND) WERE NOT RECEIVED; PROVIDING THAT THE WEST INVERRARY SND WILL NOT BE ESTABLISHED AND THAT NO ANNUAL ASSESSMENTS WILL BE IMPOSED FOR THE SND ON THE ANNUAL TAX BILL.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-06-138:  NAMING THE PASSIVE PARK TO BE LOCATED ON N.W. 31st AVENUE AND N.W. 16th STREET THE JAMES D. BRADLEY JR. PASSIVE PARK IN HIS HONOR (REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER HAYWARD J. BENSON, JR.).

Friday, July 18, 2014

Drainage and Sidewalk Installation along Northwest 19 Street in Lauderhill

Construction period is July 21 to August 7 -

A new drainage system and sidewalk along the south side of NW 19th Street in front of the Continental Apartments in Lauderhill, from July 21 through August 7, barring unforeseen conditions or weather delays.  The project involves the installation of new catch basins, drainage pipe and sidewalk.

The public should be aware of the following:

  • Flaggers will be stationed on each side of the project boundaries to direct east and westbound traffic on NW 19th Street when necessary.
  • Access to the west side of the apartment complex will be limited for a short time.
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times using the existing sidewalks on the north side of NW 19th Street.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Lauderhill Officials Say Goodbye to Temporary Fire House & Break Ground on a New Permanent Fire Station

The addition of Fire Station #110 in 2006 followed the City of Lauderhill’s annexation of the St. George, West Ken Lark and Broward Estates Communities. The City’s Fire Department has been operating out of a temporary facility located at 3120 NW 12 Place since that time.
 
On Thursday, July 17th at 10 am, the City’s Officials along with the Fire Department Staff and the residents of the City of Lauderhill will break ground for a new state of the art Fire Station to be located at the same address as the temporary facility.
 
The new 16,600 square foot permanent facility was designed and will be built to meet the LEED Silver standards. The LEED Silver criterion meets the City’s ordinance requiring all newly constructed City buildings to be environmentally friendly.
 
Fire Station #110 will include three fire truck bays, the living quarters for fire rescue staff, a kitchen, a dayroom, an exercise room, separate restroom/shower facilities for both male and females, offices, storage rooms, a stand-by emergency generator, a police sub-station, and a medical triage room on the first floor.
 
The second floor will include a multi-purpose room and serve as the City’s back-up Emergency Operations Center - as Fire Station #57 serves as the primary. The parking lot will eventually be located where the temporary facility is currently located and will include an above the ground diesel fueling station. Finally, an emergency traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Northwest 12th Place and Northwest 31st Avenue to safely allow the emergency trucks to enter onto NW 31st Avenue.
 
The transition from the temporary building into the new one will be seamless and Fire Station #110’s service will not be interrupted.
 
West Architecture and Design is the architect and builder of the new Fire Station.
 
Please join us at the Ground Breaking Ceremony on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 10 am. If you have any questions, please call us at 954-730-3000.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Lauderhill Has an Election for Commissioner in November

Though Mayor Richard Kaplan had no opposition in the Mayor's race in November, and was therefore automatically elected to another term, 4 people have registered to run for Commissioner Seat 4.  Therefore the City of Lauderhill will be holding an election for that seat.

The Candidates are (in alphabetical order as shown on the ballot):

VOTE FOR ONE
Hayward J Benson, Jr. (incumbent)
William Cossio
Denise D. Grant
Kelvin G. Haynes

Saturday, July 05, 2014

The City of Lauderhill’s Finance Department Receives the Highly Coveted, Distinguished Budget Award… Again

The City of Lauderhill’s Finance Department has been awarded the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Awardfor the Fiscal Year Budget of 2014. 

The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting. The Association is a professional association that serves 18,000 finance government professionals in North America.  

The GFOA explains that in order to receive this prestigious award the municipality had to, “… satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation…. [in] how well the budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device.”

“The City of Lauderhill is no stranger to be honored by the GFOA. Most recently, we have received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for our budget in the fiscal years 2010, 2011, 2013 and now 2014! We should all be proud of the fantastic work our Finance Department is doing. This is the highest honor a government can receive for its budget preparation and presentation and gives confidence to our residents that the City is properly handling taxpayer dollars,” explains Mayor Richard J. Kaplan.


The City of Lauderhill Mayor and Commissioners will publicly thank the Finance Department under the auspices of the Assistant City Manager and Finance Director Kennie Hobbs, Jr. at the Commission Meeting on Monday, June 30, 2014. (5581 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill, FL 33313)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mayor Kaplan Unopposed

With the Qualifying Period ending, and no one filing to run against Mayor Richard Kaplan, the Mayor won re-election to his seat in the City of Lauderhill, his fifth as Mayor..

This was the Mayor's ninth election in Lauderhill, and the third unopposed.  The term extends his service to November, 2018.

He is looking forward to continuing with his work in the City.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Free Teen Pastel Drawing Workshop

Inviting all teens (12-16) to our FREE Pastel Drawing Workshop this Saturday, June 21, 12 - 4pm at the Lauderhill Arts Center, 5450 NW 19th St. Lauderhill, FL 33313. 

 
Come on out and have some fun, make new friends and explore your creative side.

A light lunch will be provided.

 
For more information and to register call 305-213-9253 or respond to corinnewakeland@hotmail.com.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Rock Island Rd & NW 44th St Mast Arm Conversion Project To Begin

Construction will begin soon on the Rock Island Rd. & NW 44th St Mast Arm Conversion Project.

Project Overview:

Reconstruction of Rock Island Road & NW 44th St Intersection to include:

 Upgrading existing traffic signals to mast arms at Rock Island Rd. & NW 44th St.
 Reconstructing curb & gutter, sidewalks, ADA upgrades, and roadway.

Project Schedule:

Start construction work: June 18, 2014
End construction work: November 2014

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Lauderhill Broncos Football Registraion

Open to children 6 to 13
Registration Kick-off BBQ, Saturday June 28 from 11 am to 2 pm
Residents $85/Non-Residents $100
 
Call 954-791-1035
or
email:
 
 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Notes of the Commission Meeting of June 9, 2014

On June 9, the City Commission held a regular commission meeting and the following are notes of interests (all items passed unaminously unless otherwise indicated):

ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - FIRST READING
ORDINANCE NO. 14O-05-120: AMENDING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS (LDR) AND PERTAINING TO COMMUNITY GARDENS;  TO ADD COMMUNITY GARDEN, HOME GARDEN AND HORTICULTURE;  USES ALLOWED IN RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS, TO ALLOW COMMUNITY GARDENS AS A PERMITTED USE IN THE RESIDENTIAL MULTI-FAMILY AT 18 DWELLING UNITS PER GROSS ACRE (RM-18) ZONING DISTRICT AND TO ALLOW HOME GARDENS AS AN ACCESSORY USE IN ALL RESIDENTIAL ZONING DISTRICTS;  TO ALLOW COMMUNITY GARDENS IN THE COMMUNITY FACILITY (CF) ZONING DISTRICT (REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER KEN THURSTON). Tabled to the Workshop of June 16 and to be placed, following the Workshop on the June 30th Agenda.

RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-06-107: APPROVING THE EXPENDITURE OF ADDITIONAL FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $150,000.00 FOR SOUTHERN UNDERGROUND INDUSTRIES, INC. TO CONTINUE VALVE REPLACEMENT WITHIN THE CITY’S WATER AND SEWER INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE REMAINDER OF FISCAL YEAR 2014.
 
RESOLUTION NO. 14R-06-111:   AUTHORIZING AND APPROVING THE TD BANK N.A. EVENT SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT FOR THE AWARD OF GRANT FUNDS TO THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL IN THE AMOUNT OF $5,000.00 FOR THE 2015 JAZZ PICNIC IN THE PARK SERIES; PROVIDING THAT NO MATCHING FUNDS ARE REQUIRED; (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN).

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-06-116:   APPROVING THE WAIVER OF COMPETITIVE BIDDING; APPROVING THE PURCHASE OF SIXTY-FIVE (65) GALLON AND EIGHTEEN (18) GALLON RECYCLING CARTS FROM REHRIG PACIFIC COMPANY FOR USE BY RESIDENTS BASED UPON THE BIDS SOLICITED BY THE CITY OF DEERFIELD BEACH (RFP#2011-12/18); PROVIDING THAT RESOURCE RECOVERY BOARD GRANT FUNDS SHALL BE USED TO PURCHASE THE RECYCLING CARTS; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $500,000.00 FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 401-921-4315.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-06-118:  APPROVING THE AWARD OF BID TO JMW CONSTRUCTION, INC. IN THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF $320,000.00 FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PASSIVE PARK AT THE CORNER OF N.W. 16TH STREET AND N.W. 31ST AVENUE WITHIN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL; AUTHORIZING THE DIRECT PURCHASE OF GRASS, MULCH AND MATERIALS IN THE AMOUNT OF $60,000.00; PROVIDING FOR PARTIAL PAYMENT USING GRANT FUNDS INCLUDING $225,000.00 IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) FUNDS, $75,000.00 IN BROWARD COUNTY GRANT FUNDS, AND $80,000.00 FROM THE TREE FUND.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-06-120:   INDICATING THE OFFICIAL INTENT OF THE CITY TO ISSUE TAX-EXEMPT BONDS TO FINANCE CERTAIN COSTS OF ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, EQUIPPING AND INSTALLATION OF VARIOUS PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS DETAILED IN THE CITY’S FIVE-YEAR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN AS ADOPTED FROM TIME TO TIME, AND WHICH INCLUDES COSTS RELATED TO COMPLETION OF THE PERFORMING ARTS/CULTURAL CENTER IN THE CITY, AND TO USE A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS OF SUCH BONDS TO REIMBURSE EXPENDITURES PAID OR INCURRED PRIOR TO THE DATE OF ISSUANCE THEREOF.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-06-121:  INDICATING THE OFFICIAL INTENT OF THE CITY TO ISSUE TAX-EXEMPT BONDS TO FINANCE CERTAIN COSTS OF ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, EQUIPPING AND INSTALLATION OF VARIOUS IMPROVEMENTS TO THE CITY’S WATER AND SEWER SYSTEM.

Monday, June 09, 2014

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN BROWARD COUNTY ADVISES EVERYONE TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS DURING CURRENT AIR QUALITY CONDITIONS

People with respiratory ailments, pregnant women, infants, children and the elderly are at greater risk
 
-- Health officials at the Florida Department of Health in Broward County are advising everyone to take precautions during this period of increased air pollution levels due to wildfires.  Infants, children, pregnant women, older adults, and people with chronic diseases such as as asthma are at greater risk from breaking in smoke from wildfires.

Smoke from wildfires may cause coughing, a scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, shortness of breath, ches pains, headaches, stinging eyes and a runny nose.

Problems can begin a very short time after breathing in smoke and without warning.

DOH-Broward offers these recommendations:
   
Limit outdoor activities and remain in an air-conditioned environment, if possible.


If you do not have an air conditioner and if smoke is likely to get inside your house, leave the area until the smoke is completely gone.

Avoid activities that put extra demands on your lungs and heart. These include exercising or physical chores, both outdoors and indoors.

Make sure you take all your medications according to your doctor’s instructions.

Dust masks, bandanas, or other cloths (even if wet) will not protect you from smoke.

Contact your healthcare provider if you are concerned or your health gets worse.

For additional information on Broward County’s air quality forecast, contact Broward County Air Quality Division at (954) 519-1260 or visit

www.broward.org/air.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Summer Lauderhill Pool Hours

Pool hours for the summer beginning Monday, June 10th:

Veteran’s Park Pool:

Tuesday thru Friday 1 pm to 6 pm
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm

John Mullins Park Pool:

Tuesday thru Friday 1 pm to 6 pm
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm

Wolk Park Pool:

Tuesday thru Friday 12 noon to 5 pm
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Mayors Chess Challenge Tournament

On Saturday, June 7, starting at 10 am at the Sunrise City Hall a Mayors Chess Challenge Tournament will be held and is open to all.

The purpose is to promote scholastic chess and chess in our community for all ages.  In addition to the chess tables/sets for the mayors, we will have other tables set up to allow anyone from the public who wishes to play to do so.  This is a free program open to the public.

The following Mayors have either committed to attend or expressed interest in attending the June 7th inaugural Mayors Chess Challenge:

Mayor Lisa Aronson (Coconut Creek)
Mayor Greg Ross (Cooper City)
Mayor Jack Seiler (Fort Lauderdale)
Mayor Joy Cooper (Hallandale Beach)
Mayor Peter Bober (Hollywood)
Mayor Richard J Kaplan (Lauderhill)
Mayor Lesa Peerman (Margate)
Mayor Michael Udine (Parkland)
Mayor Mike Ryan (Sunrise)
Mayor Daniel Stermer (Weston)
Mayor Gary Resnick (Wilton Manors)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Notes of the City Commission Meeting of May 12

On May 12 the City Commission met and the following are notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated)(Vice Mayor Bates had an excused absence):

ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - SECOND READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-04-117:  AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHAPTER 6,  TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO WAIVE OR MODIFY BUILDING PERMIT FEES UP TO THE AMOUNT OF $30,000.00 TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-04-118:  AMENDING THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL CODE OF ORDINANCES CHAPTER 10, GARBAGE AND TRASH/UNSANITARY AND UNSIGHTLY CONDITIONS/ABANDONED REAL PROPERTY, ARTICLE II, RECYCLABLE WASTE, SECTION 10-22, FEES TO UPDATES THE RECYCLING RATES BASED UPON THE CONTRACT WITH WASTE PRO OF FLORIDA, INC.

RESOLUTIONS:

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-05-95:   APPROVING THE FOURTH NEIGHBORHOOD STABILIZATION PROGRAM (NSP) 3 SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT TO THE CITY'S PROGRAM YEAR 2010 ACTION PLAN TO REPROGRAM FUNDING.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-05-97:  APPROVING AND RATIFYING THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND THE BROWARD COUNTY POLICE BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION, INC. (PBA) MODIFYING CERTAIN PENSION PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN ARTICLE 34 OF THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT (CBA) IN EFFECT FROM OCTOBER 1, 2013 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2016.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-05-98:   ACCEPTING THE DONATION IN THE AMOUNT OF $600.00 FROM THE STUDENTS AT THE LAUDERHILL 6-12 SCHOOL TO PURCHASE A LIFE-SAVING BALLISTICS VEST FOR THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL POLICE DEPARTMENT'S WORKING K-9 NAMED MAXX; PROVIDING THAT NO MATCHING FUNDS ARE REQUIRED.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-05-99:  APPROVING THE DONATION OF FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,500.00 AS RECOMMENDED BY THE ART CULTURE AND TOURISM (“ACT”) BOARD TO THE 2014 PARKWAY MIDDLE JURIED ART FAIR TO BE HELD ON MAY 28, 2014.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-05-100:  APPROVING AND RATIFYING THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND THE FLORIDA STATE LODGE, FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE, LODGE #161 (”FOP”) WITHDRAWING THE FOP’S GRIEVANCE REGARDING ACCRUED LEAVE TIME AND DISMISSING THE CITY’S LAWSUIT.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-05-104:   APPROVING THE TEMPORARY AGREEMENT FOR RESIDENTIAL RECYCLING COLLECTION SERVICES BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND WASTE PRO OF FLORIDA, INC.

QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS, FIRST READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-05-124:   AMENDING THE ZONING DISTRICT MAP; CHANGING FROM COMMERCIAL WAREHOUSE/COMMERCE PARK SPECIAL OVERLAY (CW/CP-O) TO GENERAL COMMERCIAL (CG) THE ZONING DISTRICT  ON PROPERTY KNOWN AS CAMPING WORLD LEASING COMPANY, INC., 3901 NW 16 STREET, LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA.

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-05-125:   AMENDING THE ZONING DISTRICT MAP; CHANGING FROM 7.290+ ACRES OF LIGHT INDUSTRIAL AND 3.057+ ACRES OF RESIDENTIAL SINGLE- FAMILY AT FOUR DWELLING UNITS PER GROSS ACRE AND 1.302+ ACRES OF SR-7 OVERLAY ZONE TRANSECT 4 AND 9.045+ ACRES OF TRANSECT 5 TO 10.387+ ACRES OF RESIDENTIAL MULTI-FAMILY AT 40 DWELLING UNITS PER GROSS ACRE AND 1.302+ ACRES OF TRANSECT 4, 3.732+ ACRES OF TRANSECT 5, AND 5.313+ ACRES OF TRANSECT 6, THE ZONING DISTRICT FOR AN UNDEVELOPED SITE MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE FORMER McARTHUR DAIRY SITE.  Fails 1 to 3 (Commissioner Berger voting in favor and Mayor Kaplan, Commissioner Benson and Commissioner Thurston voting against).

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Lauderhill Summer Camp Programs

SUMMER TENNIS CAMP
$95/week at Wolk Park Tennis Center
June 9 to Aug 1 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Register at www.tonytynestennis.com
954-369-4557

SUMMER CAMP - PALS DEPARTMENT
Resident $490/child  Non-Resident $690/child
June 16 to Aug 8 from 7:30 am to 6 pm
Children 5 to 12 years old and must have proof of completion of Kindergarten (no Pre-K)
Veterans Paark and John E. Mullin Aquatics Center
Child must bring bang lunch and drinks each day.
Call 954-572-1459, 954-486-8450, or 954-321-2450 for more information

SUMMER BASKETBALL CAMP
Residents $15/day  $75/week
Non-Resident $20/day  $100/week
June 16 to Aug 8 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Lunch included
Ages 6 to 17 years old
Call 954-662-2190

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Summer Youth Empowerment Camp

June 9 to July 31 for Youth ages 9 to 14 years old.  Space is Limited.

Residents $650.00/Non-Residents $750.00

Academics/Swimming/Fitness & Nutrition/Arts & Craft
Games/Technology/Sports/Field Trips

Free Breakfast and Lunch

Lauderhill 6-12 STEM
1901 NW 49th Ave.
Lauderhill, FL  33313

Camp Hours:  Monday - Thursday
7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Contact Officer Melissa Lucas
954-658-1658
mlucas@lauderhill-fl.gov

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Lauderhill Night Cricket - Finals

On Sat-May 31, 2014 – the FINALS  of the Lauderhill Night Cricket will be played at the Lauderhill Sports Park, beginning at 6:00 PM.

Monday, May 19, 2014

FEMA Issues New Flood Maps

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a Letter of Final determination notifying unincorporated Broward county and the 31 municipal governments in Broward County that the new flood maps have been finalized.

During the next six months, FEMA will disseminate copies of the maps and unincorporated Broward County and the municipal governments must adopt them.

The effective date for the new Broward County flood maps will be August 18, 2014.  After the effective date, insurance companies will use the maps for flood insurance purposes, and the undated base flood elevations must be used for all new construction and substantial improvements to existing construction.  Visit www.broward.org to view the new maps.

For those with flood insurance that no longer require it, you may contact your insurance carrier to request the flood insurance requirement be dropped from your mortgage.  Thereafter, you may decide to cancel your insurance, but you may wish to maintain it.

The flood maps show significant changes in Lauderhill and have removed many properties out of flood zones so they no longer require flood insurance.  However, the opposite may be true for some.

Friday, May 16, 2014

YMCA Splash - Free Swimming Lessons

Ages 6 months to Adults - May 19 to 22
Lessons given by the Lauderhill Community YMCA 
at the Aquatics Center in John Mullins Park
2000 NW 55th Ave., Lauderhill

Register at the Lauderhill Community YMCA
754-322-3608


Monday, May 12, 2014

Construction on NW 56th Ave. and Oakland Park Blvd. - Seek Alternative Routes

Oakland Park Boulevard at NW 56th Avenue Intersection Improvements Project in Lauderhill
·         One lane in each direction of Oakland Park Boulevard will be closed Monday through Friday between 9:30 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Description: Project improvements include widening Oakland Park Boulevard west of NW 56th Avenue to add a second left turn lane from eastbound Oakland Park Boulevard to northbound NW 56th Avenue; removing old asphalt and resurfacing the intersection; constructing ADA compliant ramps; upgrading the existing traffic signal and mast arm on the southeast corner of the intersection; and upgrading lighting, signs, drainage, and pavement markings.

Cost/Completion: $498,953. Completion in fall 2014.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Dolphin Draft 2014

The biggest problem the Dolphins have is that they only have six draft choices and that just isn’t enough for this year.  Particularly in the early rounds.  But as the saying goes, “You play the cards you are dealt.”

Of critical need that they must draft in the first 3 rounds is at least one starting Offensive Lineman who can play right tackle, and an Inside Linebacker (for which there are only two available that are worth it).  After that a good Defensive Tackle, another Offensive Lineman and a Safety are badly needed.  A Running Back and Tight End are also a major concern for the future.  That alone is seven picks and to do this the Dolphins must pick up one more selection.

At the 19th slot in the first round, if OL Taylor Lewan or OL Zack Martin is available you grab them.  If not but ILB CJ Mosley is available, select him.  If all three of them are gone you’ve got to go to plan B.  Moving up in the draft would short you one more draft selection, and you they don’t have any to spare.  Moving down in the draft a few spots to pick up a 3rd round pick may make a lot of sense.

The Dolphins could go ahead and pick an OL like Morgan Moses, but he could still be there in around in the late 1st round.  Also, OL Joel Bitonio and Xavier Su’a-Flo would be there.

What I would hope would happen in Plan B, if your first 3 preferred picks are gone is to trade down to around 25th and pick up a mid 3rd Round Pick.

With a mid 20th pick I would select OL Morgan Moses and if not available, then Joel Bitonio (a bit of a stretch, but a need).  With the 2nd Round pick I would pick up the only other decent ILB out there, Chris Borland.  

With two 3rd Round picks, you can go for two other needs an OG Dakota Dozier and DT DaQuan Jones or if the DT is gone, then DT Daniel McCullers (which you might hold off to the 4th Round).  If you do hold on the DT to the 4th Round, you could look for Safety Dion Bailey, OG Gabe Jackson or OT Billy Turner.  But that is a risk.  If you select the DT in the 3rd, then S, OG, OT or TE could be in the 4th Round among the Best Player Available left. 

However as far as TE’s goes, there is only worth drafting at that point, and that is C.J. Fiedorowicz.


The 5th and 6th Rounds you just select the BPA irrespective of position, you never know when you might need them.  But a preference would be to pick up a RB like Tyler Gaffney that may be able to also serve as a FB, or FB Jay Prosch who can block well but is a question if he could be a 3rd down back to punch it through.

Monday, May 05, 2014

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 10th, 2014

Activities:

5: PM Dominoes

Youth Soccer Game
Netball

6:15PM Soccer game – Media and Entertainers Vs CASA invitational Masters 11

8:15PM Knock out final, Red Force FC Vs Fort Lauderdale Blazers FC

· Red Force FC 2013 Florida State Champion For Kendal Miami League.

· Fort Lauderdale Blazers three (3) times Champion CASA Super League and Champion 2013 CASA Super League.

Admission: FREE

Food and Refreshment on sale. Family Fun day and Mother’s Day treat.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Notes from the Commission Meeting of April 28

On April 28, the City Commission met and the following were notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated and Vice Mayor Bates had an excused absence):

PROCLAMATIONS:

A PROCLAMATION RECOGNIZING CASTLE HILL ELEMENTARY ALL-GIRLS TEAM RANKED NO. 2 IN THE NATION AT THE 11TH ANNUAL KASPAROV CHESS FOUNDATION NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2014, HELD IN CHICAGO.
 
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS:

A PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES AND CHECKS TO THE WINNERS OF THE LAUDERHILL COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 2014; MARINA BRAYNON-MOORE, YASEEN OMAR RAMADAN AND BRYCE ROBINSON BURGESS.
B. PRESENTATION BY JOCELYN BOYD ON THE 2014 YMCA COLLEGE TOUR.
C. A PRESENTATION IN RECOGNITION OF THE HOLOCAUST AND THE NATIONAL DAYS OF REMEMBRANCE , APRIL 27 TO MAY 4, 2014.
 
ORDINANCES - FIRST READING:
 
ORDINANCE NO. 14O-04-114:  AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL, CHAPTER 15, ARTICLE III, RECREATION FACILITIES FEES, SECTION 15-35, FEES, RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR REGISTRATION, USE AND RENTAL; MODIFYING SCHEDULE OF FEES FOR PARKS AND RECREATION USES.

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-04-115:  AMENDING THE CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHAPTER 14, OFFENSES AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS, ARTICLE IV, ALARM SYSTEMS, AMENDING SECTION 14-74, PROCEDURES AND FEES FOR POLICE AND/OR FIRE RESPONSES TO FALSE ALARMS TO REDUCE THE FEES FOR FALSE ALARMS, TO MAKE THE FEE PROVISIONS RETROACTIVE AND TO CLARIFY THE BILLING OF MULTI-UNIT PROPERTIES.
 
ORDINANCE NO. 14O-04-118:  CHAPTER 10, GARBAGE AND TRASH/UNSANITARY AND UNSIGHTLY CONDITIONS/ABANDONED REAL PROPERTY,  FEES TO UPDATES THE RECYCLING RATES BASED UPON THE CONTRACT WITH WASTE PRO OF FLORIDA, INC.
 
ORDINANCES - SECOND READING:
 
ORDINANCE NO. 14O-03-110:  AMENDING SECTION 14-16, STATE MISDEMEANORS, TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL TO ELECT TO OFFER A PRE-TRIAL DIVERSION PROGRAM TO ADULT OFFENDERS WHO HAVE COMMITTED A QUALIFYING NON-VIOLENT MISDEMEANOR OFFENSE WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS, UNLESS SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITED BY STATE LAW OR THIS CODE; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE (REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER HAYWARD J. BENSON, JR.).

RESOLUTIONS:

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-04-70: ACCEPTING THE PROPOSAL OF PROFESSIONAL FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, INC. TO PERFORM CONSULTING AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR THE NEW LAUDERHILL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER BASED UPON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE SELECTION COMMITTEE IN RESPONSE TO RFP #2013-024 FOR SAID SERVICES; APPROVING THE FACILITIES MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT FOR SAID SERVICES; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 460-914-03150; PROVIDING FOR A THREE (3) YEAR TERM WITH THE OPTION FOR ONE (1) TWO-YEAR EXTENSION; PROVIDING TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
 
RESOLUTION NO. 14R-04-72:   APPROVING THE PURCHASE OF PIPELINE PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT REPLACEMENT PARTS FROM COLUMBIA CASCADE COMPANY TO REPAIR BROKEN PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT AT VETERANS PARK FROM THE SOLE SOURCE PROVIDER/MANUFACTURER IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $4,455.00; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,000.00 FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 001-719-04620 AND PAYMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,455.00 FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 001-712-04620.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-04-90:  APPROVING AND RATIFYING THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE FLORIDA STATE LODGE, FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE LODGE, #161 IN EFFECT FROM OCTOBER 1, 2013 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2016.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-04-91:  APPROVING THE EXCLUSIVE RESIDENTIAL RECYCLING COLLECTION SERVICE FRANCHISE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND WASTE PRO OF FLORIDA, INC. TO PROVIDE SUCH WITHIN THE CITY.

 

Monday, April 28, 2014

BCPS Castle Hill Elementary All-Girls Team Nationally Ranked No. 2 in Chess

A three-girl chess team representing Broward County Public Schools Castle Hill Elementary School in Lauderhill, placed second nationally at the 11th Annual Kasparov Chess Foundation All-Girls National Championship in Chicago last week.

The Lauderhill school trio of McKhaila McKenzie, Erykah Shaw and Shyan Braswell brought home a national second-place ranking for teams under 12 after defeating fierce competitors from public and private schools across the country. Many of the other girls competing were supported by well-funded chess programs and had either master-level chess coaches for personal or frequent group lessons.

Castle Hill girls’ secret weapon was their dedicated teacher and coach, Robert McKenzie, who taught them the game. McKenzie is a veteran teacher who has served at Castle Hill Elementary for 18 years.

“This was one of the most astounding performances of rising to an occasion of intense pressure I ever witnessed,” McKenzie said. “Their second-place finish at a national tournament is a testament to the hope that our children can accomplish anything they desire if they listen humbly, work hard and do their best.”

“Research shows that chess increases analytical thinking,” said Dr. Mark Strauss, director of School Performance and Accountability, who has been working on a plan to bring chess to District elementary schools. “We are thrilled that the Castle Hill all-girls team represented us nationally and showcased the phenomenal outcomes that chess produces.”

“I applaud the accomplishment of the students at Castle Hill Elementary,” said city of Lauderhill Commissioner Kenneth Thurston. “The teaching of chess expands the mind and increases the capacity to learn.”  


The Kasparov National Championship is the most prestigious chess event for female players under the age of 18. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Pay Online Lauderhill Utility Bills for Free

SIGN UP FOR PAPERLESS BILLING & AUTOPAY!
1) Arrange prescheduled payment options:
• Set up auto payments on your due date with your VISA, Mastercard or debit card.
• Schedule automatic ACH monthly withdrawals from
your checking or savings account
2) Receive email payment reminders and confirmations
3) Pay by phone option (for an additional fee)

Visit www.LauderhillBillPay.com or call 954-739-0100.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Andrew Smalling - Lauderhill's Police Chief

ANDREW SMALLING, the Jamaica-born police chief of Lauderhill, Florida, is now in his third year in office has been enjoying a downward trend in crime.  In the first two years,  Lauderhill has seen a 14 percent drop in crime, noticeably in violent crimes like murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault involving use of weapons, and violent crimes went down by 24 percent.

With a police force of 140 Smalling gives credit to an emphasis on intelligence-driven operations and insistence on accountability of the command staff for crimes in their area of responsibility.

Each area of the city has been divided into districts with its own crime profile.  This way problems and solutions in the district can be specifically addressed.  It also allows the police force to be proactive in preventing some crimes known to a particular district by using a Predictive Policing Program  purchased by the city.  The program looks a crime trends over the last few years and predicts where crime is likely to occur in the future.

Often criminals are creatures of habit so these programs help uncover these habits.  In the process it makes the police force more visible, and deters crime if criminals are seeing this police presence where they were going to commit a crime.  

Other programs being utilized in the city is community policing, having officers attend homeowner meetings to hear directly from residents, using an anonymous tip line using text messaging through TIP 411 so that information is given anonymously, placing more School Resource Officers who participate with students in their projects, and sponsoring a Citizens Academy and a voluntary Citizens on Patrol (which is part of the Neighborhood Watch Program).

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Annual Pre-Budget Workshop for the Upcoming Fiscal Year 2014-2015

THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA WILL CONDUCT A COMMUNITY PRE-BUDGET WORKSHOP MEETING ON MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014, AT 6:00 PM IN THE COMMISSION CHAMBERS, SUITES 141 – 142, AT CITY HALL, 5581 WEST OAKLAND PARK BOULEVARD, LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA.

THIS WILL BE A LIMITED AGENDA MEETING. THE ONLY BUSINESS TO BE DISCUSSED WILL BE THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL BUDGET FOR THE 2014 – 2015 FISCAL YEAR.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

3rd Annual Jammin’ in the Park and Art Fest in conjunction with the 6th Annual Throw Back Celebrity Golf Weekend

The City of Lauderhill will host the 3rd Annual Jammin’ in the Park and Art Fest on Saturday April 26, 2014, in conjunction with 6th Annual Throw Back Celebrity Golf Weekend at Ilene Lieberman Botanical Gardens Park, 3801 Inverrary Blvd., Lauderhill, FL.

Event Organizer and Vice Mayor of the City of Lauderhill, M. Margaret Bates explains, “I believe our City’s greatest asset is our cultural diversity. Jammin’ in the Park and Art Fest is a fun way for the entire family to celebrate who we are through the arts, music, and food. The Performing Arts Center will become a major component of this celebration when it is complete. The best part of the event is affordability…FREE!”

This year’s featured performer, Grammy Award winner and R&B Diva, Evelyn “Champagne” King will headline the free festival that will be hosted by WHQT/Hot 105 Tom Joyner Morning Show Personality, Rodney Baltimore and comedian Dean Gaines. The festival will start at 2:00 PM with performances by R&B female trio, Ladies of Soul, Blade Martin, saxophonist, Randy Corinthian, Latin American sensation, Raul Sandoval, and The Old Skool Gang.

Festivalgoers will have an opportunity to sample food from various vendors, view art designs and exhibits from dozens of local and national creative artists, all while enjoying a day of music and fun. The festival and parking is free to the public.

For more information about the 3rd Annual Jammin’ in the Park and Art Fest, contact the City of Lauderhill at (954) 730-3000.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Jazz Picnic in the Park for April 13, 2014 has been cancelled

Due to rain, the concert for today has been cancelled.  We will be adding Meryl Tanenger to next year's schedule.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Jazz Picnic in the Park - April 13

Mayor Richard Kaplan with the City of Lauderhill invites everyone to the last concert of the 2013-2014 season of Jazz Picnic in the Park On Sunday, April 13, 2014. This free Jazz Concert will be performed this month by Meryl Tanenger.  Bring your chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets, no cooking is allowed in the park.
The concert will be held from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, at the Amphitheater in the Lieberman Botanical Gardens, 3801 Inverrary Blvd., Lauderhill.
Stay tune to next season's concert schedule, including two Tribute Concerts at www.lauderhilljazz.com.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Lease Lauderhill Bus Tour

Commissioner Ken Thurston Presents 

Thursday 
April 10, 2014 
12:00PM – 4:00PM 

GAIN valuable knowledge of  Lauderhill’s Redevelopment Plans 
and Small Business Initiatives for FREE. 

LEARN common mistakes people make in finding the right location 
for their businesses. 
  
GET insight on things you can do  to improve your business structure 
for redevelopment and target industries (i.e., CRA, Enterprise 
Zone, Arts District, international trade and Lauderhill Industrial Park.) 

Bus Tour will depart from: 

Lauderhill City Hall 
5581 West Oakland Park Blvd 
Lauderhill, FL 33313 
  
To RSVP Please Contact: 
 Brittany Hubbard 954-777-2040 
or bhubbard@lauderhill-fl.gov 

FREE PARKING AVAILABLE 

 Gain a better understanding of how you can streamline the business license and building permit 
process that will have your business open within 30 days or less. 
 Co-operative Marketing Program offered for retailers and restaurants to increase consumer traffic and sales. 
  Economic development staff will serve as a liaison between the various city departments/divisions to 
facilitate a quick response for business expansions and relocations. 
  Staff will work with Broward County, the State of  Florida and the Federal Government to facilitate 
business assistance and incentives for eligible companies. 
 Don’t forget Networking opportunities & the chance to get some of your questions answered. 

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Notes of the Commission Meeting of March 31

On March 31, the City Commission met and the following are notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated).  Commissioner Bates had an excused absence since she was in Tallahassee on behalf of the League of Cities:

A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR THE PASSING OF:

A. Mr. Joy Sawh Ramsaroop, owner of Joy's Roti Delight at the Lauderhill Mall.
B. Mr. James Bradley, President of the West Ken Lark Homeowners Association.
C. Mariann Kiar, mother of County Commissioner Marty Kiar

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS:

RECOGNITION OF STUDENTS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL UNITOWN 2014 TEEN DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP CAMP.

ORDINANCES AND PUBLIC HEARINGS - FIRST READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-03-110:   AMENDING THE CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES,   TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL TO ELECT TO OFFER A PRE-TRIAL DIVERSION PROGRAM TO ADULT OFFENDERS WHO HAVE COMMITTED A QUALIFYING NON-VIOLENT MISDEMEANOR OFFENSE WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS, UNLESS SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITED BY STATE LAW OR THIS CODE;  (REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER HAYWARD J. BENSON, JR.).

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-03-112:  APPROVING THE SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND BROWARD COUNTY FOR THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL TO PURCHASE FOUR (4) VACANT PARCELS OF LAND THAT BROWARD COUNTY HAS DECLARED TO BE SURPLUS WITHIN THE CANNON POINT AREA LOCATED AT 5801, 5811, 5821 AND 5831 N.W. 27th COURT, LAUDERHILL SUBJECT TO DEED RESTRICTIONS FOR THE PURCHASE PRICE OF $24,600.00 PER VACANT PARCEL.

ORDINANCES AND PUBLIC HEARINGS - FOURTH READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-02-105:  CREATING SUBSECTION 3.1.15., RESIDENTIAL MULTIPLE-FAMILY AT 40 DWELLING UNITS PER GROSS ACRE (RM-40) ZONING DISTRICT;  CREATING PARAGRAPH 3.1.15.D., SPECIAL EXCEPTION USES AND STRUCTURES AMENDING SCHEDULE B., ALLOWABLE USES, SECTION 1., USES ALLOWED IN RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS, BY ADDING THE PERMITTED, ACCESSORY, AND SPECIAL EXCEPTION USES AND STRUCTURES ALLOWED HEREIN IN ORDER TO ENSURE INTERNAL CONSISTENCY; AMENDING SCHEDULE P., DESIGN STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES, SECTION 2., GENERAL DESIGN STANDARDS, TO ADD ANY DEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVEMENTS WITHIN THE RM-40 ZONING DISTRICT.

RESOLUTIONS:

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-03-55:   AUTHORIZING THE DISPOSAL OF OBSOLETE, DAMAGED AND SURPLUS COMPUTER EQUIPMENT IN THE MOST COST EFFECTIVE MANNER.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-03-56:   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.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-03-57:  WAIVING COMPETITIVE BIDDING REQUIREMENTS; APPROVING THE PURCHASE FROM HALL MARK FIRE APPARATUS 3431 NW 27 AVENUE, OCALA, FLORIDA IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $92,489.97 FOR THE PURCHASE OF ONE (1) 2014 FORD F-350 CUSTOM BUILT COMMAND VEHICLE BASED UPON THE CONTRACT ENTERED INTO WITH THE FLORIDA SHERIFF'S ASSOCIATION (#11-10-1202); PROVIDING THAT THE VEHICLE WILL BE FOR USE BY THE FIRE DEPARTMENT; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $92,489.97 FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 305-351-6420.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-03-61:   APPROVING THE PURCHASE OF PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT, PLAYGROUND SURFACING, AND SHADE STRUCTURE FROM APPROVED VENDORS BASED UPON BIDS SOLICITED BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $235,000.00.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-03-63:  APPROVING THE SIXTH AMENDMENT TO THE CONTRACT BETWEEN THE BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR THE EXTENSION OF THE LEASE OF THE EAST SIDE LIBRARY THROUGH THE PERIOD ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2015.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-03-64:   AUTHORIZING THE DISPOSAL OF OBSOLETE, DAMAGED AND SURPLUS POLICE DEPARTMENT INVENTORY IN THE MOST COST EFFECTIVE MANNER.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-03-67:   APPROVING THE EXPENDITURE OF FEDERAL FORFEITURE FUNDS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $44,020.80 TO PURCHASE THIRTY-TWO (32) DELL LATITUDE E6440 CTO (210-AAXJ) LAPTOP COMPUTERS FROM DELL MARKETING, L.P. FOR USE BY THE POLICE DEPARTMENT; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 110-683-9936.

QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS, FIRST READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-03-113:   GRANTING TO DARA INVESTMENTS, LLC A VARIANCE  TO ALLOW WITHIN THE GENERAL COMMERCIAL (CG) ZONING DISTRICT THE REQUIRED  NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES TO BE REDUCED FROM 8 TO 6 IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE A TAKE-OUT RESTAURANT  AT 1501 - 1509 N.W. 47th AVENUE, LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA.  Withdrawn by Applicant since there were only the Mayor and 3 Commissioners requiring a unanimous vote to pass, and the Mayor announced he was voting against the Variance.  Applicant will bring it back when there is a full Commission, which they would possibly allow it to be passed with 4 of 5 votes depending upon how Commissioner Bates (who was absent) would vote.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-03-68:   GRANTING THE  SALSI PUEDES RESTAURANT BAR & WINE INC. A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER WITH CONDITIONS TO ALLOW RESTAURANT BAR WITH INDOOR LIVE ENTERTAINMENT  AT BON-VALE PLAZA, 7529-7531 WEST OAKLAND PARK BOULEVARD, LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA.

NEW BUSINESS:

A.  APRIL 14, 2014 REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING IS CANCELLED IN OBSERVANCE OF PASSOVER.


Monday, March 31, 2014

The Winners of the 2014 Lauderhill College Essay Scholarships

At April 28th Commission Meeting, checks will be presented to the winners of the 2014 Lauderhill College Essay Scholarship.  Lauderhill residents which are Seniors in High School going on to College or Vocational School applied by answer two 500 word essays:

  1. What would be the best way to end bullying in school?
  2. Describe your favorite fictional literary character and what draws you to that character.
Funding for this program was provided by Florida Medical Center and Prestige Auto Wash.

THE WINNERS ARE:

1st – Marina Braynon-Moore  $500   St. Thomas Aquinas High School
2nd – Yaseen Omar Ramadan  $300  Piper High School/College Academy
3rd – Bryce Robinson Burgess  $200  College Academy

Friday, March 28, 2014

Bike Lane on NW 19th Street From SR 7 to Powerline

1.       The scope of the project will be milling 1” and resurface 1” on the exiting roadway. Restripe the road to 10’ travel lane and 4’ bike lane on both side of the road.

1.       The project is scheduled to be advertised for design in May 2014 and the design contract is scheduled to be executed in November 2014.  Based on the Work Program  the budget for design phase 32 is $850,000.00 and the budget for construction phase 52 is $5,503,916.00.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Notes of the Commission Meeting of March 10

On March 10, the City Commission held its Regular Commission Meeting, and the following are notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated).  NOTE:  Commissioner Benson was absent due to traveling on city business.

ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - THIRD READING

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-02-105:  CREATING SUBSECTION 3.1.15., RESIDENTIAL MULTIPLE-FAMILY AT 40 DWELLING UNITS PER GROSS ACRE (RM-40) ZONING DISTRICT;  CREATING PARAGRAPH 3.1.15.D., SPECIAL EXCEPTION USES AND STRUCTURES AMENDING SCHEDULE B., ALLOWABLE USES, SECTION 1., USES ALLOWED IN RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS, BY ADDING THE PERMITTED, ACCESSORY, AND SPECIAL EXCEPTION USES AND STRUCTURES ALLOWED HEREIN IN ORDER TO ENSURE INTERNAL CONSISTENCY; AMENDING SCHEDULE P., DESIGN STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES, SECTION 2., GENERAL DESIGN STANDARDS, TO ADD ANY DEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVEMENTS WITHIN THE RM-40 ZONING DISTRICT.  This was amended to now require that all residential development in the newly created RM-40 Zones must apply for a Special Exception in addition to other previously approved requirements.  Because of the amendment, a Fourth Reading will be required.

RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-03-50:   APPROVING THE DESIGN-BUILD AGREEMENT WITH WEST CONSTRUCTION, INC. FOR THE DESIGN-BUILD SERVICES OF FIRE STATION 110 LOCATED AT 3120 NORTHWEST 12TH PLACE; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $3,687,195.00. PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 305-351-6207.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-03-52:   AUTHORIZING A CHANGE ORDER IN THE AMOUNT OF $132,219.00 FOR THE INCREASED FUNDING NECESSARY TO PAY FOR ADDITIONAL IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE LAUDERHILL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER AND LIBRARY NECESSARY INCLUDING ADDITIONAL IMPROVEMENTS TO THE HIGH VOLUME AIR CONDITIONING UNITS TO MAKE THEM LEED COMPLAINT AND FOR THE INCREASED COST OF THE LIGHTING TO MEET LEED CERTIFICATION; PROVIDING THAT THESE INCREASED COSTS ARE DUE TO UNFORESEEN COSTS; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 460-912-06230.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-03-53:   APPROVING AND RATIFYING THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND THE FLORIDA STATE LODGE, FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE REGARDING THE BANKED NUMBER OF VACATION DAYS; PROVIDING FOR TERMS AND CONDITIONS; AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Free Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics

Includes Bulk, E waste, Electronics & Yard Waste

HHWThe City of Lauderhill offers free disposal of household hazardous waste and electronics for free. This is a convenient and environmentally sound way to safely dispose of items such as an old TV, computer, keyboard or monitor, batteries, chemicals, paint or aerosol products and more. Just provide two proof of residency such as a photo ID with current address and a utility bill.

Household Hazardous Waste HHW

Lauderhill residents can utilize the Sun Bergeron location every 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month for Household Hazardous Waste HHW drop off:
Sun Recycling
2281 NW16th street
Pompano Beach, Florida 33069
Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

E-Waste Disposal

ARC is available to Lauderhill residents for electronics recycling drop off.  There are two locations that residents can utilize.
ARC Ft. Lauderdale Location
3300 SW 13th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
ARC Sunrise Location
10250 NW 53rd Street
Sunrise, FL 33351
(Use 102nd Ave. at cul-de-sac entrance. Drop-off facility is in the back, last building on right)Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
**Proof of Lauderhill residency required. Two forms of ID - Driver's License & Utility Bill.
**No business waste

Bulk and Yard Waste

Bulk and Yard Waste may be dropped off the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at:
 
Sun 7 (Saturday drop off)
1815 Powerline Road
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Or
Sun 12 (Saturday drop off)
2380 College Avenue
Davie, FL 33317
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Notes of the Commission Meeting of February 24

On February 24, the City Commission held its regular meeting, and the following are notes of interests (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):

ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - SECOND READING

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-02-105:   AMENDING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS, CREATING SUBSECTION 3.1.15., RESIDENTIAL MULTIPLE-FAMILY AT 40 DWELLING UNITS PER GROSS ACRE (RM-40) ZONING DISTRICT.  This would apply to the old McArthur Dairy site.  At second reading, an amendment offered by Mayor Kaplan were passed to now require a special exception requirement to utilize this new zoning.  Because of this amendment, a third reading of the Ordinance is required.  Also, the Commission would review and approve the site plan submitted in this particular case.

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-02-108: CREATING SECTION 12-185, SALE OR DISTRIBUTION OF NICOTINE VAPORIZERS OR LIQUID NICOTINE TO PROHIBIT THE SALE OR DISTRIBUTION TO MINORS AND TO PROHIBIT THE SALE IN VENDING MACHINES;  (REQUESTED BY VICE MAYOR M. MARGARET BATES.

RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-02-44:   APPROVING THE CREATION OF A NEW JOB POSITION OF MUSEUM CURATOR.

RESOLUTION NO. 14R-02-45:  OPPOSING OUTDOOR FIREARM RANGES IN RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS; URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO AMEND FLORIDA STATUTE, SECTION 790.15 TO AT LEAST IMPOSE REASONABLE RESTRICTIONS AND LIMITATIONS ON OUTDOOR FIREARM RANGES IN RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS AND ON THE DISCHARGES OF FIREARMS IN RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS, SUCH AS DISTANCE SEPARATION REQUIREMENTS, ETC,; (REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER HAYWARD J. BENSON, JR.) .


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Lauderhill Swim Team - Torpedoes

Tuesday - Friday, 5-6 pm
$20 Yearly Fee; $45 Monthly Fee
FIRST WEEK FREE
Veterans Park Pool
7600 NW 50th Street
054-572-1459


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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Lauderhill Fitness Walking Program - FREE

Walkers MUST complete paperwork and waivers at the time of registration.
Walkers MUST record their walking while in a Lauderhill park with pedometer or small phone walking apps.
Walkers MUST check in with a Lauderhill Recreation staff person weekly to show the mileage app before and after walking in the Lauderhill Park.  Only mileage gained while walking or exercising in a Lauderhill Park will be recorded.  Walkers cannot "call in" their mileage.

Incentive prizes:

100 miles - T Shirt
300 miles - single fitness class pass
500 miles - one round of golf or two single fitness class passes or two non-residents weight room guest passes
750 miles - one round for a foursome of golf or one month of fitness classes
1000 miles - one small room/pavilion rental (not including the deposit) or two months of fitness classes or two rounds for a foursome of golf

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