October 2011 Minutes

BPCA October 4, 2011


            A meeting of the Broadview Park Civic Assn. was called to order by President Dave Nielsen atSunviewParkon Tuesday, October 4, 2011.  Following the pledge and a prayer by VP Bill Hoy, Dave reminded members that $10 per family dues paid now will extend membership to May 31, 2012.  Board members present were: Dave, Bill Hoy, Nancy Walton, Jan Washburn, Linda Flanders, Bill Long, Sarah Chavez, and Chad Tamkus.

Dave introduced the new BSO Chief, Andrew Dunbar, who had previously been the executive lieutenant.  The chief explained that he is now chief not only of the central unincorporated area, but also ofLauderdale Lakes.  The city ofLakesis in deep financial trouble and BSO is trying to help them out of debt.  This gives the chief additional deputies to call on if there is a problem in one area or another.  He urged residents to watch each other’s homes and call if anything appears to be wrong.  Deputies cannot be everywhere at once.

The chief introduced his new executive lieutenant, Joe Achilerre, who was promoted from the position of sergeant.  Joe described his background and experience.  He reported on his investigation into a sex offender who had recently moved into our community.  He said that Judge Imperato had apparently lifted the offender’s probation which may have affected his status.  The lieutenant is trying to get further information.  We will contact the judge and also the head judge to express our concerns.  Lt. Achilerre indicated that Peter Weinstein (831-5506) is the new head judge.

BSO Detective Coldwell says burglaries are actually declining.  He said we particularly need to watch for people who are picking up scrap.  With the high price of copper, there is an epidemic of theft of copper wires from air conditioning and street lights.  In a question about dog bites, he said code enforcement steps in.  The chief warned members to be careful wearing gold jewelry as gold is now about $2000 an ounce.  Be aware of your surroundings. 

Members reported a dangerous speeder in the area of 15th Street and 47th and 48th Avenue driving about 50 or 60 mph.  The chief said he would set up a traffic watch.

Chris Dickey reported on the Neighborhood Improvement Project and distributed several materials.  He said that the east side is complete and is being reviewed.  The west side is about 78% complete.  He reminded people not to connect to the sewers until they are notified to do so. 

In regard to the questions about speed bumps and signs, he said the Traffic Engineering office had done a survey after Hurricane Wilma, but Jan said that may have been for street signs.  Members complained about the circle at 42nd Avenue and 20th Street which is so overgrown that the grass is longer than the plants.  The contractor is supposed to maintain these gardens until the project is complete.  Dave Nielsen and Roger Jette have been maintaining the gardens by theFloralHeights andRock Hill welcome signs.  Chris said the master gardener does not want us to use red mulch.  One member mentioned that the sprinklers run every day while we are only allowed to water twice a week.  Dave said Marcus Austin of Chen and Associates was supposed to contact him and give him a key to access the sprinklers and set a better schedule of watering.

Questions arose as to why there were no sidewalks running north along MeadowbrookSchooland also why there no sidewalks along the south side of 18th Street.

Traci Pollock of Dickey Consulting then introduced Jill Quigley, Project Manager of the East/West Transit Study, and her assistant, Marie.  Ms. Quigley described the two alternatives under consideration – a premium bus running from theBankAtlanticCenterto downtownFort Lauderdalevia I-595 andBroward Blvd.and the other via theDavieEducationCenterandGriffin Road.  She said they are no longer considering a rail option.  There will be two community update meetings for comments: Oct.11 at 5:30 at the West Regional Library and Oct. 13 at 6:00 at the Fishing Hall of Fame. There will also be a meeting regarding Home Improvement Fraud at theCentralBrowardRegionalParkon October 20 from 6 to 8 PM.

John Benton of the Solid Waste and Recycling Dept. explained that there will be a new system starting January 1, 2012.  He showed a new recycling barrel which can be picked up by the truck driver.  Each household will receive a recycling barrel for pickup once a week and a similar trash barrel for twice a week trash pickup.  One member said people will put garbage in the recycling barrel, but Mr. Benton explained that there will be rewards for recycling.  He will come to our December meeting to do a presentation on the whole plan.  Dave also recognized Elaine Barrett who works with us on our clean-ups and assists in other ways.  Dave introduced Rick Newman, the manager ofSunviewPark, who offered his assistance when needed. 

Ted Vitale ofCountyPlanningand Redevelopment said he is the person to contact regarding overgrown properties, abandoned houses and pools. (954-357-6617)

He will pass the information on to the proper department.    He said that if we decided to request stop signs or speed bumps, he would ask Traffic Engineering to study the situation.  Unfortunately they do not approve using stop signs for speeding problems.

Ted left satisfaction survey forms to be completed by the association’s board of directors.

            There was no further business and the meeting adjourned

                                                            Jan Washburn, Secretary

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