Minutes – February 7, 2012

BPCA Meeting – 2/7/12

            A meeting of the Broadview Park Civic Association was called to order at 7:30 PM at Sunview Park on Tuesday, February 7, 2012.  Board member present were: Dave Nielsen, Jan Washburn, Nancy Walton, Linda Flanders, and Chad Tamkus.

            Following the flag salute, Dave introduced Chief Dunbar, Lt. Jackson, and Det. Coldwell of BSO.  They emphasized the importance of phoning immediately if you see anything suspicious.  The detective said one resident saw his neighbor’s house being burglarized, but waited 30 minutes before making a call. 

The chief said they plan to work on code enforcement problems, such as parking on the sidewalks.  He explained that even though his office commandsLauderdale Lakesas well as the unincorporated areas, we are not being shortchanged.  We still have all our own deputies.  Lt. Jackson said to use the non-emergency number, 765-4321, for code problems. 

Detective Coldwell said they have recently had sweeps to catch daytime burglaries, making 8 arrests on one sweep and 6 on another.  He said night burglaries spiked in December.  Questions arose about noise levels.   One member reported hearing loud music from a block away.  Although the noise regulations mention 11 PM, excessive noise can be blocked at any time.

Michelle from Waste and Recycling asked if anyone had a problem with the new barrels.  Some people are facing the barrels the wrong way, which results in trash falling out.

Dave introduced Paula Jarrett-Rivera as a candidate for our board of directors.  She gave a brief biography of her work as an LPN in the military and mentioned that her neighbors took care of her home then.  She was unanimously elected to the board and then further elected as Sergeant at Arms.

Ted Vitale of Neighborhood Planning said that there are just five code enforcement officers for the county.  Joy Ganaischlal is assigned to Broadview.   They made a sweep recently, watching for construction projects where no permit was displayed.  Of the five they found, three were licensed and two were not.  The penalty is a fine of twice the permit fee.

They also have tagged a number of junk cars.  The owners have 30 days to remove them.  The county plans to contract with a company to remove them when the owners fail to do so. There were complaints about signs being planted on private property.  If you did not give permission for a sign, you have a right to just pull it out and throw it away.  Several members reported homes that are overgrown with neglected pools.  Ted will follow up on these.

Rick Newman, Sunview manager, announced upcoming events:  a Sweethearts dance for teens on Valentine’s Day and a free wellness clinic for dogs on February 11th

Dave reported that our fireman are finally back in Station 23 and plan to hold a neighborhood day with food and activities for residents in the near future. 

Jan announced a call for storm spotters to assist in reporting weather events.

Dave said the entryway was the last item to be completed on the NIP.  The project is to be completed in March.  Paula asked about a neighborhood newsletter, but Jan explained the problems she encountered with the Bee over the past 15 or 20 years.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned.                                              Jan Washburn, Secretary

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