October Minutes

BPCA October 2, 2012

            A meeting of the Broadview Park Civic Assn. was called to order by President Dave Nielsen atSunviewParkon Tuesday, October 2, 2012.  Board members present were: Dave, Bill Hoy, Jan Washburn, Linda Flanders, Paula Rivera, Joycie McGinnis, Susan Robinson, Carolyn Lockerd, and Chad Tamkus.

Following the pledge and a prayer by VP Bill Hoy, Dave introduced BSO Major John Nesteruk.  Major Nesteruk said he grew up inBroadviewParkso he was very familiar with the area.  In the past he served in a variety of positions, such as a patrol officer and a school resource officer.  He is now in charge of county-wide crime prevention and community services, such as helping citizens with foreclosures, subpoenas, etc.  He orders boats and helicopters and works with school issues.  His specialty is juveniles with vandalism, drugs, and JAC – theJuvenileAssessmentCenter.

Tim Ryan, our upcoming county commissioner, spoke next.  Tim will be officially elected on November 6th since he is opposed only by two write-in candidates.  He will continue to work on annexation, if that’s what the residents want.  He has ideas for the future in areas such as transportation and environment.  He expects to have two aides and a liaison with the homeowners.  His office number will be 954-357-7007.

Dave introduced BSO Lt. Chris Mulligan who is Chief Dunbar’s new right-hand man.  This is the second time he has worked in the central district in his 14 years with the sheriff’s office.  His cell is 954-931-2553 and his office number is 954-321-4835.  He said there is always one unit on patrol inBroadviewParkand they try to have two.

Next to speak was Cynthia Chambers, head of the department of Environmental Protection and Growth Management – one of seven departments under county administrator Bertha Henry.  She said they are not going to force annexation, but will work to assist the unincorporated areas.  She introduced Jack Knowles who will be our new code enforcement officer and Gerald Henry, his supervisor, and Susan Pierce, head of code compliance.  She also introduced Henry Sniedek, planner, who wants to get together with us to discuss our concerns, phone 954-357-6670.

Cynthia said she and Henry would work with us when we tell her our concerns, such as abandoned houses.  She said there might be some money available to assist income-eligible homeowners with the sewer connections, but that would be up to the county commission.  One member mentioned the site of the old water company which is overgrown with grass.  Another mentioned that the workers only check the common areas and gardens every three months.  Dave asked her to contact the South Florida Water Management District in regard to a dead tree along the canal road.  Rose reported that in spite of the sewers, 50th Avenue still floods.  Cynthia will appoint a staff member to serve as a liaison with us.

Chief Greg Holness of BSO Fire/Rescue quoted Chief Dunbar as saying kids are 30% of our population and 100% of our future.  He warned against scammers who “accidently spray you”, then rob you while you’re cleaning up.  He said “Slam the door on Scammers” during the holiday season.  Chief Holness is working with Linda Flanders and the board for the “Family Fun Day and Neighborhood Yard Sale” on October 27th.

Linda displayed the banner that Sarah Chavez designed to publicize the Fun Day.  It will be hung on the fence at the fire station.  She urged all the members to pass the word about the event.

There was no further business so the meeting was adjourned.           

            Jan Washburn, Secretary

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