6/2/15 Minutes

Minutes – 6/2/15

A meeting of the Broadview Park Civic Association was called to order by President Dave Nielsen on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at Sunview Park.  Officers and board members present were: Dave, Jan Washburn, Nancy Walton, Linda Flanders, Susan Robinson, Carolyn Lockerd, and Dan Fitzgerald.

Following the opening, BSO Lt, Pisanti reported that they had rounded up a gang at I-595 and SR 7 who were stealing cars for a chop shop.  The BSO focus is on keeping children safe now schools are closing.  Members reported speeders, an empty house that was getting too much traffic, and dumping.  The lieutenant warned members about hiring someone to haul away junk or trash.  If they are extremely cheap, it probably means they’re just going to dump the trash somewhere around the neighborhood.  Ask to see the hauler’s credentials.

 

Niki Velez from code enforcement said the application to build a 7-11 at the NW corner of SR7 and SW 20th Street was approved even though the space did not allow the number of parking spaces normally required.  She said the house at 4517 SW 24th Street which has been an eyesore has now been sold.  There have been thousands of dollars in liens placed on the property.  Bulk trash problems arise when people put their bulk out after the trucks go by.  Dave suggested that instead of having five different sections with different pick-up days, the whole area should be swept twice a month.  He asked if he could pick up a political sign on county property since the elections were held in March.  It was suggested that Meadowbrook School should place a trash barrel on the basketball courts as the children are discarding litter there.

Heather Cunniff said county administrator Alfonso Jefferson had planned to come to our meeting to ask for suggestions for placement of cameras to control crime, but had another meeting to attend.  Some members were opposed, feeling cameras were intrusive and unnecessary, but the group agreed that the placement should be at the entryways into the community so cars could be seen coming and going  Jan asked again about lights on the 49th Avenue entryway.

A question arose about the streetlights that people had requested,  FPL is being difficult.  Jan said she would follow up on this with the Traffic Division.

Dave asked for approval of a $300 scholarship for next year’s high school seniors who reside in the community.  Juan Formoso is preparing the requirements. It was suggested that it be open to students planning for technical or vocational school as well as college..

Elections for the coming year were held and approved as follows:  President, Dan Fitzgerald; Vice-Pres., Bill Hoy; Sect./Treas., Jan Washburn; Finance Sect., Nancy Walton;

3 Year terms as board members: Joycie McGinnis, Juan Formoso, and Dave Nielsen.

There was no other business and the meeting was adjourned.

Jan Washburn, Secretary

April 7, 2015 Minutes

BPCA – 4/7/15

A meeting of the Broadview Park Civic Association was called to order by President David Nielsen at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at Sunview Park.  Board members present were: David, Jan Washburn, Linda Flanders, and Susan Robinson.  Following the opening Dave reminded the members of the community clean-up on Saturday, April 11th.  Volunteers should report to Sunview at 8:30 am.  A claw truck will be picking up bulk trash and there will be a dumpster on 18th Street.  He also reminded members that elections will be held at our June meeting and there are openings on the board.

BSO Lt. Pisanti reported that there have been just two burglaries within the last 45 days.  He explained that BSO’s plans to locate cameras in the community would put the cameras at the entrances to the area.  In that way if residents describe a particular vehicle in connection with a crime, the deputies could check to see if and when that car entered or left the area.  Several residents reported problems with cars parked on sidewalks and on 46th Avenue.

Michelle Futrell from Waste and Recycling registered several complaints about the trash pickup trucks.  She will be assisting with the upcoming community clean-up.

Linda Flanders said she is looking for someone to take over the community yard sale in October.  Her mother is not well and requires her attention.

Marvin Burroughs, manager of Sunview Park, announced the park’s summer program for teenagers and presented their brochure.  He has signed up a number of young people to help with the clean-up.

Niki Velez, our code enforcement officer, accepted several complaints.  There is still a motor home on the old water plant property.  Henry Sniezak announced that the code enforcement staff has been cut by one-third, so they have their hands full.

He said that the county commission has approved the use of the $170,000 reserved for Broadview Park for the creation of a pocket park on the site of the old water plant.  Dan West and Gayle Preston of Parks and Recreation distributed copies of the plans for the park and showed pictures of various elements such as the playground equipment that would be placed there.  Barbara Smith and Rose Bickford who live close to the property are concerned about teens hanging out there and vandalism.  Residents would need to call BSO or Parks and Recreation when there are problems.  Mr. West said it would probably be 2017 before the park would be completed.  Dogs will not be allowed.

Henry also reported that the county commission had approved expenditures to completely redo Fire Station 23 and negotiate an extension of the lease with the Peters Road Volunteers who own the property.

Jan reminded everyone that in calling 911, they should state their location as Unincorporated Fort Lauderdale so the responders would know that we are on the Fort Lauderdale numbering system.

There was no other business and the meeting was adjourned.

Jan Washburn, Secretary

February Minutes

BPCA  February 3, 2015

A meeting of the Broadview Park Civic Assn. was called to order by President Dave Nielsen at Sunview Park on Tuesday, February 3, 2015.  Board members present: Dave, Jan Washburn, Linda Flanders, Susan Robinson, and Carolyn Lockerd.

Following the opening, Dave announced that he is stepping down as president on June 1st.  He will still help with association projects.

BSO Lt. Lopez and Lt. Enger, were introduced.  They are assigned to Lauderdale Lakes which is also under Chief Dunbar and the central BSO district.   They discussed ATV’s and dirt bikes which race up and down the streets.  Lt. Enger said they can’t chase these vehicles because it would be hazardous to the riders and to the public.  They try to identify the riders so they can find them at home.  Lt. Lopez said it was important for residents to phone BSO when a problem arises.  The number of problems affects the use of their resources, telling them where the need is greatest.  He said to be careful what you ask for.  50 people signed a petition to clamp down on speeders in their neighborhood.  At the end of the clamp down, 48 of the 50 signers had received tickets.  They pointed out that the number of homeless increases greatly at this time of year as people try to escape the cold and snow.  He said homeless are not problem people, but people with problems.  BSO tries to steer them to where they can get help.

Fire Chief Holness said there have been many discussions about Fire Station 23 and they are trying to resolve the situation.  He warned that big TV;s which are not anchored are a hazard and could kill a child.  Also, in cold weather cooking on a charcoal grill inside the house is very dangerous as it produces carbon monoxide.  Linda Flanders reminded him that our next Yard Sale will be on October 17th at Station 23.

Alphonso Jefferson, Assistant County Administrator of the unincorporated areas spoke next, He believes that even more than firefighters, the community needs to have the paramedics close by,  He has been holding monthly meetings with members from the various county departments and they are seeking a solution for Station 23.

Gerard Henry of Code Enforcement reported that they had received 414 calls for service in the unincorporated areas.  They currently have 1900 open cases, 217 in January alone.  Normally about 76% of those cited for violations will comply with the code.  He introduced Niki Velez, the new code enforcement officer for our community.  She had many years of service in Pembroke Pines.  The hotline is 954-357-9700

Dave mentioned a piece of glass sticking up near the school grounds.  He had reported the problem to the school principal, but it is still there.  A truck he had complained about is now gone.  Another member mentioned travel trailers near the old water plant property.

Heather Cunniff distributed a chart showing the problems discussed at our January Board meeting and the ones we ranked as the most important.  Code Enforcement led in order of importance.  She asked the members for other problems that needed to be added to the list.  One member mentioned that Animal Control will not pick up raccoons.  Homeowners have to call one of the private companies that capture wild animals.

Maribel Feliciano of Planning Administration also commented on the problems.  They have drawn up a map showing where the problems occur.  Address numbering on homes is a big problem.

Elaine Barrett of Waste and Recycling said that Mr. Lee Norwood, Route Manager for Waste Pro, the company that is now picking up our trash, had planned to be here tonight, but there has been a death in his family.  Call 954-765-4999 with problems.  When barrels are overfilled and litter is dropped, the men are supposed to pick it up.  Elaine said members should check WasteProRewards.com to learn how to earn savings.  Elaine will be contacting Juan Formoso to set a date for our April community clean-up.

Jan announced flyers with information about free help with tax preparation on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Sunview.  There was no other business and the meeting was adjourned.

Jan Washburn, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 2 Minutes

BPCA  December 2, 2014

A meeting of the Broadview Park Civic Assn. was called to order by President Dave Nielsen at Sunview Park on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.  Board members present: Dave, Jan Washburn, Nancy Walton, Linda Flanders, Joycie McGinnis, Susan Robinson, Carolyn Lockerd, and nominee Daniel Fitzgerald.

Following the opening, Dave reminded the members of the dates and times of our Christmas food drive – Santa on Dec. 16th and 17th, and sorting and delivering food on Sat. Dec. 20th.  Since we have about 60 families asking for help this year, we need many volunteers and many boxes.  Dave offered to store boxes in his garage.

BSO Capt, Dunbar paid a visit and offered a pickup truck to assist Santa.  BSO Lt. Pisanti reported that in the last 60 days there had been just two burglaries in the community and one car burglary.  Both officers cautioned everyone to be particularly careful at this time of year with thieves looking for Christmas gifts and packages left on the doorstep.  Lt. Pisanti said BSO had organized special holiday operations.

One member asked about the panhandlers who descended on drivers at SR 7 and Davie Blvd.  Pisanti said they issue citations for this, but they prefer to assist the homeless rather than arrest them.

Heather Cunniff from county planning said she had met with the residents of the other Central County area to discuss their neighborhood concerns.  She plans to do the same with Broadview at the next meeting in February.  She distributed a flyer with the new phone number for code enforcement, 954-357-9700.  She said the staff had discussed the proposed homeless shelter.  Jan mentioned that the shelter could not be built under present zoning conditions and Commissioner Ryan said he would oppose any change in the zoning.

Rose Bickford reminded Heather that we still need lights on the 49th Ave. entryway.  She also mentioned that John’s Plants have filled a dumpster full of branches and clippings on the old water plant property.  She said now people are throwing garbage bags on top of that.  David said we will sic Code Enforcement on the offenders.

Asst. Fire Chief Greg Holness said he is working on getting our firefighters back into the community.  He said that Christmas is a bad time for fires.  People need to be careful, especially cooking turkeys.

Gerald Henry of Code Enforcement distributed a booklet on choosing the right tree for your property.  When they had more officers, people complained about too many violations.  Now the staff has vacancies and a new officer will be starting Dec. 7th, Nicky Zankowski.  He will introduce her at our next meeting.  Dave asked if they were ever going to get a tow truck to haul away the dead cars.

Dave introduced Daniel Fitzgerald as a volunteer board member.  He was elected unanimously.

Linda Flanders reported that she was already preparing for next years Yard Sale on Oct. 17th and has ordered new signs.  She said the association would not have a table.

Jan reported that comments from the members at our October meeting had led to three new programs at Sunview for girls, 13-17 years  – flag football, basketball camp, and dancing.

There was no further business and the meeting adjourned.

Jan Washburn, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 7 Minutes

BPCA October 7, 2014

A meeting of the Broadview Park Civic Assn. was called to order by President Dave Nielsen at Sunview Park on Tuesday, October 7, 2014.  Board members present: Dave, Jan Washburn, Nancy Walton, Linda Flanders, Joycie McGinnis, Susan Robinson, and Barbara Yakin.

Following the pledge, Dave reminded the members of the Yard Sale and Fun Day on October 18th and the opportunity to dispose of unused medications and papers that needed shredding.  He said that he had attended a meeting of Parks and Recreation and learned that they are proceeding with plans for a permanent building at Sunview Park.

Jerry Ransom, deputy fire chief, said that there had been a meeting with county commissioner Tim Ryan at Station 23 to help decide what to do about the property.  The community wants the firefighters back and the firefighters want to be back in the community.  The fire chiefs want a temporary building while they build or restore the old building.  The members were asked to email Commissioner Ryan to press for action.  Dave reminded the group of the man who was shot and bled to death before the paramedics could arrive.  He said there had been a recent call from the house directly across the street from the firehouse.

Lt. Pisanti from BSO said there had not been the usual spike in crime this past summer.  Burglaries dropped from 134 the previous summer to 94 and there was a 38% drop in car burglaries.  ATV activity has also been reduced.

Gerald Henry, Code Enforcement, said that 500 properties are involved in the rental program.  The department has so many areas to cover that they are trying to focus on long term problems – bankruptcies and abandonment.  Twenty-five to fifty banks have registered as willing to help with the upkeep of these properties.  One member reported a green pool at 4261 SW 21st Street and trash and a dead rat at 4271 SW 21st Street.  There has been a lot of dumping at Meadowbrook and surrounding area, particularly by one landscaper.  Dave mentioned that the old water plant property needs attention.

Marvin Burroughs, the new manager of Sunview Park, was introduced.  He has attended the meetings regarding the new building.  His first project is to fix the drains on the lower field. One member asked about possible sidewalks on SW 42nd Avenue leading to the park.  Other members pointed out that there are no programs for girls.  All the sports programs are for boys.

Michelle Futrelle from Waste and Recycling said to call 954-474-1870 when bulk items are not picked up on the scheduled day.  One member said the bulk pickup truck left oil on the street.

Heather Cunniff, Associate Planner, discussed the money available to us through the gas pipeline payment to the county.  One suggestion has been a small park at the site of the old water plant, with landscaping and a bench.  Rose Bickford feels that it will merely attract teens who would vandalize it or use it as a place to hang out and smoke pot.  She feels it would require upkeep or it would become an eyesore.  Lights on the entryway monument at 49th Avenue is another suggestion.  One member suggested speed bumps on SW 43rd Avenue.  He said cars race on that street.  Dave said that speed bumps ruin fire trucks.  He would prefer stop signs, but there are requirements for a heavy traffic flow before stop signs could be installed.  Jan asked again about the trees that were promised as part of the Neighborhood Improvement Project, but nobody expressed interest.  There is no cut off date for using this money.

Linda Flanders reported that there will be a flashing sign at Peters Road for the Yard Sale and Fun Day on October 18th.  She had a supply of flyers which she asked members to distribute.

Dave announced the dates for our Christmas food drive.  Santa will tour the east side on Tuesday, December 16th and the west side on Wednesday, December 17th.  The food will be sorted and delivered on Saturday 20th at the firehouse.  Help is urgently needed –  drivers with pickup trucks to follow Santa and many hands to help with the sort and delivery on Saturday.  We had 36 families last year and were overwhelmed.  Digna Perez volunteered to accept phone calls from Spanish speakers.

Dave asked for other business.  A member reported asphalt repair was needed at SW 46th Ave.and12thCourt.  Daniel Fitzgerald volunteered to serve on the board of directors.  Jan reminded members they could request streetlights.  There was no other business and the meeting was adjourned.                     Jan Washburn, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 3 Minutes

BPCA Meeting – 6/3/14

A meeting of the Broadview Park Civic Association was called to order at 7:30 PM at Sunview Park on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, by VP Dave Nielsen.  Board members present were: Dave, Jan Washburn, Nancy Walton, Linda Flanders, Susan Robinson, Chad Tamkus, Carolyn Lockerd, and Joyce McGinnis.  Dave announced that this would be our last meeting until October.  We do not meet during July and August.

Since Fire Chiefs Holness and Ransom were unable to be present, Dave read an Email from Gerry Ransom.  He reported that the architect/engineers had completed their assessment of Station 23 and their 49 page report identified and recommended repairs needed.  Sometime in June the fire chiefs will meet with county administration to discuss how they want to resolve the issues.

Elaine Barrett from Waste and Recycling answered questions involving disposal of materials like old paint cans.  They should not go into the regular trash barrels, but should be brought to the dump or placed out on bulk pickup day.  She said that free paint in five colors will be available on Thursdays from 9 – 12 at 2780 N. Powerline Road.  It is not necessary to order it in advance.  Elaine’s phone is 954-553-0091.

Heather Cunniff reported that there will be an administration meeting on Friday to discuss what should be done with the money the county received for easement rights from the gasoline pipeline company.  Also, Code Enforcement is starting a “Curb Appeal” drive, giving courtesy notices to residents whose property is an eyesore or where trash barrels are left out in plain view.

BSO Lt. Pisanti reported they had broken up the drug sales at the house on 50th Avenue.  There have been just three burglaries – one at a vacant house, another in conjunction with a fight, and the third involving a bicycle.  He warned residents that July 4th was coming and people should not shoot a gun into the air.  This is very dangerous.  Last year BSO had 13 calls about shooting.  He said the most common way burglars have made entry into a house is by forcing the sliding glass doors off the track, or when that fails, by breaking the glass.

Linda Flanders reported that the next Community Yard Sale and Family Fun Day is set for Saturday, October 18th.  From now on, we will hold just one yard sale a year and that will be in October.  Charge for a vendor space is $15.  This year Fire Chief Holness will try to get the shredder and the old pills and medication collection.

Elections for the coming year were conducted.  Nominees: Pres. Dave Nielsen; VP, Bill Hoy; Sect/Treas. Jan Washburn; Finance Sect., Nancy Walton; 3 year board members:  Paula Jarrett/Rivera, Linda Flanders, and a new volunteer, Barbara Yakin were all elected unanimously.

The man named Jose who had indicated he would be at the meeting to call for a class action lawsuit against the water company, did not attend.

Dave introduced Roger Jette and called for a round of applause for all that Roger does in tending the gardens and picking up trash.

Dave asked if anyone had suggestions for what the county should do with the money from the pipeline company.  Rose Bickford suggested that we need solar lights on the 49th Avenue entryway sign.  The entry is hard to see after dark.  Dave said he would like to see a small park where the water company was, but Rose fears it would become a hangout for the neer-do-wells.  Another member suggested street lights, but Jan reported on why there is a problem re streetlights.  She will look further into that situation.  Jan said she was sure the county was going to finish the sidewalk at Meadowbrook after school was out.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned.

Jan Washburn, Secretary

April 1st Minutes

BPCA – 4/1/14

            A meeting of the Broadview Park Civic Association was called to order by Vice- President David Nielsen at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at Sunview Park.  Board members present were: David, Jan Washburn, Nancy Walton, Linda Flanders, Marge Goodman, and Chad Tamkus.  Dave reminded the members of the community clean-up on Saturday, April 12th.  Volunteers should report to Sunview at 8:30 am.  A claw truck will be picking up bulk trash and there will be a dumpster on 18th Street.  He also reminded members of the community yard sale and fun day on May 3rd.  Linda had flyers to distribute.

            Deputy Fire Chief Gerry Ransom said the county fire department can’t own property.  Station 23 is still actually owned by the old Peters Road Volunteer Department.  The building is deteriorating and an architect has studied it to determine if it is worth salvaging.  There has been mold, problems with the AC, raccoons in the attic, and fleas.  He will report his recommendations to the county – possibly to replace it with a temporary building.  One member asked if the alarms could be turned down.  Even though there is no one in the building, the radio alarm announcements can be heard for quite a distance.

            BSO Lt. Pisanti reported that they have formed a burglary response team.  As a result, burglaries are down 16%.  Most of these are car burglaries.  There have been four since his last report.  Two members reported a lack of response from the non-emergency phone number.  Lt. Pisanti said the lack was probably due to officers being tied up with other problems in the area.  A member reported drug activity on 50th Avenue.

            Sean DePalma, manager of SunviewPark, said he has been there for 14 months.  There have been many improvements such as fencing and irrigation.  He would like to add a dog park and an exercise trail.  He said a new building to replace the temporary one had been on the county’s project list ever since the old building burned in 2010.  It has worked its way up the list and is now in the top 10.  To save time, they will use the plans that have already been designed for a park building in Miramar.  Even so it will be a lengthy process.  Bids will be open in about a year-and-a-half.  Sean said they had 119 children in their summer camp program with 32 teen volunteers.

            Heather Cuniff reported on the Rental Registration program.  Applications are coming in.  There is a charge of $75 for the inspection.  They obtain their list of rental owners from the property appraiser’s non-homestead records.  Several members complained about not being allowed to have a temporary awning which would not be safe in the case of a hurricane.  It was suggested that people call Commissioner Ryan if they have complaints about the code.

            One member complained that the bus stop near 44th Terrace was never cleaned.  She also said a traffic light is needed at 44th Terrace, but we have requested a light in the past and were always turned down.  It is too near the light at the intersection of old Peters Road and Davie Blvd. Extension.

            Dave reported that prospects for the sidewalk at Meadowbrook look good.  A member reported drug activity on 50th Avenue  Jan asked if members were aware of any elderly or disabled residents who needed some kind of modification of their home to ease their lives.  Mrs. Reynolds at the county’s housing office has some money available to assist them.

            Dave reported that the gas pipeline project is causing problems.  Equipment exploded and sprayed his house with oil.  Pipes have been broken at five homes along 50th Terrace.  Homes near the project experience a lot of dust.  Dave has asked for watering trucks.  The gas company has promised that when they are finished everything will be smoothed down and sodded.

            Rose Bickford suggested that some of the money paid to the county for the right-of-way should be used for a solar light on our entryway sign.   There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned.

                                                                        Jan Washburn, Secretary

February Minutes

BPCA Meeting – 2/4/14

            A meeting of the Broadview Park Civic Association was called to order at 7:30 PM at SunviewPark on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, by VP Dave Nielsen.  Board members present were: Dave, Jan Washburn, Linda Flanders, Susan Robinson, and Joyce McGinnis.

BSO Lt. Pisanti distributed a notice regarding a shredding event and collection of expired medicine on February 22nd at the Lauderdale Lakes Walmart.  He reported that there had been two burglaries of trailers and two house burglaries.  BSO has arrested two juveniles believed responsible for a number of recent burglaries.  There was also an attempted robbery of a Farm Store.  The robber was wielding a knife, but the clerk ran away.  With the help of the helicopter and a K-9, the deputies found the robber hiding in a tree.  He was arrested with a few dog bites.

One member reported a streetlight out and was given the correct number to report it.

1-800-4OUTAGE.

Deputy Fire Chief Gerry Ransom said the Peters Road Volunteers are releasing their ownership of Station 23 on 46th Avenue.  The county has appointed an architect/engineer to evaluate the building and determine whether it is worth repairing or should be demolished.  Our fireman are currently located at Station 17 and the station on 31st Avenue is also on call.  Chief Holness was also present.

Heather Cunniff of Code Enforcement reported that applications are being received from landlords for the rental program and inspections are going on.  One member reported that Chase Bank is cleaning up a house at 4251 SW 21st Street which has been empty for years.  Many windows in the house are broken out and people and animals are in and out of the building.

Another member reported that he is aware of several homes that are being cut up inside to provide apartments for rental.  Heather said this is illegal without permits and asked for addresses so that code enforcement could act.

Elaine Barrett from Waste and Recycling distributed a calendar of dates and places for drop-off of hazardous waste and electronics.  She said it is time to set a date for our annual clean-up. 

John Bertino, Commissioner Ryan’s liaison to the community, was not present to update us on county plans.

Linda Flanders reported that the May 3rd Community Yard Sale would be held at the Fire Station instead of at SunviewPark.  Use of the park would involve too much red tape.  Vendors should call her, 954-584-2794.

Dave called for any other problems, projects, or programs.  He asked Heather to find out what was happening with the welcome sign on 46th Avenue which was vandalized.  He also expressed concern about the lack of sidewalks along the road at Meadowbrook.  He said he would talk to Mr. Whaley, the principal, to see if he had any involvement in that.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned.

                                                            Jan Washburn, Secretary

December Minutes

BPCA December 3, 2013

            A meeting of the Broadview Park Civic Assn. was called to order by Vice President Dave Nielsen at SunviewPark on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.  Board members present were: Dave Nielsen, Jan Washburn, Nancy Walton, Linda Flanders, Paula Rivera, Joycie McGinnis, Susan Robinson, and Sarah Chavez.

Following the pledge, Dave announced the dates for our Christmas food drive.  Santa will tour the east side on Dec. 18th and the west side on Dec. 19th.  Pickup trucks should report to the fire station by 6:30 on either or both nights.  On Saturday, Dec. 21st , we will sort and deliver the food.  Be at the fire station at 8 am.  If you know a needy family, call Jan Washburn 954-583-0796 or for Spanish speakers, call Sarah Chavez,

561-262-2340. Medium-sized boxes are needed.  They can be left at Dave’s house, 2430 SW 50th Terrace.

Dave introduced BSO Lt. Pisanti who distributed a message from Sheriff Israel with precautions about safety during the holiday season.  He reported that there had been just four crimes in the community – two car thefts from cars that had been left unlocked and two home burglaries.

Capt. Dunbar, who heads our district, said that we are BSO’s eyes and ears and they rely on us to provide information.  He cautioned that thieves are cutting water pipes and anything else they can find to get metal to sell.  He plans in January to assign an officer to go out with the code officer to help enforce requirements.  The captain also introduced Deputy Enger.  Members complimented the officers on their prompt service.

Dave asked Deputy Fire Chief Gerry Ransom if the firehouse sheds would be clean and available for our food drive.  A decision needs to be made about Station 23 as the condition of the building is getting worse all the time.  Chief Ransom said it is the last of the volunteer stations that the county acquired.  Our firefighters are currently at Station 17 at 2308 SW 42nd Street, DaniaBeach.

Pedro Villeda, Senior Code Enforcement Officer, reported that tires were being dumped in our community and asked residents to be on the watch for this.  Several members also complimented code enforcement on their prompt responses.

Elaine Barrett from Waste and Recycling said that people like the barrels they have provided, but unfortunately, some residents have taken the barrels with them when they moved away.

Dave introduced the speaker, Elaine Schwartz, our state representative.  She gave her background and explained her work in the legislature.  She is especially concerned with elder affairs and particularly problems with nursing homes and with seniors who need assistance in finding help or getting benefits.  She said that one-third of the state’s budget goes to Medicaid.  The state stands to lose $52 billion in federal money if they don’t take it.  She will serve on the committee for Affordable Health Care and the Workforce Innovation in Health Care which will seek ways to get more health professionals.

Mrs. Schwartz asked if the members wished to be annexed to a city.  No one was interested in annexation.  She said at a meeting of the Broward Legislative Delegation, the head man indicated that he wanted his area to be annexed because the water was icky.  Questions that arose concerned the fire station, the 911 system, and our county commissioner, Tim Ryan.  She explained that the legislature doesn’t handle local issues, but sometimes her support can have an influence on local government.  The responsibilities of the state legislature are primarily Medicaid, Roads, and Education with such concerns as the FCAT testing.  She is very disturbed by the number of major projects that are going to companies from other countries.

 

Dave complimented Linda Flanders on the very successful Yard Sale in October.  Linda is already planning the next sale at Sunview on May 3, 2014.

Heather Cunniff, who handled the printing and mailing of our Bee, said that she has been moved from the county’s Planning and Development office to Code Enforcement.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned.

                                                            Jan Washburn, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Meeting

Special Meeting, 10/21/13

             A special meeting for all residents was called by CountyCommissioner, Tim Ryan, on Monday, 10/21/13 at SunviewPark, 7 PM, for a discussion of the gas pipeline which will be entering BroadviewPark. County officials present were Commissioner Ryan; Alphonso Jefferson, County Administration; Richard Porneso, County Engineering; Puror Bhogaita, County Real Property; and Henry Sniezek and Heather Cunniff, of County Planning.  Officers of the BroadviewPark Civic Assn. present were Bill Hoy, David Nielsen, Jan Washburn, Sarah Chavez. Carolyn Lockerd, Susan Robinson, Chad Tamkus, and Linda Flanders, as well as John McGinnis and Ed Goodman, husbands of Joyce McGinnis and Marge Goodman.  Mr. Jefferson called the meeting to order.

Beth Porter, Right of Way Manager for Florida Gas Transmission Company, explained the plans for the gas pipeline which was buried along the east side of the turnpike to be rerouted into Broadview Park at the site of the old water company, then south along the power line easement, which is the property of Broward County; where the easement ends at Butterfly Lake, the pipeline will turn west across three homeowners’ properties and run along the edge of the lake, back to the turnpike.  This portion of the pipeline was buried three years ago about three to five feet deep; it is ten to twelve feet deep at other points.  When the Florida turnpike authority widened the road and erected sound walls, the Transmission Company claimed that they no longer had enough room to service their pipe.  Although the Florida Department of Transportation offered to tear down the walls and move the traffic lanes, the company said the problem was with the large footings of the sound walls.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission allowed a period of several months for comments and input and then approved the project.  Once FERC approved the work, the state and the county had to accept the plans unless they filed a legal appeal.

 Ms. Porter said the heavy equipment will come in off SR 7 on 20th Street, then south on 41st Ave. to 25th Street.  It will continue on 25th Street along the canal and over the unpaved area west of 44th Terrace to reach the project.  They plan to pave a road there. Workers will enter along normal streets.  Starting in February crews will work seven days a week, starting each day about 7 am.  It is estimated that the work will be completed in four months.  Pressure of the gas line is 975 lbs p.s.i.  Cost of the project is $18,000,000.  The company will do a pre-and post-construction survey and will compensate homeowners for any damage caused by the work.  The county will have an engineer on site.

Mr. Nielsen expressed his anger and concern about the decreased value of his property.  Mr. McGinnis asked if those homeowners affected would see a reduction in their property valuation.  Commissioner Ryan said 2014 wouldn’t be affected.  For 2015, homeowners should apply to the property appraiser’s office to consider the situation.

The final project will go before the county commission for their acceptance on Tuesday, October 22nd.  Plans are that the $170,000 the county will receive for the use of the powerline easement will be used only for the benefit of BroadviewPark.

                                                                                    Jan Washburn