October Minutes

BPCA October1, 2013

            A meeting of the Broadview Park Civic Assn. was called to order by President Bill Hoy at SunviewPark on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.  Board members present were: Bill, Dave Nielson, Jan Washburn, Linda Flanders, Joycie McGinnis, and Chad Tamkus.

Bill opened with the pledge and a prayer.  Linda Flanders reminded the group of the Family Fun Day and Community Yard Sale at the firehouse on October 19th from 8 to 1.  Fire chief Greg Holness said he was unable to arrange for the shredder and pill collection that day.  Dave Nielsen questioned why the firefighters were not back in the building.  Deputy Chief Ransom said they were still trying to clean out the fleas which were infesting the place and the mattresses.  The men are in Station 14 on 42nd Street and 30th Avenue.  Dave and Bill protested and suggested we need a new firehouse.  Holness could not promise that the building would be open on the 19th.

Dave reported that a section of his property has been taken as an easement by the Florida Gas Transmission Company. The company will begin in February to install 2600 feet of 36 inch pipeline into the community and down the power line easement and across private property back to the turnpike.

Heather Cunniff from the county planning office brought a batch of the new Bees which the county had mailed out.  Bill thanked Heather for their publication and mailing of the newsletter.  Heather said a number of the letters had been returned with bad addresses.  She will look into that situation.

Pedro Villada and Clearven Baptiste of Code Enforcement discussed a problem reported by Rose Bickford. 

Michelle Futrell of Waste and Recycling said if anyone had a problem they could call her at 954-474-1870.

Bill then called on BSO Lt. Pisanti.  He reported there had been four burglaries in the past month – two were homes and two were cars.  There was a murder on 50th Avenue involving two young men who were at odds over a girlfriend.  One drove up and shot the other and then fled into Plantation.  He was caught and bitten by a K-9.  There had also been a home invasion robbery on 41st Avenue involving drugs.

Pisanti then introduced Detective James Claburn who works the gang unit.  Booklets were distributed and the detective reviewed the various ways to identify gang members by their clothing, hairstyles, and their graffiti.  He said BroadviewPark did not have a gang problem.  The lieutenant said he can be reached at his office number, 954-321-4803.

There was no other business and the meeting was adjourned.

                                                Jan Washburn, Secretary

June 4th Meeting

BroadviewPark Civic Assn. 6/4/13 

            A meeting of the Broadview Park Civic Association was called to order by President Dave Nielsen on Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 at SunviewPark.  Officers present were: Dave, Bill Hoy, Jan Washburn, Sarah Chavez, Susan Robinson, Paula Rivera, Marge Goodman, Chad Tamkus, and Carolyn Lockerd.  Following the opening, Dave explained his decision to step down from the position of president.

            Henry Sniezek of the county planning office explained the decision to go with a voluntary rental registration plan when objections arose to a county ordinance.  The plan will go forward as planned but with no registration fee.

            The discussion was interrupted by a visit from County Commissioner Tim Ryan who said that the Florida Gasline Transmission’s plans to move the pipeline into our community has not yet been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  Tim said that the gasline had been moved once already.  He will try to force their compliance regarding dust, noise, etc.  Dave said he was furious.  The pipeline will cross his property, lowering the value of his home.  He said he is being sued by the Transmission Company.  John McGinnis pointed out that the pipeline will lower the value of the homes along 50th Terrace as well.

            Nominees for office were elected as follows:  Pres. Bill Hoy; Vice-Pres. Dave Nielsen; Sect/Treas. Jan Washburn; Fin. Sect. Nancy Walton; 3-year board members: Chad Tamkus, Susan Robinson, and Carolyn Lockerd.

            BSO Lt. Pisanti distributed brochures on hurricane readiness.  He reminded members to keep valuables in their cars out of sight and to report strangers around their street.  He will present his info on gangs at a later meeting. 

            Returning to the discussion of the rental plan, an informal show of hands showed that most members favored the idea of a voluntary program.

            Volunteers interested in the community gardens committee were solicited. Carolyn Lockerd will work as chairman with Heather Cunniff from the county.

            Members commented on problems such as graffiti at 20th Street & 441, bulk trash being put out too early, and a few street corners with incomplete paving.  These will be reported to the county.

            There was no other business and the meeting was adjourned.  We will not meet during July and August.  The next general meeting is October 1st.  There will be another community yard sale on October 19We will send out a newsletter in September.

                                                                        Jan Washburn, Secretary

April 2 Minutes

BPCA Meeting – 4/2/13

            A meeting of the Broadview Park Civic Association was called to order at 7:30 PM at SunviewPark on Tuesday, February 2, 2013.  Board members present were: Dave Nielsen, Jan Washburn, Nancy Walton, Linda Flanders, Susan Robinson, Carolyn Lockerd, and Chad Tamkus.

Following the flag salute, Dave made several announcements.  He said that when elections are held at our June meeting, he would be resigning.  We will need to nominate a new president, and we also have openings for one or two board members.  He reminded members of the community clean-up on Sat. April 27th.  Juan Formoso will be in charge and will bring students from Stranahan to help. Volunteers should report to Sunview at 8:45.  There will be a dumpster provided on 18th Street for bulk and hazardous waste.  He also reminded members of the community yard sale on Sat., May 4th at Sunview under the direction of Linda Flanders.  Spaces are available for vendors for $15.00.  Contact Linda at 954-584-2794.  And finally, he reminded members that 2013 dues, $10, should be paid to Nancy Walton.

Dave introduced  Lt. Perez of BSO.  He has been assigned to our district for just a

month.  He explained that the officer who was to give us a report on gangs was ill and would give us the information at our June meeting.  He reported 8 burglaries and 1 robbery as well as a big car chase since our last report.  In comparison to other areas such as Lauderdale Lakes

which is also in the central district, our crime is very low.  Again he emphasized to phone in anything suspicious – emergencies to 911 and other problems to 954-765-4321.

Joy Ganaischlal from Code Enforcement said they are organizing a Rental Housing program since many of the code violations occur in rental properties with absentee landlords

and tenants who don’t take care of property.  Her phone is 954-444-0507, but she will only be

in the area for a month.  Then Pedro, who speaks Spanish, will be the officer on duty.  There were complaints about piles of stuff on the swales several weeks early for bulk pickup and cars parked on the sidewalks, particularly at night.  Since this is illegal it needs to be reported to

BSO so that a ticket can be issued.  The question was asked if there was a limit on the number

of people who can live in a house and the answer was no, if they are related.

Michelle of Waste and Recycling said to report problems to 954-474-1870.  One

member said that when the trucks don’t completely empty the recycling bins before replacing them, she finds broken glass on the ground.  Michelle recommended bagging the recycling, but it it was later found that the bins state “Do not bag”.  She said she would bring some informational materials to distribute to the next meeting.

The topic of community gardens was brought up.  Carolyn Lockerd has volunteered to chair a committee, but there appeared to be a difference of opinion about the type of gardens.  The board of directors will discuss this further.  Rose Bickford said it would require a lot of attention to keep the teens from littering and destroying the area.

Dave reported that 1600 feet of gas pipeline is going to be moved from the swale of the turnpike and into the community, running down the power line easement, across three homeowners’ properties, including his, and along the lake before returning to the turnpike.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved this despite objections from the Florida Department of Transportation and protests from the civic association.  The state offered to remove the sound walls and reroute some lanes of the turnpike, but the gas transmission company wasn’t satisfied with that, claiming they didn’t have room enough to service their

pipe.  Dave said he has talked to Alfonso Jefferson, the assistant county administrator, and Tim Ryan, our county commissioner, to no avail.  He said the first offer from the gas company was ridiculous.  He intends to call Help Me Howard and other TV people once he gets his money.

There was no other business and the meeting was adjourned.

                                                            Jan Washburn, Secretary









February ’13 Minutes

BPCA February 5, 2013

            A meeting of the Broadview Park Civic Assn. was called to order by Vice President Bill Hoy at SunviewPark on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.  Board members present were: Bill, Dave Nielson, Jan Washburn, Nancy Walton, Linda Flanders, Paula Rivera, Carolyn Lockerd, Susan Robinson, and Chad Tamkus.

Following the pledge and a prayer, Bill introduced BSO Chief Dunbar.  The chief said he had just returned from a trip out of the country on law enforcement business.  He introduced Richard Pisanti, who will supervise operations.  Lt. Joe Achillere said there had been a spike in property crime in December, particularly with cars broken into.  These were primarily crimes of opportunity.

Dave mentioned a problem with kids on ATV’s racing up and down the powerline easement.  The guardrail into the property is down.

Henry Sniezek and Heather Cunniff of the county’s planning office distributed copies of the plan for BroadviewPark.  They did a brief powerpoint presentation to introduce the plan booklet.  Jan reminded the members that the civic association is not a homeowners association.  We cannot tell people what color to paint their houses or if they can put a flagpole on their lawn.  We have no legal authority over homeowners.  Jan said she has received a number of calls recently from Bank of America asking about the association.

Gerald Henry, code enforcement supervisor, explained the advantages of a Rental Plan.  Since renters have little interest in property maintenance, this plan would assist landlords in requiring renters to keep homes in good order.  Jan mentioned that the old water plant property is overgrown and there is a great deal of litter in front of the fence.  Rose Bickford said that a group of teens ride ATV‘s and hangout there.  The lock on the gate is broken.  Rose said she and her neighbors had picked up many trash bags full of litter.  Hector Feliciano reported problems with a home for mental patients near his home on 47th Terrace at 15th Street.

Bill then introduced Sean DePalma, the new manager of SunviewPark.  Sean said the county has budgeted money for many improvements to the park, including a new permanent building.  He said he would like to see more community programs there.  Dave asked about the conditions of the ballfields, which need clay.  Sean said he will have to purchase clay to make the improvements.

Dave then reported on the county’s response to our inquiry about having a community garden on the site of the old water plant.  There are a number of legal steps that would be required to either sell or lease the property to us.  The county would have to advertise their plans to sell or lease and invite bids, although they would have discretion in choosing the bidder.  Rose said it would be throwing good money after bad as the teens would no doubt destroy all efforts there.  She pointed out that the garden in the entry was a mess, totally overgrown.

Linda Flanders then reported on plans for the next community yard sale.  It will be held at SunviewPark on Saturday, May 4th with a rain date of May 11th, from 9 am  to 1 pm.  Vendors are needed.  Spaces are $15.00 and those interested should call Linda at 954-584-2794.  Plans are to have another yard sale at the firehouse in October.

Jan apologized for Nancy’s problems in sending an email to members about the meeting.  Several regular attendees were absent.  She mentioned that those homeowners on the west side of the area who were billed in error for sewer this month should subtract the sewer charge before paying the bill or pay the whole amount and receive a credit on their next bill.

Jan also reported on the demands to run the gas pipeline through our community. Roger Wood, the attorney for the Florida Department of Transportation, said the DOT had offered to tear down part of the sound wall along the turnpike and move some travel lanes further to the west, but the Gas Transmission Company would not accept the offers.

Jan also reported that the membership year for payment of dues has been changed to correspond with the calendar year.  $10 paid now would be for the year 2013.  Those who had paid dues in June or in the fall were already paid for half a year, so would only have to pay $5 to extend their membership to the end of 2013.

There was no other business so the meeting was adjourned.

                                                Jan Washburn, Secretary























December Minutes

BPCA December 4, 2012

            A meeting of the Broadview Park Civic Assn. was called to order by Vice President Bill Hoy atSunviewParkon Tuesday, December 4, 2012.  Board members present were: Bill, Dave Nielson, Jan Washburn, Nancy Walton, Linda Flanders, Paula Rivera, Joycie McGinnis, Susan Robinson, Sarah Chavez, and Chad Tamkus.

Following the pledge and a prayer, Bill announced the dates for our Christmas food drive.  Santa will tour the east side on Dec. 17th and the west side on Dec. 18th.  Pickup trucks should report to the fire station by 6:30 on either or both nights.  On Saturday, Dec. 22nd, 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, 954-305-2639.

Bill then introduced BSO Lt. Mulligan who reminded everyone to be especially careful of thefts during the holiday season.  Don’t leave valuables in your car where they can be seen.

Former Sunview manager, Rick Newman, has been transferred to a different park.  Bill introduced Valeria Wolberg, Area Supervisor from the Parks and Recreation Dept. who will oversee Sunview until a new manager is appointed.

Jan gave a report on applying for a grant to help pay for the cost of sewer hookups.  The county’s Housing Finance Dept. requires a long list of documentation. Call 954-357-4900 for information about applying.

Asst. Fire/Rescue Chief Greg Holness distributed Home Watch Request Forms which residents can use to ask BSO to keep an eye on their homes when they are away on vacation.  The forms can be faxed to 954-765-4011 or call 954-321-4801 or 4802 to reach the central district office.  Jan expressed the appreciation of the association for the Chief’s help and cooperation on the Family Fun Day and Community Yard Sale in October.  He said he would be happy to work with us again in the future and praised Linda Flanders who organized and supervised the event.  Linda would like to hold two sales a year – one in the spring at Sunview and then repeat the event with the fire department in the fall.  Ms. Wolberg offered her cooperation on a Sunview event.  The members gave Linda and Chief Holness a round of applause for their efforts.

Dave reported that only three people showed up at the African-American Research Library for the meeting called by BSO Chief Dunbar, so the program was basically cancelled.  They issued a warning about the dangers of bath salts being used as recreational drugs and reviewed some code enforcement issues.

Jan explained that a request was filed with the Federal Energy Regulating Commission by the Florida Gas Transmission Company to move their 30 inch pipeline from the edge of the turnpike into the power line easement between 50th Ave. and 50th Terrace.  The pipe would then skirt the lake on homeowners’ property and return to the turnpike again.  They claim that the new sound wall barrier was too close to their pipe and would interfere with maintenance of the line.  The Florida Department of Transportation has filed a protest and Jan has posted an objection on the FERC website in behalf of the community.  The power line easement is owned by the county and we need to tell the commissioners not to allow them to use that land. The members asked how they could post their objections.  Jan said they could do this through the FERC website.  Dave said they are doing an environmental study at this time.Gerald Henry, Code Enforcement Supervisor, and Pedro Villada, Code Enforcement Officer, distributed a guide to code compliance and a brochure regarding parking of commercial vehicles.  They can be reached at 954-766-4400, ext. 9890.  Mr. Henry reviewed the problems that were discussed at our October meeting.  Streetlights flickering or not working should be reported to FPL.  FPL needs to know the number on the pole or the street address.  They checked on the report that someone was living in a shed, trucks and trailers parked on the sidewalk, stagnant pools, and a rooster.  The dead tree by the canal has been removed.  

Other problems involved car repairs, signs, and parking at night on sidewalks.  Mr. Henry commented on the survey they distributed last summer.  It is OK to park on the swales, but not to store a vehicle there.

Henry Sniezek, CountyPlanner, said he is developing a Community Action Plan for BroadviewPark.  Members reported that the circle garden on 42nd Avenue at 20th Street is overgrown.  Dave said he had hoped to meet with the man who had been in charge of the gardens.  Rose asked if it would be possible to have a solar light at the entryway.

Two members complained about skid marks from the trash pickup trucks along 42nd Avenue between 21st and 24th Streets.  Michelle from Waste Management had been at the meeting, but had left.  Dave said he would report the problem to Elaine or Michelle.

There was a question about lane markings on the streets, but it appears that work is in progress.  Another complaint involved cars running the stop sign at the foot of the driveway atMeadowbrookSchool.

There was no further business so the meeting was adjourned.           

            Jan Washburn, Secretary






















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

June 5, 2012 Minutes

Minutes – 6/5/12

            A meeting of the Broadview Park Civic Association was held Tuesday, June 5, 2012 atSunviewPark.  Officers present were Dave Nielsen, Bill Hoy, Chad Tamkus, Linda Flanders, Paula Rivera, and Jan Washburn.  Dave announced that although he would probably be re-elected president at this meeting, he would be resigning, possibly in December, to go back to his first love, the crabbing industry.

            Following the pledge and an invocation, Dave introduced BSO Lt. Jackson. He emphasized calling 911 when something appeared suspicious.  He said 90% of burglaries occur during the day.  Crooks will knock on a door to see if anyone is home.  If someone answers the knock, they make up some lame reason they are there.  Even home alarms do not always work properly, so it’s important that neighbors keep their eyes open.  Often the criminals will case a neighborhood, taking note of who leaves home and when.

            Colonel Wiley Thompson, Executive Director of the Department of Administration, explained his job – supporting the police, fire, andEMSservices.  He makes sure the sheriff’s deputies and fire/rescue have the equipment they need.  He said BSO was the best accredited organization in theU.S.for community control.  They have civilians who monitor 12,000 probationers.  Those interested in jobs or volunteer service with the sheriff’s office should check the lists on the website of Sheriff.Org.  Recently they had 13,000 applicants for 500 jobs.

            John Schildknecht, Asst. Chief and District Commissioner of BSO Fire/Rescue distributed info about a number of programs such as drowning prevention, child car seat safety, fire and burn safety, and smoke detectors.  Frequently child safety seats are not installed correctly.  You may ask to have someone come and install your child’s seat.    Call 831-8210.  Speakers will also come to meetings to do a program.  A member asked about carbon monoxide detectors.  He said that after Hurricane Wilma they received a donation of carbon monoxide detectors and distributed them to people who had generators stored in their garages.

            Jan apologized that her email announcing the open house at Station 23 on June 2nd did not give complete information.  It was a great event with a variety of trucks and equipment on display, food, and fun activities for the children.

            Michelle Futrell from Broward’s Waste and Recycling Dept. distributed recycling guides and a request asking residents to complete a survey on www.broward.org/waste.  They want to know how the customers feel about the new trash and recycling services.

            David then called for the election of officers and board members.  Nominations were for Dave as president; Bill Hoy – vice president; Jan Washburn – Secretary/Treasurer; Nancy Walton – Finance Secretary.  Also nominated for three years as board members were Juan Formoso, Joycie McGinnis, and Sarah Chavez;   Susan Robinson was nominated to fill out a one-year term and Carolyn Lockerd volunteered to fill another one year term.  All the nominations were approved as presented.

            Dave announced that plans were in the works for a community Flea Market to be held at Fire/Rescue Station 23 on October 27th.  The firemen have some ideas and residents can set up a table for $10.  More about this in September.

            Rick Newman, manager ofSunviewPark, suggested that the Flea Market could be held there in the park.  This would give us more room, but may not work for the fire men. 

           We had anticipated that Ted Vitale from county planning would be present to give us the scoop on annexation.  We later learned that Ted had the flu and was too sick to be present, but that he had sent an email with the information.  Jan will forward the information to the email list.       

Problems with the Neighborhood Improvement Project were discussed.  Residents on the east side are still waiting for the final layer of asphalt so they don’t have to dodge manhole covers.  They also said there were very few trees planted on the east side.  There was a debate about whether or not a lien would be placed on your property if you didn’t seal your septic tank.  Some people would like to use the tank as water storage for the yard.  Carolyn Lockerd reported that there was a procedure to follow which would allow this if the tank was disinfected.  Questions also arose about where the water was going which is currently in the sewer lines.  Jan will contact LaTissa Collins and email the answers.

Jan reminded the members that after November elections, John Rodstrom will no longer be our county commissioner.  He has been our life-saver in several big problems.  Hopefully the new commissioner will be as helpful.  Charlotte Rodstrom is running for John’s seat on the commission.

There was no further business and the meeting adjourned. 

                                                Jan Washburn, Secretary

April 2012 Minutes

BPCA – 4/3/12

            A meeting of the Broadview Park Civic Association was called to order by President David Nielsen at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, atSunviewPark.  Board members present were: David, Jan Washburn, Nancy Walton, Linda Flanders, and Paula Rivera.

            Following the opening, David introduced BSO Chief Dunbar who distributed an invitation to a Town Hall Meeting on Wed. April 11th, 6:30 PM at the African-American Research Library.  Detective Vince Coldwell reported that there have been seven residential burglaries, 1 business burglary, and four car burglaries since his last report.  Three years ago there were 16-30 burglaries a month.  He has reduced that to 3–5 burglaries a month now. When one member suggested that an E-mail go out when there were reports of burglars, he distributed instructions to sign up for BSO’s Cybervisor alerts at www.sheriff.org/cyborvisor.  Lt. Jackson reminded us “If you see something, say something.”  Dave said Lt. Jackson meets regularly with the homeowner association presidents.

            Chief of Operations for BSO Fire/Rescue, Mike Cassano, reported that our firefighters are now back at Station 23.  He said theDaviefirefighters had been good hosts to our men while Station 23 was under repair.

            Micah Smith, Enrique Zelayah, and Matthew Coyle of the county’s Environmental Protection Department gave a brief presentation on energy saving and tips for going green.  Once again the county will offer rebates for purchasing energy star appliances and installing solar heaters.  They presented each attendee with two of the new energy saving fluroscent bulbs.  Incandescent bulbs will no longer be sold.

            Traci Pollard and Brady Fernando gave us an update on the East/West Transit plan.  They have narrowed the choices down to two routes.  They distributed forms for attendees to give their comments or enter comments on transit website. Europerelies heavily on public transportation. With current outrageous gas prices, Americans need to get out of their cars.

            Dave expressed his thanks to Juan Formoso and all those who helped with the community clean-up which was very successful with 42 volunteers.

            Dave reminded us that our June 5th meeting will include election of officers and invited volunteers to serve on the board.  Also, annual dues of $10 per family will be due at that time.

            There was no further business and the meeting adjourned.

                                                                                    Jan Washburn, Secretary

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

Reopening of Fire Rescue Station 23

Broward Fire/Rescue reopened Station 23 with a ceremony on Saturday morning, January 28th.