BCC Agenda item seeks more money to fight AAF

Most of the funding requests are necessary to carry on a successful battle against AAF, although the Commission should question the use of taxpayer dollars in this campaign to pay professionals who have a history of doing more harm than good to Martin County values.

 

 

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting features an update on the battle against All Aboard Florida that includes a request for additional public funding to prevent the invasion of our community by 32 passenger trains and 20 or more freight trains each day. Most of the funding requests are necessary to carry on a successful battle against AAF, although the Commission should question the use of taxpayer dollars in this campaign to pay professionals who have a history of doing more harm than good to Martin County values.

 

 

 

The AAF update is not pre-set, making it difficult to predict exactly when the item (8B2) will be heard. Residents who are interested in hearing the presentation should let commissioners know that it would be helpful to have some idea as to when the update will be offered on Tuesday.

 

 

 

Item 8A3 is another item that is worthy of a pre-set time slot but, sadly, will not likely be seen by many members of the public who should be delighted with the transformation of a former mulch plant into a habit restoration area for Kitching Creek in Hobe Sound. Staff produced a 6-minute video that is a pleasure to watch and will hopefully be seen by viewers of MCTV despite the failure to showcase it on Tuesday’s agenda.

 

 

 

A hearing on a proposed ordinance to eliminate consumption of alcoholic beverages on public beaches and causeways and to limit hours of operation (Item 6C) is pre-set for 1:45 p.m. There has been spirited discussion (pun intended) about banning liquor on beaches and causeways, which could make for an interesting hearing. The proposed ordinance also includes prohibitions on shark fishing, banning “chumming” or “blood-baiting” to draw sharks close to shore on public beaches, and prohibits sleeping or camping in public parks.

 

 

 

Another Parks and Recreation Department item (8E1) is an update for the Master Plan that is impossibly long and difficult to comprehend in the published agenda packet. Tune in at 10:30 a.m. for the pre-set presentation.

 

 

 

Item 8B1 requests approval of a settlement agreement involving a botched playground construction project at Jensen Beach Elementary School. The settlement is a good one – as far as it goes. Several of the key players (once again, pun intended) did not participate in the settlement and will likely face future litigation to settle up. For now, the County would net in excess of $60,000.00 and would be relived of any obligation to pay an outstanding $19,000.00 invoice for the playground. This doesn’t make the County “whole” in terms of an unfortunate and seemingly incompetent playground installation; but it’s at least a partial recovery for taxpayers.

 

 

 

In other items on Tuesday’s Agenda:

 

 

 

– Item 8C3 is a proposal to revise an agreement between the County and the City of Stuart to allow the City to acquire property for the ill-advised Willoughby Extension project by eminent domain.

 

 

 

– Item 8A1 seeks approval for various grants to fund a number of projects and programs as well as additions or changes to the approved 2016 Capital Improvements Plan. The agenda item summary is unclear about the exact cost of the CIP amendments requested by Martin County Utilities and it is also unclear why changes to the CIP are included in the OMB item without full discussion by the BCC.

 

 

 

– The Consent Agenda has a number of proclamations and two excellent appointments – architect Dan Braden to the Historic Preservation Board and business owner and former Sewall’s Point Commissioner Jon Chicky to the Business Development Board.

 

 

 

– Items 6A and 6B are quasi-judicial hearings for final site plan approval (Kia of Stuart Deggeller Square inventory storage lot) and rezoning (Coral Sky LLC property on Cove Road near Ault Avenue).

 

 

 

As always, let Commissioners know how you feel about these and other issues by attending the meeting beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday or by e-mailing them at sheard@martin.fl.us, efieldin@martin.fl.us, ascott@martin.fl.us, jhaddox@martin.fl.us, and dsmith@martin.fl.us, with copies to the County Administrator and County Attorney at tkryzda@martin.fl.us and mdurham@martin.fl.us.

Related posts:


Comments are closed.