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GOOD EVENING EVERYBODY AND WELCOME TO THE OCTOBER 14TH 7PM REGULAR CITY COMMISSION

[CALL TO ORDER:]

MEETING. CITY CLERK WILL YOU PLEASE CALL THE ROLL. GOOD EVENING, MADAM MAYOR.

COMMISSIONER GELIN. COMMISSIONER FISHMAN.

GOOD EVENING. THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER PLACKO.

GOOD EVENING.

VICE MAYOR BOLTON.

GOOD EVENING. THANK YOU.

AND MAYOR GOMEZ.

GOOD EVENING. THANK YOU.

IF EVERYONE WOULD PLEASE STAND AND WE WILL BE LED BY COMMISSIONER PLACKO FOR OUR PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. AND I WOULD APPRECIATE IF YOU WOULD ALL REMAIN WITH ME FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR OUR WONDERFUL RESIDENT WHO LIVED IN OUR COMMUNITY FOR MANY YEARS AND SERVED OUR CITY VERY WELL.

THANK YOU.

[1. PROCEDURES FOR VIRTUAL MEETINGS]

THANK YOU, MAYOR AND COMMISSION, GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO YOUR NEXT TO THE LAST PRESENTATION BY ME CITY ATTORNEY REGARDING COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA TECHNOLOGY, BECAUSE THE GOVERNOR AS OF SEPTEMBER 30, ENTERED A LATE EVENING ORDER NUMBER 20-246, WHICH EXTENDS 20-69 BY WHICH YOU'VE BEEN OPERATING FOR THE PAST NUMBER OF MONTHS, TO ESSENTIALLY ELIMINATE THE LEGALITY, AS IT WERE, OF HAVING VIRTUAL FORUMS. BUT FOR THE PURPOSE OF TONIGHT'S MEETING, LET'S DO THE FOLLOWING.

THESE ARE THE RULES OF THE ROAD THAT YOU ESTABLISHED BY ORDER OF THE CITY COMMISSION AND BY THE MAYOR GOING BACK TO MARCH AND APRIL OF THIS YEAR.

NOTICE FOR ALL VIRTUAL MEETINGS OF THE CITY COMMISSION SHALL BE PREPARED AND POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH SEVERAL DIFFERENT PROVISIONS OF FLORIDA LAW, ONE OF WHICH IS SECTION ONE TWENTY POINT FIFTY FOUR, SUBSECTION FIVE B TWO, AND THE FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE CODE, SECTION TWENTY EIGHT DASH ONE ZERO NINE.

ALONG WITH THE CITY'S CODE OF ORDINANCES AND OTHER APPLICABLE LOCAL AND STATE LAW CLERK JENNIFER JOHNSON HAS PROPERLY, LAWFULLY AND APPROPRIATELY POSTED NOTICE WITH REGARD TO THIS PARTICULAR MEETING IN ALL THE APPROPRIATE VENUES AS REQUIRED BY THAT STATUTE AND BY THE MEMBERS OF THE CITY COMMISSION AND CITY STAFF.

AND THEY ATTEND MEETINGS REMOTELY UTILIZING WHAT'S CALLED COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA TECHNOLOGY. THE CITY'S I.T.

DEPARTMENT SHALL ASSESS TO ENSURE THAT ALL MEMBERS OF THE CITY COMMISSION AND NECESSARY CITY STAFF AS DETERMINED BY THE CITY MANAGER, HAVE ACCESS TO THE CITY COMMISSION MEETING.

AND PURSUANT TO THE ORDER, A PHYSICAL QUORUM OF THE CITY COMMISSION, AS YOU KNOW, IS NOT LEGALLY REQUIRED, BUT FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISCUSSION OF THE ROLL HAVING BEEN TAKEN BY THE CLERK. THERE IS A VIRTUAL QUORUM CURRENTLY PRESENT AND UNDER THE VIRTUAL MEETING TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF HAVING A PUBLIC MEETING.

IN THE EVENT THAT A PHYSICAL QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT, A VIRTUAL QUORUM SHALL BE REQUIRED AND ALLOWED TO DO THAT.

AND YOU PERFORM THAT FUNCTION.

CITY HALL, AS YOU KNOW, IS TECHNICALLY CLOSED AND IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.

THE MANAGER BEING IN CONTROL OF THE PUBLIC BUILDING.

IN THE EVENT THAT CITY HALL IS CLOSED AND PEOPLE ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ACCESS THE MEETING.

THERE IS THE ALTERNATIVE METHOD BY WHICH I BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THAT ACCESS POINT.

ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC, NOT JUST SOME, BUT ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WISHING TO CONNECT OR TO COMMENT PUBLICLY ON ANY MATTER ON THE AGENDA AS REQUIRED BY THE CITY CODE, INCLUDING ITEMS ON THE AGENDA.

SPECIFICALLY, THEY SUBMIT THEIR COMMENTS BY EMAIL TO THE CITY CLERK, AS THEY HAD IN THE RECENT PAST, ALL COMMENTS, NOT JUST SOME, BUT ALL COMMENTS SUBMITTED BY EMAIL AND READ BY THE CLERK INTO THE RECORD THREE MINUTES OR LESS.

THEY WILL BE READ INTO THE RECORD AND LIMITED BY TIME FOR COMMENTS SUBMITTED BY EMAIL SHALL BE MADE A PART OF THE PUBLIC RECORD.

PUBLIC COMMENTS MAY ALSO BE SUBMITTED ONLINE DURING THE MEETING THROUGH EITHER FACEBOOK LIVE OR OTHER METHODS OF ENGAGEMENT.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY ALSO REGISTER ONLINE AND THE SIGNUP HAS BEEN POSTED AND PUBLISHED. INDIVIDUALS WHO REGISTER WILL BE CONTACTED BY TELEPHONE AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME OF THE MEETING.

. TO THE EXTENT THAT ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC DOES CALL IN THE CLERK WILL COORDINATE THE INCOMING PHONE CALLS AND TAKE PEOPLE IN SEQUENCE AS TO WHEN THEY CALLED IN.

IDENTIFIED THEMSELVES, FOR THE RECORD, MAKING SURE THAT EVERY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WHO SEEKS ACCESS TO THIS MEETING UNDER THE RULES OF THE ROAD, THE CMT GUIDELINES WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THE MEETING AND THE REQUIREMENTS THEREOF.

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ALL ACTION BY THE CITY COMMISSION SHALL BE BY ROLL CALL VOTE WHICH IS NOT ALWAYS TYPICAL, BUT IT'S TYPICAL UNDER THESE TECHNOLOGY SITUATIONS SO THAT THE RECORD WILL REFLECT WHAT YOUR REAL COUNT WAS AND THE MINUTES CAN REFLECT THAT.

AND A CRITICAL PART OF THE CONVERSATION THIS EVENING.

WE'VE HAD THIS VERY MINIMALLY IN THE PAST.

DEPARTMENT. IF AT ANY POINT DURING THE CITY COMMISSION MEETING, IF THE TECHNOLOGY FAILS, OR FOR SOME REASON TECHNOLOGY IS INSUFFICIENT TO PERMIT ALL INTERESTED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO ATTEND, THE CITY COMMISSION MEETING SHALL CEASE IMMEDIATELY UNTIL THE PROBLEMS CAN BE RESOLVED AND RECESSED UNTIL THAT ISSUE CAN BE CAN BE RESOLVED FAVORABLY.

TO THAT EXTENT WE'VE ONLY HAD SOME LIMITED ISSUES IN THE RECENT PAST WHERE THERE HAVE BEEN SOME GLITCHES IN ACCESS AND AVAILABILITY.

WE CAN CONTINUE THE MEETING BY RECESSING UNTIL THE ISSUE CAN BE FIXED.

IT IS A CRITICAL PART OF THE CMT TECHNOLOGY THAT ALLOWS THIS TYPE AND KIND OF ACCESS POINT. AND IN THE EVENT THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM, IT WOULD ALLOW FOR A FIX TO BE OFFERED BY THE IT DEPARTMENT.

IN SHORT, THOSE ARE THE SIX RULES OF THE ROAD THAT YOU'VE ADOPTED AS A MATTER OF THE COMMISSION'S ORDER, YOU'RE IN COMPLIANCE WITH STATE STATUTE AND STATE LAW.

I WILL NOW PREEMPT QUICKLY TO TELL YOU THAT UNDER 20-246, WHICH WAS ADOPTED ON SEPTEMBER 30TH BY GOVERNOR DESANTIS THERE WAS A COVERING MEMORANDUM THAT WAS SENT OUT ALONG WITH THAT ORDER, WHICH SPECIFICALLY ALLOWS THIS PROCESS TO CONTINUE UNTIL NOVEMBER THE 1ST.

AND THERE'S AN ADVISORY MEMORANDUM IN THE BACK UP WITH THAT ORDER, WHICH SPECIFICALLY SAYS THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS NEED TO GET READY FOR IN-PERSON FORUMS EFFECTIVE ON NOVEMBER THE 1ST, WHICH AS PROFESSION THAT THAT'S THE END OF THE CONVERSATION THAT WE WILL HAVE LIVE MEETINGS WITH ON THE RECORD PHYSICAL PHYSICAL QUORUMS IN THE ROOM.

AS TO THE PUBLIC'S ACCESS WE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT MORE LATER.

BUT THE LEGALLY AVAILABLE ACCESS TO THEM AS WELL.

AND HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU, MAYOR AND COMMISSIONER, FOR INDULGING ME THIS ONE TIME.

ONE MORE TIME AGAIN WILL OCCUR AT THE END OF THE MONTH.

AND THEN COME NOVEMBER, IT WILL BE A WHOLE DIFFERENT BALANCE.

WE'LL GET BACK TO SOMETHING CLOSE TO NORMAL.

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING. APPRECIATE THE TIME AND ATTENTION VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

YES. WE WILL NOW GO TO PROCLAMATIONS.

[2.a. Proclamation - Breast Cancer Awareness Month Requested by Mayor Gomez]

AND AS YOU CAN TELL I AM WEARING WHEREAS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH AS A WORLDWIDE ANNUAL CAMPAIGN IN OCTOBER INVOLVING THOUSANDS OF ORGANIZATIONS TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS, EDUCATION AND RESEARCH, AND WHEREAS UNFORTUNATELY MANY OF US KNOW SOMEONE OR HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE HAD OR HAVE HAD CANCER AND DURING NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH WE STAND WITH OUR MOTHERS, DAUGHTERS, SISTERS AND FRIENDS.

AND ABOUT ONE IN EIGHT US WOMEN WILL DEVELOP BREAST CANCER OVER THE COURSE OF THEIR LIFETIME.

BREAST CANCER IN MEN IS RARE BUT IS POSSIBLE.

AND WHEREAS THIS OCTOBER, WE RECOGNIZE BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS, THOSE CURRENTLY BATTLING THE DISEASE. FRIENDS AND FAMILIES OF DIAGNOSED PATIENTS AND APPLAUD THE EFFORTS OF OUR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND RESEARCHERS WORKING TO FIND A CURE.

AND WHEREAS THE SCREENING AND EARLY DETECTION OF BREAST CANCER ARE VITAL TO THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING AND RESEARCH SHOWS THAT SCREENING MAMMOGRAMS CAN HELP REDUCE THE NUMBER OF DEATHS FROM BREAST CANCER AMONG WOMEN.

AND WHEREAS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS, CHURCHES, SYNAGOGUES AND OTHER PLACES OF WORSHIP AND WORK SITES A SPECIAL ROLE IN EDUCATING THEIR MEMBERS OR EMPLOYEES ABOUT BREAST CANCER.

NOW, THEREFORE, I MICHELLE J.

GOMEZ MAYOR OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC BROWARD COUNTY FLORIDA ON BEHALF OF THIS COMMISSION HEREBY PROCLAIM OCTOBER 2020 AS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC AND ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR REGULAR MEDICAL CHECKUPS AND WEAR PINK DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER. AND I'M GOING TO ADD SOMETHING BECAUSE I HAVE TWO PEOPLE WHO ALL MEN TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY GET CHECKED AS WELL.

YOU'RE HEALTH IS VERY IMPORTANT.

YOU CANNOT BE EMBARRASSED ABOUT GETTING CHECKED FOR EVERY THING.

SO ON THAT NOTE, I WILL NOW GO TO OUR FIRE PREVENTION MONTH AND

[2.b. Proclamation - Fire Prevention Month Requested by Tamarac Fire Marshal Tommy Demopoulos]

MARSHAL PROTECTION ASSOCIATION HAVE DESIGNATED THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 4TH THROUGH 10TH, 2020 AS FIRE PREVENTION WEEK.

AND WHEREAS FIRE RESCUE HAS FURTHER EXPANDED THIS PROCLAMATION TO COVER THE ENTIRE MONTH OF OCTOBER. AND WHEREAS THE THEME FOR THE 2020 FIRE PREVENTION MONTH IS SERVE UP FIRE SAFETY IN THE KITCHEN.

AND WHEREAS COOKING IS THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF HOME FIRES AND HOME FIRE INJURIES.

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AND WHEREAS UNATTENDED COOKING IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF FIRES IN THE KITCHEN AND WHEREAS A FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM COMBINED WITH SMOKE ALARMS, OFFERS THE GREATEST LEVEL OF PROTECTION FROM THE FIRE AND WHEREAS AND CLEANING UP FOOD AND GREASE FROM BURNERS CAN REDUCE THE POTENTIAL FOR FIRE.

NOW, THEREFORE, I MICHELLE J. GOMEZ MAYOR OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC, BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA ON BEHALF OF THIS COMMISSION DO HEREBY PROCLAIM THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2020, AS FIRE PREVENTION MONTH IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC AND COMMEND THE COMMUNITY RISK REDUCTION DIVISION, FOR NOT ONLY MINIMIZING THE DANGERS PROPERTY AND LIFE SAFETY.

IS THERE ARE THERE ANY COMMENTS, CHIEF, ASSISTANT FIRE MARSHAL? GOOD EVENING. I WISH WE COULD BE IN PERSON.

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO RECOGNIZE US AND LISTEN TO ME SPEAK.

FIRST, I'D LIKE TO THANK OUR TEAM, THE FIRE PREVENTION TEAM, COMMUNITY RISK REDUCTION TEAM. THEY WORK EVERY DAY TRYING TO KEEP OUR RESIDENTS, BUSINESS OWNERS, GUESTS OF CITY OF TAMARAC SAFE. SO I WANT TO TAKE A MINUTE, RECOGNIZE THEM.

SO WE HAVE FIRE INSPECTOR WE HAVE FIRE INSPECTOR ANTHONY ESCOBEDO.

WE HAVE FIRE INSPECTOR SHEILA DOBLAS.

WE HAVE PLANS EXAMINER REBECCA WE HAVE PUBLIC EDUCATION SPECIALIST CHIEF JEFF MORAL.

AND WE HAVE A VERY NEW ADDITION TO OUR TEAM SPARKY THE FIRE DOG.

I DON'T KNOW IF ANY OF YOU HAVE SEEN ANY PICTURES YET, BUT SPARKY HAS VISITED A LOT OF SCHOOLS THUS FAR.

WE HAVE A LOT MORE PLANNED FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER.

SO YOU'LL SEE SOME PICTURES AND VIDEOS COMING OUT SHORTLY.

SO WE APPRECIATE YOU GIVING US THAT OPPORTUNITY TO GET SPARKY ON.

WE APPRECIATE CHIEF SAYLES.

ALL THE SUPPORT THAT HE GIVES THIS DIVISION IS OUTSTANDING.

SO WE TRULY APPRECIATE THAT.

I WON'T TAKE UP TOO MUCH TIME, BUT WE'RE HERE FOR THE CITY, THE RESIDENTS, THE GUESTS.

HOWEVER, WE CAN HELP.

WE'RE HERE TO KEEP YOU ALL SAFE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY.

THANK YOU

[2.c. Proclamation - Florida City Government Week Requested by Commissioner Fishman]

SO THIS NEXT PROCLAMATION WAS REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER JULIE FISHMAN AND THIS IS FOR FLORIDA CITY GOVERNMENT WEEK, WHEREAS CITY GOVERNMENT IS THE LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT WITH THE MOST DIRECT DAILY IMPACT UPON RESIDENTS AND WHEREAS FLORIDA CITY GOVERNMENT WEEK IS AN OPPORTUNE TIME TO RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANT ROLE PLAYED BY CITY GOVERNMENT FLORIDA CITIZEN.

AND WHEREAS THE SUCCESS OF THIS INITIATIVE DEPENDS UPON THE PARTICIPATION OF CITY AND SCHOOL OFFICIALS, COMMUNITY LEADERS AND OTHER.

THE COMMUNITY, BUT ALSO ENHANCES DEMOCRACY.

AND WHEREAS FAR AS CITY GOVERNMENT OFFERS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO SPREAD THE WORD TO ALL FLORIDIANS THAT THEY CAN SHAPE AND INFLUENCE THIS BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT, WHICH IS THE CLOSEST TO THE PEOPLE.

NOW THERE FOR I MICHELLE J.

GOMEZ, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC, BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA, HEREBY PROCLAIM OCTOBER 19TH THROUGH 25TH 2020 AS FLORIDA CITY GOVERNMENT WEEK IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC CITY GOVERNMENT. ACTUALLY, YES, I'M HERE.

THERE YOU ARE.

SORRY. ARE YOU ABLE TO SEE ME. I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING AND WELCOMING MYSELF AT THE TAMARAC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

OBVIOUSLY WE WOULD HOPE TO BE ABLE TO MAYBE VISIT THE CITY HALL, VISIT THE COMMISSION MEETING WITH OUR STUDENTS.

BUT I'M SURE WE ALL KNOW WHY WE CAN'T DO THAT.

BUT NONETHELESS, I AM THANKFUL FOR THE RECOGNITION AND ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING OUR SCHOOL AND HOPEFULLY IN THE FUTURE, WE DON'T HAVE TO WAIT A WHOLE YEAR, HOPEFULLY, BUT MAYBE BEFORE NEXT YEAR, SOME OF OUR STUDENTS CAN COME AND DO AN ACTUAL VISIT OF TAMARAC AND THE CITY HALL AND MEET MANY OF THE WONDERFUL OFFICIALS.

I MET A FEW OF YOU.

SO JUST LOOKING FORWARD TO EVEN EXPANDING OUR RELATIONSHIP.

YOU ALL HAVE BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE OF ME, OF THE TAMARAC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND LOOKING FORWARD TO KEEPING THAT RELATIONSHIP GROWING AND GETTING . THANK YOU. AND I TOLD YOU ALL AND I'M SURE WHEN CITY HALL OPENS UP, WE CAN FIGURE OUT TO HAVE THE CHILDREN HERE, THE STUDENTS HERE, AND WE ALL TRAVEL AS WELL.

ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT. GOOD NIGHT, EVERYONE.

THE NEXT ON OUR LIST IS.

[2.d. Proclamation - National Bullying Prevention Month Requested by Vice Mayor Bolton]

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EXCUSE ME I JUST LOST MY LIST. NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH REQUESTED BY VICE MAYOR BOLTON. WHEREAS BULLYING IS PHYSICAL, VERBAL, SEXUAL OR EMOTIONAL HARM OR INTIMIDATION, INTENTIONALLY DIRECTED AT A PERSON OR GROUP OF PEOPLE.

AND WHEREAS BULLYING OCCURS IN NEIGHBORHOODS, PLAYGROUNDS, SCHOOLS AND THROUGH TECHNOLOGY SUCH AS THE INTERNET AND CELL PHONES, AND WHEREAS VARIOUS RESEARCHERS HAVE CONCLUDED THAT BULLYING IS THE MOST COMMON FORM OF VIOLENCE AFFECTING MILLIONS OF AMERICAN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS ANNUALLY.

WHEREAS THOUSANDS OF FLORIDA CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS ARE AFFECTED BY BULLYING ANNUALLY AND WHEREAS TARGETS OF BULLYING ARE MORE LIKELY TO REQUIRE PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL AND LEARNING PROBLEMS. AND STUDENTS WHO ARE REPEATEDLY BULLIED OFTEN FEAR SUCH ACTIVITIES SUCH AS RIDING THE BUS, GOING TO SCHOOL AND ATTENDING COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.

AND WHEREAS CHILDREN WHO BULLY ARE GREATER RISK OF ENGAGING IN MORE SERIOUS VIOLENT BEHAVIORS. AND WHEREAS CHILDREN WHO WITNESS BULLYING ARE OFTEN LESS SECURE, MORE FEARFUL AND INTIMIDATED.

NOW, THEREFORE, I MICHELLE J.

GOMEZ MAYOR OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC, BROWARD COUNTY FLORIDA, ON BEHALF OF THIS COMMISSION, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM OCTOBER 2020 AS NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC AND I ENCOURAGE OUR SCHOOLS, STUDENTS, PARENTS, RECREATION PROGRAMS, RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS TO ENGAGE IN A VARIETY OF AWARENESS AND PREVENTION ACTIVITIES DESIGNED TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES SAFER FOR ALL CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS. THE NEXT PROCLAMATION WAS REQUESTED BY MYSELF FOR NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH

[2.e. Proclamation - National School Lunch Week Requested by Mayor Gomez]

WEEK. STARTED BACK TO SCHOOL THIS WEEK.

OVER 60 YEARS THROUGH ADVANCED PRACTICES AND NUTRITION EDUCATION AND WHEREAS THE NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM, IS DEDICATED TO THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF OUR NATION'S CHILDREN . AND WHEREAS THE NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM HAS BEEN JOINED THROUGH THE YEARS BY MANY OTHER AND THERE'S EVIDENCE OF CONTINUED FOR NUTRITION EDUCATION AND AWARENESS OF THE VALUE OF SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAMS. AND WHEREAS BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICES MISSION IS TO PROVIDE NOURISHING MEALS TO SUPPORT STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND LIFELONG HEALTHY LIFESTYLES.

AND THEY PROVIDE MORE THAN 30 MILLION HEALTHY MEALS IN A YEAR.

AND WHEREAS YOUNGER AT ALL ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS AND PROVIDED FOR THE PICKUP OF MEAL BUNDLES FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES DURING THE PANDEMIC.

NOW, THEREFORE, I MICHELLE J.

GOMEZ MAYOR OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC, BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA, ON BEHALF OF THIS COMMISSION DO HEREBY PROCLAIM THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 12TH THROUGH 16TH, 2020 AS NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC AND ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO BECOME AWARE AND CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN'S AND THEIR OWN NUTRITION HABITS IN HOPES OF ACHIEVING A MORE HEALTHY CITIZENRY FOR TODAY AND IN THE FUTURE.

[2.f. Proclamation - Keith Koenig of City Furniture Requested by Mayor Gomez]

OUR NEXT PROCLAMATION IS ACCEPT THIS PROCLAMATION.

THIS PROCLAMATION WAS REQUESTED BY MYSELF.

WHEREAS CITY FURNITURE IS A TOP NATIONAL TOP 100 FURNITURE RETAILER THAT IS HEADQUARTERED IN TAMARAC, A HIGHLY VALUED MEMBER OF OUR COMMUNITY AND WHEREAS CITY FURNITURE IS A MAJOR EMPLOYER PROVIDING HUNDREDS OF JOBS IN TAMARAC AND THOUSANDS OF JOBS ACROSS FLORIDA AND RECENTLY ANNOUNCED ADDING HUNDREDS OF ADDITIONAL JOBS IN TAMARAC AND IN THE REGION.

AND WHEREAS THAT ECONOMIC IMPACT AND GROWTH EXHIBITED BY CITY FURNITURE IS A SHINING EXAMPLE OF WHAT TAMARAC BUSINESSES CONTRIBUTE TO OUR COMMUNITY.

AND WHEREAS IN SEPTEMBER 2020 CITY FURNITURE'S CO-FOUNDER AND CEO KEITH HONORED BY THE SOUTH FLORIDA BUSINESS JOURNAL AS A 2020 SOUTH FLORIDA ULTIMATE CEO AWARD HONOREE IN RECOGNITION OF HIS CORPORATE LEADERSHIP IN THE REGION.

AND WHEREAS WE GREATLY APPRECIATE KEITH AS A NOW I'M THEREFORE I MICHELLE J.

GOMEZ CITY OF TAMARAC BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA, ON BEHALF OF THIS COMMISSION DO BY PROCLAIM THE DAY OF OCTOBER 14, 2020 AS KEITH THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

WE CONGRATULATE AND RECOGNIZE THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF CO-FOUNDER AND CEO KEITH AND CITY FURNITURE TO OUR VIBRANT COMMUNITY.

MR. WOULD YOU LIKE FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU MAYOR, VICE MAYOR, COMMISSIONERS, THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

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MY GOOD OLD FRIEND YOU'RE BLESSED TO HAVE PROBABLY THE BEST CITY ATTORNEY ON THE PLANET.

I WENT THROUGH ALL OF HIS DETAIL AND HE WILL YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE RECOGNITION.

VERY KIND OF YOU. WHEN WE JOINED TAMARAC, WHEN WE FIRST BUILT IN TAMARAC AND FIRST OPENED UP IN 2001, WE HAD ABOUT FIVE HUNDRED ASSOCIATES.

HERE NOW GOING OVER 2200 ASSOCIATES, PROBABLY OF WHICH FIFTEEN HUNDRED ARE BASED IN TAMARAC. AND ALTHOUGH WE'RE ALL VIRTUAL IN MANY CASES NOT WAREHOUSE AND DELIVERY ASSOCIATES AND SALES ASSOCIATES, BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE.

WE LOVE TAMARAC.

SO I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE RECOGNITION.

WE'RE DELIGHTED TO BE A PART OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC AND WILL BE HERE FOREVER.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING YEAH, I MEAN, HIGH POINT, NORTH CAROLINA FOR THE HIGH POINT FURNITURE MARKET, WHICH IS SEMIANNUAL EVERY APRIL AND OCTOBER.

AND I'VE BEEN COMING HERE FOR 40 YEARS SHOPPING FURNITURE SUPPLIERS. AND WE BRING THAT ALL THAT KNOWLEDGE BACK TO TAMARAC AND TRY TO MAKE IT BETTER YOU GUYS.

YOU TOO, BUT SAFE.

[3.a. Vice Mayor Bolton]

AND NOW WE TURN TO OUR COMMISSION REPORT.

VICE MAYOR BOLTON. GOOD EVENING MAYOR AND GOOD EVENING STAFF AND COMMISSIONERS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GIVING THAT PROCLAMATION FOR NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH.

I WAS BULLIED AS A CHILD AND SO I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO BRING AWARENESS TO THAT SUBJECT. AND, OF COURSE, I HONOR YOU THIS EVENING, MAYOR.

IT IS OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.

AND HAVING SURVIVED BREAST CANCER YOURSELF, I KNOW THAT YOU ARE A HERO IN YOUR OWN RIGHT.

AND WE ACKNOWLEDGE YOU.

WE APPRECIATE YOU. AND WE HONOR YOU FOR HAVING GONE THROUGH THAT AND TO BE A ROLE MODEL TO RESIDENTS HERE IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

SO WE HONOR YOU TONIGHT.

AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE RESIDENTS AND YOU ARE LISTENING AND YOU WANT MY NUMBER, I'LL GIVE YOU MY PERSONAL CELL PHONE NUMBER.

IT IS (954) 275-3850.

YOU CAN CALL MY OFFICE AT (954) 597-3461.

YOU CAN ALSO FIND ME ON FACEBOOK TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WHAT I'M DOING IN THE COMMUNITY, AND THAT IS FACEBOOK.COM/COMMISSIONERMARLONBOLTON.

AND WITH THAT, I YIELD, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

[3.b. Commissioner Gelin]

YEAH, GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE.

I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO REPORT IT IS ELECTION SEASON, SO I JUST WANT TO ENCOURAGE ALL RESIDENTS TO GET OUT THERE AND VOTE.

I'M THANKFUL THAT THE PRESIDENT DOES NOT HAVE COVID-19 OR HE'S CURED FROM COVID 19, BECAUSE I BELIEVE HE'LL BE THE FIRST PRESIDENT TO GO FROM THE WHITE HOUSE TO THE JAILHOUSE. AND THIS PAST MONDAY WAS INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY, THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE HAS SOME GREAT RESOURCES ONLINE.

SO HOPEFULLY PARENTS OUT THERE WILL EDUCATE THEIR KIDS ON THE ORIGINAL AMERICANS OR AMERICAN INDIANS. AND THAT'S IT.

ITS UNFORTUNATE I THINK THE CENSUS IS GOING TO END TOMORROW.

UNFORTUNATELY, THE SUPREME COURT MADE A DECISION TODAY, I BELIEVE.

SO FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO DID NOT GET A CHANCE TO COMPLETE THE CENSUS, THAT'S GOING TO BE UNFORTUNATE FOR A LOT OF COMMUNITIES AND A LOT OF MAJOR CITIES.

THERE'S GOING TO BE A BIG IMPACT WHERE A LOT OF FOLKS OF COLOR IN SOME MAJOR CITIES ARE NOT COUNTED. AND THAT'S GOING TO HAVE A TERRIBLE FISCAL IMPACT.

SO JUST A BIG ELECTION SEASON COMING UP.

I WANT TO WISH MY FELLOW COMMISSIONERS, FISHMAN AND BOLTON, THE BEST OF LUCK COMING UP IN NOVEMBER AND TO LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU GUYS DURING THE EARLY VOTING PERIOD.

THAT'S ALWAYS AN EXCITING TIME.

AND WITH THAT, I CLOSE.

[3.c. Commissioner Fishman]

COMMISSIONER FISHMAN. THANK YOU.

I HAVE A BRIEF PRESENTATION JUST REAL QUICK, I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT A COUPLE.

OCTOBER IS A VERY BUSY MONTH, NOT ONLY FOR THE ELECTION SEASON AND ALL, BUT SOME OF THE

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THE DAYS AND WEEKS AND MONTHS THAT WE'RE CELEBRATING.

AND I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT A COUPLE OF THOSE.

COULD YOU HAVE THE FIRST SLIDE, PLEASE? OK. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

TOMORROW ENDS SPANISH NATIONAL SPANISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, BUT THE RECOGNITION OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF NUMEROUS SPANISH AMERICANS DOESN'T STOP.

I HAVE BEEN HIGHLIGHTING SOME OF THE NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THESE AMERICANS WHO TRACE THEIR ROOTS BACK TO SPAIN, MEXICO, CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA AND SPANISH SPEAKING COUNTRIES THROUGHOUT THE CARIBBEAN.

THE SPANISH AMERICAN CLUB IN KINGS POINT CELEBRATED LAST YEAR WITH A WONDERFUL EVENT WHERE EACH OF THE COUNTRIES THAT OUR PART OF THE HERITAGE WERE CELEBRATED.

WHILE I WAS ABLE TO HIGHLIGHT JUST A FEW OF THESE CONTRIBUTIONS, THERE ARE SO MANY MORE THAT I COULD HAVE HIGHLIGHTED.

AND I CHOSE TO FOCUS ON WOMEN BECAUSE A LOT OF TIMES THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF WOMEN THROUGHOUT HISTORY ARE OVERLOOKED.

NEXT PLEASE. NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY WAS ON SUNDAY, AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH IT, I TOOK INFORMATION FROM THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN ON ONLINE.

AND WHAT THEY SAY IS WHETHER YOU'RE LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER OR QUEER, BE PROUD OF WHO YOU ARE AND YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE LGBTQ EQUALITY THIS COMING OUT DAY.

EVERY YEAR ON NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY, WE CELEBRATE COMING OUT AS LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER OR QUEER.

THIS YEAR MARKS THIRTY TWO YEARS.

THE THIRTY SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF COMING OUT.

THIRTY TWO YEARS AGO ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL MARCH ON WASHINGTON FOR LESBIAN AND GAY RIGHTS. WE FIRST OBSERVED NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY AS A REMINDER THAT ONE OF OUR MOST BASIC TOOLS IS THE POWER OF COMING OUT.

ONE OUT OF EVERY TWO AMERICANS HAS SOMEONE CLOSE TO THEM WHO IS GAY OR LESBIAN.

FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE THAT NUMBER IS ONLY ONE IN 10.

AND THAT'S THE END OF THE QUOTE, IT'S IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE COMING OUT TO HAVE A SAFE, OPEN AND NURTURING ENVIRONMENT TO SPEAK THEIR TRUTH ABOUT WHO THEY ARE.

AS AN ACTIVE SUPPORTER OF THE LGBTQ RIGHTS I WILL ALWAYS WORK TOWARDS FAIR AND EQUITABLE TREATMENT FOR ALL.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

OK, AND AS COMMISSIONER GELIN MENTIONED YESTERDAY, MONDAY WAS INDIGENOUS PEOPLE DAY.

AND I TOOK A BOOK FROM THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES, RACE EQUITY AND LEADERSHIP COUNCIL, WHERE THEY OPENED EACH OF THE MEETINGS WITH A LOOK AT THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF THE AREA THAT WE ARE IN. SO I WENT TO THE SEMINOLE TRIBE OF FLORIDA'S WEBSITE, AND HERE'S WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY IN THEIR INTRODUCTION.

WE SEMINOLE HAVE LIVED IN FLORIDA FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS.

OUR ANCESTORS WERE THE FIRST PEOPLE TO COME TO FLORIDA.

OUR ANCESTORS WERE CONNECTED BY FAMILY AND CULTURE TO OTHERS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA, FROM THE ATLANTIC COAST TO THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO TO THE GREAT LAKES.

THEY ARE NOW CALLED THE MISSISSIPPI AND CULTURE AND THEIR TRADITIONS STILL EXIST AMONG THE SEMINOLES AND OTHER TRIBES TODAY.

WE WERE IN FLORIDA WHEN THE SPANISH ARRIVED, THEY MET OUR ANCESTORS, WHO THEY OFTEN CALLED BY DIFFERENT NAMES, THE MICCOSUKEE PEOPLE, THE MUSKOGEE PEOPLE, THE KALUZA PEOPLE AND OTHER NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES.

THE SPANISH BROUGHT WITH THEM DISEASES THAT DEVASTATED OUR ANCESTORS.

WITHIN ONE HUNDRED YEARS, THE NEW DISEASES HAD KILLED NINE OUT OF 10 OF THE NATIVE PEOPLE OF THE AMERICAS.

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I DO A DAY IN HISTORY FOR AN ORGANIZATION THAT I WORK WITH AND AS A JEWISH PERSON, I'M ALWAYS AMAZED AT HOW MANY TIMES I SEE A DAY IN HISTORY WHERE IT'S NOTED THAT A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF JEWISH PEOPLE WERE KILLED OR EXPELLED OR DRIVEN OUT OF A CITY OR COUNTRY.

AND IT MADE ME QUESTION WHY WE DON'T HAVE SIMILAR HISTORIES AND THE ABUSES THE NATIVE AMERICAN PEOPLE SUFFERED.

AND PART OF THE REASON I BELIEVE IN THIS JUST MY IDEA IS THAT BECAUSE THE HISTORY OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE WERE HISTORICALLY AN ORAL TRADITION PASSED ON FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION, THERE'S LITTLE WRITTEN AT THE TIME THE EUROPEANS CAME TO THE CONTINENT.

BY THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE, BY THEMSELVES AND RECOGNITION OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE DAY RECOGNIZES THAT HISTORY AND ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO LOOK BEYOND WHAT WE WERE TAUGHT OR NOT TAUGHT IN SCHOOL ABOUT THE COST OF THE EXPANSION OF THE US FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA.

AS PART OF MY OWN JOURNEY OF SELF GROWTH AND HEALING, I HAD TO COME TO TERMS WITH MY PAST MISTAKES ON THEM AND LEARN FROM THEM.

RECOGNITION OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY IS NOT A REWRITING OF OUR HISTORY, BUT AN ACCEPTANCE OF THAT HISTORY, AND HOPEFULLY WE LEARN FROM IT.

I FOCUSED ON THESE RECOGNITION DAYS BECAUSE MANY TIMES HISTORICALLY MARGINALIZED GROUPS SUCH AS HISPANICS, SPANISH, LGBTQ AND NATIVE OR INDIGENOUS PEOPLE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO FIGHT EVEN TODAY FOR EQUALITY AND EQUITY THAT SOMEONE WHO LOOKS LIKE ME TAKES FOR GRANTED. RECOGNITION OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF ANY GROUP DOES NOT TAKE AWAY FROM THAT GROUP.

INSTEAD, IT SHOULD EMPOWER THE WHOLE.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[3.d. Commissioner Placko]

COMMISSIONER PLACKO. THANK YOU, MAYOR. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE, BUT ELECTION DAY IS UPON US.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19TH, IS COMING.

MONDAY STARTS EARLY VOTING AND IT RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST.

IT IS AT THAT THE TAMARAC LIBRARY, WHICH I'M SURE EVERYONE KNOWS WHERE THAT IS, 8701 W COMMERCIAL BOULEVARD FROM 7:00 A.M.

TO 7:00 P.M.

IT IS A VERY LONG DAY FOR PEOPLE OUT THERE.

BUT IF YOU HAVEN'T CAST YOUR BALLOT, PLEASE GET OUT THE VOTE.

ELECTION DAY IS THEN TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD.

THERE WAS SOME DISCUSSION DURING VOTING PRIOR THAT PEOPLE WERE GETTING CONFUSED BY THEIR PRECINCTS. FIND OUT WHERE YOUR PRECINCT IS BECAUSE SOME HAVE CHANGED.

I'VE SENT OUT A LIST OF DISTRICT FOUR WHERE OUR DISTRICT FOUR PRECINCTS ARE.

SO IF ANYBODY HAS ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT, PLEASE CONTACT ME.

IF NOT, PLEASE FIND OUT EXACTLY WHERE YOU NEED TO GO.

IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT EVERYBODY VOTES THIS TIME.

SO CALL IF YOU NEED ANY INFORMATION FROM ANYONE OF US.

THANKS SO MUCH. MAKE SURE YOU VOTE.

YOUR VOTE NEEDS TO BE YOUR VOICE NEEDS TO BE HEARD THIS TIME.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[3.e. Mayor Gomez]

VOTING AT THE LIBRARY.

LIBRARIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY, THE 19TH THROUGH THE 1ST.

NOVEMBER 1ST.

7 TO 7. THEN ON ELECTION DAY YOU HAVE TO BE AT YOUR PRECINCT.

SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT YOUR PRECINCT DURING EARLY VOTING, BUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT ON ELECTION DAY.

THANK YOU, EVERYONE, FOR YOUR COMMENT.

BUT I WILL SAY I'M VERY PROUD OF OUR PROJECT THAT IS GOING FORWARD AND HOW IT'S LOOKING AND KNOW THAT IT WILL BE A GREAT SOURCE OF PRIDE FOR OUR CITY.

ONE MORE EVENT WILL HAPPEN THERE, A GREAT MANY MEMORIES WILL BE MADE THERE FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS TO COME. I THINK THE CITY'S BOARD MEETING CHAMBER MEETING.

I HAD THE PLEASURE OF SERVING ON AN EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE FOR DIGITAL CITY'S FUTURE AND DISCUSSING THE TECHNOLOGY THAT WHERE WE CONTINUE TECHNOLOGY AND BEING A SMART CITY.

AND CONTINUING WITH BEING SOUTH FLORIDA.

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH BSO, CITY OF TAMARAC AND PUBLIC SERVICES TO

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EVERYONE WHO VOLUNTEERS AT COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTER FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK ON THE FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS THAT WE CONTINUE TO DO.

I KNOW THAT THERE ARE ANOTHER PLENTY OF ORGANIZATIONS, CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND OTHER BUSINESSES ONES GOING ON. EVERYBODY IS HELPING NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS THROUGHOUT ALL THIS.

THANK YOU, EVERYONE.

FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE STILL AFRAID TO GO OUT, THAT'S FINE.

BUT PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU GET OUTSIDE A LITTLE BIT, HAVE TO GET SOME FRESH AIR, TRY TO BE SOCIAL WITH YOUR NEIGHBOR, EVEN SIX FEET APART.

IT'S FOR YOUR HEALTH AND YOUR MENTAL HEALTH THAT WE NEED TO DO THIS.

WHILE SOME OF THEM ARE ALLOWED TO HAVE MORE OCCUPANCY THEY ARE NOT OPENING UP THEIR OCCUPANCY TO MUCH MORE IF AT ALL.

BECAUSE THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU AND KEEPING YOU SAFE AND HEALTHY.

WHEN WE HAVE A CONFIDENT CONSUMER OUR BUSINESSES WILL START TO THRIVE AGAIN.

OUR PEOPLE CAN GO BACK TO WORK AND FEEL COMFORTABLE BEING AT WORK AND HAVING PATRONS COME IN SO PLEASE GO UTILIZ ALL OF OUR TAMARAC BUSINESSES, IF YOU CAN.

[4. CITY ATTORNEY REPORT]

THANK YOU MAYOR AND COMMISSION.

JUST TO RESTATE. BUT I EARLIER MENTIONED DURING THE COURSE OF THE CMT RULES OF THE ROAD, ONE MORE MEETING COMING UP IN OCTOBER, THE TWENTY EIGHTH OF THE MONTH.

IT'S A DAY MEETING A 9:30 MEETING IN THE MORNING.

AS YOU KNOW, THE GOVERNOR'S ORDER 20-246, BASICALLY SAYS THAT AS OF THE FIRST OF NOVEMBER, YOU HAVE TO BE PHYSICALLY PRESENT TO PLAY WHICH MEANS YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE A PHYSICAL FORM IN THE ROOM FOR THAT PURPOSE TO CONDUCT PUBLIC BUSINESS.

IT DOES NOT MEAN, I BELIEVE, THAT MR. THE PUBLIC WILL STILL HAVE THE RIGHT OF ACCESS THROUGH CMT TECHNOLOGY, WHICH MEANS THEY CAN DIAL IN, CALL IN, FACEBOOK, ET CETERA TO THE MEETING.

THERE WOULD BE LIMITED ACCESS TO THE CHAMBER MEETING CDC GUIDELINES, DISTANCE SEPARATION MASKS AND OTHER CONDITIONS, THE REQUIREMENTS OF BOTH THE CDC AND BROWARD COUNTY, SO THAT NOTWITHSTANDING THE GOVERNOR'S ORDER MAY EXPIRE WITH REGARD TO VIRTUAL QUORUMS FOR THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BODY.

THE PUBLIC HAVE THE RIGHT TO ACCESS MEANING THROUGH OTHER PLATFORMS FOR LIMITEDLY IN A PUBLIC FORUM IN THE CHAMBERS.

I KNOW THAT JACK STRAIN HAS DONE SOME MEASUREMENTS WITHIN THE ROOM TO MAKE SURE THAT THE SIX FOOT SEPARATION IS PROPERLY ALLOCATED AND MIKE WILL COORDINATE THINGS AS THINGS PROGRESSED TO NOVEMBER WITH REGARD TO ACCESS POINTS FOR THE PUBLIC TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PUBLIC IS PROTECTED AND THAT THE CONDITIONS PROTECTED AS WELL IN THE CONTEXT OF PUBLIC ACCESS. SO JUST AS A REMINDER THAT'S FORTHCOMING.

ONE MORE THING, IF YOU WILL.

AND THAT THAT IS THAT WE SENT A MEMO TO YOUR OFFICES ON MONDAY ON THE 12TH OF BOTH QUENTIN, MORGAN AND MYSELF WITH REGARD TO THE HOUSE BILL 7009.

IT'S A BILL THAT ACTUALLY WE TOLD YOU ABOUT BACK IN FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR.

IT DID PASS THROUGH THE LEGISLATURE.

IT'S A SERIOUS BILL WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO UPDATE YOU PERIODICALLY ON BILLS, THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO GO INTO GREAT DETAIL.

BUT LET ME JUST ASSURE YOU THAT THE GOVERNOR DID, IN FACT, SIGN THIS ONE, APPROVED IT ON SEPTEMBER THE 18TH.

AND IT'S A BILL WHICH BECOMES EFFECTIVE ON DECEMBER THE THIRTY FIRST.

AND IT RELATES TO REENACTING WHAT'S CALLED SECTION 112.317, WHICH PROVIDES PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE FLORIDA CODE OF ETHICS, PART THREE, WHICH YOU ARE PRESCRIBED BY AS I AM AND AS PROFESSIONAL STAFF ARE AS PUBLIC EMPLOYEES AND THE AMENDED CONSTITUTIONAL LANGUAGE THAT WAS PROVIDED FOR IN AMENDMENT NUMBER 12, PASSED IN 2018, BASICALLY SAYS THAT IT PROHIBITS A PUBLIC OFFICER OR PUBLIC EMPLOYEE FROM ABUSING HIS OR HER PUBLIC POSITION IN ORDER TO OBTAIN WHAT THEY'RE CALLING A DISPROPORTIONATE BENEFIT.

AND THE DISPROPORTIONATE BENEFIT WAS DEFINED BY A RULE ADOPTED RECENTLY BY THE ETHICS COMMISSION, WHICH SAYS IT'S A BENEFIT, A PRIVILEGE OR AN EXEMPTION WITH A RESULT ARISING FROM AN ACT OR OMISSION BY A PUBLIC OFFICER OR PUBLIC EMPLOYEE INCONSISTENT WITH THE PROPER PERFORMANCE OF HIS OR HER PUBLIC DUTIES.

THE RULE PROVIDES THAT PUBLIC OFFICERS AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES ACTED TO REFRAIN FROM ACTING WITH THE REQUISITE INTENT FOR FINDING A VIOLATION OF THE PROHIBITION AGAINST ABUSE OF PUBLIC POSITION. IF THE PUBLIC OFFICER OR PUBLIC EMPLOYEE ACTED OR REFRAIN FROM ACTING WITH A WRONGFUL INTENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF OBTAINING ANY BENEFIT, PRIVILEGE, EXEMPTION OR RESULT FROM THE ACT OR OMISSION WHICH IS INCONSISTENT WITH THE PROPER PERFORMANCE OF HIS OR HER PUBLIC BUILDINGS, ELECTED OR APPOINTED.

THE KEY FACTOR IN THIS DISCUSSION IS, IS THAT THE PENALTIES ARE SEVERE.

I RAISE THEM ONLY TO THE EXTENT THAT YOU'LL RE-READ THE MEMO, WE CAN DISCUSS THIS OFFLINE OR DURING ANOTHER PUBLIC MEETING.

BUT ESSENTIALLY WHAT THE IMPOSITION AND THE REENACTMENT OF 112.317 TELLS US IS PENALTIES INCLUDE IMPEACHMENT, REMOVAL FROM OFFICE, PUBLIC CENSURE, REPRIMAND, CIVIL PENALTY OF

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NOT TO EXCEED 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN RESTITUTION.

SO THE GOVERNOR SIGNED THIS ONE, AMONG SEVERAL OTHERS THAT HE DISCREETLY SIGNED OVER THE PAST NUMBER OF WEEKS AFTER THE COVID INCIDENCES OF MARCH AND APRIL.

HE WAS NOT SIGNING BILLS.

AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT'S WORTH NOTING I'LL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS OFFLINE ON THIS PARTICULAR BILL, WHICH IS NOT A LAW THAT BECOMES EFFECTIVE DECEMBER THIRTY FIRST.

THIS IS A KEY FACTOR.

IT NOT ONLY IMPACTS PEOPLE SITTING IN YOUR SEATS, IT AFFECTS PEOPLE SITTING IN MY SEAT AS A LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAWYER, AS WELL AS PUBLIC EMPLOYEES THAT WORK IN CITY HALL.

IT'S A SERIOUS IMPLICATION, HAS SERIOUS IMPLICATIONS.

IT'S WORTH NOTING.

HOUSE BILL 7009 YOU SHOULD FIND THE MEMORANDUM IN YOUR BOX OR ON YOUR ONLINE GETS DISTRIBUTED BY THE CITY CLERK.

OTHER THAN THAT, I HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO REPORT THIS EVENING BUT THAT SPECIFIC ITEM AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS AND LOOK FORWARD TO HELPING YOU OUT WHERE I CAN THIS EVENING.

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING. I THINK COMMISSIONER FISHMAN HAS A QUESTION FOR YOU.

JUST REAL QUICK, IF I UNDERSTAND THE BILL, IT ALSO COVERS OUR VOLUNTEER BOARDS.

IT ACTUALLY THE WAY THAT I READ IT, IT IMPACTS CHAPTER 112, PART THREE, WHICH ARE PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES. SO IT DEFINITELY COVERS ELECTEDS.

IT DEFINITELY COVERS EMPLOYEES.

AND IT MAY WELL COVER APPOINTEES, WHICH I WILL LOOK INTO AND GIVE YOU A BETTER ANSWER.

THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE PENALTIES THAT WOULD NOT BE AS SPECIFIC AS THEY WOULD BE FOR AN ELECTED OR FOR A PUBLIC EMPLOYEE, BECAUSE THAT ALLOWS POTENTIAL REMOVAL FROM OFFICE FINES AND SUCH. SO I WILL DO THE HOMEWORK AND GET YOU A BETTER ANSWER.

IT MAY BE THAT FAR DISTANT AT APPLICABLE.

WE DO KNOW FOR AN ABSOLUTE LEGAL FACT THAT APPLIES TO US AND THAT WOULD BE MYSELF AND ALL OF THOSE SITTING ON THE DAIS AND EVERYBODY ON THE SCREEN.

SO THAT'S WORTH NOTING.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

[5. CITY MANAGER REPORT]

THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR. I HAVE SOME INFORMATION THIS MORNING, THIS AFTERNOON, THIS EVENING, WHATEVER TIME IT IS.

IT SEEMS LIKE, IT'S BEEN A LONG DAY, BUT IT'S FIVE O'CLOCK SOMEWHERE, THEY ALWAYS SAY.

SO WE HAVE EVENTS COMING UP, AND I KNOW THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF DISCUSSION AND CONCERN, A LOT OF INTRIGUE SURROUNDING THE EVENTS AND SO PARKS AND RECREATION IS WORKING REALLY HARD TO GET SOME DETAILS OUT ABOUT HOW WE'RE GOING TO BE HANDLING EVENTS.

SO THE FOLLOWING IS FROM PARKS AND RECREATION.

THE TAMARAC PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT CORDIALLY INVITES EVERYONE TO JOIN US FOR TWO FUN FILLED HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES.

THE FIRST IS OUR DRIVE THROUGH HALLOWEEN HAUNG IN THE PARK.

PLEASE COME OUT TO THE SPORTS COMPLEX.

THAT'S AT 9901 NW SEVENTY SEVENTH STREET FRIDAY, OCTOBER TWENTY THIRD FROM SIX TO EIGHT P.M. AND DRIVE THROUGH THE DECORATED PARKING LOT TO COLLECT YOUR BAG OF TREATS AND CRAFTS. PLEASE REMEMBER TO STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE DURING THIS EVENT.

NEXT. COME ON, PARTICIPATE IN OUR TRICK OR TREAT STORY WALK.

THIS FAMILY FUN EVENT AT WATER THAT'S 7508 NW SIXTY FIRST STREET WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER THIRTY FIRST FROM 11:00 A.M. TO 12:30 PM.

STROLL THROUGH THE PARK AND ENJOY A FREE INTERACTIVE READING OF EVELYN DEL REY IS MOVING AWAY.

FREE BOOK AND CANDY BAG WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.

PLEASE BE SURE TO MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING.

THE TAMARAC TURKEY TROT WILL HAPPEN THIS YEAR.

EVERYONE'S FAVORITE 5K.

THE FORTIETH ANNUAL TAMARAC TURKEY TROT WILL GO VIRTUAL THIS YEAR.

WHILE WE CAN'T RUN TOGETHER ON THANKSGIVING, THE VIRTUAL RACE ALLOWS YOU TO RUN WHEN YOU WANT AND WHERE YOU WANT.

THE REGISTRATION FEE IS EITHER FIFTEEN DOLLARS OR TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS DEPENDING ON SHIRT SELECTION AND SHIPPING OPTIONS.

EMAILS WILL BE SENT TO PARTICIPANTS WHEN SHIRTS AND MEDALS ARE READY.

TRACKING FOR THE VIRTUAL RACE WILL BE DONE THROUGH THE FREE RACE JOIN MOBILE APP AVAILABLE FOR APPLE AND ANDROID DEVICES.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE CITY'S WEBSITE OR YOU CAN REGISTER AT WWW .RUNSIGNUP.COM/TAMARACTURKEYTROT.

REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ON NOVEMBER 25TH AT 11:30 PM.

THE CITY IS DETERMINING WHAT THE REST OF OUR HOLIDAY EVENTS WILL LOOK LIKE FOR THE YEAR AS THE HOLIDAY SEASON APPROACHES.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE CITY ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR UPDATES ON FUTURE EVENTS AS GUIDELINES EMERGE AND WE DECIDE HOW TO PUT ON OUR TRADITIONAL EVENTS.

I HAVE SOME GOOD NEWS FROM COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT HOUSING DIVISION WANTS YOU TO KNOW THAT TWO NEW PROGRAMS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED TO ASSIST TAMARAC RESIDENTS WHO CONTINUE TO EXPERIENCE HARDSHIP DUE TO COVID-19. THE NEW PROGRAMS ARE THE EMERGENCY REPAIR GRANT PROGRAM.

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THIS PROGRAM OFFERS AN EMERGENCY REPAIR ASSISTANCE TO HOMEOWNER EXPERIENCING FINANCIAL HARDSHIP DUE TO COVID-19.

FUNDS CAN BE USED FOR EMERGENCY REPAIRS FOR THE ROOF OR ANY OTHER COMPONENTS THAT AN INSPECTOR DEEMS NECESSARY.

PROJECTS ARE REVIEWED AND AWARDED ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS.

THIS PROGRAM IS FUNDED BY THE CRF FUNDS FROM THE FLORIDA HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION.

THE SECOND PROGRAM IS THE CONNECTIVITY AND TECHNOLOGY FOR EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT PROGRAM THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH T-MOBILE.

THIS PROGRAM OFFERS A MOBILE DEVICE UP TO TWO YEARS OF CONNECTIVITY TECHNOLOGY TO RESIDENTS IMPACTED BY COVID-19.

THIS WILL HELP SUPPORT EMPLOYMENT SEARCHES AND PROVIDE STABLE JOB COMMUNICATION.

THIS PROGRAM WILL BE FUNDED WITH TREASURY FUNDS THROUGH BROWARD COUNTY ONCE APPROVED BY THE COUNTY. IN ADDITION TO THESE NEW PROGRAMS, A FOURTH ROUND OF THE RESIDENTIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM IS OPENING FOR QUALIFIED TAMARAC RESIDENTS STRUGGLING TO PAY RENT, REHOUSING, MORTGAGE OR UTILITY BILLS DUE TO COVID-19.

THIS PROGRAM IS FUNDED WITH TREASURY FUNDS THROUGH BROWARD COUNTY AND WILL BE ADMINISTERED BY CIVITAS LLC ONCE APPROVED BY THE COUNTY.

THE CITY BEGAN ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ALL GRANT PROGRAMS OCTOBER 13.

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL THE FUNDS ARE EXHAUSTED.

ADDITIONALLY, A PORTION OF THE TREASURY FUNDS FROM BROWARD COUNTY THAT'S ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS IS BEING USED TO HELP FEED ALL ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY TAMARAC SENIORS THAT ARE ON THE WAITING LIST IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MEALS ON WHEELS.

THIS EXTENSION TO OUR EXISTING PROGRAM WILL FEED THESE SENIORS THROUGH DECEMBER 31ST OF THIS YEAR.

KUDO'S GOES TO THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT HOUSING DIVISION FOR THEIR CONTINUED EFFORT TO PROVIDING QUALITY PROGRAMS TO ASSIST RESIDENTS DURING THESE CHALLENGING TIMES.

AND HUMAN RESOURCES WOULD LIKE EVERYBODY TO KNOW FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, THE CITY OF TAMARAC HAS RECEIVED CIGNA'S OUTSTANDING CULTURAL, OUTSTANDING CULTURE OF WELL-BEING AWARD. THE CITY WAS RECOGNIZED VIRTUALLY BY CIGNA IN THE UNDER FIVE HUNDRED EMPLOYEE CLASS FOR CREATING A CULTURE OF WELL-BEING, THIS AWARD IS A TESTAMENT TO THE HARD WORK AND DEDICATION PUT FORTH BY THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT, OUR EMPLOYEE WELLNESS CHAMPION COMMITTEE, OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM, AND EVERY EMPLOYEE WHO SUPPORTS THE CITY'S EFFORTS.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING OUR SHARED SUCCESS AS WE ENDEAVOR TO PROVIDE OUR EMPLOYEES WITH THE RESOURCES TO CHOOSE A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES BENEFIT TEAM FOR ALL OF THE FOUNDATIONAL WORK THAT WENT INTO RECEIVING THIS AWARD.

AND FINALLY, PUBLIC SERVICES WOULD LIKE EVERYBODY TO KNOW THAT THE CITY OF TAMARAC PUBLIC SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL TEMPORARILY RETURN TO SERVING TAMARAC THAT IS EVERYBODY EAST OF STATE ROUTE 7 US41 FROM OCTOBER FROM FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020 THROUGH FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2020.

THIS IS PART OF OUR WATER DISTRIBUTION PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM.

THAT IS ALL I HAVE THIS MORNING.

THIS MORNING. THERE I GO AGAIN THIS EVENING.

MADAM MAYOR, COMMISSIONERS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU. I WANT TO DO IT AGAIN.

[6. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION]

WE WILL NOW GO TO PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC MAY SPEAK TO ANY ISSUE THAT IS NOT AGENDIZED FOR PUBLIC HEARING AT THE MEETING,. SPEAKERS WILL BE LIMITED TO THREE MINUTES DURING THIS ITEM AND AT PUBLIC THERE WILL BE A 30 MINUTE AGGREGATE TIME LIMIT FOR THIS ITEM.

EVERY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WISHING TO COMMENT PUBLICLY ON ANY MATTER INCLUDING ITEM ON THE AGENDA MAY SUBMIT THEIR COMMENTS BY EMAIL TO CITYCLERK@TAMARAC.ORG ALL COMMENTS SUBMITTED BY EMAIL THAT IF READ ORALLY ARE THREE MINUTES IR KESS SHALL BE READ INTO THE RECORD. ALL COMMENTS SUBMITTED BY EMAIL SHALL BE MADE PART OF THE PUBLIC RECORD.

INDIVIDUALS WHO REGISTER WILL BE CONTACTED BY THE MEETING TO OFFER THEIR PUBLIC COMMENT.

AND AT THIS TIME I SOMETHING FOR YOU TO READ.

AND THEN A CALL? YES WE DO. WE TWO COMMENTS THIS EVENING AND ONE PHONE CALL.

THE FIRST COMMENT COMES FROM ALVIN HE SAID, CAN YOU PLEASE UNVIDEO THE DRIVER.

IT IS DISTRACTING.

AND THEN MR. WARREN GREEN STATED, I WATCHED THE HEARINGS ON SETTING THE BUDGET AND

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MILLAGE RATES AND THE THEATER OF THE ABSURD DISPLAYED ON THE DAIS NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE ME. AT THE FIRST MEETING, AFTER STAFF MADE THEIR WELL REASONED BUDGET PRESENTATION, MOST OF THE COMMISSION ASKED COGENT QUESTIONS.

MARLON BOLTON, HOWEVER, CHOSE INSTEAD TO LAMBAST OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION FOR WHAT HE TERMED RUBBER STAMPING BUDGETS OVER THE YEARS, ALONG WITH OTHER RANTINGS.

IMAGINE HOW SURPRISING IT WAS TO HEAR THAT WITH A MERE TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS PUT INTO A SLUSH FUND FOR EGO DRIVEN PROJECTS, ALL WAS ONCE AGAIN RIGHT WITH THE WORLD, AND COMMISSIONER BOLTON COULD EASILY ENDORSE STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS.

YOUR FELLOW ELECTED OFFICIALS DESERVE AN APOLOGY.

AND BY THE WAY, COMMISSIONER BOLTON, BULLYING HAS ALSO OCCURRED IN TAMARAC BY YOUR STAFF, AND IT'S DOCUMENTED BY AN OUTSIDE COUNSEL.

A PROCLAMATION WON'T CHANGE THAT.

YOU, HOWEVER, CAN PUBLICLY ADMIT YOUR TRANSGRESSIONS AND APOLOGIZE.

THE PEOPLE OF TAMARAC DESERVE NOTHING LESS.

WE ALSO HAVE ONE CALL FROM MR. JEFF SHAPIRO.

I BELIEVE OUR I.T.

DEPARTMENT IS GOING TO REACH OUT TO HIM, HOW ARE YOU? IF YOU WOULD PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD AND THEN YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

GOOD EVENING. START RIGHT NOW.

YES. OH, OK.

LET ME OK, JEFFREY SHAPIRO.

6104 ORCHARD TREE LANE, TAMARAC.

SO I'M CALLING FOR A COUPLE OF REASONS.

FIRST THING, I WANT TO THANK MICHELLE GOMEZ AND CITY STAFF FOR GOING AHEAD AND GETTING A HOLD OF COMCAST.

ALTHOUGH WE STILL HAVE PROBLEMS HERE IN THE WIRING THAT WAS REPLACED FROM THE LAST OUTAGE, WHICH WAS JUST YESTERDAY FROM 6107, ALL THE WAY DOWN TO 6211, ROYAL POINT SIENNA.

AND, YOU KNOW, I DON'T WORK FOR THE CITY, BUT ON SATURDAY NIGHT WE HAD AN OUTAGE.

AND THEN AGAIN ON SUNDAY MORNING, I WENT OUT TO WHERE THE PROBLEMS USUALLY IS BECAUSE THE WIRES HAVE BEEN CUT, THE WIRES WERE RUNNING ACROSS BACKYARDS ONTO THE GOLF COURSE, WHICH GOLF COURSE PROPERTY SHOULDN'T EVEN HAVE THESE COMCAST WIRES ON.

AND ONCE AGAIN THE LAWN MOWING CREW HAD CUT THE WIRES FROM THE COUNTRY CLUB YESTERDAY.

AND WE HAD AN OUTAGE.

ADDRESSES WAS WHOLE NEW WIRING AND THEY SAY THEIR NOT GOING TO BURY IT.

THEY SAY THE CITY IS GOING TO GO AHEAD AND THEY'RE WAITING ON A PERMIT.

AND THE COMPANY THAT'S DOING THE WORK, IT'S CALLED MASTER TECHNOLOGY.

THEY'RE WAITING ON A PERMIT TO GO AHEAD AND RE ROUTE THE WIRING FROM 6107 ALL THE WAY DOWN TO ROYAL POINT SIENNA ON EVEN SIDE OF THE STREET.

CURRENTLY, THE WIRING IS ON THE ODD SIDE OF THE STREET, GOING ON THE GOLF COURSE, THEY RE RUN THE WIRING ON THE EVEN SIDE OF THE STREET IN FRONT OF THE HOMEOWNERS PROPERTY PRECEDING ALL THE WAY DOWN TO AND UNTIL THIS GETS RESOLVED, THESE WIRES WILL BE CUT AGAIN.

AND SO THAT'S A BIT OF A PROBLEM HERE, BUT I REALLY I WANT TO EXPRESS MY THANKS AND GRATITUDE TO THE ASSISTANCE FROM MAYOR MICHELLE GOMEZ.

THREE WEEKS AGO, I CALLED HER ON A JEWISH HOLIDAY.

AND IF IT WASN'T FOR HER AND SHE HAD SIX TRUCKS ON MY STREET TO RESOLVE THE ISSUES FOR THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE THIS WAS COMMUNITY WIDE THAT DAY THAT THAT ISSUE GOT RESOLVED, IT WOULDN'T HAVE GOTTEN RESOLVED THAT DAY.

BUT I NEED TO MOVE BE ALONG A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE A TIMER HERE, BUT WE'RE COMING CLOSE TO THREE MINUTES.

SO I KNOW YOU HAD A COUPLE OF OTHER ITEMS. SO IF YOU WOULD. YES, YES.

THIS COMING OCTOBER 20TH, THE REZONING OF THE LAND ON BROWARD COUNTY.

I HAVE SIGNED UP FOR THAT.

I GOT AN EMAIL TODAY.

YOU HAVE TO CALL IN BEFORE 10:00 A.M., OK?

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AND THEY CHECKED YOU OFF THE LIST.

YOU HAVE TO REMAIN ON THE PHONE UNTIL IT'S YOUR TIME AND THEY LET YOU KNOW YOUR TIME.

BUT NOW THIS AGENDA IS NOT GOING TO COME UP ITEM 75 UNTIL 2:30 IN THE AFTERNOON AND I DON'T KNOW, THAT'S PROBABLY GOING TO DISENFRANCHISE A LOT OF THE PEOPLE THAT WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO BE EXPECTED TO BE ON THE PHONE HOLDING ON FOR FOUR IN A HALF, FIVE OR SIX HOURS.

THANK YOU FOR LETTING US KNOW ABOUT THAT.

THAT IS A COUNTY PROCEDURE AND PROCESS AND MAYBE WE CAN FIND OUT FROM THE COUNTY SEPARATELY IF YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO BE ON THE WHOLE TIME OR NOT.

AND WE CAN WE CAN GET BACK TO YOU ABOUT THAT.

OK, FINE.

I CALLED THE COUNTY AFTER I GOT THAT E-MAIL AND BASICALLY THEY TOLD ME I HAD TO BE ON AND PEOPLE HAD TO BE ON THE LINE.

UNFORTUNATELY, THAT'S NOT THAT'S NOT SOMETHING WE CAN DO ANYTHING ABOUT.

BUT THANK YOU FOR LETTING US KNOW AND I'M SURE YOU AND I WILL TALK OFFLINE.

AND ONE OTHER THING THAT'S GOING TO BE LIMITED, BECAUSE THEY MIGHT WANT TO CLOSE THE MEETING AND TAKE A VOTE BEFORE FIVE O'CLOCK.

SO THAT'S.

UNDERSTOOD, UNDERSTOOD.

JEFFREY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT, YOU HAVE A GOOD NIGHT.

YOU, TOO. THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.

BYE. CITY CLERK, IS THERE ANYONE ELSE.

UNKNOWN PARTICIPANT IS NOW EXITING.

THAT'S IT, MADAM MAYOR, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU. I FORGOT ABOUT THAT LITTLE.

AND NOW PUBLIC COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED.

NOW MOVE TO OUR CONSENT AGENDA.

[7. CONSENT AGENDA]

AND CITY MANAGER ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONS OR DELETIONS? WE HAVE NO ADDITIONS OR DELETIONS THIS EVENING, MADAM MAYOR.

EXCELLENT.

CAN I GET A MOTION AND A SECOND PLEASE.

SO MOVED. SECOND.

THANK YOU. CITY CLERK.

PLEASE CALL THE ROLL. YES, MA'AM.

COMMISSIONER GELIN. IT APPEARS THAT COMMISSIONER GELIN NOW WISHES TO MAKE A COMMENT.

I JUST WANTED TO CONGRATULATE CHRISTINE CAJUSTE FOR BEING APPOINTED THE FINANCE DIRECTOR.

WE WOULD LOVE TO CONGRATULATE HER AFTER WE ACTUALLY APPROVE HER.

SO IF YOU CAN GIVE US YOUR VOTE, THEN WE CAN MOVE ON AND CONGRATULATE HER.

YES. THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER GELIN.

COMMISSIONER FISHMAN. YES.

COMMISSIONER PLACKO. YES.

VICE MAYOR BOLTON. YES.

AND MAYOR GOMEZ. YEAH.

AND WE ALL JOIN IN AND EVERYONE CAN MAKE THEIR COMMENT IF THEY WISH TO CONGRATULATE MS. CHRISTINE CAJUSTE AS OUR NEW FINANCE DIRECTOR.

SO I WENT ON VICE MAYOR IS YOUR HAND UP.

I WANTED TO COMMENT ALSO ON THE 7D, THAT IS THE GRANT AWARDS FOR WORKED VERY, VERY HARD ON THAT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH. I KNOW THAT SPEAK. AND EVERY BIT OF FINANCES THAT WE CAN GET TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT PARK STAYS BEAUTIFUL AND IMPROVES IS JUST AMAZING.

SO TO THE STAFF MEMBERS THAT WORKED HARD ON GETTING THAT FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT.

I APPRECIATE YOU SO MUCH.

THE CITY MANAGER IS WORKING HIS BUTT OFF, SO TO SPEAK, TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR DISTRICT IS AWESOME AS WELL. SO I THANK HIM FOR THAT.

AND CONGRATULATIONS TO MR. CAJUSTE ON THE APPOINTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR, A LONG TIME COMING.

I APPRECIATE THE HARD WORK FROM THAT DEPARTMENT.

I CAN'T SAY THAT I MISS MARK MASON, BUT I CAN SAY THAT I LOVE, I LOVE, I LOVE MS. CAJUSTE IN THE POSITION THAT SHE HAS AND THAT SHE NOW HOLDS.

WELCOME TO THE POSITION MS. CAJUSTE. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU AND YOUR DEPARTMENT IN A VERY BETTER WAY.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, COMMISSIONER BOLTON.

CHRISTINE, MS. CAJUSTE I JUST WANT TO SAY WHAT AN HONOR IT IS TO TAKE THIS POSITION IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

I THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT AS I TAKE ON THIS POSITION.

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AND I'M HOPING TO BE IN THIS POSITION FOR A VERY LONG TIME.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND WE HOPE YOU ARE AS WELL.

WE WILL NOW MOVE TO 8A OF OUR REGULAR AGENDA.

[8.a. TR 13520 - First Amendment to Commercial Parcel Ground Lease for Tamarac Village]

THAT IS PR13520 A TEMPORARY RESOLUTION, NUMBER ONE THREE FIVE TWO ZERO, AS MENTIONED BY THE MAYOR, IT IS, IN FACT, THE RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY, TAMARAC, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING HOWARD STEINHAUS AS THE DATED APRIL 13 TWENTY SIXTEEN OF THE TAMARAC LAND TRUST AGREEMENT DATED JULY TEN TWENTY THIRTEEN TO EXECUTE THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE GROUND LEASE AGREEMENT FOR THE COMMERCIAL PARCEL ATTACHED TO EXHIBIT NUMBER ONE TIME BETWEEN HOWARD STEIN, ALSO CO TRUSTEE AND JKM TV C LLC FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXTENDING THE COMMERCIAL PARCEL ELECTION OPTION FOR THE TAMARAC, THE PROPERTY BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED IN EXHIBIT ONE ATTACHED HERE TO INC. HERE IN, PROVIDING FOR A COMPLEX WEB OF INSEPARABILITY AND FINALLY PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER ONE THREE FIVE TWO ZERO IS NOW ON THE FLOOR.

THANK YOU MAYOR AND COMMISSION. THANK YOU.

I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. SO MOVED . THAT THE MOTION AND A SECOND.

SECOND.

I'M SORRY, SOME NOISE GOING ON OUTSIDE MY OFFICE, SO I MISSED HEARING WHOEVER WAS MOTIONED BY. SO WE'VE GOT A MOTION.

I HEARD THE SECOND AND WE WILL NOW TURN TO MS. CALLOWAY TO PROVIDE BACKGROUND ITEMS ABOUT THE ITEM.

THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR.

ACTUALLY, I'M GOING TO START THIS EVENING.

I KNOW WE ALWAYS CONFUSE YOU BY HAVING THE ITEMS MARKED THE WAY THAT THEY ARE.

BUT FORGIVE ME, I'M GOING TO START OFF THIS EVENING.

JUST A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY ABOUT TAMARAC VILLAGE AND IN PARTICULAR THE STRUCTURE OF THE LEADS THAT WE HAVE IN PLACE WITH JKM DEVELOPMENT.

THE BELIEF PROVIDES IN THIS CASE FOR THREE OPTIONS RELATIVE TO THE COMMERCIAL PARCEL WITHIN TAMARAC VILLAGE.

THE FIRST OPTION IS FOR JKM DURING THE LEASE PERIOD TO PURCHASE THE PROPERTY TO TAKE DOWN THE PROPERTY FROM THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

THAT WOULD OCCUR APPROXIMATELY BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

TWENTY TWENTY. THE SECOND OPTION WOULD BE FOR THE CITY TO RETAIN OWNERSHIP OF THE COMMERCIAL PARCEL AND DEVELOP IT SEPARATELY AND APART FROM JKM.

ALL OF THE COMPONENTS OF TAMARAC VILLAGE.

AND THEN THE THIRD OPTION IS FOR THE CITY AND JKM TO JOINTLY CONVERT THAT PROPERTY FROM COMMERCIAL SPACE TO RESIDENTIAL SPACE TO ALLOW FOR MORE RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION.

JKM CAME TO US DURING THE APPROPRIATE PERIOD AND PROPOSED A COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT AT TAMARAC VILLAGE. I THINK ALL OF YOU HEARD JIM TOUR TAMARAC VILLAGE, THEY CAME WITH AN EARLY LEARNING CENTER AND A DAYCARE IN A BUILDING THAT WAS TWICE AS LARGE AS WHAT WAS ENVISIONED IN THE COMMERCIAL AREA.

THAT WAS ACTUALLY OK.

AND IT WAS A GOOD PROPOSAL AND WE LIKED IT AND APPRECIATED IT.

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE WAS THE LOCATION OF IT.

IT WAS GOING TO BE IN OUR MIND RIGHT ON COMMERCIAL BOULEVARD, BUT WITH THE PLAYGROUND, RIGHT ON COMMERCIAL BOULEVARD.

AND IT WAS GOING TO BE, WE THOUGHT, IN A BAD LOCATION.

WE TALKED WITH JKM ABOUT THIS.

JKM UNDERSTOOD.

THEY EXPLAINED WHY THEY WERE BRINGING IT FORWARD.

AND IN TERMS OF TRYING TO HONOR THEIR OBLIGATIONS TO THE CITY.

AND WE TALKED THROUGH THAT OBLIGATION OF TAKING DOWN THE PROPERTY.

WE TALKED THROUGH WHAT IT WAS THAT THE CITY WAS LOOKING FOR IN TERMS OF RESTAURANTS AND RETAIL IN THAT AREA.

WE TALKED ABOUT THE IMPACT THAT COVID HAS HAD ON THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY AND ON RETAIL DEVELOPMENT. AND IT WAS OUR FEELING JOINTLY THAT WE SHOULD WAIT AND ALLOW JKM AN ADDITIONAL 12 MONTHS BEFORE THEY NEEDED TO ELECT TO MAKE A DECISION ABOUT HOW WE WANT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE COMMERCIAL PROPERTY.

AND AGAIN, THIS WAS STAFF DRIVEN, MORE SO THAN JKM.

JKM WAS IN A POSITION TO TAKE THE PROPERTY AND TO BEGIN THE COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT.

BUT IT WAS OUR OPINION THAT WHAT WAS BEING PROPOSED WAS NOT WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS THE BEST

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VISION FOR TAMARAC VILLAGE.

AND IN DISCUSSIONS WITH JKM, THEY AGREED.

BUT WE WOULD ALL HAVE FOR 12 MONTHS, WE WOULD HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THE TRUE SITUATION FOR RESTAURANT DEVELOPMENT AND RETAIL DEVELOPMENT WOULD BE AND THAT THAT WOULD BENEFIT US BOTH.

SO WE COME TO YOU THIS EVENING RECOMMENDING A 12 MONTH EXTENSION ON THE COMMERCIAL PARCEL DECISION. THAT IS OUR RECOMMENDATION.

MAXINE IS CERTAINLY HERE, AS IS ADAM FREEMAN WITH JKM.

AND I WOULD ASK MAXINE IF SHE HAS SOME COMMENTS THAT SHE WOULD LIKE TO MAKE TO PLEASE GO AHEAD AND MAKE THEM NOW. THANK YOU, MIKE.

I HAVE TO SAY THAT YOU WERE VERY ELOQUENT EXPLAINING WHAT IT IS THAT WE'RE TRYING TO ACHIEVE TONIGHT IS JUST VERY SPECIFIC IN TERMS OF THE AMENDMENT TO THE LEASE, TO THE COMMERCIAL PARCEL. IT'S JUST EXTENDING FROM 30 MONTHS FROM COMMENCEMENT TO THIRTY TWO MONTHS FROM COMMENCEMENT, WHICH IS EXACTLY AN ADDITIONAL 12 MONTHS.

JKM WOULD HAVE TO MEET THAT ELECTION BY DECEMBER 22ND TWENTY TWENTY ONE.

SO THAT'S THE CHANGE THAT'S BEEN PROPOSED IN THE COMMERCIAL PARCEL LEASE AGREEMENT.

AND THEN, MADAM MAYOR, WE ALSO HAVE ADAM FREEMAN WITH US THIS EVENING FROM JKM.

AND ADAM, I WASN'T SURE IF YOU HAD ANYTHING TO ADD OR YOU WANTED TO SAY OR HE JUST WANTED TO SAY HELLO TO EVERYBODY.

MR. MANAGER, MADAM MAYOR, THANK YOU FOR HAVING US, FOR HAVING ME THIS EVENING.

I DO APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT THROUGH THIS PROJECT.

AND I THINK THAT CALLOWAY GAVE A GREAT PRESENTATION OF WHERE WE ARE.

BUT I AM HAPPY TO REPORT THAT WE HAVE OVER 90 NEW RESIDENTS IN THE PAST THREE MONTHS IN THE COMMUNITY, AND WE ARE STARTING PHASE TWO SITE WORK ALREADY STARTED AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO FINISHING THE PROJECT.

AND SO I APPRECIATE EVERYONE'S TIME AND SUPPORT THROUGHOUT THE PROJECT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE'LL NOW OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT.

CITY CLERK, ARE THERE ANY PUBLIC COMMENTS? HAVE NO PUBLIC COMMENTS.

PUBLIC COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED.

YEAH, I HAVE A QUESTION FOR REPRESENTATIVE JKM.

SO WHAT IS WHAT IS THE PLAN OF ACTION OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT 12 MONTHS IN TERMS OF GETTING A FEEL FOR THE MARKET? WHAT'S GOING TO DRIVE YOUR DECISION, WHETHER OR NOT YOU'RE GOING TO REQUEST ANOTHER 12 MONTHS OR BE PREPARED TO MOVE FORWARD? MR. RETAIL DEVELOPMENT HAS BEEN DIFFICULT.

SO THE PLAN IS TO WORK OVER THE NEXT THREE OR FOUR MONTHS AFTER THE HOLIDAYS.

WE KNOW THAT THE HOLIDAYS ARE DIFFICULT AND REALLY KICK IT OFF AT THE FIRST OF THE YEAR WHERE WE KNOW WHERE THE MARKET IS GOING AND WE CAN COLLECTIVELY SIT DOWN, LIKE MR. STERN SAID, AND WORK TOGETHER ON THE RIGHT PLAN.

WE JUST GOT HIT BY KNOW WE ALL DO IT.

AND IT'S A HORRIBLE SITUATION THAT WE'RE TRYING TO WORK THROUGH.

AND YOU SAID YOU GOT 90 RESIDENTS OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS.

HOW MANY UNITS ARE UP AND HOW MANY ARE VACANT? WE HAVE SEVEN BUILDINGS IN PHASE ONE, PLUS THE CLUBHOUSE.

FIVE OF THE SEVEN RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS HAVE THEIR AND THEY'RE TWO HUNDRED ELEVEN UNITS IN THE FIRST PHASE.

OK. AND HOW'S IT LOOKING IN TERMS OF FILLING OUT THE REST OF US TO 11? SO NINE TO 11 ARE FILLED.

YES, 90 UNITS GRANTED TO TENANTS.

YOU KNOW, USUALLY TWO, THREE WEEKS OUT, PEOPLE ARE RENTING AND THEY MOVE IN WITH THEM.

SO FAR, EVERYTHING'S DONE REALLY WELL.

SO WE'RE EXCITED THAT YOU GOT TO SEE THE PROPERTY AND TO TAKE CAN DO A REAL RIBBON CUTTING IT AND EVERYTHING ELSE ONCE WE CAN DO THAT.

AND WHAT'S THE MARKET FEEDBACK? I MEAN, IN TERMS OF TIMING, OF FILLING OUT THE REST OF THE UNITS? HOW IS IT LOOKING OR IS THE MARKET SOFT THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT MOVING? THE ECONOMY? PEOPLE HIT SO HARD THAT THEY CAN'T MAKE THE MOVE IF THEY WANT TO MAKE THE MOVE? YOU KNOW, WE'VE MADE CONCESSIONS FOR FOLKS.

THE MARKET IS DEFINITELY DIFFERENT THAN IT WAS A YEAR AGO FOR CERTAIN.

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BUT WE HAVE NOT HAD ANY DIFFICULTY.

SO, AGAIN, IT'S THE PRODUCT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF AND WE'RE VERY PROUD OF THE WORK THAT WE PUT INTO THE COMMUNITY AND ARE EXCITED FOR US.

SO I DON'T SEE ANY CONCERNS THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE RESIDENTIAL OR THE COMMERCIAL WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT. ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH ME.

AND I'M GOING TO COMMISSIONER PLACKO. YES.

COMMISSIONER GELIN. YES.

VICE MAYOR BOLTON. YES.

COMMISSIONER AND MAYOR GOMEZ. YES.

TR13 FIVE TWO ZERO PASSES UNANIMOUSLY 5-0.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR.

THANK YOU COMMISSIONERS. APPRECIATE IT.

[9.a. TO2438 - Amendment to the City of Tamarac Code of Ordinances to include "City Holidays"]

THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR. WITH PLEASURE.

AND COMMISSIONERS, IT'S TEMPORARY ORDINANCE NUMBER TWO FOUR THREE EIGHT, WHICH IS ON THE AGENDA AS ITEM NUMBER NINE A.

IT READS AS FOLLOWS INTO THE PUBLIC RECORD.

IT'S AN ORDINANCE AT THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC, FLORIDA, AMENDING CHAPTER TWO REFERENCES ADMINISTRATION AND ARTICLE ONE, REFERENCING IN GENERAL THE CITY TAMARAC ORDINANCES BY CREATING A NEW SECTION TO TAX THREE CITY HOLIDAYS, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, PROVIDING FOR CLARIFICATION AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

ITEM NINE A, TEMPORARY ORDINANCE, NUMBER TWO FOUR THREE EIGHT HEADING FOR THE FULL FLOOR.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

CAN I GET A MOTION AND A SECOND PLEASE? SECOND.

LORENZO CALHOUN, HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR.

GOOD EVENING, VICE MAYOR AND THE COMMISSION.

I HAVE A SHORT PRESENTATION THIS EVENING REGARDING CITY PAID HOLIDAYS, WHICH ENCOMPASSES YOUR DISCUSSION FROM OUR LAST MEETING REGARDING JUNE 14.

ON JUNE TWENTY FOUR TWENTY TWENTY, COMMISSIONER GELIN INTRODUCED THE TOPIC AND THE COMMISSION EXPRESSED A DESIRE TO COMMEMORATE JUNETEENTH AS AN OFFICIAL MUNICIPAL HOLIDAY.

THE CITY ATTORNEY WAS DIRECTED BY THE COMMISSION TO DRAFT AN ORDINANCE TO CODIFY NOT ONLY JUNETEENTH BUT ALSO EMPLOYEE HOLIDAYS AND ESTABLISH JUNETEENTH AS AN OFFICIAL CITY PAID EMPLOYEE HOLIDAY.

FOR THIS EVENING AN ORDINANCE HAS BEEN PREPARED FOR THE COMMISSION'S CONSIDERATION AND ADOPTION.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. CURRENTLY, WE HAVE 11 EMPLOYEE CITY PAID HOLIDAYS AND THREE PERSONAL DAYS, WHICH ARE CURRENTLY PROVIDED TO OUR EMPLOYEES.

WE CELEBRATE NEW YEAR'S DAY, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

DAY, PRESIDENT'S DAY, MEMORIAL DAY, INDEPENDENCE DAY, LABOR DAY, VETERANS DAY, THANKSGIVING DAY, THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING, CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY.

THE OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS ARE ADDRESSED IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC PERSONNEL MANUAL, SECTION SIX POINT ZERO FOUR, AS WELL AS IN THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT WITH THE FEDERATION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES ARTICLE 18 AND IN THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT ARTICLE 15.

OUR REGULAR AND FULL TIME EMPLOYEES, IF YOU GO BACK ONE LOOK, PLEASE, ARE ENTITLED, THANK YOU, ARE ENTITLED TO A REGULAR DAY'S PAY FOR EACH OF THE HOLIDAYS OR IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS.

REGULAR PART TIME BARGAINING EMPLOYEES RECEIVE A THREE AND A HALF HOURS OF PAY AND A REGULAR PART TIME BARGAINING EMPLOYEES ARE ENTITLED TO FOUR HOURS OF PAY.

EMPLOYEES COVERED BY THE IAFF AGREEMENT RECEIVE 11 HOURS OF PAY AT THE REGULAR RATE OF PAY FOR EACH CITY PAID HOLIDAY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. THANK YOU.

UNDER THE PROPOSED ORDINANCE, THE CITY PAID HOLIDAYS WOULD BE CODIFIED AND JUNETEENTH WOULD BE ADDED AS A CITY PAID HOLIDAY.

IF THE ADDITION OF JUNETEENTH IS ADOPTED THIS EVENING, EMPLOYEES IN BOTH BARGAINING AND NON BARGAINING UNITS WOULD BE ENTITLED TO AN ADDITIONAL PAID RECOGNIZED HOLIDAY.

FOR OUR VIRTUAL AUDIENCE, A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ABOUT JUNETEENTH.

JUNETEENTH IS ALSO KNOWN AS EMANCIPATION DAY FOR JUNETEENTH INDEPENDENCE DAY, AND IT'S A HOLIDAY COMMEMORATING THE END OF SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES.

IT'S OBSERVED ANNUALLY ON JUNE 19.

BY WAY OF HISTORY IN 1863, DURING THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR, PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN ISSUED

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THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION, WHICH DECLARED MORE THAN THREE MILLION SLAVES LIVING IN THE CONFEDERATE STATES TO BE FREE.

MORE THAN TWO YEARS WOULD PASS, HOWEVER, BEFORE THE NEWS REACHED AFRICAN AMERICANS LIVING IN TEXAS. IT WAS NOT UNTIL UNION SOLDIERS ARRIVED IN GALVESTON, TEXAS, ON JUNE 19, 1865, THAT THE STATE'S RESIDENTS FINALLY LEARNED THAT SLAVERY HAD BEEN ABOLISHED.

THE FOLLOWING YEAR ON JUNE 19TH, THE FIRST OFFICIAL JUNETEENTH CELEBRATIONS TOOK PLACE IN TEXAS. WITHIN A FEW YEARS, AFRICAN AMERICANS AND STATES WERE CELEBRATING THE DAY AS WELL, MAKING IT AN ANNUAL TRADITION.

CELEBRATIONS HAVE CONTINUED ACROSS THE UNITED STATES INTO THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY.

JUNETEENTH BECAME A HOLIDAY IN TEXAS IN 1980, AND A NUMBER OF OTHER STATES SUBSEQUENTLY FOLLOWED SUIT. THE DAYS ARE ALSO CELEBRATED OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES, WITH ORGANIZATIONS AND A NUMBER OF COUNTRIES USING THE DAY TO RECOGNIZE THE END OF SLAVERY AND TO CELEBRATE THE CULTURE AND ACHIEVEMENT OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THANK YOU. SO BASED ON OUR RESEARCH FINDINGS, WHILE IT HAS BEEN CELEBRATED BY AFRICAN-AMERICANS FOR OVER 150 YEARS.

BACK ONE SLIDE, PLEASE.

THANK YOU. CITIES, STATES, CITIES AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY HAVE BEGUN TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE OFTEN OVERLOOKED DATE AS ONE THAT DESERVES GREATER RECOGNITION.

YOU'LL SEE HERE IN A RECENT ARTICLE THAT WAS PUBLISHED IN CNN, A NUMBER OF CITIES, STATES AND UNIVERSITIES HAVE DESIGNATED JUNETEENTH AS AN OFFICIAL HOLIDAY.

YOU'LL NOTE HERE THAT NUMEROUS STATES, INCLUDING CONNECTICUT, VERMONT, MASSACHUSETTS, MINNESOTA, VIRGINIA, KANSAS AND ILLINOIS, WERE DESIGNATING JUNE 19TH AS JUNETEENTH.

ALSO THERE A GROWING NUMBER OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES NATIONWIDE THAT ARE CLOSED IN HONOR OF JUNETEENTH, INCLUDING HARVARD, GEORGETOWN AND COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

NEXT SLIDE. THANK YOU. IN RECENT YEARS, AND PARTICULARLY FOLLOWING NATIONWIDE PROTESTS OVER POLICE BRUTALITY AND THE DEATHS OF GEORGE FLOYD, BREONNA TAYLOR, OTHER AFRICAN-AMERICANS THIS YEAR, THERE'S A RENEWED INTEREST IN THE DAY THAT CELEBRATES FREEDOM.

IN THE NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE, WHICH WE ARE REFERENCING HERE.

SO YOU WANT TO LEARN ABOUT JUNETEENTH? IT WAS NOTED SEVERAL LARGE NATIONAL COMPANIES ARE DESIGNATING JUNETEENTH AS A COMPANY HOLIDAY. SOME OF THOSE COMPANIES ARE TWITTER, NIKE, THE NFL, BEST BUY AND TARGET.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO, MADAM MAYOR, MR. VICE MAYOR, MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION, I WAS EXCITED BECAUSE I THOUGHT WE WOULD BE THE FIRST TO THE RACE TO DESIGNATE JUNETEENTH IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA.

BUT I FOUND OUT RECENTLY THAT LEON COUNTY DESIGNATED TO BECOME THE FIRST COUNTY IN FLORIDA TO OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZE FLORIDA'S EMANCIPATION DAY AS A COUNTY HOLIDAY, DEMONSTRATING THEIR COUNTY'S COMMITMENT TO RACIAL EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY.

SO EMANCIPATION DAY IS A SIGNIFICANT DAY IN FLORIDA HISTORY AND DESERVES RECOGNITION AND CELEBRATION. THAT WAS A QUOTE BY THE LEON COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN, MR. BRIAN. I BELIEVE IT'S LOCAL HISTORIANS HAVE BEEN PUSHING FOR MORE ACCURATE DATE REFLECTS FLORIDA'S DAY OF HISTORIC FREEDOM. AND SUBSEQUENTLY, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THAT DAY IN FLORIDA'S MAY 20.

MAY 20, OF WHICH LEON COUNTY HAS DECLARED AS THEIR OFFICIAL DAY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THANK YOU. WE ALSO CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF VARIOUS MUNICIPALITIES TO FIND OUT IF THEY WERE RECOGNIZING JUNETEENTH OR IF THEY WERE IN THE PROCESS OF RECOGNIZING JUNETEENTH AS A PAID HOLIDAY. WHILE AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL, THERE'S A RECOGNITION OF JUNETEENTH AND IT'S GROWING IN THE CORPORATE SECTOR AND STATE GOVERNMENTS AND UNIVERSITIES.

OUR RECENT SURVEY SHOWS THAT LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES, WE FIND THE RECOGNITION IN THE LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES KIND OF LAGGING IN THAT AREA.

SO BASED ON OUR SURVEY, WE ASKED THE FOLLOWING QUESTION, DOES YOUR AGENCY OFFER JUNETEENTH AS A CITY PAID EMPLOYEE HOLIDAY? AND WE ALSO ASKED HOW MANY PAID HOLIDAYS, INCLUDING PROVIDE? NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

WHAT WE FOUND OUT ABOUT 20 RESPONSES IS THAT MOST RECENTLY US TO THE PUNCH AND THEY HAVE ACTUALLY CODIFIED JUNETEENTH AS A CITY PAID HOLIDAY.

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TWENTY OF THE CITIES ARE NOW CONSIDERING ADDING JUNETEENTH AS A CITY PAID HOLIDAY AT THIS POINT. BUT ON AVERAGE, THE CITIES THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE SURVEY, THEY OFFER PER YEAR 12.4 PAID HOLIDAYS OR FLOATING HOLIDAYS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE LEVENT.

SO IN CONCLUSION.

MADAM MAYOR, MR. VICE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION.

IF YOU WERE TO APPROVE THIS ITEM TONIGHT, THE ESTIMATED COST TO ADD A PAID HOLIDAY DESIGNATED AS JUNETEENTH WOULD BE ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS, WHICH INCLUDES WAGES, PENSION CONTRIBUTIONS AND FICA.

AND I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO KEEP IN MIND THAT THIS WOULD BE AN ANNUAL AND RECURRING EXPENSE. THAT CONCLUDES MY PORTION OF THE PRESENTATION, I AM AVAILABLE FOR QUESTIONS AT THIS TIME. THANK YOU VERY MUCH AT THIS TIME WE ARE GOING TO OPEN UP PUBLIC COMMENTS.

CITY CLERK ARE THERE ANY COMMENTS.

I HAVE NO COMMENTS FOR YOU THIS EVENING MADAM MAYOR? COMMISSIONER GELIN.

A QUESTION FOR THE H.R.

DIRECTOR, DID YOU FIND OUT WHAT THE COST IS FOR THE CITY OF DEERFIELD BEACH FOR THEM THAT IS A GOOD QUESTION.

I CAN REACH OUT TO THE H.R.

DIRECTOR THERE TOMORROW AND PROVIDE YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES WITH THAT COST.

AND IF YOU CAN FIND OUT FROM LEON COUNTY AS WELL.

WILL DO. I CAN SHARE WITH YOU THAT THEY DID HAVE TO NEGOTIATE WITH THEIR UNIONS IN DEERFIELD BEACH. SO I'D BE INTERESTED IN THAT COST AS WELL.

OK, THANK YOU. YOU'RE WELCOME.

AT THIS TIME, I'M NOT SEEING ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FROM MY COLLEAGUES COMMISSIONER FISHMAN.

YES. VICE MAYOR BOLTON.

YES. COMMISSIONER PLACKO.

YES. COMMISSIONER GELIN.

YES. AND MAYOR GOMEZ.

YES. THE ORDINANCE PASSES ON FIRST READING 5 TO 0.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

WE WILL NOW TURN TO 9

[9.b. TO2439 - Amendment to the City of Tamarac Code of Ordinances to include "Tamarac Employee Living Wage"]

ORDINANCES TO INCLUDE TAMARAC EMPLOYEE LIVING WAGE, CITY ATTORNEY WILL YOU PLEASE READ THE TITLE FOR THE RECORD. WITH PLEASURE.

MAYOR AND COMMISSION.

FLORIDA, PERTAINING TO LIVING WAGES, CREATING PROVISIONS FOR A LIVING WAGE FOR CITY EMPLOYEES, AMENDING CHAPTER SIX OF THE CITY'S CODE OF ORDINANCES ENTITLED FINANCE AND TAXATION, SPECIFICALLY AMENDING ARTICLE ONE ENTITLED IN GENERAL BY CREATING A SECTION SIX DASH ONE TO BE ENTITLED TAMARAC EMPLOYEE LIVING WAGE, PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION PROVIDING FOR A CONFLICTS SEVERABILITY AND FINALLY PROVIDING FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATE.

I KNOW MR. CALHOUN'S IN THE WINGS TO SPEAK ON THE SUBJECT.

THANK YOU MAYOR AND COMMISSION. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND PLEASE.

MOTION TO APPROVE. SECOND. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

MR. CALHOUN.

MR. VICE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION, LERENZO CALHOUN, HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR.

NEXT SLIDE LEVENT, PLEASE.

THANK YOU. IN OUR FEBRUARY TWENTY FOUR TWENTY TWENTY COMMISSION WORKSHOP, VICE MAYOR BOLTON INTRODUCED THE TOPIC OF ESTABLISHING A LIVING WAGE FOR ALL FULL AND PART TIME CITY EMPLOYEES. OUR CITY ATTORNEY AT THAT TIME WAS DIRECTED BY THE COMMISSION TO WORK WITH HUMAN RESOURCES STAFF TO DRAFT AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH A LIVING WAGE FOR THE CITY'S EMPLOYEES. A DRAFT ORDINANCE HAS BEEN PREPARED AND IS BEING PROVIDED TO THE COMMISSION FOR CONSIDERATION AND DISCUSSION THIS EVENING.

NEXT SLIDE. PLEASE LEVENT. IF APPROVED, THIS PROPOSED ORDINANCE WOULD ESTABLISH A LIVING WAGE FOR ALL REGULAR, FULL AND PART TIME CITY EMPLOYEES AT A TIME AND RATE TO BE DETERMINED BY THE CITY COMMISSION.

JUST BY WAY OF REFRESHER, A LIVING WAGE IS DEFINED AS A THEORETICAL INCOME LEVEL THAT ALLOWS AN INDIVIDUAL OR FAMILY TO AFFORD ADEQUATE SHELTER, FOOD AND OTHER BASIC NECESSITIES SUCH AS INSURANCE, TRANSPORTATION AND PERSONAL CARE ITEMS. THE GOAL OF ESTABLISHING A LIVING WAGE IS TO ENSURE THAT EMPLOYEES WILL EARN AN INCOME OR A SATISFACTORY STANDARD OF LIVING AND TO PREVENT THEM FROM FALLING INTO POVERTY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE LEVENT. AT OUR MEETING IN FEBRUARY, I SHARE WITH THE COMMISSION THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE IS CURRENTLY SEVEN TWENTY FIVE AN HOUR.

AND IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, THE MINIMUM WAGE IS EIGHT DOLLARS AND FIFTY SIX CENTS PER

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HOUR. SINCE THE TIME WE LAST DISCUSSED THIS SUBJECT, THERE IS A AMENDMENT PENDING FOR THE NOVEMBER 3RD BALLOT FOR VOTERS TO CONSIDER A 15 DOLLAR MINIMUM WAGE INITIATIVE.

IF THIS AMENDMENT PASSES, FLORIDA'S MINIMUM WAGE WOULD INCREASE INCREMENTALLY TO TEN DOLLARS PER HOUR, EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 30TH OF TWENTY TWENTY ONE AND EACH SEPTEMBER 30TH THEREAFTER, MINIMUM WAGE WILL INCREASE BY ONE DOLLAR PER HOUR UNTIL THE MINIMUM WAGE REACHES FIFTEEN DOLLARS PER HOUR ON SEPTEMBER 30TH TWENTY TWENTY SIX.

FROM THAT POINT FORWARD, FUTURE MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES SHALL REVERT TO BEING ADJUSTED ANNUALLY FOR INFLATION STARTING SEPTEMBER 30 TWENTY TWENTY SEVEN.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE LEVENT.

YOU MAY RECALL WE CONDUCTED A SURVEY REGARDING A LIVING WAGE IN FEBRUARY WE SHARED THE RESULTS OF THAT SURVEY WITH YOU WHERE WE ASKED THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS.

DID YOUR CITY HAVE A LIVING WAGE ORDINANCE OR POLICY? IF YES, HOW MUCH IS YOUR LIVING WAGE? WHEN WAS THE ORDINANCE OR POLICY ENACTED? DOES YOUR LIVING WAGE ORDINANCE OR POLICY GOVERN EMPLOYEES AND BUSINESSES? DID YOUR CITY BUDGET ADDITIONAL MONEY FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LIVING WAGE? IF YES, HOW MUCH? HOW IS YOUR LIVING WAGE AMOUNT DETERMINED? DO YOU USE A CALCULATOR, FOR EXAMPLE, MIT UNIVERSAL OR CPI? NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE LEVENT. THANK YOU.

THE 33 AGENCIES THAT WE SURVEY, WE RECEIVED 28 RESPONSES WITH 24 OF THE RESPONSES STATING THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE A LIVING WAGE, BUT FOUR OF THOSE SURVEYED SAID, YES, THEY DO HAVE A LIVING WAGE. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE LEVENT.

OF THOSE FOUR THAT SAID, YES, WE HAVE BROWARD COUNTY, WHERE THE LIVING WAGE IS FOURTEEN DOLLARS AND 90 CENTS PER HOUR, WHICH INCLUDES A HEALTH BENEFIT, THE CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE, WHICH IS FIFTEEN DOLLARS PER HOUR, THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL, WHICH IS CURRENTLY ELEVEN DOLLARS AN 83 CENTS PER HOUR.

AND THE CITY OF MIRAMAR WITH THE LIVING WAGE IS TWELVE DOLLARS AND FIFTY CENTS PER HOUR.

ONE OF THE METHODS UTILIZED TO CALCULATE THE LIVING WAGE IS OUT OF THE MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, KNOWN AS MIT.

AND RECENTLY THEY INCREASED THE CALCULATION FROM THE TIME WE LAST HAD THIS DISCUSSION.

THEY ACTUALLY CALCULATED FOR AN ADULT WITH NO CHILDREN LIVING IN BROWARD COUNTY, 13 DOLLARS AND 16 CENTS PER HOUR WOULD BE SUFFICIENT FOR SOMEONE TO LIVE IN THIS PARTICULAR AREA AND BE ABLE TO ACTUALLY OBTAIN NECESSITIES.

THERE'S ALSO THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX KNOWN AS CPI FOR THE MIAMI, FORT LAUDERDALE AND WEST PALM BEACH AREAS.

CURRENTLY OR MOST RECENTLY, CPI WAS ESTIMATED AT ONE POINT FOUR PERCENT WITH THE MONTH ENDING AUGUST TWENTY TWENTY.

THE NEWEST ACTUAL PERCENTAGE SHOULD HAVE COME OUT THIS MORNING WHEN WE LAST CHECK IT HAD NOT COME OUT.

THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX IS A MEASURE OF THE AVERAGE CHANGE OVER TIME AND THE PRICES PAID BY CONSUMERS WHO ARE MARKET BASKET OF CONSUMER GOODS AND SERVICES.

AND FINALLY, SOME AGENCIES AND YOU WON'T SEE THIS IN A PRESENTATION, THEY USE A PERCENTAGE FOR FLAT DOLLAR AMOUNT TO INCREASE THE LIVING WAGE ON A PERIODIC BASIS.

SO IN BROWARD COUNTY, CAN YOU GO BACK ONE SLIDE PIECE LEVENT.

IF YOU COULD GO BACK ONE SLIDE, PLEASE.

LEVENT. I THINK IT'S OH, YOU GUYS ARE AHEAD OF ME.

AWESOME.

IF YOU COULD ADVANCE IT ONE LEVENT I'M SORRY.

COMMISSIONER GELIN, YOU MENTIONED IT'S SLOW.

ARE YOU LOOKING AT A LIVING WAGE METHODOLOGY SLIDE THAT INCLUDES BROWARD COUNTY? YES, I SAW IT BEFORE AND THEN YOU TOLD HIM TO GO BACK.

SO NOW HE'S ON THE LIVING WAGE WITH BROWARD COUNTY, FORT LAUDERDALE, LAUDERHILL, MIRAMAR AND THE MIT, ONE ADULT, 13.16.

THANK YOU. LEVENT IF YOU COULD ADVANCE ONE SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO HE WAS THERE BEFORE AND THEN HE TOOK IT BACK TO THIS, SO YOU DIDN'T SEE THE PRIOR ONE.

SURE LEVENT IF YOU COULD TAKE IT ONE SLIDE FORWARD THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

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IT'S A GOOD THING I DIDN'T DO MY COMMISSION REPORT TODAY.

WELL, IF YOU DON'T MIND, IF THE COMMISSION DOES NOT MIND I CAN TALK IT THROUGH? YES PLEASE. SO IN BROWARD COUNTY, THEY'RE LIVING WAGE WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2018.

IT IS FOURTEEN DOLLARS AND 90 CENTS PER HOUR EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1ST 2019.

THIRTEEN DOLLARS AND TWENTY SEVEN CENTS PER HOUR IS THE ACTUAL LIVING WAGE THE BROWARD COUNTY ACTUALLY LEGISLATED ONE DOLLAR AND SIXTY THREE CENTS PER HOUR AS A HEALTH CARE BENEFIT TO HELP COVER OR OFFSET THE COST OF HEALTH CARE FOR THE EMPLOYEES.

THAT MAKES UP THE FOURTEEN DOLLARS AND 90 CENTS AN HOUR.

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1ST TWENTY TWENTY ONE.

THAT WILL INCREASE THE OVERALL RATE TO SIXTEEN DOLLARS AND SEVENTY ONE CENTS PER HOUR.

THAT'S INCLUSIVE OF AN INCREASE FOR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AT THREE DOLLARS AND FORTY FOUR CENTS PER HOUR. THE LIVING WAGE WILL REMAIN AT THIRTEEN DOLLARS AND TWENTY SEVEN CENTS PER HOUR. IN THEIR PARTICULAR ORDINANCE, THEIR LIVING WAGE AND HEALTH CARE BENEFIT ADJUSTMENT OFFER ONE OF THREE OPTIONS TO ADJUST THEIR LIVING WAGE ON AN ANNUAL BASIS OR AS THEY SEE FIT, IT COULD BE ADJUSTED ANNUALLY.

THEY WOULD USE EITHER THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX, UTILIZE THAT PERCENTAGE TO INCREASE THE LIVING WAGE BY THEY WOULD INCREASE IT BY THREE PERCENT POSSIBLY, OR THE PERCENTAGE INCREASE PROVIDED TO UNREPRESENTED COUNTY EMPLOYEES.

AND THEY WOULD UTILIZE THE LOWEST OF THE THREE INDICATORS I JUST SHARED WITH YOU TO DETERMINE HOW TO INCREASE THAT LIVING WAGE.

LEVENT IF YOU COULD ADVANCE THE SLIDE.

ONE MORE, PLEASE. I'LL TALK THE NEXT ONE THROUGH AS WELL UNTIL WE CATCH UP.

SO THE NEXT EXAMPLE THAT I'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU IS THE CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE.

THEY'RE LIVING WAGE WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2019 THROUGH A CLASSIFICATION AND COMPENSATION STUDY THERE LIVING WAGE IS FIFTEEN DOLLARS PER HOUR.

THANK YOU LEVENT. AND IT WAS ESTABLISHED, THROUGH MEMO AND A CITY POLICY THROUGH THE CITY MANAGER.

CITY OF LAUDERHILL ESTABLISHED THEIR LIVING WAGE IN TWENTY FOURTEEN.

AT THAT TIME IT WAS TEN DOLLARS AND TEN CENTS AN HOUR.

AS YOU KNOW, AS I SHARED WITH YOU EARLIER, IT IS NOW ELEVEN DOLLARS AND EIGHTY THREE CENTS AN HOUR. THE CITY OF MIRAMAR ESTABLISHED THEIR LIVING WAGE IN TWENTY FIFTEEN.

IT IS CURRENTLY TWELVE DOLLARS AND FIFTY CENTS PER HOUR.

IT WAS ESTABLISHED THROUGH ORDINANCE AND THEIR LIVING WAGE IS AMENDED BY RESOLUTION AND SUBJECT TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.

I WILL SHARE WITH YOU CITY OF MIRAMAR DID SET ASIDE AN ADDITIONAL FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS IN FUNDING INITIALLY TO IMPLEMENT THE LIVING WAGE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, LEVENT.

SO I WILL SHARE WITH YOU THE MINIMUM HOURLY RATE UNDER THE CITY OF TAMARAC'S BARGAINING PAY PLAN IS 14 DOLLARS AND SIXTY FOUR CENTS PER HOUR.

THE FOURTEEN DOLLARS AND SIXTY FOUR CENTS PER HOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE BENEFITS.

WE CONSIDER PAYING THE CITY OF TAMARAC AS A TOTAL COMPENSATION PACKAGE, WHICH WOULD INCLUDE AN EMPLOYEE SALARY, HEALTH AND PENSION BENEFITS, PAID LEAVE, FLEXIBLE WORK SCHEDULES AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES.

OUR BENEFIT PACKAGE, ON AVERAGE, IS VALUED AT 50 PERCENT OF AN EMPLOYEE'S SALARY.

JUST SO WE CAN KEEP THAT IN MIND, WE REMAIN COMPETITIVE BY STRIVING FOR TRANSPARENCY AND PAY EQUITY. PAY AND DURING THE YEARS WE'RE ENGAGED IN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.

WE COULD MOVE TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE LEVENT.

SO THIS EVENING, OUR RECOMMENDATION IS FOR THE COMMISSION TO ADOPT THE ORDINANCE ON FIRST READING ESTABLISH LIVING WAGE EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1ST OF TWENTY TWENTY ONE.

AND I JUST WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU THAT WE ARE PARTIES TO A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT. WE WILL GO TO THE TABLE IN THE SPRING OF TWENTY TWENTY ONE WITH THE FEDERATION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES.

AT THAT TIME, I FULLY ANTICIPATE THROUGH A CLOSED DOOR EXECUTIVE SESSION I WILL RECEIVE DIRECTION FROM THIS COMMISSION AND THE FISCAL IMPACT THAT WILL RESULT AS FROM YOUR DIRECTION WILL BE DETERMINED AT SUCH TIME THAT THE COMMISSION PROVIDES GUIDANCE OR

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DIRECTION TO MYSELF AS WELL AS THE CITY ATTORNEY, THE CITY MANAGER AND OUR LABOR COUNCIL.

THAT CONCLUDES MY PRESENTATION.

I AM AVAILABLE FOR QUESTIONS AT THIS TIME.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

CITY CLERK DO WE HAVE ANYBODY WISHING TO SPEAK ON THIS MATTER WE DO NOT, MADAM MAYOR, THANK YOU.

PUBLIC COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED. COMMISSIONER GELIN THANKS FOR YOUR REPORT, MR. CALHOUN. I WANT TO THANK VICE MAYOR BOLTON FOR BRINGING THIS TOPIC UP.

SOME CITIES WAS BROUGHT OUT BY ORDINANCE AND OTHERS IT WAS BROUGHT UP BY STAFF MEMO.

I THINK THROUGHOUT THIS PANDEMIC, WE UNDERSTAND THAT ALL WORKERS HAVE VALUE.

FIRST, DURING WHEN THE PANDEMIC FIRST STARTED, WE WERE RECOGNIZING NURSES AND DOCTORS AS HEROES AND DIRE EMPLOYEES.

AND THEN AS THE PANDEMIC CONTINUED ON AND WE REALIZED THAT THE FRONTLINE WORKERS THE PUBLIC WORKERS, THE RESTAURANT WORKERS, THEY ARE FRONTLINE EMPLOYEES, TOO.

BUT I THINK IT JUST ALLOWED EVERYONE TO SEE AND BELIEVE AND UNDERSTAND THAT ALL WORKERS ARE VALUED AND SHOULDN'T BE VALUED.

AND PART OF VALUING THOSE WORKERS IS PAYING A FAIR COMPENSATION.

AND SO AS WE REGARD THIS PRESENTATION, I QUICKLY GOOGLED THE MINIMUM WAGE FOR VARIOUS STATES. AND RIGHT NOW, THE STATE OF FLORIDA IS ON PAR WITH ALABAMA.

BUT THE COST OF LIVING IN ALABAMA IS MUCH LOWER THAN THE COST OF LIVING IN FLORIDA.

AND IN FLORIDA, YOU FIND SO MANY ADULT CHILDREN GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE AND STILL HAVING TO LIVE ON THEIR PARENTS BECAUSE THE COST OF LIVING IS SO HIGH.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE A GAME CHANGER, OR A WORLD CHANGER, BUT IT WILL PROVIDE A DECENT INCOME TO LOW SKILLED WORKERS WHO STILL NEED TO AFFORD TO LIVE COMFORTABLY AND TO BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES.

SO I'M GLAD THAT, YOU KNOW, THE RECOMMENDATION IS TO GO WITH WHAT VICE MAYOR BOLTON HAD INITIATED, WILL BE ON A PAR WITH SOME OTHER CITIES HAVE DONE WAY BACK BEFORE.

SO THAT SPEAKS TO THE NEW LEADERSHIP THAT'S COMING INTO THE CITY OF TAMARAC RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT OTHERS HAVE NOT RECOGNIZED IN THE PAST.

AND THAT'S NOT A CRITICISM.

BUT IT'S GOOD TO HAVE HAVE DIFFERENT VOICES ON THE COMMISSION THAT SEE THINGS FROM DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES. AND I SUPPORT THIS ORDINANCE.

VICE MAYOR.

MR. CALHOUN, WOULD THIS BE THE CORRECT VENUE TO ASK FOR ON JOB APPLICATIONS? I KNOW THIS MAY NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE LIVING WAGE ORDINANCE, BUT ON JOB APPLICATIONS OR NOT THE APPLICATIONS, BUT POSTINGS TO HAVE, YOU KNOW, BILINGUAL PREFERRED OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, HAVING THAT KIND OF DESIGNATION.

YES.

I'M SORRY, MADAM MAYOR.

MR. VICE MAYOR.

YES. THIS IS THE APPROPRIATE FORUM.

OFTENTIMES, WE DO PUT IN DIFFERENT OPTIONS DEPENDING ON THE OPPORTUNITY.

BUT YES, THIS IS THE APPROPRIATE FORUM TO POSE THAT QUESTION OR DIRECTION FROM THE COMMISSION. IT DOES NOT HURT TO HAVE BILINGUAL EMPLOYEES.

WE HAVE A NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES IN THE CITY WHO ARE BILINGUAL.

I THINK IT MAKES US DIVERSITY WITHIN OUR CITY.

RIGHT. I WOULD LIKE THAT TO BE A PART OF OUR APPROVAL TONIGHT.

WE ARE.

IS THERE SOMETHING WRONG WITH IT MADAM MAYOR.

YOU ARE MUTED.

I WOULD ASK WHEN WE GO TO LIVING WAGE ITEM VERSUS ONE IS MAKING SURE THEIR APPLICATIONS ARE APPROPRIATE, ARE WRITTEN FOR LANGUAGE AS YOU'RE ASKING SO I UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU'RE GOING, BUT I JUST DON'T KNOW IF IT'S THE SAME TOPIC UNDER THE SO CITY ATTORNEY.

MADAM MAYOR TO THE VICE MAYOR THE TOPIC IS WITHIN THE SAME REALM OF DISCUSSION.

I THINK WHAT WE NEED TO DISTINGUISH IS AND I THINK MR. CALHOUN CAN ASSIST HERE, WHAT YOU'RE SPEAKING TO MAY EITHER BE IN SEPARATE EITHER LEGISLATION OR ADMINISTRATION COULD POTENTIALLY IMPLEMENT THE KIND OF ITEM THAT YOU'RE

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SPEAKING TO IN CONJUNCTION WITH YOUR INTEREST IN HAVING IT PROMOTED THIS EVENING, ALONG WITH THIS PROPOSAL BEFORE YOU SO NOT INAPPROPRIATE TO RAISE THE ISSUE IT'S NOT PART OF THE ORDINANCE. I WOULD SUGGEST.

MR. VICE MAYOR, IF YOU INQUIRE OF MR. CALHOUN, HOW BEST TO OPERATIONALIZE YOUR DISCUSSION, IT MIGHT BE A GOOD THING TO DO TONIGHT, SO THAT WE COULD I WOULD FOLLOW THAT CALHOUN. SO I THINK THE CITY ATTORNEY CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, THE TOPIC IS BEING BROUGHT UP NOW IS A DIFFERENT ITEM FOR DISCUSSION AND ASK IF THIS SHOULD BE SOMETHING BROUGHT TO THE TABLE FOR OUR NEXT MEETING, BECAUSE THIS IS A DIFFERENT ITEM UNDER POLICY VERSUS, UNDER THIS SPECIFIC ITEM ON THE TABLE, WHICH IS A LIVING WAGE. LET ME RESPOND MAYOR AND COMMISSION.

THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THE VICE MAYORS INQUIRY IS WITHIN THE REALM OF EMPLOYMENT.

THAT IS A FACT.

IT IS GLOBALLY WITHIN THE SAME AMBIT OF DISCUSSION.

WHAT YOU'RE SUGGESTING AND I THINK PERHAPS MR. CALHOUN, OR THE MANAGER, CAN BEST ASSIST THE VICE MAYOR IS IT'S A TOPIC WHICH MAY NOT BE INVOLVED IN THE CONVERSATION ABOUT THE ORDINANCE THAT MAY WELL BE A SEPARATE, POLICY DRIVEN DECISION WHICH CAN BE OPERATIONAL AS OR MAY, IN FACT, BE DONE.

NOW, IF IT COULD BE CLARIFIED, THAT MIGHT BE USEFUL THIS EVENING TO THE DIRECTOR.

THROUGH THE CHAIR MADAM MAYOR.

YES PLEASE. IF I MAY, VICE MAYOR BOLTON, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT POSTINGS OR ADVERTISEMENT FOR VACANCIES WITHIN THE CITY.

WE OBVIOUSLY CAN OPERATIONALIZE WHAT YOU ARE ASKING FOR THIS EVENING, AND MADAM MAYOR, IF YOU AND THE COMMISSIONER ARE SO INCLINED, YOU CAN OBVIOUSLY DIRECT MYSELF AND MY STAFF TO DO THAT. AND WE WILL BEGIN DOING THAT AS WE POST OPPORTUNITIES BEGINNING TOMORROW IF IT PLEASES THE COMMISSION.

I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THAT THIS PART OF THE DISCUSSION BE HELD AFTER THIS TOPIC THAT WE'RE SO VICE MAYOR WE CAN COME BACK AROUND BUT LET'S FINISH THIS ONE OFF PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER COMMENTS REGARDING THE LIVING WAGE ORDINANCE.

NO CHAIR. OK, THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER FISHMAN YOUR HAND FOR THE ORIGINAL TOPIC AT HAND.

YES, PLEASE. FIRST, I'D LIKE TO MAKE A COMMENT THAT I'M NOT SURE THAT MY TEAM FULLY UNDERSTANDS WHAT THIRTEEN DOLLARS AND 16 CENTS WILL ACTUALLY BUY IN BROWARD COUNTY? I THINK THAT IS A BIT LOW.

WE'LL JUST LEAVE IT THERE.

I'M ACTUALLY LOOKING AT THE ORDINANCE, THE TEMPORARY ORDINANCE, AND WE'RE PUTTING IN SECTION SIX, DASH ONE.

AND THE LANGUAGE, AS IT CURRENTLY READS, DETERMINES TO BE NECESSARY FOR ANY INDIVIDUAL TO SUPPORT HIMSELF OR HERSELF, COULD WE NOT I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST I WOULD LIKE TO MOVE THAT WE CHANGE THAT PARTICULAR LANGUAGE TO THEMSELVES AS OPPOSED TO HAVING GENDER SPECIFIC LANGUAGE WITHIN THE ORDINANCE.

SAY IT AGAIN COMMISSIONER FISHMAN I APOLOGIZE.

THAT'S OK, IN THE TEMPORARY ORDINANCE, SECTION SIX, DASH ONE, IT SAYS ALL FULL AND PART TIME EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY SHALL BE PAID A LIVING WAGE, WHICH IS THE MINIMAL HOURLY INCOME THAT A CITY COMMISSION DETERMINES TO BE NECESSARY FOR AN INDIVIDUAL TO SUPPORT HIMSELF OR HERSELF AND INSTEAD OF HIMSELF OR HERSELF I WOULD LIKE IT TO SAY THEMSELVES, BECAUSE GENDER SPECIFIC LANGUAGE SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM NOT ONLY OUR ORDINANCES, BUT OUR CHARTER AS WELL.

COMMISSIONER FISHMAN, I'M GOING TO ASK THAT THAT BE A TOPIC FOR A SEPARATE DAY AS TODAY WE ARE DEALING WITH OUR LIVING WAGE ORDINANCE.

AND WHAT YOU ARE ASKING, IN MY OPINION, IS ANOTHER ITEM FOR DISCUSSION BY THE COMMISSION FOR THIS SPECIFIC. MADAM MAYOR IF I MAY.

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OKAY YES.

SIX DASH ONE THE LANGUAGE HIMSELF OR HERSELF AND BY MOTION OR BY BY AGREEMENT OF THE PARTIES TO SUBSTITUTE THEMSELVES TO MAKE IT GENDER NEUTRAL, I'M NOT SURE YOU'RE GOING ANY FURTHER THAN THAT TONIGHT, BUT THAT'S YOUR SO YOU ARE JUST DOING IT FOR TONIGHT. I'M SORRY.

I HEARD YOU AS FOR.

THAT'S WHY I WANTED TO CORRECT THE RECORD MAYOR.

OK.

SO IF THE MAKER OF THE MOTION TO APPROVE THE ORDINANCE IF I MAY MAYOR AND COMMISSION WHERE TO SIMPLY BY FRIENDLY AMENDMENT, INCLUDE THE WORD THEMSELVES AND STRIKE HIMSELF OR HERSELF, QUINTIN MORGAN IS STANDING BY HIS COMPUTER TO MAKE THAT CHANGE FOR THE SECOND READING. I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THAT A FRIENDLY MOTION TO REPLACE HERSELF AND HIMSELF WITH THEMSELF. PLURAL. THEMSELVES. PLURAL. YES.

YES. YES.

MY APOLOGIES. MY MOUTH ISN'T WORKING WELL THIS EVENING.

FORGIVE ME. SINCE I WAS THE MAKER OF THE MOTION COMMISSIONER FISHMAN I DO WANT TO ASK A QUESTION TO MR. CALHOUN BEFORE WE MOVE FORWARD IF THAT WOULD BE OKAY.

IMPLICATIONS WHERE HR IS CONCERNED DOES THAT CHANGE THE MEANING OF WHAT YOU'RE ORDINANCE IS SAYING? THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION.

IT DOES NOT CHANGE THE INTENT OR THE MEANING OF WHAT THIS COMMISSION INTENDS TO ACHIEVE THROUGH THIS ORDINANCE. OK, AND MR. CITY ATTORNEY, DOES THIS HAVE ANY LEGAL RAMIFICATIONS AND DOES IT CHANGE THE TEXTURE OR LEGALITY OF THE ORDINANCE? THERE ISN'T MAYOR MAY I RESPOND VERY GOOD QUESTION MR. VICE MAYOR. GIVEN THE NATURE OF THE INTENT OF THE ADD THE REQUEST FOR THE FRIENDLY AMENDMENT IT WOULD NOT CHANGE THE LEGAL IMPLICATIONS NO SIR.

OKAY. I AMEND MY MOTION TO INCLUDE THE LANGUAGE THEMSELVES.

SAME PERSON THANK YOU DOES ANYBODY ELSE WISH TO MAKE A COMMENT.

OKAY THEN I'M GOING TO MAKE MY COMMENT BEFORE CALLING FOR THE ROLL.

I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION MR. CALHOUN AND ALSO WAGE THAT IT WAS PAID TO OUR EMPLOYEES LEADERSHIP OF THIS CITY AND OUR CITY ADMINISTRATION AND OUR APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH AND THAT OUR EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN VERY MUCH HONORED.

THEY ARE THE BACKBONE OF OUR CITY AND THEY'VE BEEN DOING ESSENTIAL WORKERS. AND HOW OUR CITY HAS BEEN ABLE TO DO A GREAT JOB THROUGH THIS VERY DIFFICULT TIME AND SO, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE TODAY IS JUST CODIFYING SOMETHING THAT WE'VE ALREADY DONE AND SO WITH THAT I WILL CALL THE ROLL.

THANK YOU. VICE MAYOR BOLTON.

YES. COMMISSIONER GELIN.

YES. COMMISSIONER PLACKO.

YES. COMMISSIONER FISHMAN.

YES. AND MAYOR GOMEZ.

YES. TO 2439 PASSES UNANIMOUSLY ON FIRST READING.

AT THIS TIME I'M GOING TO CALL A 15 MINUTE BREAK WE WILL RESUME AT 9:05 WE ARE IN RECESS.

GOOD EVENING, EVERYBODY.

IT'S 9:05 AND WE ARE BACK ON THE RECORD, THIS COMMISSION MEETING WILL CONTINUE WITH ITEM

[9.c. TO 2440 - Amendment to City of Tamarac Code of Ordinances to include "Ban the Box"]

9C TO 2440 AMENDMENT TO CITY OF TAMARAC CODE OF ORDINANCES TO INCLUDE BAN THE BOX.

CITY ATTORNEY WILL YOU PLEASE READ THE TITLE FOR THE RECORD.

WITH PLEASURE MAYOR.

CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC, FLORIDA, PERTAINING TO CRIMINAL HISTORY SCREENING PRACTICES FOR APPLICANTS SEEKING EMPLOYMENT WITH THE CITY OF TAMARAC, FLORIDA AND ITS CONTRACTORS EFFECTIVELY CALLED BANNING THE BOX, CREATING A SECTION 2-245 OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC CODE OF ORDINANCES ENTITLED CONVICTION HISTORY PROHIBITION IN CITY EMPLOYMENT AND BY CITY CONTRACTORS PROVIDING PREQUALIFICATION, PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND FINALLY PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

TEMPORARY ORDINANCE NUMBER 2440 BAND THE BOX ON THE FLOOR.

THANK YOU, MAYOR AND COMMISSION.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND PLEASE. MOTION TO APPROVE.

SECOND. SECOND. I GOT THREE SECONDS ON THAT ONE.

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CALHOUN PROVIDE US WITH A PRESENTATION THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR. I APOLOGIZE FOR THE LAUGHTER.

I'M FLATTERED THAT THE NUMBER OF SECONDS ON THE MOTION THAT WE RECEIVE.

LERENZO CALHOUN, HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR, MADAM MAYOR, MR. VICE MAYOR, AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION AT OUR FEBRUARY TWENTY FOURTH COMMISSION WORKSHOP, COMMISSIONER GELIN INTRODUCED THE TOPIC OF CODIFYING THE CITY'S EXISTING PRACTICE OF WHAT'S KNOWN AS BANNING THE BOX ON THE CITY'S EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION.

AND IN THIS PRESENTATION AND THE ORDINANCE BEFORE YOU AND ENCOURAGING THE CITY'S CONTRACTORS TO BAN THE BOX ON THEIR APPLICATIONS, THE CITY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE HAS DRAFTED AN ORDINANCE TO CODIFY THE CITY'S EXISTING PRACTICE.

AND THIS EVENING THE ORDINANCE IS BEFORE THE COMMISSION FOR DISCUSSION AND CONSIDERATION.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE LEVENT.

JUST TO RECAP, WHAT IS BANNING THE BOX, BANNING THE BOX IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE FAIR CHANCE ACT AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, AND IT AFFORDS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH A CRIMINAL HISTORY AND AN OPPORTUNITY FOR AN INTERVIEW.

IT'S A CHANCE TO SHOW THEIR SKILLS AND EXPLAIN THEIR UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES.

ALL OF THIS IS PREFERENCE BY THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE CANDIDATE MEET THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS OF THE POSITION IN ORDER TO GET TO AN INTERVIEW.

BANNING THE BOX WOULD ELIMINATE OR DOES ELIMINATE THE EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION QUESTIONS REGARDING AN APPLICANT'S CRIMINAL HISTORY AND REDUCES AN EMPLOYEE'S ACCESSIBILITY TO AN APPLICANT'S CRIMINAL RECORDS UNTIL LATER ON IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

SO SIMPLY PUT, BANNING THE BOX WOULD DELAY THE INQUIRY INTO A JOB CANDIDATE'S CRIMINAL HISTORY AND IS INTENDED TO MITIGATE THE BLANKET EXTENSION OR EXCLUSION THAT JOB SEEKERS WITH CRIMINAL RECORDS OFTEN FACE WHEN LOOKING FOR WORK.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE LEVENT.

THANK YOU. FROM A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE, HAWAII WAS THE FIRST STATE TO IMPLEMENT BANNING THE BOX INTO LAW IN NINETEEN NINETY EIGHT.

THE MOVEMENT TO BAN THE BOX ACTUALLY ORIGINATED OUT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA BY A MOVEMENT OR A GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE RELEASED FROM PRISON AND EXPERIENCED DIFFICULTIES IN FINDING WORK WHEN THEY WERE RELEASED.

IN 2015, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA BANNED THE BOX ON A FEDERAL LEVEL BY BANNING THE BOX ON ALL FEDERAL GOVERNMENT JOB APPLICATIONS.

SOME OF THE MAJOR CITIES IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE BANNED THE BOX OR REMOVED QUESTIONS REGARDING CONVICTION RELATED QUESTIONS ON APPLICATIONS WOULD BE NEW YORK, BOSTON, PHILADELPHIA, ATLANTA, CHICAGO, DETROIT, SEATTLE AND SAN FRANCISCO, TO NAME A FEW.

REPRESENTING NEARLY EVERY REGION OF THIS COUNTRY.

THERE ARE A TOTAL OF THIRTY SIX STATES THAT HAVE ADOPTED STATEWIDE LAWS OR POLICIES THAT ARE APPLICABLE TO PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYMENT.

I'M SORRY TO SHARE WITH THE COMMISSION TONIGHT THAT THE STATE OF FLORIDA IS NOT INCLUDED IN THAT NUMBER OF THIRTY SIX STATES.

PARDON ME. THE FLORIDA STATE SENATE IS WORKING WITH LEGISLATORS FROM AROUND THE STATE TO SPONSOR STATEWIDE LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT BANNING THE BOX IN 2018 AND TWENTY NINETEEN LEGISLATION WAS INTRODUCED IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA BUT DID NOT RECEIVE FAVORABLE SUPPORT BY THE LEGISLATURE. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE LEVENT.

SO AS I MENTIONED IN A PREVIOUS SLIDE IN 2013, TAMARAC BANNED THE BOX BY REMOVING A CRIMINAL HISTORY INQUIRY FROM OUR EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION.

OUR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ARE NOT ADVERTISED IN A WAY THAT EXCLUDES INDIVIDUALS WITH CRIMINAL RECORDS FROM APPLYING INQUIRIES INTO AN APPLICANT'S CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND ARE NOT MADE UNTIL AFTER THE CITY DETERMINES THAT THE APPLICANT IS OTHERWISE QUALIFIED FOR THE POSITION. AND WE MAKE WHAT'S CALLED A CONDITIONAL OFFER.

NOW, THERE ARE SOME EXCEPTIONS THAT MAY BE INCLUDED FOR POSITIONS WITH UNSUPERVISED ACCESS TO CHILDREN OR VULNERABLE ADULT POPULATIONS TO MEET STATE AND FEDERAL STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS OR FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT POSITION OR SOME VOLUNTEER POSITIONS.

OBVIOUSLY, IF THERE IS A NEXUS BETWEEN THE JOB RESPONSIBILITIES AND THE CRIME FOR WHICH AN INDIVIDUAL SERVED TIME, THEN THE POSITION WOULD BE EXCLUDED AS WELL.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. THANK YOU.

IN COLLABORATION WITH TWO OTHER GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES IN SOUTH FLORIDA, WE ASK STATE WIDE AGENCIES IF THEY INCLUDED A QUESTION ON APPLICATIONS WHICH ARE RELATED TO YOUR

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CANDIDATE'S CRIMINAL HISTORY.

AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THIS PARTICULAR SURVEY, WE ALSO INQUIRED ABOUT THE QUESTION ITSELF, BUT ALSO MORE PROGRESSIVE PROGRAMS BEING OFFERED BY AGENCIES TO ASSIST INDIVIDUALS WITH OVERCOMING EMPLOYMENT CHALLENGES AS A RESULT OF A CRIMINAL HISTORY.

WHAT WE WERE ABLE TO FIND IS THAT A LITTLE LESS THAN HALF OF FORTY TWO PERCENT OF THE RESPONDENTS HAVE REMOVED THE CRIMINAL HISTORY INQUIRY FROM THE EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS.

WE ALSO FOUND THAT BROWARD COUNTY TRANSIT, WHICH YOU ALSO MAY KNOW HAS AN INTERESTING PROGRAM FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES AND ALSO TO REACCLIMATE INDIVIDUALS BACK INTO THE WORKPLACE. AND THAT'S IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OIC, WHICH WE ARE FAMILIAR WITH, BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT, TO US A COUPLE OF MEETINGS BACK.

AND THROUGH THAT PROGRAM OR THAT PARTNERSHIP, INDIVIDUALS ARE HIRED TO FUEL BUSES, CLEAN BUSES AND SHELTERS, REMOVE GRAFFITI ON TRAFFIC ENGINEERING EQUIPMENT AND SIDEWALK PRESSURE CLEAN. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE LEVENT.

SO THESE ARE SOME OF THE CITIES, AS WELL AS THE COUNTIES WHICH ARE LISTED THAT INDICATED THEY HAVE ADOPTED BAN THE BOX EITHER POLICIES, LEGISLATION OR THEY HAVE CODIFIED IT IN SOME MANNER. THE CITY OF JACKSONVILLE HAS AN ASTERISK NEXT TO IT BECAUSE THEY ARE THE ONLY CITY WHICH COVERS PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CONTRACTORS.

I PUT TWO ASTERISKS NEXT TO YOU, THE CITY OF TAMARAC, BECAUSE WE ALREADY PROCEDURALLY REMOVE THE CRIMINAL HISTORY INQUIRIES FROM OUR EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION.

AND IF THIS ORDINANCE IS APPROVED, THEN IT WOULD EXTEND THE PARTICULAR ORDINANCE TO ENCOURAGE OUR CONTRACTORS.

SO IT MAY BE WORTH NOTING AS WELL, IF YOU'LL SEE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY THAT IS LISTED AS ONE OF THE COUNTIES THAT BANNED THE BOX, THEY DO NOT INDICATE THAT THEY HAVE A POLICY OR AN ORDINANCE, BUT THEY HAVE BANNED THE BOX ON THEIR APPLICATIONS.

OUR HR STAFF IS ALSO IN THE PROCESS OF CONDUCTING A SURVEY THAT WAS REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER GELIN OF THE TOP 20 LOCAL TAMARAC BUSINESSES.

AND AT THIS TIME, WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED ENOUGH INFORMATION BACK FROM THOSE ENTITIES TO SHARE. BUT I CAN SHARE WITH YOU THUS FAR, WE HAVE SHARED INFORMATION WITH THOSE BUSINESSES IN TAMARAC, THEY'VE ASKED A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS REGARDING BAN THE BOX TO EDUCATE THEMSELVES REGARDING THE PROCESS.

AND WE'VE HAD A HANDFUL OF BUSINESSES TO RESPOND.

WE ARE GOING TO DO A SECOND PUSH PRIOR TO THE NEXT MEETING, AND I'LL BE HAPPY TO SHARE THAT SURVEY WITH ALL OF YOU BY E-MAIL.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, LEVENT.

SO OUR RECOMMENDATION THIS EVENING FOR MADAM MAYOR, MR. VICE MAYOR, AND COMMISSION IS TO ADOPT THIS PROPOSED ORDINANCE ON FIRST READING, AND AT THIS TIME, THIS WOULD CODIFY THE CITY'S EXISTING PRACTICE OF ELIMINATING THE CRIMINAL HISTORY RELATED QUESTIONS ON OUR EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS.

THE ADOPTION OF THIS ORDINANCE, I'D LIKE FOR YOU TO KNOW, SUPPORTS THE CITY'S GOAL NUMBER SIX OF CONTINUING TO MAKE TAMARAC A DYNAMIC WORKPLACE IN AS FAR AS WE CAN SEE AT THIS POINT, THERE'S NO BUDGETARY IMPACT TO BANNING THE BOX.

THAT CONCLUDES MY PRESENTATION AT THIS TIME.

MADAM MAYOR. MR. VICE MAYOR. COMMISSIONER, I AM AVAILABLE FOR QUESTIONS.

I HAVE NO COMMENTS THIS EVENING, MA'AM.

ALL RIGHT PUBLIC COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED.

ANY COMMISSION.

ARE THERE ANY COMMENTS.

OK, IT WAS BOUND TO HAPPEN ONCE TONIGHT.

I'M GOING TO RAISE THE SAME ISSUE ON THIS ORDINANCE THAT I RAISED ON THE PREVIOUS ONE AND REQUEST THAT IN SECTION TWO SUB E THREE, THE LAST SENTENCE READS A PERSON WHO CLAIMS THAT HE OR SHE HAS BEEN A VICTIM.

I WOULD LIKE THAT LANGUAGE TO BE CHANGED TO A PERSON WHO CLAIMS THAT THEY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM, AGAIN, REMOVING THE GENDER SPECIFIC LANGUAGE TO GENDER NEUTRAL LANGUAGE.

OTHERWISE, I THINK THIS IS A GREAT ORDINANCE AND I AM HAPPY TO SEE IT HAPPENING.

[02:00:07]

YOU ARE MUTED MAYOR.

AT THIS TIME, THERE SEEMS TO BE NO MOVEMENT TOWARDS YOUR FRIENDLY AMENDMENT, BUT COMMISSIONER GELIN YOU HAVE YOUR HAND RAISED. YEAH, I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT AFTER THE LAST COMMISSION MEETING WHERE WE DISCUSSED THIS ITEM AND CONTACTED THE COUNTY MAYOR AND TOLD THEM THAT WE HAD MOVED FORWARD ON DIRECTING CITY ATTORNEY TO DRAFT AN ORDINANCE.

AND I TOLD THEM THAT THIS ORDINANCE WOULD EXTEND TO THE CONTRACTORS.

AND SO HE INTRODUCED AN ORDINANCE.

SO BROWARD COUNTY HAD ALREADY BANNED THE BOX, BUT THEN HE INTRODUCED AN ORDINANCE SO THAT IT WOULD EXTEND TO THE COUNTY CONTRACTORS.

IT WAS PRESENTED AT THE LAST COMMISSION MEETING AND IT PASSED NINE TO ZERO.

SO I THINK WE'RE MOVING FORWARD IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

I WANT TO THANK THE COMMISSION FOR SUPPORTING THIS, AND I'M ON THE EMAIL DISTRIBUTION LIST FOR THE BROWARD ALLIANCE.

AND MR. STANTON WAS VERY PROUD TO HAVE BEEN HERE AT THE TAMARAC COMMISSION MEETING.

SO I'LL JUST READ WHAT CAME IN THE SIX PILLARS EMAIL NEWSLETTER, PROSPERITY BROWARD CO-CHAIR AND CEO OF POLICY TO TAMARAC CITY COUNCIL.

THE COMMISSIONERS UNANIMOUSLY PASSED A MOTION TO BEGIN DRAFTING A BAN THE BOX ORDINANCE THEY WILL BE VOTED UPON IN THE UPCOMING COMMISSION MEETINGS.

WITH HIS ORDINANCE RETURNING CITIZENS WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO DISCLOSE THEIR PAST INTERACTION WITH THE LEGAL SYSTEM UNTIL AFTER THEY HAVE HAD A CHANCE TO INTERVIEW AND HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A POSITIVE FIRST IMPRESSION.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER GELIN FOR TAKING THE LEAD ON THIS POLICY AND THANK YOU FELLOW TAMARAC COMMISSIONERS FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

ALSO, ANIKA OMPHROY HAS BEEN PUSHING ON THE STATE LEVEL TO GET THIS PASSED ON THE STATE LEVEL, AS WELL AS SENATOR BOBBY POWELL FROM THE PALM BEACH AREA.

SO THANKS FOR THE RESEARCH THAT YOU'VE DONE OUR HR DIRECTOR LERENZO CALHOUN AND I ALSO LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING THIS.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU. IF THERE BE NO OTHER COMMENTS THE COMMENT I WILL MAKE IS I'M VERY PROUD OF OUR CITY FOR HAVING DONE THIS WITHOUT HAVING TO HAVE AN ORDINANCE IN 2015 AND MOVING FORWARD AND ALL THE GOOD WORK, THAT OUR CITY STAFF HAS DONE AND CONTINUES TO DO.

THANK YOU, MR. CALHOUN, THANK YOU CITY MANAGER AND CITY ATTORNEY AND EVERYBODY ON STAFF FOR DOING THIS I HAVE NO APPRECIATE ALL THAT, OUR CITY STAFF AND TEAM DOES.

SO AT THIS COMMISSIONER FISHMAN.

YES.

COMMISSIONER GELIN. YES.

COMMISSIONER PLACKO. YES.

VICE MAYOR BOLTON.

YES. AND MAYOR GOMEZ.

YES. TO 2440 PASSES UNANIMOUSLY ON FIRST READING.

OK. WE NOW HAVE A PUBLIC HEARING IT IS 10

[10.a. TR13499 - Colony West Project – Vacation of Easements and Creation of New Easements]

A TR 13499 COLONY WEST PROJECT – VACATION OF EASEMENTS AND CREATION OF NEW EASEMENTS .

CITY ATTORNEY WILL YOU PLEASE READ THE TITLE FOR THE RECORD.

CERTAINLY MAYOR AND COMMISSION.

TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER ONE THREE FOUR NINE NINE, WHICH APPEARS TO BE ITEM NUMBER 10 A ON THE REGULAR AGENDA.

IT IS A PUBLIC HEARING ITEM READS AS FOLLOWS IS A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC, FLORIDA, APPROVING A VACATION OF EASEMENT PETITION IN AN EFFORT TO VACATE SIX EASEMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH DRAINAGE, WATER, SEWER AND UTILITIES, AND SEVEN NEW EASEMENTS THAT ARE REQUIRED ON THE SOUTH OF MCNAB ROAD AND EAST SIDE OF NW 88 AVE/N PINE ISLAND ROAD, AS DESCRIBED IN THE LEGAL DESCRIPTION ATTACHED HERETO AS EXHIBIT ONE EASEMENT VACATION EXHIBITS CASE NUMBER 3-P-20; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS; FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER ONE THREE FOUR NINE NINE IS ON THE RECORD AND NOW ON THE FLOOR FOR CONSIDERATION.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK SO MOVED. SECOND.

MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION, MAXINE CALLOWAY, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, I DO NOT HAVE A FORMAL PRESENTATION TONIGHT.

IT'S REALLY A MATTER OF FORMALITY AS A RESULT OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF COLONY WEST.

WE HAVE TO VACATE CERTAIN WATER UTILITY EASEMENTS AND REPLACE THEM WITH SEVEN NEW EASEMENTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF UTILITIES.

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AND SO THAT'S REALLY THE PURPOSE OF THE ITEM ON THE AGENDA THIS EVENING.

AND IT'S JUST SO WE CAN FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF COLONY WEST.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AS THIS IS A PUBLIC HEARING, I AM OPENING THE PUBLIC HEARING, PUBLIC HEARING IS NOW OPEN.

CITY CLERK IS THERE ANYBODY WISHING TO SPEAK ON THIS PUBLIC MATTER.

I HAVE NO ONE REQUESTING TO SPEAK THIS EVENING THANK YOU MADAM MAYOR.

PUBLIC COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED.

AND I AM NOT SEEING ANY DISCUSSION BY THE COMMISSION.

I WILL ASK YOU TO PLEASE CALL THE ROLL.

YES, MA'AM. COMMISSIONER PLACKO.

YES. VICE MAYOR BOLTON.

YES. COMMISSIONER GELIN. YES.

COMMISSIONER FISHMAN.

YES. AND MAYOR GOMEZ.

YES. TR ONE THREE FOUR NINE NINE PASSES UNANIMOUSLY 5 TO 0.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

WE ARE NOW MOVING TO 13 A DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE MOTION TO CANCEL THE NOVEMBER 25, 2020

[13.a. Discussion and possible motion to cancel the Nov. 25, 2020, and Dec. 23, 2020 City Commission Meetings Commission District(s): Citywide]

AND DECEMBER 23, 2020 CITY COMMISSION MEETINGS.

NEED A MOTION AND SECOND.

MOTION TO APPROVE.

SECOND. ANY DISCUSSION SEEING NONE.

CITY CLERK PLEASE CALL THE ROLL.

VICE MAYOR BOLTON.

YES. COMMISSIONER PLACKO.

YES. COMMISSIONER FISHMAN.

YES. COMMISSIONER GELIN.

YES. AND MAYOR GOMEZ.

YES. THE MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

TO BE HEARD. OK, SO YES.

CITY CLERK WAS THERE ANY PUBLIC COMMENT? I HAVE NOTHING.

OKAY. THANK YOU. JUST WANT THE RECORD TO REFLECT THAT MAYOR.

THANK YOU. UNDERSTOOD I APPRECIATE.

AND IF I MAY VICE MAYOR BOLTON THERE WAS AN ITEM THAT YOU WANTED TO BRING UP AND IF YOU WOULD PLEASE SUBMIT THAT INQUIRY OVER TO THE CITY MANAGER CITY ATTORNEY SO THEY CAN PUT IT ON TO THE NEXT MEETING, IF YOU WISH TO HAVE THAT DISCUSSED.

OK.

THAT WOULD BE MY PLEASURE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN SEEING THAT THERE'S NO OTHER BUSINESS BEFORE US TONIGHT.

IT IS 9:23. ENJOY YOUR EVENING

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.