President Ani Ruiz Chang called the meeting to order at 7:33 pm and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Ani recognized new attendees: Mr. and Mrs. Singh, Barbara Warlen, Darlene Hay.
Davie Police Department Update by Lieutenant Brugman
December: No major incidents; 23 crashes; speeding and stop sign violations;
2015: 1,759 citations issued.
Update on Town Events and Projects by Councilman Gary Jablonski
A pavilion will be installed at Trailside Park as a memorial to Gary Poliakoff;
Broward County Mayor Marty Kiar supplied information regarding the “Yellow Dot” program: Persons with medical conditions fill out a form and place in their glove box, then apply the “yellow dot” sticker to the rear window to alert 1st responders to an accident or incident where driver is incapacitated;
Isolde mentioned a concern of a resident regarding the Town’s publication of Town meetings dealing with land use or zoning changes in the Miami Herald, rather than the Sun-Sentinel; Gary will look into it;
With regard to the bulk trash article in the January Southwest Rancher: there is an exception for those residents living on Stirling Road where there are guardrails;
The Town is considering placing the Town’s sign, which will be lit at night, at our Flamingo and Stirling entrance; will be voted on by the Council.
President’s Report (Ani)
Is asking for volunteers to landscape the other entrances and for the Beautification Committee;
Christmas Party: about 100 residents attended; with lots of food left over
Is grateful for the three new candidates for our Board election; the election will take place in March and a quorum of 20 is needed.
Membership (Judi Parker): 315 members, the highest membership that we’ve seen in years.
Waggler (Ani): Errors in the January issue are due to the transition from the layout editor to Saied’s company; this change also saves us $250 per month because Saied will not charge us for the layout.
Sunshine (Rachel Greene): Sent letters of welcome to three new residents and a card to Sandra (ankle injury).
Drainage (Vince Falletta): His article in January’s Waggler pertains to residents living on the south side of Luray; they have to apply for the tax exemption on the power easement; it is not retroactive since owning the property.
Nominating Committee (Judi): The President, Vice President, and Secretary will remain on the Board; Judi is running for Treasurer; nominees for the Board of Directors are Ryan Case, Vince Falletta, David Kuczenski, Vilma Lopez, and Rosina Marrapodi; Ani requested that Saied’s name be added and noted that Dehlia and Rachel have expressed a desire to step down.
Guest Speaker: Susan Kung, Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office
Ms. Kung is part of the Outreach Division; she went through a list of about ten property exemptions, the most important of which are:
Homestead Exemption: the renewal card is sent out annually; no need to do anything, except save the card, if there are no changes;
Senior Exemption: renewed in February for low-income seniors (household income not to exceed $28,482), must be 65 by January 1; need to re-apply if income exceeds maximum one year and drops back down next year;
Widow’s or Widower’s Exemption: $500 exemption; continues until homeowner remarries.
Ms. Kung emphasized reading the TRIM Notice.
Election Committee: Ani went over the duties of this committee; Bill Greene, Darlene Hay, and Barbara Warlen volunteered for the committee; the March 30 election meeting begins at 7:00 pm, voting begins at 7:30 pm and closes at 9:00 pm.
Ani spoke about the proposed change in the annual dues.
Vince announced that the South Broward Republican Club is awarding a $1000 scholar-ship to graduating seniors to further their education.
Darlene Hay spoke about upcoming event “Chasing Butterflies: The Walk for Turner Syndrome” will take place at T-Y Park on February 20th beginning at 8:00 am; the registration fee is $15. This fundraiser will have a guest speaker, games for kids, raffles, and vendors. Turner Syndrome is a chromosomal condition that affects only females and most often results in miscarriage.
Aster Knight announced that the annual Chili Cook Off will take place on March 5th; would like to have 20 contestants.
Ani mentioned some of the benefits of membership in our association: voting, personal ads in the Waggler.
With regard to the approval of meeting minutes, as listed in the agenda, Sandra noted that this seldom occurs due to the lack of a quorum; she suggested doing away with this item. Therefore, Sandra made a motion to change the by-laws to eliminate the requirement to vote on the minutes as part of the order of business; Dave seconded.
Call to Action:
Come to the Valentine’s Day Dance (13th of February)