Dave Kuczenski mentioned that he followed two illegal dumpers, who were dumping trash bags of paint cans along Holatee; he reported the incident to police who advised him to discontinue following the men.
Guest Speaker: Andy Berns, Town Administrator
Southwest Ranches is a council administrative form of government;
Has his cell phone number on his business card, answers calls, makes himself available, and has an open-door policy;
His primary job is to present a balanced budget annually to the Council;
The current budget is $10 million, 55-60% of which is for police and fire services;
The millage rate is $4.3354 per $1000 of assessed property value, which is the seventh lowest in Broward County;
Town Projects:$300,000 is coming from the State for the installation of guardrails from Volunteer to Hancock and to fill in the gaps from Hancock to Flamingo; this will be followed by new signage and the re-striping of Stirling; some roads in Sunshine Ranches are on board for this year’s paving project; also reviewing engineering fees.
Installation of Officers by Councilman Gary Jablonski, who swore in the newly elected Board; since Ryan Case was not in attendance, he will be sworn in at next month’s meeting.
President’s Report (Ani)
Everyone feels invincible on January 1st; today is January 1st for the SRHA – brand new year, new day to feel excited about our neighborhood: join a Committee, volunteer time, write for the Waggler; thanked all for their support, coming to tonight’s meeting.
Treasurer’s Report (Judi Parker)
The balance as of March 31 was $752.87, $11,375 ($625 of which was for advertising) has been deposited, $6,042 in checks written, leaving a balance as of April 28 of $6,085.74; we have 215 members, our goal is 375 members.
Waggler (Ani): We continue to weed out ads by advertisers who are not paying; historically, the lag time was longer, so advertisers are not used to paying on a timely basis.
Sunshine (Rachel Greene): A card was sent to the Case family, congratulating them on their new baby boy.
Drainage (Vince Falletta): No new projects in Sunshine Ranches; visited Esther Wellington who had taken care of many things for the Association, such as advertising, picking up the mail, etc.
Beautification: Ani stated that Ryan has joined the committee, while Bill Greene has retired from it.
Canyon Creek Land Development: 47 acres at the northwest corner of Sheridan and Flamingo; Jeff and Frank would like to get feedback from our community; presented conceptual renderings of the project’s development; no access from the project into Sunshine Ranches; perhaps an entrance and exit from Sheridan and one or two from Flamingo; along Appaloosa and the property: install an eight-foot berm with trees and shrubs; will landscape to make it as pleasing as possible, large retention area, horse trail; now zoned rural ranches, one house per two acres; aesthetics of development: smaller “Florida Vernacular” buildings, major drugstore at the corner (Walgreens), restaurants, bank, emergency care center, office buildings; will abide by the Town’s “Dark Sky” lighting ordinance; at some point, they will appear before the Town Council to request a change from rural ranches to light commercial; will advertise in the Waggler for several months to obtain feedback from residents; will also present to all the other HOAs for their feedback. Sandra suggested a rendering showing the proximity of the proposed buildings to the nearby homes and also a special meeting just to address this development and receive feedback.
Southwest Ranches Upcoming Elections: The Mayor’s seat and the seats of Councilmen Doug McKay and Freddy Fisikelli may all be open.
Ani would like suggestions placed in the suggestion box.