Tuesday, August 28, 2007

2007 Biennial Cooper City Citizen Survey

Dear Cooper City Resident:

Your Mayor and City Commissioners want to know what you think about local government and life in our community. Two years ago, we performed a survey of the community and have worked diligently to address the concerns expressed by our residents at that time. Answers to the questionnaire will let us know how we have performed, help us set budget priorities and evaluate programs. Please participate! You should find the questions interesting. We will find your answers useful.

The City is surveying all households in the community. However, to reflect accurately the views of all people living in Cooper City, we must also have a representative sample of individuals.

To get a representative sample of Cooper City individuals, we hope we have devised a simple way for you to choose the adult in your household who should fill out the survey. Please select the adult (anyone 18 years old or older) who most recently had his or her birthday. Please understand the year of birth plays no role in the choice.

Please spend the few minutes needed to answer all the questions and return the survey (in the enclosed postage paid envelope if you received a hard copy), within two weeks of your receipt. This year you also have the option of responding on-line via the City's website. Just log onto www.coopercityfl.org. Click on 2007 Citizen Survey and follow the prompts.
PLEASE DO NOT MAIL THE HARD COPY IF YOU ARE RESPONDING ON-LINE.

Let me stress again that your participation in this survey is very important. If you have any questions about the survey, please feel free to contact Susan Bernard, Assistant City Manager, (954) 434-4300, ext. 220.

Take the SURVEY here...

Very Truly Yours,

The Cooper City Commission and Administration

Monday, August 27, 2007

Cooper City Makes the NUFORC

National UFO Reporting Center -- Reported on 6/20/2005 and 1/23/2006, residents have indeed determined that there is intelligent life in other places than Cooper City!

http://www.nuforc.org/webreports/044/S44489.html

http://www.nuforc.org/webreports/048/S48820.html

Most UFO phenomenon are completely explainable. The residents who reported these UFO's probably just saw a reflection in the sky from the giant Red LED sign in front of City Hall...

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Apology

Let me take this opportunity to sincerely apologize for the way my thoughts were shared and the way that this administration conducted themselves at the last commission meeting. Believe me when I tell you that all of us have heard just how poorly the last commission meeting was managed and conducted, and how poorly we all, including some residents, conducted ourselves during that meeting.

The chair showed of a lack of leadership, creating another black eye and further disgrace to our city. My sincere apology goes out, not only to everyone in this community but also to those in our surrounding communities. It was also extremely informative for me to hear the concerns of the residents regarding the matter and for those of you who took the time to contact me, thank you. Sometimes one can be on the side of truth and yet communicate that truth in a politically incorrect or lengthy manner.

Doubtless, I contributed to the situation in my desire to remain on the side of the will of the people, not the will of those in power. I did indeed make the commitment that I will listen to the residents. I have heard you, and will strenuously do my part at all times, to maintain and if necessary, force a sense of respect, order and decorum here on this dais. Personalities and bias have no place on this commission. We are here to administer, simply for the will of the people, not for our own agenda, and if none of us can practice that always, then it’s time to step down and move on.

I appreciate all of you whom have supported seeing positive change through to the end, and your commitment to stay positive for our city’s future in light of the lack of teamwork and leadership ushered by this administration. We can never forget that how we as leaders lead, sets the tone for those who follow and for whom we represent. Thank you.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Budget Thoughts

Cooper City is today experiencing the longest period of sustained economic growth since I can remember. The foundation of this upcoming Budget is our determination to maintain stability and growth without reducing vital services to the public.

Facing a certain future of intense scrutiny, Cooper City's government must be fully prepared and be fully equipped. Long term prosperity can be secured only if we make the right decisions to be leaders in local government, enterprise, infrastructure and education. Our family prosperity can be secured only if we match a strong economy with investments to help parents balance work and family life, to give every child in our schools the best possible start in life, and to deliver a fair deal for our stakeholders.

So my Budget choice is to lock in stability and never put it at risk; to strike the right balance between tax cuts that are affordable, investments that are essential and stability that is paramount, at all times putting our city's hard working families first.

I have repeatedly requested to have our budget and financial statements placed on our city website to no avail. Recently, the Governor has created the Office of Open Government for the purpose of replacing the door and installing a window into the workings of the People's Government, and the sun shines brightly through that window. We need to mirror his example and vision right here in our city. We need to provide our residents and the public, access to our budget from the comfort of their homes, without charge.

In addition to intense budget scrutiny, I will suggest a top-to-bottom review of our customer service operations and attitude, and implementation of my proposed changes to have them placed underway forthwith in order to provide the people with the most ethical, open, and customer-friendly government possible. It is their government after all, and it should serve them well.

While I have only been your Commissioner for just under five months, my work to make our city government more ethical, more open, and more focused on serving the people is just beginning. We, working as a team, will prevail in changing the public's attitude in regards to our government, along with their trust and faith in it.

To our great credit, we must all work as a team to further trim the upcoming budget of many white elephants. A 'balanced budget' is simply not my idea of prosperity. Costs of Police & Fire are up, along with costs associated with our utilities infrastructure.

We must make further deep cuts regarding waste and unnecessary spending in the proposed upcoming budget in order to put even more tax dollars back into the pockets of our families, businesses and employees. We must drastically reduce the extreme operating costs of our local government and increase its level of customer service.

No one person or party can claim to have all of the answers. In the end we all must work together, residents and this administration alike, and the people must get what they have long demanded government to do. That is, focus on results, not politics nor process. And I know that if we all work together, we can succeed. I invite all of you to the budget workshops and public hearings (posted here) and I implore you to give valuable and much anticipated input throughout the entire budget approval process.

As long as we remember that we serve the people, and we work together to do what is right, all of these goals that all of us share and dream of can be achieved. In public service, it is always important to remember, we serve the people—our boss.

You can read my entire budget commentary here.

Friday, August 10, 2007

New Flag Flies over City Hall

Just to let you know, the new large flag is flying on the Nextel tower and it looks gorgeous!