Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Cooper City News and more...

I apologize for the late notice, but please be advised that Representative Martin Kiar, Evan Jenne and Senator Eleanor Sobel have reserved the City Hall Auditorium for a Town Hall Meeting to be held tonight Wednesday, June 8th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. They will be discussing this year’s Legislative Session and how it impacts our great city.

Also, there will be a June 21st Commission Meeting Agenda to confirm the scheduling of a Workshop – Topic: Fire Rescue Services, for Wednesday, July 20th at 3:00 p.m.

I will be attending the Nation¹s First Conference Designed to Facilitate Partnerships Between Private Sector Providers of Public Services and State and Local Governments to be held on June 24th. As Florida communities struggle to provide quality public services with ever-shrinking local government budgets, a newly formed Jacksonville-based research institute, led by senior executives and former local government officials, announced plans for a trend setting one-day Florida Privatization Conference - the first of its type in the nation. For the first time in Florida history, local government leaders will join private industry leaders to discuss the rapidly growing government services privatization movement.

Privatization, a system of contracting public services to private industry providers, is proving to be an essential tool for governments to help solve major fiscal and capital investment challenges. In 2011, virtually every government entity
Policymakers in every state, since 2008, have been faced with mounting budget deficits that require new approaches to delivering public services at lower costs. Prior to 2008, most state and local governments experienced robust revenue growth and steady increases in overall spending. Since 2008, declining economic conditions have forced governments to continually reduce their budgets, creating significant challenges and inabilities to meet basic service levels.

On June 24th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, at the epicenter of the nation¹s municipal financial storm, the Government Services Privatization Institute (GSPI) will launch the first in a series of regional U.S. local government privatization conferences designed to provide practical guidance, real-world case studies and best practices surrounding the budget balancing privatization of local government services. If you have any suggestions please let me know.

Florida Power and Light’s new solar rebate program…Starting this year, FPL is offering rebates to customers who install photovoltaic (PV) and solar water heating systems in their homes and businesses. The solar rebate programs are part of a five-year pilot program authorized by the Florida Public Service Commission, to promote clean solar power and reduce energy consumption. FPL is authorized by the Florida Public Service Commission to spend a total of $15.5 million per year on these new solar rebate programs -- enough to support thousands of homes and hundreds of businesses. Act quickly as the registration starts June 21, and the rebates are expected to go quickly.

Residential Customers - Residential customers may receive a rebate of $1,000 for installing new solar water heating systems, and up to $20,000 for installing photovoltaic
(PV) system and interconnecting to FPL's grid.

Business Customers - Business customers may receive rebates up to $50,000 per site for installing a new solar water heating system and up to $50,000 per site for installing a PV system and interconnecting to FPL's grid.

For more information: http://www.fpl.com/landing/solar_rebate/index.shtml?cid=aliassolarrebates

Some residents have raised the issue of an invalid certificate when paying utility bills online. The reason you may receiving this particular error message is because the URL you entered does not match the site name assigned to the SSL the City purchased from VeriSign. The correct address you must use is https://www.utilities.coopercityfl.org If you have any questions please contact me at your convenience.

We have made some exciting new changes to the City website, which we think you may appreciate. The format has been updated to provide our residents with a website which has been organized to be more service-oriented.

We are still in the process of organizing web pages and sections to be more efficient for the user, and we appreciate any suggestions you may offer. We will also be adding a photo album of City events and replacing the banner’s stock images with some Cooper City images that we are sure you’ll recognize. Here’s the link if you’d like to take a look: www.coopercityfl.org

Also, it’s Hurricane Season! Make sure you are fully prepared. You can view the National hurricane Center’s website here: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ There is a ‘hurricane preparedness’ section that has lots of great information here: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/outreach/prepared_week.shtml

Our Parks and Recreation Director Ken Richardson submitted his resignation to be effective July 5th. We wish him luck and hope that he fully enjoys his new home in Ormond Beach!

My next Town Hall meeting is at 7 PM at City Hall on Monday, June 13, 2011. They are held monthly, on the second Monday of the month. We will be discussing the upcoming budget in addition to other issues that affect you.

Thank you and have a great week!

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