100th Avenue Raceway: Speeders Unchecked

I live in the Cooper Village area, just west of 100th Avenue. 40mphAs predicted during the 3 year-plus construction of this road, drivers are now using it as a speedway between Griffin Road and Stirling Road. How do I know? From daily trips on the road, often several times a day, and invariably, there are drivers recklessly flying down the road at 50, 60 MPH or more, cutting around traffic, making it hazardous for anyone in their way. The speed limit is 40 MPH, folks. If you drive 40 however, you’ll get run up on by speeders, flipped off, cut off, and damn near killed trying to just enter the road from a side street.

WHERE’S BSO? Good question. I’ve personally seen BSO enforcement exactly ONE TIME since this thruway opened for business and that was in the first week or two. I’m sure they take turns monitoring the road, but it can’t be proved by my personal experience, and it’s certainly not providing any long term deterrence. Drivers continue to merrily ignore the limit, in some cases by a lot, putting CC residents and others at risk.

You wanna go 45 in a 40? Probably not a big deal, but when you push 50, 60 and more, then it’s a real problem, and one, woefully, that probably won’t be addressed until some family is t-boned and killed trying to cross onto the road from a side street, or rear-ended turning off the main road. How about if the city and BSO take a serious look a this before people get killed?  #bso #coopercitycommission

Cooper City Commission Sinks to New Low

City Commission or Condo Board? So much for doubling the commissioner’s salary to elevate the level of discussion and professionalism. Posted without further comment. Feel free to post your thoughts.

March 24th commission meeting disrupted

NO ANIMALS IN COOPER CITY PARKS

This was passed unanimously by the commission. The signs are relatively new, at least in Ted Ferone Park. How do you feel about it? Is the law being observed? I see people with dogs walk right past the sign into the park, some of the dogs doing their business without it being disposed of. Is this a “paper law” not to be enforced? If so, what’s the point of having it?

Presumably the ordinance doesn’t include noanimalssquirrels, birds, lizards, burrowing owls and such, just dogs and maybe cats.

Here is the ordinance:
(g)   Animals and pets:
      (1)   a.   No animals or pets of any kind are permitted in city parks, except that dogs shall be permitted in areas specifically designated for dog use by the posting of a sign. Dogs shall not be allowed to run loose, but shall at all times be restrained or kept on a leash of not more than six (6) feet in length;*
         b.   This subsection shall not apply to the following:
            i.   Service animals, as defined in Section 413.08(1)(d), Florida Statutes, and as used in accordance with the provisions of Section 413.08, Florida Statutes;
            ii.   Horses or dogs used by a law enforcement officer or park watchman in the performance of their duties; and
            iii.   Animals or fowl kept by the department of recreation or under its direction.

Here is the definition of an ADA Certified service animal:
Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

Personalized Service at Cooper City TRUE VALUE

If you’re tired of aimlessly wandering the canyons of your local big-box home improvement store, try the new Cooper City True Value. tv3They seem to have about 90% of what I typically need and it’s convenient. Not only that, you get personalized service instead of hopelessly and vainly searching for an blue or orange-clad employee at the mega stores.

Owners Russ and Ernie both demonstrated excellent customer service skills while I was there, patiently helping a female customer with multiple hardware needs, and helping me find parts to restore my antique tripods. Parts, I might add that were out of stock at the big-box store in spite of their massive-ness.

If you need hardware of any kind, give True Value a try – they have all kinds of nuts, bolts, screws, connectors, clips, t-nuts… the list goes on, and they’re all organized and easy to find. I saw plenty of PVC pipe supplies, paint and tv2painting supplies, ladders, mowers, power tools, door hardware, barbeque items, saw blades, electrical supplies, cleaning supplies, pet supplies, and a whole lot more. Like I said, 90% of the time, these are the types of items I need, and at True Value, you can get immediate help, find what you want, and be on your way. I thought the prices were very reasonable.tv1

Save some shoe leather… try the new True Value. It’s located in the old Blockbuster store location at Hiatus and Sheridan. Look for the grand opening event February 6 through the 8th, including buy one, get one free on EasyCare paint, a fun treasure hunt, register to win prizes, and a spin-to-win game. The ribbon cutting was held at 1 PM on February 7th with Mayor Ross and commissioners in attendance.

Mayor Ross leads the ribbon cutting at True Value.

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New Playground at Ted Ferone Park Set to Open (NOW OPEN)

Ted Ferone Park Cooper City New Playground

Finishing up the mulching at the new playground as a final step to completion.

Children in the Cooper Village area will soon enjoy the brand new playground at Ted Ferone Park, located at 106th Avenue and 51st Street. The old playground was recently removed and quickly replaced with a great new facility. The last details are being completed now. The playground includes several slides, a circular monkey-bars, a rock climbing wall, and a huge shade canopy. Go see it, and enjoy it, soon!

Trader Joe’s – Budget/Gourmet With a ’60’s Vibe.

First visit to Trader Joe’s (11960 Pines Blvd). 20141222_141836Not exactly what I expected, kind of a cozy ’60’s beach/drive-in vibe with bright colors, plus light wood decor and checkout stands instead of a big warehouse, and great prices on most stuff.

Almost everything is “Trader Joe’s” brand, and as you’ve heard, their wine selection is good-sized and well priced. A few item samples: $1.99 for a half-gallon of OJ, $1.79 for a dozen eggs, $2.49 for the large bags of multi-grain tortilla or ridged potato chips, $2.99 for their house brand 20141222_133915Merlot and White Zindandel (and other varietals), pure grade-A maple syrup at $5.49,  EV Olive Oil (33 oz. size) for just $7.99. I’m told by the expert that those are good prices. Trader Joe’s has plenty of imported cheeses, a good selection of nice, flash-frozen fish, small-batch craft beer, fresh produce, a nice assortment of frozen convenience foods, and much more.20141222_133746 It’s a budget-gourmet place combined with a small-town grocery store feel. The staff is friendly and helpful plus they empty your cart and bag your stuff for you; all you do is watch and pay.

Budget Gems – 5 Year Capital Improvement Plan

Here’s a taste of some of the 5-year capital improvement plan spending that was approved by your commission:

$2M to reconfigure Bill Lipps Sports Complex FY16-17
$400K for a metal span structure at the Cooper City Sports Complex basketball courts FY15-16
$500K to replace playground equipment FY14-19
$2.4M to develop West Sports Complex FY14-18
$80K for Community Center renovations FY14-15
$75K for a generator for the Community Center FY14-15
$50K for City Hall lobby renovation FY14-15
$285K to upgrade the Pool &Tennis Center court lighting FY15-18
$50K to add a play structure & picnic tables at P&TC FY15-16

Total just for these items is $5,840,000

Other items that make up the $8.763,000 overall total include ADA compliance items, re-roofing, street resurfacing and other necessary maintenance. Those seem to be solid needs. It would be interesting to know from the above list, what items are “must-have” improvements to maintain the operational integrity of a facility, and what are “nice-to-have” items, if any. As many taxpayers in Cooper City continue to struggle to get along with less, is every capital improvement expense item a true necessity?

For stimulating reading, check the approved budget at this link.

Oh, by the way, according to the approved budget, the commissioner’s budget includes $140 a month each for cell phones in addition to the group insurance benefits (about $17,270 a year benefit for each active commissioner) and the newly doubled salary. In fact, the entire Department 100 – Commission budget (minus retiree benefits) comes out to just under $50k a year per active commissioner, of which there is $24,500 for travel expenses, according to the report. The total budget for Department 100 – Commission is under $400,000 annually. Heck, that’s enough to buy another “metal structure” for the basketball courts.

 

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