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Sarasota City News Letters – Week ending February 2, 2018

Sarasota City News encourages Letters to the Editor on timely issues. Please email to: letters@lbknews.com or mail to PO Box 8001, Longboat Key, FL 34228. We also print letters sent to City Hall that address City of Sarasota issues. We reserve the right to edit.

Exempt-After-Action Report

To: Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown

I indicated to you, and Pamela Nadalini requested, that I would provide additional information in the form of an After-Action Report concerning the situation which occurred yesterday at approximately 4:58 p.m.

At about 4:58 p.m. we received information that a Staff Member of the Office of the City Auditor and Clerk had received information that a situation had occurred at City Hall to which the best response would have been to evacuate our Office.

As it was only two minutes to 5:00 p.m., my decision was the best response was to contact all Staff in the Office of the City Auditor and Clerk and have them leave for the day since there was no time to verify the accuracy of the report and it was almost time to leave, anyway.  We followed our emergency COOP procedures and contacted everyone in the Office of the City Auditor and Clerk either personally or by phone and advised them to evacuate the building.

It was our understanding that the Sarasota Police Department was already aware of the situation so we did not call SPD.

A short while ago, I was contacted by Captain James Rieser of the SPD and provided the same information as above. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Karen D. McGowan

Deputy City Auditor and Clerk

City of Sarasota

 

Exempt-After-Action Report

To: Deputy City Auditor and Clerk Karen McGowan

You contacted me today stating the following:

“Why was our office not informed about a bomb threat to City Hall and why was our office not told to evacuate?”

I responded that I was not officially aware of any bomb threat to City Hall and asked who told you that there was a bomb threat to City Hall. You stated that your office got a call from a police volunteer who you all knew very well and who was working at SPD. I asked if you contacted SPD upon receiving that information or did the volunteer call SPD. You said no. I also stated that you can provide me with the name so that I could follow up with SPD. You did not provide me with the name upon asking several times for the name. So, I stated that I would call SPD to inquire if indeed a volunteer or anyone from SPD called in to notify your office about a bomb threat and that I would call you back. At that point we hung up. I contacted SPD which verified there was no bomb threat to City Hall. I also shared with SPD that a police volunteer whom you all knew contacted your office to inform you of a bomb threat to City Hall. It was requested that I contact you to obtain that person’s name. I called you back to share the information that there was no bomb threat to City Hall and again inquired about the name of the individual. You stated that you would get back to me.

In the future, if there is a verifiable threat to City Hall, please be aware that we would sound the alarm and an evacuation of City Hall would follow. I do hope that your office would follow the evacuation process outline in the signed and approved Evacuation Plan. I do hope that you provided SPD with the name of the individual that you “all knew” who provided the information about the “threat” to City Hall. Thanks for sharing.

Marlon Brown

Deputy City Manager

City of Sarasota

 

Exempt-After-Action Report

To: Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown

Capt. Rieser contacted Ms. McGowan reference to what amounts to a Police Volunteer calling the City Clerk’s Office to allegedly notify them that there was a bomb threat at that location yesterday afternoon.

Ms. McGowan indicated that all of the required information to follow up on our end would be included in her after action report and refused to provide the volunteers name who contacted their office, or the name of the staff member who was contacted.  I am not certain as to why this information is not being provided, or the rationale behind withholding it, but I have serious concerns about the implications that arise out of the misinformation that was passed along to city staff that created enough concern to evacuate their office from a Police Volunteer.

Patrick Robinson

Deputy Chief of Police

Sarasota Police Department

 

Tree ordinance

To: City Attorney Robert Fournier

Just wanted to circle back to see if you were able to look into how many times the City has been sued over the tree ordinance, how much it has cost and any other relevant information over the last 20 years.

This question was brought up at the last Tree Committee Meeting and I thought it would be helpful information moving forward. Let me know when you can!

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Commissioner

City of Sarasota

 

To: City Attorney Robert Fournier

Could we also get the information on the “trip and fall” lawsuits that did not allegedly involve trees too so we can get some perspective?

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Commissioner

City of Sarasota

 

To: City Attorney Robert Fournier

Has the City had any litigation reference trees for hazards?  Tripping on roots, damage to vehicles or anything else you can think of. Thanks for the help.

Nathan Wilson

Sarasota

 

To: Nathan Wilson

Yes, the City has definitely been sued in “trip and fall” cases where it has been alleged that sidewalks are uneven because of uplifting by tree roots. I have copied in Assistant City Attorney Joe Mladinich on this email as he can give you a better idea of how many cases that are currently pending against the City based on this type of claim.

Robert Fournier

City Attorney, City of Sarasota

 

To: City Attorney Robert Fournier

Thanks for the info. It would be helpful to know how many cases are related to trees to move forward with a solution. Can we get the details on these cases to see if it is something that could have been avoided by regular maintenance vs. tree needs to be removed or replaced.

Nathan Wilson

Sarasota

 

To: Commissioner Jen Ahearn-Koch

I do not believe that we have had any litigation in Circuit Court over the application of the tree ordinance. I checked with Tim Litchet to be sure and he couldn’t remember anything either, but he did remind me that there have been appeals to the Board of Adjustment and that there have been Code Compliance cases, but again, he couldn’t recall any litigation.

Robert M. Fournier

City Attorney

City of Sarasota

 

Sidewalks at Marina Jack

To: Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown, City Manager Thomas Barwin

Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

Could you see the email below and let Mr. Rein and I know the status of the situation when you can?

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Commissioner

City of Sarasota

 

To: Commissioner Jen Ahearn-Koch, City Manager Tom Barwin

It will be taken care of. One of Mr. Barwin’s priorities is for better-marked and highly visible crosswalks throughout the city. Thanks for sharing and consider it done.

Marlon Brown

Deputy City Manager

City of Sarasota

 

To: Commissioner Jen Ahearn-Koch, City Manager Tom Barwin

Marlon – Joe and I looked at the area this morning and there are remnants of an old crosswalk at this location. We will put in a service request to have the sidewalk repainted.

Mike DelRossi

City of Sarasota

 

To: Commissioner Jen Ahearn-Koch

I promise not to pile up all sorts of minor stuff on you, but there is one item which I believe merits your attention:  The Bayfront sidewalk, a.k.a. the Multi-Use Recreational Trail or MURT, is one of Sarasota’s big selling points. People of all ages, all socio-economic groups, etc., take advantage of it from early morning throughout the day on to sunset and the evening — I know because we use it every day. For the most part, the MURT is reasonably separated from car and truck traffic; for example, it surrounds — but doesn’t go through — the parking lot at the end of Ringling Blvd., and there are protective bollards/planters along the parking lot between Ringling Blvd. and Main St.

However, there is one place where car/truck traffic intersects the pathway: At the arch to Marina Jack’s at the end of Main St. To make things worse, traffic from both Main St. and Bayfront Dr. are often moving rapidly as they approach the arch, with apparently no expectation of meeting pedestrians, while traffic from Marina Jack’s — apparently often with either inebriated drivers or careless valets in golf carts — generally careens through the archway despite the stop sign on the Marina Jack’s side of the arch itself.

In the past, there was a painted crosswalk.  It has been effaced by time and weather.  After a couple of near misses recently (one of me, two others of other pedestrians I observed), I believe it is time to put the crosswalk back in place, and perhaps to erect better signage for vehicular traffic on both sides of the arch. Thanks very much for your assistance.

Daniel Rein

Sarasota 

 

Beach monitoring committee

To: City Manager Tom Barwin

Per our conservation on Friday regarding the forming of a beach monitoring committee going forward, I have CC’ed three people that work on the Lido Key beach committee that have interest in possibly being on it.

I have a meeting with Jerry Fogle on Monday at noon, I was wondering if you might have a ½ hour in the afternoon to discuss it. Please let me know if you can.

Carl Shoffstall

Sarasota

 

Beach monitoring committee

To: Carl Shoffstall

Thank you, Carl, Tom and I did speak about this and would like the opportunity. Walked the beach this morning. Depressing.

Nancy Mina

Sarasota

 

Beach monitoring committee

To: Carl Shoffstall

I hope we can meet, depends on the time, like usual my schedule is jammed.

I’m comfortable moving forward due to the strong support to do so from Vice Mayor Alpert.  I believe the other commissioners will be supportive based on her lead.

Tom Barwin

City Manager

City of Sarasota

 

Sarasota Sailing Squadron and City partnership

To: City Manager Tom Barwin

Please see email below. Is there someone from the City that you recommend go with me who would have knowledge of the issue?

Liz Alpert, Esq.

Vice Mayor

Sarasota

 

Sarasota Sailing Squadron and City partnership

To: Vice Mayor Liz Alpert

Is their a time you could meet on City Island with myself and a representative of Sarasota Youth Sailing? I’d like to discuss our organizations, the amazing progress and health of our two organizations and how we can best continue our partnership with the City and service to the community. I understand the demands of your office and can be available almost anytime you can fit us in. Thank you in advance for your time.

Craig Bridges

Manager – Sarasota Sailing Squadron



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