At the December 15, 2010 meeting under Attorney comments, the Town Attorney Keith Poliakoff brings forward CCA request to increase the plat note on the prison parcel to allow 2200 prisoners from 1500 that the Town Council had originally approved in the 2005 agreement. This wasn't on the agenda... the public didn't have any clue it was being brought forward.
More loopholes to allow CCA to keep increasing and increasing the bed count so they get the most amount of profit. WOW! Once CCA got that 2005 contract passed, they knew it was just an easy plat note amendment away to keep increasing their profits. We already know from emails sent by Mayor Jeff Nelson that he is keen on getting more and more money for the Town regardless of the ill effects!
So, during these Attorney comments from Keith Poliakoff at the December 15th, 2010 meeting he brings up the fact that CCA is applying for this plat note amendment increase to Broward County and they need to submit it quickly to have it coincide with their submission of their whitepaper to ICE so they can say they are able to accommodate the 2200 detainees mentioned in ICE's RFP. There was no vote on whether to send the letter, there was only a three minute discussion and then they decided to have a public meeting on it the first meeting in January 2011. However they still sent the letter dated December 16th, 2010. What does a public hearing do after the letter has been sent?
The Broward County Senior Planner Evangeline Kalus submits in an email dated days before the December 15th Council Meeting to Keith Poliakoff asserts that this type of backtracking is not possible,
But we find it rather curious that the Town's own contracted Planning Department (The Mellgren Planning Group) senior planner Jeff Katims opinion agrees with our assessment that the Town having a public hearing after sending a letter is rather moot in addition to calling Poliakoff''s advice to the Town Council into question that they would be able to object at a later date.If they write a letter of no objection, then it’s no objection. They can’t take it back later.
Keith, this is not the same as when the council issues a letter consenting to concurrent county review of a plan amendment prior to formal council action, whereby the town reserves the right to do whatever it wants at a later date.However, Mr. Poliakoff keeps alleging to the Town Council during both meetings that it could be taken back later that they didn't have to approve the site plan. HOW IS THAT? Several attorney's we have spoken to say that once a plat note amendment is approved to increase whatever... it's done. Just like Broward County's Senior Planner AND the Town's Planners say the Town can't object after it approves a letter of no objection.
Luckily for Mr. Poliakoff, it was approved at the January 6th, 2011 meeting. However we believe it to be based on the information the Town Council was given by Mr. Poliakoff and confirmed by Michelle Mellgren and CCA attorney Sam Poole (Who all gave money to Mayor Jeff Nelson's reelection). It's surprising that Michelle would contradict her colleague Jeff. We've got alot of Attorneys in the Town who can feel free to weigh in on this slight of hand by our Town Attorney with our Town Council. This isn't a matter of perception. This is simply giving inaccurate advice to our Council. Who wants to call Broward State Attorney Micheal Satz? Feel Free! (954) 831-7487
Sources are taken from the Town Video of Meetings dated December 15th, 2010 & January 6th, 2011.
No Objections Later