City Throws Residents a Bone by Restoring Several Park Days

Playful City USA is a national recognition program honoring cities and towns that make play a priority and use innovative programs to get children active, playing, and healthy.  Unfortunately, with lack of parks, and Monday closures, it's a wonder how Tamarac earned this status.

Playful City USA is a national recognition program honoring cities and towns that make play a priority and use innovative programs to get children active, playing, and healthy. Unfortunately, with lack of parks, and Monday closures, it’s a wonder how Tamarac earned this status.

By: Sharon Aron Baron

The 2014 budget was completed on Thursday evening during the second and final hearing. The good news is the millage rate remained the same as 2013. The bad news is that our parks are still closed on Mondays, although the city will open them up on federal holidays.

All parks, including the Gary B. Jone Dog Park will now be open on federal and school holidays that fall on Mondays, but this only amounts to five federal holidays and two school holidays per year. After two years of writing about the residents getting gypped with these Monday closures, our elected officials just don’t seem to have the fight left in them to push for our residents.

Even though they chose not to open our parks on Mondays, on September 11 the commission voted to spend $2 million to purchase the bank building and land on the corner of Northwest 94th Avenue and Commercial Boulevard where they expect to close within 45 days.  This will be more property for the future “Tamarac Village” that has been in the planning for years.

One resident spoke out at the meeting and asked the Mayor and the Commissioners to consider opening the parks as well as considering lowering their excessive $700 monthly car allowances. They did not response nor did they make a motion to change the budget.

Does the fact that we are the lone city that took a temporary measure to close our parks due budget cuts, never opening back up again  concern them?

None of them have children, nor do they go to our dog park. I’ve never seen them there.

Sadly, our residents were just thrown a bone by our elected officials, and we’ll just have to chew on it until election time.

Here are some of the items included in the new budget:

  1. Hiring of a new Associate Planner
  2. $163,00 costs in additional employees
  3. Pressure washing program – Tamarac Talk Recommendation
  4. Park openings on Mondays for holidays Tamarac Talk Recommendation but still not good enough
  5. $1.5 million for Red Light Cameras – includes two additional BSO employees. Will write more about this later.

Improvements in the City:

  1. $210,000 Boat Dock at Veterans Park (partially funded by a grant)
  2. New Fence for Broward Sheriff’s Office Building on Pine Island Drive
  3. Highway beautification at the Turnpike and Commercial which is primarily funded by a grant with the state
  4. Switching out one of the athletic fields with artificial turf
  5. Rebuilding Fire station #78
  6. Several utility projects

 

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk. Tamarac Talk was created in 2010 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Tamarac and to give resident's a forum. We are not affiliated with the City of Tamarac. That's why this site can be occasionally opinionated and obviously open.

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  • Chris

    Can’t they at least open the dog park on Monday? Don’t they own dogs at the city????

  • kahuna

    We’ve got to vote out every commissioner at the next election. I will only vote for a candidate that pledges to work for the residents and not their own financial gain.

    A candidate that will abolish car allowances totally and only pay by the mile for official business.

    A candidate that will make all amenities available to all residents. Closing parks makes no sense. There is no reason why a passive park that requires no employees to operate it should be closed.

    A candidate that realizes that Tamarac Village is a farce.Any one that believes this grand venture is going to attract businesses and people from all over are delusional.

    A candidate that will not allow senseless purchases like a golf course to drain the pockets of taxpayers.

    A candidate that will challenge city manager Mike Cernich who comes up with all these grandiose ideas and sells them to the ignorant commissioners.

    Cernech’s five-year contract includes an annual starting salary of $202,500 and includes a three percent raise every year and health and dental insurance, paid for by the city. Cernech is also eligible for an up to three percent merit pay increase. Cernech also receives an $800-a-month car allowance, $120-a-month cell phone allowance and a $1 million life insurance policy. Oh, and don’t forget that he lives in a $700,000 home in Parkland. He’s out of touch with the average struggling Tamarac resident. His Palace is below.