Updated: Oct 7
It was brought to my attention that in my last column there were two errors. The Hallandale Beach POPS Concert will be held on MARCH 10Th not in February and tickets are on sale for only $35 not $25. For more information and tickets call 954-624-6829. Last Tuesday I had the chance to stop in and greet the “citizen students” at the first class of the Citizens Government Academy. This initiative was brought forward by Vice Mayor Sabrina Javellana. The seven weeks of classes have been created to teach attendees about our municipal government. This first class was an introduction to our commission, administration, attorney and our clerk. In week two finance budgeting and procurement will be reviewed. Week three staff will be review Police and Fire Rescue services. Week four will be all about development services which includes planning and zoning, building permitting and code compliance. Then in week five there will be an overview of our Community Development Agency and Human Services Department. In week six there will be highlights about our parks system, open spaces and our Technology Services. The last week students will have a behind the scenes look at our Department of Public Works and our Human Resources and Risk management As a public servant I was truly excited to hear about this wonderful program. Understanding about what a city provides helps residents to understand not just how we function but where your tax dollars go. Many services we provide are taken for granted until the water doesn’t come out of the faucet, the toilet backs up or the trash is not picked up. We are the first call for help. We are often a safety net for the needy. We are safe place for children to play or Safe haven for those that maybe in danger. We protect people from unsafe buildings or unlicensed contractors. During natural disasters we with you during the storms and most importantly after. In addition to understanding our government and services it is critical that our residents participate. I want to thank those residents that have signed up for this class .They are taking part and getting involved. This past Thursday Beverly Sanders our Human Services Director retired. She has led the Hepburn Center into a new era. Over the pasts years she has worked to expand and maintain services for our seniors and many needy children. Like the directors before her, Mary Washington and Miriam Collie, she has been a fierce advocate for funding during the past years. This year the services were preserved for many seniors and students The center is home to social workers that help connect our struggling residents to services including emergency services. They also partner with other agencies for resources and programs. Currently they are providing free tax services for households making less than 55,000 annually . The center also is home to an after-school tutorial program that links the center to our local schools. The program ensures latch key kids have place to go afterschool rather then being home alone our worse out on the streets. The link to the schools make sure their homework is getting done and they provide reinforcement to their daily studies. While we are sad to see her leave the city if fortunate to be able to hire in house which will keep continuity for the center and the many residents that depend on the services we provide. Cora Daise has been officially hired by our City Manager . Director Daise bring with her 12 years’ experience in the department. She also has long career in the city since 1988. She has worked in Human Service the Police Department and was an Administrative Office Assistance in Public Works. Her well rounded background and working knowledge of many city departments brings a wealth of knowledge to maintain the department . Join us in congratulating Ms. Daise. Stop by the Hepburn Center at Foster and NW 8th Avenue right off of Pembroke Road. In addition to the Hepburn Center there is a Teen Center, computer room, exercise room and indoor basketball As always, I am available anytime to answer your questions and concerns at office #954-457-1318, on my cell/text 954-632-5700 or email at email@example.com.