Davie Town Council Meeting on Wednesday, April 15, 2009

davielogonHere are a few items of Interest on Davie’s April 15, 2009 Town Council Agenda.  My comments are in red:

8.1 Community Chest.  Establishing  a “Community Chest” is the first step in eliminating local grants for Davie charities.  Some current Town Council Members have in the past stated that Davie should not be in the business of providing money to charities.  A frequent sub-theme was that it is somehow illegal or immoral for government to assist faith based ministries in doing charitable work.  Faith based ministries do much of the heavy lifting in assisting the poor and elderly in our community.  Eliminating community funding for them would be a tremendous blow to the less fortunate residents of Davie.  During the past 10 years, in which I was involved with the Davie Town Council, local grants were funded from non-taxpayer sources.  The funds were always given to charities which served truly needy residents.  This idea to create a community chest was dropped a couple of years ago because of the realization that it would not save any taxpayer money UNLESS FUNDS TO CHARITIES ARE CUT.  Local government ends up funding a “community chest.” The people in charge of the community chest are not accountable to the voters.
4.7 National Day of Prayer (May 7, 2009).  Requested by Davie’s National Day of Prayer Committee.
4.9 MISSION STATEMENT – A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN OF DAVIE, FLORIDA, ADOPTING LANGUAGE FOR THE TOWN OF DAVIE’S VISION AND MISSION STATEMENT WHICH REPRESENTS THE TOWN’S PURPOSE, CORE VALUES, AND STRATEGIC PRIORITIES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.  (tabled from April 1, 2009). The bad news is that the new Mission Statement deletes reference to Davie being “family-oriented.”  The new Mission Statement is also longer and more difficult to understand.  I hope we didn’t pay by the word.
CURRENT MISSION STATEMENT:
Davie, a family-oriented and diverse community that retains its hometown feeling, offers customer friendly services to its residents and is a unique jewel in central Broward County, that treasures its environment, rural and equestrian lifestyle, while attracting, encouraging and retaining viable economic and educational opportunities.

REVISED MISSION STATEMENT:
The Town of Davie strives to be the preeminent community in South Florida to live, work, learn, and play while treasuring our preserved natural settings.
PURPOSE STATEMENT:
To provide leadership and excellent, customer-driven services to our diverse community with integrity and respect.
VALUES:
1. Customer Driven
2. Respect
3. Integrity
4. Excellence
5. Leadership
STRATEGIC PRIORITIES:
1. Commitment to Customer Satisfaction
2. Dedication to Excellence in Service Delivery
3. Respecting and Promoting Diverse and Sustainable Community and Neighborhood Values with
consideration of our historic roots
4. Creating an Environment that is Conducive to Innovation, Creativity, and Collaboration
5. Nurturing the health, safety, and welfare of the community


2 thoughts on “Davie Town Council Meeting on Wednesday, April 15, 2009”

  1. Hi Tom,
    Thank you for watching. Actually during our strategic planning process we felt it necessary to shorten our MISSION statement and seperate the PURPOSE and VALUES and STRATEGIC PRIORITIES (GOALS) which will support the overall mission. Family oriented was changed to neighborshood values. I strongly support our families and will look at a way to work this into the strategic priorities. Each department will be identifying a Strategic priority(ies) or Value when establishing either a policy or their budget. I always appreciate your involvement. Best Regards. Councilwoman Susan Starkey

  2. As a WASP convert to Judaism, I thought I should educate you about the converting process of Jews. If you are referring to conversion to political beliefs or party affiliation, Jews are not a unique group using this practice. If, however, you are referring to conversion to Judaism, it is MUCH more difficult to convert to Judaism than to Christianity. Since I have done both in my lifetime and know many from both sides who have gone through the experience, I know this to be true. It is required in Judaism to turn away someone who is interested in Judaism and a potential convert three times before acknowledging their desire – taken from the Old Testament. Because of that, Jews do not prosthelitize. But we do desire to educate; you misspelled SEPARATE.

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