Here 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.
To provide leadership and excellent, customer-driven services to our diverse community with integrity and respect.
1. Customer Driven
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