The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 26, 1998 · Page 138
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 138

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68 THE PALM BEACH POST THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 1998 w 1 New stadium First Ellington's future hangs on board election ? 1 gives disabled j'J, short shrift, i lawsuit says About half the candidates are running to help the code enforcement transition along and hope to eliminate First Wellington altogether. The association, which traditionally drafted and enforced aesthetic codes for about 10,000 homes in the village's northern area, is now transferring its power to the village. With its reputation scarred by frequent lawsuits and infighting demonstrated by the recent ouster of Tony Fransetta as board president the association is fighting to find an identity. Leaders thought providing cheaper cable fees to residents could be the answer, until a deal with Trans Media fell through. Some residents say the public bickering about the cable deal and other issues has gotten out of hand, particularly nearing the election. By Africa Ragland Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WELLINGTON Whether First Wellington continues to exist or fade away after the village takes over its code enforcement duties is an issue facing nine candidates running in today's election for seats on the seven-member homeowners association board. The election will be held at First Wellington headquarters at 12791 W. Forest Hill Blvd. from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The four seats are now held by Karyl Silver, Linda Bittar, Donna Talbot and Charlie Borg. Borg and Talbot are not running for reelection. The candidates are: Colin Baenz- inger, 49, management executive; David Beyer, 41; Bittar, 49, homemaker; James Lewis, 50, transportation executive; Alan Medoff, 47, computer executive; Bruce Sande, 54, builder; Bernice Schreier, 68, homemaker; Silver, 73, homemaker; and Dee Staats, 44, homemaker. About half the candidates are running to help the code enforcement transition along and ow there's no excuse to cut your conversation short. Introducing AT&T Digital PCS for as low as 9f. a minute and $40 off digital phones. hope to eliminate First Wellington altogether. "We call ourselves the Fabulous Four," said Staats, referring to herself, Baenzinger, Medoff and Silver. "We're trying to do a quick transition from First Wellington to the village." First Wellington is "supposed to die, it's going to die, let's kill it," she said. o JENSEN BEACH Treasure Coast Mall 3434 N W federal Hwy (Next to Benhey's. ust north of the food court) Open 10am-9pm. M-Sat 12pni-6pm Sun 561 692-0030 PALM BEACH The Gardens (Upper level Blcommgdaies Open 12pm-5pm. 561 776-0272 I! People in wheelchairs can't see the games or get to concession stands easily, it claims. By George Bennett Palm Beach Post Staff Writer JUPITER Palm Beach County's new $28 million spring-training stadium doesn't meet federal standards for wheelchair access or parking for people with disabilities, claims a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court. ; The suit seeks modifications to Roger Dean Stadium and names as defendants the county, the Montreal Expos and St. Louis Cardinals, Jupiter, the minor- league Jupiter Hammerheads and architects HOK Inc. Frederick Arthur bhotz, a Broward County disabilities con sultant who uses a wheelchair, is seeking class-action status for the suit, which he filed after attending a March 15 game. His complaint says parking spaces don't meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards, concession stands are inaccessi ble and most of the viewing areas for people in wheelchairs have obstructed views. Shotz said he measured the slope of wheelchair ramps and determined they are slightly more steep than the ADA allows. Shotz met Tuesday with representatives of the county, HOK and Jupiter Stadium Ltd., the joint Expos-Cardinals entity that han dled design and construction and now manages the stadium. While the county owns the stadium, Assistant County Administrator Bill Wilkins said ADA compliance is the responsibility of Jupiter Stadium Ltd. ' "We're addressing (Shotz's) concerns," said Jupiter Stadium General Manager Rob Rabe-necker. " - ( HOK general counsel Paul Watson said he hadn't seen the lawsuit. But he said the firm, one of the nation's leading stadium designers, "is very sensitive to the requirements of the ADA. . . We haven't had any problems with that. Lake Worth picks up tab in reprimand The mavor thinks the city attorney should pay tor her etnics retresner. By Scott McCabe Palm Beach Post Staff Writer LAKE WORTH Mayor Tom Ramiccio said Wednesday that he'll ask City Attorney Betty Resch to reimburse the city for an ethics class she took on orders of the Florida Bar after she violated letral rules. The Bar directed Resch to take the course last summer because she had contacted an op posing lawyer's client without the lawyer's permission. The class, held in Miami, cost $750. With mileage and hotel, the total bill came to $1,030. The city nicked uo the tab. Ramiccio said he knew Resch had to take the class but hadn't realized the city paid for it. "If it was for continuing edu cation to further her in her job for the city, I m all for it, said Ram iccio. "But if it was mandated by the state Bar over a mistake she made, I have a problem with that. - Although travel expenses are included in the legal depart ment's budget, the mayor said Resch, who reports to the com mission, should have informed the commission that the city would pay for the class. "She did it on her own. It's in her discretion," Ramiccio said, "but we should have been more informed." The reprimand from the Bar came after Resch called Atlantic Auto Discount the day before a hearing to determine the ownership of a 1977 truck held by the police department. Resch said she learned that the dealership still owned the pickup and faxed the owner an affidavit to settle the matter before going to court After Atlantic Auto's lawyer complained and Resch responded, a Bar committee concluded that Resch "did not appreciate the gravity of the violation of the Bar's rules of professional conduct" Resch. who earns $71,186 a year. said. 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