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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 27

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, March 29, 1998
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w s c THE PALM BEACH POST , SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 4B Who should be mayor hot topic in Wellington.!' interesting, isn't necessary in; thisj Even letters from doctors could not sway judge "We could all make telephone j calls to our followers and say I need your support," he said. "The idea of individuals writing letters is fine, but that should not alter the views oft council." Others said the public should elect" the mayor, which is a different form of municipal government and would re;j quire a charter change. ' :i 'M J "The issue is not rotation. The1 Is sue is that the decision is the decisfcW' of the council," Priore said. The ob-1 jective here is to let the chartered what it is supposed to do." ' I am chosen, that will be the thrust of my tenure, that we use the liaison form of representation. It doesn't require that one person be doing all things." In an effort to see what the community wants, Foster invited residents to call and write to the village with their opinions. More than 40 people called the village, and more than half of them wanted Foster to continue as mayor. "Kathy has been very effective in her leadership of the council in the two years since our incorporation," wrote Joan and Bink Glisson in a March 16 letter to the village. "Kathy is well respected throughout Palm Beach County . , . let's keep Kathy as our mayor for now." But Priore said public input, while By Africa Ragland Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WELLINGTON A debate over who should be mayor a largely ceremonial position could be the central topic at Tuesday's village council meeting. The mayor's duties are pretty simple: run the meetings and sometimes serve as council representative to other municipalities and civic groups. The mayor has one vote, no more real power than other council members. The debate is over whether Mayor Kathy Foster should continue or the position should rotate to someone else. The council appoints the mayor. Some residents say Foster has done a great job and she should Others, including council members, say it should not be Foster, who has been mayor since 1996. "I think the way our charter is designed, a council manager form of government, it is healthy to have a change," said Vice-Mayor Carmine Priore, who would be the obvious choice to take the reigns from Foster, who is out of town until Tuesday. The village charter doesn't specify that the position should rotate, saying only "the village council at its first regular meeting after the fourth Tuesday of each March shall elect from its membership a mayor and a vice-mayor." Priore said the job of the mayor was to be the "leader among leaders. "We have a leadership of five, and I strongly believe that," he said. "If I Some residents say Wellington Mayor Kathy-Foster has done a great job and she should continue, but some council members want to rotate the Black history competition a brain-tester for students I7AM and seven hours a week for months. "As participants on stage, it's really nerve-racking," said Gibson, captain of her Coral Springs team. "You want to win so bad." The questions usually multiple-choice questions pulled from nearly 10 books relating to black culture ranged from the significance of the Apollo Theater to who founded the Tuskeegee Institute to the original speaker of famous quotes. that participated in the Order of the Knights of Pythagoras Inaugural Black History Brain Bowl Competition at Old School Square in Defray Beach. The Defray Beach organization mentors young black men. A father videotaped the event, a mother took notes, and 11-year-old alternate Chantrelle Johnson of Plantation exhaled in relief each time her Coral Springs team Young, Gifted and Black answered a question. Teams reported studying together six Olive Baptist Church in Boynton Beach took a wild guess and missed, all heads turned to the table where one of the Broward teams sat. "Boxed Henry?" Shani Gibson, 14, of Coral Springs said, her face twisting as she tried to remember Henry Brown's last name instead of just his nickname. It was among the toughest questions posed to the 11 mostly middle- and high-school teams By Monika Gonzalez Palm Beach Post Staff Writer DELRAY BEACH Who escaped from slavery by having a friend lock him in a baize-lined box and ship him from Richmond to Philadelphia? The tiebreaker question, when posed to two teams of contestants at the Black History Brain Bowl on Saturday, drew seven faces of wide-eyed panic and one look of it's-on-the-up-of-my-tongue. When the team from Mount Gallery & morej . . : : The Source : For Barbie; Bears 8c Dolls 1561-640-9575 pO Okeechobee Blvd. UptownDowntown Mall. Just Eastofj Turnpike. Exil W ' Wesl Palm Beach. H 3341 1. . Audit squabble could spill over to auditorium vote n;.---nr Tnm Harris. Graham's icWl Tntm-nnl Auditor Imorrene CERABSNO From IB duced from his doctors. One of Lemon's doctors wrote that Lemon suffers from various respiratory problems. "Unfortunately, his disease has no cure," Dr. A Rogelio Choy wrote. "Mr. Lemon lives alone and needs his Chihuahua dog for psychological support." Dr. Daniel Tucker, another physician treating Lemon, wrote: rMr Lemon finds that his small pet is a comfort to him and a major incentive for him to live. It is strongly recommended that he be allowed to keep his pet and that some type of accommodation be made." This month, Lemon may have reached the end of his rope. The judge ordered police and animal control officers "to take into custody" Lemon's Chihuahua, and he tacked more attorney fees to the thousands Lemon already owes. Lemon, who has represented himself in court and claimed bankruptcy, hasn't paid any court-ordered attorney fees, yet. And although officers came to his condo on at least three occasions this week, he still has Willy. His latest tactic: He transferred title of the dog to his girlfriend and leaves the dog over there for part of the day. When officers found Lemon in his con-do with Willy on Friday morning, he showed the paperwork that claimed Willy wasn't his dog any more. It bought him some more time. But probably not much. Lemon's condo president knows about the shell game Lemon has begun playing with his dog, moving it back and forth between his condo and his girlfriend's unit in the neighboring building. "He can keep it over there all he wants to, but he can't bring it over here," Johnson said. Lemon just scoffs at his neighbors. He might have a tqngh time breathing, but he hasn't lost the knack of spitting opt venom between gasps. "I wouldn't be without Willy," he said. "Everybody knows except for some of these idiots atound here that pets benefit older people. They bring your braod pressure down. ; "Since I've been here, I've been in and out of the hospital tHfee times, and they've had me iij court about six times, and now tljey have an order to pick up my dpg," he said. A reasonable man might have given up and found another con-dp by now, but Lemon's still dig- tg in, ready for the next battle. , "I don't think they're going to put a 74-year-old man in the clink," he said. "Do you?" ! CALL 511 to check aJIVVU Hiivmm m. Isaacs on Wednesday to examine commission spending, since those expenses weren't scrutinized as closely as the mayor's. And Graham approached Isaacs on Thursday, asking if she withheld audit findings or provided information to others, but not the city administration. While her rivals say the audit pointed to a pattern of abuses stemming from her approach, Graham dismissed most of the findings, instead focusing on a single criticism involving a $7,500 bonus she delivered to Wright last August. hlampd Writrht. who the winnina lottery numbers! It's only - 50$ a call to check! ' Just CALL 5-1-1, thenJ enter code 1008. LU VVVWl vaa- - - - anger spread to any city official who questioned the bonus, but didn't tell her about their concerns. Department heads realize that's one of the difficulties of working for Graham. She has a tendency to shoot the messenger, they said on condition they not be identified. Isaacs, who answers only to the city commission, saw the audit as an opportunity to deliver the message. One finding criticized by the mayor as an indicator of the auditor's "political agenda," is titled: "City attorney and finance director need to be free of the threat of reprisal by the mayor for appro strong Election Day showing, aims to break the mayor's grip on power. "I think it's the beginning of a new direction for the city commission," Daves said. "It's been demonstrated to us that we can't count on the mayor's staff to advise us and tell us what to do." Daves referred to a history of antagonism between the mayor and the commission and also to the internal audit released March 13. It showed the city spent money on meals, travel, gifts and severance payments without enacting policies approved by the city commission. In a move that some would view as retaliatory but which city officials called a matter of fair returned the money Friday, for not telling her about legal questions raised last year by Finance Al! colls ore 501 ond will appear on your talolnk M CM I S I 1 is a service of Hie Palm priately carrying out tneir amies II n ' .l. D.. C. C Wl Vo Lvu Knnpq 1 ness, an assistant city attorney GRAHAM From IB on major issues since 1995 without publicly displaying rancor. The issue inside city - hall threatens to spill over to the April 28 vote on the sale of the Municipal Auditorium. There, Graham will ask voters to trust that she and her top advisers made the best decision when they struck a deal to sell the 72-acre site for $12.5 million to the Jehovah's Witnesses. Meanwhile, Wright and his wife, Karen, Graham's executive assistant, must look at their relations with the mayor differently after Graham announced his resignation before he offered it. : Accepting the resignation would have put Graham in the difficult spot of telling her trusted administrator of four years to leave without first giving him time to line up another job. Since one of the audit findings criticized the city's lack of a severance policy, Graham would be hard pressed to deliver a financial package to Wright, who works without a contract j Compounding Graham's problems, city commissioners unhappy with the administration's refusal to share information on critical issues pledged Thursday to be more assertive by hiring aides and scheduling policy-setting meetings and workshops without the mayor. 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