Meeting Minutes

Preserve open space
Davie, Florida


February 2, 2015

Ruby Tuesday, 11590 W SR 84, Davie, FL 33325

Call to order at 7:49 PM.

In attendance: John Ladue, Judy Paul, Doris Monier, Todd Evans, Ruth Bronisas, Marcie Nolan, Melinda Matthews

Treasurer’s Report: No report: Fred absent. Judy said that a check for DALT is at the Town Hall.

Minutes of meeting from December 2014: approved by John, second by Doris


  • - A. Windmill - John reported that D. Simone is saying it doesn’t meet code. Judy will talk to the Town about it.
  • - B. Grant writing - Marcie introduced Melinda Matthews, an urban planner, We need an executive director to help us with writing grants and updating our website, among other things. She has extensive experience with land, esp. agricultural land in Davie. We will need a “service contract” drawn up which Melinda will bring to our next meeting for our approval. We are estimating that Melinda will work on DALT matters for 10 hrs per week at $15 per hour for the next 6 months. Then we will reevaluate. Ruth, Melinda, and Marcie will get together to transfer the DALT box and go over priorities.
  • - C. Orange Blossom Festival Feb 28-Mar 1. We will set up close to the Farm Bureau. This is our volunteering schedule at this time: Saturday Feb 28, John will set up and stay all day; Doris and Ruth 1:00-5:00. On Sunday March 1 John 10:00-1:00; Doris 11:00-1:00; Marcie and Levi 1:00-5:00.
  • - D. Water Matters Day - March 14. We have a space. Doris will be there all day; Ruth 12:00-2:00; others will be determined.

Meeting adjourned 8:45 PM

Respectfully submitted by Ruth Bronisas, Secretary

March 2, 2015

Ruby Tuesday, 11590 W SR 84, Davie, FL 33325

Meeting Called to Order at 7:37 p.m. by Chair John Ladue

In Attendance: Judy Paul, John Ladue, Fred Segal, Doris Monier, Eduardo Tkacz, Ruth Bronisas, Todd Evans, Melinda Matthews

Treasurer’s Report: Fred Segal reported that the two accounts held a balance of $10,864.25, with $500.29 in the savings account. The Orange Blossom Parade netted $20 which was given to Fred for deposit. An additional $100 check from Joyce Steward also was given to Fred for deposit.

Approval of Minutes: Motion to approve minutes from February 2, 2015 made by Todd Evans, seconded by Judy Paul. Approved unanimously.

Old Business:

  • Windmill – John Ladue reported that the Town of Davie is now willing to allow the windmill to be installed without a permit, thanks to Judy Paul, who helped resolve the permit issue. John will research the cost differences between two styles of windmills and will report back with his findings.

Water Matters Day – John Ladue and Doris Monier will represent DALT at Water Matters Day on March 14, 2015. Additional Board members will help out throughout the day.

Orange Blossom Festival recap – The two-day event netted $20 in donations.

New Business:

  • Conservation easement on 3/4/15 Davie Town Council agenda – Melinda Matthews informed the Board that the Davie Town Council will be hearing an item regarding a conservation easement in Stonebridge Estates, a single family residential development located at 2651 Flamingo Road. A DALT representative should attend in case the easement is offered to another organization. Chair John Ladue was unable to attend. Melinda will call Vice Chair Linda Greck to see if she can represent DALT. If not, Doris Monier may be able to attend.

Strategic plan update – Melinda Matthews requested the next meeting focus on updating the strategic plan. So all Board members can attend, the meeting date was moved to Thursday, April 9. Judy Paul offered her office at Town Hall as the meeting space. The Board decided to move the start time to 6:30 p.m. to allow sufficient time to review the plan.

Re-establish renewal dates for board members – Melinda Matthews handed out a spreadsheet showing her re-creation of the board history. She will follow up with additional research and recommended renewal schedule.

Meeting adjourned: Motion to adjourn meeting at 8:39 p.m. made by Judy Paul, seconded by Ruth Bronisas. Approved unanimously.

Respectfully submitted by Melinda Matthews, Executive Director

Next meeting: April 9, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at Davie Town Hall (Judy Paul’s office)

June 1, 2015

Meeting Called to Order at 7:29 by Chair John Ladue.

In attendance: Linda Greck, John Ladue, Michael Bartlett, Judy Paul, Fred Segal, Ruth Bronisas, Marcie Nolan, Melinda Matthews.

Approval of Minutes: Motion to approve minutes from April 9, 2015 made by Michael Bartlett and seconded by Linda Greck with two changes: (1) amend Treasurer’s Report to reflect a total balance of $11,646.32, and (2) amend Item C, Old Business to reflect that the Oak Park item was not scheduled. Approved unanimously with changes.

Treasurer’s Report: Fred Segal reported that the two accounts held a total of $11,646.34, with $500.33 in the savings account.

Old Business:

  • Windmill update – John Ladue reported that the windmill has been orally approved, but he has not yet received the written approval letter from Emilio DiSimone, Project Manager for the Town of Davie, who told John he has to clear it with his boss. John and Judy will both reach out to expedite the written approval.
  • Strategic Plan Workshop dates – August 1, 2015 was set for the Strategic Plan Workshop date. It will take place at the offices of Becker & Poliakoff in downtown Fort Lauderdale beginning at 10:00 a.m. Membership from the email list will be invited to participate.
  • Oak Park conservation easement – Marcie Nolan reported that the site plan for Oak Park (Stonebridge) has been approved, a conservation easement has been drafted, and the item will be on the agenda for the last meeting in July. The Oak Park HOA will maintain the easement. Land Development Regulations allow the easement to be dedicated either to the Town of Davie or to a non-profit organization such as DALT that can hold easements. DALT representatives will attend the meeting to express willingness to hold the easement.

New Business:

  • Changes to Paypal – Paypal’s policy and procedures will change on July 1, 2015, mostly to address the split between Paypal and Ebay. Although the changes do not appear to affect DALT’s Paypal account, the Board suggested that someone log into the account regularly to keep it updated and under review. Melinda Matthews will handle.
  • Marketing and notifications – Michael Bartlett suggested using the email list more proactively to notify members of board meetings and the strategic plan workshop. He also suggested all emails should be sent through DALT. He and Melinda Matthews will get together to review access and procedures.
  • Bartlett House – Marcie Nolan reported that the historic Bartlett House on Davie Road is undergoing renovation. The owner is open to placing an easement over the historic house only.

Meeting adjourned: Motion to adjourn meeting at 8:02 was made by Ruth Bronisas and seconded by Linda Greck. Approved unanimously.

Respectfully submitted by Melinda Matthews, Executive Director

Next meeting: Monday, July 13, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at Davie’s Best