We’re pretty much conflubbergasted.
How many times has this happened to you: a lender makes a $7,500 error in your favor, and when the mistake is discovered the lender says, “No sweat, forget about it.”
Banks aren’t that forgiving. But the city of Hallandale Beach has been, at least in the case of a borrower who’s also a city commissioner.
City officials now admit commissioner Anthony Sanders and the church he runs got an unwarranted extra $7,500 forgiveness on a city loan repaid in early 2009, during his first year on the commission. The loan was for improvements to a property Sanders and his church eventually sold to the city for a big profit in February 2009.
March 4, 2009
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COMMISSION, CITY OF HALLANDALE BEACH, FLORIDA, HELD ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2009 AT 10:00 A.M., CITY COMMISSION CHAMBERS 400 S. FEDERAL HIGHWAY HALLANDALE BEACH, FL 33009
5. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (to be heard at 10:15 A.M.)
Joe Johnson, 228 SW 5 Ave, spoke about Eagle’s Wings Development Center and their service to the Community. He spoke in support of Commissioner Sanders. He recommended that Eagle’s Wings Development Center be provided the opportunity to remain in the facility the City has bought and continue to offer services to the Community.
Anne Page, 400 NW 4 Court, spoke in support of the Eagle’s Wings Development Center.
Shaundra Hicks, 504 Foster Road, spoke of Eagle’s Wings Development Center and asked the City to assist in assuring the Center remains in the City.
MOTION BY VICE MAYOR JULIAN, SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER ROSS TO DIRECT THE CITY MANAGER TO NEGOTIATE AT COST A RETENTION AGREEMENT WITH EAGLE’S WINGS DEVELOPMENT CENTER UNTIL THE CITY TAKES ACTION TO DEVELOP THE BUILDING IN WHICH EAGLE’S WINGS DEVELOPMENT CENTER IS CURRENTLY OPERATING AND DIRECTING THE CITY ATTORNEY TO ENSURE ALL STATUTES ARE ADHERED. The motion carried on a 4/1 voice vote (Commissioner London voted no)
Sanders voted to give himself the property.
Might I say conflict?