published: Friday, September 06, 2013
AP council holds off action on police pension board
By PHIL ATTINGER
AVON PARK -- City council members hope to see a member of the Police Pension Board before Sept. 23.
That's when they plan to discuss and vote on what to do about the board, given the concerns and controversy surrounding it.
They have also asked Jason Lister, director of Avon Park Public Safety, to see if he can get a member of the pension board to meet with them before then.
The Avon Park City Council went ahead with a special meeting Wednesday night, which had been set in the last minutes of the council's Aug. 25 regular meeting.
City Manager Julian Deleon reasserted allegations of Police Pension Board Administrator Carol Knapp and Police Pension Board chairperson Greg Warner maneuvering to terminate the police pension system in order to bankrupt the city.
He still accuses Knapp, Warner and others -- including Councilor Garrett Anderson -- of intentionally bypassing Sunshine laws by using personal email accounts while communicating with each other.
He suggested that if the pension plan did close now it could subject the city to pay out millions in benefits.
However, without pension board members present, council members didn't feel comfortable with discussing or taking any action Wednesday night.
That didn't stop council members from giving their opinions.
Deputy Mayor Brenda Giles asked if the city council could compel the pension board members to attend and Councilman Parke Sutherland said that wasn't possible, since the board is autonomous of the city.
Anderson said the main reason the board members couldn't attend was because their attorney was also not available.
Sutherland admitted he was derelict in not attending pension board meetings as much as he should, but never heard any word at meetings of plans to close the pension plan.
He also said he was concerned that Anderson, elected to serve the city, also received copies of messages discussing such issues.
"It may pass the legal test. In my mind, it doesn't pass the smell test," Sutherland said.
Anderson suggested the city council at least try to get the pension board members to meet with them.
If they don't show, he said, they could make a decision.
Lister told the city council that the pension board bylaws require someone to be present at city council meetings when pension board issues are discussed.
He also said there has been no action at any pension board meetings to terminate or delete the pension plan.
How does Anderson know? (by: No sunshine here - 9/7/2013)
Funny how Anderson seems to know about their attorney and no one else does. He just keeps putting both feet in his mouth every time he opens it.
(by: Blindman~ - 9/7/2013)
Garrett Anderson always seems to be intimately in touch with those few who oppose the city and it's council.
Here it is (by: forecaster - 9/7/2013)
Mayor Bubba will have the power to appoint two Trustees to the Police Board, he will then dismantle AP Police, and claim that the plan has been legally terminated. After this, Bubba, Rowan, Grizzard and Burke will each get at least one-million pay out from the tax payers of AP or leave the City in a deep black hole.
All AP politics (by: Macy - 9/6/2013)
Mr. Warner announced that he is running for Avon Park Major back in mid July or so. I think he works for the city already. Why know the manager coming out with this mess about the pension that Warner is a chairperson? It looks like an attempt to discredit Mr. Warner so he does not win the elections in November. I don't know but coincidence maybe.
Whats that smell? (by: Unarmed and dangerous - 9/6/2013)
Its good ole boy Anderson trying to act like he is an angel when all along he has been working behind the scenes with Knapp and Rowan and Grizzard.
Just ask Mayor Bubba (by: Hunter - 9/6/2013)
Sorry. I could not resist the ridiculous sound of that.
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