Nick’s Notes

This is my spot for what everyone else calls a blog. I’ll write my thoughts and ideas on Plantation issues as I see fit.  Have a topic idea? Email me at NSortal@Plantationorg.

Schools, budget and traffic: City updates

Action on many fronts in PlantationWell, folks, it’s September and that means activity is picking up. I have some updates on schools, activity by us city leaders and a couple of other notes. Let’s dive in:EAB doing well The relationship between our schools...

Overflowing trash will soon cost businesses

Surcharge approved for unkempt garbage bin ownersThey’re unsightly and they attract unwanted critters and starting Oct. 1 overfilled trash containers are going to cost business owners a $200 surcharge.The city of Plantation on Aug. 28 approved a program...

A city’s challenges aren’t always unique; comparing notes

League of Cities experts help city leaders address problems There are 412 towns, cities, villages, etc., in Florida, and many of us have the same challenges. So it’s a good idea to compare notes.I did that earlier this month, as I attended the Florida League of Cities...

El Dorado, Plantation Isles drainage work approved

Plantation Isles, El Dorado, Royal Palm among drainage approvals  Funding for five much-needed drainage projects was approved at the city council’s meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 14.  The neighborhoods are Plantation Isles ($1.3 million), El Dorado Estates...

School, charter review and guns

Buses will be rolling Don’t get faked out Monday morning when you see school buses traversing through Plantation: It’s the annual test run of their routes. School starts Wednesday. And a reminder that I am encouraging everyone to become a school volunteer. Go to...

How to improve Plantation schools? Hard work

Working on schools: Starting with these threeI am delighted to announce a new initiative to improve three Plantation schools and the engine that will make it work is … you!I’m asking everyone – regardless of what skills they possess – to go to...

Plantation mall explosion: some thoughts

I’ve held off on commenting on Saturday’s explosion in Plantation because so many outlets have communicated information; you haven’t been starved for stuff to read. Now, as we are a few days later, I’m sharing some thoughts and information.What are your...

Projects from $60 million bond accelerating

Chief administrative officer Jason Nunemaker provided an update on the projects from the $60 million bond voters approved in November 2016. Terms of the bond dictate that 85 percent of the moneys be “obligated” to projects within three years. Nunemaker thinks we’ll...

City approves police contract

Officer pay now ranks in the middle of county The city council approved a new contract for Plantation Police Wednesday night, bringing a feeling of relief among both parties. Most importantly the new contract brings officers’ salaries into the middle of the pack when...