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At the February 9, 2016, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action:

Zika virus -- received an update from the Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County and Environmental Resources Management on the mosquito-borne Zika virus. To date, no cases have been reported in Palm Beach County. As a precaution, when outside at night residents are advised to wear long pants and long-sleeve shirts, use insect repellent with DEET, and most importantly, eliminate standing water on their properties.

Criminal Justice Commission – approved on first reading and to advertise for public hearing on March 1 modifications to the membership composition of the Criminal Justice Commission and the reporting relationship of its executive director to report to the county administrator.

Infrastructure – discussed a series of backlogged countywide infrastructure projects and ways to generate the estimated $712 million needed to pay for them. Funding options include raising the ad valorem millage rate, going to voters with a general obligation bond referendum, or going to voters with a sales surtax referendum. Staff was directed to continue meeting with partners in the one-cent sales tax proposal -- the School District, Cultural Council, municipalities, and business leaders -- and bring back their project lists for further discussion.

Fire Rescue – heard a presentation from fire union officials on a revenue-neutral emergency fire rescue services and facilities surtax and corresponding reduction in ad valorem tax levy. Board members agreed that more legal research was needed before deciding whether to place the referendum on the August ballot.

Code Enforcement – approved one-year funding agreements with the cities of Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay in the amounts of $108,278, $66,465 and $51,474, respectively, to provide code enforcement services, including one additional code enforcement officer in each city.

SHIP – approved FY 2015-16 State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) budget allocations totaling $4.961 million for affordable housing strategies. These are state funds that require no local match.

Dakota Apartments – approved the sale of the Dakota Apartments project in the Abacoa development to PRCMVAL Acquisition, LLC and its assignee, PRCP-Abacoa Investment, LLC. The project received road impact fee assistance for 132 of the 142 rental units to ensure a 15-year affordability period, which the purchasers have committed to accept.

Mounts Botanical Garden – approved an agreement extension through Sept. 30, 2016, with the Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden, Inc. to provide funding for a gardener position at Mounts Botanical Garden. Friends of the Mounts will provide 60 percent and the county 40 percent for a total not to exceed $39,328.

Retirement – recognized and thanked Assistant County Administrator and Public Safety Director Vince Bonvento for his 44 years of service to the citizens of Palm Beach County and announced that the main conference room at the Palm Beach County Emergency Operations Center will be named in his honor.

 

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