At the October 7, 2014, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action:
Ebola – received an update from Dr. Alina Alonso, director of the Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County on preventive measures the health department, hospitals, airports and emergency agencies are taking with regard to the Ebola virus.
Planning – discussed possibly withdrawing from the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, comprised of Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties, and joining the South Florida Regional Planning Council, comprised of Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.
Palm Tran Connection – approved contracts with three companies to provide paratransit services for Palm Tran Connection in the following amounts: MV Transportation, Inc. and MV Contract Transportation, Inc., $72.67 million; First Group America, Inc. and First Transit, Inc., $76.2 million; and Maruti Fleet & Management, LLC, $35 million.
Apprentice program – directed staff to continue working on developing a non-mandatory program to promote education and employment of building trade apprentices on county-owned construction projects.
Ag Reserve – approved the donation of a 20-acre parcel from Rowan Construction-PSL and GL Homes in the Agricultural Reserve. The land is located north of Boynton Beach Blvd. and west of State Road 7 and is surrounded on three sides by the county-owned Butts property. The combined 120 acres will be used by Environmental Resources Management for water resources and wetlands restoration and expansion of a buffer to the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.
Historic properties – adopted resolutions authorizing county tax exemptions for four historic properties in the town of Palm Beach and two in the city of Delray Beach.
Palm Springs – approved an interlocal agreement with the village of Palm Springs allowing for the annexation of 16 enclaves (34 parcels) totaling 10.26 acres. The properties are located north of Lakewood Road, east and west of Kirk Road. The board also agreed to convey to the village three county-owned properties totaling 1.76 acres known as Lakewood Park.
Amendment 1 – adopted a resolution supporting passage of the Water and Land Conservation Amendment to the Florida Constitution that will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot as Amendment 1.
Environmental Control – sitting as the Environmental Control Board, commissioners approved on first reading and to advertise for public hearing on October 21 an amendment to Chapter 11, Article II of the Palm Beach County Code, the rules adopted by reference, and the list of activities required to be approved, licensed or permitted as necessary due to changes in state law.
Football – agreed to provide up to $140,000 per year in bed tax monies for six years for the annual Boca Raton Bowl college football game at FAU. The city of Boca Raton will match the funding amounts. The inaugural bowl game is set for December 23.
Westgate/Belvedere CRA – adopted a resolution approving the Westgate/Belvedere Homes Community Redevelopment Agency’s 2015 budget in the amount of $7.7 million.