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At the January 13, 2015, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action:

Glades employment – approved standard construction contract language establishing the Glades Employee Incentive Program. It pays contractors up to 30 percent of new employee wages when they hire Glades-area residents for county projects.

Apprentice incentive approved the Voluntary Apprentice Incentive Program for county construction projects on a two-year trial basis. The program allows contractors who pay at least $25,000 in apprentice payroll to be reimbursed 20 percent (maximum of $100,000) for voluntarily using apprentices participating in state training programs. For construction projects of $20 million or more, the minimum apprentice payroll expenditure is $50,000 with maximum reimbursement of $200,000.

Para-transit – authorized staff to negotiate for the purchase of 10 para-transit vehicles leased by Two Wheels, Inc., a subcontractor of Metro Mobility. The county is ending its contract with Metro Mobility to provide Palm Tran Connection’s para-transit service. Two Wheels is not one of the three new contractors, and the company says it cannot make its lease payments due to early termination of the Metro Mobility contract.

Pilot project – approved $20,000 for implementation of the Abundant Community Initiative Pilot project in the Cabana Colony, Plantation and San Castle communities. The funding, available in the Office of Community Revitalization’s (OCR) Community Connect initiative budget, will be used to contract with a resident in each pilot community to spearhead project implementation.

Purchasing approved an amendment to the Local Preference in Purchasing Ordinance to make local preference available to all procurements governed by the purchasing code, instead of only those exceeding the mandatory bid or proposal amount of $50,000. The board also approved amendments to the Purchasing Code and Recycled Paper Product Procurement ordinances.

Cooperative Extension approved a funding agreement with the Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden for a gardener position at Mounts Botanical Garden. The Friends will pay 60 percent ($29,937) of the annual salary and benefits and the county 40 percent ($19,960) for a total of $49,897.

Next Generation 9-1-1 approved a new systems architecture analyst position to assist in the maintenance, troubleshooting and technical planning of the Public Safety Department’s Next Generation 9-1-1 network. The position with the Information Systems Services Department is funded entirely through state-provided 9-1-1 revenue.

Annexation – approved an interlocal agreement with the village of Palm Springs for the annexation of two enclaves consisting of five parcels totaling 1.87 acres. The property is generally located south of Diamond Road, east of Military Trail and west of Kirk Road.