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At the April 21, 2015, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action:

Kratom – took no action on a proposed ordinance pertaining to the posting of warning signs on the use of the plant substance kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) and kratom-containing products.

Lake Ida Park – agreed to sell a five-acre parcel of county-owned surplus property adjacent to Lake Ida Park to the city of Delray Beach for $100,000. The land is separated from the rest of the park by a canal and has no legal access. Staff was directed to negotiate a purchase agreement with the city that includes a deed restriction requiring the land to be kept as open green space.

Pahokee athletics – granted a request by the city of Pahokee for a contribution of $13,000 to pay for sports lighting on the city’s municipal athletic fields.

Fracking – directed staff to draft a resolution supporting a statewide ban on fracking -- hydraulic fracturing, acid fracturing, and similar high-pressure well stimulation practices -- for the purpose of exploration or production of oil and natural gas and supporting legislation providing for prohibition.

Public Safety – approved assignment of a contract with RCC Consultants, Inc. for planning and engineering services associated with the countywide Public Safety radio system to RCC’s Tallahassee branch office, Omnicom Consulting Group, Inc. Omnicom will assume all contractual requirements of the original RCC contract.

Economic Sustainability – approved on preliminary reading and to advertise for public hearing on May 19 an ordinance establishing an ad valorem tax exemption for the new 650,000-square-foot Aldi distribution center and regional headquarters in Royal Palm Beach.

Senior housing –  adopted a resolution authorizing the issuance of up to $11 million in multifamily housing revenue bonds to finance costs associated with acquiring, renovating and equipping the Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior Complex, a new 99-unit rental complex for the elderly located at Grant Street and Division Avenue in West Palm Beach. No county funds, its taxing power, faith or credit are involved.

Roads – adopted a resolution abandoning a right of way known as East Grace Drive to avoid conflicts with future redevelopment plans. The road right of way is located south of Southern Boulevard and east of Congress Avenue in the former Morrison Homes subdivision.

Ethics – appointed David Baker and Bruce Lewis to the Commission on Ethics Ordinance Drafting Committee.

 

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