At the June 23, 2015, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action:
In Memoriam – observed a moment of silence in honor of Cindy L. DeFilippo, long-time District 1 senior administrative aide, who passed away following a traffic accident in Georgia on June 11.
Animal Care & Control – adopted amendments to the Animal Care & Control ordinance pertaining to community cats and dogs in public places. They include: 1) requiring dogs to be leashed when off the owner’s or caregiver’s property. Exceptions include law enforcement dogs and dogs at public beaches and dog parks; 2) all community cats must be sterilized, microchipped, vaccinated for rabies, and ear-tipped for identification; 3) community cats maintained on private property must have the property owner’s or property manager’s permission. The board also approved an updated schedule of fees and fines the Animal Care & Control Division.
Roadside solicitation – adopted an ordinance prohibiting solicitation on county and state roads in unincorporated Palm Beach County. The ban pertains to anyone standing in the street or median soliciting for business and charitable contributions, distributing materials or goods, and displaying information. Sidewalks and road shoulders are exempt. Prohibited activities include but are not limited to panhandling, collection of donations for or by nonprofit organizations or the sale or distribution of merchandise or publications.
Roads – approved mid-year updates to the county’s five-year road program. Changes include advancing funding for two widening projects on Lyons Road between Lake Worth and Lantana roads.
Briger property – provided staff direction on the release of a declaration of covenants for a 30-acre section of the Briger property in Palm Beach Gardens to facilitate construction of a 250,000-square-foot Center for Intelligent Buildings by Carrier Corp., an affiliate of United Technologies Corp. The release allows for broader land uses on the 30-acre parcel that would not pertain to the remaining 70 acres of the Briger tract.
Land swap – conceptually authorized an interdepartmental land swap between Environmental Resources Management (ERM) and Engineering and Public Works. Under the arrangement, a .668-acre section of land within the Pond Cypress Natural Area managed by ERM will be conveyed for an adjusted right of way for the State Road 7 Extension in exchange for 3.95 acres within the existing right of way to be incorporated into the natural area.
Project Bruin – approved a $250,000 job growth incentive grant as a portion of the local match for Project Bruin. This is a national headquarters relocation project that plans to make a $1.895 million capital investment on renovations and equipment at an existing facility and create 178 new full-time jobs within four years at an average annual wage of $83,000. The five-year estimated economic impact is $772 million.
Project Fan – conceptually approved a $15,000 qualified target industry tax refund in the form of a job growth incentive grant for Project Fan. This is a national headquarters relocation project that plans to make a $1.74 million capital investment on renovations and equipment at an existing facility and create 25 new full-time jobs by Dec. 31, 2017, at an average annual wage of $48,813. The five-year estimated economic impact is $55.7 million.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation – approved a contract in the amount of $91,329 with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Inc. for the provision of Ryan White Part A HIV health support services for the period March 1, 2015, through Feb. 29, 2016. It covers services such as early intervention, outpatient/ambulatory medical care, and lab diagnostic testing for persons with HIV spectrum disease. Contract funding is based on level funding from the prior grant year; no county funds are involved.
Building codes – approved on preliminary reading and to advertise for public hearing on July 21 an ordinance adopting amendments to the administrative chapter of the Florida Building Code for unincorporated areas of the county.
ISS – approved a standard interlocal agreement for Information Systems Services (ISS) support services provided to municipalities and special taxing districts in preparing their non-ad valorem assessment rolls.