At the March 11, 2014, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action:
Gasoline pricing – postponed to the April 15 meeting an amendment to the county’s fuel price sign ordinance that would require retailers to post the highest price a customer would be required to pay for each type of fuel available and to prominently indicate when a posted price is a discounted cash price.
Infrastructure surtax -- voted against placing on the November ballot a referendum for a three-year half-cent surtax to fund public works projects such as road and pathway improvements, bridge and culvert replacement, drainage projects, and traffic signal upgrades.
Seven50 – accepted a memorandum to local governments and Seven50 consortium members and partners noting that the responsibilities and obligations in a 2010 memorandum of understanding and consortium agreement have been satisfactorily met and are no longer in effect.
Administrator replacement – discussed the process for hiring a replacement for County Administrator Robert Weisman who is retiring in August 2015. Staff was directed to hire a national search firm to provide a field of candidates and obtain input from a to-be-appointed citizens advisory committee.
Vehicles for hire – approved on preliminary reading and to advertise for public hearing on April 15 amendments to the county’s vehicle-for-hire ordinance. The amendments incorporate a change in state law allowing counties to run Level 2 (fingerprint-based) criminal background checks on vehicle-for-hire drivers through the FBI’s national criminal database.
Spring Training – discussed funding, possible locations and legislative issues associated with bringing more Major League Baseball teams to Palm Beach County and Southeast Florida for Spring Training.
Economic Sustainability – authorized the Department of Economic Sustainability (DES) to apply for up to $1 million from the USDA Intermediary Relending Program to provide gap financing to businesses in western Palm Beach County to alleviate poverty and increase economic activity and employment.
Budget – approved a series of budget amendments and transfers needed to adjust FY2014 budgets to reflect differences between actual and estimated revenues and expenditures of FY2013.
Surplus property – adopted a resolution conveying .42 acres of surplus county-owned property to the city of Delray Beach. The property is an alley south of Atlantic Avenue and north of Southwest 1st Street between Southwest 6th and 7th avenues.
Environmental land – approved the purchase of two undeveloped parcels north of The Acreage so that county staff and the public will be able to use the canal banks to travel between the Hungryland Slough Natural Area and JW Corbett Wildlife Management Area.
Juno Beach Pier – approved a concessionaire service agreement of $40,000 per year with the Loggerhead Marinelife Center for the management and operation of the Juno Beach Pier and concession building.