At the March 10, 2015, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action:
Uber - approved a temporary operating agreement (TOA), effective through September 30, between the county and Rasier, LLC, a subsidiary of Uber Technologies, Inc. The TOA allows Uber to operate a vehicle-for-hire company in Palm Beach County and sets forth the terms and conditions Uber agrees to comply with, including insurance, background checks, driver history reports and standards, and vehicle safety requirements.
Baseball complex - approved an access agreement and a due diligence and planning services agreement needed to gather information to negotiate an operative agreement for a proposed Spring Training baseball stadium and sports complex. The board also approved a budget transfer of $5 million from the First Cent Tourist Local Option Tax Fund (bed tax) to establish a project budget.
Project Pisces - conceptually approved Job Growth Incentive Grants totaling $500,000, with the city of Riviera Beach providing matching funds totaling $247,500 for Project Pisces. The company plans to make a $6.5 million capital investment on renovations and equipment at its corporate headquarters in Riviera Beach, creating 275 new jobs over three years at an average salary of $57,500.
Project Diamond - conceptually approved a 10-year ad valorem tax exemption not to exceed $3 million as the local financial support for Project Diamond., which is building its regional headquarters in Palm Beach County. The company plans to create 450 new jobs at an average annual wage of $85,000 and will be required to maintain the new jobs locally for five years. The project is estimated to have an economic impact of $662.4 million over that same period.
Legal services - approved a three-year contract with Gordon & Doner, P.A., for legal services relating to personal injury protection (PIP) insurance claims associated with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue emergency transport services. Gordon & Doner was the unanimous choice of a five-member selection committee, following an open RFP process.
Kratom - approved on preliminary reading and to advertise for public hearing on April 21 an ordinance pertaining to the posting of health warning signs at businesses where the herb kratom and products containing kratom are sold.
Environmental ordinances - approved revisions to the Petroleum Contamination Cleanup Criteria and Pollutant Storage Tank System Compliance ordinances with no material changes.
Roads - authorized staff to ask the South Florida Water Management District to postpone until June 26 the repurchase of lands for the future realignment and extension of Seminole Pratt-Whitney Road. Funding is available from a previously approved line item in the five-year road program.
Fire Rescue - approved a lease agreement in the amount of $78,975 for the continued use of 4,050 square feet of space in the Grove Market shopping center in Loxahatchee for temporary Fire Rescue Station 22.
Affirmative Action - postponed adoption of the 2014-2-15 Affirmative Action Plan.
Investment policy - adopted a resolution approving a series of revisions to the investment policy as recommend by the Investment Policy Committee.