At the April 15, 2014, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action:
Gasoline pricing – postponed to an April 22 workshop the final public hearing on amendments 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.
Vehicles for hire – approved a series of amendments to the county’s vehicle-for-hire ordinance to 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. A related amendment expands the definition of a criminal conviction to include a “withhold of adjudication.”
Legislative Affairs – received an update on the 2014 Florida Legislative Session with regard to Palm Beach County priorities and appropriation requests.
Apprentice program – directed staff to develop a mandatory program to promote the education and employment of building trade apprentices on county building construction projects.
CareerSource – adopted a resolution approving the CareerSource Palm Beach County FY 2014-2015 budget in the amount of $14.128 million. Approximately 80 percent CareerSource’s funding is provided by the US Department of Labor.
Palm Tran – ratified a three-year labor agreement between Palm Tran and Local 1577 of the Amalgamated Transit-AFLCIO for Palm Tran bus drivers, mechanics, utility workers and storekeepers.
UASI – accepted the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant 2011 award letter with the City of Miami to receive an additional $141,000 in reimbursable grant funding to purchase special disaster response and recovery equipment.
Climate – adopted the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan. Developed through a regional partnership with Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, the plan includes 110 adaption and mitigation strategies for addressing sea-level rise and other climate issues within the region.
Project 25 – approved a capital renewal/replacement project to migrate from the existing countywide public safety trunked radio system to a full digital system compliant with APCO Project 25 standards.
Water taxis – approved on preliminary reading and to advertise for public hearing on May 20 an ordinance pertaining to licensing of qualified water taxi service operators to transport pedestrian passengers between designated docking facilities and various municipalities in Palm Beach County.
Economic Sustainability – approved program strategies for the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership programs.
Maltz Jupiter Theater -- approved the application of Maltz Jupiter Theater in the amount of $6.41 million in state revenue bonds to refinance a county bond issued in 2005. The funding is projected to have a five-year economic impact of $11 million and retain 56 full-time direct and indirect jobs. No county funds, its taxing power, faith or credit are involved.