Steven L. Abrams
Mary Lou Berger
"An equal opportunity
At the May 15, 2012, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action:
Efficiency study – discussed an efficiency study conducted by Gerstle, Rosen & Goldenberg, PA, CPA. The board agreed to hold separate workshops in June to further discuss the report’s recommendations and set cost-saving goals and objectives, and to discuss with constitutional officers the feasibility of participating with the county for central services.
Clerk & Comptroller – heard a presentation of the county’s annual financial report by Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock.
Financial Management & Budget – approved a transfer of up to $200,000 from Pollution Recovery Trust Fund reserves to fund a two-year staff position or consultant to provide climate change action planning and environmental sustainability coordination.
Lynn University – approved the issuance of up to $12 million in revenue bonds by the Palm Beach County Educational Facilities Authority for water and electrical infrastructure improvements on the campus of Lynn University in Boca Raton. No county funds, its taxing power, faith or credit are involved. Commissioners also approved a letter of understanding authorizing $150,000 in tourist development tax revenue for the final 2012 presidential debate scheduled for October 22 at Lynn University.
Island Way – continued to the July 10 meeting consideration of an alignment for Jupiter Park Drive/Western Corridor, to be known as Island Way. This road section is located within an unincorporated area of Jupiter between Jupiter Gardens Blvd. and 68th Terrace. Board approval will allow for establishment of the overall alignment from Jupiter Park Drive to Indiantown Road.
Vehicles for hire – adopted a series of amendments to the Palm Beach County Vehicle for Hire Ordinance. They include extending through June 2013 a moratorium that prohibits any new vehicle-for-hire companies from operating in Palm Beach County. Staff will return in three to six months with specific standards mirroring those in effect at Palm Beach International Airport.
Property maintenance – approved a series of amendments to the property maintenance code to create consistency, correct spelling and grammatical errors, and to provide a means to recover the cost of abatement of nuisances via a non-ad valorem assessment.
Pride contract – agreed to extend the county’s current contract with Pride Integrated Services for misdemeanor probation services for up to six months. A termination for convenience clause will be
Boards and committees – approved the removal of one member of the Public Art Committee and one member of the Overall Economic Development Program Committee for non-compliance with the revised Palm Beach County Code of Ethics Ordinance training requirements.
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