Steven L. Abrams
Mary Lou Berger
"An equal opportunity
At the June 5, 2012, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action:
Sand transfer plant – approved the use of bed-tax funding in the amount of approximately $255,000 for one year for operation and maintenance of the sand transfer plant at the Lake Worth Inlet.
Well fields – agreed to restore the original countywide well field protection program at a net cost of $355,000 and eliminate the cost-share program; an environmentalist staff position previously cut will be reinstated.
Roads – approved on first reading and to advertise for public hearing on June 19 a mid-year update to the Five-Year Road Program. The board also approved local agency program (LAP) funding increases of $38,449 for the widening of Okeechobee Blvd. from Australian to Tamarind avenues, and $169,033 for improvements to the intersection of Blue Heron Blvd. and Congress Avenue.
Civic site – postponed to the June 19 meeting an agreement with GL Homes conveying to the county 19.64 acres of property in the Hyder PUD on Lyons Road to establish a civic site land bank.
Pero Farms – extended for one year the rent of 570 acres in the Ag Reserve co-owned by the county and the South Florida Water Management District to Pero Family Farms, LLC. The county’s share will be approximately $116,000.
Drop-off bins – discussed possible rules and regulations for continued use of unmanned recycling drop-off bins and collection stations. Staff was directed to work with industry officials and bring back recommendations.
Hurricane preparedness – heard a presentation by the Public Safety Department on the county’s hurricane preparedness program.
Animal Care & Control – adopted a resolution permitting the use of any excess fees collected and allocated from the first $1 of the pet sterilized tag fee and the first $5 of the non-sterilized tag fee for the mobile spay/neuter program to be used for other Animal Care & Control operational costs. An increase in tag-fee sales over the past several years has resulted in a surplus of approximately $250,000.
Economic Sustainability – conceptually approved a federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 funding award in the amount of $3.673 million and a federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program award of $1.863 million to HTG of Palm Beach II, LLC for construction of 63 new affordable townhomes known as Pine Run Apartments in unincorporated Palm Beach County. No county funds are involved. The board also approved a $75,000 budget transfer as the county’s required local match for a Job Growth Incentive Grant for Digital Risk, LLC. The city of Boca Raton is also contributing $75,000.
Wastewater project – directed staff to rebid a wastewater infrastructure collection project in Belle Glade.
Internal Auditor – approved on first reading and to advertise for public hearings on June 19 a series of revisions to the duties and responsibilities of the County Internal Auditor and the advisory Internal Audit Committee.
Workforce Alliance – adopted a resolution approving the FY 2012-2013 budget for Workforce Alliance, Inc. in the amount of $2,718,968.
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