Notes from the October 4th Palm Beach County Commissioner’s meeting, courtesy the PBC Communications Department.
Glades Utility Authority – discussed a proposal to have PBC Water Utilities absorb the financially strapped Glades Utility Authority (GUA). Included is a five-year plan to replace/repair worn out pipes and other utility infrastructure throughout the Lake Region. The board authorized negotiations with Belle Glade, South Bay and Pahokee officials.
Water storage – directed staff to continue working with the South Florida Water Management District, the Lake Worth Drainage District and the city of Fort Lauderdale on possible development of a regional reservoir in the C-51 Basin.
Wastewater – approved on preliminary reading and to advertise for public hearing on October 18 amendments to the county’s wastewater facilities use ordinance pertaining to pretreatment of wastewater.
Supervisor of Elections – approved the purchase of Insight Listener software and related modems from Dominion Voting Systems, Inc. in the approximate amount of $962,000 to help expedite the receipt of ballot totals from voting precincts.
Leaf blowers – heard from members of Students Against Volatile Emissions (SAVE) who are calling for a ban on the use of leaf blowers in the county. It was suggested that SAVE representatives meet with Cooperative Extension Service staff.
Median landscaping – after lengthy discussion, the board did not approve spending $500,000, to be matched by FDOT, for median landscaping improvements along Okeechobee Boulevard. Commissioners felt the expense could not be justified when other more critical road paving and repair projects have been cut or postponed.
Quantum Park – agreed to modify a deed restriction on part of a 17.5-acre parcel within Quantum Park. The county donated the land to the city of Boynton Beach for park and recreational uses. The city wants to lease two acres to EWE Warehouse Investments XI for a parking lot for approximately 200 workers the company says will be employed at its new adjoining warehouse/office building.
Small Business Assistance – received a report by the Office of Small Business Assistance detailing its responses to two investigations by the Office of the Inspector General.
Southeast Florida Regional Partnership – appointed Commissioner Karen Marcus to represent Palm Beach County on the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership Executive Committee. The partnership oversees federal sustainable communities grants totaling $4.25 million.