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INSIDER Newsletter (8/12/2018)

 

 

August 12, 2018

 
 
 

WPB Achieves Favorable Legal Ruling Protecting Grassy Waters Preserve, Citizens’ Water Supply

 

The City of West Palm Beach has achieved a favorable legal ruling in its fight to protect Grassy Waters Preserve of West Palm Beach, a pristine remnant of the Everglades and the source of the City’s water supply. Last week, the 4th District Court of Appeal issued a ruling in support of the City’s position. Once final, the ruling, in effect, rescinds the South Florida Water Management District’s permit issued to the Florida Department of Transportation. The permit is required to extend State Road 7 adjacent to Grassy Waters Preserve.

 

“At a time when many communities across the state are facing challenges to their water as a result of algae blooms and pollution, we are pleased with the 4th DCA’s ruling which supports what we have been saying all along: The City’s water quality is paramount,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We are determined to preserve the water quality for our residents.”

 

To view or download the ruling, please visit: https://www.4dca.org/content/download/401088/3438951/file/171412_1709_08082018_09435156_i.pdf.

 

Grassy Waters Preserve is a 23 square-mile wetlands ecosystem that serves as the freshwater supply for the City of West Palm Beach, the Town of South Palm Beach, and the Town of Palm Beach. Historically, Grassy Waters was a key component of the Greater Everglades watershed and the headwaters of the Northwest Fork of the Loxahatchee River.  For more information about Grassy waters Preserve, please visit: http://wpb.org/grassywaters/.

 

 

It's Back-to-School Time

As summer winds down and the 2018-2019 school year gets underway, West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio wishes West Palm Beach students the very best and thanks our teachers in this video message. 

 

VIDEO:  Mayor Muoio's Back-to-School Message

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2018 Tiny Tots Sports - Registration Open

 

 

Registration is now open for Tiny Tots Sports! Children will learn the basics of soccer and baseball using age appropriate drills and equipment to provide a lighthearted and fun experience for your child. Our philosophy is to provide an environment capable of fostering friendships and teamwork and to introduce children to sports in a positive manner. Tiny Tots is available to children ages 3-5 with practices held at Mary Brandon Park located at 700 Maddock Street. Cost: $50 resident/$65 non-residents. The deadline for registration is Friday, September 17th. For more information, please visit: http://teamsideline.com/wpbathletics.

 

City of West Palm Beach Mobile Data Collection Project to Kick off Citywide Repaving Effort

 

The City of West Palm Beach has launched a mobile data collection project to inventory the condition of all streets, sidewalks, signs and curb ramps within City limits. The mobile data collection inventory will assist the City Traffic Engineer in managing transportation infrastructure by prioritizing road paving projects to be undertaken beginning in January of 2019. Using vehicles equipped with digital imagery equipment, Data Transfer Solutions, LLC of Orlando will collect the data by traveling all 259.4 mi. of City roads and alleys on which there are 17,094 City signs and 4,035 curb ramps. Mobile data collection occurs every five years in the City. The collection phase of the project is expected to take three weeks.

 

 

WPB to Consider Fire Services Assessment

 

The City of West Palm Beach City Commission will consider a Resolution No. 201-18 during a public hearing on August 27, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as can be heard, in Commission Chambers for an annual assessment for fire services for the fiscal year October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019.

 

The proposed 2018 rate request is an increase of $25 per residential property and ten cents or less per square foot for all other properties. This increase is necessary to generate additional revenue of approximately $2 million. Since 2013, an additional 40 firefighters have been added after the City received grant funds covering 75% of their salaries and benefits. The additional costs for bunker gear, trucks, and fire station accommodations will continue to increase the City of West Palm Beach General Fund expenses without the increase in the Fire Assessment Fee. This is not a tax, and therefore, the assessment fees apply to all residential property.

 

The proposed assessment is to fund fire services for all properties. Current and proposed assessments compared to other regional utilities are listed below.

Fire Assessment Fee: Current Rates (2017)

  • Residential: $25.00 per dwelling unit
  • Commercial: $0.03 per sq. foot
  • Industrial/Warehouse $0.01 per sq. foot
  • Institutional: $0.04 per sq. foot
  • Nursing Home: $0.10 per sq. foot

Fire Assessment Fee: Proposed Increase (2018-2019) Resolution No. 201-18 proposes an increase in the assessment fee for 2018 as follows:

  • Residential: $50 per dwelling unit
  • Commercial: $.06 per sq. foot
  • Industrial/Warehouse: $0.02 per sq. foot
  • Institutional: $0.08 per sq. foot
  • Nursing Home: $0.20 per sq. foot

What Are Other Cities Charging?

  • Boca Raton: $125
  • Boynton Beach: $120
  • Coral Springs: $180
  • Hollywood: $222
  • Pompano Beach: $163
  • Tamarac: $350
  • Deerfield Beach: $175
  • Ft. Lauderdale: $256
  • Lake County: $175

Resolution No. 201-18, including the proposed assessment, will be available a week prior to the meeting at http://wpb.org/Meetings-Events/City-Commission-Meeting-Agendas/City-Commission-Meeting-Agendas.

 

Fire suppression, prevention and other fire services provide a special benefit to properties by protecting the value and integrity of improvements to real property and protecting the use and enjoyment of such property. The availability of comprehensive fire services reduces the cost of fire insurance and enhances the market perception and property values. An annual recurring Fire Services special assessment program for properties within the City was established in 2008.

 

Minutes of WPB City Commission Meetings Now Searchable on City Website

 

 

West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio and West Palm Beach City Clerk Hazeline Carson are pleased to share that members of the public may now view minutes of City Commission meetings online. The Office of the City Clerk records and saves minutes of meetings of the City Commission, a requirement of the Florida Sunshine Law. 

 

TO CONTINUE READING, PLEASE VISIT: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/MINUTES-OF-WPB-CITY-COMMISSION-MEETINGS-NOW-SEARCH

 

SUNSET LOUNGE RENOVATION UPDATE: 

VIDEO: Time-Lapse Video of the Sunset Lounge Renovation

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The demolition work on the Sunset Lounge is well underway by Cooper Construction Management.  The West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is renovating this significant historical site in the City’s Northwest District and creating a state-of-the-art performance and art-focused venue that will pay homage to the rich jazz and black history of the area and transform it into an African-American cultural tourism destination.  After several years of community input and engagement about the future of site, the agency is spearheading the $6.5 million renovation project that will highlight both the history and present-day needs of the community in order to establish long-term viability and economic stability in the neighborhood.  The Sunset Lounge is located at 609 8th Street in West Palm Beach, just a few blocks northwest of the downtown area.  The project is expected to be completed by summer 2019.  Stay tuned for more updates on our progress!

 

West Palm Beach Police Department Held National Night Out Against Crime & Community Shred Event

On August 7, West Palm Beach residents and members of the public attended the City of West Palm Beach National Night Out Against Crime & Community Shred Event at Target on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard. The event was the West Palm Beach Police Department's annual community crime prevention and community-building event that that promotes police and community partnerships. The event marked the 35th National Night Out  The West Palm Beach Police Department had emergency personnel and exhibits on hand and included personnel from: SWAT, Bomb Squad, Emergency Field Force, Community Response Team, Water Catchment, Auto Theft, Dive, Dispatch, K-9, Traffic, Crime Scene, WPB Fire Dept, Citizens On Patrol, and the Police Athletic League. Shred-It was also available. 

 

WPB’s Innovative Information Sharing Web Application, Creators Recognized by State Association

 

 

The City of West Palm Beach Information Technology Department GIS Division has been awarded the prestigious “Innovative Use of Technology to Service the Public” Achievement Award from the Florida Local Government Information Systems Association (FLGISA) at its annual conference.  The award is given to governmental organizations that utilize technology to improve services provided to the public.  The City was awarded this honor for its innovative use of a Geographic Information Systems web application to provide the public real time information related to its Capital Improvement Projects (CIPs).  The application allows for members of the public to locate CIPs on an online map and view information such as funding source, project status, project manager, budget, project schedule and photos of the project. 

  

“I am very proud of the City of West Palm Beach Information Technology Department GIS Division for achieving this recognition and for serving the public with excellence each and every day,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “At the City, we are dedicated to improving transparency and expanding access to information, and the CIP portal created by the GIS Division does exactly that!

 

To view the CIP web application, please visit www.wpb.org, and click on the “Capital Improvement Program” button on the City home page.

“I am extremely proud of the innovative solutions developed by our GIS Team,” said Christine Brevik, City of West Palm Beach Chief Technology Officer. “Our technology teams continue to partner with our City Departments to provide useful tools and information for our citizens.  It is a great honor to be recognized by FLGISA for our innovation and service to the public.”

 

The FLGISA is an organization for CIO’s, IT managers, and technology decision makers from the state’s local government agencies. For more information about the “Innovative Use of Technology to Service the Public” Award, please visit: http://www.flgisa.org/.

 

WPB-TV Headlines

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VIDEO: Mayor/Commission Work Session (August 6, 2018): 

CRA Budget Workshop

 

VIDEO: Mayor/Commission Work Session (August 6, 2018):

Upgrading Fire Sprinklers in Condo Buildings

 

ROAD & DOCK CLOSURES UPDATE:

WEEK OF AUGUST 12, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                             

 

CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH CLOSURES

ENGINEERING

  • Cumberland Dr. (through January 2018): Reduced speeds in the eastbound and westbound lanes between Military Tr. and Village Blvd. for a road beautification and safety project.Flaggers will assist motorists.
  • Clematis Streetscape Project (through October): 300 block of Clematis St. between S. Olive Ave. and S. Dixie Hwy. is closed to road traffic during construction. Pedestrian traffic will remain unaffected, and businesses will remain open.
  • Georgia Ave (until further notice): Partial closures between Dobbins St. and Nottingham Blvd. for stormwater improvements. One lane northbound is open to traffic. Southbound traffic is detoured to Nottingham Blvd., Lake Ave. or Bradley St.
  • Briggs and Dobbins Streets (until further notice): Local traffic only between Garden Ave. and Georgia Ave. for stormwater improvements. Eastbound traffic on Briggs St. may turn right only at Georgia Ave. On-street parking is prohibited in the work zone.

EVENT CLOSURES

  • Clematis by Night (Aug 16, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.): Road closures on N. & S. Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr., and Narcissus Ave. between N. Clematis St. and Banyan Blvd.

CLOSURES, REPAIRS FOR CURRIE PARK BOAT RAMPS

  • Full closure: All Currie Park boat ramps at 2400 Flagler Drive are closed for repairs. Ramps will not be accessible during the construction period. Currie Park will remain open from sunrise to sunset.

PALM BEACH COUNTY (PBC) ENGINEERING & PUBLIC WORKS CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB

  • Jog Rd. (periodic southbound left turn lane closures until further notice): Median landscaping and irrigation installation on Jog Rd. approximately 970 feet north of Ironhorse Blvd. to approximately 360 feet south of Beeline Highway.
  • N. Congress Ave. north of Presidential Way to Embassy Dr. (periodic northbound and southbound lane closures until further notice) for water main, driveway and median installation.
  • Roebuck Rd. (periodic westbound daytime lane closures until further notice): FPL pole installation east of Easley Dr. to Haverhill Rd. Westbound traffic will be shifted into one of the eastbound left turn lanes at the intersection of Haverhill Rd.
  • Haverhill Rd. north of Roebuck Rd. (periodic northbound lanes closures until further notice) forFPL pole replacement.
  • Australian Blvd. just south of 25th St. (periodic northbound and southbound lane closures until further notice) for utility work.
  • For more information, contact PBC Engineering & Public Works: (561) 684-4000 or http://discover.pbcgov.org/.

FLORIDA DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT) CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB

  • U.S. 1 at Monceaux Road (Thursday, August 16, 2018 - Friday, August 31, 2018) will have the northbound lane and northeast corner closed, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday  for concrete pole installation.
  • N. Dixie Hwy. between 3rd St. and Butler St. (through August 17, 2018): One northbound outside lane closed, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for water main replacement.
  • Military Tr.  (through Friday, September 28, 2018) will have the outside northbound lane between 45th St. and Shiloh Dr. closed, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday for FPL pole replacemen.
  • Military Tr. from Woodstock Dr.to Green Pine Blvd (through Friday, September 21, 2018) will have the outside northbound lane closed, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to install a new turn lane.
  • For more information, contact FDOT: (866) 336-8435 or http://www.fdot.gov/

City of West Palm Beach road and dock closure updates are issued weekly by the City and may be viewed online at http://wpb.org/News-Video/Road-Closure-Updates.

 

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2018 Holiday Sanitation Schedule 

 

There will be regular service on the following holidays:                                 

  • Labor Day - September 3, 2018            
  • Columbus Day - October 8, 2018        
  • Veterans Day - November 12, 2018 

There will be NO service on the following holidays:

  • Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018; Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 11/26/18. Recycling will resume on 11/29/18. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
  • Christmas Day, December 25, 2018: Residential garbage will resume your next scheduled service day beginning 12/28/18. Recycling will resume on 1/1/19. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
  • New Year's Day, January 1, 2019: Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 1/4/19. Recycling will operate on normal schedule. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule. 

The sanitation schedule is produced by the City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Works. For more information, please call (561) 822-2075. 

 

Popular City of West Palm Beach Links

 

City Events: http://wpb.org/Departments/Waterfront/Community-Events

 

West Palm Working Performance Dashboard:

http://westpalmbeach.clearpointstrategy.com/

 

Citywide Projects List Information Portal:

http://wpbgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Shortlist/index.html?appid=5d86c10d29764a7b808101c4ab8631b8

 

Capital Improvement Projects Database: http://gis.wpb.org/cipstorymap/

 

Sanitation Holiday Schedule: http://wpb.org/Departments/Public-Works/Sanitation/2018-Holiday-Schedule

 

City Commission, CRA Meetings, Agendas: http://wpb.org/Meetings-Events/City-Commission-Meeting-Agendas

 

City Job Opportunities: http://wpb.org/Departments/Human-Resources/Home/I-want-to-work-for-the-City-of-West-Palm-Beach

 

Utility Bill Payments: http://wpb.org/utilities/paying-your-utility-bill/

 

Road Closures Updates: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Road-Closure-Updates

 

WPB-TV Live: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Live-Video-Ch-18

 

WPB-TV on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/WestPalmTV

 

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach: http://wpb.org/Departments/Library/Overview

 

Grassy Waters Preserve of West Palm Beach: http://wpb.org/grassywaters/

 

Public Works Request for Service: http://wpb.org/Departments/Public-Works/Public-Works-Forms.

 

Vickers House of West Palm Beach: http://wpb.org/vickers

 

City Clerk: http://wpb.org/Departments/City-Clerk/Office-of-the-City-Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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