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ROAD & DOCK CLOSURES UPDATE: WEEK OF DECEMBER 16, 2018

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RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY TO CELEBRATE HISTORIC PEPPERS HOUSE RENOVATIONS

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INSIDER Newsletter (9/16/2018)

 

 

September 16, 2018

 
 
 

 

City of West Palm Beach 2019 Budget Planning

 

The City of West Palm Beach’s has published the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget in Brief, a document provided to serve as an overview of the City’s budget. This document provides a summary of the highlights of the budget, revenues the City expects to receive, and the planned areas where the money will be spent. 

 

Take a look! Click on the image to view the Budget in Brief, here: 

 

In order to address budget issues and to identify ways to balance the budget, a series of Budget Workshops was held over the past four months. During these workshops, the operating and capital funding needs for the upcoming fiscal year were identified and prioritized. The City also held six Community Budget Meetings to further engage our citizens in the budget process and to increase transparency. 

 

The proposed budget is a deliberate balance of revenues and expenditures prepared in accordance with Florida’s statutory Truth in Millage process and best serves the City’s prioritization for provision of core services and Commission initiatives. State law requires that the City adopt a balanced budget prior to the beginning of its fiscal year on October 1st.

 

The Fiscal Year 2019 budget was developed to assure that fundamental services are appropriately delivered and programs are maintained at current levels. The budget is a responsible allocation of public resources that maintains the City of West Palm Beach as a vibrant, safe, and attractive for the satisfaction of its residents and visitors.

 

 

The final budget hearing to adopt the proposed budget and millage rate is scheduled for September 27, 2018 at 5:00 in Commission Chambers at City Hall. 

 

 

To watch the special hearing on the budget held on September 13, 2018, click on the video below.

 

VIDEO: Spec. City Commission Meeting to Set Millage Rates and Budget

 

For more information about the budget and to view budget documents, please visit: http://wpb.org/Departments/Finance/City-of-West-Palm-Beach-2019-Budget-Planning.

 

WEST PALM BEACH POLICE TO INTRODUCE SMARTWATER CSI TO WPB NEIGHBORHOODS

The West Palm Beach Police Department (WPBPD) is raising the stakes for thieves who burglarize homes or businesses in the City. This week, the WPBPD will introduce the SmartWater CSI program to our community as a high-tech tool to combat property crimes.

 

SmartWater CSI is a forensically encoded liquid that homeowners or business owners can apply directly to their valuables. The non-hazardous liquid is invisible to the human eye except under ultraviolet black light, and, once it is applied, it is virtually impossible to remove. In the event a stolen item is recovered, its owner can be identified through the water on the item and, then, reunited with his or her valuable.

 

“No one wants the experience of finding their home burglarized,” said West Palm Beach Police Chief Sarah Mooney. “The SmartWater CSI program allows us to directly impact communities by preventing and solving property crimes.”

 

The WPBPD has scheduled several distributions of SmartWater kits in our neighborhoods for residents and business owners who are interested in participating, and there is the potential for even more distributions in more neighborhoods in the future. Please note the following distribution dates and locations:

  • Sept. 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m.; Northwood Hills Neighborhood (Distribution site: Grace Episcopal Church, 3600 N. Australian Avenue);
  • Sept. 24, 2018, 6:30 p.m.; South End Neighborhoods including El Cid, Southland Park/Prospect Park, Grandview Heights, South End Neighborhood Association (Distribution site: Howard Park Community Center, 1302 Parker Ave.);
  • Sept. 29, 2018, 9:30 p.m.; Old Northwood (Distribution site: Old Northwood Community House, 3510 Spruce Ave.);
  • Oct. 27, 2018, - 10:00 am; Riverwalk (Distribution site: Riverwalk Clubhouse, 7459 Riverwalk Circle).

At this time, residents from only these communities may participate in the SmartWater CSI program. Proof of address is required to attend the meeting and participate in the SmartWater program. Participants are encouraged to arrive on time for a brief, mandatory presentation prior to receiving their SmartWater CSI kit. City residents and business owners who are interested in obtaining a SmartWater kit can contact the WPBPD Crime Prevention Office at (561) 822-1620. For more information about SmartWater, visit http://www.SmartWaterCSI.com.

 

 

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West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio attended the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Alliance for a Sustainable Future meeting as well as the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco last week. Mayor is working to enhance the viability of West Palm Beach as a modern model of healthy, environmentally progressive, ecologically sustainable and resilient urban living. You can learn about Mayor's initiative by visiting the Mayor's Office of Sustainability online, here: http://wpb.org/Departments/Sustainability/Overview

 

WPB-TV HEADLINES

 

VIDEO: WPB Helps Residents Become Homeowners

with Down Payment Assistance 

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Memorial Event Remembers Storm of '28 Victims

 

The City of West Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, in partnership with the Storm of ’28 Memorial Park Coalition, hosted a 90th anniversary community memorial event to remember the victims who lost their lives to Florida’s infamous and tragic Hurricane of 1928. West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, along with City Commissioners and coalition members, laid a wreath at the Storm of ’28 memorial on Saturday to honor the African American victims buried at this mass grave site.  

 

 

The catastrophic storm made landfall in Palm Beach County on September 16, 1928 and caused the deaths of at least 2,500 people, most of whom were migrant, black farm workers who did not receive proper burials at the time. The burial site in West Palm Beach recognizes the African American victims of the storm who were laid in a mass gravesite at 25th Street and Tamarind Avenue. It is the final resting place for 674 victims.

 

The site was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2002 and a state historical marker was added in 2003 during the 75th anniversary of the hurricane. 

 

“Discover a Local Treasure” 

at 5th Annual LagoonFest

WPB Partners with PBC, Discover the Palm Beaches, Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative for family-friendly event

 

 

The 5th Annual LagoonFest will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM along the waterfront on Flagler Drive, between Banyan and Datura Street, in downtown West Palm Beach. Admission is FREE for this family-friendly event where everyone can “Discover a Local Treasure” and learn more about the community’s largest estuary.

Bring the family and enjoy:

  • Wildlife presentations;
  • Kayak Clean-Up Tours;
  • Paddleboard Yoga Demonstrations;
  • Touch Tank Exhibits;
  • Mural Painting Wall;
  • More than 50 exhibit booths;
  • Kid Zone;
  • Calendar Showcase and more!

LagoonFest attracts families from all over the community and is co-produced with the West Palm Beach GreenMarket, the area’s premiere Saturday spot to shop for fresh foods and locally produced goods. LagoonFest encourages both residents and visitors to discover one of the greatest eco marvels in our community and the importance of protecting this vital urban estuary. For more than 20 years, government agencies, community organizations, and individuals have worked to improve the Lagoon’s water quality, restore wildlife habitat, prevent pollution, and educate the community.

 

Walk, bike or ride one of the City’s FREE trolleys to LagoonFest. To view trolley routes, please visit: http://www.downtownwpb.com/trolley/. For parking information and locations of City of West Palm Beach garages, please visit: http://wpb.org/parking/.

 

LagoonFest is produced by partners City of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management, Discover the Palm Beaches, and Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative. To learn more about LagoonFest, please visit: www.LagoonFest.com.

 

ICYMI:

 

CBS 12: WPB Offers Safety Escorts in City Parking Garages

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2018 Economic Development Survey: WPB is a Great Place in which to do Business: http://wpb.org/Departments/Economic-Development/Economic-Development-Overview.

 

WPB Golf Course to Close for Renovations in September: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/CITY-OF-WEST-PALM-BEACH-GOLF-COURSE-TO-CLOSE-DURIN

 

2018 Youth Basketball League

 

Our Basketball Season starts in October! Join our fall 2018 Youth Basketball League for ages 5-14. Registration is currently open through October. Register at any City Community Center or contact Jude Leconte II at (561) 804-4915 or Joel Nickel at (561) 804-4915.

 

 

ROAD & DOCK CLOSURES UPDATE: WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 16, 2018

 

ROAD & DOCK CLOSURES UPDATE: WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 16, 2018

CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH CLOSURES

ENGINEERING

  • Olive Ave. between Clematis St. and Datura St.  (through November 2018): One of two northbound only lanes will be closed for alley restoration.
  • Cumberland Dr. (through January 2019): Reduced speeds on the eastbound and westbound lanes between Military Tr. and Village Blvd. for a road beautification and safety project.Flaggers will assist motorists
  • Georgia Ave. south of Nottingham Blvd. (until further notice). Full closure for the first 300 ft south of Georgia for installation of the drainage system and road reconstruction.
  • 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.
  • 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 (September 20, 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 ENGINEERING & PUBLIC WORKS CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB

Australian Ave. (approximately 1300 ft. north of N. Mangonia Dr.): Periodic northbound right lane closures for asphalt restoration.

  • Australian Ave. just south of 25th St. (periodic southbound lane closures until further notice) for utility valve replacement.
  • Congress Ave. north of Okeechobee Blvd. to Ware Dr. (periodic northbound and southbound lane closures, one eastbound left turn lane closure): Bridge removal/culvert installation at the “F” Canal.
  • N. Congress Ave. north of Presidential Way to Embassy Dr. (periodic northbound and southbound lane closures until further notice): 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 shift into one of the eastbound left turn lanes at the intersection of Haverhill Rd.
  • 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

  • Okeechobee Blvd. from Suwanee Dr., to just east of Chillingworth Dr. (beginning Monday September 17, 2018 through Friday, October 12, 2018) will have the outside westbound lane closed, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for sidewalk repairs.
  • Military Tr. from Woodstock Dr. to Green Pine Blvd. (through Friday, September 21, 2018) will have the outside northbound lane closed, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to install a new turn lane.
  • Military Tr., between 45th St. and Shiloh Dr. (through Friday, September 28, 2018) will have the outside northbound lane closed, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for FPL pole replacement
  • 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:   

  • 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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