City of West Palm Beach Posts Significant Updates on Key Performance Metrics
Public Can View City Metrics at “West Palm Working,” an Online Performance Dashboard, Created to Open up Information, Data to the Public to Increase Transparency, Accountability
As a part of Mayor Jeri Muoio and the City of West Palm Beach’s commitment to transparency and accountability to the public, Mayor Muoio is pleased to announce that the City of West Palm Beach has released FY18 performance data for the period beginning October 1, 2017 and closing September 30, 2018. This data can be found on the City’s online performance dashboard “West Palm Working”.
Among the metrics released:
- +$600,000 worth of employee volunteer hours were donated to the City;
- +7,000 new members of the Mandel Public Library this year;
- +3,500 trees were given away to improve the tree canopy over the past three years;
- 309 small businesses were certified as Small Business Enterprises (SBEs) and are now ready to do business with the City;
- 188 new jobs created through City grant programs;
- 100% of drinking water samples met quality compliance levels in September;
- 23 new homeowners purchased homes in the City of West Palm Beach with City assistance;
- 11% of the City’s Fleet is alternatively fueled;
- WPBPD average response times continued to steadily improve—now 4:13 as of September, the quickest average in more than three years!
For more information about these metrics and other City performance indicators, visit wpb.org, and select: “West Palm Working: Performance Dashboard”. These metrics are updated quarterly.
“We are excited to unveil these new updates about the City of West Palm Beach, because the public should know how their government is doing when it comes to providing them with programs and services,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We have committed to transparency and to opening up this information to the public. We hope our residents will take a look and find the performance dashboard a useful resource.”
Mayor Jeri Muoio unveiled the “West Palm Working” online performance dashboard in January, so that anyone can visit the City’s website and track the City’s progress on key performance measures. West Palm Working expands the availability of City data for internal and external uses.
West Palm Working is a part of the City’s larger commitment to transparency and collaboration with residents. Last year, the City passed an open data policy, which established a framework for proactively publishing municipal data and which laid the groundwork for West Palm Beach to drive decision-making with data.
The data effort is the result of the City’s collaboration with partners on the What Works Cities (WWC) initiative, launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies and supported by experts at the Sunlight Foundation, the Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) at Johns Hopkins University and Results for America. By working with WWC experts, the City of West Palm Beach was able to incorporate leading national best practices into its policy.
DOJ RECOGNIZES WPBPD FOR OUTSTANDING LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT INVOLVEMENT
The West Palm Beach Police Department (WPBPD) has been honored by the United States Department of Justice with the Outstanding Local Police Department Involvement Award. Chief Mooney accepted the award at the 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods Conference in Kansas City, MO. Chief accepted the award on behalf of the late Sgt. William Nealy who recently passed away after a long battle with cancer and who spearheaded many of the department’s community engagement initiatives.
The WPBPD consistently allocated officers to serve fulltime as Task Force Officers with Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms (ATF), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to combat gun and drug crimes. Recently, the WPBPD erected a "Real Time Crime Center" with "ShotSpotter" and a network of city/privately owned surveillance cameras. However, the Department's true impact in the community can also be felt through the many engagement initiatives, spearheaded by Sgt. Nealy. These initiatives have helped foster better respect and understanding on both sides of the blue line.
The Department’s initiatives include traditional programs and, also, also more innovative, locally grown programs that have had a significant impact including the:
- “R.I.P.” program, which facilitates weekly interaction with offenders arrested for gun and violent crimes;
- “Cops and Scholars” program, which champions kids in the community who are on the right track;
- And procedural justice training to instill in each officer a big picture mentality.
Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide initiative that brings together federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and community leaders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.
For more information about the West Palm Beach Police Department, please visit: http://wpb.org/Departments/Police-Department/Home.
To those who celebrate, Happy Hanukkah!
May the holiday bring you and those you love peace and joy!
'Tis the Season!
'Shop with a Cop' Making a Difference for
On Wednesday, December 5, 2018, the West Palm Beach Police Department held its 7th Annual Shop with a Cop event at Target on Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. The WPBPD collaborated with the Vickers House and a local school to help children who needed a little help during the holiday season.
Registered families brought their children to pair up with a WPBPD officer and went on a shopping spree. The goal of this annual event is to foster positive relationships with law enforcement and provide a fun filled holiday experience for more than 125 families and 260 children in West Palm Beach.
The event would not have been possible without many generous donors including Vickers House, Target, and the West Palm Beach Police Foundation.
Holidays in West Palm Beach
Celebrate the Holidays with Sandi!!!
The City of West Palm Beach kicked off the holiday season the lighting of the SandiTree. Throughout the month of December, there will be several holiday themed events. Be sure to drop by the waterfront at Flagler Dr. and Clematis St. to enjoy SandiTree and fun daily activities for the entire family. For a list of activities and more information, please visit:
You can take the FREE West Palm Beach trolley to get to Sandiland. Catch the Green Line in front of the Tri-Rail station to arrive within a block of Sandiland. The Yellow Line, with several stops around downtown, will drop you off closest to Sandiland. For more information about the free trolley, please visit: http://wpb.org/ABOUT/TRANSPORTATION-SERVICES.
Northwood Village Art Night Out – New Year’s Pre-Party Mix & Mingle
Friday, December 28
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Northwood Rd, West Palm Beach
Guests can get out of the house, entertain out-of-towners, and treat the kids by starting their New Year’s festivities early with a night out in Northwood Village, West Palm Beach’s unique hub for art and culture. Visitors can experience a vibrant art scene, new and vintage one-of-a-kind shops, top-rated restaurants, and so much more. Plus guests can enjoy local art and craft vendors from all over South Florida, shopping at the unique boutiques and studios open late, some of the area’s best restaurants, live street-side artists and musicians, a Tiny Doors hunt, a free craft project and more. For more information, visit facebook.com/northwoodvillagefanpage or call 561-822-1550.
MANDEL PUBLIC LIBRARY OF WEST PALM BEACH
December Highlights: ALL FREE!
- Dec. 1-31: Letters to Santa – Send a letter to Santa and get a message back! (see Children’s Programs)
- Dec. 10: Hurricane Beach House: An Escape Room Experience, a ONE-DAY ONLY special event
- Dec. 31: Noon Year’s Eve kids parties
- Plus Homework Center holiday hours and Winter Break activities for kids and teens.
To see the complete list of the library's December events, please visit: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/MANDEL-PUBLIC-
HOLIDAY SAFETY, SECURITY & SHOPPING TIPS
The holiday season is always a special time of year! West Palm Beach Police Chief Sarah D. Mooney wishes you a happy, safe and peaceful holiday season. She and the West Palm Beach Police Department are encouraging residents to be careful, prepared and aware of their surroundings, especially during the holidays. CLICK HERE TO READ TIPS FROM WPBPD TO HELP YOU SAFELY CELEBRATE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON:http://wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/HOLIDAY-SAFETY,-SECURITY-SHOPPING-TIPS
You're invited to a ribbon cutting on December 18, 2018 for this 1930's historic home in Coleman Park. The property at 729 20th Street is known as the Inez Peppers Lovett house. The City of West Palm Beach utilized federal funds from HUD to restore this historic structure. Come join us!
SAVE THE DATE!
Mayor Jeri Muoio to Deliver
2019 State of the City Address
Join us! In her final State of the City Address, West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio will reflect on the City’s accomplishments and make several key announcements on priorities to keep West Palm Beach a vibrant, resilient, inclusive and safe world-class city. Mayor will deliver the address at the January Breakfast of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches.
The event will be presented by Good Samaritan Medical Center. Free parking will be sponsored by Hedrick Brothers Construction. Courtesy of host sponsor, GL Homes, there will be early bird networking with elected officials and other community leaders. Enjoy coffee sponsored by Aqua Marketing & Communications and a gift sponsored by Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC.
WHERE: PBC Convention Center; 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
WHEN: Thursday, January 24, 2019
- 7:00 a.m.; Early Bird Coffee, Check-In and Networking
- 7:30 a.m.; Program begins
- 9:15 a.m.; Program concludes
REGISTER: To register, please visit: https://palmbeaches.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/25573.
FEES/ADMISSION: Discount seats are available until 5pm, Thursday, January 17, 2019.
- Members: $45 before the deadline; $50 after the deadline.
- Non-members: $55 before the deadline; $60 after the deadline.
- Corporate table sponsor (table of 10): $550 for Members; $750 for Non-Members.
- Cancelations: Must be made 72 hours prior to the event for a refund.
- Reservations: The Chamber cannot accept telephone reservations.
CONTACT: Marissa Kosiec: (561) 833-3711, x. 231; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the images to see the videos!
VIDEO: City Commission Meeting (December 3, 2018)
VIDEO: Community Redevelopment Agency Meeting (December 3, 2018)
VIDEO: WPB Selects Team to Develop Northwood's Anchor Site
VIDEO: WPB Art in Public Places: New CityZEN Garden
ROAD & DOCK CLOSURES UPDATE:
WEEK OF DECEMBER 9, 2018
CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH CLOSURES
- Spruce Ave. between 27th and 28th St. (through Friday, December 14th, 2018): West side of Spruce Ave. will be closed for curb, sidewalk and driveway replacement. Flaggers will assist motorists within the work zone.
- Spruce Ave. and 31st St. (through January 4, 2019): The intersection will be closed for streetscape and beautification upgrades.The intersection will beopen to motorists and pedestrians for the December 16th holiday event.
- 100 & 200 block of Gregory Rd. (through January 4, 2019) for road improvements. Slower traffic in construction areas. Gregory Rd. remains accessible.
- Flagler Dr. sidewalk from south of Greenwood Dr. to Monroe Dr. (until further notice): East sidewalk near seawall closed for safety repairs. Flagler Dr. west side sidewalk between Greenwood Dr. and Monroe Dr. remains accessible.
- Hampton Rd. between Merrill Ave. and Parker Ave. (through May 2019) is closedfrom Merrill Ave. to Parker Ave. for installation of new wastewater system and pavement restoration.
- Cumberland Dr. between Military Tr. and Village Blvd. (through January 2019): Reduced speeds on the eastbound and westbound lanes for a road beautification and safety project.Flaggers will assist motorists. Paving overlay continues through December.
- Georgia Ave. between Briggs St. and Dobbins St. (until further notice): Closed for road improvements. Local traffic only. Eastbound traffic on Briggs St. may turn right only at Georgia Ave.
- Clematis by Night (December 13, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.): Road closures at Clematis St. between Narcissus St. and Banyan Blvd., Flagler Dr. between Banyan Blvd. and Lakeview Ave.
- GreenMarket (Saturday, December 15, 2018, 6:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.): Road closures on Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr.; Narcissus Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and Clematis St.; Lantana Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and Clematis St.
- 300 block of Clematis St. (Saturday, December 15, 2018, 6:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.): Closed for West Palm Beach Antique Flea & Craft Market.
CLOSURES, REPAIRS FOR CURRIE PARK BOAT RAMPS
- Full closure: All Currie Park boat ramps at 2400 Flagler Drive are closed for repairs. Reopening date rescheduled for late January 2019. Ramps will not be accessible during the construction period. Currie Park will remain open from sunrise to sunset
CITYPLACE ROAD CLOSURES
- Rosemary Ave. between Okeechobee Blvd. and Hibiscus St. (through Friday, April 12, 2019): Full closure by CityPlace for CityPlace streetscape improvements. Access to all parking garages will be maintained. Pedestrian traffic will be unaffected.
- Hibiscus St. between Rosemary Ave. and Quadrille Blvd. (through Saturday, February 23, 2019): Full closure by CityPlace for CityPlace streetscape improvements. Access to all parking garages from Quadrille Blvd. will be maintained. Pedestrian traffic will be unaffected. For more information: https://www.futureofcityplace.com/.
PALM BEACH COUNTY (PBC) ENGINEERING & PUBLIC WORKS CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB
- Church St./Old Okeechobee Rd. from Okeechobee Blvd. to N. Florida Mango Rd. (until further notice): Periodic lane closures with flaggers controlling traffic for pavement markings.
- Australian Ave. and Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. (until further notice): Intersection improvements. Periodic lane closures.
- Jog Rd. north of 45th St. and west of Florida’s Turnpike (until further notice): Periodic southbound lane closures with flaggers controlling traffic for FPL pole replacement.
- or 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
- Flagler Memorial Bridge between City of West Palm Beach and Town of Palm Beach (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Mondays only through January 2019) will have the outside eastbound lane and the south sidewalk closed for handrail replacement.
- Military Tr. between 45th St. and Shiloh Dr. (9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, through Friday, Mar. 8, 2019) will have one northbound lane closed for FPL maintenance operations.
- Okeechobee Blvd, from N. Florida Mango Rd. to Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. (9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, through December) will have one westbound lane and sidewalk closed for directional boring operations.
- 45th St. and Australian Ave. at the SFRTA Railroad tracks, and Australian Ave. and Mangonia Dr. (9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, through December 31, 2018) may have intermittent outside lane closures in each direction for FPL pole replacement.
- US 1/S. Dixie Hwy. from Cranesnest Wy. to Jefferson Rd. (9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., and nightly, 7:00 p.m.- 5:00 a.m., Sunday night through Friday, through December 14, 2018) may have intermittent northbound lane and shoulder closures, daily, for water main removal, drainage and curb installation, and paving operations. 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 NO service on the following holidays:
- 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.
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