• BCC Briefs for August 20, 2019

    ​At the August 20, 2019, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action:

    Palm Springs CRA – continued to September 3 at 3 p.m. a request by the village of Palm Springs to create a new community redevelopment agency with two sub-areas located on Lake Worth Road and Congress Avenue within the village's municipal limits.

    E-cigarettes – approved on first reading and to advertise for public hearing on October 8 establishment of the Vapor Free Public Park Playground Ordinance. The measure would prohibit the use of vapor generating electronic devices including e-cigarettes at county-operated public park playgrounds.

    Project Signal – conceptually approved an economic development incentive of $19,200 over six years for Project Signal which is considering relocating its international headquarters to Palm Beach County. The company will invest $1.22 million to lease, renovate and equip a 7,500-square-foot facility, creating 32 new jobs over a three-year period at an annualized average wage of $71,663. The estimated five-year local economic impact is $59.6 million.

    Glades workforce housing – agreed to draft a letter in support of a proposal by the city of Belle Glade to use the former Gove Elementary School property in Belle Glade for a workforce housing project.

    Amelia Gardens – approved a loan agreement with Amelia Gardens, LLC, (borrower) that restructures $598,448 in State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) funds owed in connection with a previous loan agreement made in May 2003, for the construction of 22 affordable rental housing units located on SW 14th Street in Belle Glade. The loan agreement includes forgiveness of $109,050 in deferred and accrued interest. These are SHIP grant funds that require no local match.

    SHIP – approved the allocation of $575,000 of program income from the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program to be offered as the required local government contribution for the following FY 2019-2020 affordable housing strategies: purchase assistance $500,000; owner occupied housing rehabilitation $500,000; emergency repairs $151,022; foreclosure prevention $45,000; project delivery $149,400; administrative costs $149,400. SHIP program income requires no local match.

    Property conveyance – approved the conveyance of a .1263-acre residential property with a single-family home to the Riviera Beach Community Development Corporation, Inc. (RBCDC). The property located at 928 W. 7th Street in Riviera Beach reverted to the county in 2017 and has an appraised value of $56,000. The home will be sold to a family earning no more than 80 percent of area median income at an anticipated sales price not to exceed $245,000.

    Fire hydrants – adopted a resolution establishing the rate for the non-ad valorem special assessment levied against parcels within the Palm Beach County Municipal Service Benefit Unit in Riviera Beach for fire hydrant maintenance and rental for FY-2020. There are now 782 parcels within the MSBU-Riviera Beach subject to the current non-ad valorem assessment rate of $52.86 per parcel.

    Right of way permitting – repealed and replaced two ordinances pertaining to the permitting and use of county-maintained rights of way. The ROW Permitting Ordinance was updated to address multiple revised practices over the past 11 years, as well as new state laws for communications companies. The requirement to register with the county prior to applying for approval to install facilities was expanded to all types of communication companies and incorporates changes pursuant to the Advanced Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Act, which relates to 5G wireless technology deployment.

    Human trafficking – received an update on expansion of training to county staff and community partners in an effort to combat human trafficking.

    Racial equity – directed staff to look into mandatory racial equity training for managers, supervisors, department heads, administrators and employees who work in direct contact with the public.