• BCC Briefs for October 8, 2019

    At the October 8, 2019, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action:
    Vaping – adopted the Vapor Free Public Park Playground Ordinance, which prohibits the use of vapor generating electronic devices including e-cigarettes at county-operated public park playgrounds.
    Behavioral health – directed staff to inventory and investigate critical social services including behavioral health and substance-use disorder services provided by nonprofit community partners and identify measures to address loss of services provided by the Jerome Golden Center for Behavioral Health located on NW Avenue D in Belle Glade and on 45th Street in West Palm Beach.
    Immigration – received a report from Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, who serves on the NACo Immigration Reform Task Force, on her recent visit to a U.S. Border Patrol immigrant processing facility on the Texas/Mexico border.
    Beach park – postponed a requested five-year time extension for development of the Cam D. Milani park site in Highland Beach to the October 22 meeting.
    PREM – approved on first reading and to advertise for public hearing on October 22 an ordinance repealing and replacing the Real Property Acquisition, Disposition and Leasing Ordinance, commonly known as PREM, to allow for workforce housing units under the guidelines of the Workforce Housing Program to be sold directly to qualified buyers without a competitive process, without an additional appraisal beyond that obtained by the county in connection with acquiring the unit, and without review by the Property Review Committee.
    Property Review Committee – adopted a resolution reducing the number of members on the Property Review Committee from five to three.
    Supervisor of Elections – approved a contract with Song & Associates, Inc. to provide professional architectural/engineering design, programming, site plan approval, permitting, and construction administration services for the new Supervisor of Elections Production Facility project to be located at the Cherry Road complex for a period of three years and four months or until construction is fully completed.
    Streetlights – approved an easement in favor of the city of West Palm Beach for the installation of street lighting along the western boundary of the Judicial Center parking garage on Rosemary Avenue between Banyan Blvd. and 8th Street.
    Video surveillance – approved an amendment to an interlocal agreement with the city of West Palm Beach for shared use of the city’s electronic surveillance video surveillance system located at the Intermodal Facility through August 30, 2024. There are no charges associated with this agreement.
    Water Utilities – approved on first reading and to advertise for public hearing on October 22 an amendment to the Liens of Assessment section of the Potable Water, Wastewater, and Reclaimed Water Special Assessment Ordinance.
    MSTU – approved on first reading and to advertise for public hearing on October 22 an amendment to the Priority of Lien, Interest, and Method of Payment of Special Assessments section of the Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) Special Assessment Ordinance.
    United Way – accepted the Top Giver Award from the United Way of Palm Beach County for being the number one public sector contributor in the state for the third consecutive year.