• BCC Briefs for February 7, 2017

    At the February 7, 2017, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action:

    Legislative Affairs – reviewed and approved the proposed 2017 federal legislative agenda, including priority appropriations and local issues to be lobbied during the upcoming congressional session in Washington, D.C.

    Surtax – ratified the selection of Jacobs Project Management Company as the highest ranked consultant by the selection committee to provide program management services for the general government capital program, which includes the one-cent infrastructure sales tax program. The consultant will assign a senior project manager to act as liaison to the county’s Infrastructure Surtax Independent Citizens Oversight Committee and monitor overall budgets, schedules, compliance with the surtax program, and provide financial and project managers as needed.

    Fire Rescue – approved an amendment to the interlocal agreement with the town of Jupiter for fire protection and emergency medical services, increasing personnel by four firefighter/paramedic positions at a cost of $329,571, of which $224,405 (68 percent) will be recovered from the Jupiter MSTU.

    Pet tags – adopted a resolution outlining the responsibilities of veterinarians who issue rabies license tags and adding new language allowing animal agencies to issue dog and cat rabies license tags at the time of adoption and providing for automatic renewal.

    Affordable housing – adopted a resolution conveying four, separate, county-owned residential properties to the Community Land Trust (CLT) of Palm Beach County, Inc. The foreclosed properties in Lake Worth (2), West Palm Beach and Greenacres have appraised values of $115,000, $235,000, $63,500, and $165,000, respectively. The homes will be offered for sale or lease/purchase whereby the buyer enters into a 99-year land lease and purchases the improvements to the property while CLT holds title to the land in perpetuity for the purposes of facilitating affordable housing.

    Homelessness – directed staff to prepare a report for presentation at a budget workshop on Feb. 21 regarding funding and resources to assist homeless persons at the Sen. Philip D. Lewis Center.

    Plastic bags – agreed to draft a resolution asking the state Legislature to reconsider a measure that would allow local governments near public waters to ban the use of plastic bags by stores and other commercial entities.

    Burt Reynolds Park – approved an amended and restated lease agreement with the Loxahatchee River Environmental Control District (ENCON) for a one-acre parcel and 4,748-square-foot building in Burt Reynolds Park in Jupiter. ENCON operates River Center, a public environmental learning center on the site. The lease agreement is for 10 years at an annual rental rate of $10. ENCON is responsible for payment of utilities and maintenance.