PALM BEACH COUNTY — At the Aug. 14 Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action:
• Palm Tran – approved the Title VI Service equity analyses required by the Federal Transit Administration indicating that major service changes to the Palm Tran network have no disparate impact to minority or low-income populations and approved the recommended major service changes proposed by the Route Performance Maximization initiative, effective Sept. 30. Using existing resources, Palm Tran’s new fixed-route bus network will provide more convenient and faster service to key employment, educational and economic centers throughout the county.
• Schools – approved placing a referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot authorizing the School Board of Palm Beach County to levy 1 mill of ad valorem tax for operational purposes of non-charter district schools for a four-year period beginning July 1, 2019.
• Tax Collector – adopted a resolution instructing the Tax Collector’s Office not to mail notices to any taxpayer for any parcel when the amount owed is less than $15. The previous minimum tax bill notification was $5.
• Project Mercury – conceptually approved a cash incentive of $45,000 over six years for Project Mercury. The provider of emergency response systems is contemplating expanding its facility in Palm Beach County or moving to Alabama. The project will invest $3.6 million to improve and equip an existing facility and create 150 new jobs over a three-year period at an annualized average wage of $53,298 and retain 198 existing jobs. The estimated five-year local economic impact is $295 million.
• Property maintenance – adopted an ordinance revising provisions in the property maintenance code to improve public safety and welfare, ensure that developed and vacant properties and abandoned golf courses meet minimum maintenance requirements, update swimming pool barrier requirements, require owners of multiple occupancy structures to provide for extermination within the structure and make changes recommended by the County Attorney’s Office. Changes include requiring grass, weeds and low-growing vegetation on abandoned or inactive golf courses to be mowed to 7 inches on the first 25 feet from the property line and 18 inches on the remainder of the property.
• Investment policy – approved revisions to the county’s investment policy, increasing the cap on potential investment in bonds, notes or instruments backed by the full faith and credit of the government of Israel from 3 percent to 5 percent.
• Library grant – agreed to submit a letter of support to Florida Atlantic University on its grant proposal to the National Institute of Health titled “Increasing Research Participation in Alzheimer Disease Clinical Studies.”