Pahokee honors School Board’s Marcia Andrews

Pahokee city commissioners presented a “key to the city” last week to the Glades area representative on the Palm Beach County School Board, Marcia Andrews, recognizing her diligence in representing the area’s interests before that board and in many other places.

Said Pahokee Mayor Keith Babb: “It is indeed an honor to present our key to the city to school board representative Marcia Andrews. Ms. Andrews has been an outstanding school board member. She’s always here in the city of Pahokee anytime we need her, at all of our signature events, whether it’s the Martin Luther King celebration, our prayer walk or our back-to-school bash. (She supports) all of our programs, all of our services that we provide, and a lot of them don’t necessarily deal with education or kids, but she understands that to build a community, it takes the entire village, and she’s one of those persons that we consider one of our ‘Dream Team.’”

He noted that the first key to the city he’d presented was to Palm Beach County Mayor Melissa McKinlay and said it was appropriate to honor, “with the second key during my turn, Ms. Andrews, a wonderful fighter for the Glades area and the City of Pahokee altogether.”

During the presentation to Ms. Andrews, the mayor called her “a part of the city’s family” and that, having a key, she never again needed to let anyone know when she was coming.

“This is indeed a great honor,” said Ms. Andrews. “I’ve never received a key to the city, and so to be able to get the key to the City of Pahokee means everything to me. I’ve always thought I belonged here … and so I didn’t need this key to know that I belonged here … but certainly receiving the key officially … it tells me now that I truly AM here, I am a part of you. I love the city of Pahokee … and as we build Pahokee, it’s part of my dream. I’m going to be here for you. Thank you so much for this honor.”

In other business, the city commissioners:

• Unanimously adopted a resolution setting their tentative millage rate for the 2019 fiscal year, required under the state’s Truth in Millage law, at 6.5419 mills, and their rollback rate of 6.2271 mills. One mill equals $1 of tax for every $1,000 of a property’s assessed valuation. The rollback rate is the tax rate with which the city could raise the same revenue as was garnered from the previous year’s tax rate, taking into consideration the change in the value of the properties in the city.

• Passed a resolution authorizing the campground, marina, prefabricated restroom, pavilion and landscaping agreement between A. Genesis Construction LLC and the City of Pahokee in the amount of $118,700. It was a last-minute add-on to the agenda due to a looming state deadline to get all the projects involved in the marina/campground/restaurant renovation under contract in time to fulfill state grant requirements.

• Learned from City Manager Chandler Williamson that the city’s Back to School Bash will be Saturday, Aug. 4. “We’ve already contacted most of our sponsors, and I think we anticipate having about 20-25 vendors, providing health, wellness, community services, etc. (information) … and we have all of our volunteers back again this year. It’s from 10 until 2 this year and it will be at the high school,” he said.

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