August 2016 Meeting Highlights
PRESIDENT HARVIE introduced VALENCIA RESERVE DELEGATE STAN SHERMAN who welcomed the delegates and acknowledged the work that COBWRA does for the community at large. He also Reported that the STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE is developing a proposal that would address the changing demographics of the area and how COBWRA can lead into the future.
GROWTH MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN STEVE OSEROFF presented two proposals:
- Changes to the Target Outparcel located at the corner of Boynton Beach Boulevard and Hagen Ranch Road. The proposal is for the construction of a 10,000 square foot multi-tenant building.
- GL Homes has proposed an expansion of Saturnia Isles south of Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach which would result in a land swap that would place almost 40 acres of Preserve land in the COBWRA service area.
Both proposals were recommended for approved by the Delegates.
FIRST RESPONDERS’ REPORTS
- PALM BEACH COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DISTRICT 6 CAPTAIN CHRISTOPHER KEANE reminded everyone to slow down in school zones and reported that the PBSO ran three summer camps for youngsters, including a Youth Leadership Academy. PBSO also provided backpacks for disadvantaged children. Captain Keane also cautioned Delegates that cars must be locked. Over the past month three guns were stolen from unlocked vehicles.
- PALM BEACH COUNTY FIRE RESCUE 4TH BATTALION CHIEF DOUG McGLYNN reported that FIRE/RESCUE is participating in a heroin task force, in conjunction with PBSO and local hospitals. The Task Force is working to reverse the increase in heroin addiction and to provide treatment and follow up for addicts.
ELECTED OFFICIALS’ REPORTS
- MAYOR MARY LOU BERGER announced that the Commissioners are working on the 2016/2017 budget and that the millage rate will not be increased. She also announced that an education program will begin shortly on the proposed county sales tax referendum.
- STATE ATTORNEY DAVE ARONBERG spoke of the efforts of the SOBER HOMES TASK FORCE and that changes to federal law must be made so that the Task Force’s efforts can be effective.
- DISTRICT 3 SCHOOL BOARD REPRESENTATIVE KAREN BRILL reported that 89% of the school buses were on time during the opening days of classes.
- COMMISSIONER SHELLEY VANA stated that she is pleased that background checks are now required for caregivers.
- SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS SUSAN BUCHER announced that 113,000 Vote By Mail Ballots were mailed and that early voting is occurring in 15 sites throughout the county.
- DEPUTY CHIEF PROPERTY APPRAISER DOROTHY JACKS stated that the Property Appraiser’s office has prepared 630,000 tax notices which will be mailed next week and that there is a twenty-five day window during which homeowners can object to their assessments.
- ROSEMARY RAYMAN of the LAKE WORTH DRAINAGE DISTRICT cautioned everyone to be prepared for the hurricane season and to make certain that someone has been officially designated as the individual responsible for opening/closing the community weirs.
- STATE REPRESENTATIVE LORI BERMAN encouraged everyone to vote for Amendment 4 on the Primary Election Ballot, which would expand tax exemptions for solar, wind and other renewable energy devices to commercial properties.
- STATE REPRESENTATIVE IRVING SLOSBERG discussed the “How’s My Driving?” signs that have been placed on school buses and the installation of “Noise Walls” at vital locations.
- SENATOR JEFF CLEMENS stated that there are now 23 cases of ZIKA VIRUS in Palm Beach County and that spraying is continuing. Senator Clemens also stated that he is vigorously opposed to the proposed increase in the number of toxic materials released into our water supply.
- PROGRAM CHAIR GERRI SEINBERG introduced RAY SCHAUER, SOLID WASTE AUTHORITY DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING and PUBLIC WATER WORKS who reported on the multiple facilities that the Solid Waste Authority operates and the efforts to expand recycling in the county.
NEXT MEETING…SEPTEMBER 21, 2016…VALENCIA ISLES
By Bruce Brodsky