September 2016 Meeting Highlights
COBWRA DELEGATES MEETING
September 21, 2016–Valencia Isles
VALENCIA ISLES DELEGATE SHARON REUBEN introduced HOA President Terry Solomon who welcomed the delegates.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS COMMITTEE CHAIR JOAN BRUNSWICK announced that the committee will host “STOP THE BLEED”: A Symposium and Hands On Training That Can Help YOU Save a Life at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6 at Banyan Springs. Featured speakers will be State Attorney Dave Aronberg and the President/Founder of Life Safety Solutions, Dave McGruder. More information to follow.
PRESIDENT GLEN HARVIE announced that COBWRA is seeking individuals who are interested in serving on committees.
FIRST RESPONDERS’ REPORTS
PALM BEACH COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DISTRICT 6 CAPTAIN CHRISTOPHER KEANE reiterated that PBSO is focusing on school zone safety. Since the start of school, 500 citations and 500 warnings have been issued. He also encourage all COBWRA communities to have representation at the Safety & Security Committee meetings.
PALM BEACH COUNTY FIRE RESCUE BATTALION 4 CHIEF DOUG McGLYNN reported their office has just moved into a new facility in west Delray Beach. The facility features a 48 seat training/community room.
PALM BEACH COUNTY FIRE RESCUE HOA LIAISON TONY KEELER announced that $80K was collected by firefighters and paramedics for the Muscular Dystrophy Association over Labor Day weekend.
ELECTED OFFICIALS’ REPORTS
MAYOR MARY LOU BERGER reminded the delegates to remain vigilant, as there are still 6 weeks remaining in Hurricane season.
STATE ATTORNEY DAVE ARONBERG spoke about a scam in which callers identify themselves as representing Microsoft or Apple and tell you that you have a computer issue that can be fixed by allowing the caller to remotely access your computer. He also referenced the heroine epidemic and announced a workshop being held by the Federal Government.
DISTRICT 3 SCHOOL BOARD REPRESENTATIVE KAREN BRILL reported that the topic to be addressed at the next Education Committee meeting will be the plans for the future of Odyssey Middle School.
STATE REPRESENTATIVE LORI BERMAN reported that the schedule for Tallahassee has been set and that anyone wishing to schedule an appointment to meet with members of the delegation can now do so.
SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS SUSAN BUCHER announced that the Primary Election went well and that her department is now looking toward the General Election. She announced several important dates:
October 7 Vote by mail ballots to be mailed out October 11 Deadline for voter registration
October 24 Early voting begins and runs through November 6. 7a.m-7.p.m.
November 8 General Election
Also present were SENATOR JEFF CLEMENS and STATE REPRESENTATIVE DAVID KERNER.
COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR VERDENIA BAKER AND SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS ROBERT AVOSSA discussed the proposed ONE-CENT SALES TAX that will appear on the General Election Ballot as follows:
The Palm Beach County Commissioners and School Board are proposing to add one percent to the existing six percent sales tax, thus raising it to 7 percent. The revenue generated would be shared with 50 percent going to the school capital budget, 30 percent going to the county capital budget, and 20 per cent going to the municipal budgets.
These funds would address needed equipment, building and road maintenance repairs and replacements that were deferred during the recession.
This tax would remain in place for ten years. If the projected $2.7 billion funds are collected before the ten years, the tax will be automatically repealed.
NEXT MEETING…OCTOBER 19, 2016…PALM ISLES
Meet the Candidates Forum and Tutorial on the Ballot Amendments
By Sharon Reuben