Next City Council Meeting on Thursday August 3rd

The next City Council Meeting will be on Thursday Aug. 3rd at 7pm in City Hall.  

Agenda Highlights:

  • Appointing Members of the Charter Committee
  • New Ordinance on the Operation of Mobile Food Trucks 
  • Changing/introducing new fees
Announcements/Presentations include recognition items 
Consent Agenda includes:
  • Resolution 57, 2017 which Repeals Resolution 20, 2012 which was deemed to be unconstitutional, and was discussed at last month’s Council meeting.
  • Resolution 51, 2017  Lease of Golf Carts with GPS from Club Car, LLC and financed through Leasing 2, Inc. – Replacing the leasing of 86 Yamaha Golf Carts for Sandhill Crane Golf Club with the same number of golf carts from Club Car, LLC due to failure to find a permanent resolution to issues with the carts from Yahama.  
  • Renewal of two Purchase awards, for Group Health Insurance Plan (Self-Funded) – Stop Loss Insurance Coverage with Symetra Life Ins Co, and for Independent Auditing Services with Marcum LLP
  • Purchase Award for Technical Service Support for EKG/AEDs and Lucas CPR Systems, single source with vendor for $136K
  • Purchase Award for Emergency Medical Services – Third-Party Billing Services, openly competed, 5-year contract with option to renew for another 5 years.  $2 million per year.
  • Purchase Award for Hospitality Staffing Services for Sandhill Crane Golf Club, openly competed, 5-year contract with option to renew for another 5 years.  $200k per year.
  • Purchase Award for  Emergency Food Catering Services (Pre-Event Packaged Meals)  – with bid waiver, for sole source – for $100K per year for 5 years

City Manager Report  – no details listed

Public Hearings and Resolutions:
  • Resolution 44, 2017 – Adoption of the City’s One-Year Annual Action Plan to Obtain Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  ( HUD) and Amendment to Citizen Participation Plan – the plan must be submitted annually to maintain the grant. The City is eligible to receive approximately $187,726 for fiscal year 2017-2018. 
  • Ordinance 17, 2017 – First reading of amendments to Chapter 78, Land Development Regulations to specify regulations pertaining to the operation and sale of food from Mobile Food Trucks within in the City of Palm Beach Gardens.
  • Resolution 48, 2017 – Adopting the Fiscal Year 2017/2018 Fees and Charges Schedule – the proposed changes include an Art in Public Places Application Fee, Mobile Food Truck Permit and Renewal Fees, and increases in fees for unnecessary false alarms.
  • Resolution 50, 2017 Appointing Members to the Charter Review Committee –  each council member will nominate members and the entire council will vote on each nominee.  The committee will consist of 5 members who are charged with providing their final report of Charter Change recommendations in October 2017.  The names under consideration are listed in the resolution, which also lists the time-table in order to have any changes on the ballot for March 2018 Uniform Municipal Elections.

Check the agenda to see if any additional items have been added before the meeting here.

Next City Council Mtg on July 13 at 7pm

The next City Council Meeting will be on Thursday July 13th at 7pm in City Hall.

Agenda Highlights:

  • State Senator Bobby Powell – Legislative Session Wrap-Up
  • Set Maximum Millage Rate for FY 2017/2018 Budget
  • Establishing the 2017 Charter Review Committee targeting March 2018 Municipal Elections
  • Annual Evaluation of City Manager
  • Inter-local agreement with Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council for Palm Beach Gardens Station Area – transit oriented development (TOD) Master Plan (on Consent Agenda)
Announcements/Presentations include several recognition items and State Senator Powell
Consent Agenda includes:
  • Resolution 45, 2017 Interlocal Agreement between Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and Palm Beach Gardens for Palm Beach Gardens Station Area Transit Oriented Development Master Plan. Funding for the grant includes $30K from Palm Beach Gardens.   Public Input will be collected from Sept-Dec. 2017, with a draft plan in 2017 and a Final Master Plan and Report by March 2018
  • Purchase  Award – Operate On-Site Employee Health Clinic – $3.3 Million 5 year contract with option to renew for an additional 5 years – openly competed.  Awarded to Carehome LLC – current operator.
  • Purchase Award – Renewal of Agreement for Dental Insurance – $80K – City exercised option to renew for 3 years.
  • Purchase Award – Construct Prefabricated and Pre-Engineered Metal Building Shell for Golf Cart Storage Barn – openly competed $171K
  • Purchase Award – Mowing and Landscape Services for PGA Flyover and Canal Long-Line Mowing – openly competed, 5 year contract for $1.5 million with option to renew for another 5 years.
  • Purchase Award – Alert and Communications System for Fire Rescue Stations 1,3,4,5 – sole source $250K – to match system installed in Station 2.
  • Purchase Award – Modifications to Johnson Dairy Rd – piggyback/access contract for $303K
  • Purchase Award –  Bleachers Shade Structure for Gardens Park piggyback/access contract for $131K
  • Purchase Award – Emergency Food Catering Services – City exercised option to renew $200K contract
  • Purchase Award – New Tennis Center Clubhouse  Architectural Services – openly competed $220K
  • Purchase Award – Dispatch Consoles for Northcom – piggyback/access contract for $79.7K

City Manager Report  – no details listed

Public Hearings and Resolutions includes:
  • Resolution 46, 2017 – City Initiated Major Conditional Use approval for constructing a 180′ public safety communications monopole at the northern boundary of Lake Catherine Sportsplex  
  • Resolution 41, 2017 – Setting a Maximum Millage Rate of 5.6678 which holds operating millage at 5.5 and with lower .1178 debt service, is less than current year 5.6781.  Also sets first Public Hearing on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 . (Note – there is no budget detail and the backup material states “The detailed proposed line-item budget will be distributed to Council and the Budget Oversight Review Board under separate cover.”)
  • Resolution 49, 2017 – Establishes the 2017 Charter Review Committee and associated duties and timeline, with the assumption of final report to the Council on Oct. 12, 2017, for Council approval of the Referendum Ordinance on Nov. 2, 2017 and Dec. 7, 2017 for placement on the ballot on the March 13, 2017 Uniform Municipal Elections.  (Note – the last two Charter related votes took place on November ballots in 2012 and 2014!)

Council Discussion

  • City Manager Evaluation

Check the agenda to see if any additional items have been added before the meeting here.

 

Next City Council Mtg on June 1st at 7pm

The next City Council Meeting will be on Thursday June 1st at 7pm in City Hall.

Announcements/Presentations:

  • State Representative Rick Roth – summary of legislative session
  • Annual Audit Report – Fiscal Year 2016

Consent Agenda includes:

  • Lease of two Skeeter Ford F550 Brush Trucks from Skeeter Brush Trucks, LLC. and financed through Leasing 2, Inc. – $400K
  • Purchase award to Replace Pump Station at Gardens Park, publicly bid but only one vendor submitted a bid, at too high cost; the City rejected the bid and opted to go with the original manufacturer whose costs were in budget – $76K
  • Purchase award for Municipal Complex Renovations and Expansion – Architectural Service- publicly bid – $668K
  • Purchase award – Piggyback/Access Contract for Repairs to Bridges on Larch Avenue and Hickory Drive$179K
  • Purchase award for Golf Cart Barn Renovations for Sandhill Crane Golf Club – publicly bid – $144K
  • Purchase award – Piggyback/Access Contract for Audio Visual Systems and Content Marketing for New Golf Clubhouse at Sandhill Crane Golf Club – $213K
  • Purchase award – Piggyback/Access Contract for Earthworks and Site Works for New Property at Sandhill Crane Golf Club – $1.124 Million

City Manager Report – no details listed

Public Hearings and Resolutions:

  • Ordinance 11, 2017 – Second Reading and Adoption – Specialty Pet Boarding – Passed 4:1 on First Reading – with Council Member Lane voting NO
  • Ordinance 14, 2017 – Boards and Committees – modifies how vacancies are filled, how absences are handled, and eliminates Council Liaisons to Boards or Committees – Passed 3:2 on First Reading with Council Member Lane and Vice Mayor Marciano voting NO.
  • Resolution 40, 2017 – A request by FLF Lilac, LLC to receive approval for the construction of two residential entry signs to Lilac Village (formerly known a Golfer’s Village), as well as various site and landscape modifications. Staff is recommending approval. – The subject site is located on the north side of Lilac Street, 0.15 miles east of North Military Trail.
  • Resolution 42, 2017 – Making Findings and Opposing Conversion Therapy on Minors
  • Resolution 43, 2017 – Making Findings and Opposing the Display of Wild or Exotic Animals in Traveling Animal Acts for Public Entertainment or Amusement.

Council Discussion:

  • Charter Review Process and Timeline this should be of interest to every resident as the Charter is our ‘Constitution’. At the last Council meeting, Vice Mayor Marciano requested that staff bring forward a proposal, and it will be discussed on Thursday. In the proposal, Charter changes would be on the ballot in March, 2018, and the workings of the committee would be moderated by a professional facilitator.
  • Also up for discussion is a summary of the potential impact if the additional $25K Homestead Exemption that will be on the ballot in 2018, is passed.

Check the agenda to see if any additional items have been added before the meeting here.

Next City Council Meeting on May 4th at 7PM

The next City Council Meeting will be on Thursday May 4th at 7pm in City Hall.

Announcements/Presentations:

  •     Palm Beach North Brand Initiative
  •     1st Place Award for Palm Beach Gardens Police Explorers
  •     District at the Gardens (?)

Consent Agenda includes:

  • Resolution 35, 2017 – setting the July City Council Meeting to 7/13 as to not conflict with the 4th of July holiday
  • Purchase Award for Annual Asphalt Milling and Resurfacing – openly competed Piggyback/Access contract (City of Wellington), not to exceed $500K to resurface City streets and locations

City Manager Report  – no details listed

Public Hearings and Resolutions:

  • Ordinance 11, 2017 – Amending Chapter 78 Land Use Regulations to provide a definition and details for new use Specialty Pet Boarding which must take place within enclosed building with no outdoor activities.
  • Ordinance 13, 2017 – 2nd reading and adoption of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design approved at last month’s meeting.
  • Ordinance 14, 2017 – 1st reading Amending Procedures for filling Board and Committee vacancies, absentee policy and eliminating council liaisons to board and committees.  (Editorial Questions – 1) did the council request eliminating the liaisons?  2) doesn’t this increase the influence of staff?)
  • Resolution 31, 2017 – Alton PCD Parcels D, E, F – approving site plans for 316 single dwelling units and 199 town homes.
  • Resolution 33, 2017 – Appointments to the PBG Police Officers Pension Board
  • Resolution 34, 2017 – Appointments to the Budget Oversight Committee
  • Resolution 38, 2017 – North County District Park – approving the conceptual Master Plan and giving the City Manager authority to negotiate with Palm Beach County, within the limits of the Sales Tax Surcharge ‘appropriations’.

Council Discussion:  Appointments to Boards and Committees and Forum Club Membership.

Check the agenda to see if any additional items have been added before the meeting here.

New City Council to be Sworn In on Thursday, April 6th at 7pm

A new City Council takes the reins on Thursday, April 6th at 7pm when term-limited Mayor Tinsley, Vice-Mayor Jablin and Council Member Premuroso step down and are replaced by newly elected Matthew Lane, Rachelle Litt and Mark Marciano. Council Members Maria Marino and Carl Woods were seated in 2016. While there is a light agenda, active residents may want to attend to see the transfer to the new council, swearing in and election by the council of the new Mayor, Vice Mayor and any discussion of future actions. This will happen right after the meeting is called to order and the roll call is taken.

Announcements/Presentations: National Congenital Diagphragmatic Hernia Awareness Month

Consent Agenda includes 3 Purchase Awards:

  • Emergency Equipment for Police Vehicles – Piggyback/Access Contract for $116K – ” Each year the City purchases new police vehicles to replace the vehicles that are scheduled for replacement. The new replacement vehicles are not sold with installed sirens, light bars, etc. The City must purchase these items and their installation elsewhere.”
  • Bunker Gear for Fire/Rescue Department – Piggyback/Access Contract for $114K
  • Renovation and Repair of Splash Playground at Burns Rd Community Center – Piggyback/Access Contract for $130K. The splash playground is not currently in operation and must be repaired prior to re-opening.

City Manager Report – no details listed

Public Hearings and Resolutions:

  • Second Reading and Adoption of Ordinance 12, 2017 and related Resolution 22, 2017 – Business Center at the Gardens – which passed 5:0 on First Reading.
  • Ordinance 13, 2017 – a City-initiated Amendment to Chapter 78 – Land Development Regulations, to provide for the inclusion of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles into the City’s Land Development Regulations. CPTED has been a part of development reviews since 1998 but was never codified into the regulations. The Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board (PZAB) approved this on March 7, 2017 7:0 and recommended approval by the Council.

Check the agenda to see if any additional items have been added before the meeting here.

Next City Council Mtg on Thursday March 2nd

The next City Council Meeting will be this Thursday, March 2nd, at 7pm in City Hall.  This meeting will be the last full meeting for 3 of our Council – Mayor Tinsley, Vice Mayor Jablin and Council Member Premuroso. The elections are on March 14 and the new members will be seated at the April meeting. Reminder – Tuesday, February 28th is our Council Candidate Forum . See our detailed candidate profiles and our Voters’ Guide with links to additional information.

Announcements/Presentations: none listed

Consent Agenda includes:

  • Resolution 10, 2017 – Lease for the Engine 6 and Engine 7 Replacements from Ten-8 Equipment, Inc. and financed through Leasing 2, Inc. The lease term is for seven years, with a one-year delay in start of payments and the total cost is $1,323,476.
  • Resolution 29, 2017 – A Resolution in opposition of HB 7005 (2017), titled Economic Programs. HB 7005 repeals specified economic programs, such as Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI}, Florida Tourism Industry Marketing Corporation (Visit Florida), and the Quick Action Closing Fund. Additionally, it transfers all duties, functions, records, pending issues, existing contracts, administrative authority, administrative rules, and unexpended balances of appropriations, allocations and other public funds related to the programs in EFI and Visit Florida to the Department of Economic Opportunity.
  • Purchase Award – for Community Services Department for Tires and Related Services – a piggyback/access contract for 2 years for $300K
  • Purchase Award – for Fire/Rescue for Public Safety Uniforms, openly bid for 5 years, with option to renew for 5 years, in the amount of $379K.
  • Purchase Award – for Golf Department for Lighting for the Golf Course Driving Range – a piggyback/access contract for $192K

City Manager Report – no details listed

Public Hearings and Resolutions:

  • Second Reading and Adoption of the following Ordinances (and accompanying Resolutions as applicable):
    • Ordinance 8, 2016 which had first reading Nov. 16, 2016 – EAR BASED AMENDMENT – changes to the Comprehensive Plan elements
    • Ordinance 1 and 2, 2017 – Trevis Isles
    • Ordinance 7, 2017 – Land Developement Regulations amendment
    • Ordinance 8, 2017 – Property Maintenance Standards (Chapter 79) amendments
    • Ordinance 9, 2017 – Gardens Corporate Center PUD ‘replacement’
    • Ordinance 10, 2017 – Budget Amendment for FY2017 – An amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016/17 budget to record the issuance of the City of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Public Improvement Bond, Series 2017, and projected One-Cent Infrastructure Sales Surtax revenue from January 1, 2017, through September 30, 2017.
  • New Business
    • Resolution 21, 2017 – A request from the Ballenlsles Community Association to amend the side setback standard for screen enclosures and patio decks for residential properties in Parcel One, the Coral Cay neighborhood, of the Ballenlsles Planned Community Development (PCD).
    • Ordinance 12, 2017 – First Reading for Business Center at the Gardens – Rezoning, Planned Unit Development (PUD) Site Plan, and Major Conditional Use Public Hearing and Consideration for Approval: A request from Riverside Drive Investors, LLC to rezone a 3.44-acre parcel of land from Light Industrial (M1A) to a Planned Unit Development (PUD) Overlay with an underlying zoning designation of M1A, along with Site Plan approval for an 18,650-square-foot laboratory/research and development building, and Major Conditional Use approval for a three story, 99,183-square-foot self-storage building.
    • Resolution 24, 2017 – A request from Frenchman’s Reserve Country Club, Inc. to amend the Planned Community Development (PCD) Master Plan to modify the existing configuration of the golf course to construct a new short-game course and reconfigure certain areas of the upland preserve within the Frenchman’s Reserve PCD. Frenchman’s Reserve PCD is located on the east side of Alternate A1A at the intersection of Hood Road and Alternate A1A.
    • Resolution 23, 2017 – A request from Frenchman’s Reserve Country Club, Inc. for approval to amend the Site Plan for the existing Frenchman’s Reserve Clubhouse site to allow a 3, 128-square-foot expansion to the existing fitness center and spa; the construction of a new 1,590-squarefoot one-story tennis center building; a new 6,750-square-foot one-story restaurant building; a new 1,975-square-foot golf teaching facility; updates to the clubhouse architecture; an additional porte-cochere; a new splash pad; and associated modifications to the parking lot.
    • Resolution 30, 2017 – A request from Gardens Corporate Center, LLC for approval of two pyramid-shaped building rooftop architectural elements located at the top of two proposed 11-story professional office buildings in the Gardens Corporate Center Planned Unit Development (PUD) Phase 2 to serve as Art in Public Places. The applicant is requesting that the rooftop elements be considered AIPP. Staff does not agree, says that those elements are integral to the architecture of the 2 buildings (approved in Ordinance 9 and related Resolution above) and recommends DENIAL of Resolution 30, 2017 as presented.

Check the agenda to see if any additional items have been added before the meeting here.

Next City Council Mtg on Thursday, Feb. 9th at 7pm

The next City Council Meeting will be this Thursday, February 9th, at 7pm in City Hall. Thursday’s agenda is once again very long. Is it because staff and every developer in the Gardens is rushing to get their 2017 business accomplished by March, while they still know who will be on the Council? Nevertheless it will be difficult to complete in the usual time. Residents and businesses may want to read Ordinances 7 and 8 described below.

Announcements/Presentations includes a presentation by City Attorney Lohman called ‘reasonable accomodation request’. No additional detail is provided.

Consent Agenda includes:

  • A Purchase award for Emergency Debris and Disaster Recovery Services, openly competed and of unknown value for 5 years. “The City’s current contract for Emergency Debris and Disaster Recovery Services expired December 31, 2016. A replacement contract is needed to allow the City the ability to provide debris management and recovery services during emergency events. These services are provided under strict guidelines mandated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that allows for reimbursement for proper and appropriate charges. This is a contingent contract with an unknown dollar value that will only be activated in the event of an emergency such as a storm, hurricane, wildfire, etc.”
  • A Piggyback/Access contract with Macmillan Oil for Gasoline/Diesel for 3 years in the amount of $2 million.
  • Two Braun ambulances that were leased under Resolution 101, 2012 are due for replacement in January 2018. The manufacturer needs one year in advance to manufacture and deliver the ambulances, so the procurement action must take place a year in advance. The total cost for the two vehicles is $647K.
  • Those following high-speed rail may be interested to read a resolution in support of “Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act”. ” The public purpose and intent of the “Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act”, SB 386 (2017) filed by Senator Debbie Mayfield (R-Melbourne) and HB 269 (2017) filed by Representative Marylynn Magar (R-Hobe Sound), is to give the State of Florida and local governments some regulatory control over high-speed passenger rail systems insofar as such authority is not preempted by federal laws or regulations.

City Manager Report – no details listed

Public Hearings and Resolutions:

  • Second Reading and Adoption of: Balsama Large Scale Comprehensive Plan Amendment; Balsamo Rezoning; Ordinance 3, 2017 – Budget Amendment with over $3 million in new spending taken from Budget Stabilization Reserve Account; Redefinition and recreation of the Budget Oversight Review Board (to include the Sales Tax Surtax).
  • Resolution 14, 2017 Authorizing the issuance of the City of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Public Improvement Bond, Series 2017, in an amount not-to-exceed $30,000,000 to finance construction of certain infrastructure projects, (which were discussed and approved in Resolution 12, 2017 in the January meeting, spending 85% of the $30 million bond covering the $35 million expected 10-year revenue from the Infrastructure Sales Surtax in 3 years.) “Signing of the Bond documents is scheduled for February 27, 2017, with funding to occur on February 28, 2017.”
  • Ordinance 10, 2017, First Reading of a Budget Amendment directly related to Resolution 14, 2017. “This amendment records the $30,000,000 par amount of the Bond as Other Financing Sources and the estimated Costs of Issuance in the amount of $65,000, as reflected on Exhibit “1” attached to the Ordinance. This budget amendment further establishes the initial Capital Improvement Budget for the infrastructure projects to be funded with the Tax in the amount of $29,935,000, which is the net amount deposited into the Fund after deducting the Costs of Issuance”….the City of Palm Beach Gardens’ share of the sales tax surtax “would be $3,123,250 annually, or approximately $260,000 monthly. Accordingly, this budget amendment records $2,340,000 of Tax Revenue for the period from January 1, 2017, through September 30, 2017 (9 months X $260,000 = $2,340,000), as reflected on the attached Exhibit “1 “. These funds will be held in Designated Reserves to be used for debt service payments on the Bond that will begin in FY 2018.
  • Ordinance 7, 2017 A City-initiated request to amend various sections of the City’s Land Development Regulations, Chapter 78. Note – while much of this ordinance is described as cleanup in nature – there are new sections (such as for valet parking, parking and storage of portable units) and changes to existing (such as for garage sales, what defines artwork, landscaping, signage, parking (spaces, striping, bumpers), as well as changes to definitions. These modifications were approved by the Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board on January 10, 2017. However businesses, HOAs and residents should probably skim to see if impacted.
  • Ordinance 8, 2017 – An amendment to Chapter 79. Property Maintenance Standards. The amendment has modifications to almost every paragraph of the existing chapter. Since this impacts every property in Palm Beach Gardens – everyone who has property should read it.
  • Ordinance 9, 2017 – the applicant is requesting a total repeal of previously approved plans for Gardens Corporate Center PUD (the NE Corner of PGA Blvd and Alt A1A) for 2 six-story buildings and a six-story parking garage and replacing the plans with 2 eleven-story buildings and a three-story parking garage between them.
  • Resolution 15, 2017 – A request for approval from Ballenlsles Country Club, Inc. for a Site Plan Amendment allowing modifications to the Clubhouse Site Plan to provide for a 23,287 -square-foot expansion of the existing clubhouse, and an additional one- (1) story, 2,997-square-foot administration building located on the Clubhouse site (Parcel 28) of the Ballenlsles Planned Community Development (PCD)
  • Resolution 16, 2017 – The subject request is to modify the approved Corporate Center at the Gardens Planned Unit Development (PUD) Master Signage Program and request a waiver for an additional tenant wall sign to be located on the north elevation of Building A. The site is located on the northwest corner of Northcorp Parkway and RCA Boulevard, immediately east of Interstate 95.
  • Resolution 17, 2017 – A request from Arctic Holdings, LLC requesting an expansion of an existing Major Conditional Use to allow live entertainment in the existing multiplex cinema building in the Loehmann’s Plaza, located on the southwest corner of PGA Boulevard and RCA Boulevard, east of Interstate 95. Here is Sarah Peters’ story on this from last month.
  • Resolution 18, 2017 – The subject petition is a request for a Site Plan approval to construct a 469 single-family unit residential neighborhood on the 206-acre Parcel G neighborhood district within the Alton PCD. The neighborhood will be a gated residential subdivision with a clubhouse and amenities and 61 acres of upland preserve areas with accessible trails.
  • Resolution 19, 2017 – Alton PCD is requesting approval of a “Gateway” art piece to be located along Donald Ross Road within 55-foot PCD Buffer easement on Parcel B of the Alton PCD. The piece will be located on the south side of the meandering sidewalk along Donald Ross Road, just east of the pedestrian bench. The proposed art piece is a “ball and stick” sculpture representation of the Ethane molecule.

Check the agenda to see if any additional items have been added before the meeting here.  

Special City Council Meeting to Approve Annexation

There will be a Special City Council Meeting on Thursday February 2nd at noon for Second Reading and Adoption of Ordinance 4, 2017 which is the Annexation of Osprey Isles, Carleton Oaks, Star of David Cemetery, and West Palm Beach Fire Station #8.  See the agenda here.

The next regular Council Meeting will be on Thursday, February 9th at 7pm.

First 2017 Council Meeting on Thursday, January 5th at 7PM

Happy 2017! The next City Council Meeting will be this Thursday, January 5, at 7pm in City Hall. There are quite a few items on the agenda covering a broad range of subjects so be prepared for a lengthy meeting. (Note – Ordinance 3, 2017 and Resolution 12, 2017 should be of significant interest and concern to those running for the Council in the March 14 election).

Announcements/Presentations includes an FDOT presentation on three alternatives for the I-95/Northlake Blvd and I-95 and PGA Blvd interchange modifications.

Consent Agenda includes:

  • A Purchase Award for 2017 Model Year Vehicles for the Fire Rescue Department, Information Technology Department, Public Services Department, and Unified Services Department as replacement vehicles. This is a piggyback with the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) Contract for the purchase of Model Year 2017 Motor Vehicles and is in the amount of $273K.
  • Agreements with the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections to conduct the March 14 elections and as a member of the canvassing board, as done in prior elections.
  • Approval of an agreement with the Children’s Healthcare Charity, Inc. for the 2017 Honda Classic PGA Golf Tournament to provide a public safety grant for off-duty Police and Fire Services and related staff services, and the use of specific portions of Mirasol and PGA National Parks for various parking facilities and general operations.

City Manager Report – lists an update on Sober Homes

Public Hearings and Resolutions:

  • First readings of Ordinance 1 and 2, 2017 regard Kennedy Homes requesting a Large-Scale Comprehensive Plan Map Amendment to change the future land use designation of a 12.50-acre site from Residential Low (RL) to Residential Medium (RM), capping the gross density of the site to 50 residential units. The property is located on the north side of Hood Road immediately west of Florida’s Turnpike; and rezoning of a 12.5-acre site from Residential Low Density-2 District (RL-2) to Planned Unit Development (PUD) with a Residential Medium District (RM) underlying zoning to allow the development of a 50-townhome residential subdivision for a community to be called Trevi Isle.
  • First reading of Ordinance 3, 2017 – This budget agenda item combines several actions. First, it adjusts the starting balance for 2017 to reflect the realities of 2016 – a normal occurrence. Second, and more significantly, it allocates the excess revenue collected last year (1.9M) and the reduction in expenses (2M) to new spending in 2017.  (Note – if the money were to be left in the stabilization fund, it could be used (along with expected sales tax revenue) to reduce millage in the 2018 budget. By allocating it now to new spending, they would deny the Council that will have 3 new members after March 14 the opportunity to decide what to do with the money.)
  • First reading of Ordinance 4, 2017 – A request to annex an area of contiguous, compact, unincorporated real property commonly known as Osprey Isles, Carleton Oaks, the Star of David Cemetery of the Palm Beaches, the vacant commercial parcel and the WPB Fire Station #8. The 284.20-acre parcel is bounded on the west by the City of Palm Beach Gardens’ Sandhill Crane Golf Club, to the north and east by Conservation lands (the Loxahatchee Slough), and to the south by Northlake Boulevard. Upon adoption of the Ordinance by the City Council, the City shall forward the Ordinance and referendum language to the Supervisor of Elections to prepare for a referendum of the registered electors within the proposed annexation area. The City shall hold the referendum on annexation at the next regularly scheduled election, March 14, 2017. A majority of votes cast by registered electors residing within the annexation area is required for the referendum to pass.
  • First reading of Ordinance 5, 2017 which would dissolve the existing Budget Oversight Committee and replace it with the Budget Oversight Review Board and provide additional powers and duties, including the review of proposed operating and capital improvement budgets, the review of spending plans, the provision of recommendations to City Council, and oversight of the expenditure of the One-Cent Sales Surtax funds. On November 8, 2016, Palm Beach County voters approved a ballot issue to enact a One-Cent Infrastructure Sales Surtax to pay for acquisition or improvements to public infrastructure. The City of Palm Beach Gardens’ estimated share of the tax over ten (10) years is $35.6 million.
  • Resolution 4, 2017 modifying the site plan for Gardens Mall for 10,000 square feet of leasable square feet for the Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant and 940 square feet of outdoor seating space. The tenant space is located on the second floor on the south side of the mall in between the anchor tenants Macy’s and Sears department stores. The proposal includes 202 seats in the interior restaurant and 48 seats on the outdoor patio. The main entrance of the restaurant will be inside the mall.
  • Resolution 7, 2017 is a petition by Ascend PGA Midtown, LLC requesting a Planned Unit Development (PUD) Amendment for Midtown PUD to allow the development of a 63-townhome residential subdivision and a 25,344-square-foot specialty grocery. The property is located on the north side of PGA Boulevard, immediately east of Shady Lakes Drive. The proposed tenant for the building is Earth Fare, specializing in health foods. The new residential subdivision is to be called Pointe Midtown. The subject development will also contain a 13-building, 63-unit residential townhome development, and one (1) clubhouse structure.
  • Resolution 12, 2017 outlines the Proposed One-Cent Infrastructure Sales Surtax Projects, and recommends funding the projects via the issuance of a Not-to-Exceed $30,000,000 Capital Improvement Revenue Bond, Series 2017. Other alternatives are discussed. (As with Ordinance 3, 2017, the schedule of the actions needed to accomplish the bond is completed by end of February 2017 – denying the new Council elected in March the ability to influence the decision).
  • Resolution 13, 2017 Acceptance of the “Annexation Areas of Interest Study” for future annexation areas and directing the City Manager to implement the “Annexation Study” as policy guidance for the annexation initiative that is consistent with Chapter 171 , Florida Statutes.

Check the agenda to see if any additional items have been added before the meeting here.  

The Final City Council Meeting of 2016 will be on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7PM

The next City Council Meeting will be this Thursday, December 1, at 7pm in City Hall. The agenda is fairly short.

Announcements/Presentations lists December Events and Activities

Consent Agenda includes:

  • Several resolutions including Resolution 79, 2016 – leasing an additional Braun Medium Duty Ambulance under a piggy-back agreement through the Florida Sheriffs Association in the amount of $323,708 for a 5-year lease.
  • Four Purchase awards:
    • Two-year contract for Annual Fire-Rescue Training with Rescue Training Associates, Inc in the amount of $140K; under openly competed lists NA
    • Roof repairs at Fire/Rescue Station 5 with Garland/DBS Inc in the amount of $248K; under openly competed lists NA
    • Scanning Project – Unified Services Records to scan records stored off-site with MCCi LLC in an amount not to exceed $100K; under openly competed lists NA and does not state piggyback contract however states “The City will be accessing a competitively solicited City of Miami contract to purchase these services.
    • Purchase of two Toro Reelmaster Mowers from TESCO SOUTH, INCORPORATED dba HECTOR TURF for $98K; under openly competed lists NA and states “The mowers will be purchased by accessing a National IPA {Group Purchasing Organization) contract that was competitively awarded to Toro and its dealers for Grounds Maintenance Equipment. The City is a member of the National IPA GPO. By accessing this contract, the City is able to take advantage of volume-pricing discounts available to the National IPA GPO members that would not be available by individually bidding each requirement.”

City Manager Report – no details listed

Public Hearings and Resolutions:

  • 2nd Reading and Adoption of Ordinance 14, 2016 which was the Budget Amendment for 2016 approved 5:0 on November 3, 2016 and Ordinance 15, 2016, which was the amendment to Chapter 70, Parking, Standing and Stopping regulations approved 5:0 on November 16, 2016.
  • 1st Reading of Ordinance 17, 2016 A request from Avenir Holdings, LLC to establish a Community Development District (CDD) for Avenir Planned Community Development (PCD). “Community Development Districts are a local, special-purpose government framework authorized by Chapter 190, Florida Statutes, and is an alternative for managing and financing infrastructure required to support development of a community. The State of Florida has over 600 CDDs. The City of Palm Beach Gardens currently has one·(1) COD that was approved by the City Council in 2002 for the Old Palm PCD. “

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