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. “

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

Next City Council Meeting on Wednesday, November 16 at 7pm

The next City Council Meeting will be this Wednesday, November 16, at 7pm in City Hall. There are quite a few items on the agenda.

Consent Agenda includes:

  • Purchase award for remainder of contract Mowing and Landscaping services awarded in 2015 – ” Seacrest Services, the vendor awarded under Group A – Common Areas and Parks, and Group B – Medians, is ending its relationship with the City, effective October 15, 2016. The responsive and responsible vendor with the next lowest pricing is Batallan Enterprises, Inc. dba Property Works. This Agreement will assign the Groups previously awarded to Seacrest Services to Property Works. The City will issue a Purchase Order to Property Works to cover the interim period from October 15 through November 15 to maintain continuity of services
  • Purchase award for local Courier Services – 5 year contract for $109K renewable for another 5 years – openly competed
  • Purchase award for Playground Equipment for Ironwood Park – piggyback for $107K
  • Purchase award for Dell Computer Equipment and Accessories – piggyback for $75K

City Manager Report – no details listed

Public Hearings and Resolutions:

  • Ordinance 8, 2016 – First reading – City-initiated Evaluation and Appraisal Review (EAR-based) Comprehensive Plan Amendments – “EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Florida Statutes, specifically Section 163.3191 , requires the City to evaluate and appraise its Comprehensive Plan every seven (7) years and amend it accordingly through Evaluation and Appraisal Review (EAR)-based amendments. Staff has completed the evaluation for the City-initiated amendment to the Comprehensive Plan and Map Series. The amendments are for all elements of the Comprehensive Plan, including: Future Land Use, Transportation, Housing, Infrastructure, Coastal Management, Conservation, Recreation and Open Space, Intergovernmental Coordination, Capital Improvements, Public Safety, Public School Facilities, Procedures for Accomplishing Monitoring and Evaluation Requirements, and Economic Development; and updated Comprehensive Plan Map Series.
  • Second Reading and Adoption Ordinances 10, 2016 (Balsamo annexation); 11, 2016 (Brookdale/Prosperity Oaks) and associated resolutions
  • Balsamo:
    • Ordinance 12, 2016 – Balsamo Large-Scale Comprehensive Plan Map Amendment – “.. to change the Future Land Use designation of a 96.80-acre parcel from Palm Beach County Rural Residential 1 unit/10 acres (RR-10) to Palm Beach Gardens Residential Low (RL), capping gross density of the property at 97 single-family units
    • Ordinance 13, 2016 and associated Resolution 76, 2016 – First Reading and Public Hearing: A request from Salvatore J. Balsamo Trust requesting to rezone a 96.80-acre parcel from Palm Beach County Agricultural Residential(AR) to Palm Beach Gardens Residential Low (RL-2) with a Planned Unit Development Overlay District (PUD)…
  • Ordinance 15, 2016 -Amending Chapter 70. Traffic and Vehicles. at Article Ill. Parking, Standing, and Stopping. at Section 70-62…A need exists to amend and clarify the regulations that govern the use of motor vehicles and the enforcement of parking restrictions in regard to the parking of motor vehicles in swales and off-street parking within the City
  • Resolution 72, 2016 – for approval of a Planned Unit Development (PUD) Amendment and Major Conditional Use at the Turtle Beach PUD for a two- (2) story, 9,000-square-foot building with bank and professional office uses and a drive-through ATM. The Turtle Beach PUD is generally located 550 feet west of the intersection at Military Trail on the south side of PGA Boulevard (note: adjacent Sun-Trust Bank)
  • Resolution 73, 2016 – to approve proposed artwork for the AIPP requirement for PGA National Commerce Park for Buildings 2 and 3 on Lots 7 and 8, located on Hiatt Drive, north of Northlake Boulevard and west of the Florida Turnpike.
  • Alton: 
    • Resolution 74, 2016 – A request for an amendment to the Alton Planned Community Development (PCD) to allow for the conversion of 715 multifamily and 350 apartment units, and 50,000 square feet of neighborhood commercial use to an additional 418 single-family units, 32,000 square feet of Industrial/Research and Development/Biotech use and a 256-bed Assisted Living Facility; provide an 8.44-acre public park on the PCD Master Plan; and modify certain PCD buffers, upland preserve areas, lakes, a roadway cross section, neighborhood district boundaries; revise Condition of Approval Number 3 of Resolution 1, 2010 to allow the provision of the public park; and provide a waiver for a 16-foot-tall perimeter sound wall.
    • Resolution 75, 2016 – A request for a Site Plan and Major Conditional Use approval for a 256-bed Assisted Living Facility on a 6.57-acre site located within Parcel B of the Alton Planned Community Development (PCD)
  • Resolution 77, 2016 – Approving the appointment of regular members to the Police Officers’ Pension Fund Board of Trustees.

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

Next City Council Meeting on Thursday, November 3 at 7pm

The next City Council Meeting will be this Thursday, November 3, at 7pm in City Hall.  There are some new items in addition to those previously on the canceled October agenda.  There will be a second City Council meeting on Wednesday November 16. Note: Last on the Agenda – during Items for Council Action, Discussion is Staff’s Presentation and Council Discussion on the I-95/Central Blvd Interchange. This subject has a lot of public interest and concern. If it is not moved to earlier in the meeting, please stay for the entire meeting or watch the discussion streaming/archived on-line.


  • Former Mayor/Council Member David Levy will be honored for 12 years of service. This was discussed at a prior council meeting.
  • City Attorney Lohman will make a presentation on Sober Homes

Consent Agenda includes:

  • Resolution 81, 2016 – Approving and ratifying Article 28, Salary Plan of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)/FloridaPublicServices Union (FPSU) and the City of Palm Beach Gardens, reflecting a 6% wage increase for Fiscal Year 2016-2017.  
  • Purchase Award for the City’s Property and Casualty Insurance. Self-insurance was considered but the City decided to continue with conventional coverage for the next 5-year term and to consider self-insurance again in the future. The contract was openly bid and was awarded to the current vendor for about $4.5 million over 5 years, with option to renew for another 5-year term.
  • Purchase Award for Emergency Purchase of Mosquito Control Chemicals in the amount of $250K. The chemical is sole sourced by the vendor.

City Manager Report – no details listed

Public Hearings and Resolutions:

  • Ordinance 10, 2016 is first reading of a Voluntary Annexation of a 96.80-acre parcel located on the north side of Northlake Boulevard approximately three-quarter miles east of Coconut Boulevard, adjacent to the City’s Sandhill Crane Golf Club.
  • Ordinance 11, 2016 and Resolution 68, 2016 is first reading for approval of amendments to master plan and planned unit development (PUD) for Prosperity Oaks (aka Brookdale) to allow for the addition of a 39-bed Memory Care facility on the property.
  • Ordinance 14, 2016 – Amending the City of Palm Beach Gardens’ budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2015, and ending September 30, 2016.
  • Resolution 63, 2016 is for a request for a third tenant wall sign on south elevation of Building D in Legacy Place, for the new Newk’s Eatery
  • Resolution 65, 2016 is for a request for site plan approval of a 40 acre commercial retail center in Alton, including a grocery store, fitness center, a home improvement store, a gas station with a carwash, a variety of general retail uses, restaurant uses, a restaurant with drive-through (major conditional use) and a financial institution with a remote drive-through.
  • Additional Resolutions for appointments to the Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board,and the Art in Public Places Advisory Board.

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

Update: Second Budget Hearing on 9/22 Increased Ad-Valorem Revenue 8.3% and Changed Impact Fees

Update – All Items in the 2nd Hearing and City Council Meeting on 9/22 passed 5:0.  Public Comment on a non-agenda item was made by Mary Ott regarding the City’s towing contract and her filed protest.

September 22, 2016

Mayor Tinsley remarked that City Attorney Lohman will be responding to the protest, following protocol.

The first of two 2016/2017 Budget Hearings was held on 9/8. Most in the audience, however, were there for the presentations of the 9/11 Remembrance Essay Recipient and the Sandhill Crane Juniors Golf Team – Winners of the SFPGA Summer League.  Congratulations all!

City Manager Ferris announced more awards for the one-man Purchasing Department – 2016 Excellence in Procurement award and UPPCC award for Km! Ra – Congratulations! Ferris also showed an animated video of the traffic on 117th Ct – comparing traffic on 8/17/15 vs 8/17/16 highlighting the City’s improvements.

September 8, 2016

Public Comment included:

  • Mark Marciano complementing the City’s sports fields and requesting higher fencing at Gardens Park.
  • Jervonte Edmonds of Delray Beach speaking about his innovative non-profit Suits for Seniors – preparing HS Seniors on proper behavior and tips for job interviews. After an 8 week program, Seniors get a nice fitted suit for their job interviews. He currently has a program in Dwyer HS and was asking the Council to participate in Career Day.
  • Joe Russo congratulated Keith Bryer on his appointment to Fire Chief.

The Consent Agenda passed 5:0

The first hearing of both the 2016/2017 Proposed Budget and the total Impact Fee Revision passed 5:0. The only public comment was by Fred and Iris Scheibl on the budget – pointing out that this is an 8.3% ad-valorem revenue increase, that this will hit non-homestead properties very hard, and to please consider splitting the difference and giving some relief to the tax-payers. Joni Alias had not planned to speak, but felt she had to counter the comments by the Scheibls, in support of the tax increase. See here for a short article on the increase.

All on the Council supported the budget as did the Budget Oversight Committee. Council Member Premuroso, who also advised the Budget Oversight Committee, spoke about the strategy during the hard times, and the current strategy of 5 years of flat millage based on revenue projections. He did not mention, however, that the Ad Valorem revenue expected in 2017 is significantly higher than projected, and almost matches the ad-valorem taxes projected for 2018…  The following chart is from page 51 of the Fiscal Year 2015/2016 Budget


The second hearing for the Proposed Budget and the Impact Fee Revisions will be held on September 22 at 7pm. See the agenda here for any changes. Expect it to be a short meeting. The Consent Agenda includes one Purchase Award for a 3-yr contract/lease for a fleet of golf carts with GPS for Sandhill Crane Golf Club. The item was competitively bid and is valued at $330K.

NOTE: There will be an FDOT Hearing on the Central Boulevard I-95 Interchange on Wednesday, September 28th at City Hall.  See the Notice.

First 2016/2017 Budget Hearing and City Council Mtg on Thursday 9/8

The next City Council Meeting will be this Thursday, September 8th at 7pm. This is also the first of two public hearings on the proposed budget for 2016/2017.

Consent Agenda – includes 5 Purchase Awards. 4 were openly/competitively bid and the 5th is for an independent contractor agreement with a popular tennis professional already on-board with the City.

City Manager Report – no details listed

Public Hearings and Resolutions:

  • Ordinance 1, 2016 is a total re-write of the City’s Impact Fees. (While these are fees that developers pay, those are typically passed on to buyers.) See the proposed document here
  • Ordinance 7, 2016 is the proposed Budget.
    • “On July 7, 2016, City Council approved Resolution 37, 2016, adopting a proposed maximum millage rate for the City of Palm Beach Gardens for Fiscal Year 2016/2017. The proposed maximum operating millage rate was set at 5.55 and the maximum debt service rate was set at .1281, for a total maximum millage rate of 5.6781, down from the current year total rate of 5.6871. The proposed maximum operating millage rate of 5.55 is 5.99% above the roll-back rate of 5.2361. Millage rates can be lowered at the budget hearings, but they cannot be increased. The first public hearing on the proposed budget will be held on September 8, 2016, at 7:00 pm in the City Council Chambers located at City Hall. The second public hearing on the proposed budget will be held on September 22, 2016, at 7:00 pm in the City Council Chambers.”
    • The Budget Oversight Committee concurs.
    • The Proposed Budget website page has both the Proposed Budget and the Oversight Committee Report.
    • (Note: Perhaps I missed it in both documents but I found no reference to the upcoming Sales Tax Referendum and the wind-fall it would represent to the City, should it pass…)
  • Ordinance 9, 2016 amends the Firefighters Pension Plan to allow the Fire Chief to elect to not-participate in the plan.

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

Next City Council Mtg on Thursday August 4th at 7PM

The next City Council Meeting will be this Thursday, August 4, at 7pm in City Hall.

Consent Agenda includes:

  • Resolution 60, 2016 – Crossing Agreement between FEC, All Aboard Florida and the City regarding the 2nd set of tracks and the City intersections.
  • Four other resolutions regarding attendance of Mayor Tinsley at Florida League of Cities annual conference, Seacoast Utility Easement, approving the Atlantico at Palm Beach Gardens Plat, and repealing the resolution from July calling for a Special Election pending the results of Levy vs Woods.
  • Seven Purchase Awards:
    • Fire/Rescue EMS Supplies – opting to renew contract on year to year basis – $120k/year – piggyback contract
    • Gasoline/Diesel Fuel – bulk fuel purchase for City’s fleet – Piggyback on State of Florida contract – 3 year term with total contract value of $2.250 Million
    • Stop Loss insurance Coverage on City’s Group Health Insurance Plan (self-funded), publicly bid on 1/30/15 and renewable every year for a five year term. Total contract value $1.8 Million
    • Installation of Concrete Pavers at Veterans Plaza – publicly bid – $106K
    • Veterans Plaza Outdoor Audience Shade Structure – publicly bid $145K
    • Driving Simulator for Tactical Training Center – piggyback/access contract through federal government – $119K
    • Force Training Simulator for Tactical Training Center – piggyback/access contract through federal government – $69K

City Manager Report – no details listed

Public Hearings and Resolutions:

  • Resolution 50, 2016 – Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 1-Year Annual Plan Submission – since the City became eligible for HUD CDBG in 2015, it must submit action plans annually and is eligible to receive $182,698 in 2016-2017.
  • Resolution 54, 2016 – Amendment to OakBrook Shopping Center Master Signage Plan (NE corner of PGA and US1) to allow Starbucks, a tenant, to display its logo in its federally registered trademark color/font. Approved by PZAB 7:0.
  • Resolution 55, 2016 – Amendment to Gardens East Plaza PUD (aka Promenade Plaza) to convert the theater use to fitness center and retail, update restaurant use and parking calculations.
  • Resolution 43, 2016 – Approving and Ratifying agreement with the PBA for Police Officers, Sergeants and Communications Operators for Fiscal Years 2016-2019. See the entire agreement here. The agreement was ratified on June 2, 2016 with a vote of 59:2.
    • “Salaries (Article 32): The proposal adjusts the salary range minimums and maximums for all bargaining unit positions by 3% in the first year of the contract. This adjustment will address internal equity, control compression, and maintain external competitiveness of being within the top five (5) of comparable Palm Beach County municipalities. Additionally, all employees will receive a 6% increase to base salary effective October 1, 2016, 2017, and 2018. These proposed salary increases will cost a total of approximately $1,837,624 over the three- (3) year contract.
    • The estimated increase in the proposed assignment pays, as provided by Articles 3 and 42, will cost a total of approximately $158,715 over the three- (3) year contract. As a result, the three- (3) year total estimated cost of the contract including assignment pay and salaries will be approximately $1 ,996,339. “
  • Resolution 47, 2016 – Adopting the 2016-2017 Fees and Charges Schedule
    • “Consistent with the department’s business plan, the City conducts an annual survey on various fees that are charged for programs and services provided to the public. Staff took a comprehensive look at the fees focusing on field permits, room rentals, and aquatic and tennis center rates. Based upon the data collected from the survey, the department is proposing to significantly increase some of the rates for non-resident participants while only slight increases are being proposed for City residents, thus allowing the City to remain on a competitive level with Palm Beach County and surrounding municipalities.”
    • See the details here. The changes will be effective 10/1/16.

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

Next City Council Mtg on Thursday July 7th at 7PM

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

Consent Agenda includes 3 Purchase Awards:

  • Ancillary Health Benefit Plans – Openly competed – 2 year contract valued at $296K. “The City has a self-funded Group Health Plan that is administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. The Group Health Plan is supplemented by various other Ancillary Health Benefits Plans that are available to employees and qualified dependents, including domestic partners. The current Ancillary Health Benefits Plans are: Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment; Dental Insurance; Employee Assistance Program; Vision Care; and Long-Term Disability.”
  • Bunker Gear for Fire Rescue Department – Piggyback Contract – $99,990 upon delivery
  • Repairs to Allamanda Water Control Structure – Piggyback Contract – $292K

City Manager Report – no details listed

Public Hearings and Resolutions:

  • 2nd Reading Ordinance 5, 2016 – Police Pension Amendment.
  • Resolution 37, 2016: Tentative Maximum Millage rate will be set for Fiscal Year 2016/2017– it can be adjusted downward during the September Budget Hearings
  • Resolution 39, 2016 – Attention Sunset Drive/40th Terrace North/Brenna Lane property owners “Adopting a non-ad valorem special assessment roll for the design, construction, and installation of water utility and road improvements on 4Qth Terrace North, Sunset Drive, and Brenna Lane. ” Note: In accordance with the requirements of Section 197.3632(4), Florida Statutes, all affected property owners have been notified of the need for the special assessment, its cost, payment schedule, the effect of non-payment, the identities of the Benefitted Parcels, the right to appear and participate in a public hearing at the July 7, 2016 City Council Meeting at which this resolution is considered for adoption, the right to file written objections, and all other relevant information concerning this special assessment.
  • Two Art in Public Places resolutions – Harborchase Assisted Living Facility (Resolution 41, 2016) and Northlake Gardens, located in PHASE II of the Banyan Tree PUD (Resolution 42, 2016)
  • Resolution 45, 2016 – PGA Station Planned Unit Development (PUD) Amendment – A request for
    PGA Design Center

    PGA Design Center

    approval of a PUD Amendment to modify the 30.03-acre PGA Professional and Design Center PUD to allow a conversion of uses for a revised development program of 415,401 square feet of Professional Office, 49,279 square feet of Medical Office, 11,777 square feet of Retail, a 111 room Hotel, and 3,000 square feet of Restaurant, along with modifications to the master plan, landscape plan, sign program, and architecture.

  • Resolution 46, 2016 – The Applicant is requesting approval of two (2) temporary modular structures located on the Zimmer Biomet site (formerly known as Biomet 3i, Inc.) at the South Park Center Planned Unit Development (PUD) in the Northcorp Planned Community Development (PCD). Staff recommends approval of the request.

Items for Council Action/Discussion – the annual City Manager Evaluation

(Editorial Note – Noticeably absent from the published agenda is any discussion of the recent Fourth District Court of Appeals Court ruling that David Levy was ineligible to run in the March 2016 City Election. Mr. Levy’s name appears on the list of Council Members on the Meeting Agenda – see the latest Palm Beach Post article here.   A hearing is to be scheduled with the original judge, Judge Colin, in the near future.)

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

Next City Council Mtg on June 2 at 7pm

The next City Council Meeting will be this Thursday, June 2nd, at 7pm in City Hall.

Presentations include 2015 Audit Report – no details provided

Consent Agenda includes:

  • Resolution 38, 2016 – Conceptually approving a ten percent (10%) local match to Project Falcon for the State’s Qualified Target Industry Tax Program – BDB requested of Palm Beach County and PBG for $80K each; for an ‘un-named’ company already in the City to retain 450 local jobs and create 200 new jobs.
  • Resolution 40, 2016 – extending an interlocal agreement between the Village of North Palm Beach, the Town of Lake Park, Palm Beach County, and the City of Palm Beach Gardens originally entered into in 1997 and expiring in Sept. 2016, for another 5 years. “The purpose of the Task Force was to evaluate and recommend plans for the improvement, enhancement, and renovation of the Northlake Boulevard Corridor“.

City Manager Report – no details listed

Public Hearings:

  • Ordinance 5, 2016 – Police Pension Amendment. This makes clarifications to existing language, policies and practices and is not anticipated to change the cost of the plan.
  • Resolution 34, 2016 – Site plan approval for the development of a 124-unit apartment community within Parcel B of the Central Gardens Planned Community Development (PCD). This development would be adjacent to the 140-bed Assisted Living Facility approved by the Council on Feb 5, 2015.
  • Resolution 36, 2016 – Site Plan approval “on behalf of the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola, for a Site Plan Amendment approval to demolish the existing Parish Center and Parish Office buildings, construct a new 21694-square-foot two- (2) story Parish Center building, expand the existing Pastoral Center by 396 square feet, and provide architectural and landscape modifications.”

Items for Council Action/Discussion:

  • Infrastructure Surtax Discussion (ed. note: since the Council last discussed the topic and decided not to approve, the County Commission and School Board have approved a modification to the original proposal, removing monies for economic expansion or cultural council. So the tax revenue would be shared according to statute with 50% to School Board, 30% to County and 20% to municipalities. The County once again is seeking approvals from cities representing 50% plus 1 of the total municipal populations)

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

Next City Council Meeting on Thursday, May 5th at 7PM

The next City Council Meeting will be this Thursday, May 5th, at 7pm in City Hall. 2nd Reading on the Avenir Ordinances last heard in January are on the agenda.


  • ALL ABOARD FLORIDA 100% PLAN REVIEW/QUIET ZONE – no details provided
  • RIGHT OF WAY CONVEYANCE AGREEMENT FOR 117TH COURT NORTH – detail is provided in Resolution 33, 2016 on the Consent Agenda. Residents interested in the Shady Lakes Expansion will want to read here.

Consent Agenda includes:

  • Resolution 28, 2016 which reconstitutes the Budget Oversight Committee for another two years
  • Resolution 30, 2016 which allows the Azure development to provide a payment to Art in Public Places (AIPP) in lieu of building an artistic bus shelter in an alternate location, as there is no bus stop on the property
  • Purchase Award for 2016 Asphalt Milling and Resurfacing – Piggyback Contract for 1 year, valued at $580K
  • Purchase Award for Maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems – 5 year, publicly bid, non-renewable, valued at $78K
  • Several Proclamations

City Manager Report – no details listed

Public Hearings:

  • Resolution 31, 2016 – granting site plan approval for a 3.5 acre Community Recreation and Fitness Facility in the Alton Development
  • Ordinance 3, 2016, Ordinance 4, 2016 and related Resolution 4, 2016 – Second Reading and Approval of the Avenir Ordinances first voted on in the January 6th, 2016 Council Meeting

Items for Council Action/Discussion – none listed

The agenda (with links to full detail) can be found here. Check the agenda to see if any additional items have been added before the meeting.

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