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At the November 18, 2014, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action:

Reorganization -- recognized outgoing District 6 Commissioner Jess Santamaria and welcomed new District 6 Commissioner Melissa McKinlay. She was sworn into office by State Attorney Dave Aronberg; reelected Commissioners Paulette Burdick and Steven Abrams were sworn in by Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock. The board members thanked Commissioner Priscilla Taylor for her year of service as county mayor and elected Commissioner Shelley Vana mayor and Commissioner Mary Lou Berger vice mayor; each will serve a one-year term.

Legislative Affairs – approved the proposed 2015 state legislative agenda including priority appropriations and legislative issues, and general appropriations and issues to support and monitor.

Project Osprey – conceptually approved an economic development incentive in the form of an ad valorem tax exemption of up to $750,000 over eight years for Project Osprey, a distribution chain planning a new 386,000-square-foot regional distribution center in unincorporated Palm Beach County. The company will create 440 new jobs over five years at an annual average wage of $48,813.

Bed tax -- approved on first reading and to advertise for public hearing on December 16 an amendment to the Tourist Development Ordinance levying a sixth cent of the tourist development tax known as the bed tax.

Roads – approved on first reading and to advertise for public hearing on December 16 a list of proposed projects in the county’s amended five-year road program.

Fire Rescue – amended the boundaries of the Fire Rescue Municipal Service Taxing Unit to include the town of Lake Park. Inclusion will not change the amount of revenue received from the town for fire-rescue services.

Wellfields – amended the Unified Land Development Code to reflect updates to the wellfield zone of influence maps.

Water main – approved a special assessment and awarded a construction contract with Johnson-Davis, Inc. in the amount of $81,600 for a water main extension on Ben Eden Lane. The project will serve six residential properties currently on private wells.

Annexation – approved the voluntary annexation of a county-owned parcel on the south side of Diamond Road and east of Military Trail into the village of Palm Springs.

 

 

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