At the Feb. 4, 2014, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action:
Disparity study – directed staff to proceed with a comprehensive study to determine if there is disparity in the utilization of minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises in contracting with the county for construction, professional services, and other goods and services, and if so, whether any disparity is a result of discrimination. A market study of Palm Beach County will be included.
Red-light cameras – agreed to continue the county’s red-light camera program, including a half-second grace period before the camera flashes and not issuing violations for right turns on red.
Gas station signs – approved on preliminary reading and to advertise for public hearing on March 11 an amendment to the county’s fuel price sign ordinance to require retailers to post the highest price a customer would be required to pay for each type of fuel available and to prominently indicate when a posted price is a discounted cash price.
Animal Care & Control – adopted a resolution establishing the Countdown to Zero program with a 10-year goal to end euthanasia of adoptable animals in Palm Beach County. The resolution creates a partnership between the county’s Animal Care & Control Division and the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League to develop a community coalition.
Boards and committees – amended the county code to provide that the uniform policies and procedures in Resolution No. 2013-0193 will apply to the Fire Code Board of Appeals and Adjustments; also approved on preliminary hearing and to advertise for public hearing on March 11 an ordinance waiving the policy limiting advisory board membership to 11 to enable the Criminal Justice Commission to continue with 33 members.
Palm Tran – as part of a Palm Tran restructuring plan, approved two new management positions to assist with day-to-day operations: a deputy director for fixed-route operations and a director of administrative services.
Airport property – approved the purchase of three parcels totaling 1.84 acres near Runway 32 at Palm Beach International Airport for $640,000. The lots are located northeast of East Grace Drive and south of the C-51 Canal and Australian Avenue/Congress Avenue flyover.
TOD land – authorized staff to issue a joint request for proposals (RFP) with the city of West Palm Beach and the PBC Mental Health Association for the sale of 2.48 acres within the city’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD) district between Evernia and Fern streets for redevelopment purposes.
Children’s Services Council – adopted a resolution for a November ballot referendum to determine whether the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County should continue in existence, providing early learning and reading skills, development, treatment and other services.
Guardian Ad Litem – approved a budget transfer of $260,000 to reassign space at the South County Courthouse for Guardian Ad Litem program operations.
Urban Area Security Initiative – approved the UASI grant award letter with the city of Miami authorizing an additional $140,000 in reimbursable grant funding to Palm Beach County for the purchase of special emergency response equipment. No county matching funds are required.