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At the June 21, 2016, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action:

Sikorsky Aircraft – approved an ad valorem tax exemption of up to $128,575 over a three-year period and an economic development cash incentive of $18,200 for Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. to expand a 33,000-square-foot addition to the company’s CH-53K Marine helicopter testing facility. The agreement requires the company to make a minimum $10.3 million capital investment, create 14 new full-time equivalent jobs over a three-year period at an annualized average wage of $80,000 and maintain those jobs for a period of five years, as well as retain 81 existing jobs for three years.

Palm Tran – approved the filing of three Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant applications totaling $28.31 million for Palm Tran capital projects. If approved, the grant monies would pay for expansion of Palm Tran’s South County administrative and maintenance facility, which is at full capacity, replacement of aging buses, security vehicles and bus shelters, purchase of general purpose equipment, and preventive maintenance and facility rehabilitation.

Trail system – approved the purchase of three canal right of way parcels totaling 43 acres from Dyer C18 LLC for $50,400 (land costs) plus $4,280 in appraisal, closing and title insurance costs. The acquisition allows for completion a 10-mile-long multiuse trail connecting Riverbend Park and the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area. A portion of the existing canal bank may be needed for the extension of Seminole Pratt-Whitney Road.

Criminal Justice Commission – received a presentation on the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission’s 2015 annual report.

SHIP – approved 2016-2017 State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) budget allocations totaling $6.63 million for affordable housing strategies such as purchase assistance, housing rehabilitation, replacement housing, emergency repair, foreclosure prevention, veterans homeownership and preservation, rental housing entry assistance and developer assistance rental housing. These are state funds that require no local match.

Heron Estates – adopted a resolution approving the issuance of up to $12 million in Housing Finance Authority multifamily housing revenue bonds for Heron Estates Senior Apartments, a 101-unit multifamily rental project at West 17th Court and North Congress Avenue in Riviera Beach. No county funds nor its taxing power, faith or credit are involved.

Herbert Hoover Dike – agreed to draft a resolution urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expedite completion of repairs and reconstruction of the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee.

Conversion therapy – directed the County Attorney’s Office to research and draft for discussion an ordinance aimed at eliminating or restricting the practice of conversion therapy for minors.

Promotion – ratified the promotion of Scott Marting as director of Risk Management. Mr. Marting had been the department’s manager of Property and Casualty Insurance and Claims. He replaces Nancy Bolton, who was recently promoted to assistant county administrator.


 

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