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At the August 19, 2014, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action:

Water tampering -- approved an amendment to the Water Utilities Tampering Ordinance, reducing the first-offense fine to $50 for service account holders for tampering or unauthorized connection ($400 for any subsequent occurrences), and also allowing the Water Utilities Department to impose costs on the account holder for damages to the utility system or assets.

Westgate Tabernacle – approved a settlement agreement with Westgate Tabernacle, Inc. regarding unpermitted building improvements and using the property as a homeless shelter without prior zoning approval. Under the agreement, Westgate Tabernacle pays $5,000 in fines and liens, executes a release in the county’s favor, and agrees not to shelter more than six persons per night; otherwise, previous accrued fines totaling $50,650 will be reinstated.

Vehicles for hire – adopted a resolution establishing a fee of $26 for operators of vehicles for hire to cover the cost of processing a Level 2 fingerprint-based criminal background check through FDLE and the FBI.

Roads – approved Community Development Block Grant funding in the amounts of $1 million and $500,000, respectively, for resurfacing of 45th Street between I-95 and Old Dixie Highway/Greenwood Avenue and Belvedere Road between Clubhouse Drive and Australian Avenue.

Office Depot – approved a special economic development agreement for major investments to provide a Job Growth Incentive Grant in the amount of $500,000 for Office Depot/Office Max. The recently merged company is keeping its world headquarters in Palm Beach County.

Project Blink – adopted a resolution approving an ad valorem tax exemption in the amount of $650,000 for Project Blink. The aviation/engineering company is planning a $25 million plant expansion and will create 110 new jobs at an average annual wage of $84,892. The state is expected to provide $880,000 from the Quick Action Closing Fund and $770,000 in the form of a qualified target industry tax refund.

Pine Glades – approved an agreement with American Equities, Ltd. (AE) for maintaining access to the Pine Glades Natural Area for county personnel, contractors and emergency personnel. AE plans to re-plat and develop its 80-acre property adjacent to the Pine Glades Natural Area and needs the county’s current access easement to be released and replaced. AE will donate $25,000 for enhancements to Pine Glades as compensation for management of pretreated storm water that will drain from the development into the natural area.

Promotions -- approved the Library Advisory Board’s recommendation of Douglas Crane as the new director of the Palm Beach County Library System and County Administrator Bob Weisman’s recommendation of Jim Stiles as the new director of the Water Utilities Department. Crane replaces John Callahan, who is retiring in September. Stiles will succeed Bevin Beaudet, who is also retiring next month.

 

 

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