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JANUARY 2020
PROCLAMATION
BCC JANUARY BRIEFS

At the January 7, 2020, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action:

HOMELESSNESS – adopted the Community’s Plan to End the Cycle of Homelessness for individuals and families throughout Palm Beach County. When the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness ended in September 2018, the Homeless and Housing Alliance had achieved 57 of the 63 action steps outlined in the plan.

Staff engaged the consulting services of the Center for Supportive Housing and other community stakeholders to develop Leading the Way Home, which is comprised of six key focus areas to be addressed on a communitywide basis. Staff was also directed to research converting a county-owned facility in Belle Glade formerly occupied by the Jerome Golden Center into a west-area homeless resource center.

LEGAL AID SOCIETY – approved a contract in the amount of $423,300 with the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. for the three-year period January 7, 2020, through December 31, 2022, for the Wage Dispute Project, contingent upon an annual budgetary appropriation by the BCC for the term of the contract. The board is to receive an annual performance update on the program.

STATE ROAD 7 – discussed presenting a united position in support of the proposed extension of State Road 7 at the February 20 meeting of the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency (TPA) and reaffirmed BCC support for inclusion of the project in the TPA’s long range plan. The proposed extension was unexpectedly removed from the TPA’s long range plan at its last meeting. The board also directed staff to prepare a resolution requesting changes to the TPA’s procedures related to plan amendments and adoption.

PBC DAYS IN TALLAHASSEE
Commissioner Weiss speaking with Representative Emily Slosberg

2020 Legislative Session Recap

In addition to the start of session, where members filed numerous bills and budget requests, Palm Beach County Days were held on January 14 and 15.

Over 250 elected officials, including Commissioner Weiss, along with education partners, community and business leaders, traveled to Tallahassee to meet with legislators advocating for the shared priorities of the County.

Commissioner Weiss spoke to Representative Emily Slosberg and the delegation from Palm Beach County about local issues. He had the honor to be escorted by first responders as he walked the halls of the Capitol helping legislators understand the needs our constituents.

Local Bills
The Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation members have three local bills this legislative session:
HB 975 - Indian Trail Improvement District, by Rep. Roth
HB 753 - Town of Lake Clarke Shores, by Rep. Silvers
HB 673 - Port of Palm Beach District, by Rep. Willhite

Each of these local bills was heard on October 3, 2019 at the delegation local bill hearing and were passed unanimously for submission to the legislature for action. They are all now awaiting a hearing in their first committee, Local Administration Subcommittee.

Thank you to all the delegation members and staff for their continued efforts which make Palm Beach County a great place to live, work, and play!

For updates visit: 
www.palmbeachdelegation.com
www.flsenate.gov
www.myfloridahouse.gov

HIGH SCHOOL TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT
The City of Greenacres was having issues with traffic in the area of John I. Leonard High School, specifically during drop-off and pick-up times. 

Traffic is flowing more efficiently at one of Greenacres’ busiest stretches of roadway, following multiple road improvements at its high school.

With 3,600 students, John I. Leonard High School is one of the largest in Palm Beach County. The school is located at 10th Avenue North, between Haverhill Road and Military Trail, a busy roadway traversed by more than 20,000 cars each day. These two factors combined, a large school on a busy thoroughfare, are ingredients for a chaotic traffic situation during drop-off and pickup.

With large traffic backups, frustrated commuters and drivers as well as pedestrians violating traffic rules left and right, leadership in the city of Greenacres in 2019 decided they needed a safer plan.
 
After devoting many man hours observing and analyzing traffic patterns to come up with recommendations as to how to improve the situation, PBSO Captain Tristam Moore contacted the office of Commissioner Gregg Weiss.

Commissioner Weiss held a meeting with county staff, representatives of the city, law enforcement and the school to find a solution that was supported by all.

Thanks to the collaborative work between the county, the school district and the city, traffic delineators and additional signage were installed and they seem to be working.

This has significantly reduced illegal lane changing, made the drop-off and pick-up process more efficient, and has improved the traffic flow while making it safer for pedestrians.

“I believe in the importance of government agencies working together for the good of the people they serve,” said Commissioner Weiss, “I’m very happy we were able to get everyone around the table and implement these common sense solutions.”
 
Greenacres City Manager Andrea McCue and Captain Moore said they were thankful for the collaborative effort and are looking forward to continuing the partnership.

If you have a situation you want to bring to the commissioner’s attention don’t hesitate to contact the District 2 office by emailing district2@pbcgov.org.
MONEY TO BEAUTIFY YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Neighborhood Engagement and Transformation (NEAT) Grants Program

Palm Beach County’s Office of Community Revitalization is accepting applications for its Neighborhood Engagement and Transformation grants program. It provides grants of up to $10,000 to neighborhood-based groups and/or organizations for resident-driven neighborhood improvement projects proposed within unincorporated Palm Beach County and Belle Glade, South Bay and Pahokee. Priority funding will be given to projects proposed in designated Countywide Community Revitalization Team areas.

 
Projects must fall under one of the following categories to be eligible for funding:
     1) Neighborhood Beautification
     2) Neighborhood Identification
     3) Neighborhood Organizing and Sustainability
     4) Neighborhood Outreach and Capacity Building
     5) Public Safety and Crime Prevention
     6) Community Gardens
     7) Neighborhood Green Projects
     8) Emergency Preparedness
 

The application deadline is March 31, 2020.
Potential applicants must attend a
mandatory pre-application workshop on
February 12, 2020
6 to 8 p.m.

To register, please visit eventbright.com

Who:    Palm Beach County Office of Community Revitalization
What:   Workshop for Neighborhood Engagement and Transformation grants program
Where:  Vista Center, Conference Room 1W-47
              2300 North Jog Road, West Palm Beach
When:   February 12, 2020     6-8 p.m.


For additional information:
http://discover.pbcgov.org/ocr/Pages/NEAT-Program.aspx
or contact NEAT Grant Program Manager Chrystal Mathews
at (561) 233-5565, Cmathews@pbcgov.org

 
FREE ART EXHIBITION AT PBIA
Palm Beach International Airport
Welcomes the public to a "Night of Art"

Where creativity takes flight!

Meet featured artists, mix, mingle and enjoy extraordinary art, live music by Jazz on J Street and light bites.  The inaugural exhibition’s theme, “Artfully Discovering the Palm Beaches,” highlights the diverse beauty there is to discover throughout Palm Beach County. 

Thursday, February 20, 2020
5:30 - 7 p.m. 

Airport Art Gallery
Palm Beach International Airport -
Level 2 - Near the putting green

Complimentary parking is offered to reception attendees in the Short Term Parking Lot.

Artists: Sue Archer, Sandra Douglas, Lorin Duckman, Carol Erenrich, Sandy Friedkin, Nicole Galluccio, Patricia Magna, Sally Painter, Candace Platz, Sharon Pollak, Suzanne Redmond, Lori Royce, Holly Rutchey, Barry Seidman and Janet Siegel Rogers.

The exhibition runs through April 13, 2020

Featured photographs, paintings, and mixed-media works were selected by guest judge, curator, and artist Nichole Hickey. Elayna Toby Singer, Palm Beach County Art in Public Places administrator, is the Airport Art Gallery curator. 

Artists interested in receiving “calls to artists” for upcoming airport exhibitions and other Art in Public Places projects can submit their contact information through the Artists’ Registry page of Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places Click here to register.
 

To learn more about Palm Beach County Art in Public Places click here.

To visit PBI Airport Art Gallery click here.

SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS
Join Pirtle Construction, MCO Construction, and The School District of Palm Beach County for a series of Small Business Enterprise Community Workshops.

These workshops are open to all small businesses (goods & services too!)
FREE WORKSHOPS
All workshops will be held at: 
3300 Summit Blvd. Building 3, Suite P9
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
9:-10:30 a.m. 
 
Don't miss out on this opportunity. Click here to register.

For more information contact:
Elizabeth Harbur
Office of Diversity in Business Practices Manager
Palm Beach County School District
elizabeth.harbur@palmbeachschools.org
Office: (561) 681-2406   ext. 42406
Cell: (561) 352-0026

SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS
The Summer Camp Scholarship Program, sponsored by Youth Services Department, provides full-tuition and fees for summer camp for children residing in families with income at or below 150% of Federal Poverty Guidelines.

It allows parents to go to work with the knowledge that their children are safe. It gives children educational and recreational opportunities for growth. Parents may choose from participating camps in Palm Beach County.
 

Parent application will be open from 
January 20, 2020 - March 31, 2020

Applicants will be considered in the order in which they are received.

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The PBC TV Channel 20 Program Guide is published monthly and mailed free to anyone wishing to find out more about what is on PBC TV.  This includes a detailed weekly program listing along with information about departments and programs being featured each month. 
 
The Public Affairs Channel 20 Division provides County government information and educational programming to all cable subscribers in Palm Beach County.

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  • Emergency preparedness
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  • Road construction projects
  • County transit information
  • Job opportunities 
  • General government announcements
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Contact Us!

We are here to help you!
Administrative Assistants to Commissioner Gregg K. Weiss:

Niels Heimeriks
Constituent Issues
NHeimeriks@pbcgov.org

Office: 561-355-4966   Cell: 561-371-1089

Virginia Savietto 
Constituent Issues & Community Outreach
VSavietto@pbcgov.org

Office: 561-355-2209   Cell: 561-324-9621

Paul Razza 
Scheduling & Constituent Issues
PRazza@pbcgov.org

Office: 561-355-2202  

Website: www.pbcgov.com/D2
Email us as a group: district2@pbcgov.org


Contact PBC Commissioner Gregg Weiss, District 2 at:
301 N. Olive Avenue, 12th Floor
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Tel: 561-355-2202
Email: district2@pbcgov.org
Website: www.pbcgov.com/D2
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Twitter: @GreggPBC

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