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Quick Video: A year after taking Office Commissioner Weiss gives thanks
Sitting from L to R: Robert S Weinroth, Vice Mayor; David Kerner, Mayor; and Commissioner Mack Bernard
Standing from L to R: Commissioner Hal Valeche; Commissioner Mary Lou Berger; Commissioner Melissa McKinlay; and Commissioner Gregg K. Weiss
New PBC Mayor and Vice Mayor 

The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) got reorganized at the November 19 meeting. Mack Bernard, District 7 was the Mayor and Dave Kerner was the Vice Mayor for the past year.

The Board then elected Commissioner Dave Kerner to serve as Mayor and Commissioner Robert S Weinroth Vice Mayor. Each will serve one-year terms.

Mayor Kerner thanked Mayor Mack Bernard for his year of service as Mayor and reflected about his career as a public servant. He shared his positive outlook for the next year and also thanked his fellow Palm Beach County Commissioners, staff, family, friends and mentor for their work and support.

To learn more about The Board of County Commissioners click here.

At the November 5 and 19, 2019, Board of County Commissioners meetings, the board took the following action:

Jerome Golden Center – approved a budget transfer of $130,000 from general fund-contingency reserves to the Division of Human and Veteran Services (DHVS) for emergency housing services provided to clients of the Jerome Golden Center for Behavioral Health, Inc. who face possible loss of stable housing.

Supervisor of Elections – authorized the county administrator or designee to execute Amendment No. 1 to the contract with All-Site Construction Inc. in an amount not to exceed $400,000 for the Supervisor of Elections (SOE) interior renovations project. Funding for this project is from the Public Building Improvement Fund.

Environmental Lands – directed the county attorney and administrative staff to research options for funding the maintenance of environmentally sensitive lands on an ongoing basis, rather than reappropriating funding each year through the political process.

Reorganization – recognized and thanked Mayor Mack Bernard for his year of service as mayor. The board then elected Commissioner Dave Kerner to serve as mayor and Commissioner Robert S. Weinroth vice mayor. Each will serve one-year terms.

Solid Waste Authority – sitting as the Solid Waste Authority Governing Board, named Commissioner Robert Weinroth chair, Commissioner Gregg Weiss vice chair, and Commissioner Mack Bernard secretary.

Bond Ratings – announced that Palm Beach County has maintained AAA bond ratings from Moody’s, Fitch and Standard & Poor’s for its general obligation bonds and its revenue bonds earned a AAA rating from S&P. Revenue bonds issued by the Water Utilities Department also earned AAA ratings.

The Palm Beach County Traffic Division will be activating the first phase of the Flashing Yellow Arrow (FYA) left-turn traffic signals at eight traffic signalized intersections along and in the vicinity of Congress Avenue between Golf Road and Gateway Blvd. Although the FYA traffic signal has been used nationwide for more than 10 years, including over 100 locations in Florida, the FYA traffic signal is new to Palm Beach County. 

The FYA signal indication will replace the traditional solid circular green indication for the following two left-turn signal types:
  • Permissive Only where only a solid circular green indication is displayed and motorists must always yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians before completing the left turn;
  • Protected/Permissive which is composed of two parts: a “protected” left-turn phase initiated by a green arrow signal indication where oncoming traffic must stop and it is safe to turn left, followed by a “permissive” part during which a solid circular green signal is displayed and left turning traffic must yield to oncoming traffic.
During the FYA display, drivers turning left must yield to oncoming traffic and/or pedestrians in the crosswalk.

National research has shown that after a short learning period, FYA is more easily understood by motorists and it helps improve safety for motorists and pedestrians at signalized intersections. The FYA also offers motorists more opportunities to make left turns, which reduces wait times and allows for additional traffic signal timing options to enhance traffic signal synchronization.

The county will be mailing tip cards to advise residents within the initial project implementation area.
Live in unincorporated Palm Beach County?
No trash pick up in unincorporated Palm Beach County on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
There are only two observed holidays during which there is no garbage service and all SWA facilities are closed. This year they are Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 28) and Christmas Day (Wednesday, Dec. 25).
With the new collection service using standardized garbage carts, garbage will be collected outside of the cart on the Friday, Saturday and Monday following Thanksgiving, and from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, under the new contract. Residents still should place all debris normally collected on these days curbside by 6 a.m.
While there will be trash pick up Christmas Eve, SWA administrative offices will be closed. However, a limited number of Customer Service team members will be available to assist residents with any garbage or recyclable collection questions or concerns.

SWA Customer Service can be reached at 561-697-2700 or 866-792-4636.
Live in one of Palm Beach County’s 39 municipalities?
Contact your municipality directly for their holiday collection schedule.
Click here for a list of municipal contacts
Quick Video: How to dispose used cooking oil
Fried turkeys are a Thanksgiving treat, but that used cooking oil? Not so much.

All home cooking oils - frying oil and bacon and hamburger drippings - can cause problems with plumbing, sewage collection systems and septic systems. If dumped down any drain, these oils can clog pipes, even if washed down with hot water. Blocked pipes can also cause sewage backups – an unappetizing thought and potentially expensive repair.

Fortunately, Palm Beach County residents can recycle their used cooking oil for FREE, including canola, corn, olive, peanut and vegetable oils, as well as lard.

To recycle your oil:
  • Allow the used cooking oil to cool.
  • Carefully pour the cooled cooking oil into a large, sturdy plastic or wax-coated leak-proof container no larger than 5 gallons, such as the original container or a juice carton.
  • Cap the container securely.
  • Don’t mix the used cooking oil with any other liquids or products.
Take to any of the SWA’s seven Home Chemical and Recycling Centers.
West Palm Beach
Home Chemical and Recycling Center

6161 N. Jog Road in West Palm Beach
Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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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 that month. 
The Channel 20 Division of Public Affairs provides County government information and educational programming to all cable subscribers in Palm Beach County.

PBC TV Channel 20's primary services include broadcasting:
  • County government meetings
  • Government informational programs
  • Critical public safety information
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Maintaining a storm ready live broadcast studio at the County's Emergency Operations Center
  • Bid opportunities with PBC Purchasing Department for local businesses
  • Road construction projects
  • County transit information
  • Job opportunities 
  • General government announcements
Ways to watch PBC TV:
  • Cable TV
  • Live Online 
  • On Demand
  • Any Mobile Device
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Administrative Assistants to Commissioner Gregg K. Weiss:

Niels Heimeriks
Constituent Issues

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

Virginia Savietto 
Constituent Issues

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

Paul Razza 
Scheduling & Constituent Issues

Office: 561-355-2202  

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Contact PBC Commissioner Gregg Weiss, District 2 at:
301 N. Olive Avenue, 12th Floor
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Tel: 561-355-2202
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