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INSIDER Newsletter (8/26/2018)

 

 

August 26 2018

 
 
 

City of West Palm Beach 2019 Budget Planning

VIDEO: City of West Palm Beach 2019 Budget Planning

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West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, City Commissioners, and City of West Palm Beach Chief Financial Officer Mark Parks, along with the City’s Budget Team, had a great time speaking with residents during the Community Budget Workshops which were held in July and August. Through these workshops, residents have helped us shape the budget for 2019. The budget is expected to be finalized on September 27, 2018.

 

How our city spends its money is important and affects us all. Just like many people have a budget at home, we make a budget here at the City to make sure we spend wisely, fairly and efficiently for the whole community.

 

Please note the following budget hearings, which the public is encouraged to attend:

  • 8/27/2018, 5:00 p.m.: City Commission Meeting (Note: In addition to the budget, Commissioners will also consider the Final Fire Assessment Rate Resolution. While not part of the adopted budget hearings, the fee is collected through the tax bill and is paid by every property owner.)
  • 9/13/2018, 5:00 p.m.: First Public Hearing to Adopt the Tentative Budget and Millage Rate
  • 9/27/18, 5:00 p.m.: Final Budget Hearing to Adopt the Proposed Budget and Millage Rate.

WHAT IS THE BUDGET, AND WHY SHOULD I CARE?  How our city spends money and sets priorities can have a big effect on our everyday lives. For example, what West Palm Beach spends on streets and sidewalks can determine how easily we get to work or whether our kids can walk to school. What our city spends on streetlights or police affects how safe we feel in our neighborhood. How we plan for our future can determine whether our city thrives or fades in the coming decades.

 

WHERE DOES THE CITY’S MONEY COME FROM? In West Palm Beach, there’s an annual plan that lays out where money should be spent across the whole community. Where do those dollars come from? Some come from our property taxes, and the water, garbage, and utility fees we each pay. Other funds come from state and federal grants and the bonds which we, as taxpayers, pay back over time.

 

HOW IS THE CITY’S MONEY SPENT? Just like our personal budget, the City’s budget is divided into two types of expenses: operating and capital. For us as residents, operating expenses are the costs we pay to live—like our electric and water bills. For the City, it means paying for the services we all use like street cleaning, police and fire. It also means keeping each department and facility up and running. Capital expenses are one-time purchases or upgrades. For us as residents, this might mean buying a car or fixing up the house. For the City, it means paying for new fire stations, road development, or improving a tired out area. How the City spends money comes from decisions made by the City of West Palm Beach Mayor and City Administration, with approval from your City Commission. They make those decisions based on a number of things: The City’s long-range plans, local data, future forecasts and—most importantly—feedback from you! Your opinions are important because they listen to you throughout the year before final decisions are made. So, tell us what’s important for you, your business and your family!

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO VIEW BUDGET DOCUMENTS, VIDEOS, BUDGET WORKSHOP PUBLICATIONS, AND GUIDING DOCUMENTS WEST PALM BEACH CONSIDERS IN DEVELOPING THE BUDGET, PLEASE VISIT: http://wpb.org/Departments/Finance/City-of-West-Palm-Beach-2019-Budget-Planning

 

West Palm Beach GreenMarket to Return to Waterfront First Weekend in October

Fresh food, flowers, homemade products & more signal change of season!

 

 

Fall, and the fresh food and flowers it brings, is on the horizon!

 

For West Palm Beach residents, one of the easiest ways to tell a change of season – since temperature doesn’t always indicate - is the return of the West Palm Beach GreenMarket. On Saturday, October 6, the City of West Palm Beach will bring back the popular outdoor market, which has even been visited by Martha Stewart herself. The 2018 – 2019 season will include more than 90 vendors selling locally-grown food, fresh flowers, decadent baked goods, vegan offerings, coffees, teas, spices, handmade items, homey finds, and much more. The Saturday staple, which runs annually from the first weekend in October through mid-to-late April, is the premier place to bring the family – pets included. It takes place weekly on the West Palm Beach Great Lawn, which is on North Clematis, just west of Flagler Drive, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

“I’m so pleased with how the West Palm Beach GreenMarket has evolved over time,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “The GreenMarket is more than a wonderful destination and a nationally-recognized hot spot to shop. It’s also an event destination that really celebrates our vibrant community, our beautiful waterfront, and the gathering of neighbors, friends and families for conversation, shopping, or a good, locally-grown bite to eat.”

 

This year’s GreenMarket theme is “We PRODUCE Fun for Everyone,” which is apparent in the beyond-the-produce fun that is available for visitors of all ages. In addition to the local vendors, the GreenMarket also features live music, unlimited mimosas for $10, free activities for kids, and plentiful green space and seating, which creates a morning full of fun and relaxation. Additionally, on the 3rd Saturdays, starting in November, visitors can take advantage of “By the Banyan” walking tours, which point on key historical locations throughout the downtown community. The tours start by the large banyan tree on North Clematis Street.

 

TO CONTINUE READING, PLEASE VISIT: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/WEST-PALM-BEACH-GREENMARKET-TO-RETURN-TO-WATERFRON

 

CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH CLOSES SUMMER WITH SUCCESSFUL YOUTH EVENTS

More than 1200 Visits from Teens at Pro-Social Activities: ‘Teens Unite!’ & ‘Kids & Cops Workshop’

 

 

The City of West Palm Beach closes summer with two successful, free summer events under the Mayor’s Village Initiative umbrella. The City received more than 1,200 visits from youth from the Historic Northwest, Coleman Park and Pleasant City communities who participated in Teens Unite! and the Kids & Cops Workshop.

 

Teens Unite! is an event hosted by the City in collaboration with several youth development programs and community centers. The event took place every Saturday from June 9th to July 28th at different community centers in the north end of the city, such as Gaines Park Community Center, Coleman Park Community Center, Youth Empowerment Center, Police Athletic League, Salvation Army Northwest Community Center, and the Boys & Girls Club.

 

“We always look for ways to engage with our youth. Teens Unite! was created to bring together young men and women across the City. We are pleased with the amount of youth who came to socialize at the event,” expressed Kevin Jones, City of West Palm Beach Coordinator of Community Initiatives in the office of Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We want to continue to provide activities that promote a safe and positive environment for our community.”

 

TO CONTINUE READING, PLEASE VISIT: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/CITY-OF-WEST-PALM-BEACH-CLOSES-SUMMER-WITH-SUCCESS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

WPB-TV HEADLINES

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VIDEO: Alley Renovation to Spruce Up Downtown

 

VIDEO: Parking Downtown? Remember, you can use the ParkMobile App. Check out this video to learn how to set up an account!

 

September Library Events Announced

 

Located on Clematis Street in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach proudly serves our community with books, performances, classes, research, entertainment, technology, music and more. You'll find all of the above throughout our four floors as we strive to inspire, inform and create a delightful quality of life for citizens of West Palm Beach and beyond. We welcome residents and visitors alike every day. Come explore and find what you're looking for at Mandel Public Lirary of West Palm Beach. Check out the online calendar for a complete schedule of library programs. 

http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/MANDEL-PUBLIC-LIBRARY-EVENTS-FOR-SEPTEMBER-2018

 

Learn about WPB's After School Programs

Last week, the West Palm Beach Parks & Recreation Department was happy to be at Roosevelt Elementary School for their Open House. We enjoyed meeting the parents and shared information about our after school programs. For information about our after school programs, please call us at (561) 804-4900. You can also email us at Jleconte@wpb.org or Jnickel@wpb.org. You can also visit any City Community Center to get involved! #WPBparks #Itstartsinparks.” For more information, visit: http://wpb.org/Departments/Parks-Recreation/Program-Registration-Search.

 

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WPTV: Two New Programs Designed to Boost Security Downtown

 

 

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ICYMI:

 

City of West Palm Beach Adopts Vision Zero: Safe Streets for WPB: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/CITY-OF-WEST-PALM-BEACH-ADOPTS-VISION-ZERO-SAFE-ST

 

Mandel Public Library of WPB Opens New Creative Space: STUDIO 411: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/MANDEL-PUBLIC-LIBRARY-OF-WPB-OPENS-NEW-CREATIVE-SP

 

West Palm Beach Police Dept. Deploys 'ShotSpotter' to Combat Gun Crime: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/WEST-PALM-BEACH-POLICE-DEPT-DEPLOYS-%E2%80%98SHOTSPOTTER%E2%80%99

 

WPB Parking Administration Announces New Pay-it-Forward Program:http://wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/CITY-OF-WEST-PALM-BEACH-PARKING-ADMINISTRATION-ANN

 

2018 Tiny Tots Sports: Registration Open: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/TINY-TOTS-SPORTS-ACTIVITIES-AVAILABLE-FOR-CHILDREN

 

Minutes of WPB City Commission Meetings Now Searchable on City Website: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/MINUTES-OF-WPB-CITY-

 

 

 

 

ROAD & DOCK CLOSURES UPDATE: WEEK OF AUGUST 26, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                             

CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH CLOSURES

ENGINEERING

  • Olive Ave. between Clematis St. and Datura St. (through November 2018): One of two northbound only lanes will be closed for alley restoration.
  • Cumberland Dr. (through January 2019): Reduced speeds on the eastbound and westbound lanes between Military Tr. and Village Blvd. for a road beautification and safety project.Flaggers will assist motorists
  • Clematis Streetscape Project (through October): 300 block of Clematis St. between S. Olive Ave. and S. Dixie Hwy. is closed to road traffic during construction. Pedestrian traffic will remain unaffected, and businesses will remain open.
  • Georgia Ave (until further notice): Intermittentclosures between Dobbins St. and Nottingham Blvd. for stormwater improvements. One lane northbound is open to traffic. Southbound traffic is detoured to Nottingham Blvd., Lake Ave. or Bradley St.
  • Briggs and Dobbins Streets (until further notice): Local traffic only between Garden Ave. and Georgia Ave. for stormwater improvements. Eastbound traffic on Briggs St. may turn right only at Georgia Ave. On-street parking is prohibited in the work zone.

EVENT CLOSURES

  • Clematis by Night (Aug 30, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.): Road closures on N. & S. Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr., and Narcissus Ave. between N. Clematis St. and Banyan Blvd.

CLOSURES, REPAIRS FOR CURRIE PARK BOAT RAMPS

  • Full closure: All Currie Park boat ramps at 2400 Flagler Drive are closed for repairs. Ramps will not be accessible during the construction period. Currie Park will remain open from sunrise to sunset.

PALM BEACH COUNTY ENGINEERING & PUBLIC WORKS CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB

  • Australian Ave. north of Okeechobee Blvd to Ware Dr. (periodic northbound right lane closures): One eastbound left turn lane closure
  • Australian Ave. just south of 25th St. (periodic southbound lane closures until further notice) for utility valve replacement.
  • Congress Ave. north of Okeechobee Blvd. to Ware Dr. (periodic northbound and southbound lane closures, one eastbound left turn lane closure): Bridge removal/culvert installation at the “F” Canal.
  • Jog Rd. (periodic southbound left turn lane closures until further notice): Median landscaping and irrigation installation on Jog Rd. approximately 970 feet north of Ironhorse Blvd. to approximately 360 feet south of Beeline Highway.
  • N. Congress Ave. north of Presidential Way to Embassy Dr. (periodic northbound and southbound lane closures until further notice): Water main, driveway and median installation.
  • Roebuck Rd. (periodic westbound daytime lane closures until further notice): FPL pole installation east of Easley Dr. to Haverhill Rd. Westbound traffic will shift into one of the eastbound left turn lanes at the intersection of Haverhill Rd.
  • Haverhill Rd. north of Roebuck Rd. (periodic northbound lanes closures until further notice): FPL pole replacement.
  • For more information, contact PBC Engineering & Public Works: (561) 684-4000 or http://discover.pbcgov.org/.

FLORIDA DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT) CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB

  • Okeechobee Blvd. from Tallahassee Dr. to Spencer Dr. (through Friday, August 31, 2018) will have one eastbound outside lane closed, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Friday for turn lane, sidewalk and striping installation.
  • Norton Ave. at Forest Hill Blvd. (until further notice): Flaggers will direct traffic around the work area on Norton Ave. for water main replacement.
  • Military Tr. from Woodstock Dr. to Green Pine Blvd. (through Friday, September 21, 2018) will have the outside northbound lane closed, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to install a new turn lane.
  • Military Tr., between 45th St. and Shiloh Dr. (through Friday, September 28, 2018) will have the outside northbound lane closed, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for FPL pole replacement
  • U.S. 1 at Monceaux Rd. (Thurs., August 16, 2018 - Friday, August 31, 2018) will have the northbound lane and northeast corner closed, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, for concrete pole installation.
  • FDOT: (866) 336-8435 or http://www.fdot.gov/

City of West Palm Beach Road and Dock Closure Updates are issued weekly by the City and may be viewed online at http://wpb.org/News-Video/Road-Closure-Updates.

 

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2018 Holiday Sanitation Schedule 

 

There will be regular service on the following holidays:                                 

  • Labor Day - September 3, 2018            
  • Columbus Day - October 8, 2018        
  • Veterans Day - November 12, 2018 

There will be NO service on the following holidays:

  • Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018; Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 11/26/18. Recycling will resume on 11/29/18. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
  • Christmas Day, December 25, 2018: Residential garbage will resume your next scheduled service day beginning 12/28/18. Recycling will resume on 1/1/19. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
  • New Year's Day, January 1, 2019: Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 1/4/19. Recycling will operate on normal schedule. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule. 

The sanitation schedule is produced by the City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Works. For more information, please call (561) 822-2075. 

 

Popular City of West Palm Beach Links

 

City Events: http://wpb.org/Departments/Waterfront/Community-Events

 

West Palm Working Performance Dashboard:

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Citywide Projects List Information Portal:

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Capital Improvement Projects Database: http://gis.wpb.org/cipstorymap/

 

Sanitation Holiday Schedule: http://wpb.org/Departments/Public-Works/Sanitation/2018-Holiday-Schedule

 

City Commission, CRA Meetings, Agendas: http://wpb.org/Meetings-Events/City-Commission-Meeting-Agendas

 

City Job Opportunities: http://wpb.org/Departments/Human-Resources/Home/I-want-to-work-for-the-City-of-West-Palm-Beach

 

Utility Bill Payments: http://wpb.org/utilities/paying-your-utility-bill/

 

Road Closures Updates: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Road-Closure-Updates

 

WPB-TV Live: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Live-Video-Ch-18

 

WPB-TV on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/WestPalmTV

 

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach: http://wpb.org/Departments/Library/Overview

 

Grassy Waters Preserve of West Palm Beach: http://wpb.org/grassywaters/

 

Public Works Request for Service: http://wpb.org/Departments/Public-Works/Public-Works-Forms.

 

Vickers House of West Palm Beach: http://wpb.org/vickers

 

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