Loxahatchee Groves’ contract with its town manager “did not align with the town charter and creates risks for the town,” the Palm Beach County Inspector General said Friday in an audit report that said it found more than $200,000 in questioned costs, and identified “deficiencies and compliance issues.”
The town, which turns 10 next month, contracts out all government services to a private firm.
Town Manager Bill Underwood did tell Inspector General John Carey, in a letter dated Tuesday, and included with the audit, that Carey’s office doesn’t understand well the concept of contracted municipal services. He said Carey’s report “cherry picks” selected documents.
Palm Beach County commissioners approved zoning and land use changes Thursday that will allow a Wawa gas station and eatery to be built at Hypoluxo and High Ridge roads.
Commissioners approved the changes despite intense and broad opposition to the station. County staff members received 649 calls opposing the station with many citing concerns about increases in traffic, noise, pollution and crime.
Speakers will include relatives and friends of murder victims as well as Palm Beach State Attorney Dave Aronberg, Delray Beach Police Chief Jeffrey Goldman, Palm Beach Shores Mayor Myra Koutzen, and a detective from the violent crimes division of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
A PBSO helicopter will drop a wreath into the nearby Atlantic Ocean as a remembrance of murder victims.
The Palm Beach Victims’ Rights Coalition, which is hosting the event, encouraged victims’ survivors, or those who wish to support survivors, to attend.
Call 561-355-2418 or, on the day of the event, 561-309-8173.
Palm Beach County commissioners on Thursday will consider an application to allow a Wawa gas station/eatery to be built at Hypoluxo Road and High Ridge Road.
The gas station project has generated intense opposition from some in the area. Backup material provided to commissioners notes that county staff members received 648 calls opposing the project and 66 in favor of it.
Supporters have touted Wawa’s reputation and community involvement. Opponents have said they fear the station will increase traffic, crime and pollution.
The Palm Beach County Zoning Commission voted in favor of the project at its meeting on September 1.
The gas station project is on the zoning agenda county commissioners will take up at 9:30 a.m. Thursday on the sixth floor of the Weisman Governmental Center located at 301 N. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach.
On Tuesday in West Palm Beach, the 16-county district’s governing board approved a $726.6 million budget for 2016-2017 in which property owners will pay $33.07 per $100,000 of taxable land value, the agency said in a release.
The budget comes from a mix of property taxes and other income from local, state and federal sources, as well as fees, investments and farming taxes.
About 85 percent of the budget goes for flood control, operations and maintenance of lands, as well as ongoing restoration goals. That includes $54.1 million for the next phases of an $880 million plan to improve Everglades water quality. The release said the budget contains $234 million in state money to accelerate restoration projects.
Palm Beach County is holding a public hearing Thursday on GL Homes’ Indian Trails Groves project west of The Acreage.
The public hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. on the sixth floor of the Weisman Governmental Center located at 301 N. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach.
The 3,900-home project got support last week from the board of supervisors of the Indian Trail Improvement District, which provides water, drainage and road services in the area. Supervisors voted to send a conditional letter of support for the project to county commissioners, who themselves have already voted in favor of preliminary approval.
Backers of the project say it will provide more housing to a growing county and commercial development to an area in need of it.
Opponents, meanwhile, argue that the project will threaten the environment, reduce open space and snarl traffic.
Palm Tran Connection, Palm Beach County’s call-ahead bus service for the elderly, disabled and ill, has a new director.
Chad Hockman, whose official title will be Senior Manager of Paratransit, starts Thursday. He’ll be formally introduced at Thursday afternoon’s meeting of the Palm Tran Service Board, the agency’s advisory group.
Hockman will oversee a staff of 75 and a $30 million budget, Palm Tran Executive Director Clinton B. Forbes said Wednesday in a release.
The Ohio State University graduate worked for the college, then spent 13 years at a private paratransit provider that worked in six Midwestern and southern States.
Hockman will earn $107,000. His predecessor, Ron Jones, had earned $115,000.