Palm Beach County: You recycled 8 Eiffel Towers

082713-met-recycle-11Solid-Waste-AuthorityLeaving your Palm Beach Post at the curb — after you’ve read every word, of course — continues to pay off.

Residents recycled 816,000 tons of material in the budget year ending Sept. 30, allowing the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County to pass on nearly a half million dollars to area cities, the authority said Friday.

By the way, that 81,600 tons — 163 million pounds — equals the weight of eight Eiffel Towers.

The authority’s Municipal Revenue Share Program rewards its municipal partners, who collect the recyclables, with a portion of proceeds; this year’s total was $497,000. Since the program started in 2010, the authority has distributed nearly $8.5 million to participating cities to use as they wish.

This budget year’s breakdown by municipality, sorted by biggest share since 2010:

Municipality   2016 share Tons since 2010   Share since 2010
Boca Raton $74,255 51,419 $1,262,514
West Palm Beach $71,036 50,668 $1,234,537
Delray Beach $46,230 32,306 $783,413
Palm Beach Gardens $38,788 27,110 $657,485
Jupiter $39,389 27,060 $653,796
Boynton Beach $34,720 24,722 $598,356
Wellington $34,804 24,154 $584,373
Riviera Beach $23,528 17,160 $419,300
Greenacres $22,100 15,750 $383,205
Royal Palm Beach $19,620 13,566 $328,472
Palm Beach $16,260 11,035 $263,862
North Palm Beach $14,158 9,511 $227,791
Palm Springs $12,554 8,192 $195,862
Lantana $6,991 5,278 $133,214
Highland Beach $4,961 3,563 $86,762
Tequesta $4,435 3,155 $76,716
Juno Beach $3,909 2,699 $64,595
Lake Park $4,520 2,665 $61,909
Pahokee $2,631 1,957 $48,004
Hypoluxo $2,481 1,789 $43,494
South Palm Beach $2,180 1,577 $38,368
Lake Clarke Shores $2,180 1,563 $38,143
Ocean Ridge $2,030 1,465 $35,709
Loxahatchee Groves $1,954 1,373 $33,317
Atlantis $1,804 1,306 $31,865
Palm Beach Shores $1,654 1,162 $28,191
Belle Glade $1,495 1,055 $25,552
South Bay $1,353 1,013 $25,029
Haverhill $1,052 739 $17,940
Mangonia Park $977 687 $16,660
Gulf Stream $977 624 $14,711
Briny Breezes $752 528 $12,814
Manalapan $651 318 $7,713
Jupiter Inlet $376 264 $6,408
Village of Golf $226 182 $4,681
Glen Ridge $150 106 $2,563
Cloud Lake $75 53 $1,281

 

Appeals Court: Palm Beach County elections chief’s records charge was “reasonable”

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Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher imposed a “reasonable”  fee on U.S. Congress write-in candidate W. Michael Trout, the 4th District Court of Appeal said in a ruling released Wednesday.

Trout, a failed write-in candidate in November’s re-election of U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, also had challenged Deutch as a write-in in 2014.

After the 2014 election, he submitted a public records request to inspect the official ballots associated with his congressional race “at the earliest reasonable time possible, including ballots deemed to be cast in [Trout’s] name, and those deemed by [the Supervisor’s] office to be invalidated,” the appeals court’s ruling says.

Bucher responded six days later, saying counting the 145,881 ballots in 211 precincts would take require her and three other staffers to do work beyond that for a usual records request. She said she’d have to charge Trout up to $189.21, which he had to submit in advance as a deposit.

Florida’s Sunshine Law says records custodians can charge only the hourly pay of the lowest-paid person qualified to fulfill a request. Bucher argued that it was reasonable for her, as head of the elections office, to supervise Trout’s inspection of the ballots — and to charge her hourly wage.

Trout refused to pay the deposit and sued in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, then appealed when the judge ruled against him.

Boogie on and recycle that eight-track!

mnde-travolta-dancing-jpgSolid-Waste-AuthorityLeave it to the folks who recycle many of your throwaways to invoke the image of the eight-track tape player.

The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County can recycle many of the electronic items that have been sitting in your attic along with those lava lamps and leisure suits, as well as any you’ve gathered in the ensuing years.

Accepted items include audio/visual equipment such as VCRs, and stereos; cellphones and rechargeable batteries; computer central processing units (CPUs) and monitors; laptops; accessories such as keyboards, mouse devices, printers and scanners; televisions; telephones and FAX machines; and even holiday lights.

To recycle items, don’t leave them at the curb; instead take them to one of the authority’s seven recycling Centers. Large quantities might require special disposal; call ahead.

The authority will sort the items and a private contractor will haul them off. Any useful components are processed for reuse; the rest is shredded, with the materials separated by type and recycled into new products.

For more, visit the authority’s electronics recycling web page or call 561-687-1100.

 

Palm Beach County Commission picks mayor today

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Mack Bernard, middle, greets guests at an election party at Revolutions at City Place Revolutions at City Place West Palm Beach Tuesday August 30, 2016. ( Meghan McCarthy / The Palm Beach Post )
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The Palm Beach County Commission today will swear in two new members and select a mayor.

Democrat Dave Kerner, who’s wrapping up four years as a state representative from suburban Lake Worth, won the race for the central Palm Beach County Commission District 3 seat that Shelley Vana is vacating after today because of term limits. And former Delray Beach City Commissioner and former state Rep. Mack Bernard ousted three-term District 7 Commissioner Priscilla Taylor on Aug. 30.  Newly-reelected County Commissioner Hal Valeche will be sworn into a third term as well.

Not clear: who will be picked for the mostly-ceremonial mayor’s post. Valeche, hospitalized for weeks in late October and early November, said Nov. 9 he would not stand for mayor, citing his health. Since the position of mayor was created in 2013, the board traditionally has turned to the person who is Vice Mayor and is chairman as the commission sits as the governing board of the Solid Waste Authority. That would be Valeche. Next up would be Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, the current vice chair of the Solid Waste Authority’s board.

Also on today’s agenda:

Westlake: A vote to approve changing the boundaries of its Municipal Service Taxing Unit for fire-rescue to include the new city of Westlake.

Cancer Treatment Centers: A vote to approve $357,500 in local incentives for Boca Raton-based Cancer Treatment Centers of America, which will spend at least $14.,5 million to buy and renovate an existing building for its corporate headquarters.

Palm Beach County Commission Meeting: When: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Public comment at 2 p.m.  Where: Sixth-floor chambers, Weisman Palm Beach County Governmental Center, 301 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

Palm Beach County Commission to tackle pet rules today

091316-met-pet-store-02A contentious set of tough new rules for pet stores goes to a second and final vote at today’s Palm Beach County Commission meeting.

The county’s Department of Animal Care and Control says the rules are designed to reduce the flow of animals from so-called “puppy mills.”

Also on Tuesday’s agenda:

Lifeguards: will again visit pleas by county ocean rescue lifeguards that they be classified as “special risk” in order to get additional benefits.

Child Care: Will consider tough new guidelines for the county’s hundreds of child care centers.

Incentives: Expected to approve $357,000 in incentives to “Project Emblem,” now revealed as Cancer Treatment Centers of America, for its corporate headquarters in Boca Raton; and offer $89,000, as part of a state match, to “Project Cranium,” an as-yet undisclosed company wanting to more its regional headquarters to the county.

Vehicles for Hire: Set to take the second of two votes on new “reciprocity” rules for taxis, limos, and app-based rides such as Uber and Lyft, for five southeast Florida counties.

Palm Beach County Commission Meeting

When: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Public comment at 2 p.m. Where: Sixth-floor chambers, Weisman Palm Beach County Governmental Center, 301 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

 

South Florida Water Management District OKs new budget with no tax rate increase

nckrnyt9Tax rates for the South Florida Water Management District won’t go up for a sixth straight year.

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 Elections chief: Avoid storm; vote early or mail in

Elections officials and politicians Wednesday urged people to get in early voting or submit mail-in ballots because of the threat of a tropical storm or hurricane affecting South Florida this weekend or early next week, including perhaps Election Day.

“Our voting equipment has been deployed to the 461 polling locations. If a storm hits, there may be some polling places that will be impacted but certainly a minimum number,”Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher said Wednesday morning.  

“We will be urging our voters to take advantage of Early Voting,” Bucher said in an email. “We are also encouraging voters with vote-by-mail ballots to mail them back to us as quickly as possible.”

Palm Beach County voters are approaching the 15,000 mark after five days of the 14-day early voting event for the Aug. 30 election,  according to the Supervisor of Elections.

Patrick Murphy arrives to vote early in Florida’s primary election at the Palm Beach County Gardens Branch Library Wednesday morning, August 24, 2016.(Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Patrick Murphy arrives to vote early in Florida’s primary election at the Palm Beach County Gardens Branch Library Wednesday morning, August 24, 2016.(Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

 As of Tuesday night, 14,782 people had voted early at the 15 locations. Tuesday was the biggest single day so far, with 1,970 voting.

Today also is the last day to request a mail-in ballot be mailed to you, although voters can pick up ballots in person up to election day.

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

MORE ELECTION COVERAGE

Read all The Post’s Aug. 30 election coverage at myPalmBeachPost.com/2016primary

Get the Aug. 30 candidates’ background and views in their own words in the Know Your Candidates guide, myPalmBeachPost.com/kycp2016.Early0824