Palm Beach County Commission to hear federal priorities today

palm-beach-county-logoThe Palm Beach County Commission will hear a roundup of its federal priorities at today’s meeting.

Part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump now is in the White House, and Palm Beach County officials have been studying how actions taken by his administration could be a boon to the county – or they could block progress in areas where the county can’t succeed without federal help.

Also on today’s agenda:

Animal Care: Will get a report on how the county’s Department of Animal Care and Control collects, and spends, money from rabies tags.

Code: Set to approve the settlement of four large unrelated code violations, reducing penalties from more than $1 million to just thousands.

Court Security: Will get an update on plans to overhaul the security system at the Palm Beach County courts complex.

Jet: Will “receive and file” a resolution passed by town of Atlantis opposing the allowing of jets at Lantana.

Palm Beach County Commission Meeting:

When: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. 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.

New Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Dorothy Jacks sworn in

Dorothy Jacks, longtime chief deputy to Gary Nikolits, is sworn in by retired Judge Mary Lupoi at the 1916 Palm Beach County Courthouse Tuesday, January 3, 2017. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)
Dorothy Jacks, longtime chief deputy to Gary Nikolits, is sworn in by retired Judge Mary Lupoi at the 1916 Palm Beach County Courthouse Tuesday, January 3, 2017. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

In the main courtroom of the historic 1916 Palm Beach County Courthouse, whose first tenant a century ago was Palm Beach County’s “tax assessor,” that post’s ninth incarnation was sworn in Tuesday.

With a big smile, and with her family looking on from the old jury box, new Palm Beach County Property Appraiser — that’s the title now — Dorothy Jacks took the oath of office from a woman whose children she’d baby-sat as a 13-year-old in Palm Beach Gardens: retired Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Mary Lupo.

“I would be lying if I didn’t say that was very emotional,” said Jacks, whose voice then faltered with emotion as she said, “there is really nothing better in life than a dream come true.”

Jacks noted that now four of the county’s six constitutional officers are women: herself, Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, Tax Collector Anne Gannon, and Clerk and Comptroller Sharon Bock, all of who attended Tuesday’s swearing-in. (The other two are State Attorney Dave Aronberg, who also attended, and Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, who was not there.)

Jacks worked in the property appraiser’s office for 28 years and was chief deputy since 2012 for Gary Nikolits, who stepped down after nearly a quarter-century at the post.

Palm Beach County Clerk Bock: I’ll close Royal Palm Beach center on Fridays

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Describing it as yet another consequence of what she’s called deficient money from the state, Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller Sharon Bock said Friday she’s closing her “Midwestern Communities” service center in Royal Palm Beach on Fridays.

The new hours start Aug. 5 at the center, at 200 Civic Center Way, Suite 500.

Bock has said her budget took a $2.6 million cut this budget year, leading to layoffs and branch closings. She already closed operations on Fridays last year at her offices in the North County and South County courthouses.

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

Deadline moved to April 29 to sign up to clear outstanding Palm Beach County warrant

ColbathpicAPRIL 20 UPDATE: The deadline to register is extended to April 29.

Got a warrant hanging over your head? Come on down.

Operation Fresh Start, the annual 1-day event for people to clear outstanding nonviolent misdemeanor or criminal traffic warrants in Palm Beach County, is set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30.

The event’s at the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Complex, 3228 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, and at  the South County Courthouse, 200 W. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach.

More than 25,000 people have outstanding warrants, most of them for failure to appear in court; Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock said in a release; “resolving these warrants allows citizens to clear their record as well as improve efficiencies in our justice system.”

People charged with violent crimes and felonies are not eligible.

Appointments are required. Contact the Public Defender’s Office at 561-355-7655.  For more, visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/opfreshstart.

People can appear in court and establish a payment plan for fines and costs, and will avoid jail time.

And representatives will be on-site to help with reinstatement of driver licenses. Visit https://services.flhsmv.gov/DLCheck/ or call 850-617-2000 to check your status.