Leaving 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:
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.
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.
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
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 onnew “reciprocity” rulesfor taxis, limos, and app-based rides such as Uber and Lyft, for five southeast Florida counties.
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.
“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.”