Manager's Report for the December 9, 2014 Town Council Meeting

Proposed Council Meeting Schedule for 2014 and 2015
December 9th - 6:30 PM – Regular Town Council Meeting
January 13th – 6:30 PM – Regular Town Council Meeting
February 10th – 6:30 PM – Regular Town Council Meeting
March 4th – 6:30 PM - Regular Town Council Meeting

Upcoming Events
December 6th – 11:00 AM Holiday Parade
December 6th – 5:00 PM Jim and Judy Tackett Memorial Tree Lighting
December 11th – 6:00 PM Home Holiday Decoration Contest
March 20th – 6:30 PM Movie Night
March 22nd – 11:30 AM 22nd Annual Town BBQ

Forest Hill Boulevard Commercial Sewer System Project (Lake Clarke Shores Sewer Service Area, LCSS)
A Notice of Award was issued to B&B Construction Inc. on November 17, 2014.  We are expecting the Contractor to provide all paperwork (bonds, insurances, etc.) this week and we will issue the Notice to Proceed on December 8, 2014.

Nuisance Properties
On November 7, 2014, consistent with the Motion made during the Legal Report, staff posted the property at 7912 South Lake Drive.  On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, we had Bass Landscape Maintenance mow and clean up the property.  This brought the violations associated with weeds and tall grass into compliance.  Additional work will be completed as necessary.  The costs associated with this action will be reported to the Tax Collector on the Town’s Nuisance Abatement Assessment Roll to be developed in August 2015.

Code Changes and Comprehensive Plan Update
We have engaged Jim Fleischmann to assist us with several code changes and the annual update to the Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan).  Specifically, he will be helping us adjust our codes to address medical marijuana sales and dispensing facilities, senior assisted living facilities in residential areas, and extended parking in residential areas.  This year we are required to modify our Comp Plan to incorporate certain pertinent sections of the South Florida Water Management District’s Lower East Coast Water Supply Plan (LECWSP).  We must include components in our Comp Plan that ensure we have a sustainable water supply for our current and future customers.  Finally, he will incorporate our 5-year CIP into the 2014 Comp Plan update.

Elected Official Ethics Training – New State Requirements
For all elected municipal officers, a state requirement for four hours of specific ethics training will go into effect January 1, 2015. This requirement includes two hours of training on Chapter 112, Florida Statutes, (ethics); one hour on Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, (open records); and one hour on Chapter 286, Florida Statutes, (open meetings). 

Elected officers must certify their compliance on the annual forms they file with the Supervisor of Elections on behalf of the Florida Commission on Ethics. The Commission on Ethics has confirmed that this includes a city's legislative body (mayor and council or commission), as well as other elected officers (such as an elected city clerk or elected police chief).  The Palm Beach County League has arranged for training to be provided at PBSC Lake Worth in late January.