Manager's Report for the October 13, 2015 Town Council Meeting

Proposed Council Meeting Schedule for 2015
October 13th – 6:30 PM Regular Council Meeting
November 10th – 6:30 PM Regular Council Meeting
December 8th – 6:30 PM Regular Council Meeting
January 19th – 6:30 PM Regular Council Meeting

Upcoming Events
Oct 31st – 5:00 PM Better Than Halloween Party
Nov 8th – 7:30 AM Loop Around the Lake
Dec 5th – 11:00 AM “Holidays in Parade” Parade
Dec 5th – 5:00 PM Jim and Judy Tackett Memorial Christmas Tree Decorating and Lighting
Dec 10th – 6:00 PM Holiday Home Decorating Contest

I-95 Interchange at Forest Hill Blvd
Staff is reviewing a report produced by FDOT proposing changes to the intersection of I95 and Forest Hill Boulevard.  Initial findings suggest that the changes proposed by FDOT concern traffic flow and will be limited to changes to the traffic signals and traffic patterns.  We see no significant structural changes being proposed.

Bridge Inspection Report
Every two years our bridges are inspected by FDOT.  We have been told the inspection will be done in October and we will receive the reports in December.  Staff attended a three hour training class on how to read and understand the FDOT Bridge Report.  We will now focus on what in the reports for our four bridges are important and what will trigger actions or repairs by the Town.

LCS Sewer System Operational
We got our operational certificate from Palm Beach County Health Department and from Palm Beach County Water Utility Department and we are now fully operational for the North Area Sewer System.  Next month we will be asking the Town Council to set the commodity sewer rates for our new North Area customers.

Qualifying Period
This is a reminder from Staff that the Town Council changed the election qualifying period.  The qualifying period for the municipal elections in March 2016 (Seats 3,4, and 5) will be from noon November 24th to noon December 8, 2015.

2016 Rate Increase Pass Through
We have been notified by Palm Springs that the water commodity rates for the Town will be increasing by $0.15 per thousand gallons of water and that the monthly base rate will increase by $0.15 per month.  Palm Beach County and Lake Worth are each increasing their monthly commodity charge for water by $0.12 per thousand gallons.  No rate increase is expected for sewer services.  Notices are being prepared and will be mailed next week to all our customers. 

FLOC Grants Awarded FY 2015
We were notified this week that we have received $7,292 from FMIT’s Safety Grant Program in FY 2015.  Tammy House is thoroughly knowledgeable of the program, and is now reviewing all purchases to maximize our chance for Grant Awards.  This Program is a 50/50 match for safety related items which generally gives us a 50% discount on items we need to purchase for our normal business needs.  Items funded in the past include new stop signs, safety cones, medical supplies, etc.