Manager's Report for the May 9, 2017 Town Council Meeting

Proposed Upcoming Town Council Meeting Schedule
May 9th – 6:30 PM Regular Town Council Meeting
June 13th – 6:30 PM Regular Town Council Meeting
July 11th – 6:30 PM Budget Workshop, Regular Town Council Meeting, CRA Meeting
August 8th – 6:30 PM Regular Town Council Meeting

Upcoming Events
June 2nd – 7 PM Summer Movie Night
June 19th – 23rd - 2017 Summer Fishing Camp
October 31st – 5 PM Better than Halloween

Mango Circle Water Main Addition
Several home owners have come forward to get Town water on Mango Circle.  It is a project in this year’s budget.  As more people hear that water is coming, more are asking to connect.  Besides adding water service to several residents, we are adding a fire hydrant in the area to improve fire protection. The Town collects $300 per connection to cover the costs of setting the meter and we collect $2000 which is a pass through paid to Palm Springs.  The home owner must also pay the cost to connect from the meter to their home.  The project has grown from 3 homes to 7 homes now wanting water.

Town Administrator’s Vehicle
On a recent trip back from Tallahassee, the Mayor observed that the Town Administrator’s duties have changed in the last 4 years.  It was suggested that maybe the vehicle assigned to the Town Administrator might not match the current duties.  A police pursuit vehicle is not a good long distance touring vehicle.  Based on that conversation, the Incident Command vehicle is being repurposed to the Police Department and a new vehicle has been ordered for the Town Administrator.  The monies for the new vehicle are currently in the Police Department budget.  A budget adjustment to transfer the funds is on the May Town Council Agenda.

Boat Ramp Dock Construction
The Dock Project is just about complete.  The docks, pile cap lighting, area lighting, north fence, south fence, and pathways are complete.  Temporary security cameras are in place.  Permanent cameras are in the works.  Comments from the residents have been very positive.  The new docks are helping us build community.  The Lake Cleanup held on April 15th seemed much more social because boats could pull up and dock, residents got out and talked.  It was a great event. 

Lake Cleanup Event Results
The lake Cleanup occurred on April 15th.  While it seemed to start slow, it turned into one of the best cleanup events we’ve had in a while.  We completely filled a 20 yard dumpster of trash and vegetative waste from the waterways, and we had 79 registered volunteers and 10 boats.  Award winners were Mike Wade and team for the most collected, Rick Zeno and team for the most unusual, and David Aagaard and team for the largest item.  We wish to thank Bridget Hammond and her amazing students from In-Nae TaeKwonDo Studio.  Over 20 children from the Studio and their parents came to help with the cleanup.

New Financial Advisor
As you know, Bill Thrasher retired as the City Manager of Gulfstream and as our part time financial advisor.  We have hired Rick Hartley to replace Bill.  Rick ran a government audit firm out of Atlanta and comes highly recommended by our auditor Ron Bennet.  Currently, Rick is also helping Ocean Ridge, Pahokee, Belle Glade, and Bradenton.  Rick will do most of his work remotely.  We’ve asked him to be in the office 2 days a month.