Manager's Report for the June 13, 2017 Town Council Meeting

Proposed Upcoming Town Council Meeting Schedule
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
September 12th – 6:30 PM Budget Hearing, Regular Town Council Meeting, CRA Meeting
September 26th - 6:30 PM Budget Hearing, Regular Town Council Meeting, CRA Meeting

Upcoming Events
June 19th – 23rd - 2017 Summer Fishing Camp
October 31st – 5 PM Better than ever Halloween Party

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 $2080 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.  While easements are still being processed, we are ready to move forward with construction on the beginning of the project.  We anticipate a Notice to Proceed being issued to the Contractor (Johnson Davis) before July 1st.

Hurricane Preparedness Meeting
On the evening of June 8th, the Town held its Annual Hurricane Preparedness Meeting.  The agenda covered what the residents need to do to prepare for a storm.  We added a presentation about PACE by our two authorized PACE providers and a presentation about CERT from our local CERT Team. 25 people were in attendance.  The presentation may be viewed on the Town’s website.

We have been approached by a neighborhood about a voluntary annexation into the Town.  We are providing information to the Property Manager for the neighborhood.  Discussions are continuing.  We are working on answering questions about some specific cost concerns they have asked about, as well as, highlighting the advantage of our Police Department Services.

Resident Survey
The Survey we had on line and that we pushed out to our residents through Facebook, Twitter, CodeRed and email was open from April 28th to June 6th.  We received 112 responses.  We are reviewing the responses and will provide a recap during the July Town Council Meeting.

Sewer Rates for Seminole Manor for 2018
In 2013 we renegotiated our sewer rates with the City of Lake Worth.  At that time, we were able to reduce our rates by $2.00 per thousand gallons of water used.  Each year since we have seen modest rate increases.  Last year we were presented with a proposed large rate increase but were able to forestall it.  Last year’s proposed increase was because of a Palm Beach County required sewer lift station capital maintenance project.  This year we are again being told we can expect as much as a $0.28 per thousand gallons sewer rate increase.  This would raise the average monthly sewer bill by $1.15.  This year’s assault is from the East Central Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant emergency capital expenditure.  I will be attending the ECR Board meeting next Wednesday in an attempt to convince the Board to reduce the rate increase.  The rates we pay Lake Worth are made up of ECR R&R, PBC R&R, LW R&R, and Lake Worth Operating costs.  Lake Worth has been doing a very good job in maintaining their costs.