Manager's Report for the January 16, 2018 Town Council Meeting

Proposed Upcoming Town Council Meeting Schedule
January 16th – 6:30 PM Regular Town Council Meeting
February 13th – 6:30 PM Regular Town Council Meeting
March 6th – 6:30 PM Regular Town Council Meeting
April 14th – 6:30 PM Regular Town Council Meeting

Upcoming Events
February 10th – Inaugural Lake Clarke Shores Triples Tennis Tournament
April 6th – Pre-BBQ Movie Night - Coco
April 8th – 25th Annual Lake Clarke Shores BBQ
April 14th – Waterway Cleanup
April 21st – 11th Annual Lake Clarke Shores Bass Fishing Tournament

New Phones for Town Hall and the Police Department
Our new phone system went live January 8th.  Each employee has their own direct dial number, all incoming calls are being recorded, and we can eliminate six copper hardwired AT&T lines.  Anticipated savings are $400 per month.  The capital costs to do the conversion are estimated at $5,000. 

Staffing Changes
When you have a chance, please welcome Mery Ramirez, she has taken on the front desk position as a Utilities Representative.  Mery has her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and joins us from the State of Florida Department of Revenue’s Child Support Division, where she was a Revenue Specialist for the last 4 years and has previous experience with Palm Beach County’s Sheriff’s Office as a Pre-Trial Interviewer.  Mery is also a former Lake Clarke Shores resident.  Being bilingual, she has already proven to be an asset with our Spanish-speaking customers. 

We also want to welcome Troy Petruzzi; he is our newest full-time Police Officer.  Officer Petruzzi began his career as a Police Explorer in Palm Beach Gardens in 2006, attended the Palm Beach State Police Academy graduating in 2015.  He has several advanced classes.  He has donated at least 1000 hours to Lake Clarke Shores as a Reserve Police Officer.

Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB)
We are doing our annual update to our OPEB.  We use Foster & Foster, Inc. and have for the past eight years.  The OPEB actuarial report is a requirement of the federal government and is reflected in our audit each year.  The OPEB are benefits other than pensions which we provide to our retired employees.

2017 LCS Sewer Re-Assessment
In the spring of 2017, the two-story office building located at 1860 Forest Hill Boulevard connected to the new LCS sewer system serving the commercial buildings along Forest Hill Boulevard.  Previously, the building owner was adamant he would not connect so that property was not included in the initial assessment calculations.  The system was designed with some additional capacity and is able to accommodate the additional sewage flow.  The initial assessments, however, were calculated for the properties that had initially agreed to connect.  Adding new players requires us to reallocate costs and that will lower assessments.  The original work was completed by Raftilis Financial Consultants.  We have asked them to do the update as they are familiar with the initial work completed.

Inaugural Triple Tennis Tournament
February 10th will be the first Lake Clarke Shores Triples Tennis Tournament.  It is scheduled to start at 11:00 AM and will likely be done by 2:00.  We are hoping to get three teams of six players.  Please come sign up, or better yet bring a team of six and sign them all up.  We do have a strict deadline for signing up of January 31st.