Major news last week with the sale of the former IPC property to the USPA for the establishment of the National Polo Center. We continue to coordinate with the USPA and work with them on their efforts to transition the facility into the NPC and prepare for the next season. We also continue to work with the USPA on coordinating for the FIP World Championships scheduled in the Fall.
Our summer programs continue with camps, academies, and events. While continued use of the amphitheater and Scott's Place is scheduled to end on July 5th, we may see a schedule modification which will keep events in this area a bit longer. In any case, we will continue to have events on the boardwalk and WCC.
Another summer ritual has us completing capital projects at a quick pace over the summer, trying to complete projects so as not to impact traffic and other schedules during the school year. Public Works continues with our mill and overlay program as does Engineering on projects requiring additional MOT and detours. We will also proactively look at seasonal permits and contact the permitees to advise of requirements in order to expedite permit issuance in season.
The Tennis Center will host the USTA Junior Tennis Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, June 25th and 26th.
Free Tai Chi and Matter Of Balance classes will be offered for seniors aged 55 and up. Tai Chi Classes will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning on June 28th and ending on December 15th. Matter of Balance classes will be offered every Monday beginning on July 25th and ending on September 12th.
Applications for next season's Lakeside Market have gone out to interested vendors and vendors from this season. The application deadline is June 27th; Opening Day for the Lakeside Market upcoming season will be October 7th.
Mental Wellness Program: This reoccurring program takes place at the Boys and Girls Club and our Summer Camp Programs. Angela Harper, our Mental Wellness instructor from Therapeutic Living, conducts the program at the Community Services Building. This program partnership provides students with the opportunity to open-up in a safe environment to discuss daily stresses, personal hardships, and reoccurring issues to enhance their mental well-being. Once per week through the month of June, the instructor will also attend our Academic Recovery Summer Camp at New Horizons to speak to the Summer Camp students. This program is going to be expanded to the end of September.
Christopher Aguirre Memorial Foundation: The programs have 41 local students registered for our Summer Camps. Staff is now coordinating the transportation of these students to their Summer Camps and acquiring required equipment for summer camps. The selected Summer Camps will begin in the middle of July.
SWAG Program Meeting: On Monday, June 6th, the SWAG meeting was held in the Wellington Community Center with the students and Crown Pearls of Wellington. This meeting served as an open discussion in which each student shared their initial work experience, discussed their responsibilities, and possible difficulties they had to handle.
Crossover Program at B & G Club: On Saturday, June 3rd, staff hosted the weekly Crossover program at the Boys and Girls Club. There were 28 participants in attendance. This program acts as an open environment for all ages to be physically active and engage in sporting activities.
Boys & Girls Club Summer Academic Camp: The Community Services staff has been working with the Boys and Girls Club’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Jaene Miranda, to create this Academic Summer Camp. This camp will be located at the Wellington Community Center starting Tuesday, June 21st through Thursday, July 28th and will serve as the classroom location for the students and teachers. Community Services staff will coordinate the transportation to and from the Boys and Girls Club. Currently, the Boys and Girls Club has organized the teachers involved and is obtaining students. The program is expected to have 30 students with the opportunity to focus on their educational needs that were effected by Covid.
Summer Academic Recovery Program at New Horizons: This program is located at New Horizons Elementary School and will take place from Monday, until Thursday, June 30th. This program is for local students whose academics were impacted by Covid. There are 33 of our local Wellington students are participating within this program. The program focuses on stem academics from 8am - 12pm. The Community Service staff replaces the instructors from 12pm - 4pm to engage the students with Summer Camp activities.
June 19th - Redteenth (Juneteenth)
The Annual Redteenth event will be held on Sunday, June 19th from 4:00pm-8:00pm on the Promenade. This event will highlight fathers (since it will be Father’s Day) and special give-aways and raffles will be offered. Food trucks, refreshments, and vendors will be onsite. Performances by the local high schools and the Boys and Girls Club will take place throughout the 4 hour event.
July 1st - 7th - Wellington Celebrates Tanabata
July 4th - Wellington’s Family 4th of July Celebration
July 30th - Back To School Backpack Event
Tanabata, also known as the “Star Festival”, is a Japanese festival celebrating the folklore of the meeting of deities who become lovers who are separated and allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. Traditionally, leading up to the 7th day, a bamboo tree is decorated with colorful strips of paper called Tanzaku that wishes are written on and attached to the tree. On the 7th day, the wishes are taken down. Beginning on Friday, July 1st, the lobbies of the Community Center, Village Hall and Village Park will feature a bamboo tree and Tanzaku (colorful sheets of paper) at the front desks for residents to post a wish. A brief description of the meaning of the Tanabata will be displayed alongside the tree. There will also be a drum show throughout the day on Thursday, July 7th along with food trucks in the evening at Town Center. Fushu Daiko (Japan Arts, Inc.) educates and enriches the South Florida community by presenting the traditional Japanese performing arts in a modern and innovative form through drums and live performances. They will perform three (3) twenty minute sets beginning at 6:00pm, 7:00pm and 8:00pm.
July 4th Family Celebration:
The Annual July 4th Celebration returns to Village Park on Monday, July 4th from 6:00pm-10:00pm. This year we will feature the largest fireworks display in Palm Beach County. In addition to the fireworks, we will have the return of: Crazy Games, a petting zoo, face painters, bingo, stilt walkers, traditional games, bounce houses and more! New this year- we will have United States Ninja Warrior obstacles in the roller hockey covered rink. The band will be “The Longrun” and will end just before the fireworks, which are scheduled for 9:10pm.
Back To School Backpack Event:
The Annual Back to School Backpack event will be held on Saturday, July 30th from 9am-12pm at the Wellington Community Center. With the help of the Wellington Community Foundation and Back to Basics, the backpacks and uniforms for 600 students have been purchased. The supply drive will begin on June 6th and will run until July 28th. An Eventbrite app invite will go out to students identified through their schools. Students who live in Wellington, but go to school elsewhere, will have an opportunity to receive a backpack by calling the Community Service Department. Signage will be placed in neighborhoods identified as needing assistance. The Christopher Aguirre Foundation has graciously supplied the entertainment for the event including bounce houses, obstacles, face painters, balloon artists and more. Additional sponsors include Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and the Crowned Pearls. The Wellington Rotary Club and Starbucks will assist in volunteering the day of the event. The Aquatics Complex will also be open and free to the public from 9:00am to 12:00pm.
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
Operation Summer Jam commenced on 6/1/22 and continues. The objective of the operation is to conduct surveillance in the late evening hours and early morning hours during the summer when juveniles are out of school. Deputies will be working in conjunction with ABT relating to juvenile beverage/tobacco violations. Last week 40 extra patrols were conducted, 30 surveillance hours, 20 traffic stops, and 6 arrests were made.
On 6/9/2022 at 1:57pm near Olympia, deputies responded to a domestic call in which a female suspect know to victims shot a female victim in the hand and a male in the leg. Both victims were uncooperative and case was turned over to violent crimes division.
On 6/11/2022 at 10:01pm, District 8 assisted in the search for a missing elderly person with Alzheimer’s near Red Pine Trail near the Eastwood subdivision. Within 15 minutes, the subject was recovered and reunited with family members.
BMP Program Update:
As previously reported, Code issued 650 reminder notices to equestrian property owners to schedule an annual manure bin inspection. To date, 468 inspections have been scheduled and completed. A second reminder notice was issued to property owners who have failed to schedule an inspection. Continued failure to schedule an inspection may result in the issuance of a violation notice.
- Department disconnects of delinquent accounts (above $500 in arrears) continues. Customer Service in collaboration with Field Services has disconnected approximately 81 customers the week of May 30th and 52 the week of June 6th. 175 door hanger notices were issued for disconnection this week, only those accounts remaining unpaid after receiving notices are disconnected. Disconnects for non-payment was temporarily halted during the peak Covid-19 period
- Current meter No Reads caused by battery failure stand at 2,556 down slightly from last week’s peak (2,710). The Department continues with its meter endpoint replacement project. Two test cycles have been completed in the last 2 weeks to validate functioning of an automated process to update customer accounts when meter assets are replaced in the field.
- The entire Field Services Division is being mobilized to support the manual meter reading process resulting from the high level of No Reads. This is causing work backlogs in Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Divisions.
- Utilities GIS has made progress identifying underlying causes of the Outage Management Field Services Tool intermittent malfunction. The Team is scheduling a meeting with the local ESRI modeler to gather more information
- The Department continues to see the number of Utility Locate requests rise. The Locate team performed 489 locates on requested parcels in the month of May. By comparison 305 were performed in the first week of June alone.
- The Department has been working with IT on a planned rollout (est. July 1) of the new iPad As-Built viewer application. Once the tool launches Utility GIS will train our field personnel
- WTP demands remain below where they were this time last year
- 5.28 MGD Avg Day Demand 6/7/22 (vs 6.4 MGD June ’21)
- 3.77 MGD Peak Day Demand 6/7/22 (vs 7.6 MGD June ’21)
- WRF treated flows also remain below where they were this time last year
- 3.47 MGD Avg Daily Flow 6/7/22 (vs 3.4 MGD June ’21)
- 3.77 MGD Peak Daily Flow 6/7/22 (vs 3.58 MGD June ’21)
NEW DESIGN, STUDIES AND REPORTS
- The Department submitted its 20 year wastewater Needs Analysis required by Senate Bill 552 ahead of the June 30th deadline
- The Department has recently submitted the following May regulatory compliance reports none of which experienced exceedances or issues of concern
- Distribution system and raw water wells bacteriological compliance
- WTP Monthly Operating Report
- WRF Discharge Monitoring Report
- WRF Underground Injection Control Report
- The Utility continues working to upgrade the Virtual SCADA systems at our facilities. We are currently focused on completing the upgrade at the WRF. Upgrading to a Virtual SCADA system which will provide improved reliability and redundancy to the SCADA network as well as enhance the Department’s cyber security posture. The WRF is planned to be completed in June and the WTP in July.
UTILITY ENGINEERING PERMITS (5/21 to 5/27)
- No new design studies or reports this week
CIP PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS
- Utility Permits Applied For: 0 (YTD 17)
- Utility Permits Issued: 0 (YTD 7)
- Inspections Performed: 20 (YTD 570)
- Reviews Performed: 12 (YTD 333)
- Fees Collected: $5,920.00
- The following projects are in active state of construction. Major weekly milestones are as follows:
- Florida Design Contractors- HPP8 and Post treatment Improvement Project. Work on the degasifier was performed by the contractor in order to troubleshoot hydrogen sulfide removal issues. Contractor is also working on punch list items, site restoration, and painting of the new scrubbers this week.
- Hinterland- Lift Station Phase II Rehab- Start-up of LS 10 pending FPL connection of electrical service. Contractor is working on punch list items. Substantial completion is expected by the end of the month (subject to FPL).
- Wharton Smith-WTP R & R Project – The contractor is working on rewiring of various lime plant filter valves and control signals. A brief shutdown of a fiber optic patch panel is planned for this week to transfer power wiring for the panel to the new PLC.
- Phase II Endpoint Replacement Plan (FY22) has completed a two week field replacement period that will be used for final validation and parallel testing of the automated meter replacement procedure. Over the next 1-3 weeks the cycles will be billed and the test file validated. Assuming the test goes smoothly the Contractor has committed to return to Wellington the week of June 27th to complete the rest of the Phase II project using the automated procedure.
Aero Club Drive Widening: Ranger Construction has completed the shoulder widening, milling, and re-paving. Stefan and Sons has completed the striping. Lastly, Wynn and Sons will be dressing up the shoulders and adding sod to the swales as needed.
Town Center Phase 2: Phase 1 of the project continues. Substantial completion of Phase 1 is currently scheduled for August 5, 2022. The Amphitheater and Scott's Place will be closed to the public as of July 4, 2022 in anticipation of commencement of Phase 2 of the construction project. Phase 2 substantial completion is scheduled for April 5, 2023.
Aero Club / Big Blue Landscaping: An NTP was executed on 04/29. The Engineering Department continues to monitor the progress of this project.
Bent Creek Road: Curb and Fence (NE Corner of Oak Chase Drive / Bent Creek) to be installed after school ends. This work is anticipated to commence the week of June 13th.
Golf Cart Expansion (widening) projects will be on deck for the 06/14/2022 Village Council agenda including:
- South Shore Blvd. (Big Blue to Margate)
- Forest Hill Blvd. (Birkdale to Stribling)
- Pierson Road (Village Park to Stribling)
Aero Club Drive / Binks Forest / Greenview Shores Intersection: The proposed project consists of the milling, paving, and restriping of the intersection of Binks Forest Drive, Aero Club Drive, and Greenview Shores Boulevard. Village staff intends to rely on Ranger Construction’s Palm Beach County Annual Contract to conduct the milling and paving and Steffen & Sons Striping, LLC’s Palm Beach County Annual Contract to conduct the striping. Once the milling, paving, and striping is concluded, Palm Beach County will replace the traffic signal loops for the existing intersection.
Golf Cart Signage: We are currently awaiting delivery of additional signs for installation around the Greenbriar corridor in the Aero Club subdivision.
Below is a summary of the departments permitting activity for the week of 05/16/2022 – 05/20/2022:
- Engineering permits applied for: 5
- Engineering permits issued: 2
- Inspections performed: 25
- Reviews performed: 61
- Fees Collected: $19,112.00
Utility upgrades are ongoing in the following neighborhoods:
- Binks Forest Of The Landings
- Buena Vida
- Church Site No 7 Of Wellington
- Commerce Park East
- Eastwood No 2 Of Wellington
- Eastwood No 3 Of Wellington
- Emerald Forest Pl 2
- Equestrian Club
- Greenview Shores No 1 Of wellington
- Greenview Shores Of Wellington No 2
- Hanover East Of Wellington
- Lakefield Of The Landings At Wellington Pl 3A
- Paddock Park No 1 Of Wellington
- Palm Beach Point East
- Palm Beach Polo & Country Club
- Pines Of Wellington Tract C
- Pinewood East No 2 Of Wellington
- Pinewood Manor Of Wellington
- Pinewood Of Wellington
- Rustic Ranches Phase II Unrecorded
- Rustic Ranches Unrecorded
- Saddle Trail Park Of Wellington
- School Site Of The Landings Of Wellington
- South Shore No 1 Of Wellington
- South Shore No 2A Of Wellington
- South Shore No 3 Of wellington
- South Shore No 4 Of Wellington
- Sugar Pond Manor Of Wellington
- Vinnings At Wellington
- Wellington Aero Club Of The Landings At Wellington
- Wellington Downs
- Wellington Green
- Wellington Place Of Wellington
- Wellington Tr 42-B
- Wellington Tr 44
- Wellingtons Edge
Environmental Services, Neighborhood Parks & Equestrian Trails
- Continue to service residents with scheduled mosquito spraying and bee removal requests.
- Filled holes at Amesbury Park.
- Installed new section of fence/gate and painted handicap parking spots at Greenbriar Park (Dog Park).
- Completed repairs on the event trailer.
Landscape Maintenance & Nuisance Abatement
- Cleaned up palm fronds and other miscellaneous debris following the storm, Village wide.
- Continued applying fertilizer, Village wide.
- Repaired the grading around the new field at Greenbriar Park, following the storm.
- Relocated fifteen (15) palm trees to the Tree Nursery.
- Relocated Live Oak tree from Village Hall to Greenbriar Park (Volleyball).
- Replaced damaged Royal Palm tree in the median along Greenview Shores Boulevard.
- Continued preventative irrigation maintenance, Village wide.
- Completed irrigation repairs at Block Island Park.
- Continue to assist Code Compliance with nuisance abatement work orders as needed, Village wide.
- Installed multiple televisions in various areas at Village Park.
- Replaced various light fixtures at the Amphitheater, Scott’s Place, and Village Park.
- Completed fountain maintenance at Patriot Memorial.
- Reattached water drinking fountain to wall at Village Park.
- Latite Roofing completed roof repairs at the Tennis Center and Wellington Community Center.
- Began preparations for installing electric car charging stations at Village Hall and Village Park.
- Pressure cleaned various areas at Wellington Community Center and entry wall along Lynton Circle.
- Jamie Coat Painting continue pressure cleaning and repainting the wall along Big Blue Trace and South Shore Boulevard.
Roads & Roadside Refuse
- Completed asphalt repairs in a cul-de-sac along Whitemarsh Drive.
- Completed backfilling sidewalk sections along Amesbury Circle.
- Replaced damaged sidewalk sections along Greenbriar Circle and Larch Way.
- Pressure cleaned sidewalks/curbs along Stribling Way.
Surface Water Management & Preserve Maintenance
- Cleaned debris from various canal ends and pump stations throughout the Village, following storm.
Aquatics and Sport Facilities
- Replaced damaged window on entrance sign at Village Park.
- Secured the area around the Hoover pump control panel at Village Park (Football).
- Repaired the damaged field tiller at Village Park.
- Mowed various areas at the Amphitheater, Olympia Park, Patriot Memorial, and Village Park (Fields 1-5).
- Remarked sod in preparation for replaced at Village Park (Fields 1, 15, and 16).
- Verticut and aerified various fields at Village Park (Field 8B, 9, 10, and 12).
- Applied fertilizer to various fields at Village Park (Field 8A, 8B, 9, 10, and 12).
- Boom sprayed the Amphitheater.
- Spot sprayed the field at Village Park (Field 8B).
Delinquent Utility Accounts: There were 84 disconnects scheduled for the week ending June 3, 2022.
A cone of silence is in effect for all solicitations listed above. All questions or concerns regarding any such solicitations should be directed to the Purchasing Department.
- RFQ 202203 - Architectural and Engineering Services for the Construction of a New PBSO Substation – Eight proposals were received on January 13th. The selection committee met on January 27th and short-listed five firms for presentations/interviews. The selection committee met on March 2nd to hear presentations and interviews from the short-listed firms. Subsequently, the committee scored and ranked each proposer. Based on the results the scoring the committee is recommending authorization to negotiate with Leo A. Daly Company. Authorization to negotiate was requested at the April 12nd Council meeting. A contract negotiation session was held on April 26th. Contract award consideration is scheduled to be presented at the June 14th Council meeting.
- ITB 202213 - Purchase & Delivery of Fill Materials – One bid was received on May 12th. Notice of Intent was issued to Florida Superior Sand, Inc. Contract award consideration is scheduled to be presented at the June 14th Council meeting.
- ITB 202214 - Architectural and Engineering Services for the Construction of an Aquatics Facility – Proposals are due June 23rd.
- Notice of Unsolicited Proposal for public private partnership opportunity for Wellington Community Park redevelopment opportunity will be published on May 12th. Anyone interested in submitting a competing proposal under the provisions of Section 255.065, Florida Statutes, is hereby invited to submit a proposal in compliance with the provisions of Section 255.065 Florida Statutes. No proposals were received June 2nd.
Week of 05/30/2022 – 06/10/2022
Total incoming calls handled by General Customer Service: 737
Total incoming calls handled by Utilities Customer Service: 1,080
Total walk in customers served by frontline per QFlow during business hours: 524
Total walk in Utility customers served by frontline per QFlow during business hours: 310
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Communications Department Projects
Week of May 30th, 2022
The Communications Department is working on filming and editing multiple Public Service Announcements, including Covid 19, Storm Tree Trimming, Golf Cart Ordinance, and Why Do I Serve.
Social Media promotion focuses on Waste collection updates during Tropical Disturbance, Curative Testing Site new hours of operation, CROS Ministries Pantry Cancellation, Equine Supply Drive Thank You, NOAA Tropical Disturbance forecasts, Pride Month celebration, National Gun Violence Awareness Day, Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony Highlights PSA, Florida’s Disaster Preparedness Tax Free Holiday, Wellington family AutoFest event promotion, COVID-19 Testing Site Closures, PBSO Drive Safe in the Rain reminder, Redteenth Celebration on-going promotion, Neighborhood Watch Seminar focused on Hurricane Preparedness, Amphitheater Programming and Events on-going promotion, Hurricane Season Preparedness information, Parks & Rec events promotion, Weekly events highlights and information, Memorial Day Office Closures reminder, Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony coverage.
Week of June 6th, 2022
The Communications Department is working on filming and editing multiple Public Service Announcements, including Village Manager Pride Month, Code Enforcement Appreciation Week, Town Center Phase II Update, Covid 19, Storm Tree Trimming, Golf Cart Ordinance, and Why Do I serve.
Social Media promotion focuses on the Redteenth Celebration on-going promotion, Amphitheater Programming and Events on-going promotion, CROS Ministries Pantry Promotion, Hurricane Preparedness Flood insurance checkup, Town Center Phase 2 project update, Weather Wednesday Tip on ways to stay informed during a storm, Safety Month: Safety Council Awards, Neighborhood Watch Seminar focused on Gang Prevention, Hurricane Season Preparedness information, Parks & Rec events promotion, Summer Camp at Tennis Center promotion, PBSO Call for Crossing Guards, Code Enforcement Officer Appreciation Week, PBC Library System Summer programs & events promotion, Weekly events highlights and information, Florida’s Disaster Preparedness tax free holiday
Wellington Outreach Information
Village of Wellington Website Usage Summary (www.wellingtonfl.gov)