With Memorial Day behind us, we can only be thinking about one thing: hurricane season. Well, maybe a few more things but hurricane season definitely is pretty high on the list. Without fail, as hurricane season kicks off, we have some activity that we are watching closely. A broad area of low pressure is expected to form over the southern Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, and/or the northwestern Caribbean Sea during the early or middle part of this week in association with the remnants of Hurricane Agatha that made landfall yesterday in southeastern Mexico. Marginally favorable environmental conditions could allow the low to become a tropical or subtropical cyclone while moving quickly northeastward or east-northeastward towards the Florida Peninsula Thursday or Friday. Rainfall will be the main threat associated with this system, with the heavy rains probably overspreading South Florida as soon as Thursday night. Much heavier and more widespread rains, severe weather, and possibly a low-end wind event could follow on Friday in association with the passage of the storm. The rains are then likely to abruptly end Saturday morning or afternoon as the storm passes off the east coast of Florida. We will closely follow future updates regarding this weather system, given its forecast track toward Florida and associated wide variety of hazards.
As we continue to monitor disturbing COVID-19 trends in the County as well as results reports from our test sites, internally, our team members are also being impacted. We currently have 13 employees out due to COVID-19 infection. We continue to monitor associated impacts to our operations but to date have not modified protocols regarding testing and clearance to work nor have we reinstituted facial covering requirements. As COVID-19 continues to surge in the County, we will monitor our camps and activities closely and prepare for contingency plans in the event of an infection surge among campers or team members.
Lastly, USPA is projected to close on the former IPC property on June 7th. We will continue to work with the USPA team and have them present for our agenda review meeting on June 13th. And in other land development-related news, we are discussing the Polo West golf course property with Dr. Scott Swerdlin and the results of his court proceeding with the Polo West HOA and access through the existing access point on Southshore Boulevard. To date, no applications have been submitted for the project.
Week 1 of Summer Camp begins on May 31st.
On June 4th, the Wellington Soccer Club will host a college showcase on fields 2 and 3 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Colleges will be attending the showcase as well as Portuguese Football Club FC Braga seeking players to play in Europe.
There will be 7 free Tai Chi and Matter of Balance classes offered for seniors aged 55 and up, starting on July 5th and ending on September 12th.
Applications for next season’s Lakeside Market have gone out to interested vendors and vendors from this season.
Boys & Girls Club Tutoring: Monday through Friday, staff works hands-on with the B & G Club from 2 pm to 6 pm for tutoring. A total of 24 students per day participate in the program. This was the last week of the program for this school year.
Mental Wellness Program: This recurring program takes place Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 5:30 pm. Angela Harper, our Mental Wellness Instructor from Therapeutic Living conducts the program at the CS building. This program partnership provides students the opportunity to open up in a safe environment to discuss daily stresses, personal hardships, and reoccurring issues in order to enhance their mental well-being.
Christopher Aguirre Memorial Foundation: This week, staff has been completing the sign-up for students from the Boys & Girls Club for our Wellington Parks & Rec Summer Programs. The Foundation will cover the cost for Wellington residents attending the Boys & Girls Club in Wellington to provide opportunities for children and young adults to get involved within the community through education and athletic programs. We currently have 41 students registered for our summer camps.
Crossover Program at B & G Club: On Saturday, May 21st, staff hosted the weekly Crossover program at the Boys and Girls Club. There were 50 participants in attendance. This program acts as an open environment for all ages to be physically active and engage in sporting activities.
SWAG Update: Throughout the week, staff has been coordinating the logistics of each student’s internship. The program has 21 students participating in the internship program.
Diversity and Inclusion: On Monday, May 23rd, the department staff, and Mr. Slater participated in the end of a school year meeting with Boy and Girls Club youth. This meeting created an open conversation with the students to discuss: How their school year went, time to reflect on what important aspects they learned throughout the year, and what the students are excited for in the upcoming year.
Community Partner Breakfast: On Wednesday, May 25th, Michael Slater hosted a breakfast conversation at the Wellington Community Center. This created an opportunity for an open discussion amongst all Community Partners to network and elaborate on what they provide for the community. This conversation allows our Community Partners to discuss their current issues and goals allowing our partners to function as a whole to enhance our community.
Kids to Park Day: On Saturday, May 21st, the first annual Kids to Park Day occurred. Staff assisted with the transportation of volunteers and directly engaged families with various sporting activities. Kids to the Park allowed Wellington Residents to be introduced to the new sports complex and spend time engaging within our community.
Autism and Disability Training for Summer Camps: On Wednesday, May 25th, the department staff participated in a training with the summer camp counselors. This training provided information regarding how to address specific situations while taking care of children. This allows all staff to be aware that each child is different and we should be mindful of how to properly handle each specific situation.
June 5th Wellington Family Autofest (Rental with the Wellington Rotary Club)
June 19th Redteenth (Juneteenth)
Wellington’s Family Autofest (Rental with the Wellington Rotary Club)
The Wellington Rotary Club will host a “Wellington Family Autofest” on the first Sunday of each month beginning in June (and resuming in September). The Autofest will feature classic cars and different types of vehicles along with children’s activities, sponsors, vendors, and food trucks. All proceeds will go towards a different charity selected by the Rotary Club, each month.
The Annual Redteenth event will be held on Sunday, June 19th from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm on the Promenade. This event will highlight fathers/grandfathers/prominent male figures (since it will be Father’s Day) and special give-a-ways 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 4hr 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 July 1st, the lobbies of the Wellington Community Center, Village Hall, and Village Park will feature a bamboo tree and Tanzaku (colorful sheets of paper) at the front desks that residents can post a wish on. A brief description of the meaning of the Tanabata will be displayed alongside the tree.
July 4th Family Celebration
The Annual July 4th Celebration returns to Village Park on Monday, July 4th from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm. 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 the 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 9:10 pm.
Back To School Backpack Event
The Annual Back to School Backpack event will be held on Saturday, July 30th from 9 am-12 pm 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 on the day of the event. The Aquatics Complex will be open and free to the public from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on the day of the event.
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
The Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches, Inc. and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office are coordinating the annual ‘Harmony in the Streets’ mobile camping experience. Kids ages 6-12 years old are invited to attend the camp that will be held July 18th through July 22nd at the Wellington Community Center from 9 am-3 pm Monday through Friday. Registration is open to the first 40 kids that register. Applications can be returned by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
. The project is funded by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Road Patrol conducted 282 traffic stops this past week and tended to 20 traffic crashes. Of the 20 crashes reported this week, all except 1 were crashes with no injuries reported. Many crashes reported occurred in parking lots. The speed trailer was deployed at 12th
Fairway and Greenbriar Circle. Other speed reduction strategies have been deployed near Wellington’s Edge.
District 8 is working with the Courtyard shops plaza regarding golf carts illegally parking in handicap spots on their property. Property manager near bent creek reported a golf cart broke a pole causing damage to the surveillance camera and signpost.
Community Policing has been busy in the community working with our high-risk youth and attending graduation ceremonies at our local high schools. In addition, team member’s attended the women’s lacrosse tournament and assisted with patrolling the parking lots and assist with traffic control
Street Team cleared 3 out of 3 arrests this week and has ongoing investigations mostly dealing with illicit drugs in the community. Great work and professionalism by the team in their efforts to keep everyone safe during these interactions.
In case you missed it, the NOAA Climate Prediction Center released the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast. NOAA is forecasting a likely range of 14 to 21 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher). Of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5; with winds of 11mph or higher). Early preparation is key to being hurricane resilient.
We encourage all residents, new and old, to join our Hurricane Preparedness Seminar on June 1st
at 6:00 PM. This event will be held on zoom and is open to the public. Robert Molleda, NWS meteorologist will be present, and residents will be able to ask him questions regarding this year’s forecast. Registration is required to attend the meeting.
Christ Fellowship is partnering with the Village to provide a referral program for pre and post-hurricane season services to residents in need. We will be working through Code Compliance, Senior Services, and Community Service Division to identify those and provide a list to Christ Fellowship. Residents in need can contact Jenifer Brito at email@example.com
or 561-791-4000, ext. 2476. Information will be posted as well in the senior publication the Golden Banner.
While the state of the Village of Wellington water is great, Emergency Management and Public Works staff have been coordinating proactive measures regarding blue-green algae awareness. Staff met with a vendor with BlueGreen Water Technologies which has partnerships throughout the state including South Florida Water Management District.
Community Resource Spotlight
The CROS Ministries mobile pantry will return to serve the community after a month's break. The pantry will move to a new location near the Wellington Community Center. The pantry will operate every Friday from 9:30-11:00 AM starting June 3, 2022. This service is free to those in need in the community and a photo ID is required.
COVID-19 Testing & Trends
The demand for testing and positivity rate increased last week. The Curative Village Hall location conducted 999 tests (up from 865 the week prior) and reported a 31% positivity rate (up from 27% the week prior). 8 patients were uninsured.
The Curative South Shore and Synergy drive-thru Site at Wellington Green Park (10-acre site) continue to have lower demand. However, the Curative South Shore site conducted 177 tests with an average positivity rate of 34%. Due to the lower volume of testing at this site, the testing site will reduce hours and days of operations. Effective June 5th
, the site will be open Sunday through Thursday from 8 AM – 4 PM.
We continue to monitor the COVID-19 risk level in Palm Beach County. Palm Beach County Covid-19 community risk level is high
Recommended actions based on current level:
Palm Beach Polo Notices Update: As previously reported, PB Polo Inc. was cited for excavation work behind PB Polo Clubhouse to re-open the previously unused and buried pool. The Special Magistrate provided until 4/21/22 to obtain the building permit. PB Polo recently contacted staff and advised the project was abandoned and a permit would not be sought. Staff responded by advising the existing permit application will require an amendment to reflect returning the location to pre-excavation condition. The case is scheduled for potential fine certification on 6/16/22.
977 Cindy Drive: An application has been submitted for the small property at the south end of the Palm Beach Little Ranches neighborhood in an attempt to get approval for a single-family residence. The subject property is only 0.23 acres and was platted as an “open space & recreation area”. The applications are for a master plan amendment to add a unit to the Palm Beach Little Ranches neighborhood and also for various exceptions to lot rules due to the size of the property.
Big Blue Preserve: A request has been submitted to the South Florida Water Management District to delay the annual water pumping set to begin on June 1st until August 1st. The request was submitted by the property owner with concurrence from Wellington. The District is reviewing the request. Please note that this request has been made previously and approved by the District. There are no negative impacts expected from this delay. The delay is requested by the owner so that they may begin some of the habitat management practices identified in the recently approved habitat management plan.
NEW DESIGN, STUDIES, AND REPORTS
- Department disconnects commenced this week. Customer Service in collaboration with Field Services has disconnected approximately 80 delinquent Customer accounts (above $500 in arrears) this week. Disconnects for non-payment were temporarily halted during the peak Covid-19 period
- The Department continues with its meter endpoint replacement project. Current No Reads are at 2,595. All endpoint inventory under the FY22 Phase II Badger Endpoint Replacement project has been received. Contractor Pedal Valve has commenced field replacements and final parallel bill testing will be conducted the week of June 13t in anticipation of automating the endpoint replacement process in Munis
- Asset Management- All Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) assets used across the Department have been cataloged and are being added to Munis this week. The coming goal is to automate preventive maintenance to keep these assets in peak operating condition.
- WTP demands remain below where they were this time last year
- 5.78 MGD Avg Day Demand 5/23/22 (vs 7.2 MGD May ’21)
- 6.55 MGD Peak Day Demand 5/23/22 (vs 7.8 MGD May ’21)
- WRF treated flows also remain below where they were this time last year
- 3.29 MGD Avg Daily Flow 5/23/22 (vs 4.5 MGD May 21)
- 3.43 MGD Peak Daily Flow 5/23/22 (vs 4.9 MGD May ’21)
- No regulatory issues of note, Department is in full regulatory compliance.
- The Utility has successfully completed rolling out a new Virtual SCADA system for our Lift Station network. The Utility is 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 WTP is planned to be upgraded by June 30 and the WRF by July 31.
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 16)
- Utility Permits Issued: 0 (YTD 7)
- Inspections Performed: 27 (YTD 520)
- Reviews Performed: 12 (YTD 306)
- Fees Collected: $3,143,062.95 (Note: Capacity fees for Village Royale Project Pod 2 and Pod 4 received this week)
- A Notice to Proceed has been issued for the following projects. They are in the shop drawing and material procurement phase of construction.
- Pantropic Power-Procurement of WTP Generator 3 Replacement
- Wharton Smith-Well VFD and Mechanical Improvement Project
- Wharton Smith-WS Dryer Maintenance Catwalk Project
- Wharton Smith-Train 8 Installation
- Wharton Smith-WRF Emergency Power and PLC Replacement Project
- The following projects are in an active state of construction. Major weekly milestones are as follows:
- Florida Design Contractors- HPP8 and Post-treatment Improvement Project. Start-up attempted 5/26/2022. Additional troubleshooting on probes and additional programming are required to complete the start-up. The contractor working on resolving issues and site restoration.
- Hinterland- Lift Station Phase II Rehab- The contractor is working on pump electrical installation for the planned start-up of LS10 next week.
- Wharton Smith-WTP R & R Project – Village staff is facilitating electrical shutdowns of caustic pumps, caustic level indicators, and tank level indicators to accommodate the construction work. The Lime plant shutdown is expected to proceed on June 1 as planned and will extend approximately 3 months.
- Phase II Endpoint Replacement Plan (FY22) is in week 2 of field installation and is running smoothly. The initial 2 weeks of project fieldwork will be used to validate the automated process that will be used to more efficiently manage meter inventory.
Aero Club Drive widening: Ranger Construction has completed the shoulder widening, milling, and re-paving. Temporary striping has been placed until the asphalt is ready to receive the striping, which is a minimum of 14 days from the time of placement. Upcoming activities over the next two weeks include swale restoration and final striping.
Town Center Phase 2:
Phase 1 of the project continues with no delays reported to date. Currently the contractor is installing underground utility conduit, and grading the sub-base within the parking area. Over the next two weeks, the contractor will finish out the utility conduit and begin adding base material. We have agreed to cease Amphitheatre activities and close Scott’s Place as of July 4th, 2022, in anticipation of commencement of Phase 2 of the construction project.
Aero Club / Big Blue Landscaping:
An NTP was executed on 04/29. The contractor is currently obtaining building permits to begin the irrigation portion of the project. Construction activity for the irrigation main commenced on 05/24 Big Blue Trace. Over the next two weeks, the contractor will continue to install irrigation on Big Blue Trace.
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 in June.
Squire Drive / Paddock Road:
Curb and fencing to be installed along the rear of the Fire House parcel to address the student cut through traffic from Wellington Landings Middle School. This work is anticipated to commence in June.
Squire Drive / Ranchwood Court:
Curb and fencing to be installed along the north side of Ranchwood Court to address the Golf Cart parking in the resident’s swales. This work is anticipated to commence in July.
− Golf Cart Expansion (widening) projects will be on deck for the 06/13/2022 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.
We continue to address golf cart pathway issues as they present themselves. We are currently awaiting the delivery of additional signs for installation around the Greenbriar Corridor in the Aero Club Subdivision.
Below is a summary of the department permitting activity for the week of 05/16/2022 – 05/20/2022:
- Engineering permits applied for: 4
- Engineering permits issued: 3
- Inspections performed: 31
- Reviews performed: 55
- Fees Collected: $11,483.29
Utility upgrades are ongoing in the following neighborhoods:
− Channing Villas
− Sturbridge Village
− White Pine
− Lakeside Shores
− Guilford Villas
− Barrington Woods
− Waterway Cove
− Sugar Pond Manor
− Aster Cove
− 12th Fairway
Environmental Services, Neighborhood Parks & Equestrian Trails
Landscape Maintenance & Nuisance Abatement
- Continue to service residents with scheduled mosquito spraying and bee removal requests.
- Treated stains on the sidewalk at Essex Park.
- Continue changing out banners, village-wide.
- Completed trail maintenance (dragged and box-bladed) along the Appaloosa Trail and Dark Green Trail.
- Continue installing summer annual flowers in landscape beds, village-wide.
- Laser graded the new field at Greenbriar Park.
- Completed landscape maintenance at Veteran’s Memorial and Patriot Memorial, in preparation for the Memorial Day event.
- Completed irrigation maintenance along Forest Hill Boulevard and South Shore Boulevard.
- Continued preventative irrigation maintenance, Village-wide.
- Continue to assist Code Compliance with nuisance abatement work orders as needed, Village-wide.
Roads & Roadside Refuse
- Changes lights to blue and green at the Promenade and Village Hall (Clock Tower).
- Tested generators at the Aquatics Center, in preparation for Hurricane Season 2022.
- Replaced damaged handle on the electric car charging station at Wellington Community Center.
- Replaced various lighting fixtures at Village Hall, Village Park, and Wellington Community Center.
- Inspected horse crossings, Village-wide.
- Pressure cleaned various areas at Wellington Community Center.
Surface Water Management & Preserve Maintenance
- Continue backfilling sidewalk sections to correct drop-offs along Amesbury Circle.
- Completed asphalt repairs along Albright Court and Palm Beach Point Boulevard.
- Pressure cleaned sidewalks along Big Blue Trace, Chancellor Drive, Greenview Shores Boulevard, and Pierson Road.
- Installed shell rock in low areas to improve drainage along Appaloosa Trail.
Aquatics and Sport Facilities
- Clean debris from various canal ends and pump stations throughout the Village on a regular and continuing basis.
- Marcinkoski Gradall continues miscellaneous swale reconstruction work, village-wide.
- Completed field maintenance at Village Park.
Delinquent Utility Accounts: There are no disconnects scheduled this week due to COVID-19.
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. Purchasing and Public Works are reviewing.
- 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. Proposals are due June 2nd.
Tax Collections to Date
Week of 05/16/2022 – 05/20/2022
Total incoming calls handled by General Customer Service: 317
Total incoming calls handled by Utilities Customer Service: 381
Total walk-in customers served by frontline per QFlow during business hours: 182
Total walk-in Utility customers served by frontline per QFlow during business hours: 74
Communications Department Projects
Week of May 16th, 2022
The Communications Department is working on filming and editing multiple Public Service Announcements, including Covid 19, Golf Cart Ordinance, Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, and Why Do I Serve.
Recent Media Releases include the announcement of Wellington’s upcoming Kids To Park Day Celebration, a call to vendors for the Lakeside Market 2022-23, and Mental Health Month.
Social Media promotion focuses on Weekend sporting events in Wellington, Addams Family Musical Comedy promotion and event day-of coverage, Mental Health Awareness Month reminder to spend time outdoors, Kids to Parks Day Event promotion and day-of coverage, Special Districts Video Contest winners, Yellow Trail Multipurpose Pathway project update, Hattian Flag Day, Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Prescribed Burn, National Police Week, Equine, Farm, Domestic Animal Supply Drive reminders, Neighborhood Watch seminar on Animal Care & Control cancellation update, Mental Health Awareness Month, Amphitheater Programming and Events on-going promotion, Parks & Rec events promotion, Older Americans Month Bingo, Kids to Park Day Save the Date, Kids to Park Day Celebration on-going promotion, Hattian Heritage Month, Weekly events highlights and information.
Wellington Outreach Information
Village of Wellington Website Usage Summary (www.wellingtonfl.gov)