John Adams, who first proposed the idea of declaring independence from England, wrote a famous letter to his wife Abigail, about how he believed July 2nd would be a day that was remembered and celebrated in America for years to come. Apparently, everyone else remembered otherwise. On Monday the 4th, we celebrated our country's 247th birthday as independence was achieved from Great Britain following the Revolutionary War. The founding fathers signed this declaration on July 4, 1776. The Declaration of Independence was announced on July 4th, but the formal signing didn’t occur until August 2nd.
It’s the all-American symbol of summer: Independence Day. It conjures images of warm weather and picnics, cookouts, and fireworks. This year was no exception as we enjoyed great weather and entertainment at our Wellington July 4th celebration. The day overall was exceptional but unfortunately, our fireworks display was not up to the usual standard we have come to expect. Staff is addressing the matter with the vendor and fortunately, we have options for next year given the contract's expiration this year. In any case, as with many if not most of our commodities and services, we will see a price increase with fireworks as well.
We also had our first Tanabata celebration this past week. In an effort to provide more culturally diverse experiences for our residents and guests, we hosted the Fushu Daiko group performing Japanese taiko drumming. We also participated in the Japanese Tanabata tradition of writing wishes and hanging them on bamboo in hopes of sending them upward to the heavens. We are about a month out from the start of the new school year and as such are busy planning for back to school events.
Lastly, we will be presenting the first reading of the budget on Tuesday the 12th setting TRIM rates for the proposed FY 2023 budget.
The food truck and concerts have moved to fields 6 and 7 and the football parking lot at Village Park.
Baptist Health has begun offering free line dancing workout classes at the Community Center on Tuesday’s at 5:00pm.
On Saturday and Sunday, July 23rd and 24th there will be a girls' flag football tournament held at Greenview Shores Park.
There will be free Tai Chi and Matter of Balance classes offered for seniors aged 55 and up. Tai Chi 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.
Opening Day for the Lakeside Market will be October 7th and 48 vendors have submitted their applications for next season.
Currently, over 3,772 participants are enrolled in summer camps and academies.
Fourth of July Event: On Monday July 4th, the Community Service staff worked the event at Village Park. The staff was responsible for the assistance towards vendors, management of volunteers, and safety of the crowd.
Crossover Program at B & G Club: On Saturday July 9th, staff will host the weekly Crossover program at the Boys and Girls Club. Staff engages the participants with an open environment for all ages to be physically active and engage in sporting activities.
Boys & Girls Club - Summer Academic Camp: From July 5th through July 7th, the Academic Camp continued to the second week of the program. This camp is located at the Wellington Community Center and will end on July 28th. This week, Community Service staff was responsible for the transportation of the students within the program. The program has 30 students participate in this Academic Summer Camp.
Boys & Girls Club – Tennis Camp: This program continued on July 5th and July 7th at the Boys and Girls Club. We are providing a 6-week Tennis Camp for the students at the B&G Club that will occur twice a week through July 28th. Community Service staff and a Tennis Instructor from the Wellington Tennis Center will educate students on the basic fundamentals of tennis and engage the kids with coordinated drills and active games. There were 52 Boys and Girls Club students that participated within the tennis program this week.
SWAG Update: For the entire week of July 4th through July 9th, the SWAG Interns have the week off from their internships. The SWAG program only has a few weeks remaining and will be concluding at the end of July.
July 1st - 7th - Wellington Celebrates Tanabata - over 200 people participated
July 30th - Back To School Backpack Event
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.
On July 6th the Detective Unit collaborated with Road Patrol on a grand theft auto case. Four suspects entered a neighborhood on bicycles and stole two of the victim’s vehicles that had key FOB's left inside. The suspects then went on to steal two (2) additional vehicles outside of the Village. Within 12 hours, with the assistance of other PBSO districts, agents were able to locate all four stolen vehicles. Two of the unoccupied stolen vehicles (stolen from outside of Wellington) were recovered at the Wellington Dog Park. The vehicles were processed for fingerprints and DNA. The investigation is on-going.
District 8 held a successful Badges & BBQ western districts team building and fundraising event on July 7th. Through excellent community policing work, the team discovered a local Wellington family in need. Those who attended the event were able to fundraise $5,000 to assist the family. Funds raised will assist with needed vehicle repairs and providing basic necessities for the family's three (3) minor children.
Four vehicle burglaries occurred in the Village between July 4th and July 10th. All four incidents occurred in Lakefield South and all vehicles were unlocked. Three of the four involved items taken including passport, driver’s license, wallet, key fob, golf cart keys, and pistol ($1200 value). Vehicles were processed for prints and video surveillance reviewed. In one of the incidents the vehicle was gone through but nothing was taken. The victim in that case did not wish to prosecute and case was cleared.
One report of robbery and one of grand theft occurred in the Village between July 4th and July 10th. Both incidents occurred at the Mall at Wellington Green. The robbery involved a suspect who snatched a gold chain from a kiosk clerk and fled. The grand theft case involved a stolen Louis Vuitton tote ($850 value).
There were two (2) residential burglary reports. One case involved an unknown suspect who used a key to enter the premises, stealing jewelry and custom knives. No surveillance video was available. The second case involved a victim who was followed to their residence by the suspect and then cornered in the garage. The victim armed himself with pocket knife and the suspect grabbed a metal pole and threatened the victim. The suspect was apparently unwell/unmedicated and subsequently Baker Acted. The victim’s father signed a refusal to prosecute. Cased cleared.
The Street Team made significant accomplishments this week. One in particular involved the location and apprehension of a wanted suspect with outstanding felony charges for armed burglary to an unoccupied conveyance that resided in Wellington. The suspect was involved in multiple active criminal investigations occurring in the Village. Street Team agents also conducted multiple traffic stops which yielded the seizure of illegal prescription drugs, illicit drugs and the apprehension of a driver who had an out of County warrant out of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Golf Cart Related Incidents:
Three (3) golf cart related incidents occurred between July 4th and July 10th. Two (2) took place in commercial plazas, one in the Courtyard Publix where a golf cart parked illegally in handicapped parking and the other in the Wellington Marketplace where a traffic stop was conducted and cleared with a verbal warning. The third incident involved juveniles throwing rocks at a victim’s front door and fleeing on a golf cart.
Operation Broken Bottle:
We are nearing the end of the DUI enforcement grant. The grant balance is about $2,531.53 which will cover an operation with up to two (2) vehicles. Since December 13, 2021, there were 854 hours worked resulting in 1,255 traffic stops, 573 speeding citations, 303 speeding warnings, 131 criminal citations, 13 safety belt citations, 18 safety belt warnings, 227 other citations, 362 other warnings, 14 aggressive driving violations, 18 DUI arrests, and 5 Felony arrests.
Operation “Summer Jam”:
Last week agents made 16 arrests (up from 14 last reporting period), conducted 75 surveillance hours (same as last reporting period) and made 60 traffic stops (up from 38 traffic stops made last reporting period).
Team members attended Behavioral Services Protocol Training held in District 9.
COVID 19 Testing & Trends
The Curative testing site averaged 162 tests a day with an average weekly positivity rate of 28%. The drive-thru site at the Wellington Green Park conducted 67 tests for the week with a 41.8% positivity average.
We saw an overall downward trend in all COVID-19 reporting categories in Palm Beach County. Last week, the case rate was 300 per 100,000 population, positivity is at 20%, new hospital admission was down 4%, and percentage of ICU beds used by confirmed COVID patients was 7.3% (down 0.8% from last reporting). A total of 3,976 cases were reported last week (down 11.47% from the last reporting period). Death rate continues to remain very low at 1.74 (down 18.75% from last reporting period).
Palm Beach County is one of the 53 counties in the State that remains at the high transmission level.
|BMP Program Update:
Code Compliance issued 650 initial reminder notices to equestrian property owners to schedule an annual manure bin inspection. A second reminder totaling 403 notices was issued to property owners who failed to schedule an inspection in March 2022. Code staff are drafting 259 NOV/NOH for properties that have failed to schedule an inspection after the issuance of the initial and second reminder letter. To date, 507 inspections have been conducted and 391 BMP licenses have been completed. Please note seven properties were removed from the BMP list.
|Initial BMP reminder notice, September 2021
||247 obtained licenses,
|Second reminder notice, March 2022
||144 obtained licenses,
or 60% overall compliance
|Notice of Violation/Notice of Hearing, July 2022
||Total remaining unlicensed properties; 40% remain unlicensed
|Total Inspections FYTD
Several signs have been removed from the public rights-of-way. The campaigns were notified of the removal and where to pick up their signs. Sign information has been added to Wellington’s webpage regarding signs, particularly election signs.
Development Project Updates:
Palm Beach County TPA:
- Benihana is withdrawing their ARB applications for the Cheddars site. However, applications have been submitted for the proposed self-storage facility west of the Cheddars building. The proposal will require a comprehensive plan amendment, zoning text amendment, master plan amendment, site plan, and architectural review board approval.
- Applications have been submitted for the redevelopment of the PB Polo Tennis Center and the southern portion of the North Course. This proposal is for single family residential lots.
- Pre-application meetings are tentatively set for 7/18 for Polo West as well as the project on Flying Cow Road.
- An application was submitted to modify 977 Cindy Drive (Palm Beach Little Ranches) to convert a small 0.23-acre open space tract to a residential lot in Palm Beach Little Ranches. Mr. Winer, owner, believes it is a developable lot. The Planning Staff is reviewing the application for public hearing but is not in support of the request as it does not meet the minimum lot standards and was never designed or intended to be a residential lot as a part of the PB Little Ranches subdivision plan.
The technical advisory committee (TAC) monthly meeting was held on the 6th.
Worth noting was a vote on the adoption of the Fiscal Year 2024-2028 list of priority projects. After a staff presentation, Wellington made a motion to adopt the FY 2024-2028 project list. During the discussion period on the motion, Palm Beach County Traffic and Planning staff presented their case to delete $1 million dollars from the Okeechobee Blvd./ SR7 corridor study., indicating that the preliminary work performed to date was "flawed" and did not warrant the expenditure of additional monies. This study is an important step being taken by the TPA to look long term at the County's transportation needs. The 561 and the Okeechobee Blvd./ SR7 corridor studies being performed by the TPA should continue in order to address the County's traffic needs not only in a north-south but in an east-west direction as well. The motion passed with Palm Beach County traffic and Planning opposing along with the City of West Palm Beach, because the project list contained the extension of SR 7 northward.
- Department disconnects of delinquent accounts are proceeding for those above $250 in arrears, 28 customers were disconnected for non-payment last week.
- Current meter No Reads caused by battery failure stand at 2,871 which is an an all-time high for Department. As of this week, the Department expects to see No Reads starting trending down as previously replaced endpoints are now able to be read automatically.
- WTP demands remain in line with where they were this time last year
- 5.51 MGD Avg Day Demand (vs 5.7 MGD July ’21)
- 6.25 MGD Peak Day Demand (vs 6.0 MGD July ’21)
- WRF treated flows are in line with where they were this time last year
- 3.28 MGD Avg Daily Flow (vs 3.4 MGD July ’21)
- 3.59 MGD Peak Daily Flow (vs 4.18 MGD July ’21)
NEW DESIGN, STUDIES AND REPORTS
- The Utility continues working to upgrade the Virtual SCADA systems at our facilities. We are currently focused on completing the upgrade at the Plant facilities. Both facilities are expected to be completed by end of July.
UTILITY ENGINEERING PERMITS (6/18 to 6/24)
- No new design studies or reports this week
CIP PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS
- Utility Permits Applied For: 0 (YTD 18)
- Utility Permits Issued: 0 (YTD 8)
- Inspections Performed: 5 (YTD 651)
- Reviews Performed: 19 (YTD 379)
- Fees Collected: $73,190.00 (YTD $6,413,130.42)
- The following projects are in active state of construction. Major weekly milestones are as follows:
- Florida Design Contractors - HPP8 and Post Treatment Improvement Project - Contractor is working on project closeout and punch list items. Project is substantially complete.
- Hinterland - Lift Station Phase II Rehab - Contractor is working on punch list items and record drawings. Village expects to issue substantial completion this week.
- Wharton Smith - WTP R & R Project - The contractor is working on final loop checks for the lime plant shutdown and installing HSP 15 and 16 wiring in the High Service Pump Building.
- WTF Generator Improvements and PLC Replacement Project - Contractor is working on conduit and junction box installation in the Generator Electrical Building. Asphalt work at the site is starting next week.
- WTF Dryer Catwalk Project - Catwalk structure delivered to site. Contractor is working on assembly. Installation in dryer building planned for next week.
- Phase II Endpoint Replacement Plan (FY22) is proceeding to plan with field endpoint replacements using the newly approved automated process. Last week 530 endpoints were replaced (cycle 4), a relatively low number as new teams continue to get acclimated to Wellington. Typically, Contractor expects to replace up to 1,000 endpoints each week.
Aero Club Drive Widening: This project is complete.
Town Center Phase 2: Phase 1 of the project continues. Substantial completion of Phase 1 of the project is now scheduled for August 26, 2022. The Amphitheater and Scott's Place closed to the public as of July 4, 2022 . Phase 2 substantial remains scheduled for April 5, 2023.
Golf Cart Expansion (widening) Projects: These were presented and approved at the June 14th Council meeting. Upcoming projects include:
- 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 Mill and Resurfacing Project : Paving and permanent striping are complete. We are currently coordinating with Palm Beach County to get a firm date on replacing the traffic light sensors (wire loops), Should they be unavailable to install the facilities prior to the beginning of the school year (August 10th) then we will contract with PBSO to provide temporary traffic control at the intersection during pickup and drop off times.
Big Blue Trace Landscaping and Traffic Calming (South Shore Blvd. to Paddock): The Engineering department is currently preparing traffic calming plans for Big Blue trace, between South Shore Boulevard and Paddock Drive in coordination with the Landscape improvements projects for the same corridor.
Pickle Ball Court Conversion at Village Park: Engineering staff has developed a plan to convert the existing uncovered hockey rink at Village Park to six (6) pickle ball courts. The design of this project is completed and ready for procurement, if approved.
Village Park Maintenance Building Outdoor Storage Expansion: The Engineering department is currently working with the Parks Maintenance Department and Utilities Department to finalize a design for expanding the Parks and Recreation Maintenance outdoor storage area. We are currently in the preliminary stage of design.
Greenbriar Park Restrooms: Engineering staff is currently completing a design for a new restroom building at Greenbriar Park. This project will also include permanent sanitary sewer facilities, which the current facility does not have.
50th Street Assessment Project: Engineering is currently managing the design and assessment reporting for the paving of 50th Street from Ousley Farms Road to South Road. Currently, Mock Roos has prepared 50% design plans, the final Plan of Improvements, and are currently preparing the final Engineers report.
Wellington Trace Traffic Calming (Between Paddock Drive and Greenview Shores Blvd.): A design and cost estimate has been completed for this project. Engineering will be preparing an AT for this item.
Below is a summary of the departments permitting activity for the week of 07/05/2022 – 07/08/2022:
- Engineering permits applied for: 4
- Engineering permits issued: 2
- Inspections performed: 62
- Reviews performed: 32
- Fees Collected: $27,351.39
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
Landscape Maintenance & Nuisance Abatement
- Continue to service residents and completed all.
- Continued to spray for Mosquitos on schedule.
- Remove bees meter box at 3260 Fairlane Farms Rd and 11327 Mainsail Court.
- Removed all the benches and trash cans from around amphitheater to prep for construction.
- Removed all the picnic area and trash cans at Scott’s Place to prep for construction.
- Prep area around new playground for sod at Margate Park.
- Contractor poured concrete sidewalks around playground at Margate Park.
- Fixed small section of fence that was hit by vehicle on Pierson.
- Removed tree from medium dog park that was struck by lightning.
- Mosquitoes/ Pesticides
- Continue to spray on schedule and completed all resident requests.
- Completed set-up and break-down for 4th July Celebrations.
- Finished Palm fertilization Village wide.
- Mulched miscellaneous landscape beds at neighborhood entries and walls.
- Cleaned up palm debris Village wide.
- Installed a pump to maintain water levels in the wetland at Birkdale boardwalk.
- Mounted a few new native orchids in Birkdale wetland.
- Irrigation PM work Village wide.
Roads & Roadside Refuse
- Replaced all gauges for chiller at WCC.
- Replaced a bad condenser fan motor for an a/c unit at Tennis.
- Replaced a bad capacitor on an a/c unit.
- Flew drone over projects at WCC and Margate Park.
- Contractor continued with pressure cleaning and painting the exterior of WCC.
- Creative Concepts Group continued to install new stone on entry wall at South Shore and Big Blue.
- Pressure cleaned around bleachers and concession stands at VP in prep for the 4th of July.
- Checked all parking lot lights and walkway lights throughout VO in prep for the 4th of July.
- Pressure cleaned boat docks and promenade behind WCC.
- Repaired countertop in women’s lobby restroom at VP.
- Installed two more umbrellas at Greenbriar Park near the concession stand.
- Installed new lettering behind the reception desk at WCC.
Surface Water Management & Preserve Maintenance
- Crews completed backfilling of sidewalks on Montauk Dr. and Peconic Court, where sidewalks were removed and replaced by Wynn and Sons for annual Sidewalk removal/replacement program.
- Crews completed two utility repairs in Hidden Pines where Utilities Department repaired water lines.
- Crews excavated a sidewalk area that Utilities Department and removed a sidewalk section at 1181 Larch Way. They compacted the subgrade formed up the area and poured new concrete and finished it. Completed backfill.
- Crews removed a concrete driveway apron corner that was damaged by a water main break at 12064 Sue Ellen Circle. Crews drilled Pins into the existing driveway apron that will help it from settling. Excavated for 6”inches of concrete to poured back and they formed up the area and will pour it.
- Crews jumped on a Utility Asphalt Repair at 13856 Columbine Avenue where the Utilities Department had a water main repair. They cut the street open and we have to excavate, compact the base rock. Put asphalt in at a 1-1/2 inch lift and compact it. It will sit till next week so it gets compacted by traffic. Then we will put the final lift on it.
- Pressure Cleaner machine cleaned on South Shore Blvd. North bound form Polo Entrance to Big Blue trace.
Aquatics and Sport Facilities
- Continued regular cleaning of finger canals.
- Clean pump station.
- Cleaning the dirty Ditch at Little Ranches. (Sprayed and cut.)
- Boom mower mowing.
- Murray Logan working on C24 then C2
- Maintained Pool pumps.
- Daily Pool and Tennis inspections.
- Daily Athletic field maintenance on all fields: Village Park, Olympia Park, Wellington Green Park, Community Park, Tiger Shark Cove, Dog Park Field, and Greenbriar Park at Wellington High School.
- Maintain turf at Amphitheater, and Patriot Memorial.
- Summer field maintenance: Aerify and Verticut.
- Prepped Village Park for 4th of July Event.
- Worked and cleaned up the 4th of July Event.
- Installed new sink at Parks Maintenance Breakroom.
- Prepped for installation of new Spray-Ground filters at the Pool.
- Inspected the new Pulsar Unit at the Pool.
- Grit pump inspections.
- Re-installed gate-latch/stop for exit gate at 120th at Village Park.
- Cleaned and vacuumed fireworks off the infields and outfields of the Fields 21-24 at Village Park for two days.
- Daily maintenance of all Village Buildings.
- Twice a daily sanitizing of Village Hall Gym.
- Weekly Facility disinfection cleaning.
- Daily disinfectant cleaning of all facilities (doorknobs, frames, handles, etc.
- Maintain restrooms and set up and break down of all events, concerts, and meetings.
- Pressure cleaned Village Park Buildings for 4th of July event.
- Staff worked the 4th of July event.
Delinquent Utility Accounts:
There were 28 disconnects scheduled for the week ending July 8, 2022.
- RFQ 202214 - Architectural and Engineering Services for the Construction of an Aquatics Facility – Six submittals were received on June 23rd. The evaluation/short-list committee review is scheduled on July 13th at 9:00 am.
- LOI 202215 - Special Magistrate Services. Letters of Interest are due July 20th.
A cone of silence is in effect for the RFQ listed above. All questions or concerns regarding any such solicitations should be directed to the Purchasing Department.
The Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Challenge began July 5, and runs through August 15, 2022. Updates will be provided periodically.
Week of 07/05/2022 – 07/08/2022
Total incoming calls handled by General Customer Service: 282
Total incoming calls handled by Utilities Customer Service: 440
Total walk in customers served by frontline per QFlow during business hours: 216
Total walk in Utility customers served by frontline per QFlow during business hours: 130
The Communications Department is working on filming and editing multiple Public Service Announcements, including, Parks & Rec Appreciation Month, Know the Flow PSA, PBSO New Therapy Dog, Surface Water Storm Preparations, Code Enforcement Appreciation Week, Town Center Phase II Update, Covid 19, Golf Cart Ordinance.
Social Media promotion focuses on July 4th safety reminders from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Happy Social Media Day, Redteenth Cultural Festival celebration highlights PSA, Office Closure notice for July 4th holiday, CROS Ministries mobile food pantry promotion, Hurricane Preparedness: Tree Trimming Best Practices, Amphitheater Programming and Events on-going promotion, Tanabata Celebration on-going promotion, COVID testing site closures and modifications for July 4th, PBSO Traffic Safety Awards PSA, July 4th Celebration on-going promotion and updates, Back to School Supply Drive on-going promotion, Weekly events highlights and information, PBC Clerk & Comptroller offers remote office hours at Village Hall, CIP Project starting: milling and resurfacing Aeroclub Drive and other locations, Parks & Rec events promotion
Media Releases this week included the Completion of the Urban and Community Forestry Grant Master Plan and the Launch of the FY2022 - 23 Budget Challenge.
Wellington Outreach Information
Village of Wellington Website Usage Summary (www.wellingtonfl.gov)