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Volume 1, Issue 1 

As we head toward the end of the school year, we continue to work closely with our schools through our Community Services and Parks & Recreation Department.  Similarly, Engineering and Public Safety are coordinating closely with school staff, PBSO, and residents on the implementation of the Golf Cart Ordinance.  Public Works and Utilities continue with regularly scheduled maintenance, operations, and capital projects while getting ready for the beginning of hurricane season.  

Town Center Phase II commenced on April 4, 2022, and will continue under construction with partial completion phases through May 2023.  Another capital project on the horizon is the Aero Club roadway improvement which includes the widening of the shoulder as well as landscape improvements.  

We continue to look at ways to better provide information to Council, residents, and staff.  This update, transmitted via email to the Village Council, department directors, and senior staff, will also be available to residents on the Village's website.  We will continue to provide a more comprehensive monthly report with more operational detail as well.  
Wellington, in conjunction with Theatre Arts Production (TAP) will host The Addams Family, a musical comedy, on May 21st at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and Sunday, May 22nd, at 11:00 am, at the Wellington Amphitheater. Tickets will be available on Eventbrite, starting on March 24th and at the Amphitheater, prior to each performance the day of the event. 

On May 10th, the Wellington High School and Wellington Landings Middle School Jazz Bands will be performing a concert at the Amphitheater at 6:30 pm.

The annual Wellington Egg Hunt will be held on the Saturday, April 16th at 10:00 am at the softball fields at Village Park.

The Aquatic complex will be hosting a Long Course Swim Meet on May 13th - 15th. The pool will close to the public on Friday, May 13th at 3:00pm and will remain closed on Saturday and Sunday, May 14th and 15th.  The pool will reopen per normal operation hours on Tuesday, May 17th at 9:00am.

The Rugby State Championship, hosted by Wizards Rugby, will be held at Greenview Shores Park fields 1-4 on April 30th with games from 10:00 am to 6:00pm.

The gymnasium and parks will be open normal hours for Good Friday. On Easter, the gymnasium will be closed. Village Park and all other parks will be open from 8:00 am – 7:00 pm except for Scott’s Place which will be open normal hours. 
The Department submitted their Fiscal Year FY23 budget, adding a request for additional support for youth programming and community events. 

We continue to receive referrals for our new Mental Health Counseling Program and are coordinating with B & G Club parents as well as the Behavioral Specialists from our Palm Beach County Schools to complete all required paperwork prior to the start of the program. 

Met with Jaene Miranda, President/CEO of the Palm Beach Boys and Girls Clubs to discuss a partnership for the Summer Academic Recovery Program.  The CARES ACT funded program will be held at New Horizons Elementary School and the Community Services Building, with grant funds covering the costs for certified teachers and camp counselors. 

We reviewed the final draft of the SWAG program with Legal and representatives of the Crowned Pearls.  

APRIL 2022


Event Dates:     
April 16th- Egg Hunt
April 22nd- Health and Wellness Fair
April 23rd- Great American Clean-Up & Earth and Arbor Day
April 24th- Wellington Chamber of Commerce 5k
 
Wellington Rotary Club Shredding Event:
This event will take place on Saturday, April 9th from 9:00 to 11:00 am in the front parking lot of Village Hall and will benefit the Rotary Club of Wellington Foundation.  Dry goods and canned items will also be collected for the Wellington Cares Senior Food Bank.  The Rotary will also host a 50/50 raffle to raise money for the Foundation. Tickets are $100 and the drawing will be on April 28th.
 
Egg Hunt:
The Annual Wellington Egg Hunt returns on Saturday, April 16th from 10:00 am-11:30 am at the Village Park softball fields and features over 45,000 eggs spread out over 4 fields broken into four age groups:  2 and under and those needing special accommodations; 3 to 4, 5 to 7 and 8 to 10.  Eggs containing a pink bunny ticket allow the finder a chance to choose a prize basket; each field contains two (2) winning tickets.  This event is sponsored by the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center.
 
Health and Wellness Fair:
Wellington will host the 2nd Annual Health and Wellness Fair on Friday, April 22nd from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm in combination with the final night of the Lakeside Market. The event features health and wellness-focused providers, Community Partners, and will offer health screenings, Covid-19 vaccine information, Wellington offered fitness programs, and live demonstrations. PBSO and PBFR are also invited to give out information and interact with the residents.
 
Great American Clean-Up & Earth and Arbor Day:
The Annual Earth/Arbor Day and Great American Clean-Up will be held on Saturday, April 23rd with the Clean-Up kicking off the day at 10 am in several Wellington communities.  Volunteers will meet at the WCC between 9:30/10:00 am and receive buckets, pickers, and gloves before going to their assigned neighborhoods.  All volunteers will be provided with Chick-Fil-A at the WCC upon their return at 11am and will join Council on the Promenade for the reading of the Proclamation and presentation of the Tree Board F.L.O.W.E.R awards.  A ceremonial Cypress Tree will be planted in honor of Arbor Day. Earth/Arbor Day and related vendors will be set- up along the boardwalk providing information and give-a-ways to those attending.
 
Wellington Chamber of Commerce 5k
This event will take place on Sunday, April 24th at Village Park beginning at 7:00am. This is a co-sponsored event and will feature finisher medals, age group trophies, a Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center “Kids Corner”, and finish line refreshments.  This year the race will add an un-timed, staggered start, “Hurdle Haul” obstacle course challenge for runners/walkers who want to participate. Children under 6 will not be permitted on the obstacles.
 

MAY 2022


Event Dates:  May 30th- Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
 
Memorial Day:
The Annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 30th with the parade beginning at 8:15am in the City Hall parking lot area and traveling down Forest Hill to the Veterans Memorial. PBSO, PBCFR, The American Legion, local Veterans, and the boy/girls scouts will participate.  The Ceremony will begin at the conclusion of the parade (approximately 8:30am) with a welcome from Council.   Former Mayor Tom Wenham will be the keynote speaker for the American Legion.
PBSO deputies are yielding results in the Village with the on-going Operation Broken Bottle.  Last reporting period (2/7/22 - 3/6/22) the operation was held on 2 weekends for a total of 5 days resulting in a total of 523 traffic stops, 212 speeding citations, and 10 DUI arrests.  Since the beginning of the operation in December 2021, these outcomes are the highest reported.  Below are additional highlights of the recent operation.
District 8 began enforcement of the new Golf Cart Ordinance on March 28th.  Community Policing Deputies responded to a resident complaint at Elbridge Gale Elementary regarding golf carts passing the “no golf cart signs” during school zones.  Deputies also worked at Binks Elementary regarding a similar issue. 
 
Squire Drive Resident Complaint -  Community Policing Deputies responded to several complaints near 927 Squire Drive involving teens from Landings using a trail as a cut through during the Landings Middle School drop off and dismissal. Deputies have been on site assisting with enforcement and ticketing parents who are stopping on Squire Drive and dropping/picking up students.
 
Street Team traffic stop leads to tip regarding a suspected narcotics dealer residing in Wellington.  On March 13, 2022 at 3:23 a.m., District 8 Street Team was conducting surveillance on a suspicious vehicle on South SR 7.  The vehicle was coming from the bus stop at the Wellington Green Mall.  During the traffic stop, agents located multiple bags of illicit drugs narcotics.  All narcotics were seized and turned into evidence.  Team members interviewed the occupants and investigation and details forthcoming regarding the narcotics dealer.  
 
Emergency Management  - COVID-19 Testing
 
The COVID-19 testing sites continue to conduct tests with over 70% of patients at the sites being Wellington residents.  The Curative Village Hall location conducted 408 tests and reported a 10.5% positivity rate.  The Curative South Shore site is averaging about a 105 tests per week. The Wellington Green Drive-Thru site is averaging 185 tests per week and positivity rate of 16.5%.   
 
Testing sites contracted with the Village will continue through the month of June.
Planning & Zoning Division Weekly Activity
  • A pre-construction meeting was held with Lotis. The developer is finalizing the plat for submittal. They are on schedule to go vertical in August/September 2022.
  • All escrow funds from closed projects have been submitted for a refund. The last batch included refunds totaling approximately $40,000.00 for several Bellissimo applications.
Calendar
Date Meeting Items
     
April 12 Village Council
  • Blue Cypress Master Plan Amendment
  • Sign Code (1st)
April 13 Planning, Zoning and Adjustment Board
  • Cancelled
April 20 Architectural Review Board
  • 15565 Sunset Lane – flat roof
  • 3460 Fairlane Farms Rd-Window Sign
  • Lotis Medical Building
  • Publix at Courtyard Shoppes
  • 16754 Norris Road (2nd) – flat roof
  • 3380 Fairlane Farms Rd-Prestige Italia- Window Sign
  • 12800 Forest Hill Blvd – Crunch Wellington
OPERATIONS HIGHLIGHTS
  • The WRF won the Biosolids Excellence Award for Small Operating Projects. This project recognizes outstanding operations and maintenance of the Village’s biosolids thermal dryer including safe and sustainable reuse of biosolids.
  • The current total meter No Reads this week are 1,680 (up 76 from last week). 
  • The Department responded to a Contractor driven water main break with a boil water notice to 29 customers on 4/4/22.  The line has been repaired and water service was restored after approx 3 hours.
  • WTP demands are slightly below where they were this time last year
    • 6.47 MGD Avg Day Demand 4/6/22 (vs 7.2 MGD Apr ’21)
    • 7.24 MGD Peak Day Demand 4/6/22 (vs 8.05 MGD Apr ’21)
  • WRF treated flows are also slightly below where they were this time last year
    • 3.76 MGD Avg Daily Flow 4/6/22 (vs 3.89 MGD Apr ’21)
    • 3.92 MGD Peak Daily Flow 4/6/22 (vs 4.3 MGD Apr ’21)
 
PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS
  • Approved work authorization for Mock Roos to evaluate potential FDEP requirements and timeline for permitting reclaimed water discharge to the Moncada parcel
  • Engaged services of Hazen and Sawyer for WRF FDEP permit renewal
  • Issued PO to Pantropic Power, Inc to procure a new electrical generator for the WTP. This much-needed replacement equipment is intended to increase the reliability of critical standby power at the WTP. Existing Generator 3 has reached its useful life and has seen recent service failures
  • The estimated delivery of Phase II endpoints has been updated to the end-Jun/early July timeframe.  This is later than previously expected, however, Badger is not changing Phase II installation deadline of Sep 30th, 2022. Badger is exploring opportunities to accelerate partial deliveries.
    • Utilities – IT –  Finance is currently testing an automated procedure with Tyler Munis and Badger to streamline the current manual process for meter/endpoint replacement updates. This is expected to be completed before the 8,000 Phase II installations commence
The Engineering Department began work on the Town Center Phase II project on Monday, April 4th.  Contractor Kaufman Lynn mobilized, fenced, and closed down a portion of Town Center Drive to begin the construction of the project.  As of this report, a total of six (6) Royal Palms have been removed and hauled to the Public Works Storage Yard. 

We continue to address golf cart pathway issues as the present themselves.  We are currently awaiting delivery of additional signs for installation around the Greenbriar Corridor in the Aero Club Subdivision. 

Upcoming construction projects include the Aero Club Drive / Big Blue Trace landscaping project, and the Aero Club Drive shoulder Widening project, both of which are set to begin on May 1st.   

The Department has researched any traffic studies that have been prepared in relation to the Versailles / 441 intersection in response to a resident request for a traffic signal in that location.  In coordination with FDOT and PBC, we received a study that had been conducted in February 2022  and indicated that a signal was not warranted in this location.  We will prepare an AT for the same. 

The Department has one issue relating to permit ENG22-0065 involving installation of a tennis court.       
Environmental Services continues to service residents with scheduled mosquito spraying and bee removal requests. 15 fiscal year to date work orders for spray requests and 5 bee removal requests,  100% completed within 24 hours. 
 
Neighborhood Parks pressure cleaned areas at Foresteria Park and Primrose Park. Repairs were completed at Tiger Shark Cove and vegetation was trimmed up at Yarmouth Park.
 
Equestrian Trails continue to maintain trails, bollards, and flashers throughout the Village.
 
Landscape maintenance trimmed various trees in the medians along South Shore Boulevard, cleaned up palm debris, and continue to fertilize turf grass areas Village-wide.  
 
Irrigation modifications along Big Blue Trace, Forest Hill Boulevard and Wellington Landings Wall were completed.
 
Nuisance Abatement continues to assist Code Compliance at 225 Sulky Way and completed 2 additional code compliance requests this fiscal year.
 
Building Maintenance completed lighting fixture repairs at the Binks Forest entry wall, Pump Station #9, and Village Park.  A new water bottle filling machine was installed at the Tennis Center.  Damaged tile was replaced in the men’s locker room at the Aquatics Center.  Various areas at the Tennis Center and the Wellington Community Center were pressure cleaned.  The entry wall at 120th and Pierson Road that was damaged by a vehicle accident, was replaced. 
 
Roads department pressure cleaned sidewalks along Stribling Way, replaced damaged sidewalks along Hyacinth Place and South Shore Boulevard and installed sod following the pathway repairs along Royal Fern Drive.  15 fiscal year-to-date sidewalk replacements and street resurfacing requests from the Utilities department have been completed. 
 
Surface Water Management clean debris from various canal ends and pump stations throughout the Village on a regular and continuing basis.  Marcinkoski Gradall continue miscellaneous swale reconstruction work, Village wide.  Hinterland Group continues installing liners in the C-13A canal.  A new drainage system was installed at Village Park. 
 
Aquatics and Sport Facilities continue rehabilitation to Fields 6, 7 and 21 at Village Park.  The building and relocating of the benches for the Village Park Pavilions continue. 
 
Fleet mechanics completed 93 work orders in the month of March.
 
Administrative Department created over 300 work orders for the various Public Works departments in the month of March. FY 23 and 24 budget business plans and Munis input were completed before deadline date. Preparation of APWA recertification documentation continues. Tree Board meeting preparation, attendance and minutes completed. NPDES SOP documentation review continues. Assisted Risk Management department with CPR and driving class signup for PW department employees.  Continue to assist IT with the ongoing task of closing down Tyler 311 citizen portal to the new Go Wellington Rock Solid resident request system. 
 
Solid Waste completed 83% of the 545 work orders received for the month of March with the remaining outstanding work orders pending FCC completion. 
Fiscal Year 2022 Revenue Comparison information to date is summarized below:

Purchasing 

Bids/RFPs/RFQs:
  • 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 will be presented at the April 12nd Council meeting.
  • ITB 202206 - Painting Building Exterior Wellington Community Center and Village Park Gym – Seven bids were received on March 23rd.  Purchasing and Public Works are reviewing,
  • ITB 202208 - Purchase of Mulch, Pine Straw and Ground Preparation – Bids are due April 6th.
  • RFP 202209 – Disaster Recovery Services  - Ten proposals were received on March 30th.   A selection committee meeting is scheduled for April 14th.
  • ITB 202210 – Roadway Striping and Pavement Marking Services – Four bids were received on March 10th. Notice of Intent was issued to Steffen & Sons Striping LLC. Contract award consideration is scheduled to be presented at the April 12th Council meeting.
  • ITB 202211 -  Greenview Shores Park Netting Additions – Bids are due April 13th.
  • ITB 202208 - Purchase of Mulch, Pine Straw and Ground Preparation – Two bids were received on April 6th.  Purchasing is reviewing.
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.
For calendar years 2016-2022, the lobby traffic summary shows a 60% decrease comparing 2016 to 2022 (annualized).  The decrease is 52% when comparing 2019 (pre-pandemic) to 2022.  We see continued overall significant lobby traffic count decreases following the pandemic’s impacts.  One factor that will impact lobby traffic is the resumption of disconnects.  We ceased disconnects and penalties as part of the pandemic response.  We resumed penalties in late 2021 and will be resuming disconnects mid-2022.       
General Call Center volume shows steady increases year over year.  This makes sense given the challenges of the pandemic – testing and vaccine info, feeding and community support info, programming and service info (garbage changes, golf cart usage information, and parks and recreation options). 
The Utilities Call Center data shows continued declines driven by increased online/digital use of utility payment options. 
Wellington Outreach Information
 
Village of Wellington Website Usage Summary (www.wellingtonfl.gov)
The Communications Department is working on filming and editing multiple Public Service Announcements, including Safe Hometown PSA with Captain Silva and Mayor Gerwig, Safest Cities PSA with Vice Mayor McGovern and the Why I Serve PSA’s with each Council member, as well as the Special Districts Video Contest submission with WHS students.
 
The Village’s April newsletter is out; Media Releases include Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration, Great American Cleanup and the Annual Egg Hunt.  Social Media promotion focuses on Town Center Phase II construction, Equestrian Horse Crossing PSA, Transgender Day of Visibility, Parks & Rec events, Amphitheater concerts and events, Career Resources webpage, Save the Date for Wellington’s Egg Hunt, Safety Committee Essay Contest accepting submissions, Golf Cart Ordinance now in effect along with ongoing education and promotion, Let’s Move Physical Activity Challenge conclusion and the Rotary Club Shredding Event.

Who, What, When, Where - Engagement Information 

TECHNOLOGY SERVICES UPDATE
 
With the start of the Construction for Town Center Phase 2 the IT Department has installed a Point to Point WiFi connection to ensure that the Community Center, Pool and Lake Wellington Professional Center have connectivity throughout the course of the construction. We are working with the Planning Department, Engineering and Contractors on a new fiber plan for Town Center as part of the construction to ensure connectivity for the Village in the future.

The GIS Department is in the final phases of the GIS Strategic Review Process and awaiting the Final Report and Plans.

Lastly the IT Department has been quite busy with cybersecurity initiatives these past few months and continues to monitor, fight, and remediate issues as needed.
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