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Volume 1, Issue 4 

As we wrap up April, we see the end of the main equestrian season but the continuation of the "extended season" both at the show grounds and polo.  In related equestrian industry updates, USPA advised that they continue to look at options for a permanent home for the USPA in Wellington.  While they continue to work on the Jan Pamela and Winsome Farms acquisition (they have closed on the Winsome Farms property), they remain in negotiations with Mark Bellissimo on the IPC property.  They expect to finalize those negotiations/discussions in May.  We will continue to coordinate with USPA and the PBC Sports Commission on the FIP World Championships which will be held in Wellington in October 2022 at Valiente Polo and IPC.  We anticipate having USPA representatives in attendance at our June council meeting to provide updates on their efforts in Wellington.  

Staff continues to work on the Wellington Athletics project.  We expect to receive the project feasibility study from the team by COB Friday, May 6, 2022.  At that time, staff and a retained outside consultant will review the details as part of our due diligence process and bond financing review.  We will provide Council an update under separate cover with more details on the P3 process necessary for this project and expect that based on the work completed to date by the Wellington Athletics team and staff, we will present the project in detail for Council consideration at the June council meeting.  

The agenda for the May 10th council meeting is fairly light and does not have any proposed regular or public hearing items.  Consent items include a commodity procurement item for mulch, pine straw, and ground preparation, a contract for disaster recovery services, and task order for utility engineering consulting services.  The balance of the meeting will cover presentations and proclamations including a legislative session recap from Representative Willhite and the presentation of the annual report for PBSO District 8 by Captain Silva.  The balance of presentations will recognize our Wellington students for various accomplishments.  
On Saturday, May 7th, there will be Reggae Tribute Night held at the Amphitheater beginning at 5:00 pm.

On Tuesday, May 10th, the Wellington High School and Wellington Landings Middle School Jazz Bands will perform at the Amphitheater beginning at 6:30 pm.

Wellington High School will hold its Project Graduation on Thursday, May 12th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Pavilion 3 at Village Park.

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

Palm Beach Central High School will hold its Project Graduation on Wednesday, May 18th at the Village Park gymnasium from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am.

The Village, in conjunction with Theatre Arts Production (TAP) will host The Addams Family, a musical comedy, on Saturday, May 21st at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and Sunday, May 22nd, at 11:00 am, at the Amphitheater. Tickets are available in advance on Eventbrite and day of at the Amphitheater, prior to each performance.

On Saturday, May 21st, the Babe Ruth Girls District Softball Tournament will be held at Tiger Shark Cove Park from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Applications for next season’s Lakeside Market have gone out to interested vendors and vendors from this season.
On Thursday, April 21st, Palm Beach Central High School Government classes held their Mock Council Meeting in the Council Chambers.  Over 100 students participated.  The class presented a mock project for the renovation of the PBCHS Sports Complex. 

On Saturday, April 23rd, the Community Services Department coordinated the Great American Cleanup.  Approximately 50 volunteers participated including Starbucks and a Village of Wellington Cub Scout Troop. The Cleanup took place in the Goldenrod and White Pine neighborhoods. Ten large bags of trash were collected within the respective neighborhoods. 

Monday, April 25th was the start of our Mental Health Counseling Program located at the Community Services Building.  Eleven students from Elbridge Gale and Wellington Elementary are our first group to participate in the program. 
Event Dates:   
  
April 22nd- Health and Wellness Fair- 300 attendees
April 23rd- Great American Clean-Up & Earth and Arbor Day- 350 attendees
April 24th- Wellington Chamber of Commerce 5k- 250 attendees
April 26th- Wellington Art Society Art Reception and Boutique- 50 attendees
April 28th- Take Your Child To Work Day- 32 children participated

May 21st – Kids to Parks Day

May 30th- Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
 
Kids to Park Day:
Saturday, May 21st is National “Kids To Parks Day”, which encourages families to play outdoors and is celebrated annually on the 3rd Saturday in May. This day connects kids and families with their local, state, and national parks and public lands through thousands of park events that promote discovery and exploration in the great outdoors. This year, Wellington will celebrate at Greenbriar Park (2975 Greenbriar Blvd) from 9:00am-12:00pm with bounce houses, face painting, lawn games, interactive contests and more! Kona Ice will be onsite for purchase as well as water for sale through the Crowned Pearls of Wellington.
 
Memorial Day:
The Annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 30th. The parade will begin at 8:15am in the City Hall parking lot area and travel down Forest Hill to the Veterans Memorial. PBSO, PBFR, The American Legion, local Veterans, and the boy/girls scouts will participate in the parade. Once the parade concludes, the ceremony will begin (estimated to be 8:30am). Council will welcome and lead the ceremony. Tom Wenham will be the keynote speaker for the American Legion.

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.

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/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.
PUBLIC SAFETY

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

 
PBSO District 8 impaired driving strategic operation, known as Operation Broken Bottle, continues to produce results in the Village.  Over the past four (4) months, District 8 deputies have worked hard and credited 809 total hours worked towards this specific operation which resulted in 1,196 traffic stops, 596 speeding citations, 296 speeding warnings, 121 criminal citations, 18 DUI arrests, 17 seat belt warnings, 13 seat belt citations, 13 aggressive driving violations, and 4 felony arrests.   The operation will continue throughout the summer and early fall of 2022.
 
Deputies responded to seven (7) traffic related resident complaints as follows: two (2) on Paddock Drive, two (2) on 50th Street, one (1) at Indian Mound, one (1) at Wellington Trace (near the Marketplace Plaza), and one (1) on Flying Cow Road.
 
Community Policing Deputies helped several of our Wellington at-risk youth who attend Wellington High School, Wellington Landings, and the Boys & Girls Club.  Through the service of our CP team, two (2) students received guidance and mentoring to assist at-risk students facing suspension with successfully graduating high school and middle school.  At the request of the Boys and Girls Club, the CP team helped shepherd two (2) young men regarding behavior and consequences. 
 
Special thanks to the Street Team this week in their diligent efforts clearing a grand theft case in a matter of days.  On April 19th, the Street Team Crimes Unit was assigned to conduct a follow-up in reference to a stolen golf cart taken from the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.  The victim reported their EZ GO golf cast (valued at $8,500) was stolen from the showgrounds on April 11th.  During the investigation the agents learned that the victim’s golf cart was being advertised for sale on Facebook and the team set up an undercover operation with the individuals attempting to sell the stolen property.  On April 22nd, through extensive investigative means, team members identified, located and apprehended the suspect.  The suspect provided a full post Miranda confession and the property was returned to the owner.  The case was cleared by arrest.  Thanks to the quick response of the Street Team and precision this case was cleared in rapid time.
 
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
 
On April 22nd crews responded to a house fire on Paddock Drive. Upon arrival, crews found a garage fully involved in fire. Our Wellington stations did a great job making a quick stop and keeping it contained to the garage. A primary search found no one in the residence. The homeowner was found to be out of town in Georgia.
  
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
 
The official start of hurricane season is June 1st and now is the time to prepare.  The Village has begun public messaging and during Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 1st through 7th, we will be highlighting ways residents can prepare for and recover from a natural disaster.  
 
Emergency Management staff is working on officially kicking off the start of Hurricane Season with the upcoming Virtual Hurricane Seminar scheduled for June 1st at 6:00pm.  The seminar will include representatives from FEMA, the National Weather Service, and Palm Beach County Emergency Management and is an opportunity for residents to ask questions related to natural disasters.  Stay tuned for the official update.
 
The Governor’s Hurricane Conference will be hosted at the Palm Beach County Convention Center May 8th through 13th.  Staff will be attending to gain the latest information and resources.
 
Emergency Management is in process of collecting Right of Entry agreements from our private gated communities.  Currently we have 108 out of 155 (up 13 from last week) ROEs collected.  The deadline to return agreements is May 18th.  
 
COVID-19 Testing & Trends
 
We saw an increase in testing with an increase in the testing positivity rate. Last week, the Curative Village Hall location conducted 573 (up from 546 the week prior) tests and reported a 16% positivity rate (up from 14.6% the week prior).  22 patients were uninsured.  We continue to see a majority, 75% of patients, using the testing site from Wellington zip codes.
 
The Curative South Shore site is still averaging about 10-15 tests per day.  The Wellington Green Drive-Thru site is saw an increase and averaged 29 (34 reported the week prior) tests last week and positivity rate of 17.2% (20.6% reported the week prior).
 
Last week it was reported on the CDC Covid Tracker that Palm Beach County saw a case rate of 122 per 100,000 population (up from 75 last reporting period).  New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 was 3.5 (up 3.4 from last reporting period) and the percent of staffed inpatient beds in use by patients with confirmed COVID-19 remains the same, three weeks in a row, at 1.2%. While we have observed increases in both positivity and testing, Covid-19 community transmission levels continue to remain low in Palm Beach County.  It was observed this week that Miami-Dade went from low community transmission level to medium.
Discussions occurred again with Mr. Bellissimo regarding the potential proposals for Wellington Countryplace and Equestrian Village. The discussion concerned what actions were required and the process for each. As the details still are somewhat “fluid”, more information will be provided if a pre-application is scheduled.
 
Building and Engineering are discussing the separation or connection of duties for permits for site work including driveways. The goal is to ensure the appropriate permits are obtained and there is no overlap in duties or inspections.

Strategic Planning Activity
 
SHIP Program: A meeting with the Office of Finance Management and Budget (OFM&B) was held to review the draft policies and procedures in order to meet the objectives of the S.H.I.P program. A final draft will be submitted to legal department review by mid-May. We have been advised by the State to expect partial funding in November 2022.
 
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program: A meeting with Wade Trim Consultants was held to discuss the new Five-Year Consolidated Plan. This item is tentatively scheduled for the July 12th Village Council meeting agenda.

CDBG Grants: Two owner occupied housing rehabilitation projects were completed and paid out a total of $65,056.25 for this work. There are three owner occupied housing rehabilitation projects in for construction permits, encumbering an additional $108,680.48 and there are five applications in various stages of approval, for a total of 8 new projects.
 
Hometown Repair Program: Currently the program has 14 applicants in various stages of approval. On April 14th, the program was paused while these application are processed. Majority of the projects are awaiting the final bids. Once these amounts are confirmed the remaining funding allocation will determine if the program can continue.  Assuming all 14 applications are approved, coupled with the CDBG projects, there could be in total 22 housing rehabilitation projects under construction during the summer months.
 
Neighborhood Connection: Strategic Planning continues to hold Neighborhood Connection events in support of the housing survey that will be used to formulate the Consolidated Plan for CDBG. Fire Rescue, Emergency Management, Code Compliance, Community Services and The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office have all been in attendance. Received 35 completed surveys to date.

Planning & Zoning Division Activity
 
Applications: 
  1. Public Hearing Items:
    1. ARB – Elevations for Publix to replace Fresh Market at Wellington Green Mall
    2. ARB – Exterior color changes for Palm Court
    3. ARB – Technical Deviation/Master Sign Plan at 2535 SR 7
  2. Administrative Items:
    1. Minor Site Plan Amendment – Wellington Green Mall MUPD A – awnings
    2. Zoning Confirmation Letter – Lazy Dogs Café at Lotis MUPD
    3. Special Use Permits – Temporary Signs at 2565 and 2863 SR 7
    4. Special Use Permit – Don Chepos Cinco De Mayo (repeat annual application)
    5. Minor Site Plan Amendment – Add awning over existing seating area at Mole (WGM)
    6. Minor Site Plan Amendment – Palm Beach Polo guardhouse replacement

Construction Projects

The Town Center Phase II project commenced construction on April 4th, 2022.  Site work continues on phase 1 of the project and is scheduled to continue through early September.  Town Center Drive will remain closed for the duration of the project.  

Road and landscaping works on Aero Club Drive is scheduled to commence on May 2nd, 2022 and continue through early August.  Village of Wellington staff has provided notification to all of the affected POA’s and schools that will be affected by the project.  A variable message board was also installed on each side of Aero Club Drive to notify passer by traffic of the impending construction. 

Landscaping works are scheduled to commence on Big Blue Trace beginning in early June.  The same contractor for Aero Club is scheduled to continue the landscape works along Big Blue Trace, and under the same contract.  Notifications will be sent out to the affected POA’s within the next two weeks.   
 

Permitting

 Below is a summary of the departments permitting activity for the week of 04/25/2022 – 04/29/2022:
  • Engineering permits applied for: 5
  • Engineering permits issued: 2
  • Inspections performed: 31
  • Reviews performed: 55
  • Fees Collected: $12,091.36  
Planning, Zoning & Building
 OPERATIONS HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Utility was honored by the Florida Section of the American Water Works with the Most Improved Water Treatment Plant-Class A
  • The Utility was honored by the Florida Water Environment Association with the Biosolids Excellence Award for the Water Reclamation Facility
  • April is shaping up to be a strong revenue month (through 4/25), already exceeding March’s total water and ww utility charges with one week to go in April
  • Two week Overtime expenditure (through 4/15) is up significantly ($8,269) from prior two week period ($2,440) largely due to staff vacancies at WTP and WRF.  FY to date average is $8,880.
  • Current total meter No Reads this week are 2,003 (up 180 from last week).  These No Reads require manual meter reading.
  • WTP demands remain below where they were this time last year
    • 6.19 MGD Avg Day Demand 4/18/22 (vs 7.2 MGD Apr ’21)
    • 7.13 MGD Peak Day Demand 4/18/22 (vs 8.05 MGD Apr ’21) 
  • WRF treated flows also remain below where they were this time last year
    • 3.79 MGD Avg Daily Flow 4/11/22 (vs 3.89 MGD Apr ’21)
    • 4.20 MGD Peak Daily Flow 4/11/22 (vs 4.3 MGD Apr ’21) 
  • Department in full regulatory compliance – no changes this week
 
NEW DESIGN, STUDIES AND REPORTS
  • New Work authorization to evaluate Booster Station Performance and Control Methodology at Booster Pump Station 1 and 2 (Kimley-Horn)
  • New Work authorization preparing design to replace and upgrade existing WTP High Service Pump #16 to better match performance of adjacent HSP’s with a higher capacity unit (Kimley-Horn)
  • New Work authorization to evaluate needed improvements to interconnect North, South and Lime wellfields to provide 100% membrane treatment from all wellfields  (Kimley-Horn)
 
UTILITY ENGINEERING PERMITS (4/18 to 4/22)
  • Utility Permits Applied For: 1 (YTD 13)
  • Utility Permits Issued: 0 (YTD 3)
  • Inspections Performed: 13
  • Reviews Performed: 10
  • Fees Collected: $0
 
CIP PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS
  • Wharton-Smith Water Treatment Plant Rehab and Rehabilitation project notice to proceed date set for April 25, 2022. Pre-work meeting was held April 19, 2022. Contractor has mobilized and work has already commenced.
  • A Notice to Proceed has been issued for the following projects. They are in the shop drawing and material procurement phase of construction.
    • Wharton Smith-WTP R & R Project
    • Pantropic Power-Procurement of WTP Generator 3 Replacement
    • Wharton Smith-Well VFD and Mechanical Improvement Project
    • Wharton Smith-WS Dryer Maintenance Catwalk Project
    • All Webbs-Wellfield Rehabilitation Project Phase IV
    • Wharton Smith-WRF Emergency Power and PLC Replacement Project
  • The following projects are in active state of construction. Major weekly milestones are as follows:
    • Florida Design Contractors-HPP8 and Membrane Plant 2 Post Treatment is seeing significant activity. Startup is now planned for early May.
    • Hinterland- Lift Station Phase II Rehab- Lift Station 48 has been placed into service.
Environmental Services, Neighborhood Parks & Equestrian Trails
  • Continue to service residents with scheduled mosquito spraying and bee removal requests.
  • Completed trail maintenance (dragged and box-bladed) along the Appaloosa Trail and Brown Trail.
  • Removed tree stumps in preparation for playground installation at Margate Park.
  • Repaired damaged date at Scott’s Place.
  • Removed wasp nest from play structure at Foresteria Park.
Landscape Maintenance & Nuisance Abatement
  • Cleaned up palm debris, Village wide.
  • Removed/replaced dead trees in the medians along Greenview Shore Boulevard and Wellington Trace.
  • Continue removing flowers in preparation for summer annual flower installation, Village wide.
  • Continue landscape modifications under the power lines along Forest Hill Boulevard.
  • Continued preventative irrigation maintenance, Village wide.
  • Completed irrigation repairs along Greenview Shores Boulevard.
  • Continue to assist Code Compliance with nuisance abatement work orders as needed, Village wide.
Building Maintenance
  • Replaced cameras at the Aquatics Center.
  • Replaced various lighting fixtures the PBSO Substation, Tennis Center, and Village Park.
  • Completed building repairs/maintenance at the Aquatics Center, Boys & Girls Club, PBSO Substation, Village Park, and Waste Water Treatment Plant.
  • Pressure cleaned various areas at Wellington Community Center and along Forest Hill Boulevard.
  • Wynn and Sons replaced damaged concrete pathway section at Village Park.
Roads & Roadside Refuse
  • Continue backfilling sidewalk sections along Amesbury Circle.
  • Backfilled various areas at Village Park and along Stribling Way, to correct drop-offs.
  • Completed asphalt repairs along Meadowland Drive, Wellington Preserve Boulevard, and Wightman Drive.
  • Pressure cleaned sidewalk sections along Amesbury Circle and South Shore Boulevard.
  • Continue to keep roadways free from trash. 
Surface Water Management & Preserve Maintenance
  • 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.
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.

Purchasing 

OFMB
Delinquent Utility Accounts: There are no disconnects scheduled this week due to COVID-19. 
 
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 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 202208 - Purchase of Mulch, Pine Straw and Ground Preparation – Two bids were received April 6th.  Notice of Intent was issued to Amerigrow Recycling-Delray Limited Partnership and East Coast Mulch Corp. Contract award consideration is scheduled to be presented at the May 10th Council meeting.
  • RFP 202209 – Disaster Recovery Services  - Ten proposals were received on March 30th.  The selection committee met on April 14th to score and rank each proposer.  Based on the results the scoring the committee is recommending awarding contracts to Ceres Environmental Services, Inc., Phillips and Jordan, Incorporated and Crowder-Gulf Joint Venture, Inc.  Contract award consideration is scheduled to be presented at the May 10th Council meeting.
  • ITB 202213 - Purchase & Delivery of Fill Materials – Bids are due May 12th.
  • ITB 202214 - Architectural and Engineering Services for the Construction of an Aquatics Facility – Proposals are due May 26th
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.
Customer Service
Week of 04/18/2022 – 04/22/2022
Total incoming calls handled by General Customer Service: 349
Total incoming calls handled by Utilities Customer Service: 380   
Total walk in customers served by frontline per QFlow during business hours: 218
Total walk in Utility customers served by frontline per QFlow during business hours: 99
Communications Department Projects
Week of April 18th, 2022
 
The Communications Department is working on filming and editing multiple Public Service Announcements, including Hurricane Preparedness, Covid 19, PBSO Conversations, Golf Cart Ordinance, Lakeside Market, 2nd Annual Health Fair, Great American Cleanup, Earth Day and Why Do I Serve.

Social Media promotion focuses on Weekly events highlights and information, Great American Cleanup event promotion, Lakeside Market promotion, Earth Day Acknowledgement and event promotion, GoWellington App, PBC Clerk Passport Days promotion, Community Health & Wellness Fair Promotion and event coverage, Amphitheater Programming and Events on-going promotion, Hurricane Preparedness information, Distracted Driving Awareness & Mayor’s Speed Challenge cautionary reminders,  Parks & Rec events promotion, Water Conservation Month and Congratulations to Drop Savers Poster Contest Winners,  Annual Egg Hunt Events highlights, Palm Beach Central High School’s Civics 101: Student Council Meeting.
 
Council:
  • Town Crier Council Meeting Proclamation Photo Request. (April 18)
  • Egg Hunt Video Edit/ FlickR Album. (April 18)
  • Great American Cleanup Coverage. (April 23)
  • Earth/Arbor Day Celebration Coverage. (April 23)
Other:
  • Coach Lou Historic Society Interview audio synched and DropBoxed. (April 19)
  • Fences & Walls Brochure Edits. (April 19,21)
  • Selection Committee Meeting PIR fulfilled. (April 21)
  • CEH Meeting formatted for Legistar, Closed Captioned, and uploaded. (April 21)
  • Civics 101 Coverage. (April 21)
  • Wellington Go APP Meeting. (April 21)
  • Town Center Phase II Construction Update. (April 21-22)
  • Twilight Green Market/Wellington Health Fair Coverage. (April 22)
  • Yellow Trail Drone Photos. (April 22)
  • Career Day interview for WLMS student. (April 22)
 Media Release:
  • Wellington Council Appoints New Vice Mayor
Social Media:
  • Great American Cleanup event promotion Lakeside Market promotion
  • Earth Day Acknowledgement and event promotion
  • GoWellington App
  • PBC Clerk Passport Days promotion
  • Community Health & Wellness Fair Promotion and event coverage
  • Amphitheater Programming and Events on-going promotion
  • Hurricane Preparedness information
  • Distracted Driving Awareness & Mayor’s Speed Challenge cautionary reminders
  • Parks & Rec events promotion
  • Water Conservation Month and Congratulations to Drop Savers Poster Contest Winners
  • Annual Egg Hunt Events highlights 
  • Palm Beach Central High School’s Civics 101: Student Council Meeting
  • Weekly events highlights and information
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