Mayor Welcomes Student Interns to City Hall
Students Gain Experience, Education through Summer Program
VIDEO: WPB Summer Interns Learn How City Government Works
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This summer, the City of West Palm Beach welcomed 30 interns to City Hall through the City’s summer internship program, which provides job opportunities for young people who are eager to learn more about the inner workings of municipal government. The students attend local high schools and have taken internship positions in several City departments including Engineering, Public Works, Law, Sustainability and more!
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, the students become privy to the day-to-day functions of city leaders and employees and, also, local government. Once a week, the interns attend workshops where they are instructed on the fundamentals of financial literacy, taught resume writing skills, and lectured on job readiness to better prepare them for their future.
The program, which runs for eight weeks, is facilitated by the Office of Mayor Jeri Muoio.
“As a City, we are committed to creating opportunity, investing in our young people, and helping them to grow,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “I’ve always enjoyed being around young people and appreciate the great ideas and energy—all the positive things—that they bring to City Hall.”
The program is managed by Kevin Jones, Coordinator of Community Initiatives, in the Mayor’s Office.
“Many young people might not be aware of the opportunities that exist in local government,” said Jones. “The goal of the program is to expose them to these opportunities.”
The summer internship program is now in its third year and is the largest program of its kind facilitated by a municipal government in our area. To be eligible for the program, students must reside in the City of West Palm Beach and also attend one of the community schools.
Antonia Aldermen, a 17-year old student intern with the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, said the summer internship program is a valuable experience.
Alderman said, “I want to learn community service from working in the library… Just getting to know the people in my community who I live with every day and learning more about them and how I can help them.”
For more information about the program, contact Kevin Jones at (561) 822-1413 or at email@example.com.
ICYMI: Public Invited to Community Budget Workshops
The City of West Palm Beach will host a series of Community Budget Workshops to discuss the Fiscal Year 2019 budget. Members of the public are invited to attend and to participate as decisions are made about funding for City projects and programs.
The workshops will be held at these locations:
- July 23, 2018, 6PM; Fire Station #3, 5050 Broadway
- July 24, 2018, 6PM; Fire Station #5, 500 N. Congress
- July 26, 2018, 6PM; City Hall, Flagler Gallery
- July 31, 2018, 6PM; Fire Station #7, 8011 Okeechobee Boulevard
- August 1, 2018, 6PM; U.B. Kinsey Community Center, 720 8th Street
- August 2, 2018, 6PM; Fire Station #2, 4301 S. Dixie Highway
The first public hearing to adopt the tentative budget and millage rate is scheduled for September 13, 2018. The final public hearing to adopt the final budget and millage rate is scheduled for September 27, 2018. FY 2019 Budget will go into effect October 1, 2018.
For more information, contact Budget Manager Linda McDermott at (561) 822-1342.
See a Pothole? Illegal Dumping?
There’s an App for That!
The City of West Palm Beach encourages residents to continue to utilize “See-Click-Fix”, an application created to improve communication between municipalities and their citizens. The application, which is available for download on mobile devices, allows citizens to report non-emergency neighborhood concerns, such as potholes, illegal dumping, damaged meter box lids, weather debris, and more.
When a “See-Click-Fix” concern is shared with the City of West Palm Beach, the City will respond. The reports are funneled to their corresponding departments to address the issue, if appropriate. Residents may also be provided with a course of action or a further point-of-contact to address their concern.
In the app, users may add comments, suggestions, and even accompany their concerns with photos and/or videos. In addition to these features, users also have access to a “Watch Areas” map feature, which allows users to visualize areas that have been marked for concerns. Users may also receive notifications for areas and keywords that they select.
Since initiating the service in 2010, various City of West Palm Beach departments have responded to approximately 1,000 reports on the “See-Click-Fix” database.
The City of West Palm Beach has several other ways that citizens can make similar reports:
- City of West Palm Beach Hotline | (561) 822-2222
- City of West Palm Beach Hotline (email) | firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents may also ‘Submit-a-Ticket’ to the Department of Public Works via http://wpb.org/Departments/Public-Works/Public-Works-Forms for assistance with or to report the following:
- Street lighting and maintenance;
- Sanitation work request;
- Garbage/recycling disability service;
- New trash container request;
- Illegal dumping;
- Report stolen/damaged garbage container.
In the event of an emergency, remember to dial 9-1-1 for immediate assistance!
To download ‘See-Click-Fix’ from the App Store, please visit: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/seeclickfix/id322000552?mt=8. To download ‘See-Click-Fix’ from GooglePlay, please visit: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.seeclickfix.ma.android&hl=en_US.
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VIDEO: City Commission Meeting (July 16, 2018)
VIDEO: North End Neighborhood Meeting (July 18, 2018)
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ROAD CLOSURES UPDATE:
WEEK OF JULY 22, 2018
CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH CLOSURES
- Clematis Streetscape Project (through October): 300 block of Clematis St. between S. Olive Ave. and S. Dixie Hwy. is closed to road traffic during construction. Pedestrian traffic will remain unaffected, and businesses will remain open.
- Georgia Ave: Partial closures between Dobbins St. and Nottingham Blvd. for stormwater improvements. One lane northbound is open to traffic. Southbound traffic is detoured to Nottingham Blvd., Lake Ave. or Bradley St.
- Briggs and Dobbins Streets: closed to local traffic between Garden Ave. and Georgia Ave. for stormwater improvements. Eastbound traffic on Briggs St. may turn right only at Georgia Ave. On-street parking is prohibited in the work zone.
- Clematis by Night (July 26, 2018 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) Road closures on N. & S. Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr., and Narcissus Ave. between N. Clematis St. and Banyan Blvd.
CLOSURES, REPAIRS FOR CURRIE PARK BOAT RAMPS
- Full closure: Effective July 23, 2018, all Currie Park boat ramps at 2400 Flagler Drive will be closed for repairs. Ramps will not be accessible during the construction period of up to 45 days. Currie Park will remain open from sunrise to sunset.
PBC ENGINEERING & PUBLIC WORKS CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB
- Congress Ave. just north of Okeechobee Blvd. to Spencer Dr. (through Aug 5, 2018): the outside eastbound lane will be closed 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for turn lane, sidewalk, and striping installation.
- N. Congress Ave. north of Presidential Way to Embassy Dr. (periodic northbound and southbound lane closures) for water main, driveway and median installation.
- Banyan Blvd. and Australian Ave: Southbound outside left turn lane and eastbound right lane closures for a water main connection.
- Roebuck Rd. (periodic westbound daytime lane closures): FPL pole installation east of Easley Dr. to Haverhill Rd. Westbound traffic will be shifted into one of the eastbound left turn lanes at the intersection of Haverhill Rd.
- Roebuck Rd. from Jog Rd. to Haverhill Rd (periodic lane closures): Alternating traffic with flaggers controlling traffic, due to construction.
- Australian Blvd. just south of 25th St. (periodic northbound and southbound lane closures) for utility work.
- For more information, contact PBC Engineering & Public Works: (561) 684-4000 or http://discover.pbcgov.org/.
FLORIDA DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT) CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB
- Okeechobee Blvd. at Quadrille Blvd. (through July 31, 2018) One eastbound outside lane closed 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday for underground conduit operations.
- Military Tr. (July 23, 2018 through Friday, September 28, 2018) will have the outside northbound lane between 45th Street and Shiloh Dr. closed,9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for FPL pole replacement.
- Royal Park Bridge (through July 27, 2018) will have one westbound lane of Royal Palm Way closed between the Town of Palm Beach and the City of West Palm Beach, 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday for cable installation.
- Southern Blvd. (through July 31, 2018) will have one westbound outside lane and sidewalk closed, 9:00 a.m., until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Upthegrove Lane (through Aug 3, 2018) will have the northbound outside lane closed, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for curb installation and paving operations.
- For more information, contact FDOT: (866) 336-8435 or http://www.fdot.gov/
City of West Palm Beach road and dock closure updates are issued weekly by the City and may be viewed online at http://wpb.org/News-Video/Road-Closure-Updates.
AS SEEN IN PREVIOUS EDITIONS OF
Mayor’s Neighborhood Meetings Schedule
The Mayor's Neighborhood Meetings, facilitated by the City in the Flagler Gallery at City Hall, are an important way for neighborhoods to learn updates specific to their community, to strengthen ties between neighborhoods and the City and for the public to communicate ideas that can help shape City policy. Representatives from City departments are present at the meetings to answer questions previously submitted by neighborhood association presidents for discussion as agenda items. Please note the updated schedule of Mayor’s Neighborhood Meetings for the remainder of 2018:
Western Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 4:30PM in the Flagler Gallery
South End Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 5:30PM in the Flagler Gallery
North End Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 5:30PM in the Flagler Gallery
This schedule is tentative and subject to change.
To receive email updates about the 2018 Neighborhood Meetings or to receive notices of Neighborhood Meetings schedule changes, please email Jose Tagle, City of West Palm Beach Neighborhood Services Coordinator in the Office of Mayor Jeri Muoio, at email@example.com. For additional information, call (561) 822-1412.
Do you have a unique skill or talent to offer?
Please take a moment to share your talents, interests, hobbies, training, and experiences with us. Volunteers of all ages, experiences and locations in the community are needed. Are you ready to make a difference? To learn more about becoming a City of West Palm Beach volunteer, please visit: http://wpb.org/volunteer.
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2018 Holiday Sanitation Schedule
There will be regular service on the following holidays:
- Independence Day - July 4, 2018
- Labor Day - September 3, 2018
- Columbus Day - October 8, 2018
- Veterans Day - November 12, 2018
There will be NO service on the following holidays:
- Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018; Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 11/26/18. Recycling will resume on 11/29/18. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
- Christmas Day, December 25, 2018: Residential garbage will resume your next scheduled service day beginning 12/28/18. Recycling will resume on 1/1/19. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
- New Year's Day, January 1, 2019: Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 1/4/19. Recycling will operate on normal schedule. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
The sanitation schedule is produced by the City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Works. For more information, please call (561) 822-2075.
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