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Insider Newsletter (7/30/2017)



West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio




















July 30, 2017



WPB Sanitation Drivers Honored for Safety

Drivers Improve Safety Outcomes after

Implementation of Innovative Program


City's Safest Sanitation Department Drivers Honored at Awards Breakfast


City of West Palm Beach administrators recently honored the safest drivers in the City’s Sanitation Division of the Department of Public Works. A total of seven employees were recognized with certificates during a breakfast at the Mary V. McDonald Wilson Center at Gaines Park. The awards ceremony followed the City’s implementation of a program designed to improve safety outcomes.


In March, the Sanitation Division implemented the Lytx DriveCam program which utilizes video technology to monitor driving behaviors. The Lytx camera captures crucial seconds of video inside and outside of a sanitation vehicle when triggered by an event like hard braking, sudden acceleration or swerving. The resulting video and data can help inform coaching sessions, reward good driving, and exonerate drivers from false claims.


“By utilizing the data from this program, we can show our drivers how their

driving has improved and, also, show the public what a great job our drivers are really doing,” said Pete Bieniek, Director of Public Works.


At the breakfast, Calvin Williams, Sanitation Supervisor, received an award for coaching excellence. He is among the supervisors using data to help improve driving outcomes. “Since the program was implemented, there haven’t been any major incidents,” he said. “The guys are being very cautious about driving.”


Reports, including the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, show that refuse collection remains among the top most dangerous occupations. By implementing the program, City leaders have taken a step toward making the job safer for Sanitation employees.


Leon Pinder, Sanitation Superintendent, said safety is key for his team and the public.


“We use it for training opportunities with our drivers to help them be safer on the road. It’s almost like a second set of eyes on the road with our drivers. Now, we can validate much of what they tell us thanks to this program.”


There are 40 City of West Palm Beach sanitation drivers who drive an estimated 40,800 miles annually on 166 routes. It’s estimated the drivers pick up 74,000 tons of trash and garbage and serve more than 102,000 customers each year!


To learn more about the City of West Palm Beach Sanitation Division, visit http://www.wpb.org.




City Expands Opportunities for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

West Palm Beach to Roll out New Projects in October


West Palm Beach is currently expanding opportunities and programs for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB). The City has begun the process of outreaching to veterans to provide information about the SDVOSB program. The City will begin rolling out new projects after October 1, 2017 and will incorporate opportunities for veterans in these new projects.


“We have outreach events every quarter that are directed mostly at small businesses,” said Department of Procurement Director Frank Hayden. “During these events, we are able to share with veterans the different programs that we are going to be offering that they can take advantage of.” 


This year, City Commissioners voted to amend the procurement code to provide a preference for the participation by Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises in City procurements for goods, services and construction.The Ordinance provides that when considering two or more bids/proposals for the procurement of goods, services or construction, and at least one of which is: i.) from a certified service-disabled veteran business enterprise, and ii.) is equal with respect to all relevant considerations, including price, quality and service, such procurement or contract shall be awarded to the certified service-disabled veteran business enterprise.


Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation, with approximately 1.6 million veterans. 75% of Florida’s veterans have served during periods of conflict. Florida is home to approximately 500,000 Vietnam-era veterans, 231,000 Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq, 160,000 women veterans, and 164,000 World War II veterans.


As the Florida Legislature has enacted the Florida Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SDVBE) Opportunity Act, the City of West Palm Beach will accept the state certification. To qualify as a SDVBE, the Act provides that an independently owned and operated business must:

  • Employ 200 or less permanent full time employees.
  • Have a net worth of $5 million or less.
  • Be organized to engage in commercial transaction.
  • Be located in Florida.
  • Be at least 51 percent owned by a disabled-serviced veteran.
  • Be managed by one or more service-disabled veteran having a permanent or total disability, or by the spouse or permanent caregiver of a fully disabled veteran.

To learn more about the City's SDVOSB program, contact the City of West Palm Beach Department of Procurement at 561-822-2100 or visit the City of West Palm Beach online at www.wpb.org.



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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will open four lanes of the Flagler Memorial Bridge on Monday, July 31. Prior to the opening, the bridge will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, July 28, until 6 a.m. July 31 to prepare for the four lanes of traffic. In addition to the four lanes on the bridge, the Flagler Drive intersection also will be opened.



Community Budget Workshops Schedule


Mayor Jeri Muoio and City Commissioners invite West Palm Beach residents and members of the public to participate in the Community Budget Workshops series. The public can hear how their tax dollars are being spent and make recommendations about the City’s 2017-2018 budget. So far, three budget workshops have been held, and three more are on the schedule!


They workshops will be held on the following dates at these locations:

  • August 1, 2017, 6:00 PM; Fire Station #7, 8011 Okeechobee Blvd (District 4)
  • August 2, 2017, 6:00PM; U.B. Kinsey Education and Community Center; 720 8th Street (District 3)
  • August 3, 2017, 6:00 PM; Fire Station #2, 4301 S. Dixie Highway (District 5)

For more information, contact Budget Manager Linda McDermott at (561) 822-1342.









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