Observer Corps- November Monthly Reports

by Katie Gettinger

The purpose of the Observer Corps is two-fold:

  • to observe public meetings and report important issues to the LWV
  • to be seen by elected officials because “We matter and we are watching you.”

If you don’t see your area listed, please consider reporting on your meeting for the Observer Corps.

Jupiter Town Council Meeting was reported on by Katie Gettinger.

  • Jupiter is considering an additional homestead exemption for seniors who are 65 years old or older, whose income is less than $28,400, and who own their home. The additional homestead exemption would reduce the ad valorem tax funds by less than $25,000 for the town.
  • The councilors held a roundtable discussion about generator setbacks and noise following the power outages from Hurricane Irma.
  • A citizen spoke about actions the town can take to remove derelict and abandoned boats. Expect action on this in the coming months.

The Lake Worth City Commissioners Meeting was reported on by Claire Miller.

  • The Sadowski fund was discussed. This is a fund made from real estate transactions that is supposed to go into state and local affordable housing programs. However, much of the money collected has been emptied into the general revenue fund.
  • Home rule for medical marijuana was also discussed.
  • There was quite a bit of discussion about historic districts and putting together guidelines so people can update and remodel their historic homes easily.

Palm Beach Gardens City Council Meeting was reported on by Katie Gettinger.

  • FPL gave a presentation about their Solar Now program, and proposed installing solar panels at Joe Russo park. FPL will install and maintain the panels, and will receive the power generated. Solar Now is a program where customers are able to contribute $9 each month more on their power bills to finance solar panel use and maintenance by FPL.
  • Ordinance 21 was passed, it is the first step in allowing Tesla Motors to operate from the Gardens Mall. They will not sell cars or allow test drives from the location, but will have charging stations and up to four vehicles on site.

Palm Beach County Commissioners Meeting was reported on by Joyce Smookler:

  • After a long award ceremony, the commissioners spoke about extending protective status of Haitians. They would like to draft a letter to the President.
  • The county received a $2 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to reduce the jail population by letting non-violent arrests awaiting trial to be released until their trial.

Housing Task Force was reported on by Claire Miller:

  • Around 150 people were at the meeting.
  • Claire was assigned to the “West” district.