Sunday, March 19, 2017

At next Tuesday’s new City Commission: Liaison appointments to boards and organizations.

This is a formal step after every election and very important. Important because these appointments will be the ones responsible for representing our City before some very influential groups, e.g., the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC).

Below is the executive brief and summary for next Tuesday’s meeting and note the one name that’s missing from last years appointments: soon-to-be former Commissioner Chris McVoy, PhD. Why was he not chosen for any of the positions in 2016? One reason could be he didn’t wish to be involved.

Commissioners-Elect Omari Hardy (District 2, replacing McVoy) and Herman Robinson (District 4) will both be eager to be involved, I’m certain. The agenda with highlights follows:

Agenda Date: March 21, 2017
Department: City Clerk
Executive Brief: Appoint City Commission members to various organizations and boards

Background and Justification: Historically, the appointment to various organizations and boards has been scheduled on the first regular meeting following the municipal election. On March 22, 2016, the City Commission made the following appointments: 
  1. Metropolitan Planning Organization (Mayor Pam Triolo): They provide a cooperative, comprehensive, and continuing transportation planning and decision-making process. The process encompasses all modes and covers both short-range and long-range transportation planning. 
  2. Palm Beach County League of Cities (Commissioner Scott Maxwell): Their purpose is to promote and advance the collective interest of the municipalities of the County to study municipal issues and seek desired results through cooperative effort, to respect the principles of Home Rule, to encourage and enhance the quality of life of the citizens of the County, and/or to engage in any other lawful purpose not for profit. 
  3. Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (Commissioner Ryan Maier): This is a regional forum where elected and appointed leaders regularly come together to discuss complex regional issues, develop strategic regional responses for resolving them, and build consensus for setting and accomplishing regional goals. 
  4. Florida Municipal Power Agency (Commissioner Scott Maxwell): This is a wholesale power agency owned by municipal electric utilities. They provide economies of scale in power generation and related services to support community-owned electric utilities. 
  5. Downtown Cultural Alliance (Commissioner Andy Amoroso): This is a membership organization of downtown businesses, galleries, merchants and restaurants formed to enhance the downtown corridor. Their mission is to organize and promote events that will benefit the entire community. 
  6. Community Redevelopment Agency (Commissioner Andy Amoroso): The Agency is responsible for formulating and implementing projects that are consistent with the Lake Worth Redevelopment Plan to assist in revitalizing and redeveloping portions of the City. 
  7. Sister City Board (Commissioner Ryan Maier): The Board initiates, plans, sponsors, organizes, and promotes cultural exchanges. It also provides support for international economic development programs and acts as the City’s official hosts for international guests. 
  8. Neighborhood Association Presidents’ Council (Mayor Pam Triolo): The Council supports and promotes their members’ neighborhood associations and serve as an umbrella type organization with no opinion on how each association individually chooses to decide matters.
Check back on Tuesday to learn how to watch this City Commission meeting Live Streaming. If you didn’t know, there is a new setup at the Commission chambers with more cameras installed. A big improvement from the situation prior.