LGWCD To Discuss Successful Equipment Sale At March 12 Meeting

The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors is set to discuss the results of its auction of road equipment at its meeting on Monday, March 12.

The district collected a total of $118,000 for four pieces of equipment: $45,000 for a Caterpillar motor grader, $32,500 for a John Deere motor grader, $37,000 for a Sterling water truck and $3,500 for a Ford motor truck, according to a staff report.

After deducting 8.5 percent commission paid to Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, the net proceeds from the sale was $107,970. The district also paid $4,000 to deliver the equipment to the auction and $4,699 for various repairs necessary to present the equipment for sale, resulting in the district realizing a return of $99,271 for the equipment.

In other business, the board will discuss the finalization of the March 2018 newsletter to be received by property owners shortly. The newsletter and a more in-depth detailed report titled “Recent History of the District” will be posted on the district web site at www. lgwcd.org.

The town and district have also jointly agreed to sponsor a Loxahatchee Groves Tire Disposal Day on Saturday, March 31 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The LGWCD equipment yard will receive the tires, and only Loxahatchee Groves residents will be eligible to dispose of tires. Those taking part must provide identification to confirm residency. There will be no charge to dispose of tires, but each resident will be limited to 12 tires for disposal.

The town will provide a bin to remove the tires. The tipping fee at the Solid Waste Authority is estimated at about $250 for 270 tires without rims and 40 tires with rims. If the program is successful, it could be held quarterly.

The board will also continue discussion of canal cleanup, trash storage, disposal, monitoring and current neighborhood practices, as well as events sponsored by the Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association, which holds frequent cleanup events with the help of volunteers from Seminole Ridge High School and other organizations.

After discussion, the board decided to bring the subject of canal cleanup to the Intergovernmental Coordination Committee meeting, which was scheduled for Feb. 28 but postponed due to a Palm Beach County League of Cities meeting sponsored by the town. Nevertheless, the district is prepared to initiate trash removal from district rights-of-way once a month, according to the staff report.

Also, pursuant to board discussion on Feb. 12, district staff has received four proposals to install a digital security camera system to replace the district’s analog system installed in 2010. Staff is evaluating the proposals to assure that each vendor is bidding on the same scope of work, and that a fair and open bid proposal and award is conducted. The district included $10,000 for a new security system in its 2017-18 budget, and all proposals received are within the budgeted amount.

The board will also discuss progress of scanning of documents for the current fiscal year to be placed online. Scanning is complete for all district permits and warrants. Construction plan drawings for a bridge culvert permit that was submitted prior to standard digital copy access will be digitized at a local printing company. Scanning of the district’s Bank United loan for road paving is underway, according to the staff report.