Residents will no longer have to wait hours to speak their mind at city commission meetings.
Commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously to move public comment from the end of meetings to near the beginning.
Subscribers get total access to this story, and all our in-depth news, digital editions and exclusive content. Subscribe today, or try a 24-hour or 7-day digital pass.
All Day Access — 24-hour digital pass99¢ for 24 hours
All Week Access – 7-day digital pass$3.99 for 7 days
All Access, All the Time – Print & DigitalView Offers
Post Print Subscriber — I need to register my account for digital access.Access Digital
Registered Post Subscriber — Sign me in.Sign In
The West Palm Beach city commission on Tuesday:
- Voted 4-1 to postpone awarding a $200,000 settlement to ex-firefighter captain Rick Curtis. Curtis, who was fired in 2011 following a DUI conviction that was later overturned, said he agreed to the settlement under pressure and said he should be given his pension back. City Attorney Claudia McKenna said Curtis gave up his pension voluntarily. Commissioners will reconsider at the next commission meeting.
- Voted unanimously to spend $94,000 a year for four years to implement a computerized time and attendance system for employees, which had been a long standing internal audit recommendation. City staff said the new system will result in cost savings for the city and allow for greater control in monitoring employees’ time at work. The commission previously voted to spend nearly $500,000 for the first year of the system, which included purchase of the clocks and software licenses.
- Voted unanimously to spend $13,120 to upgrade street lighting in the Coleman Park neighborhood as part of the city’s revitalization effort. The increase in wattage will cost the city $5,354 per year.