South Palm Beach: News briefs

State Road A1A safety — Mayor Bonnie Fischer said the state is investigating the possibility of lowering the town speed limit and of installing crosswalks — as well as installing bicycle safety signs — following a Jan. 29 forum on State Road A1A safety needs. She said she spoke with Florida Department of Transportation official Jonathan Overton following the forum. Overton attended the forum and heard from residents about their desire for crosswalks.

Safety committee in the works — After some confusion regarding the creation of an ad hoc resident committee to investigate safety matters on A1A, a resident from the Palm Beach Harbour Club reminded the council at its February meeting that a number of residents had signed up for that committee. She said she expected that James Donatelli, who made a detailed proposal at the January forum, would serve as chairman.

Urged by Vice Mayor Bill LeRoy to “strike while the iron is hot,” the council unanimously approved the formation of the committee.

Council honors Gottlieb and Fein — The council recognized the contributions of former member Robert Gottlieb and longtime administrative assistant Sandy Fein at its February meeting.

Keeping Town Hall standing — On the recommendation of Town Manager Jamie Titcomb, the council authorized repairs needed to maintain the integrity of the aging Town Hall.

As Titcomb noted, the building must endure “at least one more hurricane season” while the planning and construction of the new Town Hall is completed. Titcomb said engineers have deemed the repairs necessary.

League representative chosen — The council selected Mayor Fischer as the town’s voting delegate to the Palm Beach County League of Cities. The rest of the council was approved as eligible to serve as the alternate to the league.

Streetlights on the fritz — Town Manager Jamie Titcomb reported that several malfunctioning streetlights in the south end of town have been repaired repeatedly in recent months. He said he would look into the possibility of making significant improvements to the system.

— Brian Biggane

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