Westlake City Council Talks Education and Law Enforcement

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Ahead of Palm Beach County Public Schools opening this week for the 2022-2023 school year, members of the Westlake City Council focused on education when they met Tuesday, August 2 for their meeting. regular monthly.

With the support of Vice Mayor Greg Langowski, the council named Santa Rosa Lane resident Dr. Anita S. Kaplan to the city’s Education and Youth Advisory Council. Kaplan served as Dean of Bachelor’s Programs at Palm Beach State College from 2011 until 2020, when she retired.

Kaplan joins board chair Lisa Liriano, vice chair Wesley Logsdon and members Earle Wright, Jennifer Bermudez and Julie Acevedo on the board. Langowski is the Board Liaison to the Board of Directors.

“Dr. Kaplan has been to every city council meeting. She’s always in the room,” Langowski said. “It shows me that she wants to be involved.”

Mayor JohnPaul O’Connor noted Kaplan’s “life in education” dating back to 1974. “I think Dr. Kaplan would be an absolutely solid choice,” he said.

Kaplan was nominated on a 4-0 vote, also supported by Councilwoman Charlotte Leonard, who attended the online session but was not included in the vote.

Langowski, former chairman of the board of directors of the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, said he was happy to take on liaison work with the Westlake committee. He said he became passionate about children’s issues and raising children during his nine years with the Board of Children’s Services.

Meanwhile, the council’s current project – a back-to-school supplies drive – continues through Wednesday, August 17. paper, can be dropped off at Westlake Adventure Park, located at 16610 Town Center Parkway North.

City Manager Kenneth Cassel also noted that in cooperation with the Daughters of the American Revolution, Westlake provided 600 American History textbooks to Seminole Ridge High School. Students working with the DAR materials will be eligible to enter writing contests and possibly win a trip to Washington, D.C.

In other cases:

• The council voted 4-0 to renew its law enforcement service agreement with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office at a cost of $699,500. That’s a three percent increase — $20,985 — after three years of no increase, Cassel said.

The deal also includes two more Westlake serving assistants, one starting Oct. 1 and the other after Jan. 1, Cassel added.

“I’m incredibly happy with what we’re getting from the sheriff’s office,” O’Connor said. “For what we pay, the amount of resources we get as a city is pretty much unlimited.”

• Council also learned that four license plate reader cameras will soon be installed on Seminole Pratt Whitney Road at the north and south entrances to Westlake.

The city had objected when the cost of the four cameras was $150,000, but when the PBSO discovered it had an excess of cameras, they were offered to Westlake for a total of $27,000, Cassel said. , making their implementation feasible.

“Every license plate going in or out of Westlake will be picked up,” he said, adding that when more roads, such as North 60th Street, connect to the community, there are plans to install there as well. cameras.

• Council expressed support for a Thanksgiving 5K run proposed by Councilman Julian Martinez.

“I’ve always advocated for a healthy lifestyle in Westlake,” Martinez explained. “I think it would be a good way to promote healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle.”

Martinez said he is considering the event including stopwatches, t-shirts, prizes and a shorter course for kids.

“I love the idea,” O’Connor said, and Cassel pledged to support the effort with all available city resources.

Plans were made to form an ad hoc committee led by Martinez to strategize on the event.

• The board approved a three-year extension of the city’s engineering contract with Chen Moore & Associates until September 18, 2025. The initial contract was approved on September 19, 2016, following a selection process competitive.

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