By Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporter

DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA – The City will hold its Regular Commission Meeting at 4PM on Tuesday, May 5th virtually, and is available via live-streaming to the public. Any resident can comment publicly on any matter by leaving a voicemail message that will be played during meeting and made a part of the public record.

Delray Beach City Hall, Palm Beach County, Florida
The City of Delray Beach will hold its Regular Commission Meeting at 4PM on Tuesday, May 5th, photo by Mike S Payton.

Deputy Vice Mayor Shirley Johnson discussed the ongoing effects of the pandemic on the local community on the Facebook video Delray Beach COVID-19 UPDATE: Tuesday, April 28, 2020. When asked about how the reopening of the city will look, she admitted that is the big question.

She announced that “City commissioners are coming back to city hall in the form of a virtual city commission meeting on May the 5th at 4PM. It’s time the city came back as a commission and show that we are still – even though we assigned Mr Gretsas as city manager, that we are still here and representing our residents.”

The meeting is set to run for two hours, from 4PM to 6PM, and the agenda has been published online on the city’s web site. The agenda includes direction on joining the video stream as well as submitting comments. Any member of the public wishing to comment publicly on any matter, including public comment or public hearing items, may submit their comments by dialing (561) 243 – 7555 and leaving a voicemail message.

The message will be played during the City Commission meeting and made a part of the public record. The voicemail must state your full name, state your address and leave a comment no longer than three minutes. All public comments must be addressed to the Commission as a body and not to individual Commissioners or staff and personal verbal attacks will not be tolerated.

Some hot topics for the meeting will likely be the request by several local businesses to excuse payments owed the City by invoking the Force Majeure provision of their contracts. The most significant is the Delray Yacht Cruises payment to the City in the amount of $10,000 on a monthly basis. If this passes there may be more requests following suit.

Another big ticket item is the approval to award Wynn & Sons Environmental Construction Co., Inc. of West Palm Beach, utilizing the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners Solicitation No. 2017055 to purchase construction services related to annual pathways and minor construction in the estimated amount of $750,000 through January 22, 2021.

The motion will also authorize the City Manager to approve renewal options, contingent upon appropriation of funds. Wynn & Sons Environmental Construction was implicated in a kickback scandal reported by the Palm Beach Post in 2012 when Daniel Wynn told The Post he is being treated as a witness, not a suspect.

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