The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 27, 1998 · Page 167
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 167

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Friday, March 27, 1998
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THE PALM BEACH POST FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 1998 36 Panel favors Ryder to run school buses Under Ryder's plan, next year's transit budget would shrink from $3.7 million to $3.3 million. By Joe Vidueira Palm Beach Post Staff Writer STUART A school district transportation committee decided Thursday that hiring Ryder Student Transportation Services to run the district's buses made economic sense. After crunching numbers for nearly three hours, the committee decided that Ryder's plan was the best from a financial standpoint, but not necessarily the best overall. Under Ryder's plan, next year's transpor tation budget would shrink from $3.7 million to $3.3 million. Last month the same committee said the district's own transportation department had submitted a better proposal than the four private companies bidding to manage the department next school year. But that evaluation did not include the in-depth financial analysis undertaken on Wednesday, committee members said. They were reconvened by Schools Superintendent Sara Wilcox after a March 17 board meeting left board members confused about the plans' financial details. The group also discussed each bidder's proposed employee benefits and salaries and the need to do something about the district'! aging fleet of buses. Twenty-nine of the school system's 98 buses are more than 10 years old the state's recommended age limit for school buses. Another bidder, Laidlaw, calls for replac ing 38 of the district's buses over three years mm 5 But it also includes the purchase of the entire fleet, something school board members have been reluctant to do in spite of Laidlaw's $1.5 .LEXEJl ! million offer. It s a serious safety issue for us," Laidlaw representative Judy Stern said. The board will hold a public hearing Wednesday. MSL IB )3x3ffiMS3 i JH JkfH .11 JJLB ziwi !Ji.Mf GMia i r L The Bulls-Eye, Happy Holidays, Holiday Treasures and Firecracker II Instant Games officially end Friday, March 27, 1998. All winning tickets must be redeemed by Tuesday, May 26, 1998. Prizes less than $600 may be redeemed at any Florida Lottery Retailer; prizes Give drivers something to look at, expert says 16UO and over must be claimed at a Honda Lottery District umce. Florida toff 'Any planned unit development we can ask to have some of these items. It's very interesting that some of those planning elements being Proposed in our county are receiving national attention. ' ELMIRA GAINEY County commissioner Alfonso's criminal history A look at charges against Michael Leroy Alfonso: May 17, 1990 Arrested, lewd assault on a child after allegedly exposing himself to a child. May 18, 1990 Arrested, kidnapping a child under 13, lewd assault on a child, after attacking a child at gunpoint. Jan. 17, 1991 Sent to a residential psychiatric treatment center in Fort Pierce. Jan. 14, 1992 Adjudicated not guilty by reason of insanity in both cases, ordered into outpatient treatment. Feb. 21, 1992 Arrested, aggravated assault, after he allegedly attacked a woman who said hello to him on a sidewalk while he walked in a group of psychiatric patients from the outpatient facility. She needed 150 stitches to her face after the attack. Dec. 28, 1992 Ruled incompetent to stand trial and sent to a state mental health hospital. Jan. 1996 Ruled competent, returned to stand trial. May 13, 1996 Case dropped; victim couldn't be found. Aug. 20, 1996 Arrested, lewd conduct in the presence of a child after allegedly exposing himself to four boys. March 10, 1997 Case dropped; victims couldn't be found. Jan. 13, 1997 Arrested while in custody, battery on a law enforcement officer. The officer tried to break up a fight between him and another inmate. Jan. 22, 1998 Pleaded no contest, sentenced to a year in the county jail, with credit for time served since 1996 case was dropped. Feb. 24, 1998 Released from jail after earning state-mandated gain time. NO. 430921 REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL The Palm Beach County Workforce Development Board, Inc. (WDB) is soliciting proposals for pre!-production, production and post production serf-vices of (1) to 10 minute Marketing Video, (1) 10 minute Orientation Video, (1) 10 minute EducationalDocumentary Video, (1) half liour Documentary, and (3) 30 seconds Public Servic Announcements (PSA's). Project is scheduled to take two months beginning on or about April 30th, 1998. Proposal packages may be picked up at the Palm Beach County Workforce Develop!-ment Board, 600 S. Dixie Highway, West Ppfrn Beach, Fl. 33401 between 9:00a.m. W 4:00p.m., Monday through Friday. Proposal must be received at PBC Workforce Development Board, 600 So. Dixie Highway, West Palni Beach, Fl. 33401 by April 20, 1998, 12:00 NOON, local time, without exception. , ; PUBLISH 326, 327, & 328 - : By Howie Paul Hartnett Palm Beach Post Staff Writer STUART Transportation expert Walter Kulash's new solutions for' making county roads more efficient are, well, old. In a two-hour presentation to residents and county staffers Thursday, Kulash preached a return to traditional road layouts with trees lining narrow streets leading to neighborhood stores and services. He also advocated lower speed limits and adding more to look at along roadsides, such as trees, stores and even people. "The same thing that people value as a pedestrian they vaiue as a driver," he said. The theory is the more things to distract the driver, the slower the driver will go. And the slower drivers go, the more vehicles a road can handle. Kulash's research indicates the maximum number of cars can move through a given area at no more than 30 mph. Anything more, and the road loses assembly line-like precision. Commissioner Elmira Gainey liked the ideas she heard and be ment we can ask to have some of these items," she said. "It's very interesting that some of those planning elements being proposed in our county are receiving national attention." Kulash's presentation is part of the county's effort to educate the public on its sustainable communities program, an effort to increase the efficient use of facilities and resources. lieves a lot of them can be imple Suspect well known to police to- mented quickly, especially in planned communities such as SeaWind. Plans for the proposed community call for tree-lined roads and bike lanes, among other traffic slowing elements. "Any planned unit develop- for exposing himself to four children. While he was awaiting trial on those charges, he got in a fight with another inmate and injured a court bailiff who tried to break up the fight. 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