Page 8 - Southern Exposure - March '22
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Page 8, Southern Exposure

                                                              northern notes

                                                 Maintenance Is The Key

                                   By Katie Roundtree, Director of Finance and Administration, Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District

        We all know that the best                       Staff can perform a visual inspection of the visible sections of   have excellent long-term planning for the replacement/upgrade
      way to keep our car, our air                      a pipe but only a diver can conduct an inspection of the pipe’s   of systems. Northern’s staff prepares a Five-Year Maintenance
      conditioning and even our                         interior. Another example is the inspection of the pumps at each   and Capital Projects Plan that documents the future needs of
      lawnmowers running at peak                        of the pump stations. Staff can perform the general servicing   each area that we serve. The plan is used to forecast future
      efficiency is to have them                        that keeps the pumps operational but only a specialist can hoist   projects based on priority and budgetary considerations. The
      serviced regularly. This is a                     a pump out of the water and perform the full mechanical service   plan specifically identifies projects in excess of $10,000 and
      principle that people try to                      that maintains the working life of the pump. On their own, or in   categorizes them into maintenance or capital depending on
      live by because, in the long                      conjunction with a contractor, Northern’s staff works every day   the funding source. Maintenance projects are typically funded
      run,  it  saves  us  time  and                    to keep the inspections schedule on track.         through the annual budget where capital projects are typically
      money. It is also one of the                        Regular inspection and servicing enables Northern to get the   funded through the issuance of debt. This document is updated
      principles on which Northern                      best possible working life from each of its improvements and to   annually during the budget process and is used as a tool for
      operates every day.                                                                                  scheduling and budgeting projects. The plan is intended to be
        Northern’s staff perform regular inspections and servicing of                                      a working document and is revised periodically to reflect the
      the various improvements we own and operate. They are part of a                                      changing dynamics of the district.
      planned program and each staff                                                                         Northern’s staff works hard every day to ensure that the
      person knows the schedule for                                                                        improvements that they maintain are in top condition and
      the improvements under their                                                                         working order. We strive to provide the highest quality service
      care. These inspections and                                                                          to the landowners that we serve.
      services  are  conducted  by                                                                           NPDES tip: Safely use and dispose pesticide. If all of the
      a combination of staff and                                                                           pesticide cannot be properly used, check with your solid waste
      contractors. An example is the                                                                       management authority to find out when and where to properly
      inspection of pipes/culverts.                                                                        dispose of this type of hazardous waste.

      art haPPenings from page 6

        Known  to  be
      the  premier  plein
      air  festival  in  the
      Southeastern United
      States, the carefully
      selected artists come
      to  the  Lighthouse
      ArtCenter’s Plein Air
      Festival to compete
      for over  $20,000  in
      cash and prizes. The
      artists’ work will be                             Sneary will be doing a watercolor paint demonstration at
      judged  by  Patrick                               the stunning Port Salerno Waterfront District. All of the   paint giving students the opportunity to paint and receive
      Saunders.  Saunders                               paintings can be viewed and will be available for purchase   individual instruction. Carl Bretzke’s “Painting Sunset and
      is an award-winning                               at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery. Real-time updates are   Dusk,” takes place April 2 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., starting at
      artist  who  travels  Tropical Paradise by Neil Hughes  available on Instagram @lighthousearts.      the LAC and traveling to DuBois Park. The mini-workshop
      North   America,                                    Three of the exceptional artists will be offering in-person   will focus on painting sunset and dusk and will include a slide
      creating fine art, teaching painting workshops, and judging   workshops for all levels starting at $125. Neil Hughes is   presentation, demonstration, and a group paint-out during the
      painting competitions. He began plein air painting in 2013   offering a two-day workshop, “Interpreting the Landscape,”   sunset with individual help. Then on April 3, Erin Dertner is
      and has earned awards from numerous nationally recognized   March 30 to 31. The workshop will discuss and demonstrate   offering a full day of oil painting instruction, demonstrations,
      events.                                           technique and various approaches to the applications of the   and painting in “Afraid of Color and Texture?”
        Free artist  demonstrations  take place  in picturesque
      locations from 9 to 11 a.m. on March 28 to 31. Monday, March
      28 from 9 to 11 a.m., artist Marc Anderson will be painting at
      the House of Refuge Museum located at 301 S.E. MacArthur
      Blvd., Stuart, FL 34996. The stunning scenery provides a
      breathtaking setting to learn about creating beautiful plein air.
      Tuesday, March 29, artist Natalia Andreeva will be painting
      at the Juno Beach Pier and focusing on the logic behind
      making decisions on picking a subject and mixing color.
      Wednesday, March 30, 9 to 11 a.m., Mary Hertler Tallman
      will be using pastels to show the light and shadow in the
      picturesque DuBois Park. Thursday, March 31, artist Richard


            NO JOB TOO SMALL

          u Water Stains        u Screen Repair
          u Painting            u Leak Repair
          u Caulking            u Misc. Repair
          u Interior/Exterior

                      ... and much more!

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