Three items to take home from Tuesday’s Boynton Beach City Commission meeting include:
1. City gets a new assistant manager. Kathryn Matos will join Boynton’s staff as an assistant city manager. She worked for seven years as assistant to the city manager in Sunny Isles Beach, a municipality she says has undergone complete redevelopment. Lori LaVerriere, Boynton’s city manager, said Matos quickly stood out among job applicants and “is desiring to be a city manager some day.” Colin Groff, assistant city manager, and Matt Petty, interim fire chief, were some of the Boynton staffers included in Matos’ interviews. Matos sits on two Florida City and County Management Association committees and the Miami-Dade City and County Management Association executive board.
2. Mayor reiterates early voting dates. Mayor Steven Grant again announced early voting dates for the March 17 election. Early voting will take place from March 7 to March 15 and runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Ezell Hester Community Center, 1901 N. Seacrest Blvd., will open as an early voting site. Other locations in the county can be found on the elections supervisor’s website.
3. City recognizes Say Something Week. The commission on Tuesday recognized nonprofit Sandy Hook Promise’s Say Something program in a proclamation naming March 2 to March 6 for the initiative. The program is observed this week on a national level. The nonprofit aims to teach students how to recognize signs that people might want to hurt themselves or others, and to tell a trusted adult. “We hope you will join us to look at warning signs and threats,” said Eve-Sarah Augustin, a representative for a local Safe School Ambassadors Club. She told commissioners on Tuesday that 400 students recently participated in such training.