FINANCE AND BUILDING DEPARTMENTS
Town Commission/Town Manager
The Town of Highland Beach is governed by a
Commission-Manager form of government. This means that the elected officials appoint a
Town Manager, who is responsible for the
administration of all the affairs of the Town. The Town Commission directs policy and the
Town Manager implements it. The Town Commission consists of five members: a Mayor, a Vice
Mayor, and three Commissioners, who are elected in alternate years for two-year terms. [ back to the top ]
Office of the Town Clerk
The Office of the Town Clerk has the responsibility for the
safekeeping of all municipal records. Municipal elections, all State Election laws, and
directives concerning maintenance of voting records are administered by the
Town Clerk. This department is also charged
with the preparation and retention of the Meeting Minutes of the Town Commission and all
The Department of the Town Clerk is staffed by
time and one part time employees. Residents may direct their municipal questions and
concerns to the Town Clerks office.[ Back to the top ]
The Towns Finance Department has overall
responsibility for administration and management of the Town budget, investments, debts
and assets. They work in conjunction with the Town Commission, Town Manager and other
department heads in the preparation and adoption of the annual budget, and expenditure of
public funds based on that budget. At the close of the year, the Finance Department works
with the Towns auditors to prepare the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
The Finance Department also coordinates accounts payable,
accounts receivable, and purchasing activities for all departments, including the billing
of residents for utilities services. Additionally, they administer risk management and
insurance programs, including employee benefits, retirement packages and payroll.
The Finance Department is staffed by two full time
and one part time
employees. Questions or concerns related to any of the Finance Departments duties
and responsibilities should be directed to the
Director.[ Back to the top ]
The Building Department has the responsibility of ensuring
that all new buildings and renovations meet applicable building codes as well as local
ordinances. Plans are checked by experts in different fields before any building permit is
issued. Construction sites are inspected regularly during the building process, and a
thorough inspection is made before a Certificate of Occupancy is granted.
The Building Department is staffed by three full time and
one part time employees. Questions about the Building or Maintenance Departments may be
directed to the Building Official, or you may
us via e-mail. [ Back to the top ]
Other Municipal Services
- U.S. Postal Station: Operated by one full time and
two part time staff.
- Fire/Rescue Services: Operated by personnel from the
City of Delray Beach Fire Department
- Solid Waste Services: Waste
- Legal Services: Hodgson, Russ LLP
- Auditing Services: Nowlen, Holt
and Miner, P.A.
- Engineering Services: CH2MHILL
Highland Beach Library
The Highland Beach library houses over 18,000 volumes, in
addition to 2,000 movie videos, 200 DVDs, 800 audio books, a nice collection of magazines
and newspapers, and a Children's Collection with over 2,500 books and videos.
The Highland Beach Library is staffed by
2 full-time and 4
part-time employees, as well as 15 volunteers. The Library is open from:
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Among the computer services the Library offers its patrons
are internet access and Microsoft Word. We hold a book sale twice a year - once in
March and once in November. Other activities include a children's reading program
for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas; a monthly newsletter; access to the Library
catalog through the Town's website, and a speakers program this year featuring ten Florida
(New York Times) best seller authors.
Questions pertaining to the Library and its activities
should be directed to the
Library Director.[ Back to the top ]
Highland Beach Police Department
The Highland Beach Police Department is staffed by twelve
full time law enforcement personnel and one administrative assistant, and operates 24
hours per day, 7 days per week with at least 3 men per shift.
The Police Department operates under a Community Policing
concept, and its primary function is to serve and protect the residents of the Town
of Highland Beach, their guests, and their families. Most of the calls responded to are
medical and alarm related, as the Town has an extremely low crime rate.
The Police Department is also responsible for enforcing all
state, county and local laws and ordinances. All staff members are required to follow
state guidelines for re-training and re-certification. In addition, the Town supports its
officers who seek to further their own individual criminal justice backgrounds through
In addition to is vehicular patrol, the Highland Beach
Police Department also utilizes bicycles to patrol the Town. Not only does this allow
our officers to patrol in areas that are difficult to access with a car, but also gives
them an opportunity to get "up close" to residents who are out and about, in
keeping with the department's Community-Oriented policing.
The Highland Beach Police can be reached Monday through
Friday during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at 561-266-5800, and at all
other times at 561-276-2458. Questions or concerns regarding the Highland Beach Police
Department should be directed to the
Public Works Department
The Town of Highland Beach owns and operates its own
Reverse Osmosis Water
Treatment facility, which was completed and went on-line in October 2004. The
Towns raw water supply comes from a 1,000 foot deep well, drawing
water from the Floridan aquifer. Treated water is stored in a 300,000 gallon above ground storage tank
500,000 gallon elevated storage tank before eventually being released into the Towns water distribution system.
Approximately 1.3 million gallons of water are treated by the Towns Water Plant each
The sewer system is also owned and maintained by the Town,
which includes over 8 miles of sewer lines and five sewer pumping stations. Wastewater is
pumped to Delray Beach, where is it transported further to the South Palm Beach County
Wastewater Regional Treatment Plant where it receives tertiary treatment and is pumped
into the ocean through Delray Beach outfall, terminating at an eighty foot depth
approximately one mile offshore.
The Town of Highland Beach currently services approximately
560 utility customers. Water meters are read every other month and residents are billed
for two months of service at a time. Billing for Utility Services is handled by the
Towns Finance Department.
The Water Treatment Plant is operated 24 hours a day, seven
days a week, and is staffed by seven full time employees. Questions about the Towns
Water Treatment facility or Public Works Department may be directed to the
Public Works Director.[ Back to
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