The Town of Palm Beach will move forward with a Peer Review of the Town-wide Undergrounding of Utilities Master Plan, which includes the cost estimates, phasing and sequencing plans. The process requires the Town hiring an independent engineering firm to review the current master plan. The Town, with input from the Underground Utilities Task Force, has created a Request for a Proposal for firms interested in providing Peer Review services.
A Peer Review selection committee has been created and will review the Proposals and make recommendations to the UUTF and Town Council. The Peer Review will not slow down the project nor stop the project team from getting “shovels in the ground”. Rather this process is intended to take a parallel track to the detailed design and construction efforts.
The Palm Beach Civic Association has agreed to fund 50%, up to $50,000, of the Peer Review cost.
The Peer Review process was used successfully with the Town’s ten-year shore protection plan and ultimately provided strategic advice to the Town.