DREDGING COMMITTEE MINUTES:
Minutes of meeting
Apr. 20, 2005
(THIS IS A PUBLIC DOCUMENT)
I. Status of Federal Navigable Channel Project and Funding – Mr. Bunnell asked MRC Managing Director Brett Bibeau for a report. Mr. Bibeau stated he had recently spoken with the Miami River Maintenance Dredging contractor’s project manager, David Cole. Bibeau stated Cole asked to make the following general update at the MRC’s May 2, 2005 meeting, at noon, 1401 NW 7 ST, “New Board Room”:
Mr. Bunnell asked Bibeau for the status of funding for the Dredging the Federal Navigable Channel. Bibeau stated the official $17.7 million federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 appropriation request forms have been submitted. Bibeau stated Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen, City Commission Chairman Joe Sanchez and MRC Chairperson Irela Bagué have recently mailed Miami River Maintenance Dredging support letters to Senator Mel Martinez, and the MRC has recommended similar letters be sent from Mayor Alvarez, Mayor Diaz and Commissioner Barreiro.
Dr. Fran Bohnsack, Miami River Marine Group, asked about the project’s funding timeline. Mr. Bibeau stated that he expected to receive the House and Senate versions of the FY’06 budget in late May 2005, which would be approved no later than September 2005. Mr. Bunnell noted funding for Acceptance Section 3 would need to be available by July 2005, prior to approval of the FY ’06 funding. Bibeau replied he was correct, and the Army Corps has indicated they would continue to refund the $28.5 million in previously appropriated federal funding back to the intended Miami River Maintenance Dredging project, which would fund the Federal cost share of the project until their FY ’06 budget is approved.
Status of “Bank to Bank” Maintenance Dredging Project &
Bibeau stated the executed Miami-Dade County / City of Miami Inter-local
agreement provides a cost share for dredging outside the federal
navigable channel, (“Bank to Bank” dredging), at 62.5% Miami-Dade
County and 37.5% City of Miami. Bibeau
thanked Ms. Charlene Jacks-Palomino, City of
Status of Removal of NW 5th Street Bridge Prior to
Dredging within that Acceptable Section -
Gwin Tate, United States Coast Guard, stated the Florida Department of
Transportation (FDOT) submitted a preliminary application to replace the
NW 5 ST Bridge, which is built into the Federal Navigable Channel.
Mr. Bunnell stated similar to the Gas Line located within the
Federal Navigable Channel, it is his understanding that if FDOT is
unable to remove the existing bridge, which is built into the Federal
Navigable Channel, before the arrival of the Miami River Maintenance
dredger in that vicinity, then FDOT would become responsible to fund
dredging of the remaining sediments which are left behind.
V. New Business- Dr. Bohnsack, MRMG, asked about the status of the Army Corps’ draft Miami River Economic Analysis. Mr. Bibeau stated he has not received an update, and would follow-up with the Army Corps’ Miami River Maintenance Dredging project manager, Rene Perez.
Dredging Subcommittee confirmed their next regularly scheduled third
Wednesday of the month meeting for
The meeting adjourned.