EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MINUTES:
Minutes of meeting
MAY 18, 2001
(THIS IS A PUBLIC DOCUMENT)
The Miami River
Commission Executive Committee was called to order at 8:00 AM at
Greenstreets Café located at 3468 Main Highway, Coconut Grove.
Members attending were:
Chairman: Bob Parks
Members: Phil Everingham, Dick Bunnell, Jim Murley, Gary Winston, Gerardo Fernandezl
Managing Director: David Miller
Assistant Managing Director: Brett Bibeau
Others Attending: Fran Bohnsack, Sonny Holtzman, Charles Morton, Lester Goldstein
opened the meeting with a discussion regarding the five agenda items
pertaining to the Miami River Dredging Project, which will be heard by
the Board of County Commissioners on May 22, 2001.
A lengthy presentation strategy ensued.
Gerardo Fernandez contacted the Army Corps of Engineers Deputy
Commander Boruch, who will attend the May 22 Board of County Commission
hearing to support the Miami River Dredging project.
The Executive Committee asked Brett Bibeau to attempt to have the
Board of County Commission set a “time certain” for the dredging
agenda items to be heard. Brett
Bibeau stated he would ask Commissioner Gwen Margolis, Chair, Board of
County Commissioners, for a “time certain” when he meets with the
Commissioner, Mr. Bunnell and Dr. Bohnsack at a previously scheduled May
21 meeting, regarding the dredging agenda items.
Bibeau stated he would notify the Miami River Commission members
and interested parties of the “time certain”.
“Operation Riverwalk” representatives contacted the Miami River Commission regarding efforts to allocate funds to make vessels on the Miami River, seized by U.S. Customs, into artificial reefs in the Bay. Brett Bibeau passed on David Miller’s request, for the Executive Committee to consider spending a portion of the previously awarded $300,000 FDEP preliminary dredging coordination grant, to partially fund the removal of these seized vessels, which would impede the Miami River Dredging project. Currently the dredging will not come closer than 25 feet from existing structures and bulkheads. The removal of these seized vessels would allow the dredging to be done closer to the shores where they are currently docked, and inoperable, due to seizure. Gary Winston moved to expend no more than $4,000 from the FDEP grant for the removal of the vessels, Mr. Fernandez seconded the motion, which the Executive Committee passed unanimously.
discussion as to whether this is a permissible expenditure of the
awarded FDEP grant contract, Mr. Winston withdrew his motion, and Mr.
Fernandez withdrew his second. The
Executive Committee requested the item be on the June 4 Miami River
Commission agenda for further discussion with the full board.
Bohnsack made a brief presentation proposing the Miami River Commission
and Miami River Marine Group partnering in a Miami River Art Auction.
The Executive Committee asked Dr. Bohnsack to provide a detailed
proposal in writing to the Miami River Commission on June 4, and
requested the item be on the agenda.
stated David Miller would like the Executive Committee to consider an
expenditure for the Miami River Commission Office’s first lap top
computer, scanner, and fax machine. The expenditures were unanimously approved.
The meeting was adjourned.