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RIVER COMMISSION GREENWAY
SUBCOMMITTEE AND QUALITY OF LIFE JOINT MINUTES:
Minutes of meeting
Dec. 13, 2006
(THIS IS A PUBLIC DOCUMENT)
The Miami River
Commission’s (MRC) Greenways Subcommittee (GSC) met as regularly
scheduled on the second Wednesday of the month, December 13, 2006, 2:00
PM, 1407 NW 7 ST, New Board Room. Dr.
chaired the meeting. The
attendance sheet is enclosed..
I. Discussion of Greenway
Connectors Needed on County-Owned Property on North Shore Beneath the
South Miami Avenue Bridge & Metro-Rail, South Shore Beneath the
Metro-Rail & Metro-Mover – Dr.
asked Mr. Brett Bibeau, MRC Managing Director, if he had received any
updates regarding funding sources for MRC-recommended greenway
connectors from Ms. Priscilla Morales Miami Dade County Public Works.
Mr. Bibeau replied he had not spoken to Ms. Morales recently, yet
intended to broach the subject with her at the December 13 Bicycle
Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting. Dr.
Martin noted he has inquired with the County about the possibility of
including funding for the aforementioned needed greenway connectors in
the County’s budget, which would leave the County’s $7.5 million
line item in their Bond issue available for other unfunded sections of
the Miami River Greenway. Dr. Martin noted if new County appropriations
aren’t secured to fund the creation of Greenway connectors on County
owned public right-of-way, the bond line item funding should be
reported Mr. Herndstadt, Miami-Dade County CIP, indicated the potential
for the County to include the greenways line item in an earlier bond
series than the currently programmed 2010-2013.
II. Discuss Future Miami River Greenway Governance – Dr.
Martin recognized Ms. Diane Waters, City of
Miami Public Works
, and informed her of continued MRC efforts to address future
maintenance and governance of the Miami River Greenway.
discussing the topic of greenway maintenance, the GSC distributed and
cited Section 22-5(a) “Duty to Dispose of trash and prevent
accumulations” of the City of Miami Code : Property owners of
unimproved property or owners, occupants, tenants and lessees of
improved property shall be responsible for keeping the area around the
dumpster(s) or container(s) in a clean and presentable condition as well
as keeping the sidewalk, side parkway and swale area and other public
rights-of-way, clear of all trash and litter, and shall maintain their
property in a clean, mowed, cut and litter-free manner, including
sidewalks, grass strips, swale area of rights-of-way up to the edge of
the pavement of any public street.”Ms. Waters stated violations of the City code should be reported
to 311, and the City would send inspectors and cite violations.
Martin noted the City of Miami Parks Department or Public Works should
provide services to maintain the Miami River Greenway on City owned
property. Dr. Martin added
there needs to be more effort on behalf of the City to address the
responsibility of adjacent property owners in terms of greenway
maintenance, and address enforcement procedures.
Bibeau distributed an e-mail from Mr.
, Chief of Staff for City
, in regards to the aforementioned topic. Mr. Wright had suggested that
the GSC discuss and seek further input from Public Works, the Parks
Department and Code Enforcement regarding private property owners’
maintenance responsibilities and enforcement procedures. Per
Mr. Brown’s request, Mr. Bibeau agreed to forward the email and
related section of the City Code to Mr. Ruano.
Mr. Kevin Brown,
Consultech, stated he had met with Ms. Stephanie Grindell, Director of
City of Miami Public Works Department, and Mary Conway, the City of
’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), whom had directed City of
Miami Public Works
to maintain on-road greenways on public rights-of-way. Ms.
Waters agreed to forward an e-mail to MRC staff, regarding Ms.
Grindell’s e-mailed commitment to provide maintenance along the City
owned sections of the Miami River Greenway.Dr. Martin and MRC staff thanked the City of
for their maintenance commitment and inquired if it included both litter
removal and landscaping.Ms.
Waters stated she would ask Ms. Grindell, and provide details at a
future GSC meeting.
Bibeau provided an update regarding the two restaurants adjacent to the
and Water Sewer Department’s (WASD) Pump Station #1 potentially
utilizing the vacant parking lot for free valet service, as recommended
in a letter to the WASD by MRC Chair Irela Bagué. Recent
MRC Stormwater subcommittee minutes reflect Mr. Rod Lovette, WASD,
offering to schedule a meeting with the adjacent business owners and Mr.
Vega, WASD, to discuss the necessary WASD permit.Mr. Lovette stated the WASD would like to enter into the permit
agreement with one entity rather than two, therefore suggested MRC staff
brief the two adjacent restaurant owners regarding the concept to be
discussed at their upcoming meeting, and ensure their willingness to
partner in the potential permit agreement.Therefore, MRC staff recently met with the owners, whom agreed to
obtain all required permits, hire a full time attendant for the adjacent
valet service parking lot, and split any related costs to provide the
necessary adjacent spaces for their growing businesses, which currently
suffer from inadequate parking. Mr.
Bibeau added MRC staff would not attend the upcoming meeting, which will
be directly between the WASD and the adjacent business owners, to
discuss their potential permit agreement.Ms. Chase stated Mr. Robert Ruano directed her to ask if a City
permit would be necessary for the potential use of the County’s vacant
parking lot for valet service.Mr.
Bibeau replied the WASD indicated only a County permit is required, yet
the business owners are willing and would be required to obtain any
necessary permits for their potential use of the County owned vacant
Bibeau stated the FDOT removed litter and mowed along the River’s
south shoreline, to the east and west of the NW 27 Ave Bridge, using
free labor provided by guarded inmates.Mr. Bibeau asked the GSC what it thought about asking the free
labor offered by the FL Department of Corrections, to remove litter and
mow along additional appropriate sections of the
, perhaps including:
South River Drive
NW 27th Avenue
NW 20th Street, North
River Drive between
NW 33rd Street
NW 24th Street
, beneath I-836.Dr. Martin
noted this free labor opportunity was worth exploring to provide litter
removal, while saving public funds.Dr. Martin asked the GSC attendees to determine if the City and
County have graffiti removal coordinators.
III. Discussion of
Metropolitan Planning Organization 2007 Transportation Studies “Call
for Ideas” – MRC
staff distributed the MPO’s 2007 Transportation Studies “Call for
Ideas” and asked if the GSC would like to submit, as part of the
MPO’s Unified Planning Working Program, their own idea for a future
MPO study entitled, “Miami River Greenway Governance Plan” The plan
would address ongoing maintenance and governance of the greenway. Ms.
Chase distributed a draft of the GSC’s submittal and noted the
deadline to submit ideas was
January 12, 2007
GSC authorized MRC staff to submit the presented summary of the MPO
creating a “Miami River Greenway Governance Plan”.
IV. Status of Miami River Greenway Historic Markers – Ms.
Baron Sign Manufacturing
contractors would begin the marker installation process on Monday,
December 18 (digging), inspections on December 19, and install the 6
historic markers on December 20. Ms. Chase noted the marker’s
porcelain panels would replace the temporary digital prints within a
month. Mr. Brown suggested
that Ms. Chase contact Mr. Chris Rogers, Yazi, to ensure the contractors
are abiding by the approved installation guidelines.MRC staff reported the Villagers have made two 25% payments on
the contract, the third 25% invoice due “prior to installation” has
been submitted, and the final 25% invoice will be paid after
Bibeau reported the frame of the City of
’s previously installed historic marker post at the Miami River Inn
was missing, and asked when the porcelain enamel panels with the text
and images would be installed. Mr. Brown suggested contacting Mr.
, City of
, whom is the project manager.
V. Discuss Status of Draft
Miami River Greenway Regulatory Design Standards –Mr.
Brown stated that the Design Standards and Guidelines do not have to
wait for consideration as part of the “Miami 21” ordinance. Mr.
Bibeau noted until the new Riverwalk design guidelines and
specifications are adopted by the City Commission, the City code has an
existing set of Riverwalk design guidelines and standards, and sections
of the zoning code further require publicly accessible riverwalks.The GSC agreed to invite Mr. Enrique Nunez, City of Miami
Planning Department, to the next GSC meeting.
VI. Update on Miami River Greenway Development – Mr.
, Consul Tech on behalf of City of Miami Capital Improvement Department,
provided the following update:
FDOT has signed off
on the federal checklist; City of
waiting on the final execution of the LAP agreements on the
and Flagler Extension awarded grants
SW 6th Street
has been cleared for an approved development, “Reflections on the
City is asking the developer to include the on-road greenway in the
adjacent ROW, saving that portion of the awarded grant funding.Furthermore, constructing the on-road greenway now would be
damaged by the immediately adjacent construction site.Similarly, the portion adjacent to the planned Jose Marti
Park Gym will be constructed in coordination with the construction
of the Gym, which is scheduled to commence in February 2007.
Ms. Chase noted she
had emailed Mr. Lionel Zapata regarding contacting FP&L to
install lighting along already completed greenway segments, but had
not received a response.
Review and Discussion of Spring Garden Civic Association’s November
28, 2006 Recommendations of Draft Spring Garden Miami River Greenway
Plans -MRC staff distributed a letter from Spring Garden Civic Association
(SGCA) President Charles Flowers to Mr.
following their November 13, 2006 meeting. Mr.
Brown provided the following responses to the letters points:
(page 1): City of
will comply with the recommendation to save most of the trees, such
as those where the planned on-street parking is being eliminated.The arborist determined Tropical Almond Tree #292 is in
unsafe condition, therefore must be removed.Mr. Brown noted the arborist will revisit the site and the
– (2nd page 1st paragraph) – City is
considering – no legal problems with the concept
page, 2nd paragraph): will first address the balance
between providing on-street parking and landscaping; agreed that the
section adjacent to the Bermuda House does not require on-street
parking; City has approved eliminating on-street parking in front of
vacant lots along NW 9th Avenue
2 - 3rd paragraph: City will be consistent with having
the on-road Greenway along the riverside of the street
2 – 4th paragraph: City has agreed to recommended shift
of easternmost trash receptacle and bench to the Point Park Entrance
signage (page 3, 1st paragraph): City agreed to
easternmost directional signage pointing out downtown and
to the east,
, and the Health District to the west, and the westernmost
directional signage will point out the Health District to the west,
and Downtown to the east.Mr.
Brown will submit the SGCA’s request to have access to the
informational kiosks to post SGCA related event notices
lighting (Page 3, 2nd paragraph): City will maintain
FP&L required 15-foot height decorative light poles, which FPL
is required to maintain
pick-up (page 3, last paragraph): Mr. Brown suggested contacting
Solid Waste to address bulk trash removal
Bibeau asked for an update regarding Lummus Landing, Mr. Brown noted he
had met with Mr. Ruano, Ms. Grindell and Ms. Conway to discuss the
status of Lummus Landing. Mr.
Brown reported that the project had not been budgeted. Mr. Bibeau stated
the City had received a $900,000 grant from FDOT for the project
entitled, “Lummus Landing”. Mr. Brown explained $750,000 of the
$900,000 had been utilized to construct the Segment A Greenway extension
NW 6th Avenue
NW 3rd Street
North River Drive
). Mr. Brown added he did
not know if the remaining $150,000 had been utilized. Mr. Brown
suggested contacting Ms. Lisa Mazique, Economic Development, for future
Review of Miami River Greenway Riverwalk Cross Sections –
No updates were reported. Ms. Chase noted she would follow up with the
City of Miami Planning Department in an effort to obtain the remaining
cross sections of approved riverwalks.
New Business –The
GSC addressed the following items:
Bibeau provided WASD concept drawings to façade Pump Station #1 in
a similar architectural fashion as the adjacent historic Scottish
Rite Temple, located on the Miami River’s South Shore at NW North
River Drive and NW 3 ST. Mr. Bibeau noted $100,000 was currently
available for the façade treatment, yet the WASD requests a formal
approval of the concept drawings form the MRC.The GSC recommended approval of the proposed plans. Mr.
Bibeau noted he would present the plans to the MRC’s Urban Infill
Working Group and Executive Board.
Junefest: MRC staff
distributed an informational packet regarding a proposed river
special event, “Junefest.” Mr. Bibeau noted the organizers of
the festival wished to utilize Lummus Landing for a cricket clinic,
yet were concerned the site would not be cleared and sod placed in
time for the festival. Ms.
Chase added MRC staff planned to meet with Mr. Alain Leroy, Junefest,
and Commissioner Spence-Jones to determine a possible solution in
early January.Mr. Brown
stated he told Ms. Conway, Ms. Grindell and Mr. Ruano about the
Junefest event planned in the Lummus Landing area of
distributed a City of
ordinance creating a special taxing district in
to provide off duty police officers for 24-7 security, and noted
this is a precedent of one means to generate a reoccurring revenue
source to fund security along the Miami River Greenway.Mr. Bibeau noted the original creation of the Special Taxing
District was approved by the voters in
at a referendum.
The Greenways subcommittee confirmed their next regularly
scheduled second Wednesday of the month, , meeting for January 10, 2007, 1407 NW 7 Street, New Board