GENERAL COMMITTEE MINUTES:
Minutes of meeting
Miami River Commission Policy Committee members
attending interested in the River:
I. MRC Chairperson Report:
Irela Bagué wished everyone a Happy New Year, and asked to entertain a
motion on the MRC’s
Bagué noted the MRC’s 2005
Report has been provided. Chairperson
Bagué stated she was proud of the MRC’s 2005 accomplishments on
working with the public and private sectors to successfully improve the
Miami River Corridor last year, and anticipates further progress in
Chairperson Bagué reminded meeting attendees of the MRC’s Greenway’s Retreat, scheduled Friday, January 13, 2006 at Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk, from 11:30 – 3:30, and all day at the Robert King High New Board Room, 1407 NW 7 ST on January 20. Chairperson Bagué noted MRC staff distributed the Retreat agendas. Chairperson Bagué strongly encouraged everyone’s participation in this important MRC event, focused on the future maintenance, security and special events necessary to ensure the long-term success of the Miami River Greenway.
Chairperson Bagué stated in order to ensure ample opportunity for public input, the provided draft “3rd Annual Update” of the Miami River Corridor Urban Infill Plan would have one final public workshop on January 18, 1407 NW 7 ST, 6 PM, prior to being considered for adoption by the MRC on February 6. Chairperson Bagué noted MRC staff distributed the agenda for this important public workshop, and encouraged everyone’s attendance.
Review Draft MRC “Request for Proposals” (RFP) for the
Fabrication and Installation of Miami River Greenway Historical Markers
Paid for Via a Villagers, Inc. $25,000 Grant -
Dr. Ernie Martin, Chair of the Greenways Subcommittee, provided a brief
background of the aforementioned project. Dr. Martin stated the Miami
River Commission would issue and administer the standard RFP.
Fabrication and installation of historical signs, noted Dr.
Martin, would be paid for by a $25,000 grant from the Villagers, Inc.,
one of the oldest preservation organizations in
Dr. Martin noted some of the historical marker sites are on constructed greenways, therefore would be immediately installed, while other markers may require temporary storage until the greenway is completed, prior to installation. Chairperson Bagué asked who would be responsible if any marker storage was required, and Dr. Martin replied the winning bidder of the RFP, would be responsible for sign storage, if immediate installation wasn’t feasible.
Dr. Fran Bohnsack, Miami River Marine Group, stated she hoped some of the markers would recognize historical marine industrial sites along the Miami River Greenway. Mr. Brett Bibeau, MRC Managing Director, noted the developers of Latitude on the River had pledged to the MRC that they would install a historical marker on their publicly accessible riverwalk section, because their site was the location of Miami Shipyards, a marine industrial business which made President Kennedy’s World War II Patrol Boat. Chairperson Bagué recommended discussing sites for additional historical markers at the MRC January 20 Greenways Retreat.
Mr. Bibeau noted
the RFP bid evaluation committee consisted of one member from the MRC,
TPL and the City of
Martin made a motion to authorize MRC
staff to advertise the “Request for Proposals” for the fabrication
and installation of
Mr. Buermann stated the MRC and staff has done everything possible to pursue the federal cost share balance due to complete the project. Mr. Buermann announced the Dredging subcommittee’s regularly scheduled publicly noticed meetings continue to be held on the third Wednesday of every month, 10 AM, at 1407 NW 7 ST, therefore the next meeting is on January 18.
Urban Infill Working Group
Mr. Murley noted
the UIWG is preparing two new exhibits, one focused on new
Chairperson Bagué recommended that the MRC host a “Development Summit” in the near future to discuss the maintenance and security along the Miami River Greenway, present the MRC’s recently adopted “Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation Report”, and recommend incorporation of water related / water dependent components in mixed-use projects.
recommended that MRC staff work in conjunction with the Trust for
suggested that MRC staff continue to participate in the
Murley announced the next regular publicly noticed monthly meeting will
be held on January 18 at
, immediately followed by the Infill Plan Update Workshop at
next Stormwater Subcommittee’s regularly scheduled first Wednesday of
the month publicly noticed meeting is scheduled for February 1,
, in the Miami River Inn,
Economic Development & Commerce
Coast Guard Captain James Maes, stated the
Dr. Bohnsack stated the next regularly scheduled second Tuesday of the month Miami River Security meeting is January 10, , at the U.S. Coast Guard station. Dr. Bohnsack invited the MRC to participate in the Multi-Agency Team Building Enhancement System Training (MATES) three-day workshop in February. Details will soon follow.
New Business – Chairperson
Bagué stated the
There being no further business to come before the meeting, the meeting adjourned.