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GENERAL COMMITTEE MINUTES:
Minutes of meeting
Irela Bagué, Chair of the Miami River Commission (MRC), led attendees
through the agenda starting at
Miami River Commission Policy Committee members
attending interested in the River:
MRC Chairperson Report:
Chair Bagué stated Mr. Robert Villar has replaced Ms. Amy Gonzalez-Hernandez as the designee for Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez. Chair Bagué welcomed Mr. Villar to the MRC board and thanked Ms. Gonzalez for her support.
Bagué noted the Realtor Association of Greater Miami and the
Beaches had presented the MRC and Mr.
Brett Bibeau, MRC Managing Director, with the “Miami Image
Chair Bagué noted MRC staff is
continuing to plan the 11th annual Miami Riverday Festival,
and sponsorship opportunities remain available through the end of the
month. Ms. Ashley Chase, MRC Assistant Managing Director, noted this
year’s Riverday will be held on
Dredging Subcommittee (DSC) –
Mr. Eric Buermann, Chair of the DSC, stated they had reported last
month that the FY ’07 Energy and Water Bill, which the Senate included
$7 million for dredging, would not be adopted by Congress.
Therefore, a year long FY ’07 Continuing Resolution (CR) is
anticipated to be signed by the President before
Buermann reported authorization to execute the “Local Advanced
Funds” agreement was unanimously approved by the Board of County
Buermann added the ACOE announced during the January DSC meeting that
they intend to award future acceptance sections this month, therefore
dredging will recommence by early summer.
Mr. Buermann noted Mr. Brett Bibeau will attend the Dade DC Fly
in on February 28 and March 1, to support the County’s $26 million
request. Ms. Sallye Jude,
asked if the Corps had formally accepted the proffered Local Advanced
Funding and Mr. Buermann replied the DSC is recommending the Corps
expedite their acceptance of the local funding, which normally takes 3-6
months. Mr. Buermann and Mr.
Bibeau noted there is no guarantee that the entire $26 million federal
cost share balance due will be secured over time. Mr.
Buermann noted the Honorable Congresswomen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz are scheduled to take a
Chair Bagué stated the MRC will be happy when the dredging contractors remobilize and will then recommend the Corps keep them working until the project is completed. Mr. Buermann thanked Chair Bagué and Managing Director Bibeau for their continued successful efforts on behalf of the project.
Buermann stated the Dredging subcommittee’s next regularly scheduled
third Wednesday of the month publicly noticed meeting will be held on
February 21, 10 am, 1407 NW 7 ST.
b. Urban Infill Working
Group (UIWG) – Mr.
Jim Murley, Chair of the UIWG, noted the subcommittee’s December
minutes reflect their meeting with Subrata Basu, Assistant Director of
Jim Murley stated the City of
Mr. Murley added the UIWG again solicits any Transportation recommendations for the ongoing Miami River Corridor Multi-Modal Transportation Plan.
Jude asked if the UIWG could urge developers to create
“green-friendly” buildings along the river corridor, and Chair Bagué
noted the MRC had supported, and continues to support, this request in
the 2nd Annual Update of the Miami River Corridor Urban Infill Plan, and subsequently created the
Energy and Water Conservation
Report. Ms. Jude added
she recently attended an excellent “Green Conference” and suggested
the public sector consider providing incentives to encourage the use of
energy and water conservation technologies.
Chair Bagué stated the SFWMD provides SIP grants to fund water
conservation retrofits, and added the SFWMD is hosting a public SIP
grant informational meeting on February 7, 9:30 am, 2121 SW 3rd
Avenue, 6th Floor.
next regularly scheduled 2nd Tuesday of the month publicly
noticed meeting will be held here on Tuesday, February 13 at
Greenways Subcommittee –
MRC staff distributed a special event
proposal from the
In response to Ms. Jude’s request to
receive an update regarding Greenways maintenance, Chair Bagué stated
the MRC continues to focus on this issue. Chair Bagué stated she had
met with City Manager Pete Hernandez, and Dr. Martin stated he had met
The next regularly scheduled second
Wednesday of the month Greenways subcommittee’s publicly noticed
meeting will take place on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2 pm, 1407 NW
Storm water Subcommittee - Ms.
Sallye Jude stated the City of
The Storm water Subcommittee’s next
regularly scheduled first Wednesday of the month meeting will be held
this Wednesday, February 7, 10 am, Miami River Inn, 118 S. River Drive.
Economic Development & Commerce (EDC) Subcommittee –Ms.
Megan Kelly noted the EDC is seeking $22,170 to contract two FAU
Professors to conduct a “Miami River Economic Analysis”, as
authorized by the Executive Board. Ms.
Kelly reported the EDC mailed letters to potential funding sources and
is considering a variety of grant opportunities.
Ms. Kelly added the EDC is seeking an update from Miami-Dade
regarding the response to Manager Burgess’ November 2005 memo to the
Board of County Commissioners, “directing the Tax Collector’s Office
and Property Appraiser Department to further evaluate the specifics of
the (Working Waterfront’s) bill”, after which he expects to advance
Public Safety –Chair Bagué noted the Miami River Security Committee, Chaired by Joe
Pinon and coordinated by the Miami River Marine Group, continues to meet
monthly at the Coast Guard base. The Coast Guard continues to randomly
New Business – Chair
Bagué directed MRC staff to distribute a legal opinion from the
SFWMD’s retained attorney which clarifies the former uncertainties
regarding lobbying. Mr.
Everingham stated the Miami River Fund, Inc met in January and decided
not to retain any intergovernmental affairs consultants. Dr. Bohnsack
asked if the decision was a result of a lack of funding, and Mr.
Everingham replied no, and added the MRFI will meet to discuss the new
distributed legal opinion on the issue.
Chair Bagué stated her term with the
SFWMD expires on March 1, and is therefore seeking re-appointment from
the Governor. Dr. Martin
stated Chair Bagué has done an excellent job and he would write the
Governor recommending her re-appointment to the SFWMD.
Chair Bagué stated if she leaves the SFWMD and MRC boards, she
will continue to volunteer for their positive causes.
There being no further business to come before the meeting, the meeting adjourned.