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File Number: 042727
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File Number: 042727 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1438-04 Control: County Commission
File Name: UNDERGROUND WIRING FOR UTILITIES Introduced: 9/27/2004
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 12/2/2004
Agenda Date: 11/30/2004 Agenda Item Number: 10A1
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH A COMMITTEE TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF HAVING UTILITY WIRING IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY INSTALLED UNDERGROUND TO REDUCE UTILITY OUTAGES AND EXPLORE OTHER MEANS TO REDUCE AND PREVENT HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS RESULTING FROM HURRICANES AND OTHER SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS
Indexes: UNDERGROUND
  UTILITIES
Sponsors: Bruno A. Barreiro, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 12/2/2004 10A1 Adopted P

Board of County Commissioners 11/30/2004 10A1 Carried over 12/2/2004

Public Safety Committee 10/12/2004 3B Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Daron Fitch read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Commissioner Martinez, as the Committee Chair, asked that the study on the feasibility of underground utilities wiring be completed within six months after the County Commission’s approval of this proposed resolution. There being no further discussion, Chairperson Martinez called for the next item on today’s (10/12) agenda

County Attorney 9/27/2004 Referred Public Safety Committee 10/12/2004

County Attorney 9/27/2004 Assigned Eric A. Rodriguez

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH A COMMITTEE TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF HAVING UTILITY WIRING IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY INSTALLED UNDERGROUND TO REDUCE UTILITY OUTAGES AND EXPLORE OTHER MEANS TO REDUCE AND PREVENT HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS RESULTING FROM HURRICANES AND OTHER SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS

BODY
WHEREAS, in 1992 Miami-Dade County suffered widespread electrical outages as a result of Hurricane Andrew; and
WHEREAS, every year Miami-Dade County faces a hurricane season that threatens our community with the peril of high winds, storm surge and related natural conditions; and
WHEREAS, recently Hurricane Frances caused more than 100,000 homes in Miami-Dade County to lose electrical service despite not making landfall in Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, underground wiring of vital utility services such as electricity, telephone and cable services may help prevent widespread outages resulting from hurricanes or other severe weather events and the hazardous conditions associated with downed utility poles and wires; and
WHEREAS, preventative and proactive measures that can reduce widespread vital utility outages should be identified; and
WHEREAS, in enacting state law regarding emergency management the Florida Legislature specifically granted in section 252.38 of the Florida Statutes a role to political subdivisions of the State of Florida such as Miami-Dade County when it stated that "safeguarding the life and property of its citizens is an innate responsibility of the governing body of each political subdivision of the state;" and
WHEREAS, while it is recognized that the Florida Public Service Commission is involved in the issues arising from the installation of underground wiring especially as it relates to its regulation of the utility industries, disruption of utility services caused by hurricanes or severe weather events have a significant impact on the health, safety and welfare of our community and is therefore an important local concern; and
WHEREAS, for the foregoing reasons it is in the best interest of Miami-Dade County to establish an Underground Wiring Committee to study the feasibility of having utility wiring in Miami-Dade County installed underground within the next five (5) to fifteen (15) years as a means of reducing utility outages resulting from hurricanes or other severe weather events and explore other means to reduce and prevent the hazardous conditions associated with downed utility poles and wires,
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. This Board establishes an Underground Wiring Committee for a term not exceeding one year to study the feasibility of having utility wiring in Miami-Dade County installed underground within the next five (5) to fifteen (15) years as a means of reducing utility outages and hazardous conditions resulting from hurricanes or other severe weather events, and explore other means to reduce and prevent service interruptions.
Section 2. This Board appoints the following members to the Underground Wiring Committee: (a) Commissioner Bruno A. Barreiro as Committee Chairman, (b) an FPL representative, (c) a Bell South representative, (d) a Florida Cable Telecommunications Association representative, (e) a Comcast representative, (f) an Adelphia representative, (g) a Public Works Department representative, (h) a County Manager's Office representative, and (i) a Miami-Dade County League of Cities representative.
Section 3. This Board directs the Underground Wiring Committee to develop recommendations and prepare a report to the Board of County Commissioners to be completed within no more than one year from the date of this resolution.



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