Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 060279
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File Number: 060279 File Type: Resolution Status: Deferred by the Board
Version: 0 Reference: Control: County Commission
File Name: WATER TREATMENT PLANTS Introduced: 1/31/2006
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 2/7/2006 Agenda Item Number: 11A5
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MANAGER TO EVALUATE THE EXISTING SECURITY AT THE WATER TREATMENT PLANTS AND RECOMMEND ANY APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO ENHANCE SECURITY AGAINST CONTAMINATION OR DAMAGE [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 053375]
Indexes: WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT
  WATER AND SEWER
Sponsors: Sen. Javier D. Souto, Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, 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 2/7/2006 11A5 Deferred P

County Attorney 1/31/2006 Assigned David M. Murray 1/31/2006

Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 1/17/2006 3E Amended Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation with committee amendment(s) P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Joni Armstrong-Coffey read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Commissioner Souto, sponsor, provided a brief overview of this resolution and referred to a news broadcast on Channel 4 that emphasized vulnerability of trains transporting chlorine gas tanks targeted for terrorist attacks. He noted Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department used chlorine gas at water treatment plants and this could create a potential devastating situation. Chairwoman Seijas noted her opinion of the referenced news report as irresponsible reporting and that she opposed this resolution. She stated she would ask the County Manager to continue its current security measures at water treatment plants. Commissioner Edmonson noted the large railway system within the County. She spoke in support of a study to explore options other than the use of chlorine gas at the water plants. Commissioner Gimenez recommended the study be regarded as a security evaluation on ways to protect the entire water supply from natural disasters as well as terrorist attacks and on ways to protect shipments of chlorine. He recommended the feasibility study be expanded to include a security evaluation of the County’s water supply. Commissioner Diaz requested this item be further amended to require a security evaluation study be done on any other types of procedure as a cost reference. Assistant County Attorney Armstrong-Coffey read the amendment into the record and advised that the body of the resolution would be revised to reflect this change. There being no further discussion on this matter, the committee proceeded to vote as amended to replace the title with the following language: "Resolution instructing the County Manager to evaluate the existing security at the water treatment plants against natural and manmade disasters."

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MANAGER TO EVALUATE THE EXISTING SECURITY AT THE WATER TREATMENT PLANTS AND RECOMMEND ANY APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO ENHANCE SECURITY AGAINST CONTAMINATION OR DAMAGE

BODY
WHEREAS, contamination of Miami-Dade County's water supply or damage to the County's water treatment system would present a serious danger to human health throughout the County; and
WHEREAS, the Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department, in order to meet the great demand for clean water in this County, must employ a variety of means to produce clean water, including various chemicals and processes that warrant continued vigilance because of risks entailed in handling these chemicals and undertaking these processes, including but not limited to the use of chlorine gas; and
WHEREAS, the Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department has exercised such vigilance in the past and continues to do so through an existing security program; and
WHEREAS, nonetheless, Miami-Dade County's water supply and water treatment system must continue to be carefully guarded against contamination or damage, whether due to natural disaster, human error or terrorist attack; and
WHEREAS, the existing security system enhanced where necessary and appropriate,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board hereby directs the County Manager to evaluate the overall current security program for safeguarding the County's water supply and water treatment system from natural disaster, accidents, and terrorist attack, and said evaluation shall include an analysis of the feasibility of converting the County's existing water treatment plants such that these plants utilize chemicals which present a minimal risk to human health if released. The County Manager shall report the results of these evaluations no later than ninety days from the date of this resolution.



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