Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 070857
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File Number: 070857 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-362A-07 Control: County Commission
File Name: UTILIZE LOCAL SKILLED & UNSKILLED LABOR FOR COMMUNITY DEV. Introduced: 3/19/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 3/20/2007
Agenda Date: 3/20/2007 Agenda Item Number: 14A11
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION REQUIRING THE COUNTY TO UTILIZE LOCAL SKILLED AND UNSKILLED LABORERS FOR COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS AND DIRECTING THE MANAGER TO INCLUDE THIS REQUIREMENT IN COUNTY CONTRACTS PROVIDING NON-FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SUCH PROJECTS, TO THE EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 070214]
Indexes: HOUSING
  COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
  LABOR ISSUES
Sponsors: Audrey M. Edmonson, Prime Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, 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 3/20/2007 14A11 Adopted P

County Manager 3/19/2007 Additions 3/20/2007

County Attorney 3/19/2007 Assigned Cynthia Johnson-Stacks 3/19/2007

Economic Development and Human Services Committee 3/14/2007 2C AMENDED Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation with committee amendment(s) P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Cynthia Johnson-Stacks read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Mr. Tony Romano, 6120 NW 7 Avenue, representing the Miami Workers Center, appeared before the Committee, and spoke in support of the foregoing proposed resolution. He urged the Committee to amend the foregoing resolution as follows: (1) to define incentives for the developer to hire local residents as first preference, (2) to provide job training for local residents, and (3) to expand the living wage requirement to post-construction jobs, such as maintenance and housekeeping to reduce the poverty of local residents. Mr. Al Hardemon, 655 NW 48 Street, Miami, representing the American Black Contractors Consortium, appeared before the Committee and expressed concern with the African American community only receiving 5% of any work in Miami-Dade County. Mr. Hardemon questioned how the County would enforce the proposed requirement to utilize local skilled and unskilled laborers for the County’s community development and affordable housing projects. Mr. Roy Hardemon, 5151 NW 23 Avenue, Miami, appeared before the Committee, and noted he was Chairman of the Housing Economic Development for the Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) Model City Advisory Committee. He expressed concern with the role of the Department of Business Development in this policy to utilize local skilled and unskilled laborers for the County’s community development and affordable housing projects. Chairwoman Edmonson relinquished the Chair to Commissioner Moss. Commissioner Edmonson explained the intent of the foregoing proposed resolution. She asked Mr. Tony Romano, representing Miami Workers Center, to meet with the staff of Commission District #3 and the County Administration to review his recommendations, for staff to submit a recommendation to amend this resolution, if appropriate. She also asked Mr. Roy Hardemon to meet with her staff to address his concern as well. Commissioner Jordan offered an amendment to the foregoing proposed resolution to include non-federally funded projects. Hearing no objection, the Committee forwarded the foregoing proposed resolution as amended to include the following language: “…non-federally funded…” Commissioners Moss and Jordan requested to be listed as a cosponsor to the foregoing proposed resolution. Ms. Cynthia Curry, Senior Advisor to the County Manager, stated she would confer with several County departments, including the Department of Business Development and the South Florida Workforce Enforcement Board to discuss the foregoing proposed resolution prior to its consideration by the County Commission and that she would prepare a supplemental report to be presented along with this item. Ms. Curry stated the supplemental report would address the County’s ability to enforce this policy and the fiscal impact to the County.

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION REQUIRING THE COUNTY TO UTILIZE LOCAL SKILLED AND UNSKILLED LABORERS FOR COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS AND DIRECTING THE MANAGER TO INCLUDE THIS REQUIREMENT IN COUNTY CONTRACTS PROVIDING NON-FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SUCH PROJECTS, TO THE EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW

BODY
WHEREAS, unemployment in Miami-Dade County affects the local economy in a negative way and places an undue strain on this community’s resources; and
WHEREAS, recent statistics indicate that 3.5 percent of the County’s labor force of nearly 1.18 million people were unemployed in Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, there is a significant supply of unskilled and skilled laborers who are available for employment opportunities in connection with community development and affordable housing projects underway and upcoming in Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, certain state and federal programs restrain the County from including a local preference in community development and affordable housing projects for which the County provides pass-through funding; and
WHEREAS, this Board believes that all other projects which are not subject to such restrictions should utilize local skilled and unskilled laborers to the extent legally possible for non-federally funded community development and affordable housing projects,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that it is the policy of this Board that the County shall utilize local skilled and unskilled labor to the extent available for County community development and affordable housing projects which are non-federally funded, and the Manager is hereby directed to include this requirement in any County contract providing non-federal funding for such projects, to the extent allowed by law.



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