Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 080901
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File Number: 080901 File Type: Resolution Status: Withdrawal Requested
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Governmental Operations and Environment Committee
File Name: ROOTS IN THE CITY Introduced: 3/28/2008
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 4/15/2008
Agenda Date: Agenda Item Number:
Notes: Note to CAO: Item filed in Commissioner's folder Title: RESOLUTION REQUESTING COUNTY MAYOR TO TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION TO PAY THE PAST AND FUTURE WATER BILLS OF ROOTS IN THE CITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE COMMUNITY GARDEN AND COUNTY-OWNED VACANT LOTS
Indexes: WATER AND SEWER
Sponsors: Audrey M. Edmonson, Prime 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

Governmental Operations and Environment Committee 4/15/2008 3F Withdrawn P
REPORT: During consideration of changes to today's agenda, the foregoing proposed resolution was withdrawn, as requested by Commissioner Edmonson.

County Manager 4/14/2008 Withdrawals Governmental Operations and Environment Committee 4/15/2008

County Attorney 3/28/2008 Referred Governmental Operations and Environment Committee 4/15/2008

County Attorney 3/28/2008 Assigned Henry N. Gillman

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION REQUESTING COUNTY MAYOR TO TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION TO PAY THE PAST AND FUTURE WATER BILLS OF ROOTS IN THE CITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE COMMUNITY GARDEN AND COUNTY-OWNED VACANT LOTS

BODY
WHEREAS, Roots in the City, Inc. ("Roots") is a non-profit small business located in Overtown whose mission is urban beautification using a workforce of previously unemployed or hard-to-employ residents of neighborhoods in which Roots performs its work; and
WHEREAS, for the past 15 years Roots has maintained county-owned vacant lots in the Overtown community; and
WHEREAS, in 1998, Roots established a community garden at NW Third Avenue and Fourteenth Street along I-395; and
WHEREAS, Roots created the community garden to help transform the depressed urban landscape into a community of gardens, blooming flowers and shady trees; and
WHEREAS, the community garden provides beauty, environmental benefits and community service to the County; and
WHEREAS, Roots has two sprinkler accounts with the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department for purposes of maintaining the community garden and other county-owned vacant lots; and
WHEREAS, Roots' water bills were previously paid by grants from the City of Miami Community Redevelopment Agency and Florida International University; and
WHEREAS, Roots has not received any grants for payment of the water bills for several years; and
WHEREAS, the past-due amount for the sprinkler accounts is $17,594.25; and
WHEREAS, this Board desires for the County to pay the past and future water bills of Roots as being in the best interest of the County,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board hereby requests that the Mayor take appropriate action to pay the past-due and future water bills of Roots in the City, Inc. for the maintenance of the community garden and county-owned vacant lots.



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