File Name: REPORT BY THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Agenda Date: 9/10/2010
Agenda Item Number: 6B1
REPORT BY THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND THE SEAPORT REGARDING THE CONTRACT GOALS AND MEASURES FOR STATE AND COUNTY SMALL, COMMUNITY AND DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISES AND FEDERAL RACE-CONSCIOUS MEASURES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PORT TUNNEL
Barbara J. Jordan, Prime Sponsor
Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
Board of County Commissioners
Commissioner Jordan noted she wanted her colleagues to be aware of the ongoing Port of Miami Tunnel project and opportunities regarding the involvement of companies, and the recruitment process. She also noted a meeting was held with representatives of District 6 Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) regarding the Tunnel project to discuss the concerns of the community.
FDOT District 6 Secretary Gus Pego appeared before the members of the Board to present a Power Point presentation regarding the federal contractor requirements and the future plans for employment, subcontracting and supplier opportunities for the foregoing project.
Mr. Stanley Ford, District Contract Compliance Manager, FDOT, appeared before the members of the Board noting the requirements of the contract in the four program areas that included Disadvantage Business Enterprises, On-The-Job- training, Equal Employment Opportunity, and Affirmative Action Wages. He explained that $280 million of the $605 million project cost was designated toward tunnel boring. He also explained that the remaining $325 million would go toward non-tunnel boring items, including roadway, highway, water and sewer construction work as well as building work. Mr. Ford advised that the intent of those programs in terms of on-the-job-training was to afford low income or disadvantaged individuals an opportunity to obtain a higher level of employment, and to ensure that the wages were based on the Davis Bacon Act and other related Acts. He noted $26 million (8.1%) was set aside for DBE goals and assured the Commission that their intent was exceed the required affirmative action hiring goals.
Mr. Guillaume Dubois, CEO, Miami Access Tunnel, spoke about the intent to fill jobs locally and their marketing efforts to recruit local workers via job fairs, emails, and visiting area colleges. He noted Operation 305 would be conducting a business supplier fair and was partnering with various entities such as the Chamber of Commerce on the pre-qualification efforts. He assured the Commission that quarterly progress reports would be provided.
A discussion ensued regarding the construction costs and jobs associated with the tunnel construction in which Mr. Dubois noted his company’s intent to hire as many local workers as possible.
Commissioner Jordan expressed concern over small business expectations and requested Miami Access Tunnel present a detailed plan that counted towards the 8.1% DBE goal for this project. She also asked that Miami Access Tunnel present a progress report to the Transportation Committee every other month during the tunnel’s construction.
A discussion ensued regarding the 8.1% DBE goal for this project and the importance of providing hiring opportunities to local individuals who specialized in the areas sought for the tunnel construction.
Mr. Bill Riley, President, IBEW, thanked the Airport & Seaport Committee for their oversight of this project and the County Commission for their support in hiring local businesses/individuals. He stressed the need for continued communication between the local unions and Miami Access Tunnel in order to achieve local hiring goals for union laborers.
Commissioner Rolle expressed concern that this report had not been presented to the Airport & Seaport Committee prior to being presented to the County Commission. He noted the Airport & Seaport Committee received reports on the Seaport Tunnel on a regular basis and had similar discussions due to the number of concerned calls his office received from local laborers and unions. He urged that this matter stay under the jurisdiction of the Airport & Seaport Committee in lieu of splitting the jurisdiction of this project with the Transportation Committee.
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