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File Number: 111155
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File Number: 111155 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-600-11 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: BBC GOB PROJECT# 19 - RECREATIONAL FACILITY Introduced: 5/24/2011
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 7/19/2011
Agenda Date: 7/19/2011 Agenda Item Number: 5C
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION APPROVING SIGNIFICANT MODIFICATION TO BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND PROGRAM PROJECT NO. 19 - “RECREATIONAL FACILITY”, AS IDENTIFIED IN APPENDIX A TO RESOLUTION NO. R-913-04 TO MODIFY PROJECT DESCRIPTION, AFTER PUBLIC HEARING; APPROVING LOCATION OF SUCH PROJECT; APPROVING ADDITION OF PROJECT NO. 19 TO APPENDIX A TO RESOLUTION NO. R-134-11; AND APPROVING ACCELERATION OF BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND FUNDING FOR PROJECT NO. 19
Indexes: BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES
  BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND
  GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND PROGRAM
  PROJECT
Sponsors: Jean Monestime, 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

Board of County Commissioners 7/19/2011 5C Adopted P
REPORT: First Assistant County Attorney Abigail Price-Williams read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Chairman Martinez opened the public hearing and called for persons wishing to appear before the Commission in connection with this proposed resolution. After hearing no one, he closed the public hearing. Commissioner Monestime expressed his appreciation to Mayor Gimenez for providing him with the requested information on this proposed resolution. Hearing no further questions or comments, the Commission proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution.

Board of County Commissioners 7/7/2011 5B Deferred 7/19/2011 P
REPORT: First Assistant County Attorney Abigail Price-Williams read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Chairman Martinez opened the public hearing for persons wishing to speak in connection with this resolution, and the following person(s) appeared: 1) Samuel Lee Gilmore, 3171 NW 57th Street, Miami, asked the Commission to consider going through the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, specifically Bill Biggs, to acquire more participation from local African American communities for General Obligation Bond (GOB) projects. Chairman Martinez closed the public hearing after no one else appeared to speak. In response to Vice Chairwoman Edmonson’s question regarding whether the foregoing project (Project No. 19) was included on the list of projects to be funded by the 2011 Bond Series sale, Assistant County Attorney Geri Bonzon-Keenan noted the intent of this resolution was to add Project No. 19 to the list in order to accelerate it. In response to Commissioner Edmonson’s inquiry regarding whether other projects on the list would be impacted if this project was accelerated, Ms. Bonzon-Keenan noted she understood that the $200 million in bonds had not been fully obligated; therefore, this project, if added to the list, would be handled as a cash flow revision. Mr. George Navarette, Director, Office of Capital Improvements (OCI), explained that often funding for projects was spent slower than intended. He noted that OCI staff had the authority to reallocate some of the unspent funds, and he believed that Project 19 could be accommodated with no impact. However, some projects may have to be removed from the list as more projects were added. Following Commissioner Edmonson’s question regarding whether any funds were available from the $200 million that the Commissioners could use for other projects, County Mayor Carlos Gimenez noted evidently the Commissioners were not fully aware of the impact of adding new projects to the list or accelerating existing ones, on projects already on the list and/or future millage rates. He noted he had directed members of the County Administration to provide County Commissioners with sufficient information in the future. Commissioner Edmonson noted although she appreciated the fact that the Mayor had directed staff to provide Commissioners with this information, she was concern that funds might not be available for future projects, if the Mayor’s proposal to roll back the debt service millage rate to Fiscal Year 2009/10 level was adopted. Mayor Gimenez noted although a roll back of the millage rate would impact some projects; he believed the County had sufficient capacity to roll back the millage rate. Commissioner Edmonson noted she could not support this resolution. Commissioner Heyman noted that a GOB project should not be accelerated at the expense of another. She noted her staff was informed that other projects on the list would not be impacted if the Board approved this resolution for $500,000 to start Project 19, which was inconsistent with the information being provided by the Administration today. The Mayor responded to Commissioner Heyman’s question regarding whether $500,000 was available from another source to use for this project, without having to change the order of projects or remove an existing project from the list. He said he was not certain that $500,000 was available, and if it was, the money would have to be reallocated in order to fund this project. He pointed out that 60 percent of the funds allocated to County projects were recaptured because projects failed to start on time. Chairman Martinez noted if one project was added to the list, another project would be impacted. He said that if the Commissioners approved a proposal to add or delete a project, the Mayor would have to execute it. Commissioner Heyman asked if the Mayor intended to change the existing policy for reimbursing cities for costs they incurred when accelerating GOB projects, apart from the County’s GOB process. The Mayor noted he could not answer that question without knowing the specifics of the project, and whether it was funded or placed in the pipeline. In response to Commissioner Monestime’s question regarding whether approval of this project would increase the original amount of the GOB projects, Mr. Navarette clarified that Project 19 was one of the GOB projects approved by the voters in 2004, but it was not one of the projects on the 2011 Bond series list that was approved by this Board last March. Commissioner Monestime said he only requested $500,000 to start the design of Project 19, not to fund the entire project. He explained that this project had been on the books since 2004 and would not make a bond sale list for at least another 20 months. If accelerated, he understood that it would not increase the original $200 million, and projects on the list would be funded based on readiness. He questioned how this project would impact any project on that list. Mayor Gimenez noted although the voters approved $2.9 billion in 2004 for GOB projects, the County had not yet sold that much in bonds, but would over the course of 10-15 years. He concurred that Project 19 was included in the original GOB amount approved by the voters, but not included in the last $200 million bond series. He said he directed staff to provide the Commission with sufficient information regarding the impact of their decisions to accelerate or add projects, and pledged to provide this information in the future. Mayor Gimenez said he would bring back a recommendation on how best to accommodate this project, which Commissioner Monestime noted would be acceptable. Commissioner Monestime reiterated that as staff stated previously and repeated earlier during today’s meeting, not all of the $200 million from the last bond series sale had been allocated. It was moved by Commissioner Monestime that the foregoing proposed resolution be deferred. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Heyman, followed by more discussion. Commissioner Suarez noted he believed that the proposal to substitute one project for another project on the list was a completely different concept than the Mayor’s proposal to extend the timeline of the bonds approved seven years ago and lower the debt service millage rate, which was confusing. He noted that postponing projects incrementally to reduce the millage rates was an interesting idea, and he would support the motion to defer this resolution. Commissioner Bell noted she was prepared to support this project today because she believed the $500,000 allocation for Project 19 would not seriously impact other projects. She said she would also support the motion to defer. Comments ensued between members of the Commission regarding concerns about the inconsistency in information previously provided by the County Administration versus the information provided today. Commissioner Jordan spoke in support of the deferral. She said she did not see a problem in moving this project forward, since it was approved by the voters, and this Commission gave staff the flexibility to move projects forward, based on readiness. Mayor Gimenez clarified that he had no issues with staff exercising that flexibility; however, he felt that members of the Commission needed to know which projects could be impacted and how. He said he would provide information at the next County Commission meeting on the impact of accelerating Project 19, along with a recommendation on how to best accommodate this project. Following further discussion, the foregoing resolution was deferred to the July 19, 2011 County Commission meeting.

Commission Auditor 6/27/2011 Legislative notes attached

Recreation & Cultural Affairs Committee 6/13/2011 2A Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Monica Rizo read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. It was moved by Commissioner Sosa that the foregoing resolution be adopted. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Heyman. Commissioner Heyman noted the foregoing resolution was an important component of the Community Redevelopment Agency, and it was also important to note for the record, that the Manager from the City of Miami Manager was present in support of this proposal. She noted the costs associated with planning, etc., would be approximately $.5 million. If the City of Miami was going to loan this money for the GOB project(s), the procedure needs to exist for them to be shovel ready or to accelerate the reimbursement process. Assistant County Attorney Geri Bonzon-Keenan explained that the entire program worked on a reimbursable basis and Commissioners’ request would be appropriate. Hearing no questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution.

County Attorney 5/24/2011 Referred Recreation & Cultural Affairs Committee 6/13/2011

County Attorney 5/24/2011 Assigned Geri Bonzon-Keenan

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION APPROVING SIGNIFICANT MODIFICATION TO BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND PROGRAM PROJECT NO. 19 - “RECREATIONAL FACILITY”, AS IDENTIFIED IN APPENDIX A TO RESOLUTION NO. R-913-04 TO MODIFY PROJECT DESCRIPTION, AFTER PUBLIC HEARING; APPROVING LOCATION OF SUCH PROJECT; APPROVING ADDITION OF PROJECT NO. 19 TO APPENDIX A TO RESOLUTION NO. R-134-11; AND APPROVING ACCELERATION OF BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND FUNDING FOR PROJECT NO. 19

BODY
WHEREAS, Appendix A to Resolution No. 913-04 (the “Park and Recreational Facilities Resolution”), lists projects eligible for funding from the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond Program (the “BBC GOB Program”) by project number, municipal project location, BCC district, project name, project description, street address, and project funding allocation; and
WHEREAS, one of the projects listed in Appendix A to the Park and Recreational Facilities Resolution and approved by the voters for funding is Project No. 19 – “Recreational Facility” (“Project No. 19”), located in North Miami with a Street Address listed as “TBD” or “to be decided” with an allocation equal to $5,000,000 and a project description that states: “GOB funds to compliment other funding sources to construct a recreational facility to house an Olympic sized pool, martial arts facilities and fencing facilities”; and
WHEREAS, all additions, deletions and significant modifications to individual projects or to Appendix A to the Park and Recreational Facilities Resolution require a majority vote of the Board after a public hearing; and
WHEREAS, the City of North Miami Council has requested, among other things, that the Board approve: a significant modification to Project No. 19 to modify the original project description to include an aquatic facility, basketball courts, and parking, the proposed Street Address for Project No. 19 as 13760 N.E. 5th Avenue, and the acceleration of $500,000 of BBC GOB Program funding from the Series 2011 Bonds to fund the design and engineering phase of the project, all as evidenced by the letter from the City of North Miami dated April 29, 2011, a copy of which is attached hereto as Attachment A; and
WHEREAS, this Board wishes to approve the significant modification to Project No. 19 to change the Project Description such that the new Project Description would read as follows: “Construct an aquatic facility and a recreational facility, including basketball courts, a multipurpose field, playground, shelter and parking,” the proposed Street Address for Project No. 19 and the requested $500,000 acceleration of BBC GOB Program funding,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. The foregoing recitals are incorporated in this resolution and are approved.
Section 2. This Board hereby approves the significant modification to Project No.
19, identified in Appendix A to Resolution No. R-913-04, after a public hearing to change the Project Description to read as follows: “Construct an aquatic facility and a recreational facility, including basketball courts, a multipurpose field, playground, shelter and parking.” In addition, the Street Address for Project No. 19 shall be 13760 N.E. 5th Avenue.
Section 3. This Board hereby approves the addition of BBC GOB Program Project No. 19 to Appendix A to Resolution No. R-134-11 and the acceleration of $500,000 of BBC GOB Program funding for Project No. 19 to fund the design and engineering phase of such project.



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