Written by Miami Today on September 3, 2009
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BUDGET BOARD: Only a week after in-house conferences on Miami-Dade’s fiscal 2010 budget — and two days before the first public budget hearing, set for today (9/3) — county commissioners made the initial move Tuesday to tweak next year’s process. Last week, commissioners on the Budget, Planning and Sustainability Committee held budget conferences. Should Commissioner Joe Martinez’s measure pass final muster, next year a Budget Conference Committee would be made up of the chair of each of the county’s regular committees and headed by the chair of the regular Budget, Planning and Sustainability Committee. That committee is to consider the proposed change Oct. 13.
PAYCHECK PATROL: Miami-Dade County is one step closer to a new Compensation and Benefits Review Committee. Commissioners Tuesday initially approved Natacha Seijas’s legislation calling for the oversight board. The committee would advise elected officials "on matters relating to the growth factors associated with personnel costs," the proposed legislation says, as well as "conduct a comprehensive study of all employee compensation policies and provide recommendations regarding salaries, wages and benefits." The item this week passed with no discussion, following county policy calling for a straight yes or no on first-reading items. The Government Operations Committee is to consider — and discuss — the proposal Oct. 13.
PERFECT LANDING: A $4.2 million check from the feds is making possible a major runway extension at the Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport. "The extension, scheduled for completion in 2010, will allow more advanced private aircraft to increase fuel and/or cargo load and fly to key destinations in Central and South America and the Caribbean that are currently unattainable without first landing and refueling at other airports," a news release says. The federal money covers 95% of the cost of extending the primary runway. The Florida Department of Transportation and Miami-Dade Aviation are to foot the rest of the bill.
STICKING AROUND: BB&T Corp., the North Carolina-based bank that just bought failed Colonial BanCorp from federal regulators, will keep its offices at 1200 Brickell Ave., according to Florida President Bill Klich. "It’s not going anywhere, we’re just going to change the sign," he said in an interview last week. BB&T’s new offices include a ground-floor branch, as well as two full floors that house such divisions as private banking, credit administration and commercial lending.