Written by Miami Today on May 9, 2013
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GO WEST: Miami-Dade commissioners Tuesday ordered a feasibility study within 90 days of a West Dade government center. A resolution by Juan C. Zapata said 733,000 West Dade residents rely on county municipal services. He seeks construction, purchase or lease of a center to cluster those services. The county now leases 90,000 square feet for its Building Department in a shopping center at 11805 SW 26th St. and has other services in the area "that may be more suitably consolidated in one site such as the proposed government center,Ó the resolution says. It specifies that county property at the Tamiami/Kendall Airport "may be a good location for a West Dade government center.Ó
CAUSEWAY TOLL SHIFTS: Miami-Dade is moving to replace toll booths on the Rickenbacker and Venetian causeways with a system that will work with the state’s SunPass transponders instead of the present causeway-only transponders and handle tolls by license plates, potentially eliminating the need for cash collections. The transponders could be programmed to handle special pricing for causeway customers who meet requirements for the county’s annual pass plans. The contract with TransCore LP of Hummelstown, PA, would be for $4 million to set up the program or $12 million if four five-year renewal options are exercised. The system would provide electronic message signs to motorists at no added cost to the county. The county expects to save $1.1 million a year by making the switch. The county commission adopted the measure Tuesday.
MORE COUNTY PARKS: Vacant or surplus county-owned land in Miami-Dade may soon become park land. County commissioners on Tuesday asked the mayor’s office to determine guidelines and criteria to turn the fallow sites into parks and report back within 90 days.
DORAL SEWER EXPANSION: "To accommodate the large-scale developments proposed for this area,Ó Miami-Dade is moving to create a sewer connection charge to fund expansion of sewer facilities for Doral. The proposed charge of $7.03 per gallon of daily capacity would fund $32.9 million of the $49.8 million cost of expansion, with the county funding the rest of the cost. Another expansion charge is being proposed for an area on Biscayne Bay running north from Downtown Miami. Five other times since 1985 the county has authorized special sewer connection charges to fund expansions to the system. The county commission adopted the measure Tuesday.