Written by Miami Today on July 11, 2013
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ECONOMIC EDUCATION: Miami-Dade commissioners last week ordered an economic impact study by county employees of the larger local universities and colleges. The study is to list separately the impact of larger sub-units such as medical and law schools. It is also to explain the global engagement of the universities and college and how that engagement might add foreign investment and trade. The resolution by Lynda Bell says the study is needed because the schoolsÕ impact has not been measured. An amendment by Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa asked that the study include the permits and taxes the schools pay to the county and municipal governments. The vote was 9-0. The study is due in 90 days.
DORAL SEWER SURCHARGE: New developments in part of the Doral area and existing development that requires added sewer capacity will be changed an additional $7.03 for each average daily gallon of needs under an ordinance that county commissioners passed last week. The county expects payments from already-planned developments to provide almost $33 million, which is two-thirds of the cost of the sewerage that the county plans to add. In May the commission added a similar connection charge in the Brickell area of Miami.
METRORAIL ZOOMS: Five Metrorail stations showed big gains in average Metrorail boardings in April as the Metrorail system boardings jumped 12.2% from the prior April. The largest gainers were Government Center station, up 1,273 boardings; Brickell, up 903; Dadeland North, up 659; Dadeland South, up 564; and Douglas Road, up 314. A report going this week to the countyÕs Transportation & Aviation Committee showed that Metromover also gained 2.2% in ridership from April of the prior year, but Metrobus boardings dropped 0.1% year over year.
GETTING VOLUNTEERS AROUND: In return for 3,500 promised volunteer hours doing landscaping, litter removal and related services, the City Year organization would get 203 transit passes per month for a year under legislation sponsored by county Commissioner Lynda Bell thatÕs to be heard this week by the countyÕs Transportation and Aviation Committee.
BRIDGES NOT TO FALL DOWN: Rehabilitation of two crumbling bridges is now on Miami-Dade CountyÕs work agenda, as the Miami City Commission finally approved allowing the county to use 75,000 square feet along the Rickenbacker Causeway for construction staging activities to rehabilitate the Bear Cut and West bridges. The county is to pay the city a use fee of $2,000 a month plus applicable Florida use tax for the space. Construction is expected to be completed within 13 months.