FYI Miami: January 17, 2019
Written by Miami Today on January 15, 2019
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EMERGENCY POWER SUPPLY: The Miami City Commission has accepted a bid from EOLA Power LLC for the service and maintenance of an uninterruptible power supply, semi-annually and on an emergency call-back basis. The deal includes an initial contract of three years, with the option to renew for two additional one-year periods. The estimated contract amount is $60,395 annually, about $301,975 for all five years in aggregate. The funds will be allocated from the City of Miami Police Department’s General Account Fund and other sources. An uninterruptible power supply allows computers and similar devices to continue to run, at least for a short time, when the primary power supply is incapacitated or lost.
MONEY FOR STREETS, PARKS: City of Miami streets and parks are in line for nearly $2 million for improvements. The city commission approved legislation Jan. 10 to allocate $1,954,690 in Community Development Block Grants for a variety of projects. They include: Department of Parks and Recreation, Elizabeth Virrick Park/park improvement, $304,515; Department of Parks and Recreation, Ambrister Park/park improvement, $125,000; MLK Economic Development Corp., public facility and improvement, $146,064; and Department of Housing and Community Development, street and park improvements, $1,379,111.
ONE SHUTDOWN PERK: Through the rest of the partial US government shutdown, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in downtown Miami is offering free admission to each federal employee and one guest. The federal employee must show a government ID in person at the museum. Frost Science is a science museum sitting on four acres at 1101 Biscayne Blvd. The 250,000-square-foot museum is divided into four buildings: the Frost Planetarium, Aquarium, and the North and West Wings. After the Frost’s announcement, multiple local cultural organizations followed suit with similar free admissions.
FINANCIAL CRIMES STRIKE FORCE: Miami commissioners have OK’d a voluntary cooperation mutual aid agreement approving the City of Miami Police Department’s continued participation in the South Florida Financial Crimes Strike Force, consisting of the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and other participating law enforcement agencies. The collaborative force works to combat illegal money laundering, drug trafficking and related criminal violations, and to disrupt organizations engaging in such activity through coordinated and long-term investigative, forfeiture, and prosecution efforts, pursuant to the Florida Mutual Aid Act. The Jan. 10 vote extends the city’s participation in the strike force to Sept. 1, 2021.