The readers’ forum

County must move forward on sewer overhaul

 

Miami-Dade needs to finalize a procurement process to select the company that will overhaul its aging sewer system. The system’s state of disrepair threatens our environment and quality of life; the need for timely action is real. Beyond fixing our sewers, the repairs will create tens of thousands of jobs and spur welcome economic impact.

The project is so important that the county has conducted one of its most thorough selection processes ever. Despite this transparency, discussion remains among county officials on how to finalize this critical selection.

Here are the facts:

•  Two teams are competing to win the contract: CH2M HILL and AECOM.

•  The county’s process is composed of two “Tiers” — Tier 1 requires companies to submit qualifications and Tier 2 requests a “plan approach” outlining how they will implement the project.

Both teams submitted credentials during Tier 1, but AECOM included an unsolicited plan approach. The county’s independent selection committee reviewed the qualifications and determined that both teams should proceed to Tier 2.

As requested, CH2M HILL submitted plans for implementing the project during Tier 2. With both plans submitted and the playing field level, the committee concluded that CH2M HILL’s plan was preferable, largely due to the firm’s experience managing nearly 50 similar consent-decree programs nationally.

The second-ranked AECOM team soon began discrediting the county’s selection process as flawed.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez requested expert opinions on these allegations. The Miami-Dade Ethics Commission, county attorney and inspector general investigated the claims and found no wrongdoing.

Now that the county’s top arbiters of compliance have vindicated this process, it’s time for the county to uphold the selection committee’s recommendation by moving forward with CH2M HILL, the most qualified firm.

Anything less than this would stall the inevitable, exposing taxpayers to costly penalties and delaying the arrival of up to 20,000 jobs.

Marcelo Llorente,

consultant, CH2M HILL,

Miami Beach

Read more Letters to the Editor stories from the Miami Herald

  • The readers’ forum

    Partners in stopping human trafficking

    The Aug. 18 article Council aims to fight human trafficking describes how Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will lead the new Statewide Council on Human Trafficking in tackling the issue prevalent in Florida. The new Council goes hand-in-hand with the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services’ efforts to get critical services closer to human trafficking victims.

  • Fare increase for disabled ‘un-American’

    Why should residents of Miami-Dade County with disabilities have to pay more to use public transportation? They don’t pay for the construction and maintenance of accessibility ramps in the front of buildings? That’s the government’s — the community’s — responsibility, as agreed to under the landmark legislation passed 25 years ago known as the American’s With Disabilities Act or ADA, enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Zoo Miami’s angels

    It’s Sunday morning and I settle in to read the Herald. I pick up the Tropical Life section and am drawn to the lead article, Zoo Miami’s angels, by Ron Magill, the zoo’s communications director. Magill is a treasure to South Florida because of his super work and devotion to one of the finest zoos in the country.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category