After selecting a new city logo this February, the South Miami City Commission passed a resolution at its May 5 meeting to revamp the commission chambers at City Hall. The $65,000 project includes a new dais, seating, painting and repairs.
“The city was in desperate need of a new look,” City Manager Steven Alexander said. “Corporations are constantly updating their look and their appeal to the public. The city is in the business of providing service. We should be upgrading the look and the services of the city on a regular basis. We have to stay current.”
An ordinance is set for second reading at Tuesday’s commission meeting that would allow Alexander more control over the use of the city’s name, seal and logo. Currently, commission members must approve the use of these brands.
The renovation will start at the end of June and be completed at the July 15 commission meeting. The costs include $27,000 for the new dais, painting and repairs; $17,000 for chairs; $9,200 for the removal and installation of carpet; and $6,000 for removal of the existing back wall of the chambers.
“The back wall had water leaks,” Mayor Philip Stoddard said. “The building is 50 years old, so it got leaky. There is a mold inside the carpeting. They need to repair that … sinuses start complaining as soon as they get into that space. As for the flooring, it’s a lot easier to maintain the carpeting if you can remove the chairs. It’s very hard to shampoo the carpet and keep it clean.”
The faded and warped metal and wood chairs currently in the chambers will be replaced by “office-like chairs,” Alexander said.
Alexander said that when he came to work in South Miami, he had an air-quality check done on the building. The specialists found that air was coming into the chambers and causing more humidity inside the walls, as well as driving up air-conditioning costs.
“I had noticed before that people started to get chronic illnesses in this building,” Alexander said. “We set out to resolve that, to not have a sick building.”
The chairs “wouldn’t meet ADA standards or anything else, so we decided that new chairs were necessary. The mayor spearheaded this effort to get a new dais built.”