Biscayne Park’s annexation plans hit snag

08/08/2014 12:54 PM

08/08/2014 12:55 PM

The village of Biscayne Park’s effort to annex some neighboring areas has hit a snag and is now delayed.

At a commission meeting on Tuesday night, Mayor David Coviello said the village’s application had been deemed insufficient because it was missing resident signatures from the area being considered.

Village Manager Heidi Shafran said that Bell David Planning Group, the North Miami based planners who filed the application, had no explanation as to why they left that portion incomplete except to say signatures were usually not required at that stage.

But according to Miami-Dade County, the application needs signatures from 20 percent of the 283 voters — roughly 60 signatures — befoire it can be considered. The village is now scrambling to submit the missing information in a race against North Miami.

“North Miami is seeking some of the same property,” said Coviello.

However, the land North Miami is requesting doesn’t include the residential component, the AltaMira and Baywinds rental communities. The only area of overlap is a commercial area that includes stores like CVS Pharmacy and Pollo Tropical.

“I remain confident that we will succeed with our goal of improving the financial stability of the village by annexing property from the county. We are working diligently to satisfy the county’s requirements so that the application may move forward to the next step, while recognizing that it will be a lengthy process,” said Coviello.

The mayor proposed hiring a lobbyist to procure the necessary signatures for the application to be completed.

“The outstanding issue that was discussed at the commission meeting on Tuesday is another “t” to be crossed. Level heads and the appropriate professionals will help us accomplish the village goals with the application to annex lands directly to the east of our existing boundary,” said Commissioner Roxanna Ross.

In other news, the village is preparing to shift from its in-house trash pick-up to outsourcing with Waste Pro. New services will begin Oct. 1. Waste Pro also started a public information campaign to better transition residents. The company sent out bilingual postcards with basic pickup information; additionally, residents will receive a pamphlet in English, Spanish and Creole with more detailed information. Plus, the village is scheduling a Meet the Sanitation Team event, date to be announced.

Furthermore, the commission will host a community workshop seeking input on how best to spend the recent $1 million it received from the state to restore the village’s historic log-cabin town hall at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Ed Burke Recreation Center, 11400 NE Ninth Court. After the meeting, the village will distribute free bicycle helmets at its annual children’s Safety Day, being held from 2:30 – 5 p.m. Guests will enjoy a bounce house with a water slide and an obstacle course, along with presentations from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Venom Response Team, My Gym Aventura, and the Biscayne Foundation.

The next two commission meetings will be budget workshops at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 13 and Aug. 20. The next regular commission meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Sept. 9. All meetings are held at the Ed Burke Recreation Center.

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