Miami-Dade County

Sweetwater mayor calls meeting to approve purchase of Thanksgiving food vouchers

At Friday’s emergency special meeting, Sweetwater Mayor Jose M. Diaz will ask the Commission to approve the purchase of 360 food vouchers for eligible residents, which would cost the city $9,000.
At Friday’s emergency special meeting, Sweetwater Mayor Jose M. Diaz will ask the Commission to approve the purchase of 360 food vouchers for eligible residents, which would cost the city $9,000. Miami Herald File Photo

Sweetwater Mayor Jose M. Diaz called an emergency special meeting for Friday evening to ask the City Commission to allow the purchase of food vouchers for elderly residents.

The issue was addressed a special meeting on Wednesday night, but the meeting failed to reach a quorum — out of seven commissioners, only Commissioner Jose Bergouignan showed up.

At that meeting, the mayor requested 180 food vouchers at $25 each, for a cost of $4,500.

On Friday, the mayor will ask for twice as many vouchers, costing the city $9,000.

The city has been handing out food vouchers around Thanksgiving for the past seven years, the mayor said in a memorandum attached to the meeting agenda.

“Due to a lack of quorum, we were not able to seek approval for these vouchers, which would deprive the senior of their yearly activity. Therefore, this is a matter that directly impacts residents that are elderly and economically disadvantaged,” he said.

The special commission meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the City Commission chambers inside City Hall on 500 SW 109 Ave. Regular commission meetings the first Monday of the month in the evenings.

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