Aventura - Sunny Isles

Aventura commissioners take first vote to redistribute leftover capital projects funds

Aventura commissioners on Tuesday approved the first reading of a mid-year ordinance to amend the 2014-15 city budget, which would redistribute leftover money from capital projects that were not 100% completed the year prior into this year’s budget.

If the ordinance passes, a total of $602,475 will be carried over into the general fund to help compensate for projects such as the unfinished Community Green Garden at Founders Park South, as well as the Art in Public Places initiative, in which the city obtains artwork to display in parks, buildings and other facilities.

City Manager Erik M. Soroka said mid-year budget revisions are routine. Second reading will be 6 p.m. at the April 7 Commission meeting at 19200 West Country Club Drive, Aventura.

In other business:

▪ Commissioners approved a resolution to award an $85,408.68 contract to Florida Blacktop to improve the surface of the Don Soffer Exercise Trail. The 3.1-mile trail which runs along Country Club Drive and the Turnberry Isle Resort Golf Course, will receive patching, crack filling and path removal during the first phase of the project. The final phase, seal coating, will be included in next year’s budget.

▪ The city approved a motion to use up to $322,700 from the Federal Police Forfeiture Funds to purchase equipment for the Aventura Police Department, including rifles, ballistic helmets, a Ballistic Armored Tactical Transport vehicle, radio headsets and Smart Board TVs.

▪ The Miami-Dade Public Library System presented a report about the status of the new Northeast Library Branch in Aventura. Carmen Centeno, the county’s Library Services specialist, said the branch will feature two conference rooms, two courtyards and an auditorium, as well as Apple Mac computers and Microsoft Surface tablets for patrons to use. The new branch is expected to have a soft opening in late April.