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Aventura to improve street drainage

Aventura’s city manager is proposing to conduct drainage improvements to city streets to relieve flooding as part of a nearly $17 million capital improvement program scheduled for the next five years.

The plan for big-ticket improvements is set for City Council consideration on Tuesday.

The plan would allot about $2.7 million for drainage and road improvements to Northeast 29th Place and 191st Street. There would be $450,000 in seawall repairs to 213th, 183rd, 188th and 190th streets.

The drainage improvements “are designed to address flash-flooding issues from torrential rain storms,” Aventura City Manager Eric Soroka said in an email. “The sea wall improvements address potential flooding issues due to climate change.”

Two other streets, 187th and 185th, would also be resurfaced, at an expected cost of $266,000. About $1.2 million would be used to retrofit street lighting to energy efficient LED fixtures.

The plan also includes $850,000 to develop a park on 1.5 acres 188th Street acquired free from a developer. The park would be constructed 2015-2016.

“Next year, we will start the design process for the park based on community input,” Soroka said.

The capital plan also includes about $1.8 million for upgrades to the city’s traffic video monitoring system, which has been in place for the past 10 years. The system transmits video of traffic throughout the city back to the police department. During a two-year period, all 28 cameras will be updated with the latest technology. Two new cameras will also be added along Biscayne Boulevard, south of 188th Street.

Also included in the capital improvement plan:

• $710,000 for resurfacing 207th Street and public streets inside Biscayne Lake Gardens.

• $42,000 in improvements to Founders and Waterways parks.

• More than $1.2 million in information-technology and capital equipment and replacement.

A resolution to approve the nearly $17 million capital improvement program will up for a vote at the city commission meeting on July 8.

A resolution also will be presented to support the Pets’ Trust initiatives for Miami-Dade County to finance animal welfare programs, including shelters and a spay-neuter program. County voters approved the initiatives in a non-binding referendum in 2012 but the county hasn’t budgeted or implemented the initiatives.