Cutler Bay

Cutler Bay council approves resolutions to improve town roadways

The Cutler Bay town council met at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, approving several resolutions improving roadways in the town.

The main item

Town Manager Ralph Casals will execute a second change to the professional services agreement with Stantec Consulting Services, associated with the construction of road improvements along Caribbean Boulevard. The amendment provides for additional design and engineering services for the construction improvements. The amount, not to exceed $53,864, will provide additional improvements at “Gap #2.” Gap 2 is from the C-100 Canal to the Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike.

“As an update from our last council meeting our public works department has been in constant communication with the Miami-Dade County public works department regarding the status of the new traffic signalization project on Southwest 216th Street and 92nd Avenue,” Casals said in his report. “We just received an email Tuesday saying that the county has completed its procurement process and will be issuing a work order to their contractor within the next three to four weeks.”

Other business

Roadway resurfacing: The town council unanimously agreed to authorize Casals to issue a purchase order to Envirowaste Services Group for part of the town-wide roadway-resurfacing project.

Requirements for applications: In an effort to provide “clear and balanced regulations that reflect the vision of the town” while meeting needs of residential and commercial developments in Cutler Bay, the council passed an ordinance amending its code of ordinances. The change applies to the section of application review and approval requirements.

Lightning detection: The town council unanimously approved a consent resolution authorizing Casals to issue a purchase order for the WeatherBug Lightning Detection System. Casals will purchase the system from Earth Networks in the amount of $31,500. In September, the town met with Earth Networks representatives about the possibility of retrofitting the systems at Bel Aire Park, Cutler Ridge Park, Franjo Park, and Lakes by the Bay Park.

They said it

“People have asked me why we are again working on Caribbean Boulevard, after it appeared to be completed,” Mayor Peggy Bell said. “The original project was completed, ahead of time and under budget. We are again working in that area because the original road project on Caribbean Boulevard was not designed by the county to complete the entire street, it began at Southwest 87th Avenue and ended at Coral Sea Road. Because we were under budget upon completing the project the county allowed us to utilize the remaining funds. We are now able to complete the portion of the project from Coral Sea Road to the C100 canal. We refer to this project as “Gap 1.” Gap 1 is scheduled to be completed in May. We continue to make changes to the detour as residents give us their feedback. We know it makes residents’ daily commute more difficult and we ask for their patience and understanding.”

The next meeting

When: 7 p.m. March 16

Where: Town Hall, 10720 Caribbean Blvd.