Miami-Dade County police services will continue in Cutler Bay, after the town council at its Jan. 21 meeting unanimously passed a resolution approving the interlocal agreement between the county and town and authorizing Town Manager Ralph Casals to execute the agreement.
“We are pleased at the level of service they have provided us,” Casals said. “I'm recommending approval of a contract for the next five years. We’ve scrutinized their financial budget every year during our budget process.”
Cutler Bay has contracted its police services since incorporation. The town’s first contract with MDPD was in 2006, followed by an agreement in 2010, which expired August 2014. Casals and town’s staff have negotiated with MDPD since early 2014. The new agreement will run through August 2019. The police command staff includes Major Julie Miller and Lieutenant Frank Roig.
“Our contract with Miami-Dade provides us with the very best trained officers, who while working in Cutler Bay, become part of our family,” Mayor Peggy Bell said. “On a daily basis they save lives and property.”
The police station will remain at 10720 Caribbean Blvd. Cutler Bay’s contract police patrol staff employs a total of 52 sworn officers and four non-sworn support staff. The town must have a minimum of 40 police patrol staff members.
“We approve the budget on an annual basis throughout the budget process,” Casals said. “This is the contract side of it. We fine tuned some housekeeping items, but have no major changes.”
The town council also unanimously voted to pass an ordinance adopting the annual update to the capital improvements element within the town’s growth management plan.
“I kind of summarized all of the projects that we have,” Casals said. “The biggest project that we have that is currently going on is the Caribbean Boulevard project.”
The Caribbean Boulevard Roadway improvement project runs 1.76 miles from Coral Sea Road to Southwest 87th Avenue and includes the construction of two traffic calming circles at Gulfstream Road and Southwest 192nd Drive. It also includes street lighting, traffic signals, a stormwater drainage system, landscaping, decorative treatments at intersections, and new concrete sidewalks. Bike travel lanes, bus pull-out bays and bus shelters will also be added in the project.
“We get updates every month,” Bell said. “We are a little ahead of schedule with the project going to be competed by summer. They aren’t going to put final coat of blacktop on until its finished.”
“Almost not a day goes by that I don’t hear compliments about Old Cutler Road and the one still being worked on at Caribbean Boulevard.”