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Doral to meet Wednesday to discuss J.C. Bermudez Park, city clerk search and police contracts

Vice Mayor Sandra Ruiz wants the Council to change the name of J.C. Bermudez Park — on 87th Avenue and NW. 30th Street — to “Doral Central Park.”
Vice Mayor Sandra Ruiz wants the Council to change the name of J.C. Bermudez Park — on 87th Avenue and NW. 30th Street — to “Doral Central Park.” El Nuevo File, 2014

The Doral City Council will be meeting twice on Wednesday, March 18 at Doral City Hall.

There will be a morning session and an evening session. Below are some highlights of what’s on the agenda. You can review the full agenda package here.

Morning session, 9 a.m.

▪ Vice Mayor Sandra Ruiz wants the Council to change the name of J.C. Bermudez Park — on 87th Avenue and NW. 30th Street — to “Doral Central Park.”

“Doral Central Park has been offered as a name that accomplishes all of the foregoing objectives, and the City Council desires to rename the Park as “Doral Central Park” in the best interests of the community,” Ruiz said in the resolution.

“In recognition of the Park’s future development, as well as the emergence of Downtown Mixed Use area and surrounding areas, the City Council desires to change the name of the Park, so as to elevate the prominence of the Park, align the name and brand of the Park with the activity corridors identified in the City’s Comprehensive Master Plan, and ensure that the Park is associated as a central hub of community activities.”

J.C. Bermudez Park was named after the city’s first mayor —Juan Carlos Bermudez.

▪ Councilman Pete Cabrera is requesting the Council’s support on adding “Just Cause” to the city’s Police Union Contract.

Florida is an “At Will” state, allowing an employer to terminate the employment of any employee “at will” without justification.

The term just cause refers to a standard of reasonableness used to evaluate a person’s actions in a given set of circumstances. If a person acts with just cause, her or his actions are based on reasonable grounds, according to Florida law, including but not limited to: immorality, misconduct in office and incompetency.

“...Based on the extremely abusive situations that I have personally witnessed and experienced first-hand, I believe that “Just Cause” it is not only merited but needed to ensure the long-term stability of the department,” Cabrera said in his memo.

▪ Councilwoman Ana Maria Rodriguez wants the Council to consider placing charging stations for electric vehicles in the city.

▪ Two to four candidates will be moving on to the next round in the city’s search for a new city clerk.

During the March 2, 2015 City Clerk Search Committee Meeting, the search committee members selected seven applicants to interview: Louie Valdez, Rayetta Floyd, Connie Diaz, Billy Urquia, Sherry Henderson, Brenda Pree and Queenester Nieves.

Since that time, one candidate, Billy Urquia, withdrew his application from consideration.

On Monday, Council members interviewed the six remaining candidates and submitted the final names of the top candidates. They will be discussed on Wednesday’s council meeting.

Evening session, 6 p.m.

▪ City Council wants to amend the time they meet during the morning session. Instead of meeting at 9 a.m., they would meet at 10 a.m. The 6 p.m. Council meeting session would not change.

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