Despite the pleas of parents to help the school, Opa-locka commissioners on Wednesday deferred discussing a lease agreement with Grace Academy, the city’s kindergarten through 12th grade school tenant on the second floor of the new City Hall building.
The resolution to ratify the lease agreement was deferred by Mayor Myra Taylor.
▪ Capital improvements: Opa-locka commissioners approved, 3-2, to reject all bids and initiate a new request for proposal for drainage, pothole and sewer systems for roadways in Zone 1 and 2, which include Northwest 132nd, 133rd, 128th and 147th streets; Northwest 43rd, 45th and 46th avenues; 38th Court; and Alexandria Drive.
The bids are part of the city’s capital improvement program, which is being funded by a $40 million revolving fund loan program.
“We have to reject and redefine the process. There is a lot of scrutiny coming that is taking place in Tallahassee right now on our entire process,” newly appointed City Manager Steve Shiver said. “The monies that we have procured through diligent and hard work through our staff is in jeopardy if we don’t define the process properly.”
Of the past work, Shiver added: “There have been some inconsistencies with prior selection process, some bid rejections filed and other things that make this a really cloudy issue.”
Taylor, Commissioners Terence Pinder and Luis Santiago voted in favor of the resolution; Vice Mayor Holmes and Commissioner Joseph Kelley voted against.
Shiver will develop and bring back a new solicitation and procurement process before the zones are re-advertised.
▪ Paperless agenda policy: A second reading ordinance to start using paperless agendas, which was sought by the city clerk’s office, passed 4-1. The paperless agenda policy will help to cut commission meeting costs, decrease storage costs and help the city become more efficient. iPads will be bought for the commission and all designated staff.
▪ Demolish water tank: Commissioner Terence Pinder sponsored a resolution to inquire about knocking down the wall located at Northwest 128th Street and Northwest 45th Avenue to create a place for a transfer station. The dais voted 4-1 in favor of the item.
▪ Miami-Dade County Support Team: Commissioners approved entering into an inter-local agreement with Miami-Dade County for assistance with code enforcement, human resources, budget and finance and the police department. The resolution passed 4-1. Holmes voted the item down.
They said it
“These kids have to finish the school year. We have to find a way to keep the children under that roof.” — Commissioner Luis B. Santiago of Grace Academy’s lease agreement.
The next meeting
Second Budget Hearing
▪ When: at 5:01 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23.
▪ Where: Sherbondy Village Auditorium, 215 Perviz Ave., Opa-locka