Miami Gardens - Opa-locka

City Council to address municipal complex, and swear in Councilman Erhabor Ighodaro

Miami Gardens will swear in another member of the City Council at Wednesday’s meeting and vote on multiple items, including one pertaining to the city’s municipal complex. It will also select a firm to handle the city’s planning and zoning services.

The council will decide if the city manager can finalize an agreement with the city’s developer in its municipal complex project, Skanska USA, to work out about $4 million in remaining change orders on the frequently delayed project.

The city hall portion of the complex was completed and opened earlier this year, but wrapping up the third phase of the project — which includes the new police department — has been delayed until July 2015 with final completion scheduled for September 2015.

City staff said earlier this year that the project was about $7 million over budget, pending additional discussions with Skanska about the change orders.

The council will also vote on Wednesday on a resolution authorizing the city to take out a bank loan to offset some of the cost overruns. That amount is not expected to be more than $8 million dollars, according to city staff.

This agreement would replace a joint prosecution agreement the city reached with the developer in June to explore issues with the work of the architect of record for the project, URS.

Council members will also decide on a firm to take over the city’s planning and zoning services. The city’s budget called for the removal of two staff positions in the planning department, which totaled about $172,000 in salary, and staff has recommended Calvin, Giordano and Associates to handle the work.

The council recently voted to hire the firm to manage the construction of its general obligation bond projects.

Wednesday will also mark the formal confirmation of Councilman Erhabor Ighodaro’s re-election to the council. He defeated former council member Andre Williams in a runoff election for City Council Seat 6.

Other items up for consideration at the meeting include:

▪ A second vote on a law that would amend a section of the city charter that would prohibit mobile car washes from setting up shop within 1,000 feet of a stationary car wash business with a secured business address.

▪ A resolution to accept federal grant money, totaling $1,375,000 to help fund the salaries of 11 police officers over a three year period.

The City Council meeting will take place 7 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 18605 NW 27th Ave.

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