Miami Lakes

Council approves reallocation of $400,000 to help pay for bills from mayoral legal battle

The town council met Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

The main item

The town approved an ordinance on second reading that reallocates $400,000 from an unassigned fund balance to the general fund to help pay for some of the fees associated with the town’s mayoral legal battle.

This amount breaks down as $311,000 for legal services, $56,925 for retro-active pay for Mayor Michael Pizzi’s time away from office, and $32,075 for the non-departmental reserve, according to town documents.

The resolution passed unanimously, with Pizzi recusing himself from voting on the item. Councilman Frank Mingo and Councilman Ceasar Mestre were not in attendance.

Other business

▪ Free Market: Miami Lakes’ council showed its support for “free market principles,” and the operation of such companies as Uber and Lyft within the county.

▪ Sergio Campos Way: The town council unanimously approved co-designating Loch Ness Drive as Sergio Campos Way.

▪ Interlocal agreement: The town approved an interlocal agreement between Miami Gardens and Miami Lakes for the towns’ floodplain management services and technical support services. The agreement comes after Miami Gardens asked Miami Lakes for help with its own floodplain management. Miami Gardens will reimburse the town for salary and benefits for the employees’ time. Pizzi was the sole vote against this item.

They said it

“Whenever you limit options to consumers, the outcome is never good.” — Councilman Tony Lama, regarding his support of Uber and other such companies operating in the county.

The next meeting

▪ When: June 2 at 6:30 p.m.

▪ Where: Miami Lakes Town Hall, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes