South Miami

Refreshed South Miami commission moves to renew and secure city

South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard and newly named Vice Mayor Bob Welsh kicked off their 2016 tenures in office at the commission meeting Tuesday at City Hall.

The main item

A safer and renewed city should result from several resolutions passed unanimously Tuesday by the city commission. One resolution encourages residents to stop using and purchasing products made from expanded polystyrene, and instead use reusable, recyclable, and compostable alternatives. The alternatives are better for the environment and public health.

The commission agreed to purchase and install new fitness equipment at Dante Fascell Park and to resurface the clay tennis courts and purchase equipment and supplies for the tennis facility at the park. The commission also authorized City Manager Steven Alexander to install new carpet at Gibson-Bethel Community Center.

“I want to thank our clerk (Maria M. Menendez) and her staff,” Commissioner Gabriel Edmond said from the dais. “Thank you for all of your work. I want to congratulate the voters for coming out and participating in your government coming out to vote. There was a debate about whether people would turn out or didn’t turn out but I think ultimately people did come out and express their wishes. I want to thank all of the candidates that ran. It’s not an easy process to run for public office. Anybody who has the courage to put their name on the ballot I thank.”

“I want to thank my colleagues who were victorious,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working with all of you the next couple years to help move the city forward.”

Other business

▪ Rare Disease Day: Stoddard made a proclamation recognizing the National Organization for Rare Diseases’ nationwide observance of National Disease Day on Feb. 29, 2016, and declaring that day in South Miami. Rare diseases affect almost 30 million, nearly 1 in 10 Americans.

▪ Subdivision of property: The commission unanimously approved a resolution for final plat approval for the subdivision of property located at 5989 SW 80th St. The applicant was seeking approval to replat the existing lot into two lots to build two single family homes.

▪ Car shows: Das Renn Treffen and VolksBlash will hold their annual car shows in the city in March and February. The second annual Porsche Car Show is on Sunday, March 6, on Sunset Drive from 57th Avenue to South Dixie Highway. The VolksBlast Car Show is set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 28 at the same location.

They said it

“We’ve been interviewing for the personnel manager position. We hope to have a decision on that very soon, hopefully by our next meeting. (Planning Director) Dwayne Williams has a serious family issues he needs to attend to. He has resigned effective next Friday. We thank him for his service in South Florida and wish him well in his future endeavors.” — City Manager Steven Alexander

The next meeting

▪ When: 7 p.m. March 1

▪ Where: City Hall, 6130 Sunset Dr., South Miami