South Miami

South Miami moves forward with SoMi trolley system

The South Miami commission on Tuesday, Feb. 16, unanimously agreed to advance the city’s SoMi trolley plans.

The main item

The commission voted to pass a resolution approving the transit service program, in accordance with Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The plan ensures that South Miami operates certain programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin, in accordance with Title VI. The plan certifies that users of the transit service are able to make antidiscrimination complaints and has procedures in place for investigating, tracking and providing an administrative remedy to these types of complaints.

“The city addressed putting in a trolley previously, it sort of got shouted down,” City Manager Steven Alexander said at the meeting. “I think it’s probably time for a new commission to look at it and see if it’s the right time again. I think we have had a lot of communication about getting people back and forth, safely across the highway. The route that I am tentatively looking at would do that. I’m looking at a loop from the downtown area, through the hospital district, up by the senior center, into the [Community Reinvestment Act] and back around the downtown area.”

Other business

▪ Auditor selection: The commission unanimously approved a resolution creating an audit committee to establish criteria, review and assist in the process of selecting an auditor. The committee will consist of no more than three members. The committee will present its initial recommendations no later than Sept. 30.

▪ Appointments: Kyle Saxon and Maximo Monterrey were appointed to the South Miami audit committee by order or resolution. The commission also passed a resolution to appoint David Scott Trautman to serve on the environmental review preservation board for a two-year term.

▪  “Inconvenient Truth”: South Miami will host a free viewing of the climate-change film An Inconvenient Truth, on the film’s 10-year anniversary. The showing will be at 3:30 p.m. March 12 at City Hall.

They said it

“We are looking at ways to reduce traffic on Sunset Drive and in our downtown. The idea is to create a trolley circuit that intercepts traffic coming into the downtown with downtown destinations so that people can (travel) on the periphery of the transportation district and our hometown district and certainly within our downtown without having to use a car. After this, I assume the manager is going to be looking for a trolley operator.” — Mayor Philip Stoddard

The next meeting

▪ When: 7 p.m. March 15

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