Homestead Metropolis Council approves a number of factors | homestead

Homestead City Council was very quickly cleared of the controversial issue of the bowling alley sale when the bidders withdrew their offer at its July 23rd meeting.

When the pro-bowling and anti-bowling people marched out, the council presented a check for $ 20,000 to the Lend a Hand program, administered by the South Dade nonprofit WeCare.

The city’s money is given in the form of grants of up to $ 200 to those in need of emergency supplies.

Since its inception in 2005, the program has granted Homestead residents $ 160,000.

County Commissioner Lynda Bell gave a presentation to the council on county projects in the Homestead area, including new bus stops, road projects totaling more than $ 31 million and an update to the millage rate for libraries in the county.

Noticing the passage of a tough animal cruelty prevention ordinance that covers even hobby breeders, she announced her annual August 3rd backpack giveaway at The Falls YMCA.

On the question of changing the zone from B1 to B3 in order to accommodate a pawn shop, the council agreed to postpone the question again after a brief discussion.

The council cleared construction for the Police Department of the Homestead Sports Complex for a bid of $ 2,551,314.

The city manager applauded the staff for the value of the technology that brought the project under the $ 3 million budget.

The purchase of equipment for the makeshift police facility was also approved.

City Manager Gretsas took care of the millage rates and informed the council that he was setting maximum rates so that the new budget could be prepared.

Two public budget hearings have been announced for September 9th at 5:30 pm and September 23rd at 5:00 pm.

The millage rate increases by $ 1.01 for every $ 1000 of the estimated value for value taxation, which includes $ 0.32 for the Police Station and $ 0.19 for the Seminole Theater.

The council unanimously approved proposed operating and debt millage rates for the 2014-2015 tax year, as well as the issuance of $ 26 million in bonds for the voter-approved police station and the Seminole Theater referendum.

A final vote on a Department of Justice grant for police projects was unanimously approved with no changes to the $ 72,607 budget.

The discussion at the COW meeting in July raised questions about privacy expectations when using purchased street corner cameras as a means of apprehending criminals.

During the staff reports, Chief Al Rolle told the council that a suspected suicide had been found earlier in the day on the canal behind Roscoe Warren Park and that the circumstances were being investigated.

Councilor Jimmie Williams urged the city attorney to look into an ordinance banning gas-powered motorized bicycles as unsafe for use on the road.

Councilor Patricia Fairclough urged city officials to look into the “First Source” regulation to ensure local citizens are hired for the large-scale city projects that are funded by loan commitments.

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