A couple of Florida City’s long serving elected officials were honored during the first November Commission meeting.
Mayor Otis Wallace and Commissioner Eugene Berry were presented with the Mayor John Land Years of Service award by the Florida League of Cities. It was presented by League Member and Homestead Councilman Jon Burgess.
Land, the awards namesake, had served over 60 years in office. Wallace has been in elected office for 40 years and Berry for 30. Burgess pointed out if they added those years to how long Commissioner R.S. Shiver has served, that would be over a century combined.
“There are not many places in this country or world where you can find 120 plus years of dedication to the community like in the southern tip of Miami-Dade,” said Burgess.
“We are here to thank you guys— it is an honor to be here and give these awards to you for your years of service,” he said.
The award’s resolution applauded the time and effort long time officials put in their governance. Adding that often it is compensated by little or nothing at all. Terming it as a “labor of love.”
Both men accepted a certificate after a reading of the resolution by the league’s representative.
Engineer Data and the Change Order
The commission as a whole approved a change order of just under $70,000 that will go to EAC Consulting, the company hired to design the covering of the Palm Drive Canals. The change order stems from a Department of Environmental Protection revolving loan which needs engineering data. The ideal situation would be for the city engineer to put together the information, but because he occupies a contractual position the city would have to issue an RFP, a Request for Proposals, if they wanted to use him.
So staff got around that timing issue by having EAC gather that data by subcontracting the work. The city engineer, who staff said was already a subcontractor to EAC, would be assigned to gather the data. Because of the intimate knowledge of the layout by the city engineer- it is hoped that gathering will be swift.
There was no opposition to the change order.