The cost comes as a surprise to Cambridge Lawns neighbors, given that when queried awhile back the City's Acting Planning Director Sandy Youkilis said that there was to be no charge for the stone markers, which were apparently being underwritten by an outside organization.
City Commissioners might want to delve into how the decision to spend $ 8,768.34 was arrived at, if all residents of the Cambridge Lawns area have had a chance to preview the design of these markers going up in their neighborhood, and the breakout of this amount, i.e. who is/has provided and reviewed the design, how much is to be spent on design, materials and labor, etc.
Here's the full text of the Resolution being considered:
A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF SOUTH MIAMI, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH URBAN STONEWORKS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND INSTALLATION OF CAMBRIDGE LAWNS HISTORIC MARKERS IN THE AMOUNT OF $ 8,768.34 TO BE CHARGED AS FOLLOWS: $8,000.00 TO THE CITY’S PLANNING DEPARTMENT CONTRACTUAL SERVICES ACCOUNT NUMBER 001-1620-524-3450 AND $768.34 TO THE CITY’S PLANNING DEPARTMENT PROFESSIONAL SERVICES ACCOUNT NUMBER 001-1620-524-3100; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.We look forward to a full discussion of this Resolution by the Commission. The full revised agenda for tonight's meeting is online here.
UPDATE: At the 02/03 City Commission meeting, this Resolution was removed from consideration on the Consent agenda, due to the vendor (Urban Stoneworks) having withdrawn its bid. City Manager Ajibola Balogun told Commisioners that the project is to be put out to bid again and brought back to the City Commission at a later date.
FURTHER UPDATE: The markers were again put out to bid, with proposals due back within one week on Thursday Feb. 12th. The second bid invitation is online, here.