Opa-Locka CRA Approves Surveillance Camera Installation Amid Safety Concerns

In a recent meeting, the Opa-Locka Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) addressed several issues, including the approval of a resolution to enhance public safety measures by installing surveillance cameras in the CRA District. The board passed the resolution, authorizing the interim executive director to negotiate with the Opa-Locka police department, allocating up to $150,000 for crime reduction programs and the integration of a public safety platform provided by Flock Safety.

Amid discussions on public safety, the board examined the specifics of the resolution, scrutinizing the integration of the camera system with existing police technology, the necessity for cameras in the CRA District, and the funding of ongoing costs, including potential overtime for officers dedicated to monitoring these systems. Questions were raised about the long-term responsibility for the maintenance and effectiveness of the cameras, as well as the overall impact on the district’s crime rate.

In addition to public safety, the CRA board approved an interlocal agreement with the city for dedicated code enforcement within the district. The board unanimously passed the motion to approve the reimbursement of costs for a code enforcement officer exclusively assigned to the CRA District.

The meeting also delved into economic development and urban improvement projects. The CRA approved a facade improvement program, marking the agency’s first substantial project in this area, with an estimated budget of $85,000. The board discussed the sustainability of the CRA post-completion and approved a resolution authorizing the executive director to manage the facade grant project design and services agreement. This move was aimed at accelerating the commercial facade improvements program by hiring local contractors and developers, with the initial project slated for completion within three months.

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Furthermore, the board tackled the development incentive assistance agreement with Palmetto Homes, which had been marred by contradictory statements regarding payouts and invoice rejections. The discussion focused on renegotiating the agreement for the completion of residential properties on Washington Street. The potential acquisition of a building on Opa-Locka Boulevard for $1.8 million was also on the agenda, with the board expressing a need for property appraisal.

Community development issues were also a part of the meeting. The board expressed frustration over delays in park improvements, particularly the absence of a playground at Sherbondy Park despite allocated funding. There was a call for more proactive decision-making and alignment with the city’s master plan for parks. The constraints of allocating funds for parks under Section 163 were debated, and the need for a meeting between the city and the CRA to ensure agreement on park plans was emphasized. Moreover, the meeting included discussions on the role and compensation of the interim CRA clerk and the need for a permanent appointment.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Mayor:
John H. Taylor, Jr.
Community Redevelopment Agency Officials:
Jannie Russell, Natasha Ervin, Veronica Williams, Dr. Sherlean Bass, Joseph L. Kelley, John Taylor Jr., Nikisha Williams, Corion DeLaine (OCRA Interim Director | Main Street Executive Director), Tiffany Dallas, MPA (Project Coordinator)

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