Lowered your taxes. Carol Keys delivered on her promise to lower taxes while at the same time increasing the funding for police, code enforcement, and capital improvements for District 2.
Renewed, extended and redefined the CRA, implementing new guidelines, per the County’s most recent study and fought to bring back hundreds of thousands of dollars back into the General Fund to operate the city and lower taxes.
The CRA Loaned hundreds of thousands to small businesses and restaurants in the city to open new businesses or rehab existing businesses, bringing new jobs to residents and customers to our local businesses. Carol sponsored, through CRA funds, a municipal complex/downtown shopping district police patrol on foot and segway, for increased safety of our downtown commercial district
Sponsored a forensic audit to review the questionable spending and accounting practices of previous years within her first year in office. Many recommendations and better accounting principles and practices were recommended and implemented as a result.
Sponsored lower speed limits from 30 MPH to 25 MPH on residential streets in District 2 and also from 35 to 30 MPH on NE 123 Street from North Bayshore Drive to Biscayne Boulevard.
Expanded greenspace in District 2 with the completion of the only North Miami waterfront park, William Lehman North Bayshore Park, including the rehabilitation of the fishing pier and created the first dog park in the City of North Miami.
Promoted environmental sustainability by holding quarterly Ewaste events, giving residents the ability to discard equipment, machines, paint cans and also provide paper shredding for private documents. Promoted and commissioned native/ drought resistant plantings in public and private spaces, using discretionary improvement funds for District 2. Further, she has added new regulations for Bioswales to be included in the new 2017 Land Use Regulations.
Improving quality of life. Fixed sidewalks, swales and streets throughout district 2 and added curbing where necessary or requested. Provided increased street lighting, throughout District 2, at the request of residents and with the analysis by city staff. Provided pet waste stations throughout District 2. Provided walls separating townhomes and alleyway on 122 Street and also provided Four (4) security walls in Sans Souci.
Increased transparency and eliminated millions of dollars in wasteful spending, sweetheart deals, unneeded staff positions, promoted bringing permits in house to the building department, saving 75% of all permit fees from going to a private contractor. Replaced unqualified and unnecessary staff with quality management and legal representation for our city. By eliminating wasteful spending and promoting fiscally responsible expenditures, we were able to lower the property taxes for 2016.
Continued to serve on and move forward the city Flood Plain Committee, saving property owners 20% off the federal flood insurance premium. North Miami has one of the highest ratings in the country. Many of the homes in District 2 are in the flood zones requiring flood insurance.
Involved in the negotiation with SoleMia in the exercising of their option and right to purchase the residential parcel, by instituting stricter conditions and restrictions with the remaining environmental cleanup, creating a master association for the entire project, and obligations to the city.
The results were higher payments on future participation rents and also required the removal of controversial fill from the project. Allowing our tenant to begin and complete its ‘Phase One Spine Road’ with groundbreaking on the first two towers in April, brings us that much closer to a quality completed project, resulting in tax dollars starting to come to the city and providing construction jobs and more jobs once the projects are completed.
Worked with police and code enforcement to improve compliance with codes. Continued sweeps in rental buildings to make sure life safety issues and quality of life is maintained personally visiting most buildings in the district. Continued enforcement and availing of all legal remedies to eliminate and stop short term rentals in our residential neighborhoods.
Enriched diversity and culture in North Miami and hosted three annual Hispanic (Latino) Heritage months, including the annual La Gran Fiesta, providing recognition of the Latino/Hispanic residents in the city of North Miami, for the first time.
Worked with the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce, as Lifetime Honorary Director, to maintain a close relationship with the city to promote and recognize businesses in the City, through joint ribbon cuttings, card exchanges, officer of the month and year and also promoting the NE 125 street merchants with the monthly Nomadic Nights during Jazz at MOCA.
Worked with the North Miami Foundation of Senior Citizens, as long time Executive Director, to maintain a close relationship with the City of North Miami to allow our senior citizens and frail elderly maintain a quality of life and independence to remain in their homes. This is done by providing hot delivered meals, transportation and counseling. Also promotes the interaction with the City of North Miami Seniors program and its services and activities.
Assisted and promoted the reformation of the North Miami Senior High Key Club, by raising start up funds and have served as its Kiwanis sponsor since inception three years ago. The Key club has also assisted me in the annual turkey distribution and participated in the Winternational Parade, earning community service hours.
Maintained the monthly community Get in Gear Bike ride promoting family togetherness while riding throughout all sections of the city along with members of our North Miami Police Department.
Held townhall meetings for the residents, to discuss issues and, concerns. Required town hall meetings for all proposed major developments in the district, for resident input and discussion and transparency. Held free Immigration workshops, free health fairs, annual turkey distribution and backpack distributions to city and William Jennings Bryan Elementary school.
Worked with our homeowners and associations. I regularly attend the Keystone Point HOA, Sans Souci Gated Homeowners, Irons Manor Central Homeowners and Palomar monthly homeowners meetings and all other condo and homeowners meetings when requested.
Lobbied legislators in Tallahassee for our city issues and interests, regularly meet with the various members of the state cabinet members and to become better acquainted with statewide issues during Dade Days.
Misc. Helped residents workout water bill payments, after late billing by city. Promoted bringing back the annual employee picnic, for all city staff, showing our appreciation of their good work and efforts.