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The City provides
passport services. Hours starting May 6. 2013 are from 9:00
A.M.- 8:00 P.M. Monday - Friday, 9:00 A.M.- 5:00 P.M.
Saturdays and 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. on Sundays at 512 SW
109 Avenue. For information, please contact the staff at
The passport office now
provides passport photo services. Fee will be $10.00.
Balbin is the Sustainability Manager for the County. She has
$1 million to give away to local business that buy green
appliances, air-conditioners, etc. Basically they buy the
approved product and she writes a check. No strings
and Green Economy
County Office of Sustainability
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
REPLACEMENT OF COMMISSION CHAMBERS AUDIO VISUAL SYSTEM FOR
THE CITY OF SWEETWATER
REPLACEMENT OF COMMISSION CHAMBERS AUDIO
VISUAL SYSTEM FOR THE CITY OF SWEETWATER
RFPs for the upgrade of
the City of Sweetwater Commission Chambers audio visual
system. Pre-bid conference and bid package pick-up scheduled
for 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 at City Hall Commission
Chambers, 500 SW 109th Ave., Third Floor.
Questions via email only. Cut-off date for questions is 5
p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. Bids shall be submitted by 2
p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 to City Clerk. Late bids will be
automatically disqualified. Contact
Government & Police Public Affairs
BID SUBMITTAL DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO
MARCH 1ST. CONTACT MS. HAMMONTREE-GARCIA FOR TIME.
STORMWATER IMPROVEMENTS PHASE IIB SOUTH
INVITATION TO BID NO. CIP-2012-07
NOTICE TO BIDDERS / PROSPECTIVE CONTRACTORS
Bidders must submit their sealed bids to the City of
Sweetwater, Attention City Clerk, at
500 S.W. 109 Avenue, Sweetwater, Florida
33174, by March 15, 2013, no later than 2:00 p.m.
Scope of Work:
The City of Sweetwater is soliciting competitive bids for
construction services for the installation of a storm-water
drainage system in the south-central portion of the 1550
acre City and is bounded by W. Flagler Street to the north,
the C-4 Canal to the south, SW 112th Avenue to the West and
SW 109th Avenue to the East. The project shall consist of
all labor, equipment and materials necessary for the
installation of storm-water pump stations. Furthermore, the
project will also consist of the installation of a
storm-water collection and transmission system including
catch basins junction boxes, storm-water force main, and
This project, will be federally funded, in part or whole
through the Miami-Dade County Public Housing and Community
Development with COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG)
funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD), the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM).
Bidders shall comply with rules and regulations such as, but
not limited to, Presidential Executive Order 11246, as
amended; by Executive Order 11375; Title VII of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 as amended; the Davis Bacon Act of 1968,
as amended; the Copeland Anti-Kickback Act; the Contract
Work Hours and Safety Standards Act and all other applicable
federal, state and local ordinances. Note that the
contractor must ensure that employees are not discriminated
because of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
Submission of proposals are encouraged from Disadvantaged
Note that bidder is required to pay
workers on this project the minimum wages as determined in
the Wage Determination Decision included in the Bidder’s
package; and that the contractor must ensure that employees
are not discriminated because of race, color, religion, sex,
or national origin. This project is also a Section 3 covered
activity. Section 3 requires that job training, employment
and contracting opportunities be directed to very-low and
low income persons or business owners who live in the
The City of Sweetwater has scheduled a mandatory Pre-Bid
Conference and site visit which will be held at the
following date, time and location:
Location: Sweetwater Commission Chambers 500 S.W. 109th
Avenue, 3rd Floor, Sweetwater, Florida 33174
Date/Time: February 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Bid Packages containing complete instructions, plans, and
specifications may be obtained on or after
January 28, 2013
from the City of Sweetwater, in person
from City of Sweetwater, City Clerk’s Office, 500 S.W. 109
Ave., 2nd Floor, Sweetwater, FL 33174, (305) 221-0411. Bid
packages will be available in
digital (CD) form for a
non-refundable fee of $25.00. The
fee must be in the form of company check or cashier’s check
made payable to:
EGSC Engineering Consultants.
A Bid Bond in the amount of Five percent (5%) of the Bid
accompany each Bid submitted, in accordance
with the Instruction to Bidders. A Performance and
Maintenance Bond in the amount of One-Hundred percent (100%)
of the total contract amount, proof of license and insurance
for this project will be required from the successful bidder
The contract shall be awarded to the lowest most
responsive responsible bidder. The successful bidder shall
then obtain the required permits. The final Work shall be
constructed according to Florida Building Code. In addition,
prospective bidders must comply with all applicable Federal,
State & Local ordinances and Codes, bonding and insurance
requirements and/or with other authorities having
Any bids or proposals received after the specified time and
date will not be considered, and
will be returned to bidder unopened.
Flood Map Modernization
causes hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage to
homes and businesses around the country every year.
Because standard homeowners and commercial property
insurance does not cover floods, the National Flood
Insurance Program (NFIP) – administered by the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – was created to
offer affordable flood insurance to communities that
comply with the minimum standards for floodplain
management. Communities that participate in the
program get rated based on preservation of open space in
the floodplain, enforcing higher standards for safer new
development, maintaining drainage systems, and informing
the community about flood hazards, insurance, and ways to
reduce flood damage. These activities not only
benefit the community by improving quality of life and
protecting the environment but, also, save money.
Flood insurance is mandatory for property owners who hold
a federally backed mortgage and whose property is located
within a special flood hazard area (areas designated as
having a greater risk of flooding).
On September 11, 2009, the newly revised FIRM’s (Flood
Insurance Rate Maps) will be implemented. The current maps
are older and do not indicate the recent changes in
development and/or natural changes in the environment.
Therefore, these maps have been modernized to indicate
more accurate data to reflect what flooding hazards exist
today on any given property. Modernization of these
maps could mean that your property could go from being
designated as a SFHA (Special Flood Hazard Zone) or high
risk zone, to a low or moderate - risk area (X-Flood Zone)
or vice versa.
Owners of properties that move from a high-risk zone to a
low-or moderate-risk zone may be eligible for reduced
insurance rates by converting to a Preferred Risk Policy (PRP).
A PRP covers both a structure and its contents. A PRP can
be obtained for as little as $112 a year.
Many people believe that federal assistance is available
to cover flood related damages. This is true, but
only when the flooding is declared a federal
disaster. Even then, financial aid is usually
available in the form of a loan, which must be paid back
with interest. Unlike federal disaster aid, flood
insurance pays for all covered losses without having the
insured having to repay anything.
Even if a community (or portion) is designated as low- or
moderate-risk area, everyone lives in a flood zone.
You do not need to live near water to be at risk or be
affected by flooding. Flooding can be caused by
storms, hurricanes, water backup due to inadequate or
overloaded drainage systems, a broken sewer line, dam or
levee failure, etc. In fact, according to FEMA, in
2006 one in three flood insurance claims came from
low-to-moderate risk areas.
For more information about how the new FIRM’s affect
you, please contact Eric J. Gomez, P.E. at the City of
Sweetwater Building Department at (305) 221-0411 or via
Revised Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM)
Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a revised preliminary
Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) reflecting the resolution
of appeals and/or protests of the preliminary FIRM for
Miami-Dade County, Florida and Incorporated Areas within
the following communities: the Cities of Doral, Florida
City, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Homestead, and Miami
Springs; the Town of Medley; the City of Sweetwater, and
the Unincorporated Areas of Miami-Dade County.
Residents and lessees of property within the City of
Sweetwater are strongly encouraged to review the revised
preliminary FEMA FIRMs below. If you have any
questions please contact the FEMA Map Assistance Center,
toll free, at 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627) or visit
their website at http://www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/fhm/bfe. You may also contact the City of Sweetwater at (305)
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National Flood Insurance Program and Flood Insurance Rate
Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
to provide affordable flood insurance to individuals who
live in areas with the greatest risk of flooding called
Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs). The NFIP makes
federally backed flood insurance available in communities
that agree to adopt and enforce floodplain management
ordinances to reduce future flood damage. This is
important because property owners who hold a federally
backed mortgage must purchase flood insurance if the
property is located within a special flood hazard area.
the rainy season, the continuous downpours saturate and,
on occasion, over saturate the ground; thus, reducing the
capacity of the Stormwater Drainage System. This seasonal
occurrence may cause some temporary flooding along city
streets or private property, possibly creating potentially
dangerous conditions. Always use extra caution when
driving during any rain event. Flooding or standing water
should be reported to the Public Works Department at (305)
hurricane and severe weather warnings are issued by the
Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Management and the National
Weather Service. Residents should stay tuned to the local
TV and radio stations for updates on storms.
you are advised to evacuate, turn off all utilities at the
main switches or valves. Disconnect electrical appliances,
but do not touch any electrical equipment if you are wet
or standing in water. Avoid fast flowing water or unstable
mortgage lenders require flood insurance based on the
elevation of the property. In the event that your mortgage
does not have this provision or if you own your property
free and clear, you may purchase this insurance at any
time. Remember, there is a thirty (30) day waiting period
before the policy becomes effective. Homeowner’s
insurance and/or windstorm insurance does not cover flood
damage to the structure.
Development Permit Requirements
buildings under construction require permits. These
permits must be obtained prior to commencement of
construction activities. Contact the Building and Zoning
Departments before you build, alter, regrade or fill your
property. If you see any building or filling without a
permit posted, please call our Building Department at
drainage helps reduce the risk of flooding. It is illegal
for the direct or indirect entry of any solid, liquid or
gaseous matter into the drainage system other than
rainwater runoff. The City periodically inspects the
drainage system and regularly schedules debris removal
operations in order to keep the drainage system at peak
performance. You can help in this process by keeping the
streets clear of materials and debris that could
potentially affect the drainage system. Please report any
illegal dumping activities that may affect drainage and/or
contaminate the ground water to the Public Works
Department at (305) 221-0411.
Determinations & Elevation Certificates
provides Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) determinations to
let you know if you are in a flood hazard area and if you
are required by federal law to carry flood insurance. For
surveyors, architects and engineers, the City has the
latest form of elevation certificates available to you for
completion. We also have a sample completed elevation
certificate for your reference.
you know that floods are the most common natural disaster?
a few safety tips to consider, if you are ever faced with
is the number one cause of flood deaths. Currents can
be deceptive; six inches of moving water can knock you
off your feet. If you walk in standing water, use a
pale or stick to ensure that the ground is still
there. Also, do not disregard road barriers, the road
or bridge may be washed out.
away from power lines and electrical wires.
Electrocution is the number two flood killer.
Electrical currents can run through water. Report
downed power lines to Florida Power & Light at
ready for the unexpected. Place important documents
inside plastic bags or other waterproof containers.
out for animals, especially snakes that may have been
displaced by the flood.
before you step. The ground and floors may be covered
with debris and mud.
alert for gas leaks. If you use natural gas, use a
flashlight to inspect for damage. Do not smoke or use
your evacuation plan with all household members. Plan
to leave early to avoid traffic delays.
your boat. If possible, store it inside a garage or
warehouse. If outside, make sure the boat is secure to
the trailer and the trailer is tied down.
to arrange for your pets. Most evacuation centers will
not accept pets. Make plans in advance to board your
pets in a kennel or with friends outside the hazard