Belle Glade Sun

Belle Glade plans infrastructure enhancements

BELLE GLADE — Belle Glade City Commissioners approved enhancements for the municipal airport at the July 16 meeting.
The meeting’s agenda included updates about the city’s economic and employment opportunities, infrastructure enhancements, and resolution approvals. The commissioners adopted two resolutions that involved enhancements at the municipal airport in Belle Glade.

One resolution focused on entering a joint participation agreement with the State of Florida’s Department of Transportation (FDOT) to fund Taxiway Charlie Design Services; and the other resolution was approved to construct a new sewer line at the airport in collusion with FDOT.

After the discussion many opportunities for new business and employment opportunities were presented in the city manager’s report.

“I am happy that the city is bringing in new employment opportunities,” Uzuri Collier, a Belle Glade resident said. “Often times people do not have jobs because they lack experience or expertise – so I applaud the city for meeting the people where they are by making these options available,” she added.

City Manager Lomax Harralle presented several updates about enhancements to the city. Residents can look forward to continued improvements to infrastructure because of grants and projects in place. Over $1 million will be allocated to begin improvements to inner-city sidewalks in 2019.

Mr. Harrelle also noted that the city secured a $380,000 grant to fix city drainage in areas of Avenue H, Southwest Avenue K, Southeast Third Street and Northwest Third Street. The aforementioned streets are being restructured because they have the potential to flood or have flooded in the past.

Mr. Harrelle said that the county’s water and waster water project is in its third year and moving along swiftly. Investing about $100 million in the project, the county continues to restore the cleanliness of the area and repave roads when the work is done.

City parks are also getting a new look. The 1¢ sales tax will be used to integrate old playground equipment with state of the art equipment at Lake Shore Park and Hand Park – and the parks at Northeast 21st Street and Southwest Fourth Street will receive new equipment. It is projected that $1 million will be invested into city parks.

“The City of Belle Glade stepped up for our kids to enhance the parks for the youth,” Mayor Steve Wilson said. “The whole objective is to have something for our kids to do recreation wise – and its effective immediately,” he added.

Belle Glade has various infrastructure and economic development projects underway. Residents can get involved and share their feedback on these projects by attending the regular commission meetings held on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are held at the Belle Glade City Hall, 110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd West in Belle Glade.

In other business, with safety being a top priority for the city, the commissioners recognized Robert Way, a public works employee of two years who received the June 2018 Employee Safety Award.