How were improvements in my neighborhood identified?
Anyone can request that a particular street or streets within a neighborhood be inspected for improvements by dialing 3-1-1. Another way is through a community meeting were residents address their concerns to their elected or city official. Lastly, through the direct communication with the Office of Capital Improvements or through the office of your local City Commissioner. Streets and/or neighborhood improvements are identified and rated based upon the level of distress, and are prioritized in consultation with Community Organizations, i.e., HOAs, elected officials and City Administrators.
How were specific funding allocations decided?
Specific funding allocations were originally identified in the Homeland Defense Bond series issued in 2001. Since that time, the program has addressed more needs than originally contemplated. New funding sources are identified as we approach each fiscal year. Some of those revenues are Impact fees, Bonds, Federal, State and County grants, private donations, and other type of grant or combination with other funds.
How will construction affect access to and from my property or my street?
The city strives to maintain access to businesses and residences at all times. There are occasions when it is necessary to temporarily close a driveway to perform project-related work. Based on the nature of the construction work, there are times when even parking restrictions are needed to allow the heavy construction activity to be performed. Construction work usually requires a local and emergency lane at all times. In unique situations, the street may be too narrow for access while work is occurring. Whenever this is necessary, the project team makes every effort to coordinate with the property owners in advance to minimize impacts.
Why are there project signs and/or construction signs on my street when the project ended a long time ago?
Contractors are required to remove all temporary detour and parking restriction signs upon completion of the construction project. However, the project sign will remain in place until the project has been inspected by the Department of Public Works. There may be times when either of these situations do not happen. For concerns, please contact us directly at (305) 416-1280.
Are all improvements in the City of Miami administered by the Office of Capital Improvements?
Not all construction projects throughout the City are administered by OCI. Other City departments, such as Public Works Department, oversee their own specific construction projects as well. Likewise, road construction projects on County and State roads and many of the arterial roads are handled by those government agencies. Construction project signs and other notices will be posted in the area of all Capital Improvements projects.
What do I do if construction appears to have caused damage to my private property?
City contractors are responsible to repair or restore any property or area that is damaged in the course of construction. Contact OCI at email@example.com to determine if this work is managed by the Office. If it is, you will be directed to the Public Relations Agent and/or construction manager for further assistance. At times, if the contractor does not make the necessary repairs during the project, you will be directed to contact the Risk Management Department to file a claim against the contractor. However, if this is private construction, the City cannot act as a mediator. It is important that you make contact with the right contractor representative so that your claim can be handled through the proper channels.
Where do I report maintenance issues in the public right-of-way such as potholes, sink holes, trash holes, or tree trimming requests?
All maintenance requests must be directed to the Department of Public Works, Operations Division, at (305) 960-2870 or by dialing the County 311 call center.
How do I submit a public records request for The Office of Capital Improvements?
Per Section 119.011 of the Florida Statutes, anyone can request information regardless of the physical form. Please note that per the Public Records Act, the City of Miami will charge a fee or the actual cost for materials or supplies used to duplicate records. The City may also collect a reasonable service charge when a request to inspect or copy Public Records requires the extensive use of technology resources and/or the extensive use of clerical or supervisory assistance. Kindly email the Law Department at firstname.lastname@example.org and describe the records and/or information you are requesting and they will forward your request to the correct department. If the request is related to a OCI project, then feel free to email us directly at email@example.com or by calling our main line at (305) 416-1280. Should the records exist and can be accessed, we will produce all of the records, no matter the size. All records will be forwarded to the Law Department for review of any exemptions the record may have prior to releasing it. If you would like to file an anonymous request, you may do so as your name is not required for the City to process the request. Finally, please be aware that there is no duty to create a new public record. We will only provide the information as it exists.
If I work for a media source, how do I submit a request for information or an interview with a member from the Office of Capital Improvements?
Kindly email the Office of Communications at Communications@miamigov.com and include the questions you would like answered as well as the deadline and their office will forward your request to the correct department. If the request is related to a OCI project, then feel free to email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our main line at (305) 416-1280 and we will notify the Office of Communications of your request as well as provide you with the responses. If you are requesting an interview instead of having the questions answered, then we will coordinate the scheduling accordingly with a department staff member.