North Central Councilman Keon A. Grayson, who was inaugurated as the newest Libertarian elected official last Monday, has announced a plan to work with County Commissioner Jean Monestime to keep state contractors honest and clean up the troubled Golden Glades neighborhood.
Earlier this month, Jean Monestime, who represents District 2 on the County Commission and chairs the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Miami-Dade County, scolded state Department of Transportation officials over the amount of trash existing on major state-owned highways in Golden Glades.
During a MPO meeting, Monestime also threatened to go to the State Legislature to demand action to make sure taxpayer-funded contractors were doing the job they were hired to do.
On January 25th, Councilman Grayson, whose district represents almost 100,000 residents, including the Golden Glades neighborhood, announced he would stand with Commissioner Monestime and work with county officials to pressure the Department of Transportation to enforce its own contracts.
Vice-Chairman Marcos Miralles said, "the Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County strongly believes state contracts should be enforced to make sure taxpayers get a fair deal for the money they were required to pay. We're proud of Councilman Grayson's stance on the issue and we would fully support privatizing the highways or transferring full management of the roads in question to local governments to make sure the state bureaucracy doesn't fail our poorest residents."
Councilman Grayson will be in contact with Commissioner Monestime over the issue and will be proposing solutions to either enforce the state contracts or to clean up the highway via other means.