In response to one of the comments received, Attorney Gerry Greenberg explained that the Interlocal Agreement resolves the legal challenge that was made by the Village regarding the process that was followed by the County Commission to approve this measure. "What would be resolved if this interlocal agreement is approved is that claim", said Mr. Greenberg referring to the way that the county resolution was passed. In essence, that is what would be litigated if the Village goes to court. Mr. Greenberg added that the agreement clearly states that the list of intersections that are included in the agreement is not exhaustive and does not prohibit the Village from requesting the study of additional intersections that are not currently in the agreement.
Village Attorney John Dellagloria explained that the Village is not dealing with equal bargaining positions with the county since the county has full jurisdiction over roadways. The Interlocal Agreement is a means to assure that Village concerns are addressed. The document contains stipulations that are intended to mitigate the effects of the bridge connection. "It is in the Village's best interest to enter into as much mitigation as we can obtain", added Attorney Dellagloria and also advising that the Village would not likely prevail in a legal challenge against the county
The floor was opened to public comments from residents who were present in the Council Chambers as well as the individuals in the virtual lobby. Residents provided their recommendations, questions and viewpoints on the subject. Responses to the inquiries were provided by Manager Marano and Ms. Diaz.
Mr. Marano closed the workshop at approximately 8:46 pm and encouraged all to visit the Village website to watch the video of the workshop.
Village officials will continue the re-negotiations of the Interlocal Agreement with county staff as directed by the Village Council during the Special Council meeting of September 23, 2021. Click here
for a recap of the meeting.