Conflict of Interest Disclosure
Conflict of Interest Disclosure
The City of Miami Gardens is an entitlement recipient of Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for which the City received $1,095,994.00 in Fiscal Year 2018-2019, in which $236,423.00 is being used to facilitate housing rehabilitation activities within the City to eligible homeowners. The City has received an application for rehabilitation assistance from the following City employee who has been determined income eligible: Rose Powell, who works in the capacity of a Janitorial Crew Chief in the Police Department.
The Federal Government's Code of Federal Regulations, 24 CFR Section 570.611 states: "(c) Conflicts Prohibited. The general rule is that no person described in paragraph (c) of this section who exercise or have exercised any functions or responsibilities with respect to the CDBG activities assisted under this part, or who are in a position to participate in a decision making process or gain inside information with regard to such activities, may obtain a financial interest or benefit from a CDBG-assisted activity or have a financial interest in any contract, or agreement with respect to a CDBG-assisted activity either for themselves or those with whom they have business or immediate family ties, during their tenure or one year thereafter . . ." "(c) Persons Covered. The conflict of interest provisions of paragraph (b) of this section apply to any person who is an employee, agent, consultant, officer, or elected official or appointed official of the participating jurisdiction, State recipient, or sub-recipients which are receiving funds under this part."
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) may grant an exception to these provisions and allow Ms. Powell to receive funds for the rehabilitation of her home, provided the City publicly disclose the nature of the potential conflict and an opinion from the City attorney that the interest for which we are seeking the exception is not in violation of State or Local law. The potential conflict in this case arises from the fact that the applicant is an employee of the City of Miami Gardens, and the City is a recipient of CDBG funding. Ms. Sonja K. Dickens, serving as City Attorney, will review all documentation and issue a legal opinion regarding the potential conflict of interest. She will determine whether Ms. Powell’s application violates 24 CFR 570.611 or any City administrative policy.
Residents are encouraged to review the complete opinion and provide written comments. Copies of the opinion are available for review at the Department of Community Development, located at 18605 NW 27th Avenue, Suite 151, Miami Gardens, Florida 33056 during regular business hours, Monday to Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. during the 15-day period to commence on April 11, 2019, and end on April 26, 2019. Comments may be submitted to the Community Development Department by mail, in person, or by e-mail to [email protected] on or before the set deadline.
If you have any questions regarding this notice, please feel free to contact Ms. Jeannette M. Smith, Community Development Director at the Community Development Department (305) 622-8041.