Council Meeting Minutes - December 6, 2016

MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

The Miami Shores Village Council held their regularly scheduled Council Meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, in the Council Chambers of the Village Hall. The meeting was called to order at 6:30 PM with the following individuals present:

PRESENT:                        Alice Burch

                                           Steven Zelkowitz (arrived prior to the Consent Agenda being heard)

                                           MacAdam Glinn (arrived prior to the Consent Agenda being heard)

                                           Herta Holly

                                           Ivonne Ledesma

ALSO PRESENT:             Tom Benton, Village Manager

                                           Barbara Estep, Village Clerk

                                           Richard Sarafan, Village Attorney

PRESENTATION

 

Mayor Burch presented a Proclamation to North Shore Medical Center’s Chief Executive Officer, Manny Linares, for North Shore’s contributions to the Village.

CONSIDERATIONS

  1. CONSENT AGENDA*                                                              Barbara A. Estep

*Matters included under the Consent Agenda are routine, self-explanatory matters and are not expected to require discussion or review. Items will be enacted by one motion. If discussion is desired by any member of the Council, that item must be removed from the Consent Agenda and considered separately. If the public wishes to speak on a matter on the Consent Agenda, they must inform the Village Clerk prior to the start of the meeting. They will be recognized to speak prior to the approval of the Consent Agenda.

  1. APPROVAL OF THE NOVEMBER 15, 2016 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES AND BUDGET HEARING MINUTES.
  1. A RESOLUTION OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL CREATING BUDGET AMENDMENT #1 TO THE FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017 OPERATING BUDGETS TOTALING $1,815,345; REAPPROPRIATING $104,276 FROM THE GENERAL FUND BALANCE, $216,748 FROM THE CAPITAL PROJECT FUND BALANCE, $15,936 FROM THE LOCAL OPTION GAS TAX FUND BALANCE, $77,543 FROM THE TRANSPORTATION TRUST FUND BALANCE, $1,248,867 FROM THE WATER & SEWER ENTERPRISE FUND BALANCE, AND $133,975 FROM THE FLEET MAINTENANCE INTERNAL SERVICE FUND BALANCE; WHICH WILL ALL BE USED FOR OUTSTANDING FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS INCURRED PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 30 2016, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.           
  1. A RESOLUTION OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL CREATING BUDGET AMENDMENT #2 TO THE FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017 OPERATING BUDGETS; APPROPRIATING $200,000 FROM THE GENERAL FUND BALANCE AND A $200,000 INCREASE IN THE CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND FOR THE DOG PARK PROJECT.
  1. APPROVAL OF SELECTION COMMITTEE’S RANKINGS REGARDING THE BROCKWAY MEMORIAL LIBRARY EXPANSION PROJECT.
  1. RATIFICATION OF THE FEDERATION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES (FPE) UNION CONTRACT.

Ms. Estep read the introductory paragraph relating to the Consent Agenda as well as the individual items contained within the Consent Agenda. Councilwoman Holly moved to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Councilwoman Ledesma seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

   2)       VILLAGE MANAGER                                                              Tom Benton

  1. DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING MOVING THE DATE OF THE 1ST MEETING IN JANUARY, 2017.

Following a brief discussion regarding the Council Meeting’s schedule, the consensus was to leave the meeting date as scheduled; January 3rd.

  1. DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING AMENDING THE VILLAGE CODE OF ORDINANCES TO REFLECT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE DOWNTOWN DESIGN CONSULTANTS, RMA.

Ms. Alfonso-Ahmed summarized the various portions of the study and reviewed the work that RMA conducted on behalf of the Village. Councilman Glinn informed Vice Mayor Zelkowitz and Councilwoman Ledesma of the action taken during the November 15th Council Meeting in their absence relating to the Architectural Design Manual. Ms. Alfonso-Ahmed presented a summary of the Parking Analysis report provided to the Council in their report and once again reviewed the Firm’s recommendations. Mayor Burch spoke about the “Pay by Phone” parking program and also asked Ms. Alfonso-Ahmed to speak on the “back door effect” which was then discussed amongst the Council and Ms. Alfonso-Ahmed. Vice Mayor Zelkowitz indicated that he would like to wait to hear from the Planning & Zoning Board prior to taking any additional action on RMA’s recommendations. Mr. Dacquisto and Mr. Sarafan both spoke of the Planning & Zoning Board’s procedures and timelines for discussing items referred to them by the Council.

Ms. Maria de Leon-Fleites from RMA presented information relating to the Streetscape Analysis performed by RMA and their recommendations for each block of both N.E. 2nd Avenue and the side streets adjacent to 2nd Avenue. Council discussion centered around the likelihood of the County’s approval of plans to narrow and decrease the number of travel lanes, changing the level of service on N.E. 2nd Avenue and the elimination of available parking spaces due to the addition of streetscaping elements. RMA representatives again stressed the need for collaboration with traffic engineers and traffic studies and a master parking plan before deciding upon the streetscaping/landscaping recommendations.

At the conclusion of the presentations and discussions, Councilman Glinn moved to send RMA’s recommended proposed changes of use for 1st floor businesses as well as the proposed amendments to the required parking ratios to the Planning & Zoning Board for further study and recommendation. Councilwoman Holly seconded the motion. There was no public comment offered by anyone in attendance and the vote on the motion was unanimous in favor of the motion.

   3)       VILLAGE COUNCIL                                                                Steven Zelkowitz

  1. DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING AMENDING THE VILLAGE CODE OF ORDINANCES RELATING TO BUILDING HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS IN THE VE ZONE.

Vice Mayor Zelkowitz provided information to the Council regarding his rational in bringing forward the matter of allowable residential building heights in FEMA designated VE zones. Mr. Dacquisto advised that the applicable FEMA designated zone is VE 11. Vice Mayor Zelkowitz offered background information as to the previous Council’s request to have the Planning & Zoning Board look at increasing the allowable height for properties along the Bay which are located in FEMA’s VE 11 zone and the Planning & Zoning Board’s recommendation to not make any amendments to the Code. Vice Mayor Zelkowitz indicated that the properties located in the VE 11 zone are not provided the same benefit of interior or exterior building design due to the current height limitations. Vice Mayor Zelkowitz then moved to have Mr. Dacquisto draft a Code amendment to allow properties in the VE 11 zone a height limitation which would allow those effected properties to have the same physical height allowance as other properties in the Village. Councilman Glinn seconded the motion. Council Members offered comments relating to the Vice Mayor’s suggestion to amend the Code and Mayor Burch spoke about the Stormwater fees and the vulnerability of properties along the Bay in particular. There was no public comment offered by anyone in attendance. The vote on the Vice Mayor’s motion was unanimous in favor of the motion.

   4)       ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ms. Estep read the announcements.

Mr. Sarafan advised that he would not be present for the January 3rd Council Meeting due to a scheduled vacation.

   5)       PUBLIC COMMENTS (3 Minute Time Limit Per Speaker)

Pat Porter            Ms. Porter spoke about traffic speeds at N Miami Avenue and 103rd Street and the number of accidents where vehicles have hit the surrounding homes as a result of the accidents. Ms. Porter was happy to hear that the traffic issue was being studied.

Marie Perikles     Ms. Perikles spoke about the recent crimes taking place in the Village and wanted to know what the Council is doing to address the problem.

Dan Kerr             Mr. Kerr spoke of the crime issues in the Village.

6)       COUNCIL COMMENTS

Herta Holly                       Councilwoman Holly wished everyone a happy and safe holiday season.

Steven Zelkowitz              Vice Mayor Zelkowitz wished everyone happy holidays and recognized Rabbi who was in the audience.

MacAdam Glinn                Councilman Glinn also wished everyone a happy holiday season and congratulated the staff on the Winterfest event. He spoke of sharing the concerns with public safety and his ongoing discussions with the Administration relating to the crime issues.

Ivonne Ledesma                Councilwoman Ledesma spoke of the need to create a safe environment for the residents. She expressed gratitude for the staff and residents, as well as the Council.

Alice Burch                       Mayor Burch addressed the speakers relating to the crime issues and spoke of the actions being taken to help ensure the safety of all residents. Mayor Burch also spoke of the Winterfest event. She announced the Police Department’s Bike Safety Rodeo and BBQ scheduled for Saturday, December 10th, beginning at 10:30 at Constitution Park. She further read a list of donors that have pledged assistance for the dog park under construction.

   7)       ADJOURNMENT

The December 6, 2016 Council Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM.

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                                                                                                                   Alice Burch, Mayor

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Barbara A. Estep, MMC

Village Clerk