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Miami Shores Village Council Meeting Minutes May 21, 2013

MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

 

 

The Miami Shores Village Council held their regularly scheduled Council Meeting in the Council Chambers of Village Hall. The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM with the following individuals present:

 

PRESENT:                        Herta Holly                                                    ABSENT:              Jesse Walters

                                           Hunt Davis                                                                                 Richard Sarafan

                                           Ivonne Ledesma

                                           Jim McCoy

 

ALSO PRESENT:            Tom Benton, Village Manager

                                           Elizabeth Keeley, Recording Secretary

 

 

PRESENTATIONS

 

Mayor Holly presented the National Public Works Week Proclamation to Public Works Director, Scott Davis.

 

Mr. Robert Levy, the Village’s lobbyist, provided a presentation regarding the 2013 Legislative Session. Following Mr. Levy’s presentation, State Senator Gwen Margolis and State Representative, Daphne Campbell presented the Village with proclamations honoring the Village’s 80th anniversary of incorporation.

 

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

  1. 1)VILLAGE CLERK Barbara A. Estep

 

  1. A)APPROVAL OF THE MAY 7, 2013 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.

 

Councilman Davis moved approval of the May 7, 2013 Council Meeting Minutes as submitted. Councilman McCoy seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

 

 

2)           PUBLIC WORKS                                                                      Scott Davis

 

A) DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT EQUIPMENT PURCHASES.

 

Scott Davis, the Village’s Public Works Director, provided information related to the equipment proposed for purchase, the first being a front end loader. Mr. Davis explained that he is proposing purchasing the equipment in this fiscal year, rather than the planned fiscal year 2015 purchase, in order to save $13,450.   Councilman McCoy moved to approve the purchase of the front end loader as proposed. Councilman Davis seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

Public Works Director Davis then offered information regarding the proposed purchase of a “grappler” trash truck rather than the originally proposed trash truck purchase contained in this year’s capital budget. Mr. Davis spoke of the increased efficiency of the “grappler” truck which will offset the cost differential of approximately $40,000. Councilman Davis moved to approve the purchase, and appropriate Sanitation Fund Balance transfer, of the grappler trash truck. Councilman McCoy seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

Mr. Benton confirmed that funds were available in the Sanitation Enterprise Fund to allow for both capital purchases. In response to questions from Councilwoman Ledesma, Mr. Davis indicated that the life cycle for sanitation equipment runs from 7 to 10 years. Additionally, Mr. Davis stated that the Village uses bio-diesel fuel which is purchased using a Miami-Dade County contract in order to obtain the best price available when purchasing the fuel.

 

  1. B)APPROVAL OF COMMITTEE’S RANKING OF FIRMS SUBMITTING LETTERS

OF INTEREST WITH RESPECT TO THE DOWNTOWN LOW PRESSURE SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM AND WATER MAIN UPGRADE ENGINEERING SELECTION COMMITTEE’S RANKING OF SUBMITTING FIRMS.

 

Mr. Scott Davis offered a summary of the selection process. Mr. Benton, in response to a Council request, expanded on the specific process of selecting a firm who will design the criteria specifications in order to proceed to the next phase of the project design which will be to solicit a design-build contractor. Councilwoman Ledesma asked about specific projects and/or cities TY Lin has provided services for with respect to sewer systems. Mr. Davis responded that there are many, with West Miami specifically coming to mind.   Councilman McCoy moved to approve the selection committee’s rankings. Councilman Davis seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.    

 

3)           VILLAGE MANAGER                                                             Tom Benton

 

  1. A)AUTHORIZATION TO EXECUTE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AND MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE FOR THE PROVISION OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SERVICES.

 

Mr. Benton provided information to the Council regarding the Interlocal Agreement with the County that provides for the Village to offer transportation services to the residents (Shores Shuttle). Mr. Benton indicated that the Interlocal formalizes the agreement and is being requested by the County. Councilman Davis moved to authorize execution of the Agreement as presented. Councilman McCoy seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

 

 

 

B) APPROVAL OF THE FINAL DESIGN FOR THE NEW VILLAGE ENTRANCE WAY SIGNS.

 

Mr. Benton provided background information related to the entrance way sign project and presented a sample, smaller scale sign for viewing and the Council’s consideration. Individual Council Members provided their opinions on the design and Mr. Benton confirmed that in addition to the new locations, the previous or existing signs would be replaced with these new signs. Councilman McCoy moved to approve the new entrance way signs. Councilman Davis seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

4)           ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Ms. Keeley read the announcements into the record.

 

5)             PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Steve Zelkowitz                Mr. Zelkowitz spoke about applying for the Planning & Zoning Board vacancy.

 

Ellen Bonet                       Ms. Bonet thanked the Council for their personal support of the Charter School fundraising events.

 

6)             COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

Ivonne Ledesma               Councilwoman Ledesma thanked those in attendance and thanked David Hunter for his recent presentation regarding property values. The Councilwoman further mentioned Mr. Hunters Green Gardeners group.

 

Hunt Davis                        Councilman Davis spoke of the Charter School’s national ranking among the top performing schools in the Country. The Councilman further spoke of Police Motorman Justin Zalonis’ award for driving skills.

 

Jim McCoy                       No Comment.

 

Herta Holly                       Mayor Holly commented on the recent “shred” event, citing numerous statistics regarding the event. Mayor Holly also congratulated Officer Zalonis on his recent award.

 

7)             ADJOURNMENT

 

The May 21, 2013 Council Meeting was adjourned at 8:37 PM.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                   ________________________

                                                                                                                   Herta Holly, Mayor

 

 

_______________________

Barbara A. Estep, MMC

Village Clerk