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Miami Shores Village Council Minutes September 18, 2012

MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE

BUDGET HEARING – FISCAL YEAR 2012-2013

 

The Miami Shores Village Council held their second and final Public Hearing on the proposed Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Operating Budget on Tuesday, September 18, 2012. The Meeting was held in the Council Chambers of Village Hall and was called to order at 6:30 PM with the following Members present:

 

PRESENT:                        Jim McCoy

Hunt Davis

Al Davis

                                           Steve Loffredo

                                           Jesse Walters                                  

 

ALSO PRESENT:            Tom Benton, Village Manager

                                           Barbara Estep, Village Clerk

                                          

Mr. Benton provided a brief summary of the Village’s budget information and proposed millage rates. Mr. Benton indicated that the General Fund Budget is proposed at $12,739,550 and a total budget of $22,399,766. Mr. Benton announced the roll-back rate of 7.5316 and the Village’s intention to keep the millage rate at 8.0000 which represents a 6.22% increase over the roll-back rate. The two general obligation bond’s millage is set at 0.7500 for the aquatic center and the charter school.

 

  1. 1)A RESOLUTION OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL, MIAMI SHORES

VILLAGE, FLORIDA, ESTABLISHING FINAL AD VALOREM TAX LEVIES FOR THE GENERAL FUND AND OTHER FUNDS OF THE VILLAGE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2012, PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

Ms. Estep read the proposed Resolution into the record. Mayor McCoy opened the floor for the Public Hearing. Seeing no one come forward to speak, Mayor McCoy closed the Public Hearing on this Resolution. Councilman Loffredo moved to adopt the Resolution establishing the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 ad valorem tax rates. Councilman Walters seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

2)         A RESOLUTION OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL, MIAMI

                   SHORES VILLAGE, FLORIDA, ADOPTING THE FISCAL YEAR 2012-2013

     BUDGETS AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

Ms. Estep read the proposed Resolution into the record. Mayor McCoy opened the floor for the Public Hearing. As no one present wished to speak on the proposed budget, Mayor McCoy closed the Public Hearing. Vice Mayor Davis then moved to adopt the Resolution adopting the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Budgets as presented. Councilman Davis seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

Clarification was provided regarding the formula used to calculate the property assessments and roll-back rate which resulted in the “Notice of Tax Increase” statement which appeared in the published advertisement.

 

3)     ADJOURNMENT

 

The September 18, 2012 Public Hearing on the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 tax levies and budget was adjourned at 6:40 PM.

 

 

 

___________________________

Barbara A. Estep, MMC

Village Clerk

 

 

 

MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

 

 

The regularly scheduled Council Meeting was held on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 in the Council Chambers of Village Hall. The meeting was called to order immediately following the conclusion of the second and final hearing on the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 millage rates and budgets.   The following individuals were present for the meeting:

 

PRESENT:                        Jim McCoy

                                           Hunt Davis

                                           Al Davis

                                           Steve Loffredo

                                           Jesse Walters

 

ALSO PRESENT:            Tom Benton, Village Manager

                                           Barbara Estep, Village Clerk

 

ABSENT:                          Richard Sarafan, Village Attorney (on vacation)

 

             

CONSIDERATIONS

 

1)           VILLAGE CLERK                                                                                  Barbara A. Estep

 

  1. A)APPROVAL OF THE SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2012 BUDGET HEARING AND COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.

 

Councilman Walters moved to approve the September 4th Budget Hearing and Council Meeting Minutes as presented. Councilman Loffredo seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

  1. B)Councilman Loffredo requested that the agenda items be taken out of order, with Item 2A being discussed prior to Item 1B. Council Members consented to allowing for a discussion regarding Florida Friendly Landscaping prior to consideration of the proposed

 

 

 

2)           VILLAGE COUNCIL                                                                              Jesse Walters

 

  1. A)DISCUSSION REGARDING “FLORIDA FRIENDLY LANDSCAPING”.

 

Councilman Walters provided some background information on how the issue of permissible landscaping has been raised and the Planning & Zoning Board’s past hearings on the subject of Florida Friendly Landscaping versus xeriscaping.

 

Mayor McCoy clarified that the current Village Code does not prohibit the concept of Florida Friendly Landscaping and contrary to some misinformation that was circulated in the community; the Council does not wish to amend the Code or do anything that would not support the majority of guidelines specified as Florida Friendly Landscaping (“FFL”). Mr. David Dacquisto, the Village’s Planning & Zoning Director, clarified that the current Village Code does not allow the use of rocks as a replacement for sod, nor does it allow for dead trees to remain on a property. A number of Village residents, namely, David Hunter, Kim Krause, Lisa Chowning, John Rodriguez, Cynthia Clay, and Gwen Burzycki spoke in support of “FFL”. Resident Richard Criswell spoke of xeriscaping and his particular yard. At the conclusion of the comments, Council Members thanked the residents for their insightful thoughts.

 

 

1A)        AN ORDINANCE OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL, MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE, FLORIDA, AMENDING APPENDIX A, “ZONING” OF THE VILLAGE’S CODE OF ORDINANCES BY REPEALING THE CONTENTS OF THE APPENDIX IN ITS ENTIRETY AND ADOPTING A NEW ZONING APPENDIX A, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

Ms. Estep read the caption of the Ordinance into the record and explained that the purpose of the proposed ordinance is to allow transmission of the draft zoning appendix to the Planning & Zoning Board for their review before being scheduled for hearings and adoption by the Council in the future. Individual Council Members spoke of items that they would like to see included in the new code, i.e. vinyl fence materials and non-masonry constructed sheds, solar panels between the hybrid roof tile rows,  easing of parking requirements for the downtown business district, as well as references to the Florida Friendly Landscaping program. Council expressed some concern regarding referencing a third party program in the Village Code and Mr. Benton suggested that Mr. Sarafan will be reviewing and can propose appropriate language once he reviews the document. Subsequently, Councilman Walters moved to approve the ordinance. Councilman Loffredo seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion. In response to questions from Staff, the Council indicated that they would like to have the official Public Hearings at the Council meetings and secondly, that they expect the draft document to be back to them for the first meeting in February.  

 

2B)        DISCUSSION REGARDING BOARD/COMMITTEE APPLICATION DEADLINE.

 

Councilman Walters spoke of his concerns with the past experience of considering an application which had been submitted following the deadline to apply. He indicated that he would like to have the Council agree to abide by the deadline of September 25th that has been advertised. At the request of Mayor McCoy, Councilman Walters then moved to only accept applications submitted prior to the deadline posted by the Village Clerk of September 25, 2012. Councilman Loffredo seconded the motion.   Council Members expressed their thoughts on the issue, with Vice Mayor Davis and Councilman Davis indicating that they would rather look at each case, and fill a vacancy with the most qualified candidate rather than necessarily adhere to a deadline.   Mayor McCoy called for the vote which failed by a 2 – 3 vote margin, with Councilman Walters and Councilman Loffredo voting for the motion and Mayor McCoy, Vice Mayor Davis and Councilman Davis voting against the motion.

  

 

3)           ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Ms. Estep read the announcements.

    

4)             PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Douglas Walgreen            Spoke of an incident at the tot lot.

 

George Espinosa                             Requested consideration for a stop sign on N.E. 3rd Avenue and N.E. 98th Street.

Cynthia Clay                     Ms. Clay spoke of rocks as part of the Florida Friendly Landscaping program.

 

Richard Criswell                             Spoke of the Village Code Enforcement Department.

 

Guiermo Romone             Spoke of the earlier discussion regarding rocks as part of the landscaping program.

 

Juan Garcia                       Spoke of traffic on N.W. 1st and N.W. 2nd Avenues.

 

Gwen Burzycki                 Asked for consideration of expanded pool hours on Sundays.

 

 

5)             COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

Jesse Walters                     No Comment

 

Steve Loffredo                  Councilman Loffredo distributed an article regarding the Coral Gables Police Department pension benefit cuts and spoke of an article regarding the Miami Theatre Center.

 

Al Davis                            Councilman Davis thanked the individuals that called and sent notes while he was recuperating from surgery.

 

Hunt Davis                        No Comment

 

Jim McCoy                       Mayor McCoy spoke of the 9/11 Dedication Ceremony and the grass roots effort to raise funds to build the surrounding monument. Mayor McCoy thanked the people involved for their efforts.

 

 

6)             ADJOURNMENT

 

The September 18, 2012 Council Meeting was adjourned at 8:05 PM.

 

 

 

                                                         

                                                                                                                   _______________________

                                                                                                                   Jim McCoy, Mayor

 

_________________________

Barbara A. Estep, MMC

Village Clerk