MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING April 17, 2012

The Miami Shores Village Council held their regularly scheduled Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 in the Council Chambers of Village Hall.  The Meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM with the following individuals present:

 

PRESENT:

 

 

 

  Jim McCoy

  Hunt Davis

  Al Davis

  Steve Loffredo

  Jesse Walters

ALSO PRESENT:

Tom Benton, Village Manager

Barbara Estep, Village Clerk

Richard Sarafan, Village Attorney

 

PRESENTATION

 

 

Robert Levy, the Village’s lobbyist provided information to the Council regarding the 2012 Legislative Session.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

           

 

1)         VILLAGE CLERK                                                                   Barbara A. Estep

 

A)    APPROVAL OF THE APRIL 3, 2012 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.

 

Vice Mayor Davis moved approval of the April 3, 2012 Council Meeting Minutes.  Councilman Walters seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

B)    AN ORDINANCE OF MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE, FLORIDA, AMENDING CHAPTER 14, SECTION 14-33 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE, INCREASING RATES FOR LOCAL BUSINESS TAX RECEIPTS AS CONTAINED WITHIN THE SCHEDULE OF LICENSE TAXES; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. (2nd & Final Reading)

 

Ms. Estep read the caption of the ordinance into the record and indicated that the required Public Hearing had been properly noticed.  Mayor McCoy opened the floor for the Public Hearing but having no one step forward to speak on the issue, closed the Public Hearing.  Ms. Estep indicated that due to the fact that the Governor had just signed legislature which prohibits the LBT being assessed on real estate brokers or associates separate from the offices for which they work, that line item would be omitted from the ordinance.  Subsequently, Vice Mayor Davis moved to adopt the amending Ordinance on second and final reading.  Councilman Loffredo seconded the motion and the vote was 4 to 1 in favor of the motion.  Councilman Walters dissented.

 

2)                     VILLAGE COUNCIL                                                               Hunt Davis

 

A)    DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING WAIVING THE FEES ASSOCIATED WITH CLOSING N.E. 2ND AVENUE FOR A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EVENT.

 

Due to the nature of the item, Attorney Richard Sarafan advised Councilman Walters that he should recuse himself from the discussions and voting on the issue.  Vice Mayor Davis introduced the item, indicating that he had been approached by various members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors regarding the possibility of the Village waiving the costs associated with closing N.E. 2nd Avenue for a special event to take place in October.  Vice Mayor Davis then moved to approve the Chamber’s request to waive the costs to close N.E. 2nd Avenue.  Councilman Loffredo seconded the motion.  Chamber of Commerce President, John McPhee, was present and spoke to the Council regarding the planned event.  Mr. McPhee responded to questions posed by the Council in reference to the scope of the event and specifically what would be expected of the Village.  Mr. Benton advised the Council that the costs associated with the road closure are approximately $2000 to $2500.   Mr. McPhee assured the Council that should the Chamber not get a sufficient response from their members to warrant having the special event, they would cancel the plans.

 

Mayor McCoy called for the vote which was unanimous in favor of the motion, with Councilman Walters recusing himself from the discussion and the vote.

 

3)          ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Ms. Estep read the announcements.

 

4)         PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

No public comment was offered.

 

5)         COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

Jesse Walters                No Comment

 

Steve Loffredo              Councilman Loffredo spoke of the Marshmallow Drop event.

 

Al Davis                       Councilman Davis spoke of a Rotary Club Program involving flying the American Flag.

 

Hunt Davis                   Vice Mayor Davis also spoke of the Easter weekend activities, as well as the upcoming Doctors Charter School Golf Tournament.

 

Jim McCoy                   Mayor McCoy spoke of the Recreation Department activities.

 

6)         ADJOURNMENT

 

The April 17, 2012 Village Council Meeting was adjourned at 8:06 PM.