MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING April 3, 2012

The Miami Shores Village Council held their regularly scheduled Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 in the Council Chambers of Village Hall.  The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM with the following individuals present:

 

PRESENT:

 

 

 

 Hunt Davis                                                     ABSENT:              Jim McCoy

 Al Davis

 Steve Loffredo

 Jesse Walters

ALSO PRESENT:

Tom Benton, Village Manager

Barbara Estep, Village Clerk

Richard Sarafan, Village Attorney

PRESENTATION

 

 

Ms. Doreen Lam, President of the Florida Government Finance Officers Association, presented the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Holly Hugdahl, the Village’s Finance Director for the 2010 CAFR.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

 

1)           FINANCE DEPARTMENT                                                     Holly Hugdahl

 

A)    PRESENTATION AND ACCEPTANCE OF THE 2011 COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCE REPORT.

 

Mr. Nestor Caballero from the auditing firm of Alberni Caballero & Company provided highlights from the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the year ending September 30, 2011.  Mr. Caballero stated that there were no findings reported in the CAFR and that the Village is fiscally healthy with proper reserves and accounting practices in place.  At the conclusion of Mr. Caballero’s presentation, Councilman Davis moved to accept the 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.  Councilman Loffredo seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

 

2)           VILLAGE CLERK                                                                                   Barbara A. Estep

 

A)    APPROVAL OF THE MARCH 20, 2012 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.

 

Councilman Loffredo moved to approve the March 20, 2012 Council Meeting Minutes.  Councilman Walters seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

B)    DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING GRANTING A SPECIAL CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT TO THE PLAYGROUND THEATRE TO ALLOW FOR MOVIE PRESENTATIONS.

 

Mr. Alex Shutts, attorney representative for the Playground Theatre spoke on behalf of the Theatre and indicated that there were no objections to the conditions outlined in Mr. Benton’s memo on the proposal.  Mr. Shutts outlined the tentative schedule for movie presentations on a seasonal basis and individual Council Members voiced their opinions regarding the request for a special conditional use permit.  Mr. Shutts and Ms. Elaiza Irizarry, the Theatre’s Executive Director, responded to questions and concerns expressed by the Council, specifically the proposed number of movie presentations (there are 30 presentations scheduled for the upcoming year).  Following these discussions, Councilman Walters moved to grant the special conditional use permit subject to the Staff’s conditions.  Councilman Loffredo seconded the motion.  Discussion continued amongst the Council, with Mr. Sarafan clarifying that the related ordinance expressly indicates that granting the special conditional use permit creates no vested rights and that the Village may revoke or not renew the permit should any of the conditions not be met.   A motion to amend the original motion was offered by Councilman Davis but received no second.  Subsequently, Councilman Walters amended his original motion to include acceptance of the Theatre’s offer to provide a report to the Council after a six month period of movie presentations.  Councilman Loffredo accepted Councilman Walter’s amended motion.  The vote was unanimous in favor of the amended motion.    

 

C)    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.

 

Ms. Estep read the caption of the ordinance into the record and provided the Council with background information regarding the proposed tax increase, including the date for the scheduled hearing which will be Tuesday, April 17, 2012.  Councilman Davis moved to approve the ordinance on first reading.  Councilman Loffredo seconded the motion and the vote was 3 to 1 in favor of the motion, with Councilman Walters opposed.

 

3)          VILLAGE COUNCIL                                                                              Jesse Walters

 

A)    DISCUSSION REGARDING LETTER FROM MARK AND DEB GREENBERG.

 

Councilman Walters spoke of the letter received by the Council from residents Mark and Deb Greenberg in reference to Code Enforcement.  Mr. Benton provided information regarding the code enforcement process and the time lines that relate to the process, as well as his subsequent meeting with Mr. Greenberg.  No action was taken on this item.

 

4)          ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Ms. Estep read the announcements.

 

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

 

Mark Greenberg               Mr. Greenberg offered specific information relating to his dissatisfaction with the code enforcement process and the section of the Village Code relating to maintaining the swales. 

 

Deb Greenberg                  Mrs. Greenberg also spoke regarding the code enforcement process.

 

Jack Efromson                  Mr. Efromson spoke about his experience with code enforcement.

 

6)         COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

Jesse Walters                     Councilman Walters spoke of an upcoming meeting to be held in order to form a neighborhood watch program.

 

Steve Loffredo                  Councilman Loffredo spoke of the xeriscape landscaping issues currently being reviewed by the Planning & Zoning Board.

 

Al Davis                            Councilman Davis spoke of the fact that the Code Enforcement Officers are enforcing codes that have been adopted by the Village Council.

 

Hunt Davis                        Vice Mayor Davis spoke of the Village Code revisions, the upcoming budget cycle and the Easter weekend activities.  In addition, he congratulated Mr. Benton on his 40 years of service to Miami Shores Village.

 

7)         ADJOURNMENT

 

The Miami Shores Village Council Meeting of April 3, 2012 was adjourned at 8:12 PM.