MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING July 5, 2011,

The Miami Shores Village Council held their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, 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                    ABSENT:  Richard Sarafan, Village Attorney

Barbara Estep, Village Clerk                                   on Vacation

 

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

1)            VILLAGE CLERK                                                                                 Barbara A. Estep

 

A)     APPROVAL OF THE JUNE 21, 2011 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.

 

Vice Mayor Davis moved approval of the June 21, 2011 Council Meeting Minutes as presented.  Councilman Walters seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

B)      AN ORDINANCE OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL, AMENDING SECTION 523.1 AND CREATING 523.1 (k) OF THE ZONING APPENDIX A, CONTAINED IN THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE, FLORIDA, CONDITIONALLY PROVIDING FOR HYBRID ROOFS, SETTING FORTH THOSE CONDITIONS, PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY , PROVIDING A SUNSET PROVISION, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.                 

 

Ms. Estep read the caption of the Ordinance into the record.  Mayor McCoy opened the floor for the Public Hearing but seeing no one step forward to comment on the proposed amendment, closed the Public Hearing.  It was confirmed that the proposed amendment specified narrower spacing between tiles than what had originally been discussed for the roof system and also that the tile/metal colors were to be closely matched.  Following these clarifications, Councilman Davis moved to adopt the ordinance on second reading.  Councilman Walters seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

2)            VILLAGE ATTORNEY                                                                                        Richard Sarafan

 

A)     REQUEST APPROVAL TO RELEASE DECLARATION OF USE FILED IN ERROR.

 

As Mr. Sarafan was not present at the meeting, Mr. Benton provided the Council with background information regarding paperwork filed in error for property located at 9165 Park Drive and the necessary steps to rectify the error.  Attorney Brookstein, a representative of the property owners who filed the paperwork, verified that the error was a simple mistake.  Councilman Davis moved to approve the release of the Declaration of Use erroneously filed for 9165 Park Drive.  Councilman Loffredo seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

3)            VILLAGE MANAGER                                                                                        Tom Benton

 

A)     APPROVAL OF THE SELECTION COMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDATION TO ENGAGE TY LIN TO PROVIDE CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING INSPECTION SERVICES AND HORIZON CONTRACTORS TO PROVIDE CONSTRUCTION SERVICES FOR THE SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL SIDEWALK PROJECT.

 

Mr. Benton offered information regarding the sidewalk project and the grant funds appropriated for the project.  Mr. Benton summarized the results of the bids and requests solicited.  The Village Public Works Director, Scott Davis, responded to specific questions regarding the available grant monies and the bid results.  At the conclusion of the discussions, Councilman Davis moved to award the construction services to Horizon Contractors.  Councilman Loffredo seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.  Councilman Davis then moved to award the Engineering Inspection Services to TY Lin.  Vice Mayor Davis seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

B)      DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING PROVIDING DOMESTIC PARTNER INSURANCE BENEFITS TO VILLAGE EMPLOYEES.

 

Mr. Benton introduced the item, indicating that Councilman Walters had spoken to him about the possibility of offering domestic partner benefits to Village employees prior to being elected to the Council.  Mr. Benton stated that there was to be a 2.8% increase in the employee health insurance premium for the upcoming year, however the additional benefit would not affect the premium cost and the increase was not related to offering domestic partnership benefits.  Council Members expressed their support of the benefit and their understanding that although there was no related increase in premium this year, there may be in the future.   Mr. Benton advised that a policy and guidelines would be developed, similar to what is standard in other municipalities.  Councilman Walters moved to authorize the Village Manager to add the domestic partner benefit to the employee health insurance package.  Councilman Davis seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

                                                                                 

4)            VILLAGE COUNCIL                                                                                          

 

A)     DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE VILLAGE CODE TO CONDITIONALLY ALLOW FOR MOVIE SCREENINGS.    (Jesse Walters)

 

Councilman Walters provided information to the Council regarding the prospect of permitting movie screenings in the downtown area and thanked the Administration for their work on the proposed ordinance amendment.  Councilman Walters indicated that he would like to see some leeway with the 200 seat requirement when the proposed amendment is under review by the Planning & Zoning Board.  Attorney Coviello, a representative for the Children’s Theatre, spoke about the Theatre’s intensions and the language contained in the amendment.  Individual Council Members voiced their opinions on the concept of allowing movie screenings at the existing Theatre as well as their views on allowing screenings in venues of less than 200 seats.  There were concerns expressed about providing security for the patrons and the surrounding neighbors and the fact that the Village cannot dictate movie content so the possibility exists of inappropriate movies being shown.  The need for proper safeguards to be in place was discussed, including the issues of security and time schedule restrictions.  Following the discussions, Councilman Loffredo moved to send the proposed ordinance amendment to the Planning & Zoning Board for their review and recommendations, such review to include the possibility/feasibility of allowing movie screenings in venues of less than 200 seats. either through a special events permitting process or otherwise.  Councilman Walters seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

   

B)      DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING HALLOWEEN HOWL (Steve Loffredo)                         

 

Councilman Loffredo read his memorandum into the record, expressing his hope to bring back the Halloween Howl event.  He indicated that he has heard the Staff’s concerns of the cost, security issues, and that the event had gotten too large to effectively manage.   Council Members offered their thoughts regarding the past event, with some members indicating that they are not in favor of resurrecting the event, another member expressing mixed feelings and still another member, offering alternatives to a night-time, N.E. 2nd Avenue event.  Councilman Loffredo, stating that he was not hearing a positive response to his suggestion, indicated that he would withdraw the item at this time.  Council Members reiterated their concerns and said that alternatives may be possible in the future.

        

5)            ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Ms. Estep read the announcements.

     

6)              PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

CF Chambers     Mr. Chambers spoke about Halloween Howl.

 

 

7)              COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

Jesse Walters    Councilman Walters thanked his colleagues for their considerations regarding the movie screenings and his belief that there is excellent room for compromise.  Councilman Walters also spoke of the July 4th fireworks.

 

Steve Loffredo  Councilman Loffredo spoke of the 4th of July and thanked Commissioner Audrey Edmonson.

 

Al Davis                                Councilman Davis thanked Commissioner Edmonson for funding the 4th of July fireworks and spoke of Mayor McCoy’s moving the Mayor’s Ball to November.  Councilman Davis spoke of the upcoming Budget Workshop scheduled for Tuesday, July 12th at 6:00 PM.

 

Hunt Davis          Vice Mayor Davis echoed his colleague’s comments regarding the 4th of July and spoke about the article regarding Hurricane Preparedness in the July issue of the Village Newsletter.

 

Jim McCoy          Mayor McCoy spoke of the Mayor’s Ball being moved to November 5th, indicating that it will now kick-off the holiday season.  Mayor McCoy also spoke of the generosity of Commissioner Edmonson.

 

8)              ADJOURNMENT

 

The July 5, 2011 Council Meeting was adjourned at 8:11 PM.