MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING- June 1, 2010

The Miami Shores Village Council held their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 in the Council Chambers of Village Hall.  The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM with the following individuals present:


PRESENT:

 

 

 

 Al Davis

 Prospero Herrera

 Hunt Davis

 Herta Holly

 Steve Loffredo

ALSO PRESENT:

Tom Benton, Village Manager

Barbara Estep, Village Clerk

Richard Sarafan, Village Attorney

 

PRESENTATIONS

 

State Representative Ronald Brisé, provided highlights of the 2010 Legislative Session, including a summary of the bills that passed and ballot initiatives.  He also spoke of one of the bills he sponsored which was recently signed by Governor Crist.  Representative Brisé advised the Council that there are still many hurdles facing the State in terms of revenue losses.

 

 Robert Levy, the Village’s lobbyist, offered information relating to the 2010 Legislative Session, indicating that it had been a very rough year.  He spoke of the various bills that passed, as well as some that did not pass.  Mr. Levy advised the Council that there are still many hurdles facing the State in terms of revenue losses.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

           

1)         VILLAGE CLERK                                                                     Barbara A. Estep

 

A)     APPROVAL OF THE MAY 18, 2010 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.

 

Mrs. Holly moved approval of the May 18, 2010 Council Meeting Minutes as presented.  Mr. Davis seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

  

B)     AN ORDINANCE OF MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE, FLORIDA, AMENDING CERTAIN SECTIONS OF CHAPTER 20, ARTICLE V, ENTITLED STORMWATER UTILITY, OF THE VILLAGE CODE OF ORDINANCES, TO FURTHER EFFECTUATE THE TRANSFER OF BILLING OF STORMWATER ASSESSMENTS VIA THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY TAX BILL, 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.  Mr. Loffredo indicated his opposition of the ordinance for reasons he has previously expressed.  Mayor Davis opened the floor for the Public Hearing.  As no one present wished to speak, Mayor Davis closed the Public Hearing.  Mrs. Holly moved to adopt the Ordinance amending Chapter 20 of the Code of Ordinances.  Mr. Herrera seconded the motion and the vote was 4 to 1 in favor of the motion, with Mr. Loffredo dissenting.

 C)     AN ORDINANCE OF MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE, FLORIDA, AMENDING CERTAIN SECTIONS OF CHAPTER 9 OF THE VILLAGE CODE OF ORDINANCES, ENTITLED GARBAGE & TRASH, TO FACILITATE COLLECTION OF SANITATION ASSESSMENTS VIA THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY TAX BILL, PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.       (2nd & Final  Reading)

 Ms. Estep read the caption of the Ordinance for the record.  Mayor Davis opened the floor for the Public Hearing.  Resident Eddie Lewis expressed his opposition to the ordinance due to the fact that the change will be burdensome for people on fixed incomes.  There were no additional individuals who came forward to speak on this ordinance.  Mrs. Holly moved to adopt the proposed ordinance amending Chapter 9 of the Code of Ordinances on second reading.  Mr. Herrera seconded the motion and the vote was 4 to 1 in favor of the motion, with Mr. Loffredo dissenting.

 D)     APPOINTMENT OF A BOARD MEMBER TO THE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

One (1) Vacancy                 

Applicants:  Cheryl Gowing (Seeking Reappointment)             Ryan Pendleton

 

Ms. Gowing was present and spoke on her own behalf.  Ms. Estep indicated that Mr. Pendleton was unable to attend the meeting due to a prior commitment.  At the conclusion of Ms. Gowing’s comments, Council Members completed a paper ballot which resulted in the appointment of Ms. Gowing to the Library Board of Trustees.

 

E)     APPOINTMENT OFBOARD MEMBERS TO THE DOCTORS CHARTER SCHOOL BOARD

Four (4) Vacancies – Three (3) for two years and one (1) for one year                                  Applicants:     Jason Alderman         Evelyn D’An                 William Heffernan

                                     Ted Kretzschmar         Eddie Lewis                   Judy Litt

                                     Joan Lutton                Sarah Mourer                 Johnathan Rose

                                     Martin Scasserra

 Applicants Jason Alderman, Evelyn D’An, William Heffernan, Ted Kretzschmar, Eddie Lewis, Joan Lutton, and Sarah Mourer were present and spoke on their own behalf.  Mrs. Holly indicated that Ms. Litt was unable to attend the meeting.  Following the applicant’s presentation, paper ballots were voted.   The results are as follows:

 Receiving a majority of the votes, William Heffernan was appointed to the one (1) year term.  Also receiving a majority of votes on the first ballot, Evelyn D’An and Joan Lutton were appointed to two (2) year terms.  A second ballot was voted with no one receiving at least three votes, so a third ballot was voted and Ms. Sarah Mourer received three votes.    

 2)          VILLAGE COUNCIL                                                                Prospero Herrera

 A)      DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION PERTAINING TO MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE POLITICAL SIGN ORDINANCE.

 Mr. Herrera expressed his concern regarding political signs being posted on vacant properties, citing as an example, the Village Council election from 2009.  Mr. Herrera would like the current ordinance to be amended to include a requirement that property owners grant written permission prior to any political sign being erected on the property where the house is vacant.  Mr. Herrera then moved to refer this issue to the Planning & Zoning Board for their review and amendment recommendation.  Mr. Loffredo seconded the motion.  Individual Council Members offered their thoughts on the sign question, indicating whether or not they thought that signs on vacant properties are problematic.    Subsequent to the Council’s discussions, Mayor Davis called for a vote which was unanimous in favor of the motion.

3)         ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Ms. Estep read the announcements.

 

4)         PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Eddie Lewis       Mr. Lewis spoke of the Memorial Day service and offered comments regarding the various items that were on the agenda.

 

5)         COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

Steve Loffredo               Mr. Loffredo talked about the Memorial Day service.

 

Herta Holly                   Mrs. Holly also spoke of the Memorial Day service and congratulated the Recreation Department for their work.  Mrs. Holly thanked Representative Brisé and Robert Levy for their presentations and advised everyone that the Village is starting their budget process.  She also reminded residents that it is the start of hurricane season, with Mr. Benton giving his annual workshop on Hurricane Preparedness on June 3rd at 7:00 PM.

 

Hunt Davis                    Mr. Davis thanked all the Board applicants and encouraged those who were not chosen to volunteer at the various Board Meetings as they are open to the public. 

 

Prospero Herrera            Mr. Herrera thanked the Doctors Charter School Band who played during the Village Place event on Saturday, May 27th.  Mr. Herrera also recognized the Board applicants.

 

Al Davis                        Mr. Davis spoke of the Memorial Day service.

 

6)         ADJOURNMENT

 

The June 1, 2010 Council Meeting was adjourned at 9:20 PM.