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MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING June 21, 2011

The Miami Shores Village Council held their regularly scheduled Council Meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 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                                ABSENT:          Steve Loffredo

Hunt Davis

Al Davis

Jesse Walters

ALSO PRESENT:

Tom Benton, Village Manager

Barbara Estep, Village Clerk

Richard Sarafan, Village Attorney

 

PRESENTATIONS

 

Ms. Cheryl Gowing, President of the Library Board of Trustees, providing the Council with a presentation of the Brockway Memorial Library Annual Report.

 

Ms. Heather Rohan, Chief Executive Officer of the Aventura Hospital and Medical Center presented information regarding the Hospital facility and its various programs.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

            CHARTER SCHOOL                                                                 Gary Meredith

 

A)     Presentation and approval of the Doctors Charter School 2011-2012 Budget.

 

The School’s Executive Director, Gary Meredith presented the Doctors Charter School budget for the upcoming school year, 2011-2012.  Mr. Meredith indicated that the numbers were predicated on data he had received from the State Charter School Consortium as well as Miami Dade County.  Mr. Meredith provided information relating to grant funding that was to be utilized in the coming year, as well as funding that would no longer be available.  Mr. Meredith advised the Council that there were some fund/category transfers which have taken place in order to accurately reflect where specific expenses should be listed.  Additionally, Mr. Meredith indicated that a new accounting consultant had been contracted and is scheduled to begin work August 1st.  Mr. Meredith spoke of the tough decisions that must be made in the near future should the funding sources continue to diminish.  A lengthy discussion amongst the Council Members and Mr. Meredith followed Mr. Meredith’s presentation.  It was confirmed by Mr. Meredith that this upcoming year’s reduction in funding could equate to $300,000.  At the conclusion of the discussion, Vice Mayor Davis moved to approve the budget as presented.  Councilman Walters seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

1)         VILLAGE CLERK                                                                     Barbara A. Estep

 

A)     APPROVAL OF THE JUNE 7, 2011 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.

 

Councilman Walters moved approval of the June 7, 2011 Council Meeting Minutes.  Vice Mayor Davis 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.  Mr. Dacquisto, the Village’s Planning & Zoning Director, provided the Council with a brief explanation as to how the proposed Zoning Code Amendment was submitted.  Individual Council Members offered their opinions regarding the hybrid roofing system.  Councilman Davis moved approval of the Ordinance on first reading.  Vice Mayor Davis seconded the motion.  Mayor McCoy opened the floor for the Public Hearing.  Resident Sid Reese spoke in favor of the amendment to allow for hybrid roofs and indicated that he would like to see it pass.  Roofing Contractor Daniel Arguelles, echoed Mr. Reese’s comments.  With no one else present that wished to speak, Mayor McCoy closed the Public Hearing and called for the vote which resulted in a unanimous vote in favor of the motion.    

 2)          VILLAGE COUNCIL                                                                Vice Mayor Davis

 A)      DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING ADOPTION OF A VILLAGE MASTER SIGN PLAN.     

 Vice Mayor Davis introduced the item indicating that he was proposing a change in the business sign section of the Village Code with hopes that an amendment would allow for new businesses to more quickly erect their signage and alert citizens to their business.  Council Members discussed their views on the business sign issue, with the discussions touching on the need to ensure that proper and appropriate signage is not jeopardized but a more friendly timeline for signage be developed, the possibility of a generic temporary business sign be permitted, the four properties that currently have Master Sign Agreements in place, and Vice Mayor Davis’ intent to request a review by the Planning & Zoning Board.  Following a lengthy discussion regarding various options for business signs, Vice Mayor Davis moved to direct the Planning & Zoning Board to review the issue and bring recommendations back to the Council regarding a Master Sign Plan and secondly, to add a provision for a temporary sign installation.   Councilman Walters seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 3)         ANNOUNCEMENTS

 Ms. Estep read the announcements.

   

4)         PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

No comments were offered.

 

5)         COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

Al Davis            Councilman Davis urged everyone to come out and enjoy the Fireworks on July 4th.

 

Jesse Walters     No comment.

 

Hunt Davis        Vice Mayor Davis spoke of the upcoming Budget Workshop on July 12th.

 

Jim McCoy        Mayor McCoy spoke of the Budget Workshop and the possibility of pushing the workshop date back a week.  He also spoke of July 4th.

 

6)         ADJOURNMENT

 

The June 21, 2011, Council Meeting was adjourned at 8:33 PM.