MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING- March 2, 2010,

The Miami Shores Village Council held their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 2, 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

Donald Shockey via telephone

Prospero Herrera

Herta Holly

Steve Loffredo

ALSO PRESENT:

Tom Benton, Village Manager

Barbara Estep, Village Clerk

Richard Sarafan, Village Attorney

 

Mayor Davis advised the Council and those in attendance that Mr. Shockey would be attending the meeting via telephone, sponsoring the resolution appearing on the agenda.  Mr. Sarafan confirmed that the appearance via telephone is permitted as long as a quorum of the Council exists.   It was decided that agenda items could be taken out of order until Mr. Shockey’s telephone call is received.

CONSIDERATIONS

           

1)         VILLAGE CLERK                                                                     Barbara A. Estep

 

A)     APPROVAL OF THE FEBRUARY 2, 2010 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.

 

Mr. Loffredo moved approval of the February 2, 2010 Council Meeting Minutes.  Mr. Herrera seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion. 

 

3)         POLICE DEPARTMENT                                                            Kevin Lystad

 

A)      REQUEST APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE OF FORFEITURE FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $7,500 FOR INFORMED FAMILIES OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY.

 

Chief Lystad provided the Council with information related to the request for Informed Families, including the Statutory requirement to donate a certain portion of the forfeiture funds.  Chief Lystad listed a number of the events sponsored by Informed Families, including the very successful Red Ribbon campaign.  Mr. Loffredo moved approval of the appropriation and expenditure of $7,500 in forfeiture funds to Informed Families of Miami-Dade County.  Mrs. Holly seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

Item 2A was delayed to accommodate receipt of Mr. Shockey’s telephone call and although a presentation regarding item 4A had begun, the Council suspended further discussion on the item in order to hear Item 2A.

 

2)         VILLAGE COUNCIL                                                                 Donald Shockey

 

A)      A RESOLUTION OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL URGING THE MEMBERS OF THE FLORIDA CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION, GOVERNOR CHARLIE CRIST, THE MEMBERS OF THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE, MAYOR CARLOS ALVAREZ, AND THE MEMBERS OF THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY COMMISSION, TO PROVIDE PROTECTION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AND GENDER IDENTITY, IN FEDERAL AND STATE LAWS AND COUNTY ORDINANCES, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

Mr. Shockey’s telephone call came in at approximately 7:40 PM.  Mr. Shockey informed the Council that he had outlined his rational for sponsoring the item in his cover memo and asked the Council to consider passage of the proposed Resolution.  Mr. Shockey confirmed that the statistical information contained in both his memo and the Resolution was obtained from the SaveDade organization.  Ms. Estep read the caption of the Resolution into the record.  Mr. Shockey moved to adopt the proposed Resolution.  Mr. Loffredo seconded the motion for discussion purposes.  Individual Council Members expressed their thoughts on the information contained within the Resolution and the language of the legislation moving through the Florida Legislature.  There was a brief discussion amongst the Council Members and Mrs. Holly asked for the question to be called.  Mayor Davis called for the vote which was 2 to 3 with Mr. Loffredo, Mr. Herrera and Mrs. Holly voting against the motion.    This motion failed.

 

Mr. Loffredo inquired whether Mr. Shockey would accept an amendment which would eliminate the reference to Senate Bill 798 and House Bill 391 contained in Section 1 of the proposed Resolution.  Mr. Loffredo indicated that the spirit of the Resolution would not be changed.  Mr. Shockey advised that he would be open to such an amendment.  Mr. Loffredo then moved to accept the proposed Resolution deleting reference to the two bills.  Mr. Shockey seconded the motion.  There was concern expressed by a number of the Council Members with the term “gender expression” as it was not adequately defined and asked for clarification on the term “gender identity.  Subsequently, Mr. Sarafan suggested amended language for Section 1 which met with Mr. Loffredo’s and Mr. Shockey’s approval (as the individuals who moved and seconded the item).  At the conclusion of these discussions, Mayor Davis called for a vote which was 4 to 1 in favor of the motion.  Mr. Herrera voted against the motion  

 

4)         RECREATION DEPARTMENT                                                  Jerry Estep

 

A)     DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDNG THE PROPOSED TOT LOT

       RENOVATION PROJECT.

 

Mr. Jerry Estep, the Village’s Recreation Director, presented the Council with information regarding the proposed Tot Lot renovation project.  Mr. Estep indicated that the current equipment has outlived its lifespan by almost 50% and it is presently in very poor condition.  Mr. Estep outlined the pieces that are included in the project proposal; detailing their features and warranties.  Mr. Estep advised that the renovation includes a unisex restroom meeting ADA standards.  Mr. Estep reviewed the selection of the turf and the specifics of its make-up and installation process.  He further indicated that the project has received the approval of the Recreation Advisory Board.  Mr. Estep stated that he also held a separate public meeting to seek input from any interested parties with respect to the equipment, design and placement.   In response to questioning, Mr. Estep reviewed the timetable for the renovation project.

 

Following Mr. Estep’s presentation, Mrs. Holly moved approval of the proposed renovations.  Mr. Herrera seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.  

 

 

 

5)         ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Mrs. Estep read the announcements.

 

6)         PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

TF Chambers                 Spoke about the use of the telephone for the Council Meeting.

 

CJ Artuno                     Mr. Artuno spoke on behalf of the SaveDade organization, responding to some of the questions/comments made during the discussion.

 

George Ketelhohn          Mr. Ketelhohn thanked the Council for passing the anti-discrimination resolution.

 

Nate Faulkner                Thanked the Council for their support on the anti-discrimination resolution.

 

William Wells                Thanked the Council for passing the anti-discrimination resolution and spoke about providing for Haiti.

 

Eddie Lewis                   Mr. Lewis echoed the comments made by Mr. Wells.

 

7)         COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

Steve Loffredo               Mr. Loffredo spoke of the success of the Mayor’s Ball.  Mr. Loffredo also expressed his disappointment with the Christian Church’s expectation on a sale price.

 

Prospero Herrera            Mr. Herrera offered congratulations on the Mayor’s Ball and spoke of Haitian relief efforts.

 

Herta Holly                   Mrs. Holly spoke of the Mayor’s Ball, as well as the upcoming Doctors Charter School charity event, Unity Day and the Village’s website.  Mrs. Holly expressed her belief that relief efforts, both for Haiti and now also Chile, should come from individuals rather than municipal funding.

 

Donald Shockey             Mr. Shockey thanked the Council and Staff for accommodating his attendance via the telephone.  He announced that he has accepted a one year commitment in Afghanistan and that he would be sending in a statement shortly.

 

Al Davis                        Mayor Davis spoke of the Mayor’s Ball and thanked everyone for participating.

 

8)         ADJOURNMENT

 

The March 2, 2010 Council Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM.