MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING May 1, 2012

The Miami Shores Village Council held their regularly scheduled Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 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

Barbara Estep, Village Clerk

Richard Sarafan, Village Attorney

CONSIDERATIONS

 

1)              VILLAGE CLERK                                                                                   Barbara A. Estep

 

A)    APPROVAL OF THE APRIL 17, 2012 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.

 

Ms. Estep stated that she had made an inadvertent error in the minutes, incorrectly indicating that the vote on Item B had been unanimous, when in fact, Councilman Walters had voted against the motion to adopt the ordinance increasing the rates for the Local Business Tax Receipts.   In addition, Mr. Sarafan requested that the last sentence of Item 2A be amended to add that Councilman Walters recused himself from the discussion and the vote.  Councilman Walters subsequently moved to adopt the April 17, 2012 Council Meeting Minutes as amended.  Councilman Loffredo seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

B)    A RESOLUTION OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL CREATING BUDGET AMENDMENT #3 TO THE FISCAL YEAR 2011-2012 OPERATING AND CAPITAL BUDGETS, TRANSFERRING $12,000 OF SURPLUS CAPITAL PROJECT FUND MONIES TO THE NON-DEPARTMENTAL CAPITAL PROJECT FUND, PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

Ms. Estep read the caption of the resolution into the record and advised the Council that the reason for the transfer was in order to fund new audio equipment for the Council Chambers, replacing the approximately 30 year old microphones, wiring, speakers, amplifier and mixer.  After confirming that the requested $12,000 would be sufficient to cover the equipment and installation costs and that the Administration would be as cost conscious as possible, Vice Mayor Davis moved to adopt the proposed Resolution.  Councilman Loffredo seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

        

2)           VILLAGE MANAGER                                                                           Tom Benton

 

A)    DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING OBTANING A FEASIBILITY STUDY AND COST ESTIMATE FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A LOW PRESSURE SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM FOR THE DOWNTOWN BUSINESS DISTRICT.

 

Mr. Benton provided the Council with background information relating to a low pressure sewer system which the Village has not previously explored.  Mr. Benton indicated that North Miami Beach has a similar system in one of their business districts.  Mr. Benton is recommending that the Council authorize a feasibility and cost study be conducted in the amount of $5,096.  Council Members voiced their opinions regarding the importance of the downtown area and the need to continue working towards the installation of a sewer system in the business district.  Councilman Walters moved to approve obtaining the proposed study and funding the study from the Contingency Fund.   Vice Mayor Davis seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

B)    APPROVAL TO DISCARD BIDS RECEIVED WITH RESPECT TO THE ROADWAY/STREET RESURFACING PROJECT.

 

Mr. Benton briefly explained the situation regarding the street resurfacing bids and the intent of the Village to utilize the County bid price rather than award the street paving bid to any of the firms that had submitted bids.  Vice Mayor Davis moved to discard the bid received for the street resurfacing project.  Councilman Loffredo seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

3)           ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Ms. Estep read the announcements.     

 

4)              PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

None offered.

 

5)              COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

Jesse Walters      Councilman Walters spoke of Country Club Advisory Board Member, Gustav Schmidt who resigned in order to move to Ft. Lauderdale.  He also spoke of El Portal planning for their 75thanniversary and the upcoming Chamber of Commerce breakfast honoring outstanding students.

 

Steve Loffredo   Councilman Loffredo spoke of the Charter School golf tournament and the importance of supporting the School’s special events.

 

Al Davis              Councilman Davis spoke of the Rotary Club’s flag program.

 

Hunt Davis         Vice Mayor Davis spoke of the upcoming Memorial Day event.

 

Jim McCoy         Mayor McCoy encouraged attendance at the Memorial Day event and spoke of the scheduled Chamber Breakfast.

 

 

 

6)              ADJOURNMENT

 

The May 1, 2012 Council Meeting was adjourned at 7:24 PM.