MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING September 20, 2011,

 

The Miami Shores Village Council held their regularly scheduled Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, immediately following the second Budget Hearing.  The meeting was called to order at 6:50 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)         CHARTER SCHOOL                                                                 Gary Meredith

 

 A)     REPORT ON THE DOCTORS CHARTER SCHOOL BUDGET AND FINANCIAL

   STATUS.

 

Executive Director, Gary Meredith, provided the Council with updated financial information, including information contained in the annual audit.  Mr. Meredith spoke of the numerous revenue reductions imposed by the State that have been borne by the School.  To offset the reduced revenues and FTE funding, the School’s budget has been cut back accordingly.  Mr. Meredith outlined specific revenue and budget reductions.  Mr. Meredith advised the Council that the School’s unrestricted reserve fund is dangerously low (less than $5,000) and although the School is consistently categorized as a “high performing school”, the State may declare that it is in a state of financial emergency due to its financial status.  As a result, Mr. Meredith indicated that he is requesting monies from the funding set aside for the School.  Mr. Meredith stated that the audit report shows the School operating at a $200,000 annual loss for the past two years, and therefore, he is requesting $200,000 at this time.  A lengthy discussion amongst the Council Members and Mr. Meredith ensued; with Council Members expressing their support of the School and their thoughts on long-term solutions to the School’s funding issues.  Mayor McCoy suggested that the Council think about allocating funds for the School to address ongoing shortages, perhaps through a development program.   Individual Council Members discussed Mayor McCoy’s suggestion.  Following these discussions, Councilman Loffredo moved to approve the School’s request for $200,000 to be paid from the funding set aside for the Charter School.  Mr. Walters seconded the motion.  Vice Mayor Davis suggested an amendment to Councilman Loffredo’s motion, which, following some discussion, was not accepted.  Mayor McCoy called for a vote on the original motion which was unanimous in favor of the motion.

                                       

2)         FINANCE DEPARTMENT                                                         Holly Hugdahl

 

A)         PRESENTATION AND ACCEPTANCE OF THE 2010 COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL

       FINANCIAL REPORT.

 

Ms. Hugdahl introduced Nestor Caballero from the firm of Alberni Caballero & Company.  Mr. Caballero provided highlights from the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the year ending September 30, 2010, indicating that with the completion of the 2010 audit, the Village is now current with their financial reports.  Mr. Caballero stated that there were no findings reported in the CAFR and that the Village is financially healthy.  At the conclusion of Mr. Caballero’s report, Councilman Walters moved to accept the 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.  Vice Mayor Davis seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

3)         VILLAGE CLERK                                                                     Barbara A. Estep

 

A)     APPROVAL OF THE SEPTEMBER 6TH , 2011 BUDGET HEARING

                       AND COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.

 

Councilman Loffredo moved to approve the submitted Minutes as presented.  Councilman Walters seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

                         

4)           VILLAGE MANAGER                                                             Tom Benton

 

                A)    DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING APPROVAL OF THE TURF

  AND LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE FLORIDA

  DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE.

 

Mr. Benton provided information regarding the on-going maintenance agreement for maintaining the State roadway right-of-ways, clarifying the scope of the agreement and the services provided by the Village.  Vice Mayor Davis moved to approve, subject to approval as to legal sufficiency and form, the Turf and Landscape Maintenance Agreement.  Councilman Loffredo seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

5)         VILLAGE ATTORNEY                                                              Richard Sarafan

 

A)     DISCUSSION REGARDING POTENTIAL SETTLEMENT OF LIEN CLAIMS FOR 9259 NORTH BAYSHORE DRIVE.

 

Mr. Sarafan outlined the particulars of the proposal including information regarding the outstanding liens, the condition of the property and the foreclosure proceedings.  Following Mr. Sarafan’s presentation, Vice Mayor Davis moved to approve the proposed settlement of lien claims in the amount of $50,000 for 9259 North Bayshore Drive.  Councilman Loffredo seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

6)         ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Ms. Estep read the announcements.

    

7)              PUBLIC COMMENTS (5 Minute Time Limit Per Speaker)

 

Alice Burch       Ms. Burch thanked the Council for their support of the Charter School.

 

Silvio Orozco    Mr. Orozco spoke about Code Enforcement measures.

 

8)              COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

Jesse Walters     Councilman Walters spoke of the upcoming dinner for the retiring Chamber Executive Director, Lew Soli.

 

Steve Loffredo   Councilman Loffredo thanked his colleagues for the support of the Charter School.

 

Al Davis            No comment.

 

Hunt Davis        Vice Mayor Davis applauded the Charter School for their high standards and also reminded people of the upcoming Board and Committee appointments.

 

Jim McCoy        Mayor McCoy thanked the Council for their input during the meeting and spoke of the November 5th Mayor’s Community Benefit Gala (Mayor’s Ball), the proceeds of which go to supporting programs and organizations throughout the Village.

 

9)              ADJOURNMENT

 

The September 20, 2011 Regular Council Meeting was adjourned at 8:27 PM