Village Council Meeting Minutes - February 2, 2016

MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

The Miami Shores Village Council held their regularly scheduled Council Meeting on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 in the Council Chambers of Village Hall. The Meeting was called to order at 6:30 PM with the following individuals present:

PRESENT:                        Alice Burch

                                           Steven Zelkowitz

                                           Mac Glinn

                                           Herta Holly

                                           Ivonne Ledesma

ALSO PRESENT:             Tom Benton, Village Manager

                                           Barbara Estep, Village Clerk

                                           Richard Sarafan, Village Attorney

CONSIDERATIONS

             

1)           VILLAGE CLERK                                                                                   Barbara A. Estep

  1. APPROVAL OF THE JANUARY 19, 2016 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.

Vice Mayor Zelkowitz moved to approve the January 19, 2016 Council Meeting minutes as presented. Councilwoman Holly seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

  1. AN ORDINANCE OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL, AMENDING SECTION 2-77(c), OF ARTICLE IV, CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD; OF THE VILLAGE CODE OF ORDINANCES, PERTAINING TO THE BOARD MEMBERS’ APPOINTMENT AND TERMS, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Ms. Estep read the caption of the ordinance into the record, indicating that the ordinance was being presented for first reading. Ms. Estep clarified that the two ordinances, Item 1B and 1C contained similar language regarding term limits and may be discussed simultaneously but must be voted upon separately. Following a brief explanation of the proposed amendment and its application, Councilwoman Ledesma moved to approve the ordinance with an amendment in language to make the term limit clause retroactive. The motion died for lack of a second. Vice Mayor Zelkowitz then moved to approve Item 1B as presented. Councilman Glinn seconded the motion.

Individual Council Members voiced their opinions, including their concerns and positive points regarding the issue of term limits. Mayor Burch opened the floor for public comment.

Steven Mumby                  Mr. Mumby spoke in favor of term limits, stating that they are important and stressing that institutional knowledge will be retain. Urged the Council to consider not reappointing the same people when their current term expires.

Mary Benton                      Ms. Benton spoke of the behavior of Board Members during recent workshop meetings and her belief that their behavior is in part due to the number of years they have served.

Dick Direnzo                     Mr. Direnzo spoke in support of term limits, stating that three year terms are sufficient.

Douglas Barnes                 Mr. Barnes spoke in favor of retroactive term limits.

Jane Lee                             Ms. Lee spoke in support of term limits to allow for a fresh outlook and new ideas.

Jeff Lee                              Mr. Lee spoke in favor of term limits to get away from the entrenched individuals and their ideas.

Clark Reynolds                  Mr. Reynolds stated that after six years, most people are tired of serving on a Board and are just going through the motions.

Dennis Leyva                     Mr. Leyva spoke in favor of term limits, indicating that the Boards are not representative of the community.

Hunt Davis                        Mr. Davis spoke against term limits, urging the Council to move slowly and ensure that all of the fine points are thought through.

Mayor Burch closed public comment and following a few additional comments from Council, the question was called with a 3 to 2 vote in favor of the motion. Councilwoman Holly and Councilwoman Ledesma voted against the motion to approve Item 1B on first reading as presented.

  1. AN ORDINANCE OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL, AMENDING SECTION 19-17 OF ARTICLE II, PLANNING BOARD; OF THE VILLAGE CODE OF ORDINANCES, PERTAINING TO BOARD MEMBERS’ APPOINTMENT AND TERMS, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Ms. Estep read the caption of the ordinance into the record. Vice Mayor Zelkowitz moved approval of the ordinance on first reading as presented. Councilman Glinn seconded the motion. As general discussion regarding terms limits had previously taken place, there was no additional comments voiced. The resulting vote was 3 to 2 in favor of the motion, with Councilwoman Holly and Councilwoman Ledesma voting against the motion.

2)           VILLAGE COUNCIL

  1. SELECTION OF APPOINTEE TO THE EDUCATION COMPACT COMMITTEE.

(1 per Council Member)

Council Members advised of their individual appointees:

                             Alice Burch                       =            Julie Brady

                             Steven Zelkowitz              =            Brad Liff

                             MacAdam Glinn                =            Frank Hornstein

                             Herta Holly                        =            Claire Kodsi

                             Ivonne Ledesma                =            Christine Sainvil

  1. REPORT OF THE CHARTER SCHOOL BOARD AUTHORITY TO THE VILLAGE COUNCIL PERTAINING TO PLANS FOR ENTERING INTO A NON-COMPETITIVELY BID CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT FOR CHARTER SCHOOL MANAGEMENT SERVICES WITH MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

Mayor Alice Burch

Mayor Burch provided brief introductory remarks regarding the concerns that have been brought to her attention regarding the possibility of the Charter School contracting with Dade County Schools for management services. Mayor Burch confirmed that Councilwoman Ledesma had invited representatives from Dade County Schools to give a presentation to the Council.

Ms. Dana Vignale, Dr. Sylvia Diaz and Dr. Ron Steiger from Dade County Schools Office of Innovation and School Choice were present on behalf of Miami-Dade County Schools. Ms. Vignale provided the Council and those in attendance with a presentation regarding the services being offered as a “District Managed School”. Ms. Vignale outlined what she believed to be the most pertinent services of backroom services, human resources, financial/accounting, technologies, facilities and compliance reporting.  Ms. Vignale spoke of the various District services offered to five charter schools within the County, stating that the services provided are based on the needs of the schools.

At the conclusion of the presentation, Ms. Vignale and Dr. Steiger responded to questions posed by the Council Members, including the cost of services offered ($440 per student capped at 450 students for a total of $198,000 annually); the term of the contract (through the remaining term of the School’s Charter); a timeframe for a decision to be made (March 1st); and whether contracting for the services would require a change in the School’s Charter (yes to reflect the change to District Managed services). Vice Mayor Zelkowitz pointed out and Mr. Sarafan concurred, that due to the required change in the School’s Charter, as well as  entering into a multi-year contract amounting to over $200,000 would require Council approval. Additional issues regarding the proposed management services were clarified by Ms. Vignale and Dr. Steiger.

Council Members thanked the representatives for attending and for the presentation and expressed their thoughts on the information provided. Doctors Charter School Board Chair, David Benjamin spoke to some of the misinformation which has been circulated; stating that no decision has yet to be made regarding contracting with the County for management services.

Mayor Burch opened the floor for public comment.

Kelly Jackson                    Ms. Jackson spoke of the amount of internal conflict at the School.

Brad Liff                            Mr. Liff expressed concern over the pricing of the services.

Katherine Borges              Ms. Borges, the School’s finance person of ten years, spoke of the increased FTE funding which has been realized over the budgeted amount resulting in a positive net income for the first quarter.

Melinda Boucher Hadad   Ms. Hadad is a teacher at the School and spoke of the difference between a principal and an executive director and due to the current search for a new executive director, suggested that the position be filled before making a commitment for District management services.

Michael Piloto                  Mr. Piloto is a parent of a DCS student and spoke of the goals of the school and support of DCS.

Abeer Jadallah                   Ms. Jadallah is a long time teacher at the School and has had children at the School. She spoke of her belief in the School and stated that it is not a fledgling school as characterized by the District.

Doug Garber                     Mr. Garber is the current Interim Executive Director at DCS. Mr. Garber spoke of the opportunities for savings in the budget and requested time to sort through the issues before making a decision on the District’s proposal.

Paul Calli                          Mr. Calli spoke of having to resign from the DCS Board and spoke to the concerns raised in Mayor Burch’s memo to Council.

Dick Direnzo                     Mr. Direnzo spoke of sitting on various not-for-profit run charter school boards and indicated that there are a number of advantages to having a management company.

Jim Wyborg                       Mr. Wyborg spoke of the value of the School to young families that settle in Miami Shores and his belief that an executive director be hired before any other major decisions be made by the Board.

Mayor Burch closed public comment. Council Members offered summary comments which focused on the questions that were answered during the presentation and Mr. Benjamin’s comments, the fact that people are passionate about the School and the importance of making informed decisions. Mayor Burch reiterated her reason for sponsoring the item.

Councilwoman Ledesma left the meeting prior to completion of the Council’s comments.

Mr. Sarafan asked the Council to consider adding an emergency item to the agenda related to the Council’s previous direction to negotiate the purchase of the Archdiocese’s Senior Services Center. Councilwoman Holly moved to add the item to the agenda on an emergency basis. Vice Mayor Zelkowitz seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

Mr. Sarafan then asked for a motion to approve a resolution empowering and authorizing the Village Manager and Village Attorney to finalize a formal contract and enter into a formal contract to purchase the Archdiocese property at a price of $1.1 million. Councilwoman Holly made the requested motion. Vice Mayor Zelkowitz seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion. Vice Mayor Zelkowitz requested that the Village issue the title insurance as it is the Village’s responsibility to bear the cost. He further stated that should the Archdiocese wish to issue the title insurance, the Archdiocese should pay the cost.

3)                  ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ms. Estep read the announcements.

4)         PUBLIC COMMENTS

No additional public comment was offered by those in attendance.

5)         COUNCIL COMMENTS

None offered.

6)         ADJOURNMENT

The February 2, 2016 Council Meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM.

                                                                                                                   ______________________

__________________________                                                          Alice Burch, Mayor

Barbara A. Estep, MMC

Village Clerk