Village Council Meeting Minutes February 4, 2014

MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

The Miami Shores Village Council held their regularly scheduled Council Meeting on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 in the Council Chambers of Village Hall. The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM with the following individuals present:

PRESENT:                        Herta Holly

                                           Jesse Walters

                                           Hunt Davis

                                           Ivonne Ledesma

                                           Jim McCoy

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 21, 2014 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.

Councilman Davis moved approval of the January 21, 2014 Council Meeting Minutes as presented. Councilman McCoy seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

2)           POLICE DEPARTMENT                                                                        Chief Lystad

A)   A RESOLUTION OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL, AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE MANAGER TO APPLY FOR THE FEDERAL DRUG CONTROL AND SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT FORMULA GRANT PROGRAM AVAILABLE THROUGH MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, AND TO APPLY FOR, RECEIVE, EXPEND AND AMEND BYRNE/JAG FORMULA PROGRAM FUNDS AND EXECUTE AGREEMENTS WITH THE PURPOSE OF CREATING A RECORDS IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM.

Ms. Estep read the caption of the Resolution into the record. Chief Lystad offered a brief history and explanation regarding the program to be funded by the grant. Councilman McCoy moved to approve the proposed Resolution. Councilman Davis seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

             B) REQUEST APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE OF FORFEITURE FUNDS IN AN

AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $225,500 FOR THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS, EQUIPMENT, AND/OR SERVICES:            

  1. Informed Families of Miami-Dade County                $   7,500
  2. Video Surveillance System                                          $140,000

Police Dept Facility/Bayfront Park/Recreation Center           

  1. Police Vehicle Technology Upgrade                           $ 78,000

Chief Lystad provided information related to each individual request, providing the Council with program applications and how they will assist the Department and Village residents. Councilman Davis subsequently moved to approve the request for appropriation and expenditure of Forfeiture Funds. Councilwoman Ledesma seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

3)           VILLAGE COUNCIL                                                                                      Councilwoman Ledesma

  1. A) DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING THE POSSIBILITY OF

INSTITUTING TERM LIMITS FOR VILLAGE BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

Councilwoman Ledesma introduced her first item, offering her rational for placing the item on the agenda and her belief that term limits should be imposed on board and committee members; similar to the term limits set for council members. Councilwoman Ledesma indicated her recommendations that board and committee members be allowed to serve no more than two consecutive terms before being required to sit out a term. Councilwoman Ledesma spoke of individuals feeling as though there is little opportunity for newcomers to be appointed to the various boards. Councilwoman Ledesma then moved to direct the Administration to prepare a resolution or an ordinance in order to effect these changes. Vice Mayor Walters seconded the motion and thanked Councilwoman Ledesma for bringing the item before the Council. Councilman Davis expressed his concerns regarding board member term limits, specifically the small number of residents that have volunteered for appointment and his belief that long term experience on a number of boards is important to provide a historical perspective. Mayor Holly called for the vote which was 2 to 3 in favor of the motion, with Councilwoman Ledesma and Vice Mayor Walters voting in favor of the motion and Mayor Holly, Councilman Davis and Councilman McCoy voting against the motion.

  1. B) DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING THE POSSIBILITY OF

FORMING TWO NEW TEMPOARY ADVISORY BOARDS: The Downtown Revitalization Advisory Committee and the Environmental Sustainability Board.

Councilwoman Ledesma introduced her second item and provided information regarding her vision for the two new boards being proposed, including the purpose of each board and the fact that she is not suggesting that a staff person be assigned to either Board, nor is she suggesting that any funds be allocated to either board. Vice Mayor Walters mentioned that due to an upcoming Community Redevelopment Association (CRA) workshop that he plans on attending, Councilwoman Ledesma may want to table the item. No motion to table was offered. Individual Council Members expressed their thoughts on establishing two new boards, offering alternatives to official boards being created, and their pros and cons to the proposal. At the conclusion of the discussions, Councilwoman Ledesma moved to direct Staff to create two resolutions for two new boards, one being the Downtown Revitalization Board and the other one being the Environmental Sustainability Board. Vice Mayor Walters seconded the motion and the vote was 2 to 3 in favor of the motion. Councilwoman Ledesma and Vice Mayor Walters voted in favor of the motion and Mayor Holly, Councilman Davis and Councilman McCoy voted against the motion.

    

4)                  ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ms. Estep read the announcements.

5)         PUBLIC COMMENTS

John Sasso                         Mr. Sasso commented on the status of downtown and the sewer project. In addition, he spoke of the increased frequency of train whistles throughout the night.

David Hunter                     Mr. Hunter applauded the Village’s efforts with respect to walkability and bikability and acknowledged the Village’s limited resources and believes that more people need to get involved and work together.

Tony Gispert                      Mr. Gispert spoke about his concern with his quality of life should N.E. 2nd Avenue be redeveloped with additional restaurants and bars because of his proximity to downtown. He cautioned that downtown revitalization is a two-edged sword.

Ashley Pillar                      Ms. Pillar spoke about the increased train traffic and the whistles that blow throughout the night. She also spoke of respecting the environment and the need to get more people out and about the Village.

Gwen Burzycki                 Ms. Burzycki expressed her support of term limits and her thought that organized boards indicates a priority of the Village. She also spoke of front yard gardens.

    

6)         COUNCIL COMMENTS

Yvonne Ledesma               Councilwoman Ledesma spoke of the items she presented and indicated her desire to bring resident concerns before the Council.

Hunt Davis                        Councilman Davis encouraged residents to contact him or other council members with their concerns as they are accessible and available. He also indicated that the Village has been looking into the train whistles.

Jim McCoy                        Councilman McCoy sympathizes with the train whistle issue and assured the residents that the Village has been discussing the issue with the appropriate agencies.

Jesse Walters                     Vice Mayor Walters thanked Councilwoman Ledesma for bringing her items before the Council. He also spoke of his recent involvement in various celebrations.

Herta Holly                        Mayor Holly spoke of being available to speak to residents and her attendance at many meetings where different issues are discussed. She assured the residents that the Village has discussed the quiet zone railroad crossings with the proper officials and that the outcry for more public transportation will mean more trains running through Miami Shores. She reminded the audience that they (the Council) live here and love the community.

7)         ADJOURNMENT

The February 4, 2014 Council Meeting was adjourned at 8:32 PM.

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                                                                                                                   Herta Holly, Mayor

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Barbara A. Estep, MMC

Village Clerk