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Village Council Meeting Minutes - January 6, 2015

MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

The Miami Shores Village Council held their regularly scheduled Council Meeting on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 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

PUBLIC INPUT: For items appearing on the Council Agenda.

No one present wished to comment on scheduled agenda items.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

             

1)           VILLAGE CLERK                                                                                   Barbara A. Estep

  1. APPROVAL OF THE DECEMBER 2, 2014 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.

Councilman Davis moved to approve the December 2, 2014 Council Meeting Minutes as presented. Vice Mayor Walters seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

  1. A RESOLUTION OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL CREATING BUDGET AMENDMENT #2 TO THE FISCAL YEAR 2014-2015 OPERATING BUDGETS; APPROPRIATING $70,000 FROM THE GENERAL FUND BALANCE TO THE SPECIAL PROJECTS: MANAGER ACCOUNT: $100,000 FROM THE LOCAL OPTION GAS TAX (LOGT) FUND BALANCE TO THE INFRASTRUCTURE: ENTRYWAY SIGNS ACCOUNT; $9,000 FROM THE TRANSPORTATION TRUST (CITT) FUND BALANCE TO THE TRANSFER TO GRANT FUND ACCOUNT; AND INCREASING GRANT REVENUE $36,000, TRANSFER FROM CITT $9,000, AND SPECIAL PROJECTS: MULTIMODAL MOBILITY STUDY $45,000 IN THE GRANT FUND.

Ms. Estep read the caption of the Resolution into the record. Mr. Benton provided an explanation as to the reason for the transfers and subsequently Councilman McCoy moved to adopt the proposed Resolution. Councilman Davis seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

2)           VILLAGE MANAGER                                                                            Tom Benton

  1. REQUEST APPROVAL TO DISPOSE OF SURPLUS VILLAGE PROPERTY.

  

Mr. Benton provided the Council with information regarding surplus property that despite the Village’s efforts; remains in our possession. Mr. Benton explained that he would like to offer the items to employees prior to disposing of the outdated office furniture and equipment. Council Members suggested that after offering the surplus property to employees, but prior to transporting the property to the landfill, the Administration should contact charitable organizations, i.e. Heidi Hewes, Goodwill Industries, or Habitat for Humanity to see if any of those organizations would be interested in the property. The Council Members agreed that the Administration can offer the property to employees and then to charitable organizations and then, if necessary, dispose of the surplus property.

3)           VILLAGE COUNCIL                                                               

A) CONSIDERATION OF COUNCIL APPOINTMENT OF AN OFFICIAL LIAISON TO THE LGBT COMMUNITY.                                             Vice Mayor Walters

Vice Mayor Walters introduced the item, explaining that the Human Rights Campaign, a LGBT advocacy group, conducts an annual survey and rates a number of cities nationwide, including Miami Shores Village and that should the Council appoint a liaison to the LGBT community, the Village’s rating will increase. Vice Mayor Walters suggested that the Council appoint Councilwoman Ledesma if she would be willing to serve in that capacity. Councilwoman Ledesma indicated that she would serve if appointed. Vice Mayor Walters then moved to appoint Councilwoman Ledesma as the Council’s liaison to the LGBT community. Councilwoman Ledesma seconded the motion. Council Members Davis and McCoy voiced their concerns with appointing a Council liaison to a certain segment of the community, expressing their view that all Council Members represent the entire Village, not just one segment. When asked, Mr. Benton confirmed that there were no other segments of the community that had a Council liaison. Vice Mayor Walters stated that he would be happy to sponsor any other group of the community if they feel they need representation. Councilwoman Ledesma indicated that the Village should do whatever possible to increase the survey rating. Following additional discussion on the Member’s opinions on the issue, Mayor Holly called for the vote which was 2 to 3 in favor of the motion. The motion failed with Vice Mayor Walters and Councilwoman Ledesma voting in favor of the motion and Mayor Holly, Councilman Davis and Councilman McCoy voting against the motion.  

4)           ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ms. Estep read the announcements into the record.

5)         PUBLIC COMMENTS

None.

6)         COUNCIL COMMENTS

Yvonne Ledesma               Councilwoman Ledesma wished everyone a Happy New Year and spoke about what a great day it is for the gay community in that they are now able to wed in Florida. She thanked Vice Mayor Walters for bringing the LGBT Liaison issue before them.

Hunt Davis                        Councilman Davis also wished the community a Happy New Year and congratulated LGBT couples who can now marry in the State. In addition, Councilman Davis urged people to pay attention while out biking, walking or driving.

Jim McCoy                        Councilman McCoy wished all a Happy New Year and reiterated his earlier thoughts that being a liaison to the community is a major role of all the Council Members.

Jesse Walters                     Vice Mayor Walters spoke of the Council being a microcosm of the Country, with two disparate groups.

Herta Holly                        Mayor Holly spoke of the Council servicing the community at large and the “miracle of an ordinary day”.

             

7)         ADJOURNMENT

The Tuesday, January 6, 2015 Council Meeting was adjourned at 8:10 PM.

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                                                                                                                   Herta Holly, Mayor

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Barbara A. Estep, MMC

Village Clerk