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Village Council Meeting Minutes - March 17, 2015

MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

The Miami Shores Village Council held their regularly scheduled Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 in the Council Chambers of Village Hall. The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM with the following members 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 came forward to speak.

CONSIDERATIONS

1)       VILLAGE CLERK                                                                        Barbara A. Estep

  1. APPROVAL OF THE MARCH 3, 2015 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.

Councilman Davis moved approval of the March 3, 2015 Council Meeting Minutes. Councilwoman Ledesma seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

2)           VILLAGE MANAGER                                                              Tom Benton       

  1. AN ORDINANCE OF MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE, FLORIDA, AMENDING THE VILLAGE’S POLICE OFFICERS’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM; PROVIDING FOR IN-SERVICE DISTRIBUTION OF BENEFITS; PROVIDING FOR RETROACTIVE APPLICATION; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Ms. Estep read the caption of the ordinance into the record. Mr. Sarafan spoke briefly regarding the proposed ordinance, indicating the ordinance corrects the Plan’s language to reflect current practices regarding the DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Plan) program as well as to correct what is seen as “qualification defects” by State and Federal regulating agencies. Mr. Sarafan indicated that passage of the two proposed ordinances (Item 2A and 2B) is the first step in the process of correcting the Plan’s language. Additional legislation will be proposed at a later date.

Councilman Davis moved to approve the proposed ordinance on first reading. Councilman McCoy seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

  1. AN ORDINANCE OF MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE, FLORIDA, AMENDING THE VILLAGE’S GENERAL EMPLOYEE PENSION PLAN; PROVIDING FOR IN-SERVICE DISTRIBUTION OF BENEFITS; PROVIDING FOR RETROACTIVE APPLICATION; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Ms. Estep read the caption of the ordinance into the record. This ordinance is a companion ordinance to Item 2A, the difference is that this ordinance addresses the General Employee Pension Plan rather than the Police Officer’s Retirement Plan. Councilman Davis moved approval of the ordinance on first reading. Councilman McCoy seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

3)         ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ms. Estep read the announcements.

4)         PUBLIC COMMENTS

Bekky Leonard                                 Ms. Leonard announced information regarding the Property Owner’s Association Candidate Forum scheduled for March 31st at 7:00 PM at the Community Center.

Alberto Bogozi &             Mr. Bogozi and Mr. Ganju spoke of the traffic problems associated with the Deepak Ganju                Miami Shores Elementary School.

5)         COUNCIL COMMENTS

Jesse Walters                     No Comment

Ivonne Ledesma                Councilwoman Ledesma thanked the residents attending the meeting and spoke of the other candidate forums including Unite Miami Shores scheduled for 7:00 PM on April 2 at the Miami Theater Center and the Chamber of Commerce forum at 12:15 PM on March 24 at the Country Club. Councilwoman Ledesma also spoke of absentee ballots.

Jim McCoy                        Councilman McCoy wished everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Hunt Davis                        Councilman Davis spoke of the upcoming candidate forums and Spring events.

Herta Holly                        “Happy St. Patrick’s Day”

6)         ADJOURNMENT

The March 17, 2015 Council Meeting was adjourned at 7:50 PM.

                                                                                                                   ___________________________

__________________________                                                          Herta Holly, Mayor

Barbara A. Estep, MMC

Village Clerk