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Village Council Meeting Minutes - March 21, 2017

MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

The Miami Shores Village Council held their regularly scheduled Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 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                              ABSENT: Steven Zelkowitz

                                    Mac Glinn (arrived at 6:36 PM)

                                    Herta Holly

                                    Ivonne Ledesma

ALSO PRESENT:         Tom Benton, Village Manager

                                    Barbara Estep, Village Clerk

                                    Richard Sarafan, Village Attorney

CONSIDERATIONS

  1. CONSENT AGENDA*                                                  Barbara A. Estep

*Matters included under the Consent Agenda are routine, self-explanatory matters and are not expected to require discussion or review. Items will be enacted by one motion. If discussion is desired by any member of the Council, that item must be removed from the Consent Agenda and considered separately. If the public wishes to speak on a matter on the Consent Agenda, they must inform the Village Clerk prior to the start of the meeting. They will be recognized to speak prior to the approval of the Consent Agenda.

  1. APPROVAL OF THE MARCH 7, 2017 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.
  1. APPROVAL OF THE 2017 ELECTION BOARD
  1. AN ORDINANCE OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL, MIAMI SHORES, FLORIDA, AMENDING SEC. 516 (5) “STRUCTURES CONSTITUTING ACCESSORY BUILDINGS” CONTAINED IN THE ZONING APPENDIX “A” OF THE VILLAGE CODE OF ORDINANCES, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.                  1st Reading

Ms. Estep read the statement concerning the Consent Agenda as well as each of the items contained on the Consent Agenda. Mayor Burch requested to pull Item 1C and Councilwoman Ledesma requested to pull Item 1B. Councilwoman Ledesma then moved to approve the March 7, 2017 Council Meeting Minutes. Councilwoman Holly seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

Councilman Glinn arrived.

1B.       Councilwoman Ledesma requested additional information regarding the Election Board (poll workers), i.e. how they are selected, if there is an application process and if so, where were residents notified of the process. Ms. Estep responded that the poll worker list is compiled by using individuals that have previously worked Village Council Elections as they will be familiar with the way the Village Council election is conducted and are residents of the Village. Ms. Estep explained that there will be four individuals working the Council election recommended by Miami-Dade County Elections due to the fact that Ms. Estep will not be serving as the Precinct Clerk on election day and needing additional poll workers due to some individuals not working at the polls again. Ms. Estep confirmed for Councilwoman Ledesma that the need for poll workers was noticed in the Village Newsletter, that there is no application form, and that the County conducts a training class for the poll workers.   Councilwoman Ledesma then moved to approve the Election Board. Councilman Glinn seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.    

1C.       Mayor Burch indicated that with respect to the proposed ordinance amending the Code relating to accessory buildings (sheds), she would like to allow wood framed structures. Mayor Burch stated that she has reviewed information from a company located in the County that manufactures wood framed structures that meet hurricane wind loads and have Miami-Dade County product approval.   Councilwoman Holly moved to add wood framed sheds to the list of allowable materials. Councilwoman Ledesma seconded the motion.

Mr. Dacquisto provided clarification on the term “housekeeping facilities”, expressing his belief that the Code was written in such a way as to prohibit people from living (setting up a household) in the shed. He further indicated that the purpose of a shed is for storage rather than living quarters. Mr. Dacquisto reviewed the remainder of the proposed amendments to the Code, including the new setback requirements, size and height limitations.  There was additional discussion regarding the fact that the provisions for sheds is a community preference. Alternative language to the term “housekeeping facilities” was discussed and following a brief discussion regarding the preferred size allowances and a suggestion to have Mr. Dacquisto bring a newly amended ordinance back to the Council for further consideration, Councilman Glinn moved to pass the ordinance on first reading. Councilwoman Holly seconded the motion.

Mayor Burch opened the floor for public comment.

Al Crespo          Spoke of the terms household living versus household storage which encompasses intent of the provisions of the Code.

Miryam Rojas   Ms. Rojas spoke in support of the proposed changes which would allow additional materials to be used as long as they meet Building Code requirements and have Dade County Product Approval. Additionally, Ms. Rojas spoke in support of allowing some electrical component for a light source and also so that battery chargers for various tools could be plugged in.

Mayor Burch closed public comment and called for the vote which was unanimous in favor of the motion.

2)         VILLAGE MANAGER                                                  Tom Benton     

  1. A RESOLUTION OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL, AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE MANAGER TO EXECUTE THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT WITH MIAMI-DADE COUNTY TO PERFORM TRAFFIC ENGINEERING FUNCTIONS.

Ms. Estep read the caption of the Resolution into the record. Mr. Benton provided information regarding the purpose of the resolution, indicating that it is a formality in order to have the County accept the results of the traffic study and for the Village to begin the process of instituting traffic calming measures. Mr. Spinks, representing Marlin Engineering who conducted the traffic study, reiterated Mr. Benton’s comments and responded to questions posed by the Council with respect to the various types of traffic calming devices which may be installed, and speed limits. Councilwoman Ledesma moved approval of the Resolution as presented. Councilman Glinn seconded the motion.

Mayor Burch opened the floor for public comment.

Al Crespo         Mr. Crespo spoke about the need for neighboring properties to approve any planned traffic calming device installations and the fact that the Village’s traffic study calls for too many devices.

Bill Davis         Mr. Davis suggested that temporary barricades be set up periodically around the school zones, i.e. Miami Shores Elementary, St. Rose of Lima, and Miami Country Day, to divert traffic and slow cars down during the beginning and end of the school day.

Joseph Bassett   Mr. Bassett spoke of the problem with parents rushing to get their children to school and the danger around the school zones.

Bob Swan         Mr. Swan spoke of the emergency responders being hindered by traffic control devices.

Following a brief follow-up discussion amongst the Council, Mayor Burch called for the vote which was unanimous in favor of the motion.

  1. DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING CONVEYANCE OF VILLAGE PROPERTY TO MIAMI-DADE COUNTY FOR SEWER LIFT STATION OPERATION.

Mr. Sarafan provided information and the reason for adding this item to the agenda, indicating that in order to finalize the sewer installation project, the Village needs to convey the property on which the lift station sits over to the County. Mr. Sarafan further stated that conveyance of the property was outlined in the August, 2014 agreement between the Village and the County, and now that it is actually time to convey the property, he wants to ensure that if the County should ask whether the Village Council has approved the conveyance of Village property, and so in an abundance of caution, would request that the Council approve the transfer of Village property, as specified. Councilwoman Holly moved to approve the transfer of Village property as outlined in the August, 2014 Interlocal Agreement. Councilman Glinn seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

3)        ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ms. Estep read the announcements into the record.

4)         PUBLIC COMMENTS (3 Minute Time Limit Per Speaker)

Al Crespo         Mr. Crespo spoke of the upcoming resident budget workshop and records requests.

Bob Swan         Mr. Swan thanked Ms. Estep for her years of service to the community.

Myrtha Wroy    Ms. Wroy spoke of the resident budget workshop.

Miryam Rojas   Ms. Rojas spoke of the need for new Dead End signs on N.E. 95th Street.

5)         COUNCIL COMMENTS

Mr. Benton spoke of the results of the survey of residents behind K-Mart relating to permanently closing off the gate access in the wall by the Miami Shores Motel. Mr. Benton reported that there had been a total of 46 survey letters returned out of the 99 homes located in the neighborhood. There were 37 letters returned indicating they want the gate closed and 9 letters returned indicating to leave the gate access into the neighborhood.

Herta Holly                   Councilwoman Holly urged residents to get to know the Council candidates and to take the election seriously.

Mac Glinn                    Councilman Glinn spoke about the upcoming Spring Concert and thanked those residents that attended the meeting.

Ivonne Ledesma            Councilwoman Ledesma spoke of the various candidate forums and the importance of the resident budget workshop.

Alice Burch                  Mayor Burch spoke of the resident budget workshop and thanked everyone who attended the Mayor’s Ball.

Miami-Dade County Commissioner, Sally Heyman, presented information relating to various County programs and legislation.

6)         ADJOURNMENT

The March 21, 2017 Council Meeting was adjourned at 8:15 PM.

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                                                                                                Alice Burch, Mayor

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Barbara A. Estep, MMC

Village Clerk