Village Council Meeting Minutes - March 5, 2013

 

MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

 

 

The Miami Shores Village Council held their regularly scheduled Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 in the Council Chambers of Village Hall. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM with the following individuals present:

 

PRESENT:                        Jim McCoy                                                    ABSENT (ILL):              Richard Sarafan

                                           Hunt Davis

                                           Al Davis

                                           Steve Loffredo

                                           Jesse Walters

 

ALSO PRESENT:            Tom Benton, Village Manager

                                           Barbara Estep, Village Clerk

 

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

 

1)       POLICE DEPARTMENT                                                            Chief Lystad      

 

  1. A) REQUEST APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE OF FORFEITURE FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $7,500 FOR INFORMED FAMILIES OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY.

 

Chief Lystad provided general information regarding the Informed Families organization and their programs throughout the County. Councilman Davis moved to approve the appropriation and expenditure of forfeiture funds as requested. Councilman Loffredo seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

2)       PLANNING & ZONING DEPARTMENT                                David Dacquisto

 

           A)   DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING BARRY UNIVERSITY’S REQUEST

                   TO ALLOW PORTABLE CLASSROOMS ON CAMPUS.         

 

Councilman Loffredo spoke briefly regarding the other instances where portable classroom trailers had been utilized in the Village. Dr. Michael Griffin spoke on behalf of the University and confirmed that the trailers would not be located in highly visible areas and that the University’s plan would be to use them for a 3 to 5 year period. Councilman Loffredo then moved to approve Barry University’s request to place portable classroom trailers on the campus. Councilman Davis seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

3)         VILLAGE CLERK                                                                     Barbara A. Estep

 

  1. A)APPROVAL OF THE FEBRUARY 19, 2013 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.

 

Councilman Davis moved to approve the February 19, 2013 Council Meeting Minutes as presented. Councilman Walters seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

  1. B)AN ORDINANCE OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL, MIAMI SHORES

VILLAGE, FLORIDA, AMENDING THE VILLAGE CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHAPTER 6,

“BUILDINGS AND BUILDING REGULATIONS” BY CREATING SECTION 6-8, SETTING

FORTH REGULATIONS RELATING TO CONSTRUCTION NOISE ASSOCIATED WITH

CONSTRUCTION UNDER BUILDING PERMITS ISSUED BY THE VILLAGE, PROVIDING

FOR SEVERABILITY, PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

(2nd Reading)

 

Ms. Estep read the caption of the ordinance into the record and Mayor McCoy opened the floor for the Public Hearing. Ms. Sarah Herald of Barry University spoke in opposition to the ordinance, indicating that the ordinance would hinder the University’s ability to work while the students are not on campus. Ms. Campbell proposed amending the ordinance to better suit the University’s circumstances. Seeing no one else step forward to speak, Mayor McCoy closed the Public Hearing and invited Council to speak. Vice Mayor Davis, Mayor McCoy and Councilman Walters disclosed that they had had discussions with Ms. Campbell regarding the ordinance. Individual Council Members offered their views, pros and cons on the ordinance. Subsequent to the discussions, Councilman Loffredo moved to adopt the ordinance on second reading. Councilman Walters seconded the motion and the vote was three to two in favor of the motion. Vice Mayor Davis and Councilman Davis voted in opposition to the motion.

 

             C)   AN ORDINANCE OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL, MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE,

FLORIDA, AMENDING APPENDIX A “ZONING” OF THE VILLAGE’S CODE OF ORDINANCES BY REPEALING THE CONTENTS OF THE APPENDIX IN ITS ENTIRETY AND ADOPTING A NEW APPENDIX A, “ZONING”, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.                         (2nd Reading)

 

Ms. Estep read the caption of the ordinance into the record. Mayor McCoy suggested that the item be tabled as the Village Attorney; Richard Sarafan is not present due to illness. Councilman Davis then moved to table the item. Councilman Walters seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

4)           VILLAGE MANAGER                                                                           Tom Benton                                                           

A) DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING HIRING SPECIAL COUNSEL AND CONSULTING FIRM FOR WORK ON THE PROPOSED WATER AND SEWER PROJECT FOR DOWNTOWN MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE.

 

Mr. Benton provided information regarding the attorney and consulting firm being proposed to conduct the preliminary work for the planned water main and sewer project. Mr. Benton confirmed that in addition to hiring the special counsel and consulting firm, a design team and construction firm, as well as bond financing professionals would be needed in order to continue the process of installing the new lines. Contracts for these additional phases of the project will be brought to the Council for approval in the future. Mr. Benton further confirmed that any monies spent for professional fees will be included in the bond financing proposal and paid for by the building owners included in the special taxing district. Vice Mayor Davis moved to approve execution of the two agreements as proposed. Councilman Davis seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

 

 

B) DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING N.E. 2ND AVENUE ROADWAY

             RECONFIGURATION.

 

Mr. Benton outlined the proposed changes to the roadway running between N.E. 96th Street and N.E. 103rd Street to affect a dedicated parking lane in each direction. Mr. Benton indicated that there will be a permanent center turn lane and bus pull-offs to allow for transit buses to drop off or pick up passengers. Mr. Benton advised of the discussions with the County as to who will be responsible to pay for the reconfiguration which is estimated to cost approximately $25,000. He estimates a three to four month time frame conservatively. Council Members expressed their support of the project and spoke of possible future changes that may be necessary for safety purposes. Following the discussions, Councilman Davis moved to approve the reconfiguration, using the process recommended by the Village Manager. Councilman Walters seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion. Council Members thanked Staff and Commissioner Audrey Edmonson’s office for their efforts to bring about this positive outcome.

 

5)         ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Ms. Estep read the announcements.

 

6)         PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Jonas Georges                   Mr. Georges spoke of his candidacy and the fact that traffic is on everyone’s mind.

 

7)         COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

Jesse Walters                     Councilman Walters spoke of the upcoming election.

 

Steve Loffredo                  Councilman Loffredo thanked the staff for their work on Unity Day. In addition, Councilman Loffredo noted the passing longtime resident, Mrs. Sastre.

 

Al Davis                            Councilman Davis thanked those involved in honoring him as the 2013 Citizen of the Year.

 

Hunt Davis                        Vice Mayor Davis spoke of Unity Day and the upcoming elections.

 

Jim McCoy                       Mayor McCoy spoke of Unity Day; the Chamber’s Citizen of the Year event and recognized the boy scouts from Troop 305 that were in the audience.

 

8)         ADJOURNMENT

 

The March 5, 2013 Council Meeting was adjourned at 7:45 PM.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                   ________________________

                                                                                                                   Jim McCoy

 

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Barbara A. Estep, MMC

Village Clerk