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Village Council Meeting Minutes - May 16, 2017

MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

The Miami Shores Village Council held their regularly scheduled Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 in the Council Chambers of Village Hall. The Meeting was called to order at 6:30 PM with the following individuals present:

PRESENT:                   MacAdam Glinn

                                    Sean Brady

                                    Alice Burch

                                    Jonathan Meltz

                                    Steven Zelkowitz

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 MAY 2, 2017 COUNCIL MEETING AND MAY 8, 2017 COUNCIL WORKSHOP MINUTES.

Councilwoman Burch moved approval of the May 2 and May 8, 2017 Minutes as presented. Councilman Zelkowitz seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

  1. APPOINTMENT OF ONE COUNCIL MEMBER TO THE GENERAL EMPLOYEE PENSION BOARD.

Mayor Glinn volunteered to serve on the General Employee Pension Board. The consensus of the Council was to appoint Mayor Glinn to the General Employee Pension Board.

  1. APPOINTMENT OF TWO COUNCIL MEMBERS TO THE POLICE RETIREMENT PENSION BOARD.

Councilwoman Burch and Councilman Meltz volunteered to serve on the Police Retirement Pension Board. The consensus of the Council was to appoint Councilman Meltz and Councilwoman Burch to the Police Retirement Pension Board.

  1. APPOINTMENT OF A COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE AND AN ALTERNATE REPRESENTATIVE TO THE MIAMI-DADE LEAGUE OF CITIES.

Councilman Zelkowitz volunteered to serve as the Village’s representative to the Miami-Dade League of Cities, with Councilwoman Burch volunteering to be the alternate representative. The consensus of the Council was to appoint Councilman Zelkowitz and Councilwoman Burch as the representative and alternate representative to the Miami-Dade League of Cities respectively.

  1. APPOINTMENT OF A COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE TO THE FLORIDA LEAGUE OF CITIES.

Mayor Glinn indicated that he would like to serve as the Village’s representative for the Florida League of Cities. The consensus of the Council was to appoint Mayor Glinn to represent the Village at the Florida League of Cities.

  1. APPOINTMENT OF A CONCIL REPRESENTATIVE TO THE GREEN CORRIDOR DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

Vice Mayor Brady volunteered to serve on the Green Corridor District Board of Directors. It was the consensus of the Council to appoint Vice Mayor Brady to serve as the Village’s representative to the Green Corridor District Board of Directors.

  1. A RESOLUTION OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL AUTHORIZING THE CURRENT MAYOR TO BE SUBSTITUTED FOR THE PRIOR MAYOR, AS SIGNATORY FOR APPLICABLE VILLAGE BANK ACCOUNTS, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Ms. Estep read the caption of the resolution into the record. Councilman Zelkowitz moved to approve the resolution as presented. Vice Mayor Brady seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

  1. APPOINTMENT OF CANDIDATE YSABELY RODRIGUEZ TO THE POSITION OF VILLAGE CLERK.

Ms. Estep introduced Ms. Ysabely Rodriguez, noting that the Council had conducted a Council Workshop during which the Council met and interviewed Ms. Rodriguez for the position of Village Clerk. Ms. Rodriguez briefly spoke on her own behalf. Councilman Zelkowitz advised that he has worked with Ms. Rodriguez in connection with her work for Hallandale Beach and his service as the City’s CRA Attorney.

Resident Al Crespo spoke about the position being a Charter Officer position and the need for the Clerk to be an independent position and not serving as the Manager’s Executive Assistant.

Councilwoman Burch moved to appoint Ms. Ysabely Rodriguez as the Village Clerk, upon the retirement of Ms. Estep. Vice Mayor Brady seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.  

     2)     VILLAGE ATTORNEY                                                Richard Sarafan                                                                        

  1. A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND VILLAGE COUNCIL OF MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE, FLORIDA, AFFIRMING APPROVAL OF A “WAIVER OF PLAT” FOR THE PROPERTY KNOWN AS LOTS 22 & 23, BLOCK 18, AMENDED PLAT OF MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE SECTION NO. 1, TO ALLOW INDIVIDUAL PARCELS TO BE DIVIDED BY “WAIVER OF PLAT” IN CONNECTION WITH THE VILLAGE DOWNTOWN SEWAGE PROJECT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Ms. Estep read the caption of the resolution into the record. Mr. Sarafan offered an explanation of the need for the resolution which provides for a waiver of plat of Village property containing equipment related to the downtown sewer project. Mr. Sarafan recommends that the Council approve the resolution. Councilman Zelkowitz moved to adopt the proposed Resolution as presented. Councilwoman Burch seconded the motion.

Resident Al Crespo requested additional information regarding the project. Mayor Glinn reminded Mr. Crespo that questions were not responded to during the comment section and invited him to speak with Mr. Benton or a member of the Council following the meeting.

Mayor Glinn called for the vote on the motion, which was unanimous in favor of the motion.

  1. DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING 85 N.W. 103RD STREET.

Mr. Sarafan provided background information regarding the property and its status, i.e. an existing judgement, accruing code liens, special assessment liens and attorney’s fees. Mr. Sarafan indicated that there have been ongoing negotiations with a perspective buyer and that a settlement under the Code’s provisions for a “reasonable accommodation” is available. The buyer proposes to pay $150,000 to the Village and commit to a date certain regarding completion of the needed repairs on the property. In response to concerns expressed by Councilman Zelkowitz at a previous meeting, Mr. Sarafan indicated that there are attorney’s and broker fees to be paid by the seller which he believes will net the sellers very little, if any profit. Mr. Sarafan outlined the various scenarios available regarding the property’s disposition and stated his belief that the current offer is the best offer and best alternative for the Village and stated his recommendation that the Village approve the settlement proposal.

Councilman Zelkowitz asked about adding language to the settlement agreement which would provide for forfeiture of the buyer’s deposit to the Village if the sale falls through as well as language that stipulates that should the purchase contract be amended and the purchase price increased, the additional funds come to the Village rather than the sellers. Council Members offered their opinions of the settlement proposal, the condition of the property and its prominent location so close to an entranceway into the Village, and their concern regarding the current owner profiting from the sale.

The perspective buyer was present and spoke to the Council regarding his desire to purchase and repair the property. He stated that the purchase price is $190,000.

Following the discussions, Councilwoman Burch moved to accept the proposal and offer described by Attorney Sarafan and to the extent possible, Councilman Zelkowitz’s amendments to the settlement agreement as discussed. Councilman Zelkowitz seconded the motion.

Resident Al Crespo spoke of the impact of dilapidated homes and that perhaps the Village should re-visit the timing of obtaining judgements and moving to mitigate the non-compliant properties.

Mayor Glinn called for the vote on the motion which was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

  1. VILLAGE COUNCIL                                                   Councilman Jonathan Meltz
  1. DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING MOVING PUBLIC COMMENTS TO THE TOP OF THE AGENDA.

Councilman Meltz offered his rational in calling for moving public comment to the beginning of the agenda rather than opening the floor for public comment on each individual item contained on the agenda. He cited other municipalities that conduct their meetings in similar fashion and the fairness of allowing residents the opportunity to speak at the beginning of the meeting so that they do not have to wait until the item is heard by the Council. He expressed his belief that his proposal gives residents a better option in that residents will know they will be heard early in the meeting. Following his statement, Councilman Meltz moved to hear public comment at the beginning of each Council Meeting. Councilman Zelkowitz seconded the motion.

Resident Al Crespo voiced his opposition to the proposal and provided his reasoning for his opposition. He urged the Council not to pass the measure.

Council Members spoke of positive points associated with hearing public comments at the start of the meeting, and Councilman Zelkowitz shared that in many cities, residents are required to submit their names prior to the meeting in order to address the elected body. Subsequent to these discussions, the vote was taken and was unanimous in favor of the motion.

       4)   VILLAGE MANAGER                                                  Tom Benton

  1. PRESENTATION, DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING THE P3 REPORT FROM RMA.                                                      

Mr. Benton introduced Mr. Kevin Crowder from the RMA firm. Mr. Crowder presented a power point presentation which highlighted the information contained in RMA’s draft report on the various options available to the Village with respect to a P3 (Public Private Partnership) relationship. Mr. Crowder reviewed three possible scenarios which included different configurations for the development of the Village owned parcels located on the east side of N.E. 2nd Avenue and where the Village Hall, Police Department and the 9900 building are currently located. Mr. Crowder spoke of the lengthy process to initiate a P3 agreement and indicated a number of steps which he suggested would be appropriate in the future, including Council Workshop meetings to discuss details regarding the various scenarios as well as Public Outreach meetings.

Council Members asked for clarification on certain items and stressed that there was no immediate action contemplated or being taken with respect to the P3 idea. The Council voiced their support of conducting a Council Workshop and reaching out to the development community to see if there is any interest in the concept.

Resident Al Crespo requested a copy of the Power Point presentation.

5)  ANNOUNCEMENTS

            Ms. Estep read the announcements.

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

Al Crespo         Mr. Crespo spoke of recent e-mails sent to the Council regarding the Country Club lease agreement.

Victor Bruce     Mr. Bruce congratulated the Council Members and urged them to continue to support RMA’s initiatives.

Myrtha Wroy    Ms. Wroy welcomed the new Council and spoke about the defeated bond issue for a new community center.

John Farina       Mr. Farina also congratulated the newly seated Council and spoke of the neighborhood communication forums.

Councilman Zelkowitz left the meeting at this time.

           

7)   COUNCIL COMMENTS

Jonathan Meltz            Councilman Meltz thanked everyone for their attendance and is looking forward to a great term.

Alice Burch                Councilwoman Burch spoke of a reception at the Library in honor of Mrs. Bolton who has made a donation in the amount of $50,000 towards the Children’s Wing. She also spoke of the drive-through mailboxes that were once again removed from N.E. 98th Street.

Sean Brady                 Vice Mayor Brady thanked those in attendance and spoke of the letter received from resident Kim Flowers and the County’s impact fees for new businesses in the Village.

MacAdam Glinn         Mayor Glinn thanked the Chamber’s Downtown Advisory Committee and spoke of the upcoming Board appointments for the Library and Charter School Boards. He also spoke of the Village’s Memorial Day ceremony.

8)   ADJOURNMENT

               The May 16, 2017 Council meeting was adjourned at 8:20 PM.

              

           ______________________________

            Barbara A. Estep, MMC

            Village Clerk