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Village Council Meeting Minutes - May 20, 2014

MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

The Miami Shores Village Council held their regularly scheduled Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Mayor Holly called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM with the following individuals present:

PRESENT:                        Herta Holly                                      ABSENT:            Ivonne Ledesma

                                           Jesse Walters

                                           Hunt Davis

                                           Jim McCoy

ALSO PRESENT:             Tom Benton, Village Manager

                                          Richard Sarafan, Village Attorney

                                           Karen Banda, Recording Secretary

PRESENTATIONS

 

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman spoke to the Council regarding the County’s Feral Cat program and property renovations as they relate to the tax rolls. In addition, Commissioner Heyman introduced Alexis Moseley, a new member of her staff.

Robert Levy of Robert Levy & Associates, the Village’s Tallahassee Lobbyist provided the Council with a report on the recently concluded legislative session.

Mayor Holly presented Public Works Director Scott Davis with a Proclamation in honor of National Public Works Week.

Chair of the Library Board of Trustees, Cheryl Gowing, spoke of the new Library fundraising campaign to raise funds to be used to build an addition dedicated to the Children’s section of the Library.

CONSIDERATIONS

 

  1. VILLAGE CLERK                                                                                   Barbara A. Estep
  1. APPROVAL OF THE APRIL 15, 2014 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.

Councilman McCoy requested that an amendment be made to his motion contained in the last paragraph of Item 2A to strike through the words and approval. Councilman McCoy then moved to approve the Minutes as amended. Councilman Davis seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

  1. AN ORDINANCE OF MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE, FLORIDA, AMENDING CHAPTER 14, SECTION 14-33 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE, INCREASING RATES FOR LOCAL BUSINESS TAX RECEIPTS AS CONTAINED WITHIN THE SCHEDULE OF LOCAL BUSINESS TAXES, PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.              (1st Reading)

Ms. Banda read the caption of the ordinance into the record. Mr. Sarafan explained the purpose of the ordinance and the 5% tax increase allowed by State Statute every other year. Vice Mayor Walters spoke of his opposition to any tax increase. Councilman McCoy indicated that he would support what amounts to a 2 ½ % increase for each of the two years. There was no public comment offered. Councilman McCoy moved approval of the ordinance on first reading. Councilman Davis seconded the motion and the vote was three to one in favor of the motion with Vice Mayor Walters dissenting.

  1. FINANCE DEPARTMENT                                                                     Holly Hugdahl
  1. A RESOLUTION OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL

     CREATING BUDGET AMENDMENT #2 TO THE FISCAL YEAR 2013-2014      OPERATING BUDGETS; TRANSFERRING $59,800 FROM THE GENERAL      FUND FUND BALANCE TO THE CAPITAL PROJECT FUND BALANCE;

      $32,000 FROM THE NON-DEPARTMENTAL CONTINGENCY ACCOUNT

   TO THE NON-DEPARTMENTAL PRINTING ACCOUNT; AND $87,022

      FROM THE NON-DEPARTMENTAL CONTINGENCY ACCOUNT TO

      VARIOUS DEPARTMENT PAYROLL ACCOUNTS.

Ms. Banda read the caption of the resolution into the record. Mr. Benton offered information related to the purpose of the resolution and confirmed that the resolution is a “housekeeping” issue following the previous approvals by Council to expend the funds. Councilman Davis moved approval of the resolution as presented. Councilman McCoy seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

  1. VILLAGE MANAGER                                                                            Tom Benton
  1. DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING THE SHORES SHUTTLE SCHEDULE.

Mr. Benton provided background information and indicated that due to the fact that Barry University is in summer recess, he suggests that the Village suspend the Barry noon hour circular route. Vice Mayor Walters stated that he had spoken to Barry representatives and they see the proposal as reasonable, even when the Vice Mayor suggested that that particular route may not be reinstituted in the fall. Councilman Davis subsequently moved to direct staff to terminate the noon, Barry University circular route. Councilman McCoy seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

 

  1. VILLAGE COUNCIL                                                                               Jesse Walters
  1. DISCUSSION REGARDING TRAFFIC ISSUES WITHIN THE VILLAGE.                      

Vice Mayor Walters withdrew his item.

                            

5)           ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ms. Banda read the announcements.

 

6)             PUBLIC COMMENTS

Charles Walter                  Mr. Walter spoke of the Village wide survey being contemplated.

7)             COUNCIL COMMENTS

Jesse Walters                     No Comment.

Hunt Davis                        Councilman Davis wished his aunt, Shirley Davis, a happy birthday. He also urged the community to attend the upcoming Memorial Day event.

Jim McCoy                        Councilman McCoy spoke of the Memorial Day event.

Herta Holly                        Mayor Holly thanked Commissioner Sally Heyman for her attendance and offered condolences to Commissioner Audrey Edmonson on the loss of a family member. Mayor Holly spoke of the many events going on in the Village and surrounding areas.

8)             ADJOURNMENT

The May 20, 2014 Council Meeting was adjourned at 8:45 PM.

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                                                                                                                   Herta Holly, Mayor

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Barbara A. Estep, MMC

Village Clerk