Village Council Meeting Minutes - November 4, 2014

MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

The Miami Shores Village Council held their regularly scheduled Council Meeting in the Council Chambers of Village Hall. The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM with the following individuals in attendance:

PRESENT:          Herta Holly                                                    ABSENT:            Richard Sarafan

                             Jesse Walters

                             Hunt Davis

                             Ivonne Ledesma

                             Jim McCoy

ALSO PRESENT:             Tom Benton, Village Manager

                                           Barbara Estep, Village Clerk

PUBLIC INPUT: For items appearing on Council Agenda

Ms. Maribel Ramirez, representing the non-profit group Food & Water Watch spoke in support of the resolution being proposed by Councilwoman Ledesma.

CONSIDERATIONS

 

1)           VILLAGE CLERK                                                                    Barbara A. Estep

             A)   APPROVAL OF THE OCTOBER 21, 2014 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.

Vice Mayor Walters moved approval of the October 21, 2014 Council Meeting Minutes. Councilman Davis seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

2)           VILLAGE MANAGER                                                              Tom Benton

  1. DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING ANNEXATION OF THE “K-MART” CORNER.

Mr. Benton referenced his previous memo to the Council with respect to the current regulations regarding annexations as well as the individually contacted property owner’s opinions on being annexed. Mr. Benton indicated that he is looking for direction from the Council as to whether to proceed to the next step in the annexation process: proposing a resolution outlining the annexation request and a public hearing on the proposed resolution to annex. Council Members offered their opinions and thoughts to at least hold a public hearing and seek input from the effected property owners as well as the surrounding neighbors. They were in agreement that Mr. Benton should move forward and proceed with a proposed resolution and associated public hearing.

 

  1. DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING PLANNING FOR A NEW COMMUNITY CENTER.

Referencing previous discussions and correspondence related to planning a new community center, Mr. Benton requested direction from the Council and indicated that in meetings with various municipalities that had planned and built community centers in the last number of years, they had all utilized a “Recreation Facility Planner”. Mr. Benton expressed his belief that obtaining proposals from individuals or firms who specifically deal with facility planning is the first step in moving towards building a new center. In response to questions posed by the Council, Mr. Benton addressed the debt liability, the probable cost of a facility planner consultant and examples of the planner’s scope of service. Mr. Benton indicated that colleagues have advised him that engaging a “Recreation Facility Planner” is essential. Council Members agreed that it is time to begin the planning process and advised Mr. Benton to move forward.

3)           VILLAGE COUNCIL                                                                Ivonne Ledesma               

  1. DISCUSSION REGARDING FENCE HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS AND POLICIES.

Councilwoman Ledesma offered information regarding the reason for the agenda item, indicating that she had received a number of calls from residents regarding the fence height restrictions. She spoke of the information provided by Mr. Benton regarding the frequency of installation requests for 6’ fences and the fact that 7’ hedges are permitted. She further stated that no one has indicated that a need exists to change the front yard fence height. Individual Council Members expressed their views on the current code allowances and the view that additional input from residents is warranted. Following these discussions, Councilwoman Ledesma indicated that she would re-agenda the item for the November 18th meeting for possible action.

  1. A RESOLUTION OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL IN SUPPORT OF MANDATORY LABELING OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS, PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Ms. Estep read the caption of the resolution into the record. Councilwoman Ledesma spoke of non-binding resolutions in general and then specifically about the proposed resolution. She indicated that it is in the interest of access to healthy foods and her concern for the well-being of the residents that she placed the resolution on the agenda. Councilwoman Ledesma then moved in favor of the motion. Vice Mayor Walters seconded the motion. Individual Council Members offered their opinion on the proposed resolution and its merits as an item before the Council. Subsequent to the discussions and debate, Mayor Holly called for the vote which failed by a two to three vote, with Mayor Holly, Councilman McCoy and Councilman Davis voting against the motion.

4)           ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ms. Estep read the announcements.

5)           PUBLIC COMMENTS

Alice Burch         Ms. Burch spoke of the upcoming Community Alliance fundraising brunch taking place on Sunday, November 9th.

Gabriel Cosentino             Mr. Cosentino spoke in favor of increasing the allowable fence heights.

6)           COUNCIL COMMENTS

Ivonne Ledesma                Councilwoman Ledesma indicated that she would continue to bring forward issues that she believes are important to the community. She also congratulated the Unity Ball planning committee which raised approximately $90,000.

Jesse Walters                     Vice Mayor Walters echoed Councilwoman Ledesma’s comments regarding the Ball and congratulated Bob Bourne, John Challenor and the others involved with planning the event.

Hunt Davis                        Councilman Davis encouraged people to attend the Community Alliance’s brunch. He further spoke of Halloween and the estimated 1200 kids that went through his neighborhood.

Jim McCoy                        Councilman McCoy shared his hope that the upcoming holidays are special for everyone.

Herta Holly                        Mayor Holly spoke about the recent press coverage in the Miami Herald and upcoming events at the Library. She spoke about the end of daylight savings time and urged people to be careful when out and about the Village.

7)           ADJOURNMENT

The November 4, 2014 Council Meeting was adjourned at 8:40 PM.

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                                                                                                                   Herta Holly, Mayor

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Barbara A. Estep, MMC

Village Clerk