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Village Council Meeting Minutes - November 5, 2013

MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

The Miami Shores Village Council held their regularly scheduled Council Meeting on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 in the Council Chambers of Village Hall. The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM with the following individuals present:

PRESENT:                        Herta Holly

                                           Jesse Walters

                                           Hunt Davis

                                           Ivonne Ledesma

                                           Jim McCoy

ALSO PRESENT:             Tom Benton, Village Manager

                                           Barbara Estep, Village Clerk

                                           Richard Sarafan, Village Attorney

CONSIDERATIONS

 

1)           VILLAGE CLERK                                                                                  Barbara A. Estep

             A)   APPROVAL OF THE OCTOBER 15, 2013 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.

Vice Mayor Walters moved to approve the October 15, 2013 Council Meeting Minutes as presented. Councilman Davis seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

B)   AN ORDINANCE OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL, MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE, FLORIDA, AMENDING THE VILLAGE CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHAPTER 2 “ADMINISTRATION” BY CREATING A NEW SECTION 2-81(g), SETTING FORTH STANDARDS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES TO ADDRESS CERTAIN CODE ENFORCEMENT LIEN ENFORCEMENT ISSUES, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Ms. Estep read the caption of the proposed ordinance into the record. Mayor Holly opened the floor for the Public Hearing. A number of the Code Enforcement Board members, including Manny Quiroga, Barry Perl, and Bob Smith, as well as interested resident, Matthew Boehne spoke in opposition to the ordinance, citing concerns with the process proposed within the ordinance. With no additional public comment forthcoming, Mayor Holly closed the Public Hearing.

Village Attorney, Richard Sarafan, addressed the concerns raised during the Public Hearing. Mr. Sarafan assured the Council that the ordinance had been written with very specific scenarios in mind. He further stated that he believes that the issue is a policy decision; what type of code enforcement system does the Council want, a rigid system or one with some degree of flexibility/opportunity to have a property come into compliance. Mr. Sarafan reminded the Council that the situations that will be eligible for Appropriate Accommodation are not cases that would ever be able to be heard as requests for relief at the Code Board.

Individual Council Members thanked those in attendance for their comments and expressed their opinions regarding the proposed ordinance. Following the discussions, Councilman McCoy moved to approve the proposed ordinance as amended by Mr. Sarafan. Mayor Holly seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with the following results: Affirmative Votes: Yvonne Ledesma, Jim McCoy and Herta Holly. Dissenting Votes: Jesse Walters and Hunt Davis. The motion passed by a 3 to 2 vote.

2)           FINANCE DEPARTMENT                                                                     Holly Hugdahl

A) A RESOLUTION OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL URGING MEMBERS OF THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO OPPOSE LEGISLATION THAT WOULD MANDATE THE USE OF A UNIFORM CHART OF ACCOUNTS FOR ALL GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES TO REPORT FINANCIAL INFORMATION.

Ms. Estep read the caption of the resolution into the record. Finance Director, Holly Hugdahl provided information regarding the proposed legislation and the consequences to the Village should a Uniform Chart of Accounts be adopted and imposed upon local governments.   Ms. Hugdahl reported that what represents an unfunded mandate would cost the Village approximately $16,000 annually. Councilman Davis then moved to adopt the proposed resolution. Councilman McCoy seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

3)           VILLAGE COUNCIL                                                                              

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

Mayor Holly spoke of surrounding communities looking to expand their borders and a recent conversation she had with County Commissioner Sally Heyman with respect to annexing the “K-Mart” corner. Mayor Holly believes that it is wise to ask the Village Manager to research annexing that area in order to square up the Village’s northeast boundary. Following a brief discussion, Vice Mayor Walters moved to approve further evaluation by the Administration of annexing the “K-Mart” corner. Councilman McCoy seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

  1. DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING PROVIDING “LIVE STREAMING” VIDEO OF THE COUNCIL MEETINGS.       Ivonne Ledesma

Councilwoman Ledesma advised the Council that she would like the staff to look into providing “live streaming” of our Council Meetings as well as an on-line video archive on the Village’s website. In addition, Councilwoman Ledesma indicated that in the future, she would like to possibly offer interactive comment capability via computers between residents and the Council during the meetings. Councilman Davis, Vice Mayor Walters and Mayor Holly expressed concerns regarding having interactive comment between people not in attendance at the meetings.   A majority of the Council expressed interest in providing “live streaming” video. At the conclusion of the discussions, Vice Mayor Walters moved to authorize staff to investigate costs and staff time to provide “live streaming” video and archiving of the Council Meetings on the website and report back to the Council. Councilman McCoy seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

              

4)           ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ms. Estep read the announcements.

5)           PUBLIC COMMENTS

Alice Burch                       Ms. Burch spoke of the upcoming Mayor’s Great Gatsby Gala.

Barry Perl                          Mr. Perl thanked the Council for taking the time to listen to his concerns regarding the code enforcement lien ordinance.

6)           COUNCIL COMMENTS

Hunt Davis                        Councilman Davis spoke of the recent Board appointment process and congratulated the Village on the successful 5K race.

Jim McCoy                        Councilman McCoy thanked those that participated in the meeting.

Jesse Walters                     Vice Mayor Walters responded to the comments made by Councilman Davis.

Yvonne Ledesma               Councilwoman Ledesma thanked the residents that attended the meeting for their attendance and for serving the community. The Councilwoman also spoke of Green Day and the charity rummage sale that raised approximately $5,000 for the Charter School.

Herta Holly                        Mayor Holly touched on a number of subjects including the pleasure she receives from representing the Village, YGrene and the PACE program, Green Day, the Village Newsletter, the 5K race and organized bicycle rides, the Library, the Charter School’s Evening In the Courtyard and the Mayor’s Gala.

7)           ADJOURNMENT

The November 5, 2013 Council Meeting was adjourned at 8:55 PM.

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                                                                                                                   Herta Holly, Mayor

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Barbara A. Estep, MMC

Village Clerk