VILLAGE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - October 1, 2013

MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

The Miami Shores Village Council held their regularly scheduled Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 1, 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

PRESENTATIONS

Mayor Holly spoke and read a Proclamation regarding International Walk to School Day on October 9, 2013.

Ms. Nancy Berkley with the firm of Evergreen Solutions presented highlights of the Village Classification and Compensation Study which was recently completed by her firm and responded to questions posed by the Council.

             

CONSIDERATIONS

 

1)           VILLAGE CLERK                                                                                  Barbara A. Estep

  1. APPROVAL OF THE SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 BUDGET HEARING AND COUNCIL

MEETING MINUTES AND THE SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 BUDGET HEARING MINUTES.

Vice Mayor Walters moved to approve the Minutes as submitted. Councilwoman Ledesma seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

2)           VILLAGE ATTORNEY                                                                           Richard Sarafan

  1. 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 ordinance into the record. Mr. Sarafan offered information regarding the purpose of the ordinance and reviewed the objective of code fines and liens, which is compliance. Mr. Sarafan reviewed instances where the catch 22 nature of the current code language obstructs properties from coming into compliance. Individual Council Members voiced their opinions regarding the proposed code amendment, the majority of which were favorable. Councilman Davis expressed a number of concerns which Mr. Sarafan addressed. Following these discussions, Councilman McCoy moved to approve the ordinance on first reading. Councilwoman Ledesma seconded the motion and the vote was 4 to 1 in favor of the motion, with Councilman Davis voting in opposition to the motion.

 

3)           VILLAGE MANAGER                                                                            Tom Benton

  1. DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING PRINTING AND

DISTRIBUTION OF THE VILLAGE NEWSLETTER.

Mr. Benton reviewed the Staff’s plan to print and mail out the Village Newsletter beginning with the November issue. Councilman McCoy spoke about the possibility of residents not wanting a paper copy of the Newsletter, preferring to receive it electronically. Council Members discussed the pros and cons of mailing the Newsletter and whether or not residents can “opt out” of receiving a paper copy. Mr. Benton reported that he would research that option and advise the Council. At the conclusion of the discussion, it was the consensus of the Council to print and mail the November issue and have Mr. Benton explore the possibility of deleting address files for individuals not wanting the Newsletter mailed.

  1. DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING A REQUEST THAT THE PLANNING & ZONING BOARD REVIEW THE CURRENT BUILDING HEIGHT LIMITATIONS IN LIGHT OF NEW FEMA REGULATIONS WITHIN SPECIFIC FLOOD ZONE

Mr. Benton provided background information regarding FEMA regulations and the fact that there are a number of properties along the Village’s shoreline that will need to be in compliance with State and Federal regulations regarding elevation heights. Village Planning Director, David Dacquisto also spoke regarding FEMA and the Florida Building Code building elevation requirements and gave examples of home designs and existing height limitations which should be reviewed. Councilman McCoy moved to send this matter to the Planning & Zoning Board for their review and recommendation report. Councilman Davis seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.

  

4)           VILLIAGE COUNCIL                                                                             Hunt Davis

  1. A RESOLUTION OF THE MIAMI SHORES VILLAGE COUNCIL CREATING THE

MIAMI SHORES BIKE/PED TASK FORCE, PROVIDING FOR ITS MEMBERSHIP, MISSION, AND TERM, AND INCLUDING A SUNSET PROVISION.

Councilman Davis withdrew this item for consideration.

5)           ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ms. Estep read the announcements.

 

6)              PUBLIC COMMENTS

Alice Burch                       Ms. Burch spoke of the upcoming Gala event which constitutes the only fundraiser for many of the Village events, area school programs and worthwhile projects in the community.

Ellen Bonet                       Ms. Bonet thanked the Council for their support of Doctors Charter School and spoke of both the upcoming Gala and a fund raiser for the Charter School.

David Hunter                     Mr. Hunter spoke of bikability/walkability and suggested that a Village-wide traffic study would assist in accommodating bicyclists and pedestrians.

TF Chambers                     Mr. Chambers spoke of his support for the code amendment regarding code enforcement liens.

7)             COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilman Davis            No Comment

Councilman McCoy          Councilman McCoy spoke of the Mayor’s Gala and Doctors Charter School fundraising events.

Councilman Walters         No Comment

Councilwoman Ledesma  No Comment

Mayor Holly                      Mayor Holly spoke of the importance of supporting local events.

8)             ADJOURNMENT

The October 1, 2013 Council Meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM.

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                                                                                                                   Herta Holly, Mayor

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Barbara A. Estep, MMC

Village Clerk